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Jan. 13, 2020

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BeckyRoesner Named Associate Provost
Praised for her "gentle pragmatism" and honored for her teaching excellence, Rebecca Roesner, chair and professor of chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan, has been named associate provost.

JimPublisher, Editor to Speak at Founders' Day Convocation
Jim Kirk, the publisher and executive editor of Crain's Chicago Business, will present the keynote address titled "The Future of Journalism in the Fake News Era" at the Founders' Day Convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Tera and TatumSeniors Wilson and Zsorey to Serve in Peace Corps
Tera Wilson '20 and Tatum Zsorey '20 love traveling and helping others. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan this May, they will follow their shared passion as members of the Peace Corps.

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Titan Athletics
  • A total of 67 Illinois Wesleyan student-athletes were chosen as recipients of College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Academic All-Conference honors from the 2019 fall season.
  • Today (Jan. 13) is the 50th anniversary of an IWU Basketball milestone. See more about it from IWU's Tate Archives & Special Collections.
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Hoopeston (Ill.) Chronicle

Dr. Kristina Dakis '11 brings energy and enthusiasm for family medicine to her role at Gibson Area Hospital and the Paxton Clinic.

The Pantagraph

Longtime head baseball coach Dennis Martel earned the American Baseball Coaches Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.


The Pantagraph

Former Titan volleyball standout Tyler Brown '19 has joined IWU's volleyball coaching staff.

WGLT Radio

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Jessie Dixon-Montgomery spoke about Cuban celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany –  long banned under Communist rule –  at a local celebration.





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Monday, Jan. 13

4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting

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, Jan. 15

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 Hart Career Center staff review it. Have a quick question about Handshake? Need help preparing for an upcoming interview? We're here to help.

11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Founders' Day Convocation


4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – A New Year Gathering For Hope, Love, and Justice – The Offices of Multifaith Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion invite the campus community to a gathering led by students and staff to celebrate a new semester; lift up our personal hopes for the year; and firmly stand in solidarity with others near and far who are experiencing injustice, violence, and displacement due to political conflicts, hatred, and the effects of global climate change. Participants will be invited to contribute to a community wall of hopes and commitments which will be displayed in the Hansen Student Center in coming weeks, and to join a casual reception after the gathering, in the chapel basement at 4:30 p.m.

6 p.m., Memorial Center – Tributaries Launch Party  – Contributors to Tributaries, the creative arts journal of IWU, will read their work and officially launch this fall's edition.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at



Thursday, Jan. 16

4:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Spring Involvement Fair – Looking to get more involved in the IWU community in the new year? The Spring Involvement Fair is your opportunity to meet with campus offices and RSOs about involvement, leadership, student employment, and more. Sponsored by Student Senate and the Office of Student Involvement.


Friday, Jan. 17


11 a.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – FYFF: "Resume/Cover Letter Workshop" – Part of the Hart Career Center series titled "For Your Future Friday." Create a resume (and cover letter) that employers will notice. Planning to search for internships or conduct a job search this year? Learn what employers want to see on your resume and things to avoid.

12 p.m., 022, State Farm Hall – MLK Day Teach-In Preparation Session – Reading Group – The group is reading the book When Affirmative Action Was White: The Untold Story of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson. Books are available in the Social Sciences division, CLA second floor, center cubicle. If you would like a book, please see Tracy L. Tiritilli. Sponsored by Dialogues Across the Disciplines.

7:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Winter Bingo – Students are invited to join in kicking off the first CAB event of the year for some bingo. Win prizes like AirPods, wireless Beats headphones, a TV, vacuum, Keurigs, groceries and so much more!
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Saturday, Jan. 18


Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Intrasquad



Sunday, Jan. 19

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist Michael Strauss, Viola – Sponsored by the School Of Music



Monday, Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Classes; University Offices Open

8 a.m.-12 p.m., beginning in the Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Commitment – All IWU faculty and staff are invited to participate in a morning of interactive presentations building on King's legacy of justice and inclusion for all people and designed to strengthen our work together on this campus. Online registration is now available.

Through March 4 – "Existential Byproduct" and "Ranch Style House" on Exhibition in Merwin and Wakeley Galleries


5-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival – Presented by Illinois Wesleyan University and The United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal.

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  • An essay by Issac Funk Endowed Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine, "Samuel Hirsch, Hegel, and the Legacy of Ethical Monotheism," has been published in the Harvard Theological Review.

Save the Date – 2020 Recognition Luncheon

The 2020 Recognition Luncheon, where faculty and staff with milestone anniversaries and retirees are honored, is planned for Monday, April 6 from 12-1:30 p.m. Please be sure to save the date! All full-time IWU faculty and staff are invited. An RSVP announcement will follow.



Student Wage Rate Change


Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Illinois Wesleyan University increased the wages for student employees from $8.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour. You will note that on this same date the State of Illinois increased its state minimum wage rate to $9.25 per hour. The state minimum wage applies to most employees in Illinois, with limited exceptions, including students employed by an accredited Illinois College or University.

The Department of Labor allows an exemption to the minimum wage for student employees of a college or university as long as the student is registered full-time. The university's student employment rate of $9.00 will be re-evaluated each time the state increases the minimum wage. 

The student employment offers in financial aid proposals are not changing, therefore students will be able to work approximately one hour less a week to meet the student employment opportunity amount offered to them. Supervisors may need to make that same reduction to their overall student employment hours to meet operational and financial needs of their departments.


If you have any questions, please contact Matt Bierman, Vice-President for Business and Finance, at



United Way Reminder


From the IWU United Way Committee:

Please consider making a contribution or pledge to the United Way of McLean County this year. You can choose to make a donation as a payroll deduction or by check/credit card. You can also designate a specific United Way partner agency to receive your contribution. 


You can contribute with the pledge card that was mailed to you last month, or contact Marie Giusti at if you need a new card. 

Thank you!



Posse Plus Retreat


This year's Posse Plus Retreat, The State of Politics, will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and will include deep discussion about critical topics in the U.S. 


About this year's retreat from the Posse Foundation: 

As the 2020 election approaches, the country has been talking more and more about the state of political discourse in the United States. How you engage politically, today, will help determine how this nation deals with these and other issues tomorrow and for years to come.  But what does political discourse look like in an era of intense polarization? We all have non-negotiables when it comes to what we believe should be the core values of our society. So how can we talk with or work with or negotiate with people who disagree with those core beliefs? The 2020 Posse Plus Retreat is going to be about how we talk about the hardest issues facing our nation and threatening our democracy.


The retreat is free for any student, faculty or staff. Transportation, lodging, meals and snacks are provided. Participation is limited to 100 registrants and we encourage you to register early. We ask that registrants make a commitment to attending fully as you are taking a spot of others who may hope to attend. We will leave campus at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and return no later than 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. Students who have class on Friday afternoon should work with their professors prior to registering and/or contact the Dean of Students office about your potential time conflict. 


Please also note that registration is a commitment to attend the retreat in full. If your plans change, please contact the Dean of Students office prior to Jan. 29. Cancellations after Jan. 29 will incur a $50 fee to cover expenses that cannot be adjusted after that date.   


Register here by Jan. 20. Once we know who is attending, we will be in touch about rooming and dietary needs. We look forward to seeing you at this impactful leadership retreat!


Questions? Please contact our office ( or any Posse Scholar.

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