Aug. 16, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
On a mission to expand opportunities on the West African seaboard, including his native Nigeria, Babawande Afolabi ’10 guided his startup airline to its inaugural flight.
Building leaders who “engage the power of diverse perspectives” is central to the mission of the Multicultural Leadership Institute, now managed by Matt Drat ’84 and Samira Kassem ’21.
Titan Athletics
With new selections announced this month, a school record total of nine Titans have been named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America this year. Overall, IWU's all-time Academic All-American list now sits at 142, which is 22nd-most across NCAA Division I, II, and III, as well as ninth-best in Division III. See the full list of Illinois Wesleyan's Academic All-American award-winners.
Titans In The News
Washington Post
Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong offered insight into the ever-growing field of dog cognition research.
The Pantagraph
Preaching by Ms. Penny Cost, the drag persona of Isaac Simmons ’20, has allowed more churchgoers to feel included.
(Decatur, Ill.) Herald & Review
Incoming Titan Logan Shumaker ’25 was a recipient of the Because Life Deserves Design Scholarship for his oil pastel, "Vision 2020."
The Daily Vidette
Robert Porter ’09 was appointed public administrator and public guardian of McLean County by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. 
Illinois News Live
Once a student intern, Mary Tackett '13 is executive director of Bloomington's Western Avenue Community Center, which is celebrating 95 years of service.
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Monday, August 16
Regular Hours Resume – Summer hours end; campus offices will be open from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. daily.


Through Tuesday, Aug. 17IMPACT Student Pre-Orientation


Through Tuesday, Aug. 17International Student Pre-Orientation


8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Cartwright Room, Memorial Center – Campus Supply Swap – Extra office supplies are up for grabs among faculty and staff colleagues.


10:30-1 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Faculty and Staff Opening Event – Faculty and staff are invited to kick off the 2021-22 academic year by gathering in person! We will meet in front of State Farm Hall for a University update, recognition of new faculty and staff, and announcement of the Max L. Starkey Award winner. We will then move to the area near Joslin Atrium for a picnic lunch and fellowship on the Quad.


4 p.m., Entry level, The Ames Library – Faculty Scholarship & Creative Arts Celebration – This event will showcase our faculty's rich scholarly, artistic and creative productivity, hosted by The Ames Library.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
Through Sunday, Aug. 22 Turning Titan – New Student Orientation


10 a.m., ZoomDr. Chayla Haynes on “White Faculty's Commitment to Racial Consciousness in the Classroom” – Faculty are invited to a presentation followed by a discussion hosted by CETAL.
Saturday, August 21
Through Sunday, Aug. 22 – Returning Students Arrive 


3-5 p.m., Esports Arena, 1316 Franklin Ave. – IWU Esports Open House – The IWU Esports Team will host an open house for any student to see the facility and learn more about the program. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come see what the IWU Esports program is all about!


3:30 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Illinois-Springfield (Exhibition)


7-10:30 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle (Rain location: Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center) – Titan Carnival
Monday, August 23
First day of classes
Jacob Taitel ’18 earned a silver medal in the tuba artist competition at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, held virtually Aug. 7-8.
Taitel is Adjunct Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at IWU this semester, and a Graduate Student Instructor for the Musicology Department at the University of Michigan.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Get Vaccinated!


Tuesday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hansen Student Center


Open to all students, staff, faculty and eligible dependents: Illinois Wesleyan will host an on-campus vaccine clinic, offering both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.


To schedule a vaccine appointment, register here.


Please bring your insurance card to your appointment. Vaccines will be administered by Jewel Osco.
In Sympathy
Roger Brucker, who was the Physical Plant Office Manager for more than 40 years – from 1963 until 2004 – passed away on Aug. 2. An obituary is online.
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