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Aug. 3, 2020

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Campus News

ClaireClass of 2020 Honored at Virtual Commencement
Illinois Wesleyan University celebrated more than 380 graduating members of the Class of 2020 in a virtual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 2.


Stephanie Davis-Kahl Named University Librarian
Stephanie Davis-Kahl, a member of Illinois Wesleyan's library faculty since 2004, has been named University Librarian and Copyright Officer.


Illinois Wesleyan Announces Spring 2020 Dean's List
Illinois Wesleyan's Dean's List for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year included 831 students from 29 states and 16 countries.


Summer/Fall Magazine Features Titans in the Time of COVID-19
The latest edition of the Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine, now in mailboxes and online, features Titans on the front lines of the pandemic response.

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Titan Athletics


  • With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to present challenges to the campuses and communities throughout the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, and after thorough consideration of new NCAA guidelines, the CCIW Council of Presidents announced the suspension of all fall intercollegiate sports.
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Titans In The News
Illinois Wesleyan celebrated its Class of 2020 in a virtual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 2. Also see coverage from WJBC Radio and a preview from The Pantagraph.

Food Business News

Thomas Welge '92 was named president and chief executive officer of Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. by the company's board of directors.

The Pantagraph

Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews '66 is working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, calling Kansas City Royals games from his kitchen.

The Pantagraph
IWU faculty passed a resolution asking the administration to delay sending letters of termination to tenured faculty affected by program cuts. Also reported by WGLT-Radio and WMBD-TV.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus, Illinois Wesleyan will house some students in hotels this fall.


Justin Zamirowski '97 was named Better Therapeutics' chief commercial officer.

The Pantagraph

Director of the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan Karen Bussone wrote about the impact of COVID-19 on minority- and women-owned businesses.

Chicago Tribune

President Georgia Nugent wrote a letter to the editor about how liberal arts studies have evolved over time.



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



Thursday, Aug. 6


2-3 p.m., Zoom – Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Update Webinar


Friday, Aug. 7


Transfer Student Orientation (Virtual)


Saturday, Aug. 8


Through Monday, Aug. 10IMPACT and International Student Orientation programs


Monday, Aug. 10


4:30 Hours Resume – Summer 4:00 hours end; campus offices will be open until 4:30 p.m. daily.




Tuesday, Aug. 11Turning Titan: New Student Orientation



Titan Talks: Webinar Series

A lifelong learning and engagement opportunity for the Illinois Wesleyan community from the Office of Alumni Engagement.


Front Line Leaders in the Fight Against COVID-19
Presenters: Dr. Ben Killey '99, Emergency Room Doctor; Janna Morgan '10, RN, Intensive Care Nurse; Dr. Paul Pedersen '73, Chief Medical Officer at OSF

Moderator: Dr. Vickie Folse '86, Professor, Director and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of Nursing; Interim Executive Director of Counseling and Health Services
Tuesday, August 4  |  12 - 1 p.m. CDT


Campus Events

Alumni Engagement Now in Holmes Hall

Among "new places" for the new school year, the Office of Alumni Engagement is now located on the first floor of Holmes Hall, 103M (through the lobby past the Rubber Tree plant).



IWU Federal Credit Union - Annual Meeting

Come for the business reports! Stay for the door prizes!


Date:            Monday, August 10, 2020

Time:           12:00 Noon

Where:         Google Meet -

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This year's annual meeting will be a little different. It's in August rather than April and we'll "meet" online via Google Meet.


Unfortunately, we can't provide the usual inexpensive lunch. But we'll still provide the rousing year-end review of the credit union's performance and give away 10 door prizes valued at $10 each.


This is a great opportunity to start returning our lives to normal. We look forward to seeing our regular friends and plenty of newcomers, as well!


  • Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Knoll was invited to present on June 25 for the NICU Therapy Research Laboratory at USC Chan Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. She highlighted her PIOMI program in the presentation "Oral Motor Therapy by Parents: How You Can Partner to Get Your Preemie HOME" as part of a free webinar series for NICU caregivers during the pandemic.

  • Josephine Gurira '67, reference services librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Karrmann Library, was honored with the university's 2020 Outstanding Woman of Color Award.
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