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Aug. 17, 2020

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ConvocationNew Student Convocation
Illinois Wesleyan officially welcomed first-year and transfer students during New Student Convocation, held virtually via Zoom, on Aug. 11. The incoming class includes 62 first-generation students along with 64 legacy Titans, who had a close family member attend IWU.

TreyShort Honored with Starkey Award
Trey Short, senior instructional technologist who played a critical role in IWU's rapid transition to teaching, learning and working in an online environment, is the 2020 recipient of Illinois Wesleyan's Max L. Starkey Service Award.

GardenMy Summer at the Peace Garden
Economics and political science major David Werner '21 gives a first-hand account of the meaning and wisdom found in his summer working at Illinois Wesleyan's Peace Garden, which complemented his internship at West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Veggie Oasis.

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Julia DeMotte '24 discussed Illinois Wesleyan's COVID-19 precautions as she prepares to start her college career, while Lizzie Maguire '21 returns to campus with cautious optimism for her senior year.
The Pantagraph

Among modifications to semester kickoff traditions at Illinois Wesleyan, students gathered (in socially distanced fashion) around Aspiration Fountain to talk about their goals.

The Pantagraph

Erin (Ready) Patton '94, who spent the past 15 years as senior Vice President of Plan Services for Alliance Benefit Group in Peoria, has joined Striegel Knobloch & Co. in Bloomington. 


A busy summer for IWU golfer Rob Wuethrich '21 was highlighted by winning the Jack Nicklaus Award and meeting the legendary golfer.

The (Green Bay, Wis.) Press Times

Former IWU All-American golfer Conner O'Neil '18 won the Brown County Amateur golf tournament.

The Pantagraph

World War II veterans, including Art Leach '42, recalled "VJ Day" on the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.

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Monday, Aug. 17

First Day of Classes


Saturday, Aug. 22

Classes will be held (Tuesday schedule) – View the Academic Calendar.



Titan Talks: Webinar Series

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


The Future of the School of Music
Presenter: Dr. Franklin Larey, Director and Professor of the School of Music
Moderator: Todd French '93, President, String Works, Inc.
Thursday, August 20  |  12 - 1 p.m. CDT


Staying Emotionally Balanced During the Time of COVID-19
Presenters: Qiana Cryer-Coupet '06, Megan Henry '12, Dr. Patrick McGrath '93,
Barb Nathan '80, Dr. Erin Zerth '03
Moderator: Associate Professor of Psychology Linda Kunce
Tuesday, August 25  |  12 - 1 p.m. CDT

Campus Events

  • B. Charles & Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor Gabriel Spalding led a national "virtual coffee hour" discussion on "Promoting Writing in Physics Courses & Labs" for the American Association of Physics Teachers on Aug. 11.


  • Nate Knuffman '98 was named interim vice chancellor for finance and operations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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