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April 27, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

sealSeniors Honored for Outstanding Leadership
Five Illinois Wesleyan senior leaders have been recognized as recipients of the 2020 Senior Leadership Awards, in categories of intellectual leadership, cultural leadership, leadership as a university employee, service to the community, and leadership for campus life.

MatthewRoberts '01 Helps Respond to NYC COVID-19 Outbreak
Public health official Matthew Roberts '01, who is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, recently shared his experience with Illinois Wesleyan students during a webinar sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

virtualStudents Select Professor, Advisor, Staff Member of the Year
The Illinois Wesleyan student body voted Joseph Solberg as 2020's Professor of the Year, Meghan Burke as Advisor of the Year and Hannah Mesouani as Staff Member of the Year.

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Titan Athletics
  • Illinois Wesleyan seniors Ally Wiegand and Garrett Shea have been recognized as the school's College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Merle Chapman Leadership award winners, in recognition of their loyalty, enthusiasm, leadership, sportsmanship, and a commitment to academic, athletic and personal excellence.
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Titans In The News
Chicago Parent

Neil '96 and Amy Rubenstein are bringing joy to their neighborhood by donning costumes and staging childhood character appearances.

WGLT Radio

Athletic Director Mike Wagner discussed the altered outlook for college sports, due to the coronavirus.


With "in-depth knowledge" from her years of leadership at Pfizer, Nancy J. Hutson '71, Ph.D., has been appointed to Clearside Biomedical's Board of Directors.

Alumna Kayla (Kindred) Roan '08 has made and donated hundreds of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pantagraph

Sharon Chung '00, professional classical musician and McLean County Board member, is practicing violin outside for her neighbors to enjoy while under the state's stay-at-home order.

CBS-TV Chicago

To help individuals like her husband Herb Zerth '03, an emergency medicine physician, Erin Zerth '03 started the Chicago Area COVID-19 Front Line Hero Meal Trains program.

The Pantagraph

Director of the Small Business Development Center Karen Bussone warned small businesses of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 





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Submit the information using our online form; you can provide virtual event details in the description.


Find more activities and suggestions for ways to be connected and engaged from the Office of Student Involvement.



Monday, April 27

Through Tuesday, April 28 – Final exams

4 p.m., (Virtual) – Faculty Meeting



Wednesday, April 29

1 p.m., Zoom – Dance the Year Out: Workout Session w/ Andrea Cain '14 – The he Campus Activities Board decided to hold another virtual program to celebrate the end of the school year. A WERQ session will be hosted by Andrea Cain, IWU class of 2014 alumna. WERQ is a wildly addictive cardio dance workout based on trending pop and hip hop music. Join us to celebrate the end of the 2019-20 school year. The first 5 people to use #IWUWERQ will get a Dick's Sporting Goods gift card.
Use this link to attend:
You need the PIN # to attend the event on Zoom. Students should have received an email from CAB that contains the PIN #. If you did not receive it, please email to get the PIN #. 



Friday, May 1

12 p.m., (Virtual)  – Titan Career Chat: The Role of a Genetic Counselor – The Hart Career Center is continuing their virtual "Titan Career Chats" series connecting students with successful IWU alumni. Think you want a career in the healthcare field but still exploring your options? Then, don't miss this chance to learn more about genetic counseling. Caitlin Mann '12 is a licensed and certified genetic counselor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After graduating from IWU, she attended the University of Maryland - Baltimore. Mann will discuss her path to her current position and answer your questions.
Email Michele Darnell, pre-health advisor, at for a link to the presentation.



Monday, May 4

4 p.m., (Virtual) – Faculty Meeting



Wednesday, May 6

First day of May Term classes



Titan Talks: Webinar Series

From the Office of Alumni Engagement


You've Got Range: Using Lessons from IWU to Create Success
Presenter: Erick Henderson '12
Optometrist, McCauley Celin Eyecare
Tuesday, April 28  |  12 - 1 p.m.


Five Skills to Lead Where You Are
Presenter: Jordan Diehl Mann '12
Associate Marketing Manager, Spencer Stuart
Wednesday, April 29  |  6 - 7 p.m.


High Stakes Conversations: Skills for Interviews, Digital Meetings, and Using Your Virtual Voice
Presenters: Casey Erin Clark '04 and Julie Fogh
Co-Founders of Vital Voice Training
Thursday, April 30  |  12 - 1 p.m.


Titan Talk with President Georgia Nugent
Presenter: President Georgia Nugent
Wednesday, May 6  |  12 - 1 p.m.
Registration coming soon


Learn more and view past Webinar recordings

Campus Events

Bookstore Sale 

Clearance Sale at IWU Bookstore


The IWU Bookstore has reduced prices to clear out their inventory of memorabilia and make room for new merchandise. Visit for some great online bargains while supplies last.



Encounters Podcast

Encounters is a brand new podcast from the Office of Multifaith Engagement exploring religious practices and beliefs at IWU and beyond. Each episode will focus on a worldview topic through the personal experiences of members of our IWU community. From the familiar to the less-known, Encounters offers insight into the rich worldview diversity at IWU, whether religious, spiritual, or secular. We invite you to tune in and be challenged to think differently about the commonalities that connect us and the differences that make us unique. 

For our first episode, join host Maeve Plunkett '21 in learning about fasting practices among different world traditions, including Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. Did you know that each of these traditions practice fasting at certain times of the year? Do you know what fasting entails in each of these traditions?

We hope you enjoy! Link to listen.

  • IWU's B. Charles & Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding has co-authored an article entitled "Twisting waves increase the visibility of nonlinear behavior," which has just appeared in the New Journal of Physics.

  • John Baines '98, head men's basketball coach at Elmhurst University, was named co-coach of the year by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. John was one of 10 college basketball coaches in the state, across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA, to earn the honor.
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