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Nov. 18, 2019

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GeorgiaGeorgia Nugent Named 20th President of Illinois Wesleyan
S. Georgia Nugent, Ph.D., president emerita of Kenyon College, will lead Illinois Wesleyan as the institution's 20th president. Nugent, who joined IWU as interim president in August of 2019, becomes the first woman to serve as president of the University.

videoWelcome, President Nugent!
Watch a video celebrating highlights or watch the campus announcement, featuring speakers Elyse Nelson Winger, Associate Dean of Students and Chaplain; Tim Szerlong '74, Board of Trustees Chair; and Presidential Search Committee members Dr. Laura Randolph '92, trustee; Mary Coleman, faculty; Michael Thompson, staff; and student Wah Chook '22.

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Titan Athletics
  • The women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the University of St. Thomas on Sunday, Nov. 17. The Titans finished their season with a 15-6-0 overall record, culminating in a CCIW Tournament Championship and an automatic NCAA tournament bid, the 12th in the team's history.
  • Junior Katie North of the women's cross country team has been chosen to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23.
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Titans In The News
WGLT Radio

Georgia Nugent said she came to love Illinois Wesleyan so much in her brief time on campus, she agreed to go beyond her term as interim president and become the University's 20th (and first woman) president. More coverage from WEEK/WHOI TV and WJBC Radio.

The Pantagraph

Announced as the new president of Illinois Wesleyan, Georgia Nugent said relationship building will be among her first priorities.

The Pantagraph

Director of the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan Karen Bussone discussed Small Business Saturday and the importance of supporting local small businesses.

Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship hired Kate Flemming '10 as its new community manager.

The Pantagraph
Ian Coulter-Buford '12 returned to IWU to help choreograph its upcoming musical, The Life, opening Wednesday.
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Meghan Burke, associate professor and chair of sociology and anthropology, spoke about her book, Colorblind Racism.
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Monday, Nov. 18

(Through Nov. 22)  Buck 203 (Buck Global Library), Buck Memorial Library – La Ruta | A Word-Image Exhibit  – La Ruta: Walter Benjamin's Last Passage. A Word-Image Exhibit. Poems by Associate Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz and photographs by artist Jason Reblando. Sponsored by World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

4 p.m., 205, CLA – IWU London Program Information Session – Stop by the IWU London Program Info Session to answer all your questions about the program application process and to meet with alumni from the program. Sponsored by the International Office.


5 p.m., (Rescheduled date and time) Meet at Campus Safety – Campus Safety Walk – Please join Student Affairs for the annual Campus Safety Walk where we walk campus with an eye to any safety concerns (lighting, landscaping, sidewalk/trip hazards, etc). We welcome students, faculty and staff to join us or to send problem area descriptions to If you send a description, please be specific (location, issue; feel free to include a photo). We look forward to this safety assessment of our campus grounds.


7 p.m., Multifaith Meditation Room (2nd Floor), Memorial Center – Self Care Meditation – Enjoy a relaxing time with stories, music, and meditation. Students from all spiritual, religious, and secular backgrounds are encouraged to join. The Multifaith Meditation Room, located up the stairs from Campus Safety and Young Main Lounge, is open any time for students seeking a quiet place to meditate, pray, or just relax in silence. Contact for more information. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.



Wednesday, Nov. 20

10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Walk-In Wednesdays – Bring your resume or cover letter and have a Hart Career Center staff member review it. Have a quick question about Handshake? Need help preparing for an upcoming interview? We're here to help.

11 a.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting

12 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Academic Skills Series: Finishing the Semester Strong and Survival Tips for Finals – The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs collaborate each semester to present the Academic Skills Series, a series of programs designed to assist students in the development or strengthening of academic skills (in and out of the classroom) needed to be successful at IWU.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – As we inch closer to the shortest day of the year, join IWU Interfaith for a discussion about the meaning of light for different worldview traditions. How does light connect to our spirituality or sense of belonging? What are the different ways in which light is used? (And mark your calendars for IWU's annual Light the Night Celebration on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. in Evelyn Chapel.)


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – "Bag It" Documentary Showing – This free event is a great way to learn about how to reduce plastic use in everyday life; sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition and Environmental Studies Program.

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: The Life

8 p.m., E106, CNS – Pre-Medicine/Dental/Optometry Information Session – This session is for juniors and seniors who are planning to apply to medical, dental or optometry schools during the 2021 cycle. Students planning to use the Pre-Medicine/Dental/Optometry Committee are required to attend one of the two sessions offered (also Nov. 22 at 3 p.m.)
Sponsored by the Pre-Medicine/Dental/Optometry Committee.



Thursday, Nov. 21

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sodexo Stairs, Memorial Center – BAC and Drug Tabling Event – Stop by and have a beer! Join the Peer Educators of Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA) for a root-beer float and pick up a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) card to help you learn how to drink responsibly if you choose to drink. There will also be information about different drugs, how these drugs look and how these drugs affect the body. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services and SOCA.

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: The Life



Friday, Nov. 22

3 p.m., E101, CNS – Pre-Medicine/Dental/Optometry Information Session – This session is for juniors and seniors who are planning to apply to medical, dental or optometry schools during the 2021 cycle. Students planning to use the Pre-Medicine/Dental/Optometry Committee are required to attend one of the two sessions offered, sponsored by the Pre-Medicine/Dental/Optometry Committee.

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: The Life



Saturday, Nov. 23

10 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - IWU Invite

11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Trumpet Studio Recital

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: The Life



Sunday, Nov. 24

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: The Life

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera

5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Chamber Music Brass Ensemble

6 p.m., Vinyard Room (former Davidson Room), Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting – All students are welcome to attend the General Assembly meetings for Student Senate. As a student, this is the space for you to bring up issues you believe need to be discussed.



Monday, Nov. 25

7 p.m., Multifaith Meditation Room (2nd Floor), Memorial Center – Self Care Meditation –Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


Wednesday, Nov. 27


Through Monday, Dec. 2 – Thanksgiving Recess

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Benefits Choice/Open Enrollment Reminder


If you would like to change your health insurance plan option or enroll yourself or a dependent(s) in the insurance plan for 2020, enrollment forms are available at the Human Resource Office (Holmes Hall 209) or on the Human Resources website.


We will need your completed enrollment form returned to Human Resources no later than Dec. 6 in order to guarantee that you have ID cards by Jan. 1, 2020.


If you have questions about the 2020 medical plan options through Blue Cross Blue Shield, please contact Marie at or Londa at


The Human Resources website has been updated to include information regarding the 2020 insurance benefits.


Apply to Join Next Year's Interfaith Housing Community


Info Sessions:
Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m.

Evelyn Chapel Basement


Starting next fall, IWU will have a new interfaith living community in the residence halls. Come learn about this exciting opportunity and how to apply. For more information, contact Isaac Simmons at



Access to Campus Housing During Thanksgiving Break

All IWU residence halls and fraternities will be closing for the 2019 Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m., and will not reopen until Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m.


Students, if you need to stay in your hall or have access to it during the break, you must request access as soon as possible. 

  • You will need approval to receive break access to the building.

  • For Thanksgiving Recess, you should submit your request by completing the appropriate break access application in your MyHousing portal by 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, to avoid charges.

  • More information about approved reasons for staying and requesting break access is available at Break Access/Illinois Wesleyan.

  • If you live in a residence hall and have questions, please contact your area director.

  • If you live in a fraternity and have any questions, please contact Kasie Thompson at or Kevin Carey at

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  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo recently attended two premieres of his musical compositions. On Oct. 18 in Houston, Shawn Head and Daron Kirsch performed Mirroring for shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and cello, as part of a concert collaboration between Head, whom Vayo hosted at IWU earlier this year, and the Westheimer String Quartet. A second performance of Mirroring took place on Nov. 1, and a third is planned for Nov. 22.
    The premiere of Songs of Ourselves for baritone voice, two trombones, two percussionists and piano was sung by James Martin '92, a professor of voice at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on Oct.27. The three poems which Vayo set to music were specifically written for the project by noted poet and recent Ohio Poet Laureate Amit Majmudar. While at Dickinson, Vayo spoke to opera-theater students about setting words to music, and to orchestration and composition students about his work composing for Chinese traditional instruments.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding traveled to the Washington, DC area earlier this month for a board meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, which promotes science-based education at all levels, from grade school to grad school. Spalding currently serves as Director-at-Large for the society.
  • bookThe third edition of Inorganic Chemistry, a senior-level text by James E. House, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Scholar in Residence, has been published by Academic Press, a division of Elsevier Science. The first edition was published in 2008, the second in 2013, and a translation of the book has also been published in Japanese.

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