July 19, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Published biweekly during the summer
Campus News
Despite economic uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 95% of Illinois Wesleyan's Class of 2020 were employed or enrolled in enrolled in graduate or professional programs within six months of graduation.
Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Peter Haas ’88 has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh.
The latest IWU Magazine is now online and coming soon to mailboxes, featuring a cover story on Burke Nihill ’00, president and CEO of the NFL's Titans, plus features on the campus leadership of Vickie Folse ’86 through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent reimagination of student radio station WESN.
Titan Athletics
Emmett Zima '21 of the Illinois Wesleyan football team was named Second Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Overall, IWU's all-time Academic All-American list now sits at 136, which is tied for 25th across NCAA Division I, II, and III.
Titans In The News
Dog Save The People
Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong joined the podcast to discuss her lifelong study of dog cognition and the importance of a sense of smell for dogs.
Sports Illustrated
Described as "a perennial all-star" of sportswriting, Dave Kindred ’63 was highlighted in SI’s annual “Where are they now?” series.
Dhaka (Bangladesh) Tribune
President Joe Biden has chosen Peter Haas ’88 as his nominee for the next U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh.
The (Joliet) Herald-New
Attorney Robert Bodich ’93 was named president of the Will County Bar Association.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan partnered with Marriott to house students for the 2020-21 school year, to accommodate additional single-room housing during COVID. Also featured by Atrium Hospitality.
(Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) Morning Sun
Carol (Gentry) Burns ’85 was named secretary of the Alma College Board of Trustees.
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Continuing through Sunday, July 25
Illinois Chamber Music Festival – Hosted by the School of Music
Friday, July 23
Tuesday, August 3
Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz, a Tufts University alumna, was featured in Tufts Now, discussing poetry and the podcast she co-hosts, "Poetry for All" — now one of the top 5% most popular shows out of nearly 2.6 million podcasts globally, as ranked by Listen Score.


Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen Knoll ’89 and colleagues have published their work out of Genoa, Italy on "Parent-Administered Oral Stimulation in Preterm Infants: A Randomized, Controlled, Open-Label Pilot Study" in the American Journal of Perinatology. This work tested parents against professionals and demonstrated that Knoll’s training program for the Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI) can be effectively taught to and implemented by parents of their own preterm infants with the same positive feeding outcomes as when done by professionals. Knoll continues to offer monthly live PIOMI Training Webinars for domestic and international providers, and parents, until travel becomes more feasible for onsite training. 


Juan Rios-Narciso '22, a philosophy major with a minor in entrepreneurship who has opened the restaurant Sabor de Mexico in Colfax, was featured on the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene Facebook page and author Larry Carius' Pantagraph column.
In Sympathy
Ceasar Douglas Jr., an Illinois Wesleyan University trustee and class of 1975 alumnus, passed away on June 30.
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Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Ann Aubry, director of communications. To submit items of interest, email webedit@iwu.edu.
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