March 15, 2021
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Campus News
Facing an uncertain job market shaped by the coronavirus pandemic, students are turning to Illinois Wesleyan's Hart Career Center for innovative ways to bolster their digital presence, including through alumni-led workshops on LinkedIn and personal branding.
The student-produced podcast Slightly Underwhelming featured an interview with Indea Powe, counselor in Counseling and Consultation Services. Editor Caleb Hansen '21 talked with Powe about why she decided to work at IWU, why she became a counselor, and her experiences at the school so far.
Issac Funk Endowed Professor of Philosophy Robert Erlewine's new book Thunder in the Soul: To Be Known By God brings together writings by rabbi and activist Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose words he says are "beyond merely relevant, they are urgent" for today.
Sharla Brown-Ajayi brings more than eight years of experience at Illinois Wesleyan into her new role as director of the University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Senior marketing major Nick Watson '21 is this year's recipient of the American Marketing Association's Outstanding Marketing Student Award at Illinois Wesleyan.
Hot Topics
Illinois Wesleyan faculty and staff offer expertise on timely topics. This week:
Stress and coping amid the COVID-19 pandemic from Associate Professor of Psychology Mignon Montpetit.
Faculty with expertise to share on timely subjects are welcome to contact John Twork, assistant director of communications, at
Titan Athletics
  • The men's basketball team won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament Championship for the first time in program history on March 12, with a victory over top-seeded Wheaton College on the Thunder's home court. 
  • With the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin approving a policy that will allow limited spectators at events, Illinois Wesleyan has announced its spring attendance policies.
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
Karen Bussone, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan, urged small businesses to explore using video.
The Pantagraph
The Pratt Music Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships to the Illinois Wesleyan University Music Preparatory Program.
Want your event listed on the University Events Calendar and Campus App?
Submit the information using our online form; you can provide virtual event details in the description.
Links will be posted throughout the semester for School of Music performances as they premiere:
Latest: Faculty Performance: Ilia Radoslavov with Illinois Symphony Orchestra Around the Town Series: The Trout Quintet
Tuesday, March 16
3 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Park – Streaming video at
4:30 p.m., ZoomIDEA Center Kick Off Conversation – Over the last few years, campus representatives, supported by committed alumni donors, have been researching and nurturing the idea of a new living-learning center to support innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial thinking across the disciplines. The IDEA Center Planning Committee will host two informal conversations for colleagues who are interested in learning more and brainstorming about this project and the forthcoming envisioning process. (Details on the Thursday session below.)
7 p.m., Zoom – Leading Through Uncertainty - James T. Robilotta – In this session, participants will be asked to think critically about the way they communicate with others. When you lead authentically through your experiences, shortcomings, and lessons learned, you make yourself appear human to your co-workers, which boosts morale and trust. In the midst of a critical social justice movement we must focus on what is right, not the need to be right. In the global pandemic, we must preach and practice empathy for ourselves and others. It is during this period of ambiguity and uncertainty that leaders emerge, but not the ones who are trying to be perfect. No, it is the ones who recognize the power of authenticity and relatability that will inspire others right now. Robilotta is the author of Leading Imperfectly: The Value of Being Authentic for Leaders, Professionals, and Human Beings.
Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement, Hart Career Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Residential Life, College Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council.
Wednesday, March 17
4:30 p.m., Zoom and Hansen Student Center – Sit Down with the Senate: Meet & Greet with Indea Powe – Student Senate will sponsor a Meet & Greet with Indea Powe, our newest counselor in Counseling and Consultation Services. This will be a hybrid event, with up to 40 students in Hansen, and the remaining attendees on Zoom. Students are asked to RSVP. The event will be hosted by Commissioner of Diversity and Inclusion, Jack McElveen V and Commissioner of Advocacy and Awareness, Julia Hilt.
Thursday, March 18
12:15 p.m., Zoom – IDEA Center Kick Off Conversation – The IDEA Center Planning Committee will host the second of two conversations planned this week.
4 p.m., Virtual – 3D Series: Immigration in America – Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Friday, March 19
7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Southwestern – Streaming video at
Saturday, March 20
12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Elmhurst – Streaming video at
3 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Elmhurst – Streaming video at
4-6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Take & Make Custom Puzzles – Students are invited to come and grab a customized puzzle kit to enjoy at their leisure. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
Sunday, March 21
12 p.m., Global Library (Buck 203) and ZoomWorld Poetry Day Celebration – Celebrate World Poetry Day by bringing a poem to share written in a language other than English. The event is free and open to the extended IWU community. Sponsored by International Studies and World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
3 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Men's Soccer vs. Augustana
3 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. Elmhurst – Streaming video at
5 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. Elmhurst – Streaming video at
Nate Knuffman '98 has been named vice chancellor for Finance and Operations and chief financial officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill following a competitive, national search. He has served as interim vice chancellor for Finance and Operations since August.
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Be a Multifaith Ambassador at IWU
The Office of Multifaith Engagement at Evelyn Chapel is currently receiving applicants for Multifaith Ambassadors for the 2021-22 academic year. Come be a part of this dynamic initiative at Illinois Wesleyan University. Apply here.
Optional COVID-19 Testing
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