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Jan. 25, 2021

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ZoeGlobal Citizen Bouras '18 Advocates Locally for Immigrant Rights

Zoe Bouras, a 2018 Illinois Wesleyan graduate who moved to the U.S. from England when she was 10 years old, has returned to Central Illinois to help immigrants, like herself, thrive.

Stephanie Dr. Stephanie Whyte '91 Says Pandemic Offers Opportunity to Address Disparities

In her Founders' Day address, reported by The Pantagraph, Stephanie Whyte '91 said the pandemic has brought attention to longstanding inequities in health care.
- Watch the virtual Convocation or see Whyte's
- MLK Teach-In on the Intersection of Blackness and U.S. Healthcare.
Highlights from MLK Day 2021 are also available for viewing:

- Dr. Franklin Larey's opening remarks
- IWU History Workshop - "We've Come a Long Way…We Have a Long Way to Go"

SapientiaIntroducing: Hot Topics
Illinois Wesleyan faculty offer expertise on newsworthy topics. This week:

  • Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw on the effect of polarization on legislative productivity;
  • Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz on social engagement and healing power in Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem;
  • R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English James Plath on the politicization of conspiracy theories.

Faculty with expertise to share on timely subjects are welcome to contact John Twork, assistant director of communications, at

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Titan Athletics
  • As the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin began a delayed conference schedule with COVID-19 precautions, the Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team opened its 2020-21 season with an away victory over Carroll University on Jan. 23.
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Titans In The News
The Farmerville (La.) Gazette

Artwork from Bob Ward '60 was featured in an exhibit, "Art in the Time of Coronavirus," at the Union Museum of Art and History in Farmerville, Louisiana. 

WGLT Radio

Among 180 recipients of state funding to promote racial healing efforts, IWU used a grant to host a virtual anti-racism and racial justice workshop featuring the performing arts company BrownBody.

WGLT Radio

Dr. Greg Poland '77 said individuals' unwillingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine often boils down to misconception and not understanding the science. 

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Monday, Jan. 25


Through Feb. 11, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibits – Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Japanese Woodblock Prints from the IWU Art Collection and Blo No Collects, Cross-stitched Samplers from Connie Blick. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information:

5:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. CarrollStreaming Video

6 p.m., Zoom – Tips & Tools for a Successful Semester: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Session – Students are invited to join the Action Research Center for the Academic Skills Series drop-in call on Monday evenings. Each week, we'll chat about a different skill for your study tool kit. Before you log on, watch the short, pre-recorded video on the weekly topic at
Zoom link  Meeting ID: 830 8847 4728  Passcode: 576636


Tuesday, Jan. 26

7 p.m., Virtual – Adulting 101/Post-Grad Life: Starting your Career – This dynamic panel features Class of 2020 alumni working full time or studying in graduate/professional school. The panel will kick off the Hart Career Center's new post-graduate series, where young alumni guide students through post-grad experiences. Students are invited to get questions answered in a relaxed setting. Stay tuned for information on the panelists. Those who register will receive the Zoom meeting link. RSVP here:


Thursday, Jan. 28

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. ElmhurstStreaming Video


Friday, Jan. 29

2 p.m., Virtual – Practice Virtual Interview: Country Financial – Nervous about how to succeed in a virtual interview? Practice makes perfect! Sign up for a practice interview with a recruiter from Country Financial in Bloomington to practice your interview skills. Each time slot is 40 minutes long and includes time for feedback. Practice interviews are open to all majors and years - the questions asked will be standard interview questions that could apply to any career path. These interviews will be held virtually via Zoom, but it is recommended students come to the Hart Career Center in-person if possible in order to use an interview room as a quiet space. Sign up here. If there aren't any available time slots left, email to request additional times.


Saturday, Jan. 30


Freeman Asia applications due: Find application information here.

9 a.m.-noon, Shirk Center – Men's and Women's Track and Field - Titan Triangular I

1-4 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving vs. North Central and Millikin

2-4:30 p.m., Virtual – Posse Plus RetreatThe State of Leadership: Community, Conflict, & Change – Sponsored by IWU and the Posse Foundation, Inc., the Posse Plus Retreat is a dynamic leadership development opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. Register here.

4 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. ElmhurstStreaming Video


Sunday, Jan. 31

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


Monday, Feb. 1

5 p.m., Zoom (email for link and password) – Write On! Taking Your Writing to the Next Level – Are you happy with your writing but wish to develop it further? Do you feel capable because of your Gateway class but want to build on those efforts? Perhaps you've noticed your writing skills aren't as honed as some of your other academic abilities. This workshop is designed with you in mind! Here, we'll take you beyond the "thesaurus" function in Word to hone your writing craft. Sponsored by the Writing Center.

7 p.m., Virtual – Time Management: Academic Skills Series Drop-in



Coming Soon:


Illinois Wesleyan will host the 46th Annual Jazz Festival on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6.
The Festival will be presented virtually this year, featuring top jazz musicians and educators from around the country.

Campus Events


• Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt offered expert opinion on job market trends for recent grads on the career advice website Zippia.


Amy McCabe '01 plays trumpet with the "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, which performed during the Presidential Inauguration on Jan 20.


Optional COVID-19 Testing


Signups for optional COVID-19 testing are available each week. This is open to students, faculty and staff only, with a cap of 20 participants. The signup deadline is each Tuesday at noon for testing that Wednesday. Links for all signups throughout the semester are posted at


Titan Transport


Our student-run Titan Transport is up and running for the spring semester. It's cold out, but we've got you covered! Call (309)-660-2237 for a ride. We run Sunday through Thursday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Due to the library changing hours, we have started parking at State Farm Hall. We will come to you anywhere on campus. Just give us a call. The transport also takes our students to the Marriott, so please call. To maintain safety through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are no longer driving the small van everyone was used to. We are now driving a 15-passenger shuttle. In case we can't run due to weather conditions, please check Titan Transport at Illinois Wesleyan's Facebook page.


Nominate Deserving Titans


Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards are now open! Every year, Illinois Wesleyan University recognizes the outstanding achievements of our alumni with the announcement of the Alumni Awards. Winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and Loyalty Award will be celebrated during Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 1-3, 2021) at the Best of Illinois Wesleyan Awards Ceremony.


We need your help compiling a list of alumni candidates. Please nominate before March 1, 2021. Learn more.

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