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Oct. 19, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

Nico and HenrykenAI Conference Chair Lauds Student Researchers
Minzhao (Henryken) Liu '21 and Nico Lopez '21 recently presented their research on optical aberrations at the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE) virtual conference on Emerging Topics in Artificial Intelligence, leaving a strong impression on experts in the field of optics.

Eckley ScholarsEckley Scholars Pursue Research Across Disciplines
Not even a global pandemic could deter IWU's innovative and self-motivated Eckley Scholars from completing their independent, undergraduate research projects during the summer of 2020:

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Titan Athletics


  • The NCAA announced on Oct. 14 that Illinois Wesleyan was awarded hosting responsibilities for two future NCAA Championships: the 2025 NCAA Division III Softball Championships and the 2025 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championships.
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Titans In The News
Crain's Chicago Business

Carol Brandt '78 was recognized by Forbes among Top Women Wealth Advisors 2020. Advisors are selected based on industry experience, assets, revenue and compliance.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Michael Brun offered expert advice on the topic of credit cards for people with no credit.


Illinois Wesleyan will host the 2025 NCAA Division III championships in softball and women's volleyball. More coverage from The Pantagraph

(Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette

Mike Plecki '18, an accountant at Martin Hood, together with his father won the inaugural Khan Cup at Urbana (Ill.) Country Club.  

The Mining Journal

A newly released study by a team of Illinois Wesleyan researchers found lead in ground venison made from deer killed by shotguns.



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Tuesday, Oct. 20


4 p.m., Virtual – Grad School Crash Course Series - Making the Right Choice: Researching and Choosing Grad Schools – This workshop will be presented by the Hart Career Center's new career advisor, Lisa DeWeert. Please register for the event in Handshake. This presentation will be held virtually on Zoom.


7 p.m., Virtual – Titan Talk (Virtual): "Tackling Climate Change" – Climate change has led to an increase in extreme weather and natural disasters, and as temperatures rise the impacts are expected to negatively impact livelihoods, especially for the most vulnerable communities. To achieve deep decarbonization and avoid the most dramatic impacts of climate change, countries, corporations, and communities are in pursuit of actionable climate solutions. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Karen Petersen '07 – an IWU alumna who is the Climate Change Project Manager for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy – will discuss her career trajectory, her role at TNC, and how her work is addressing global climate change. Register here for login link. This Titan Talk through the Alumni Engagement Office is presented in partnership with the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Program.



Wednesday, Oct. 21


Through Friday, Oct. 30 – Academic Advising for Spring, May Term and Summer


12 p.m., Zoom – Writing 101: Crafting Strong Papers (Academic Skills Series)Register here. Students are invited to 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:



Friday, Oct. 23


7 p.m., Virtual – Murder Mystery – Everybody is guilty until proven innocent. Grab your friends and help solve this mystery murder! Virtual link will be sent out to the student body the day of the event. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.


7:30 p.m., Virtual – School of Theatre Arts Streaming Presentation: Mary Jane – Mary Jane is a loving mother who finds herself with a sick child. As she navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. Mary Jane is Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog's remarkably powerful and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American woman striving for grace. Presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. Tickets pending for streaming presentation:


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra Concert



Saturday, Oct. 24


7:30 p.m., Virtual – School of Theatre Arts Streaming Presentation: Mary Jane



Sunday, Oct. 25


2 p.m., Virtual – School of Theatre Arts Streaming Presentation: Mary Jane


6 p.m., Virtual (Zoom) – Student Senate General Assembly MeetingMeeting Link





Please join us in a variety of ways to appreciate the many contributions of Dr. Brandon Common to campus life at Illinois Wesleyan. In our COVID-19 environment, we have new opportunities to offer our heartfelt congratulations, and we want to provide a couple of options:

  1. Virtual recognition reception:  We will gather by Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 3-4 p.m. to honor Brandon's accomplishments during his time at IWU. After remarks, Brandon will be available in a break-out room where you can have some 1-1 time.
    1. Meeting ID: 876 6807 5137; Passcode: 443322
  2. Virtual Drop-in hours:  While Brandon is always available for walk-in/drop-in connections, we know that our crazy times make this a bit challenging. So, we've scheduled a few "walk-in hours" via Google Calendar. Please complete this Google form to select a time. You will then receive an invitation to choose a 5-minute time.  
    1. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10-11 a.m.
    2. Thursday, Oct. 29, 3-4 p.m.
  3. Send a note/card:  We are also happy to collect note cards of "thanks" to be presented to Brandon.
Campus Events
  • Moulin Rouge!, the Broadway hit executive produced by Bill Damaschke '85, earned 14 Tony nominations.

  • Information Literacy Librarian / Associate Professor Chris Sweet completed the Open Education Network's Certificate in Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarianship. This highly competitive program aims to develop leaders within academic librarianship to aid in the creation and implementation of OERs at participants' institutions. Sweet has also been appointed to the OER Committee of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries of Illinois, which will create a plan for supporting OERs across the consortium.





Optional COVID-19 Testing

If you are interested in participating in the optional COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, you may sign up here. This is open to students, faculty and staff with a cap of 40 participants. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Oct. 20 at noon.



Save the Date: (Virtual) Posse Plus Retreat
Saturday, Jan. 29
2-4:30 p.m.

The Posse Plus Retreat has a short but rich history of fostering dynamic discussions about leadership, diversity and inclusion. With a commitment to safety, this year's format will be virtual, but no less impactful. Please save the date for this amazing experience! More information about registration will be provided in January.



Submit Your Diversity Action Plan Progress Reports


REMINDER: Please submit your progress on departmental Diversity Action Plans using this very simple form by Nov. 1. Thanks in advance for your work to advance campus inclusion.

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