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Sept. 8, 2020

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Illinois Wesleyan Ranks Among Nation's Top-10 "Best Colleges for Getting a Job"
Illinois Wesleyan ranks No. 1 among Illinois colleges and No. 7 in the nation on Zippia's 2020 list of "The Best Colleges for Getting a Job," based on U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard data.

9%New-Student Enrollment Up 9%
Illinois Wesleyan welcomed 487 new students to the University this fall, a 9% increase in new-student enrollment. Total enrollment held steady at 1,636.

AmyFunk Named 2020 Nurse Educator Fellow
Assistant Professor of Nursing Amy Funk is among 19 nursing faculty statewide to be recognized as a 2020 Nurse Educator Fellow.

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Titan Athletics


  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team wrapped up a first-place finish at the NCAA Division III Preview at the Oglebay Golf Course in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Monday, Sept. 7. The Titans swept the top six spots in the individual standings, including Jimmy Morton '22, who brought home the individual title.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan announced a 9% increase in new student enrollment. More coverage from WGLT-Radio and WJBC-Radio.


Broadway World

Kayla V. White '14 has been promoted to co-artistic director of Ghostlight Ensemble, a nonprofit storefront theatre company in Chicago.

The (Concord-Clayton, Calif.) Pioneer

Taylor Glass '24 won an Antonali College Scholarship, awarded to students who follow their passions in all aspects of the theatrical arts.


Makerspace Manager & Instrument Specialist Marc Tiritilli plans to run for Normal mayor again in 2021.

The Quad-Cities Times

Former standout swimmer Mike Firth '12 will lead the boys' and girls' swimming teams at (East Moline, Ill.) United Township High School.

Chicago Sun-Times

Martin McLaughlin '87 is a nominee for the Illinois House's 52nd District. 

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


Annual Theme Events

Faculty and staff are encouraged to send information on events that relate to this year's academic theme, Health, Healing, and Humanity, to for promotion.


Wednesday, Sept. 9


11 a.m., YouTube Livestream President's Convocation – The Illinois Wesleyan President's Convocation brings faculty, staff and students together to celebrate the new academic year. The winner of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence will be announced. This event will be livestreamed, then available on demand.


Thursday, Sept. 10

12:10 p.m.-12:40 p.m.ZoomLunch and Learn: Your Brain at the Bat: How Neural Activity Can Inform Baseball Performance – Professor of Psychology Jason Themanson will explore how looking at the neural activity of baseball players can provide useful information on their psychology and performance. Hitting is a very complex task in baseball, with many psychological processes working at the same time. Learning what is going on in the brain of hitters can help us understand that complex task and give hitters and coaches important data that can be used to improve hitting performance.

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 838 9860 5476 – Passcode: 105028


Saturday, Sept. 12
Classes will be held (Friday schedule) – Last time for Saturday classes! See the Academic Calendar.


Monday, Sept. 14

Through Friday, Sept. 18, Virtual – Study Abroad Week – The International Office is excited to introduce the Study Abroad Virtual Week: Each day of the week will feature LIVE and pre-recorded sessions, an advising session with the study abroad providers, study abroad conversations with returned #iwuabroaders, fun video releases, Instagram takeovers, giveaways and more. Follow on Instagram for updates @iwu_studyabroad

Campus Events
  • Illinois Wesleyan faculty and an Environmental Studies (ecology concentration) alumna have published a paper about lead contamination in ground venison from shotgun-harvested deer. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Aaron Shoults-Wilson, George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Professor of Biology Given Harper, Genevieve (Jinny) Alexander '14, Associate Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera and local veterinarian Matt Fraker co-authored: Lead Contamination in Ground Venison from Shotgun-Harvested White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Illinois, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2020).

  • Professor of Anthropology Chuck Springwood published a timely article, "A Japanese Sea Spirit Battles COVID-19," in the anthropology e-magazine Sapiens. An editorially independent magazine of the Wenner‑Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Sapiens is published in partnership with the University of Chicago Press.

Use Asset Essentials for Physical Plant Work Requests


Physical Plant would like to remind the campus that My School Building has been closed and no new requests should be entered. Instead Asset Essentials is up and running.


If you have not yet entered a work request, please follow the link below to gain access to Asset Essentials:

This will take you to the Physical Plant web page. About half-way down the page you will find a green button that says Asset Essentials. Click on that button to gain access to the system.

Requester Guide will give you instructions on how to log into the system.


If you have any questions, please call Mary Anderson, Physical Plant Scheduler/Planner, at 556-3067.

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