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Feb. 8, 2021

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bookNew Faculty Book Tackles the Past and Present of American Healthcare
Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw takes on the behemoth question of how to pay for healthcare in the United States in a new book: Medicare and Medicaid: A Reference Handbook.

NexSTEMNexSTEM Scholars Present Research Virtually
STEM research continues amid the ongoing pandemic, as student researchers presented findings from their semester-long projects at the virtual 2020-21 Fall NexSTEM Research Symposium.

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

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In an opinion column, President S. Georgia Nugent suggests that the disruption of traditional college admissions due to the pandemic presents an opportunity for fresh thinking about the benefits of higher education.


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Kathleen Nguyen '23 is among students working on a local urban ecology project that is part of the NexSTEM collaboration between IWU, ISU and Heartland.


Sydnie Wells '20 has a budding career in the outdoor sports TV industry, with regular appearances on programs on the Sportsman Channel and Outdoor Channel.

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Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chair of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Carolyn Nadeau will give a virtual presentation highlighting Mexican-American food and immigrant experiences in McLean County.

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Dr. Michael A. Howard '93 was among "North Shore premier doctors" celebrated for serving communities on the front lines during the ongoing pandemic.

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Sey Ahn, Director of the IWU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, was chosen as conductor of the Missouri All-State Orchestra and will provide a virtual session for the students, who will not meet to rehearse or perform this year due to the pandemic.

The Pantagraph

An American Legion remembrance of the "Four Chaplains," which included George Fox '32, was held at the McLean County Museum of History. 

WGLT Radio

Dave Kindred '63 spoke about lessons learned in his memoir, Leave Out The Tragic Parts: A Grandfather's Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction.



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Monday, Feb. 8


TAG day heart Today is Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) on campus! Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit one of the following locations throughout the day to write a quick thank you note to express your gratitude to a donor.
- CNS Atrium (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- State Farm Hall (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- Dugout (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.).

Virtual – Study Abroad Week – Check out @iwu_studyabroad on Instagram for daily updates, video releases, LIVE info sessions and more. See the schedule at

6 p.m., Virtual – Note Taking & Test Taking: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Call – 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, Passcode: 454335.


Thursday, Feb. 11

12:10 p.m., Virtual  – Lunch and Learn - President Georgia S. Nugent: What Is Liberal Education and Why Does It Matter? – The McLean County Museum of History and Illinois Wesleyan University host a Zoom Lunch and Learn series. This month, President S. Georgia Nugent will speak about the effectiveness and contributions of private liberal arts colleges and universities and the importance of the liberal arts as fields of study. To register for this Zoom webinar, please visit


4 p.m., Room 222, State Farm Hall – IWU London Program Info Session – This session is an in-person event. If you cannot make it in person, please join us on Zoom. Please email to get the Zoom link. Sponsored by the International Office.


4 p.m., Virtual  – Black History Month Keynote Speaker - The Power of Empathy and its Connection to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Recent surveys suggest that divides among Americans are more significant than ever. This means that today's leaders and the leaders of tomorrow are struggling to connect with and understand others from different social, cultural, or economic backgrounds. This interactive session will explore empathy through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. Participants will learn, practice, and be challenged to apply empathy skills in their professional and personal lives.
Speaker Angell Howard is a two-time graduate of Illinois State University, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work, and currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration. Angell's 12-year career consists of support and development of students and staff from minoritized populations and staff professional and career development. She has spent the last 10 years creating and facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings, challenging professionals to create change within their organization utilizing an antiracist lens. 
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the 3D Series.



Friday, Feb. 12

12 p.m., Zoom (email for link and password) – Douglass Day: Transcribe-a-Thon – This remote workshop allows writers with an interest in historical documents, the contributions of Black people in America and/or the contemporaries of Frederick Douglass the opportunity to work with the worldwide organization,, to create electronic versions of many handwritten documents.
The Writing Center will also be hosting this event Saturday, Feb. 13, from 12-4 p.m and Sunday, Feb. 14, from 12 -5 p.m.

5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Stuff-A-Plush – Just like Build-A-Bear, come by and grab your own "plush" to "stuff to life." When you're done, you'll have a friend! Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Saturday, Feb. 13

Virtual – Admitted Student Day I – Admitted students are invited to join us to learn more about the distinctive characteristics of Illinois Wesleyan. The program includes breakout sessions focused on Post-Graduate Planning, Study Abroad, Research, Student Life, and more, plus the opportunity to tour campus and hear from current students, faculty and alumni.

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

10:15 a.m., Evergreen Racquet Club, 3203 E. Washington St., Bloomington – Men's Tennis vs. Greenville - No Spectators Allowed – Streaming Video:

5:30 p.m., Evergreen Racquet Club, 3203 E. Washington St., Bloomington – Men's Tennis vs. Loras - No Spectators Allowed – Streaming Video:



Monday, Feb. 15

Through March 11, Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibit: "La Ruta: Walter Benjamin's Last Passage" – By Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz and Jason Reblando, Assistant Professor at the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University and former IWU photographer, this exhibit is a collaborative text and image installation centered around the arduous trek Walter Benjamin made across the Pyrenees in hopes of eluding the Nazis. For more information:

6 p.m., ZoomReading to Understand: Academic Skills Series Drop-in

Campus Events
  • Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau and Constantina Navarrete, owner of Taqueria El Porton in Bloomington, will present "Breaking Bread in McLean County - It's All in the Salsa: Mexican Stories of McLean County," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. This webinar is part of a series highlighting the shared and disparate experiences of local migrant communities. Register here.

  • Jessica Freiburg '04 was named a co-managing partner at accounting firm Sassetti LLC. 

The Heat is On: Please Report Any Heating Issues


With the temperatures decreasing significantly, it is important that Physical Plant is made aware of any heating concerns as soon as possible. They will respond to all reports that are brought to their attention.


If you have an issue with heat in your campus building, please submit your request in Asset Essentials, call the Physical Plant at 556-3066 during their regular hours (Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); or after hours, please call Campus Safety at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.



New Exit and Emergency Lighting


For the past two years, the Physical Plant has been installing self-testing emergency and exit lighting to replace manually tested lighting fixtures. The new lights are factory set to meet National Fire Protection Association requirements. The lights will self-test every 30 days from the date of installation, for 15 minutes. They will also self-test once a year from the date of installation, for 90 minutes. Since lights have been installed at different times, they will self-test at different times.


The Physical Plant still conducts monthly checks of the lights to make sure they are not in a fault mode, which would require service. (If the LED diagnostic light on the bottom or side of the light is red, they will be repaired or replaced.)


This lighting installation project will be completed by the start of the next fiscal year.



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

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