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Jan. 11, 2021

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Campus News

Stephanie Dr. Stephanie Whyte '91 to Deliver Founders' Day Convocation and Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In Keynote

Dr. Stephanie A. Whyte, a 1991 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, will present the combined Founders' Day Convocation and MLK Teach-In keynote address titled "COVID-19: The great disruptor," on Jan. 20.

AllisonSchrader '22 Earns National Green Chemistry Honor

Junior chemistry major Allison Schrader '22 has been selected from a competitive pool of candidates from across the country to receive the Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry.

Ellen Faculty, Alumni and Students Shaping the Field of Canine Cognition

Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong has fostered a new generation of researchers passionate about dog cognition, with attention and opportunities coming to students and alumni including Zach Silver '18, Ellen Stumph '19, and Sydney Rowley '20.

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WGLT Radio

Dr. Gregory Poland '77 discussed the difficulty of convincing enough people to take the COVID-19 vaccine to achieve herd immunity on WGLT's "Sound Ideas."

The (Galesburg, Ill.) Register Mail

Jordan Koehler '19 was named head golf coach at St. Mary's (Ind.) College.

The Pantagraph

All IWU students, whether or not they live on campus, are required to undergo COVID testing before the spring semester, as they did at the start of the fall semester.


Illinois Wesleyan's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was featured in a series reflecting on the creative, innovative moments in lighting design in 2020.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Married theater artists Bryan and Katie (Whalley) Banville '09 shared how they've coped with the shutdown of live performances during the pandemic.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Booker T. Washington STEM Academy fifth-grade teacher Todd McCannon '01 used his artistic skills to creatively engage students when instruction went remote, creating chalkboard murals for his Zoom background.

Chicago Tribune

When she's not playing basketball at Illinois Wesleyan, Emily Kleffman '24 crochets for charity.

The Pantagraph

IWU golfers Rob Wuethrich '21 and Jimmy Morton '22 honored fallen soldiers as they participated in the Patriot All-America Invitational in Litchfield, Arizona.

WGLT Radio

Volunteers from Illinois Wesleyan and other local universities and colleges assist with translation services for Congolese patients at the local nonprofit Community Health Care Clinic.

The Pantagraph

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, which includes Illinois Wesleyan, announced plans to resume winter sports on Jan. 23.


The Pantagraph

Athletic trainers like Illinois Wesleyan's Bill Kauth are adjusting to new demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WGLT Radio

Kate Tombaugh '07 topped 155 other mezzo-sopranos in the Mildred C. Miller International Competition.

Broadway World

Raven Stubbs '13 is the new program director for PlayMakers Laboratory, a Chicago nonprofit offering educational programming focused on storytelling, theatre and social-emotional skills.

The Edwardsville Intelligencer

(Subscription required) Ryan Jumper '00, now an associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, was featured in a "Where are they now" spotlight.

WGLT Radio

Retired IWU Professor of Economics Mike Seeborg offered insight on the surge in retirements due to COVID-19.

WGLT Radio
As the pandemic forces many small businesses online, students assist the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan in offering support.
WGLT Radio

Student enrollment at Illinois Wesleyan is expected to hold steady for the spring term, said Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.

The Pantagraph

Former IWU men's basketball coach Scott Trost was among those included in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame's Class of 2021.

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Monday, Jan. 11

10 a.m., Virtual – IWU Retirement Plan Webinar – Illinois Wesleyan University will host several webinars to explain the upcoming enhancements to the Illinois Wesleyan University 403(b) Retirement Plan and actions that faculty and staff may want to consider, plus instructions and tips on accessing and managing your account. A TIAA financial consultant will be available to answer questions. Register here

3 p.m., Virtual – IWU Retirement Plan WebinarRegister here

4 p.m., Virtual – Faculty Meeting



Tuesday, Jan. 12

Orientation and registration of new students

10 a.m., Virtual – IWU Retirement Plan WebinarRegister here



Wednesday, Jan. 13

First Day of Classes



Friday, Jan. 15

9-10:30 a.m., ZoomAll Staff Meeting – All staff employees are invited to the annual All Staff Meeting. President Georgia Nugent will give a State of the University address, with an opportunity for questions.



Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO CLASSES – University Open)


Virtual – MLK Day: Undoing Racism Through Creative Practice for Racial Healing

All events will be virtual. Detailed information and links will be shared closer to the day.

8:30 - 9:30 – Welcome/Dr. Franklin Larey, keynote

9:30 - 12:00 – IWU Community Healing Workshop, hosted by Brownbody

12:00 - 1:00 – Break for lunch

1:00 - 2:30 –  IWU Community Discussion, led by IWU staff and faculty

1:00 - 2:30 –  IWU BIPOC-centered Community Discussion, led by Brownbody

2:30 - 3:00 –  Break

3:00 - 4:00 –  IWU history workshop "We've Come a Long Way...We have a Long Way to Go"

5:30 - 7:00 –   Brownbody Performance and Post-Show Discussion 

7:30 - 9:00 –  Annual Gospel Fest 



Looking Ahead


Posse Plus Retreat

Saturday, Jan. 30 – This year's Posse Plus Retreat, The State of Leadership: Community, Conflict, & Change, will be a virtual event on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2-4:30 p.m. Sponsored by IWU and the Posse Foundation, Inc., the Posse Plus Retreat is a dynamic leadership development opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. In previous years, we have been limited to 100 participants, but this year's retreat will have no limits on participation. We encourage you to prioritize this event for this spring.  Register here!


New Student Orientation Dates for 2021


Last year, we made the decision to move to a summer orientation/registration model. The dates for this year's summer program are as follows:

  • First year students: June 10, 14, 17, 21 and July 23
  • Transfer students: June 5, August 6
  • IMPACT orientation (formerly MALANA orientation): August 15
  • Turning Titan: August 18-22

Questions? Contact the Dean of Students office ( or Chandra Shipley.

Campus Events


Josefina Bañales '14, with Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke and former IWU professor Kira Hudson Banks, has published "The impact of a diversity intervention on White college students' colour-blind racial attitudes," in the journal Whiteness and Education. Bañales is now Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology and the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Madeline Johnson '24 was chosen to sing the solo in an international collaboration between Glyndebourne Youth Opera (outside of London, England) and Minnesota Opera's Project Opera. See the video they created.


• Inspired by the holiday gift give-a-way developed by Illinois Wesleyan's Faculty-Staff Recognition Committee in response to COVID-19 restrictions, Illinois CancerCare launched a similar program to give back to its employees while supporting local businesses. Illinois CancerCare employees received $100,000 worth of gift cards in time to shop during the holiday season and boost sales for 89 area businesses in central and western Illinois.

• Assistant Professor of Nursing Amy Funk was selected as a member of the U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange COVID-19 Response Public Health Working Group (PHWG). Four Americans and four Russians were selected for participation in this initiative. The goal of the group is to develop ideas for a bilateral project aimed at addressing the following health priorities in the U.S. and Russia:

• Promoting safety and self-care among at-risk populations in both countries

• Developing innovative solutions for disease detection and case management

• Providing health-related services to vulnerable populations


• B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding delivered a talk entitled, "Shaping Light in Time & Space," for the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.


Taylor Williams '18 graduated a semester early from Southern Illinois University School of Law on Dec. 12, 2020. A Bloomington area native, Williams will return to Bloomington to work at a local law firm. She also received the McLean County Bar Association Scholarship in December, prior to her graduation.



Employee Assistance Program


Check out the Employee Benefit Summary flyer for an overview of the free benefits available from our EAP, including counseling, peak performance coaching, training and personal development, self-help resources, work/life benefits, wellness benefits and lifestyle discounts, rewards and perks.


TIAA Live Webinars


TIAA live webinars are open to all employees. See January webinar topics and register here.



An Update on Campus Snow and Ice Removal


At Physical Plant, it has always been our first and foremost priority to provide safe walking surfaces for the campus community. Given the extremes of conditions in a Midwestern winter, and the large number of variables in conditions and forecasts, the decision-making process can be complicated. Effective snow and ice removal is dependent on efficient and orderly utilization of a variety of personnel, equipment and materials. Since every snowfall is different the specifics will change each time. 


Clean, dry pavement is always our end goal, and over the years we have worked to be as efficient as possible in achieving that goal. Brine has been proven to be a useful tool in managing snow and ice. This year we will be using brine on our parking lots, sidewalks and steps. Prior to winter weather events, IWU Grounds and KCN Solutions crews will apply brine to parking lots, sidewalks and steps to assist with melting snow and ice. This de-icing solution is an economical and effective way to pretreat large areas of campus without harming the landscape. It speeds up the melting time and provides us a preferable option to granular salt when conditions allow. We will continue to use rock salt when weather conditions require its use. Regardless of what equipment and procedures we utilize, it still takes 5 employees several hours to cover the 16 miles of walks that connect our campus.


As we return to campus during the winter season, we would encourage a cautious mindset and appropriate footwear. We would also recommend a heightened awareness, not only of conditions, but also of the machines that are out clearing the walks.


The recent ice storm has covered trees in the area. We would like to make you aware that there are still limbs and ice falling as the temperature rises or the sun is shining. Please be cautious around our campus trees.


Snow and Ice Procedures


With the snow and ice season upon us, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into School Dude. Please call us at the Physical Plant at 556-3067 during our regular hours:  Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Campus Safety at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.  


Small Great Things Course Cluster Reading and Discussion Group

Celebrating Health, Healing and Humanity

Wednesday, Feb. 3
4-6 p.m.

via Zoom. RSVP: here

Please join us in celebrating this year's Course Cluster theme of Health, Healing and Humanity by participating in reading Small Great Things, a stunning novel with richly layered characters who lend unflinching, real, raw and candid insight as they grapple with moral dilemmas relating to race. Learn more.

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