Sept. 7, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Illinois Wesleyan has once again been named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates, according to The Princeton Review’s 2022 college guide, The Best 387 Colleges.
The Rev. Walt Wiltschek – an ordained minister and award-winning writer whose higher education experience includes campus ministry, academic advising and teaching – has been appointed as Illinois Wesleyan's new University chaplain.
Titan Athletics
The women's volleyball team advanced to 4-1 for the season after competing in the Captains Classic in Newport News, Virginia, where seniors Jessica McCall and Courtney McAuliffe were named to the Captains Classic All-Tournament team. 
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
President S. Georgia Nugent provided updates on COVID-19 protocols and new programs and initiatives at Illinois Wesleyan.
Travis Ulrich ’20 is among the cast members in Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre production of The Full Monty.
(Des Plaines) Journal & Topics
Adding to his roster of local involvement, Eli Williams ’11 was sworn in as Des Plaines Park Board commissioner.
The (Southern Pines, N.C.) Pilot
Jacklynn (Wilson) Lesniak ’86, chief nursing officer of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, is facing the nursing shortage head-on.
The Pantagraph
Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone wrote about the essential role of social media in her monthly column.
Bob Bodach ’93 was named to the school board of Troy Community School District in Joliet, Illinois. 
Nashville Business Journal
Burke Nihill ’00, president and CEO of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans, discussed his love of sports and hanging out with fans on game day.
The Pantagraph
Local colleges, including Illinois Wesleyan, have had mixed starts to their third school year affected by the pandemic.
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 8
10 a.m. - 12 and 1-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center (Welcome Center, 2nd floor) – Walk-In Wednesday
11 a.m., Virtual – The President's AddressIn place of the traditional convocation, President S. Georgia Nugent will deliver remarks, entitled "The Sense of a Beginning," to the IWU community via livestream.
2:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs North Central
6 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs ChicagoStreaming live at
6 p.m., IDEA Center (downstairs from the Coffee Shoppe, Memorial Center) – Movie Night Double Feature  – 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 6-8 p.m. & 8-10 p.m. Free popcorn and giveaways, sponsored by the IDEA Center.
Thursday, Sept. 9
12 p.m., ZoomIT Briefing - Zoom Essentials – Rick Lindquist and Kate Browne in ITS are hosting IT Briefings to provide faculty and staff with important updates and tips, plus time for Q&A.


12 p.m. and 7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Resume Workshop – Presented by the Hart Career Center
6 p.m., Virtual – Exploring Healthcare Careers: Cassie Phiri '04, Physician Assistant – For more information, contact Michele Darnell, Pre-Health & Biology Career Advisor.
Friday, Sept. 10
2:30 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – IMPACT/MALANA Reunion – All IMPACT/MALANA students are invited to reconnect with their peers who were part of the pre-orientation program from their year, as well as all other years. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
4:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs Monmouth - Holiday Inn Express Classic I Streaming live at
5:45 p.m., Maxwell Park, Normal – Men's & Women's Cross Country - Titan/Hawk invitational  


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs Ohio Northern - Holiday Inn Express Classic I Streaming live at
Saturday, Sept. 11
10 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs Earlham - Holiday Inn Express Classic I Streaming live at
2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs Rose Hulman - Holiday Inn Express Classic I Streaming live at
3:30 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs LorasStreaming live at
4 p.m., Activity Court, Shirk Center – Roller Disco – Come by and roller skate with your friends in the Shirk Center! Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
Sunday, Sept. 12
6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body.
Monday, Sept. 13
Last day to withdraw from a 1st 7 week class 


9 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Lyrical Graffiti Open Mic
COVID-19 On-Campus Testing
Please use this form to register if you would like to participate in on-campus surveillance testing on Wednesdays (11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Shirk Center). Deadline for registration is 4 p.m. each Monday before the testing date.


We encourage testing by any student, staff or faculty members – including those who are fully vaccinated – who have concerns about their virus exposure or who have even the mildest of physical symptoms.
Welcome New Employees
The following new employees joined Illinois Wesleyan in August:


Aug. 1 – Brian Ehresman, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Aug. 1 – Andy Etheridge, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Aug. 1 – Leon Lewis, Chief Information Officer
Aug. 1 – Matthew Williamson, Assistant Football Coach
Aug. 1 – Sarah Gliege, Assistant Director of the SBDC of McLean County
Aug. 9 – Ruth Ann Irons, Administrative Specialist II – Registrar, Academic Advising and Accessibility
Aug. 13 – Clara Jean Kelly, Costume Shop Supervisor – School of Theatre Arts
Aug. 14 – Emma Kirby, Area Director – Office of Residential Life
Aug. 19 – Alex DeMont, Stockroom Manager – Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biology
Aug. 20 – Tameka Myers, Administrative Specialist III – Associate Provost
Aug. 30 – Logan Hollis, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Aug. 30 – Gabriela Sanchez Espino, Event Coordinator – Conference Services
Aug. 30 – John Quarton, Director of the IDEA Center


In addition, effective Aug. 2:
Brenda Milcik transferred from Alumni Engagement to the Provost's Office.
Matt Gentes transferred from Building Mechanic to Supervisor of Building Trades.
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