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Nov. 16, 2020

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Campus News

Food Bank Students Put Principles into Practice at Midwest Food Bank
This Thanksgiving, holiday meals will be provided to roughly 2,500 McLean County families in need, thanks in part to the hard work and generous spirit of Illinois Wesleyan's Profession of Social Work class.

Downtown Bloomington Tops National Survey
Bloomington, home to Illinois Wesleyan, has been named the "happiest city" in the U.S., according to Zippia's 2020 list of the 10 "Happiest Cities" in the country.

MelissaFormer Titan Flourishing in Role as Air Force Major
In a Veteran's Day spotlight from Titan Athletics, 2006 National Champion and active-duty service member Melissa Harden-Peterson '06 reflects on her time at IWU. Also featured: First Lieutenant Alex Lambert '11.

Haven Ryburn '24 Continues Education at Illinois Wesleyan
As a recipient of the McLean County Scholarship Guarantee, first-year Illinois Wesleyan psychology major Haven Ryburn '24 began her college career having already gained eight years of experience in the workforce.

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Titans In The News
ABC Radio National

Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong was interviewed by ABC Radio National (Australia) about how dogs see the world.

Kristy (Heuter) Chipman '93 was appointed chief financial officer of Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. More coverage from WFMJ-NBC.

(Mattoon, Ill.) Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Inspired by a Rotary Youth Exchange trip to Peru, Adjunct Instructor in Political Science Zoe Bouras ’18 is now the communications and development director for The Immigration Project.

(Madison, Wis.) Isthmus

A collaborative text and image installation by Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz and former IWU Photographer/Videographer Jason Reblando is on exhibit at the Arts + Literature Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Monday, Nov. 16
Last Day of Classes!

Class Registration for Summer



Tuesday, Nov. 17
Reading Day (NO CLASSES)



Wednesday, Nov. 18
Through Friday, Nov. 20 – Final examinations



Friday, Nov. 20
Fall Semester Ends


Through Nov. 22, Virtual – School of Theatre Arts - Musical: ChessChess will be streamed November 20, 21, and 22. Once you have activated your code, you have 48 hours to use it. There is no set time to watch the show; you just need to finish watching it by 11:45 p.m. on Sunday night because it will not be available after that time. Please go to to purchase a ticket.

Ticket prices are:  
$5.00 for IWU faculty/staff/students
$12.00 for general admission 
$15.00 for IWU family (multiple viewers on one device) 
$25.00 for general admission family (multiple viewers on one device)



Saturday, Nov. 21 - Monday, Nov. 30
Thanksgiving Break. Campus offices will be closed.


Find hours for The Ames Library and the Shirk Center through the break.



Monday, Nov. 30
Through Wednesday, Dec. 23 – 4 o'clock hours will be observed. Campus offices will operate from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays.



Friday, Dec. 4
Through Nov. 6, Virtual – School of Theatre Arts: Mary JaneMary Jane will be streamed December 4, 5, and 6. Once you have activated your code, you have 48 hours to use it. There is no set time to watch the show; you just need to finish watching it by 11:45 p.m. on Sunday night as the show will not be available after that time. Please go to to purchase a ticket.



December 24, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Winter Break. Campus offices will be closed.



Monday, Jan. 4

Through Friday, Jan. 8 – 4 o'clock hours observed. Campus offices will reopen and operate from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.



Wednesday, Jan. 13
First day of classes

Campus Events
  • Dave Varel '05 authored "The Professoriate Needs Pedigree Diversity," which the American Association of University Professors published in its Academe Blog on November 9. Varel's second book, The Scholar and the Struggle: Lawrence Reddick's Crusade for Black History and Black Power, will be published by UNC Press in December.

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.



Benefits Choice/Open Enrollment Reminder

If you want to make any of the following insurance changes for 2021, please return your form(s) to HR by Friday, Dec. 4.


Flexible Spending Enrollment Reminder

If you want to contribute to a Flexible Spending Account for 2021, please return your Flex enrollment form to HR by Friday, Dec. 4.


Health Savings Account (HSA) Enrollment Reminder

If you are enrolled in the Gold medical plan option and want to contribute to your HSA for 2021, please return your HSA enrollment form to HR by Friday, Dec. 4.


For information about IWU benefits, see the HR Benefits page, which includes additional links to the Open Enrollment Guide and a Recording of our Virtual Benefits Overview.


If you have questions about your benefits, please contact Marie in Human Resources at or x3971.

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