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Feb. 24, 2020

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Prez JackMcKermitt '20 Trades Places with the President
On President's Day, biology major Jack McKermitt '20 served as president of Illinois Wesleyan for a day while President S. Georgia Nugent participated in McKermitt's usual classes and extracurricular activities. Listen to a student-hosted podcast interview about the exchange on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

WorkshopStudents Present Original Research at Human Rights Workshop
Students shared the facts on several human rights issues at the eighth annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop hosted by Illinois Wesleyan, based on this year's theme "Facts and Fictions: Human Rights and the Search for Truth(s)."

GARIStudents Develop Recycling Robot at MakeHarvard
A trash recycling robot named GARI (for "Green Autonomous Recycling Initiative") was developed by a team of Illinois Wesleyan students during MakeHarvard, a 24-hour engineering make-a-thon hosted by Harvard University.

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Titan Athletics
  • The women's basketball team clinched the No. 2 seed and first-round bye in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament with a win over Carthage College on Feb. 22 inside Tarble Arena.
  • The men's basketball team also defeated Carthage to clinch the No. 3 seed in the CCIW Tournament. The Titan will host Carthage on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in a CCIW quarterfinals matchup.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

President S. Georgia Nugent switched places with IWU student Jack McKermitt '20 as part of "President for a Day."  See more photo coverage.


Vogue India

Research conducted by IWU Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary was cited to explain women's interest in true crime.


Guitarist Mike Kennerty was interviewed in advance of the All-American Rejects headlining IWU's "Big Show" on Feb. 22 at the Shirk Center.

The Pantagraph

Heartland Bank and Trust Company announced the promotion of Chad Beaty '99 to senior vice president, commercial lending, and senior lender for the Bloomington area.

The (Santa Rosa, Calif.) North Bay Business Journal

St. Joseph Health-Northern California Regional Chief Executive Kevin Klockenga '89 was highlighted as a "health care leader you should know."

The Pantagraph

Titan athletics were well represented at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, benefiting Special Olympics, on Feb. 22 at Miller Park.

Waste Advantage Magazine

Illinois Wesleyan students developed a trash-recycling robot named GARI ("Green Autonomous Recycling Initiative") at a 24-hour engineering make-a-thon hosted by Harvard University.

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal

Illinois Wesleyan's Collegiate Choir will present a freewill concert in Kankakee on March 3, prior to its spring concert tour in South Africa.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan, with its expanding Esports program, is a pioneer among local schools in the fast-growing sport.

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Monday, Feb. 24

11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Floor Hallway, State Farm Hall – BOOST Week: BOOST Your Confidence – Come out and BOOST your self-confidence through different activities, and receive some fun giveaways! Counseling and Consultation Services and Interfraternity Council are sponsoring a week of self-care, mental health awareness, and self-esteem boosting activities. We hope you find time for yourself to stop by, so you can remind yourself what excites you about life while identifying your "wins."



Tuesday, Feb. 25

11 a.m.-1 p.m., SAGA Stairs/Commons Entry, Memorial Center – BOOST Week: BOOST Your Mental Health – Come by this tabling event to learn more about mental health self-care activities. Remember it is important to stop and breathe. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services and Interfraternity Council.

12:15 p.m., Hart Career Center – Titan Career Chat: Careers in Marketing – Jessica Schaeffer '11, Senior Director, LaSalle Network, will dine with students and discuss careers in marketing and opportunities with LaSalle Network. Schaeffer is very dynamic and has held multiple leadership positions in marketing. Lunch provided. Register here. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

4-6 p.m., 1007 E. Jefferson St., Bloomington – Airbnb Open House – Marc Talluto '94 and IWU student interns invite faculty and staff to visit the recently opened student-run Airbnb. Talluto is our Entrepreneur-in-Residence and created this internship opportunity for IWU students to gain real-world startup experience. He and IWU student interns for the Airbnb will be walking around to talk more about this historical home and their experience getting it up and running as an Airbnb. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served, compliments of the Airbnb.

6:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Mental Health Awareness - Suicide Prevention on Campus Keynote – Guest speaker Melissa Monitor is the Director of Embrace Mental Health, a chapter of Elyssa's Mission. She has experience working with adolescents in individual group counseling and teaching suicide prevention to college students. Monitor attended Indiana University and has a master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She will be speaking on suicide prevention, while providing clarification on what is fact or fiction around suicide so that we can all work together to prevent suicide. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services and Interfraternity Council.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball CCIW Quarterfinals vs. Carthage – Live streaming video at



Wednesday, Feb. 26

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.-1 p.m., Atrium, CNS – BOOST Week: BOOST Your Self-Esteem – Stop by this tabling event to work on boosting your self-esteem through gratitude and expressing self-love. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services and Interfraternity Council.

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., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Aurora – Live streaming video at



Thursday, Feb. 27

12:15 p.m., Room 002, State Farm Hall – Titan Career Chat: Careers in Entrepreneurship – Heather Acerra, owner and co-creator of Lux Blox, an award-winning educational tool which teaches about nature's design principles through play, will share her story in entrepreneurship. Most recently the Grand Prize winner of the FedEx Small Business Challenge Grant, Lux Blox has been called "Next-Level Legos" by New York Magazine and a toy "inspiring engineering thinking" by Purdue University. Lux Blox is manufactured right in our backyard in Bloomington. Acerra will cover the gamut of lessons learned in launching a product in the U.S., as well as her experiences as she explores exporting her product.
Lunch provided. Register here. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

4:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Black History Showcase of Inventors – This informative showcase will highlight African-American inventors and the key inventions they have created that helped make modern America. Free and open to the public. This showcase is intended to convey that obstacles are meant to be overcome, and you should never give up on your ambitions. There will be a Snapchat Filter for this event, which you can use if you would like to post stories while you are at the showcase. Sponsored by Phi Gamma Delta and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.



Friday, Feb. 28

11 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - CCIW Championships (Day 1)

Live streaming video at

11 a.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – FYFF: "Job Search" – Part of the Hart Career Center's "For Your Future Friday" series. Whether you are a senior focused on your job search this year or preparing in advance, learning about the job search process can help you avoid stress later. Discover the many ways that the Hart Career Center can help you in your job search.

12 p.m., IDEA Center, Memorial Center – Get Started – This pitch competition and networking event includes free lunch and a chance to win a pair of Apple Airpods. All IWU students are encouraged to participate in Get Started. Students can apply for seed grants of up to $500 to achieve their startup's next milestone. Whether you need to obtain business permits, have your logo designed, or purchase prototyping materials – getting started just got easier. Don't have an idea? Attend for free and vote for your favorite pitch! See for more info and to apply to pitch, or sign up to attend online. Sponsored by the IDEA Center.

12:15 p.m., Hart Career Center – Titan Career Chat: Careers in Human Resources – Jaynanne Calaway-Habeck '99, President of Calaway-Habeck and former VP of People Ops for Panera, will share her career path in human resources, career opportunities in the industry, and answer questions about the field. Calaway-Habeck led Panera Bread's human resources organization that supported Panera's 2,000+ bakery cafes, 22 fresh dough facilities and 3 support centers. Bring your lunch. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

3 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Capital – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – AGD Casino Night  – Students are invited to come play casino-style games and participate in a raffle for prizes. Sponsored by AGD and local businesses.



Saturday, Feb. 29

10:15 a.m., Evergreen Racquet Club, 3203 E. Washington St., Bloomington – Men's Tennis vs. Illinois College

10:45 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - CCIW Championships (Day 2) – Live streaming video at

12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Alma – Live streaming video at

3 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Illinois Wesleyan University Women's Lacrosse vs Hope – Live streaming video at

4:30 p.m., Evergreen Racquet Club, 3203 E. Washington St., Bloomington – Men's Tennis vs. Greenville

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Unity Gala

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert


7:30 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington Ave., La Grange, Illinois – Collegiate Choir Spring TourAfter pre-tour concerts in La Grange and Kankakee and a week-long concert tour in South Africa, the Choir will perform a home concert in Bloomington on Friday, March 20.


Sunday, March 1

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Tuba and Euphonium Ensembles Recital – Sponsored by the School Of Music.

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

More Events
  • Irv Epstein, Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice, was interviewed on the podcast FreshEd With Will Brehm, with regard to his book: Affect Theory and Comparative Education Discourse. FreshEd with Will Brehm is a weekly podcast that takes ideas in educational research, which may initially seem impenetrable, and seeks to make them more accessible, unraveling their complexity through conversations with expert academics in the field. The show began in October 2015 out of the confluence of two ideas: to make research on globalization and education less esoteric by encouraging academics to talk about concepts in their work in a conversational atmosphere using everyday language; and to expand the reach of educational research and ideas to a larger audience, beyond the confines of academic journals and conferences. The show has been widely received, reaching an audience around the world. It has also been incorporated into many university syllabi. The interview can be accessed here.

  • Aaron R. Gierhart '09 defended his dissertation focused on digital pedagogy of elementary teachers and earned his Ed.D. at Illinois State University this month. He has accepted a job as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, beginning in August 2020.

IWU Phonathon

The Titan Talkers have begun calling for the semester. These students will be calling our alumni, parents and friends of the University. Their last day of calling will be on April 9, which is All In For Wesleyan.



Reminder about 2019 Flexible Spending Submission Deadlines

If you have a remaining balance in your 2019 Flexible Spending account, there are some deadlines you will want to consider:

March 15, 2020 - Deadline to incur expenses to use toward your 2019 balance
April 30, 2020 - Deadline for BPC to receive your requests for reimbursement

You can check your balance by contacting BPC at 1-800-355-2350 or by logging on to your account at

All Flex requests for reimbursement should be submitted to BPC. Submissions can be made by mail, fax, online through the BPC website or by using the BPC phone app. If you need a reimbursement form, an electronic form can be found on the BPC website and the Human Resources web page.



TIAA Live Webinars


TIAA live webinars are open to employees and available for registration.




Introduction to Social Security


Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. (CT) 

Many people collect Social Security benefits but not all understand how benefits are calculated, how to apply or basic strategies for claiming benefits. Learn the basics about Social Security including eligibility, how to apply, how your benefit is calculated and strategies for claiming benefits.


Market proof your retirement

Wednesday, March 18 at 11 a.m. (CT) 

In retirement — and the years leading up to it — protecting your savings becomes just as important as growing it. Join us to learn how to create your own personal pension with TIAA Traditional, offered by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA).


Understanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Thursday, March 19 at 11 a.m. (CT) 

You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for health care in retirement? This webinar will help you understand unique aspects of HSAs including how they help account owners to pay for current health care expenses and save for those in the future. We hope that you will join us for this educational event.


Other upcoming webinars include:

  • Tax Planning in 2020, April 14 at 11 a.m. (CT) 
  • Quarterly economic and market update, April 15 at 11 a.m. (CT) 
  • Understanding Medicare, April 16 at 11 a.m. (CT) 


Welcome New Employees

Jeremy Yeary started Feb. 3 as a Campus Safety Officer, replacing John Dolan.


Robert Repta started Feb. 4 as Web Developer in Communications, replacing Michael Gorman '10.


Rachel Rizvi started Feb. 10 as a Campus Safety Officer, replacing Kevin Long.


Alya Abbed started Feb. 25 as a part-time Staff Counselor in Counseling & Consultation Services, replacing Trina McCarty.

In Sympathy
Sharon Albee, who served Illinois Wesleyan international students and registrar's offices for 18 years until her retirement in 2017, passed away on Feb. 2. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Her obituary is online.
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