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Feb. 17, 2020

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TAG DayStudents Thank Donors on TAG Day
Students wrote postcards expressing their gratitude to those who make their Illinois Wesleyan education possible during "Thank a Giver (TAG) Day," which marks the symbolic point when tuition dollars run out and donor support kicks in for the remainder of the academic year.

TitanThonTitanThon Raises Over $22,000 "For the Kids"
The student-organized TitanThon raised a record-setting total of $22,284.49 for the OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois.

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Titan Athletics
  • The men's and women's track and field teams competed at the annual Fighting Scots Invitational, hosted by Monmouth College on Feb. 15, with eight Titans finishing in the top three among various events.
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The Pantagraph

IWU students thanked donors Monday as part of annual "Thank a Giver Day" festivities.


IWU Professor and Chair of Psychology Jason Themanson is studying brain waves in baseball players to see if their ability to focus can be measured and improved.


Associate Professor and Director of the School of Theatre Arts Jean Kerr discussed the importance of diverse local programming, ahead of Lula Washington Dance Theatre's performance at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.


Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke spoke about colorblind racism on Feb. 13 at Western Michigan University.

The Beverly Review

Joanna (Baffes) King '11 is among many employees to have found long-lasting relationships at Chicago's County Fair Foods, a neighborhood grocery store owned by her family.

The (Illinois State University) Daily Vidette

Hannah Mesouani was named director of Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Broadway World

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Melinda Rodriguez made her debut performance at Birdland, an acclaimed New York jazz club.

Highbrow Magazine

Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary explained women's interest in true crime, seen in the popularity of podcasts on Spotify.



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Monday, Feb. 17

4 p.m., 205, CLA – IWU London Info Session – The International Office has some exciting news about the 2020 IWU London Program: The University has reduced the program fee to $5,500 (— $1,000 less than expected). That program fee goes to cover round-trip airfare from Chicago to London, provides an unlimited pass for all public transportation in London, all the theater tickets for the Shakespeare & Others (LIT) course, an extended trip to Liverpool with Prof. Mike Weis's "The Beatles and Their World" class, and all course-related activities. The application deadline is March 1, but students are encouraged to complete the paperwork sooner.



Tuesday, Feb. 18

4 p.m., Bone Student Center, Illinois State University – ISU Career Fair – IWU students are welcome & encouraged to attend this event, and take the opportunity to make contacts at this event just down the street.



Wednesday, Feb. 19

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., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Dynamics of Environmental Policy-Making in China – Dr. Xueying Yu is an associate professor in the School of Economics and Management, Beihang University. Her research efforts are dedicated to finding the optimal institutional designs that help promote pro-environmental behaviors. She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Cornell Institute for China Economic Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. China is a major contributor to global economic growth, but also to global environmental challenges. This talk introduces how China has developed and utilized regulatory tools to combat environmental hazards over the past three decades. It will cover some basic elements in this policy-making process, including the structure of China's political system, the state, business, and civil actors involved in environmental policy-making and implementation, and the key regulatory approaches. Discussion of individual policies will focus on those targeting air pollution, forest degradation and climate change. This presentation is free and open to the public. It is conducted through the Fulbright Scholar Program's Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF); hosted by the Illinois Wesleyan University Environmental Studies Program, Asian Studies Team-International Studies Program, and Department of Economics, with support from the Office of the Provost, and in collaboration with Illinois State University.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – ReligiosiTEA is a weekly gathering that celebrates religious and worldview diversity, builds up interfaith literacy, engages important topics ranging from faith practices to politics, and fosters interfaith dialogue and community on our campus. All are welcome for tea, coffee, treats and great discussion.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot



Thursday, Feb. 20

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot



Friday, Feb. 21

Through Saturday – Council for IWU Women Summit

Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - IWU/Millikin Dual

6 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – She Speaks powered by Pecha Kucha – Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae will tell their stories; part of the Council for IWU Women Summit.

7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra Presents: The Henry Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria Concert

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot



Saturday, Feb. 22


Council for IWU Women Summit

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot


8 p.m., Shirk Center – The Big Show: All American Rejects



Sunday, Feb. 23

Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - Kevin McCarthy Diving Invitational

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

5 p.m., Sigma Kappa House, 1011 N. East St. – Sigma Kappa All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner – Please join the women of Sigma Kappa for their All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner for $5. The menu will include spaghetti, salad, Avanti's famous bread, and desserts. Advance ticket sales will help prepare for the number of people attending, but cash and credit cards will also be accepted at the door; sorry we do not take Venmo. The proceeds for this event will support the Sigma Kappa Foundation, which creates and funds scholarship, leadership and philanthropic initiatives that reflect the values of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Sponsored by Avanti's Italian Restaurant.

6 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate General Assembly Meeting

More Events
  • The 100 Greatest Literary Characters, co-authored by R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair of English and Professor of English James Plath, was listed by Choice among a selection of the best titles reviewed in its December 2019 edition. Choice is a publishing unit at the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, and is considered the leader in the provision of objective, high-quality evaluations of nonfiction academic writing.

  • Matt Wennmaker '10 was named executive director of the Illinois Junior Golf Association.
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