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May 4 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

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Campus News

names in chalkCelebrating the Illinois Wesleyan Class of 2020
Although sadly unable to celebrate Commencement on Sunday, May 3, as originally planned, a group of Titans chalked the name of each graduating senior on the sidewalks surrounding Aspiration Fountain – the same sidewalks where members of the Class of 2020 chalked their aspirations as new students.

international gradsIWU Honors International Student Graduates
Illinois Wesleyan celebrated International Student Graduation virtually, via video conference. After donning their country-specific stole, each senior had a picture taken (virtually) with President Nugent.

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Titan Athletics
  • As part of a celebration of Division III athletics, sophomore softball player Colleen Palczynski produced a series of video interviews with fellow IWU student-athletes, "Calling Pals with Colleen 'Pals,'" discussing #whyD3, Titan athletics, and more.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Celebrating graduates whose traditional Commencement ceremony is postponed, IWU administrators chalked the names of the Class of 2020on sidewalks near Aspiration Fountain. See a photo gallery.


The Pantagraph

The global pandemic has put Illinois Wesleyan and other nursing programs' problem-solving skills to the test, while highlighting the importance of health care workers.

The (Hinsdale, Ill.) Hinsdalean

Dr. Herb Zerth '03 discussed ER conditions while treating COVID-19 patients at Amita Hinsdale Hospital, in a story written by Pamela Lannom Lister '88.

The Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press

Sixth-grade social studies teacher Kenneth French '84 was named a finalist for the Vanderburgh (Ind.) County Outstanding Educators of the Year awards.

The Lincoln (Ill.) Courier

Molly (Ehlert) Lamb '03 has been named the new executive director of the University of Illinois Springfield Center for State Policy and Leadership.

The (Madison, Wis.) State Journal

Chad McGehee '03 was named the University of Wisconsin-Madison athletic department's first director of meditation training.

The Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press

Sixth-grade social studies teacher Kenneth French '84 was named a finalist for the Vanderburgh (Ind.) County Outstanding Educators of the Year awards.


IWU alumna and instructor Sharon Chung '00 shared her experience as a local musician during the stay-at-home order.

x(Godfrey, Ill.) AdVantage

Shane Smith '13 traveled to countries such as the Bahamas, Panama and Colombia for his first year in the Kern Ferry Tour, before golf tournaments were canceled due to the coronavirus.

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Monday, May 4


Summer Hours Begin – Through Aug. 14, daily work hours for staff will be 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

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


Titan Talk with President Georgia Nugent
Wednesday, May 6  |  12 - 1 p.m.

Presenter: President Georgia Nugent


COVID-19 and the Limits of Federal Crisis Management
Thursday, May 14  |  12 – 1 p.m. CDT
Presenter: Dr. David Priess '93
Chief Operating Officer, Lawfare Institute
Writer and speaker on the presidency, intelligence, and national security
Former CIA Intelligence Officer

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.

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