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Nov. 2, 2020

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SealStudent-Faculty Research Continues Through Pandemic
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, student-faculty research collaboration has continued at Illinois Wesleyan, as recognized and celebrated by the Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee.

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Medical historian, bestselling author, and now, television host Lindsey Fitzharris '04 re-examines some of history's most mysterious deaths in The Curious Life and Death Of..., a new series from the Smithsonian Channel.

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The Houston Chronicle

An article about dog cognition, written by Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong for The Conversation, is appearing in media outlets around the country, also including The Washington Post (subscription required).

(Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald

Taking over as CEO/president of the NFL's Tennessee Titans has been beyond the wildest dreams of Burke Nihill '00.

Corporate Counsel

Gretchen Cepek '90 was featured in a special report honoring women who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law. (Free subscription required.)

Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary explained public interest in true crime stories.


Small business growth has resumed in McLean County, according to the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University.


DWS, one of the world's leading asset managers, announced that Matt Hilding '00 has joined the firm as U.S. Head of Wealth.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan researchers found lead fragments in deer harvested with lead ammunition.





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Monday, Nov. 2

Through Friday, Nov. 6 – Entry level southeast corner, The Ames Library – Election 2020 Discussion Wall – During library open hours, any member of the IWU campus community is welcome to reply to the prompts on the bulletin boards and dry erase boards. Students living away from campus can participate remotely via this Google form. Sponsored by the IWU Action Research Center.



Tuesday, Nov. 3


1-3 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Election Day Treats for Voting – Student Senate is providing free cookies and after-election resources for students.


Through Thursday, Nov. 4Poli-Free Zones – On Election Day and the day after, the Office of Residential Life is creating bubble wrap de-stressor squares that will be available for pick up throughout the lobbies of our residence halls. 



Wednesday, Nov. 4

Through Nov. 11 – Class Registration for Spring

All Semester, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Hansen Student Center – Poli-Process Zone – On Nov. 4 and throughout the rest of the semester, ODI will provide treats, light-hearted media and the opportunity to engage in real discussions in either the Director or the Outreach Coordinator offices. These spaces will provide grab-bags of goodies and resources for self-care and further civic engagement. 

8 a.m.-3 p.m., TV Lounge, Hansen Student Center – Office of Student Involvement: Poli-Free Zone – The Office of Student Involvement will have snacks and de-stress coloring opportunities.

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Lower Level, Evelyn Chapel – Office of Multifaith Engagement: Poli-Free Zone – Snacks will be provided all day, a screen will be provided for gaming and/or movies, and coloring and other de-stressing activities will be provided. 

11 a.m., Virtual – Faculty Meeting

12 p.m., Zoom – Procrastination: Getting Started on Getting Started (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 cover a different topic each week. You can see the full schedule, topics, and recordings of past sessions here:


2-3 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Dean of Students Office: Poli-Talk Zone – The Dean of Students Office will host a Poli-Talk Zone co-facilitated by Dean Karla Carney-Hall and Zoe Bouras '18, Adjunct Instructor in Political Science.


3-4:30 p.m., TV Lounge, Hansen Student Center – Office of Student Involvement: Poli-Talk Zone – The Office of Student Involvement will host a "Poli-Talk" for open discussion and debriefing about the election.

3-4:30 p.m., Virtual – International Office: Poli-Talk Zone – International Student and Scholar Advisor Robyn Walter will be available, via Google Meet, to chat with international students about questions they may have about the election process.



Friday, Nov. 6

12:30-1:30 p.m., Lower Level, Evelyn Chapel – Poli-Talk Zone: "Where Are Things at Now and What is the Upcoming Process?" – Professor of Political Science Jim Simeone and Interim Chaplain Monica Corsaro will lead a discussion following up on the national election.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Campus Feud – Get ready to be a part of everybody's favorite television game show – we're playing Family Feud! The virtual link and signup form has been sent out to the student body; sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, Nov. 8

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



Coming Soon:

Veterans Day Celebration – Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10:50 a.m., the campus community is invited for a brief ceremony at the flagpole on the Quad to honor all veterans. (Rain location: Evelyn Chapel)

Campus Events
  • An essay by Issac Funk Endowed Professor of Philosophy Robert Erlewine, "Resolving Contradictions: Samuel Hirsch and the Stakes of Modern Jewish Thought" is published in the November issue of the AJS Review.

  • Margaret Chorazy '02 was named associate dean for academic affairs in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.



Benefits Choice and Open Enrollment


Almost everything has had to be reimagined this year due to COVID, even our annual Benefits Fair. This year, our benefits representatives are unable to travel, we have social distancing requirements to follow and some employees are working from home.


The Human Resources Office wants to make sure you're getting the most out of your IWU benefits and put together this Benefits Choice/Open Enrollment Guide for you to review. In addition to general benefit information, you will find links to benefit websites and plan summaries. Also included are enrollment forms to be completed for 2021 enrollments and changes. You will need to complete a new enrollment form if you want to:
  • Enroll, change plan options or terminate coverage in the BCBS Medical Plan
  • Enroll or terminate coverage in the optional Principal Dental Plan
  • Enroll in the new optional BCBS Vision Plan
  • Add or terminate dependent(s) on your coverage
  • Contribute to a Flex Spending Account or Health Savings Account for 2021

All enrollment forms need to be completed and returned to HR by Friday, Dec. 4. Elections or changes you make during the open enrollment period will become effective Jan. 1, 2021. 

For an overview of the BCBS Medical Plan options and the new vision insurance, please attend an open enrollment Zoom meeting Wednesday, Nov. 4 or Thursday, Nov. 5 at noon. Details and Zoom link are listed in the Open Enrollment Guide. If you are unable to attend, the first session will be recorded and posted to the HR webpage. 


If you have questions about any of the benefits mentioned in this guide, please contact Marie in Human Resources at or x3971.



Apply for the Weir Fellowship


The Action Research Center welcomes applications for the 2020-2021 Weir Fellowship. One student will receive a $1,000 award to complete a community-based project of their own design. Deadline is Nov. 10. More information and the link to the application can be found at



Election Notice


Tuesday, Nov. 3, is the national Election Day. Due to COVID precautions, the campus polling location has been changed 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 Street 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

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