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Sept. 28, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

JessicaInterns Continue to Gain Experience Amid Pandemic
Illinois Wesleyan students continued to participate in internships throughout the summer, although many experiences were modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EsportsNationally Recognized Esports Program Expands Into Transformed Facility
Following two years of exponential growth and nationally recognized success, the Illinois Wesleyan Esports Program has expanded into a newly transformed facility, officially unveiled on Friday.

Hedding BellIllinois Wesleyan Recognized in National Rankings
Illinois Wesleyan continues to be recognized among the nation's best colleges for liberal arts learning and pre-professional career preparation, according to several recent rankings.

voteCommunity Challenge Encourages Student Voter Engagement
Launched on National Voter Registration Day, Illinois Wesleyan is participating in a friendly competition against Illinois State University and Heartland Community College to encourage voter engagement across the three campuses.

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Titan Athletics


  • The Illinois Wesleyan University men's tennis team and women's tennis team each kicked off their seasons with convincing 6-1 wins at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy on Sunday, Sept. 27.
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Titans In The News
U.S. News & World Report

Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong authored the audiobook Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind (coverage from the Associated Press). Also on WILL-Radio.

Chicago Sun-Times executive editor Chris Fusco '94 was named founding executive editor of Lookout Santa Cruz, an ambitious news startup in central California.


McLean County colleges and universities launched a challenge to see which institution can register the most voters. More coverage from The Pantagraph, WGLT-Radio, WJBC-Radio and The Daily Vidette.


Illinois Wesleyan's esports team unveiled its new campus facility on Friday. More coverage from The Pantagraph and WHOI-TV.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan hosted — virtually — the American Heart Association McLean County Heart Walk on Sunday.

The Pantagraph

Emily Howard, an artist who joined Illinois Wesleyan's faculty in 1883, will be featured in this year's virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk.

The Pantagraph

Director of Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone wrote about decluttering small business workflow in her guest column.



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Monday, Sept. 28


10 a.m. - 2 p.m.Virtual Career Fair Prep Office Hours – Students are invited to visit the Hart Career Center in person or virtually to get extra last-minute help to feel prepared for success at the upcoming Virtual Career Fair. Don't forget to wear your mask and practice social distancing in the office. Sign up here.


4-7 p.m., Virtual – Virtual Career/Internship Fair – Hart Career Center's annual Fall Career Fair will be held virtually in Handshake, our career services platform. A Virtual Fair is different than a traditional in-person fair because there is no waiting in lines – instead, you plan your day in advance. Log in to Handshake, register for the fair, and sign up for group video sessions and 1:1 meetings with companies looking to hire here: The Virtual Internship/Job Fair connects quality candidates with employers and organizations recruiting for pre-professional, professional, and educational experiences including internships, volunteer experiences, graduate and professional school opportunities, as well as part-time and full-time jobs. IWU students of all majors and school years are welcome to attend this event.



Tuesday, Sept. 29


7-8:30 p.m., Virtual - Registration Required – How to Communicate About the Environment in 2020: A Virtual Conversation with IWU Alumni – This dynamic virtual panel features four IWU alumnae – Katie Coleman '04, Anna (Groves) Funk '11, Leslie Morrison '08, and Amanda Solliday '06 – who are working at the intersection of environmentalism and communications, from journalism to advocacy to academia. The panel will discuss the role of communications in science, how environmental organizations are facing up to racial inequities, and how to get people to care about environmental issues during times of historic upheaval and uncertainty. RSVP here: Registration is required to obtain event login link. This event is free and open to the IWU community and public. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, IWU English Department and Hart Career Center.



Wednesday, Sept. 30


11 a.m., Virtual – Faculty Meeting


12 p.m., Zoom – Manage Your Stress Before It Manages You (Academic Skills Series)Register here. Join the Action Research Center for the Academic Skills Series every Wednesday. Our Student Success Tutors will cover a different topic each week. You can see the full schedule, topics, and recordings of past sessions here:


1-4:30 p.m., Virtual – Virtual Practice Interviews – Julie Krause '08, Senior Associate Director of University Events with the University of Chicago, will host virtual practice interviews. Krause has had an exciting career after IWU and she is ready to share her interviewing tips with students. Open to all majors and school years. Please sign up for a time slot in Handshake by uploading your resume here.



Friday, Oct. 2


6 p.m., Zoom – Trivia Night – Kappa Delta is hosting a Virtual Trivia Night to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America and The Baby Fold. Cost of attendance is $5 per person or $20 for a team of 5. If you don't have a team, you can still come and we will assign you a team. Registration Form and Zoom Link.


6 p.m., Virtual – Free Money Game Show – It's FREE money! Join the Campus Activities Board for a game show night and a chance to win big. Link for the event will be sent out to the student body the day of the event.



Monday, Oct. 5


Through Sunday, October 11, Virtual – Virtual Homecoming – We are planning a full week of fun and engaging virtual events and activities happening October 5-11. We look forward to a great week celebrating together. #IWU_HC20 and #IWU_YourStoryStartsHere.

Campus Events
  • Patrick McGrath '93, Head of Clinical Services at NOCD, was interviewed for an article on the Point of Blue Blog, from BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, about managing OCD and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Illinois Wesleyan President S. Georgia Nugent joined a group of university and college presidents in signing a letter opposing the U.S. Department of Education's investigation of Princeton University launched in response to Princeton's public statement outlining steps the university will take to address systemic racism "at Princeton and beyond."


Optional COVID-19 Testing


If you are interesting in participating in the optional COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, Sept. 30, you may sign up here. This is open to students, faculty and staff with a cap of 40 participants. Deadline for Registration is Tuesday, Sept. 29 at noon.



Air Quality in Campus Buildings


Kenton Frost, Manager of Maintenance, provided an update on Physical Plant efforts to verify the working order of all ventilation equipment on campus in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all employees and students. See the protocols and air exchange information on the COVID-19 website.



Trick or Tweet


Submit your 280-character-long #TerrifyingTales and #ScaryStories to between Thursday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11:59 p.m. IWU tutors will judge the winners anonymously. Prizes will be awarded to 1st-3rd place. Stories that win will be shared on IWU Writing Center's social media and web page. All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate; one prize per applicant, three submissions max. Late, NSFW, triggering, or over-long stories won't be considered. Please direct questions to Scanlon. Sponsored by the Writing Center at Illinois Wesleyan.

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