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Oct. 26, 2020

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GianinaBaker '04 Named Central Illinois Woman of the Year
Central Illinois Business Magazine named Illinois Wesleyan alumna Gianina Baker '04, who is associate director at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, as Woman of the Year from the publication's "Forty Under 40" class.

Titan VotesIllinois Wesleyan Wins "BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge"
Illinois Wesleyan topped Illinois State and Heartland Community College to win the "BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge," with the most total students registering to vote.

DeerResearchers Find Lead Contamination in Shotgun-Harvested Deer
A recent study by an interdisciplinary IWU research team found that nearly half of ground venison packets from shotgun-harvested deer may contain metal fragments – including lead – potentially leading to adverse health effects.

MeghanLehman '21 Honored As Lincoln Academy Student Laureate
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois has recognized senior nursing major Meghan Lehman '21 as Illinois Wesleyan University's 2020 Student Laureate.

BillDamaschke '85 Produces Tony-Nominated Musical Moulin Rouge!
Moulin Rouge!, executive-produced by Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Bill Damaschke '85, has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

SusyMarcum '89 Named School Nurse of the Year in Illinois
The Illinois Association of School Nurses has named Susann Marcum '89 as the 2020 School Nurse of the Year in recognition of two decades of service in schools across McLean County Unit District No. 5.

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Titans In The News

A mural painted by Bruce Clark '97 and featuring a poem by Yovana Milosevic '21 was unveiled by the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. More coverage from WGLT-Radio and The Pantagraph.


Illinois Wesleyan won the "BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge," a friendly competition between local colleges to see which institution could register the most voters.

The Conversation

As people spend more time with their pets during the pandemic, Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong offered insights into what's on your dog's mind.

(Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette

Gianina (Taylor) Baker '04 headed Central Illinois Business Magazine's "Forty Under 40" class as its Woman of the Year.


A study from IWU researchers showed lead contamination in ground venison from shotgun-harvested deer. Also on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Monitor Daily

IWU Trustee Jill (Misener) York '85 was named to the board of directors of Old Second Bancorp, the holding company for the Old Second National Bank. 

Comparing over 1,000 higher education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures, WalletHub ranked Illinois Wesleyan among the top 10 colleges and universities in Illinois.


The Pantagraph

The Pratt Music Foundation awarded 37 scholarships to students who will receive individualized instruction in strings or piano at the Illinois Wesleyan Preparatory Music Program.

Daily North Shore

Gale Strenger Wayne '78 carries on her family's long tradition of civic duty through her role as vice chair of the Lake County Community Foundation.

More Titans in the News

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Tuesday, Oct. 27


3-4 p.m., Virtual – Farewell Reception for Brandon Common – The campus community is invited to gather by Zoom. After remarks, Dr. Common will be available in a break-out room for one-on-one time. Meeting ID: 876 6807 5137; Passcode: 443322.
We are also scheduling Virtual Drop-in hours: Please complete this Google form; you will then receive an invitation to choose a 5-minute time: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10-11 a.m. or Thursday, Oct. 29, 3-4 p.m.

4 p.m., Virtual – Grad School Crash Course SeriesWriting a CV and a Personal Statement – This workshop is 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.


6-7:30 p.m., Virtual – Titan Talks Webinar: Leaders in Education – Rising to the Challenges of COVID-19 – Hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement, with presenters Gianina Baker '04, Ph.D., John Camardella '03, Amy DeBoer '15, Marsha Guenzler-Stevens '78, Ph.D., and Erin Moran '12, Ph.D. Learn more or register

7 p.m., Virtual – Maybe Medicine? Moving from Maybe to Definitely with a Strong Personal Statement – Are you thinking about applying to graduate school with a focus in medicine? Perhaps you want to become an advanced practice nurse? Maybe dentistry is more your speed? Does an MD appeal to you? This workshop will take you through the work done to craft a personal statement that will set you up for an interview with the college(s) of your choice. We've planned this one well before most application deadlines, too, so you can return to meet with a tutor several times before your final statement is due. To register for this event or to receive the recorded lecture, see more information on the Writing Center's website. If you have questions or would like the Zoom link and passcode, contact Open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni.



Wednesday, Oct. 28

9 a.m., Virtual – I-74 Graduate and Professional School Virtual Fair – Illinois Wesleyan University has teamed up with colleges along I-74 – Augustana College, Knox College, Monmouth College, Bradley University, and Millikin University – to provide our students with a Graduate/Professional School Virtual Fair. This Virtual Fair will be hosted through Handshake. To register, view the attending schools, and build your schedule, visit this Handshake link.

12 p.m., Zoom – The Ames Advantage: Research Skills For Success (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:



Thursday, Oct. 29

4 p.m., Virtual – IWU Freeman Asia Information Session – Students are invited to sign up using this Google form to receive the Zoom meeting link. The Summer 2021 IWU Freeman Asia Internship in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines is moving forward. We are cautiously optimistic that the program will run, but will make a determination toward the end of March based on information from various resources. This opportunity is available to both domestic and international students who are sophomores or juniors at the time of application and who will return to the IWU campus for at least a semester following the internship.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Dia de los Muertos with SALSA – SALSA will host this event to discuss the importance of Dia de los Muertos and share personal stories.



Saturday, Oct. 31

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center Center Court – Halloween Bingo – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, Nov. 1

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


Campus Events

Optional COVID-19 Testing

If you are interested in participating in the optional COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 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. 27 at noon.



Election Notice

Tuesday, Nov. 3, is the national Election Day. The campus polling location has been changed due to COVID precautions from the Hansen Student Center to the east side of the Activity Center of the Shirk Center. All voters (community and campus members) will be asked to enter the Shirk Center using the doors on the east side of the building off the parking lot. The polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

Please expect increased use of the Shirk Center parking lot. If you normally use this lot, please consider using the lot on the south side of Emerson behind the Theta Chi fraternity.  You can enter this lot from Horenberger Drive.  

We make a campus polling location available not only for the community, but also for our students, faculty and staff who are registered to vote in Bloomington. If you live in precincts 1, 4 or 41, the Shirk Center will be your polling place. 

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations, at



TIAA Live Webinars


TIAA live webinars are open to IWU employees and available for registration:


The November webinar line-up includes these topics:


Making Gifts to Loved Ones and Charities

You can help to maximize the value of your life's work and help to take care of your surviving loved ones and philanthropic causes with a little planning. This webinar will review basic strategies for giving to individuals and charities during your lifetime, as well as legacy planning.

Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. (CDT)


Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing

Discover how you can manage risk versus reward, as well as understand the role of investing and managing risks, ways to help accelerate savings and tools that can help sustain a portfolio.

Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. (CDT)


The Power of Saving

Whether you're the kind of person that lives and spends in the now or plans for what's ahead, there are always ways to save smarter. In this seminar, you'll learn a number of strategies to better manage your money. Plus, you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to pay your bills, save for a rainy day, and achieve any larger financial goals you've set for yourself.

Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. (CDT)


Making it Easier for You: Online Tools and Resources

Save time, manage your money, and feel empowered by learning and using the latest digital enhancements.

Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. (CDT)


Retiring in the "New Normal"

We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings many of the risks to light, giving you a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you've saved as it grows. And for those still working, we'll talk about protecting your income in retirement by creating a guaranteed income stream to help cover essential expenses. Plus, the next steps you can take to help protect your retirement future.

Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. (CDT)


Responsible Investing: Portfolios with a Purpose

Make an impact with a social choice. Did you know that responsible investing (RI) enables investors to align their social and environmental principals with their financial goals? Learn the factors that make an investment socially responsible, the history of RI and ways for individuals to incorporate RI into their investment strategy.

Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. (CDT)


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