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June 8, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Distributed biweekly during summer months

Campus News

SealFour New Endowed Professors Named
Four Illinois Wesleyan faculty members were invested as endowed professors during the 2019-20 academic year: Ann Eckhardt '03, nursing; Robert Erlewine, religion; Will Jaeckle, biology; and Michael Theune, English.

ChoirCollegiate Choir Makes Impression at South African Festival
Before the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting international travel, members of Illinois Wesleyan's Collegiate Choir sang in the Cape Town and Stellenbosch regions in South Africa during Spring Break, where they were subsequently honored for their performance at a renowned cultural festival.

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Titan Athletics
  • Cora Wilkinson '21 of the Illinois Wesleyan women's track and field team was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 7 Team. She will advance to the Academic All-American ballot.
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Titans In The News
Yahoo! News

Erin Vogel '12, a social psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, discussed the "quarantine canceling" of celebrities.

Economy Watch

Chris Fusco '94, who has presided over a growth period at the Chicago Sun-Times as editor-in-chief, has been named executive editor.

The Pantagraph

Jim Ott '91 was named the NCAA Division III Dave Williams Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America for a second-straight year.

EdTech: Focus on Higher Education

Esports are helping Illinois Wesleyan recruit higher-caliber students, according to IWU Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.

North America Farm Equipment Magazine

Emily Cour '02 was promoted by Brandt to associate general counsel and named assistant corporate secretary to a number of recently created Brandt subsidiaries.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan announced plans to host the Jack Sikma Hall of Fame Tournament to honor its most decorated former player.

Quad-City Times

Professor and Chair of Political Science Greg Shaw  was among prominent Illinoisans asked to recommend books that would help readers understand and then revitalize the state.

The Pantagraph

Fall enrollment numbers at Illinois Wesleyan are ahead of the previous year, despite the uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic.



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



Tuesday, June 9


6:3 p.m., Virtual – A Career in National Security... Even for Scientists! – Kevin Latman '06, Chemical Weapons Analyst at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, will discuss his career path in the federal government, and discuss a number of career opportunities that students may not even realize exist. Although his background was in science, non-scientists also will learn about career possibilities in government. As he describes his path, Latman will provide career tips that he has found useful throughout his journey after IWU.

Sponsored by the Hart Career Center. RSVP: (we will send you the Google Meet link)


Titan Talks: Webinar Series

From the Office of Alumni Engagement


How We Got Here: Racism + Higher Education
Presenter: Dr. Derrick Tillman-Kelly '09
Director of the UIA Fellows Program and Network Engagement, University Innovation Alliance
Wednesday, June 10  |  12 - 1 p.m. CDT
Learn more or register


Titan Community Conversations: Follow-up to
"How We Got Here: Racism + Higher Education"
Thursday, June 11  |  12 - 1 p.m. CDT
Dr. Derrick Tillman-Kelly '09 to lead conversation
Learn more or register

Campus Events
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Courtney Irby is among 10 early-career scholars chosen for the selective 2020 Young Scholars in American Religion Program at the Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.
In Sympathy

Thad Sutter, who served Illinois Wesleyan's bookstore for nearly 20 years before joining Penn College last fall, passed away on May 31. The family will host a celebration of life in the future. See his obituary.


Olga Young passed away on May 28 at age 98. She retired from Illinois Wesleyan in 1986, after 21 years working in the Financial Aid Office. A private family graveside service will be held. An obituary is online.

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