Oct. 4, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
The Petrick Idea Center, a new 50,000 square-foot facility on Illinois Wesleyan’s campus, will serve as a nerve center for interdisciplinary innovation, collaboration and creativity, announced at the President’s Homecoming Reception Friday evening.
Titans celebrated Homecoming weekend with a mix of in-person and virtual events. Streaming and virtual events will be viewable on-demand.
Titan Athletics
The Illinois Wesleyan football team blasted Elmhurst University 52-3 on Homecoming at Tucci Stadium.


The women's golf team finished runner-up at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Women's Golf Championship. Four Titans earned All-CCIW honors with top-10 finishes.
Titans In The News
As Illinois Wesleyan celebrated Homecoming weekend, Tim Keith '81 said the event gives alumni the opportunity to feel a part of the university, years after graduating.
The Pantagraph
New IWU Chaplain Walt Wiltschek aims to encourage and equip students for their personal faith journeys.
Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary grappled with tough questions in the ethical consumption of true crime.
The Roanoke (Virginia) Times
Assistant Professor of Accounting Michael McLaughlin co-authored an op-ed titled: "The cost of childhood poverty is high for us all."
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan opened its Center for Engaged Learning, which brings together academic support services and experiential learning.
The Pantagraph
Lindsay Caltagirone ’00 is vice president of Dry Goods stores, which is opening a location at The Shoppes at College Hills in Normal this fall.
Emeritus professor Mike Seeborg offered insight into the local job market and trends.
The (Joliet) Times Weekly
Juan Salgado ’91 was appointed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to the Future of Work Task Force.
Real estate attorney Amber Munday ’01 joined law firm Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm’s Chicago office.
An advisory group tasked with redrawing McLean County Board maps, including IWU Professor of Political Science and Interim Associate Dean Greg Shaw, approved ground rules for the process.
The Pantagraph
Christopher Stucky ’91 was a contestant on "Jeopardy!" on Sept. 22, finishing as the episode’s runner-up to record-setting contestant Matt Amodio.
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Monday, Oct. 4
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Flu Vaccine Clinic – Open to students, faculty, staff, and dependents. No pre-registration required. Bring your insurance card.
Tuesday, Oct. 5
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Flu Vaccine Clinic
6 p.m., The WC|TS Room 105b, The Ames Library – Writing for Protest – Are you interested in social justice? Do you support a variety of causes but are feeling a bit hindered as a result of the COVID pandemic? This workshop is for you. We'll meet to discuss inspirational protest writing and work on some of our own. Sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan's Writing Center | Tutoring Services.


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – SEA October Meeting – The Student Education Association (SEA) will be hosting its first meeting of the school year. This meeting will serve as an introduction to what SEA is and the current executive board. Additionally, we will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Lindsey Jensen who is the student director of the Illinois Education Association (IEA). Jensen will discuss what IEA is, the benefits of membership, and bring some free IEA swag for students. This event is open and free to ALL students interested in the field of education.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
10 a.m. - 12 and 1-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center (Welcome Center, 2nd floor) – Walk-In Wednesday


11:10 a.m., CNS C101 or Zoom – Faculty Meeting


11:30 a.m. – Exploring Healthcare Careers: Keelia Celemens '05, Genetic Counselor – For more information, email Michele Darnell, Pre-Health & Biology Career Advisor, at mdarnell@iwu.edu.


12-1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Treats n' Treats – Join the Campus Activities Board in a Halloween-themed give-away event! Grab a treat bag and spin the wheel to have the chance to win some different types of CAB merch.
4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – IWU Interfaith – All are welcome for interfaith dialogue, sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


4 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center and via Zoom – 3D: LGBTQ History Month – Join us for this LGBTQ+ history month event presented by Dr. Gavin Weiser, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University. This event is aimed to educate those wishing to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate the community. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


4-6 p.m., IDEA Center (next to the Coffee Shoppe in the Memorial Center) – Maker Space Workshop – Free event, open to all students, faculty and staff on the first and third Wednesday of every month. 3-D printers, Sewing Machines, Laser Cutters, Embroidery Equipment, Vinyl Printing and so much more ... Come check us out and let’s create something!


6:30 p.m., Zoom – Alumni Panel: Careers in Social JusticeSign up here for the Zoom link. Panelists include: Cecilia Mendoza '13, immigration advocacy; Nick Anderson '14, corporate community impact; Mark Timmerman '14, civil rights law; and Bianca Cotton '11, nonprofit: justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs North Central – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Thursday, Oct. 7
1-5 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Surviving Midterms Coffee Shop – All students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by Hansen Student Center to get a cup of coffee, tea, juice and a pastry as we all navigate midterm exams and papers. You got this! Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


6 p.m., The WC|TS Room 105b, The Ames Library – Using Writing to Create – This workshop will offer students a chance to get in the swing of creative writing. We'll cover some basics, offer some resources, and challenge you with some fun writing exercises. Recordings of the workshop will be available afterwards upon request to ascanlon@iwu.edu. Please preregister by emailing ascanlon@iwu.edu. Sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan's Writing Center | Tutoring Services.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - Chocolat – Directed by Claire Denis, 1988, Cameroon/France. Introduced by Global Titans. According to a review by the late Roger Ebert: “It is a deliberately beautiful film – many of the frames create breathtaking compositions – but it is not a travelogue and it is not a love story. It is about how racism can prevent two people from looking each other straight in the eyes, and how they punish each other for the pain that causes them. This is one of the best films of the year.”
Friday, Oct. 8
Mid-semester grades due


10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Get to Know ODI Giveaway – Stop by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) table in the Dugout to meet ODI staff and graduate assistants. You may even walk away with a prize!
7 p.m., Kemp Commencement Plaza/outside State Farm Hall – Sabor Con Fusión - Live Music and Dance – Live salsa/merengue music with the 12-member band from Champaign/Urbana,"Sabor Con Fusión." Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of the Hispanic world. In case of inclement weather, we will be in Hansen.
We are asking that you respect the Titan Pledge at all times when on IWU campus.
Sponsored by International & Global Studies; World Languages, Literatures and Cultures; School of Music; and the Spanish And Latine Student Association.
Saturday, Oct. 9
Fall Open House I – Prospective students and families are invited to visit Illinois Wesleyan.


10 a.m., Beadles-Morse Tennis Courts – Women's Tennis vs Carthage
Sunday, Oct. 10
10 a.m., Beadles-Morse Tennis Courts – Women's Tennis vs Carroll


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body.
Monday, Oct. 11
Through Dec. 3, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Art Exhibits – In the Wakeley Gallery: Faculty Biennial. In the Merwin Gallery: Boundaries – 16 local artists visually respond to interviews of children who were held at U.S. immigration facilities. Local artists include alumni Spencer Sauter '70 and Dustin Springer '13, along with IWU faculty Associate Professor of Art Connie Estep, Adjunct Assistant Professor Claire Hedden, Interim Director of the School of Art and Associate Professor of Art Julie Johnson, Assistant Professor of Art Joshua Lowe and Emeritus Professor of Art Kevin Strandberg. 
  • Artwork by Oliver Lee Jackson ’58 is currently presented in a solo exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum. The free exhibition will run through Feb. 20, 2022. It features work spanning five decades of Oliver’s career. A 120-page catalog, featuring work from this exhibition and a 2019 exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is forthcoming.


  • President of Carle BroMenn Medical Center and Carle Eureka Hospital Colleen Kannaday, who is an Illinois Wesleyan University trustee, received the Athena Leadership Award at the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Leaders of Distinction Award Ceremony, where Illinois Wesleyan staff members Kate Browne and John Twork also were recognized among "20 Under 40" honorees.
COVID-19 Positive Test and/or Exposure Reminder
Since COVID-19 began in Spring 2020, the Human Resources Office has gathered information on all employees who have been tested positive and/or have been exposed to COVID-19. Please remember to contact Londa Dunlap at ldunlap@iwu.edu or ext. 3373 if this applies to you.
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 1 p.m. 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
Please welcome the following new staff employees who were hired this month:


Sept. 7 – Walter Wiltschek, University Chaplain
Sept. 13 – Hannah Horn '20, Program Coordinator - Student Involvement
Sept. 13 – Nia Lee '21, Admissions Counselor
Sept. 20 – Amy Crumbaugh, Engagement Coordinator - Advancement/Alumni Engagement
Sept. 20 – David Hernandez, IT Support Specialist
Sept. 20 – Kate Rybakova, Admissions Counselor


Also, congratulations to the following staff members:
Sept. 1 – Kaylee Mathison transferred from Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement - Reunions to Director of Alumni Engagement.
Sept. 13 – Elizabeth Chambers-Klatt transferred from Director of Annual Giving to Associate Director for Advancement.
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