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May 26, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Distributed biweekly during summer months

Campus News

LeahBieniak '21 Awarded National Udall Scholarship
Illinois Wesleyan environmental studies major Leah Bieniak '21 has been awarded a highly competitive Udall Scholarship for excellence in leadership, public service, and commitment to the environment.

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Titan Athletics
  • The ninth annual Illinois Wesleyan "Tommy Awards," sponsored by the IWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and State Farm Insurance, presented awards to Illinois Wesleyan athletes in an array of categories in a virtual awards show. The full show can be viewed here.
  • Junior Rob Wuethrich, member of the No. 1 ranked Illinois Wesleyan University men's golf team, was named one of five finalists for the 2020 Jack Nicklaus Division III National Player of the Year Award presented by
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Titans In The News

Burke Nihill '00 was promoted to president/CEO of the National Football League's Tennessee Titans. More coverage from the TennesseanThe Pantagraph, and USA Today.

The (Chattanooga, Tenn.) Chattanoogan

John Tharp '93 was named principal at Chattanooga's Red Bank Middle School. Also reported by WTVC-TV in Chattanooga.

Religion News Service

Al '89 and Andi (Guzman) Tauber '88, who met while students at Illinois Wesleyan, lead the faith-based nonprofit Emmaus Ministries, serving sexually exploited men.

WMTV (Madison, Wis.)
Chad McGehee '03 provides innovative training to University of Wisconsin-Madison student-athletes as the school's first director of meditation training.

Chris Fusco '94 was promoted to executive editor at The Chicago Sun-Times.

The Pantagraph

Director of the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan Karen Bussone said lessons learned by small businesses during COVID-19 may be applied to long-term approaches.

Illinois State University mourned the death of Steve Adams '68, longtime public address announcer at ISU men's basketball and football games, after a more than three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Also in The Pantagraph.






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Tuesday, May 26


2 p.m., (Virtual) – Charlas con cafecito: May Term Edition – Students are invited to join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for Charlas con cafecito (conversations and coffee) every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the month of May. Check your email for the link and password.

6:30 p.m., Virtual – Economics Consulting: Applying Economics & Data Analysis to Front-Page Legal Issues – Learn about working in economics consulting, a fast-paced field that applies economic analysis to the context of business litigation and regulatory investigations. Todd Kumler '07, Senior Manager at Cornerstone Research, will present an overview of the economics consulting industry, including the types of projects that economics consultants work on and the day-to-day life of a consultant. He will also discuss opportunities at economics consulting firms for undergraduates and the types of candidates recruited by these firms. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.
RSVP: (we will send the Google Meet link).


Friday, May 29

May Term Final Exams

Campus Events
  • Irv Epstein, Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice and chair of the Educational Studies Department, has authored an invited contribution to the Centre for Education and International Development, University College of London Institute of Education blog series, "Education in the Time of COVID-19." His piece, "COVID-19 and Affect: A View from the United States," can be accessed at
  • R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English James Plath was interviewed on One True Podcast, a podcast of the Hemingway Society, discussing the story "Big Two-Hearted River," considered one of the author's early masterpieces.
  • Sandra Steingraber '81, biologist, author and cancer survivor, will share about her life's work investigating the links between human health, cancer, and environmental toxins in an online event presented by the Wellness House on June 4, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Learn more or register here. Other alumni involved include Caly Meyers-Mixa '09, who serves as human resources and volunteer manager, and Brittany Brady '15, oncology education coordinator for the Wellness House in Hinsdale, Illinois, a nonprofit that provides free programming for people impacted by cancer.

Clearance Sale at IWU Bookstore

Bookstore Sale 

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.



TIAA Webinars


The TIAA June 2020 live webinars are open to employees and available for registration now.


Planning for diminished capacity

June 16 at 11 a.m. (CDT)

Aging can change many things in a person's life, including the ability to manage one's own money. You can learn about the important documents you should consider putting in place, as well as the various options, including funding for long-term care.


Inside money: Managing income and debt

June 16 at 2 p.m. (CDT)

Discover how to help make your money work harder by using your cash flow more effectively, developing good saving habits and better managing debt.


Responsible investing: Portfolios with purpose

June 18 at 11 a.m. (CDT)

Make an impact with a social choice. Did you know that responsible investing (RI) enables investors to align their social and environmental principals with their financial goals? Learn the factors that make an investment socially responsible, the history of RI and ways for individuals to incorporate RI into their investment strategy.


Equally prepared: Financial planning for the LGBTQ community

June 23 at 11 a.m. (CDT)

You can learn about the specific challenges faced by the LGBTQ community—both financial and legislative, even with the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling—and potential solutions to address them.


The power of saving

June 25 at 11 a.m. (CDT)

Do you live in the moment, or plan for the future? This seminar offers strategies and potential solutions when it comes to saving money. You will learn tips for managing your finances which may help you find the freedom and confidence to pay your bills, achieve your goals, and even save for a rainy day.


In recognition of the ongoing concern generated by the COVID-19 crisis, a new webinar has been added to the calendar:

Retiring in the "New Normal"

June 17 at 11 a.m. (CDT)

We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings all of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you've saved as it grows. And for those still working, we'll talk about protecting your income in retirement, by creating a personal pension to help cover essential expenses and next steps you can take to help protect your retirement future.


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