Nov. 1, 2021
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Campus News
In researching her 2021 Eckley Fellowship Project, “_Plath: Confronting the Tone Policing of Sylvia Plath,” Katie Fata ’22 found the aesthetic category of "zany" allows for nuance in describing Plath's themes of personal failures. (Part of a series on this year's Eckley scholars.)
Titan Athletics
The women's volleyball team won the regular season conference championship crown in a win over Carthage College, and obtained the No. 1 seed and home court advantage going into the conference tournament on Thursday, Nov. 4.


The women's soccer team claimed a share of the regular season conference championship with a victory over Carthage College, and will host the first round of the conference championship tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 3. While seeing its winning streak snapped by Carthage on Oct. 30, the men's soccer team are headed to the conference championship tournament at North Central College.


The women's and men's swimming and diving teams swept the Illinois Wesleyan Halloween Invitational on Oct. 30 for first place finishes inside Fort Natatorium. 
Titans In The News
The Northwest Indiana Times
Dr. Christopher Udovich ’93 was voted "Best Doctor" in The Times Southland’s “Best Health Care” series. 
The Pantagraph
University Archivist Meg Miner discussed how time capsules shine a light on campus history.
WGLT Radio
Robert Porter ’09 will take over as McLean County public guardian in a temporary appointment by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. 
The Pantagraph
Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone urged small business owners to prepare for Small Business Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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Monday, Nov. 1
Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 7 week class


Through Dec. 3, Galleries at the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of ArtBoundaries and Faculty Biennial Exhibits on Display – An exhibit by local artists responding to the stories of children held at U.S. immigration facilities, Boundaries, is on display in the Merwin Gallery, and faculty artwork is on view in the Wakeley Gallery.


9 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Loud Mouth Monday - Open Mic – Typically on the first Monday of each month, Lyrical Graffiti hosts an open mic open to all students. Students can come to watch or perform, and any acts such as poetry reading (yours or someone else's), musical performances, or stand-up are all regular events.
Tuesday, Nov. 2
7 p.m., SFH 004, State Farm Hall – SEA's Season of Givings – Student Education Association (SEA) will host an event focusing on the Season of Giving beginning:
1) A needs-based drive for Home Sweet Home Ministries. Anyone is welcome to come drop off donations. The needs list can be found at this link.
2) We will be creating "Thank You" goodie bags for our cooperating teachers. Any and all education majors are invited to join us and make a treat to thank the teachers you are working with in the community.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Through Nov. 10 – Class Registration for Spring


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: Military – For more information, email Michele Darnell, Pre-Health & Biology Career Advisor, at


4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – IWU Interfaith – This weekly meeting features interfaith dialogue and is open to all. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


4-6 p.m., IDEA Center (next to the Coffee Shoppe), Memorial Center – Maker Space Workshop – This free event is open to all students, faculty and staff on the first and third Wednesday of each 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!


7 p.m., Zoom – Data Science Career PanelSign up here for this Hart Career Center event, and see bios of all panelists with their amazing career backgrounds:
  • Matthew Culhane '10, Senior Manager - Data Engineering with the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Kimberly Diller '15, Data Scientist with Country Financial
  • Lisa Skaff (Peltekian) '13, Audience Desk Team Lead with IRI
  • Suman Gautam, Ph.D. '10, Principal Consultant with PA Consulting


7 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs North Central - CCIW Tournament Semifinal – Streaming live at
Thursday, Nov. 4
6 p.m., The WC|TS Room 105b, The Ames Library – Let's Get Personal – Are you applying to graduate school? This workshop is for you! We'll cover the ins and outs of writing personal statements, give you some tips from a pro, and answer any questions you have. We'll also recommend tutors able to help you on your writing journey. If you'd like to register for this event or receive a copy of the recording, email Sponsored by the Writing Center | Tutoring Services.


7 p.m., ZoomLecture on BIPOC Composers with Darryl Taylor – Dr. Darryl Taylor is creator of the African American Art Song Alliance and professor at University of California, Irvine. His talk will present his history of advocacy for marginalized populations, specifically his work in support of African American Art Song. He'll talk about how he came to this endeavor, and orient participants to the expansive resource of the African American Art Song Alliance. There will be time for Q&A, which invariably embraces topics like singing in dialect, and his work as both tenor and countertenor. 


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - Afro-Samurai: Resurrection – Directed by Takashi Okazaki, 2009, Japan. Introduced by LC 202 and Global Titans. 


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball - CCIW Tournament Semifinals – Streaming live at
Saturday, Nov. 6
Fall Open House II – Prospective students and families are invited to visit Illinois Wesleyan and find out why we are considered one of the nation's top universities.
Sunday, Nov. 7
3 p.m., ZoomVoice Master Class with Darryl Taylor – Creator of the African American Art Song Alliance and professor at University of California, Irvine, Dr. Darryl Taylor has an international career highlighted by performances of art song, opera and oratorio. Sponsored by the School of Music.


3 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs Lake Forest – Streaming live at


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body.
Monday, Nov. 8
4 p.m., 101, CNS or Zoom – Cultural Competence in Gender Care Medicine - Dr. Erik Haugland '04 – Dr. Erik Haugland is a 2004 graduate of IWU who specializes in Gender Care Medicine. Open to all IWU faculty, staff, and students, this talk will be in person, but attendees are also invited to join via Zoom if they would feel more comfortable. Sponsored by the Psychology Department, Neuroscience, and Public Health Program.
Coming Soon:
Thursday, Nov. 11, 11-11:15 a.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Veterans Day Time of Remembrance – This brief time of remembrance on the Quad will include the sharing of a few reflections, the laying of a wreath, and the playing of Taps. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement, Student Affairs.
  • Nina DeBoni '23 (they/them), a tutor at the Writing Center, had their study on the intersection of the writing center and the LGBT+ community published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. The second segment of the two-part series will be published Nov 10.


  • This marks the 15th year in a row that B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding has held an elected position in a national educational group, ranging from his service as president of the Advanced Physics Laboratory Association to his current role as director-at-large at the American Association of Physics Teachers. On Oct. 30, at the annual board meeting of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation, Spalding was re-elected vice president of the foundation, an ambitious non-profit working to establish programs and grants for hands-on instructional laboratories in physics, beyond the first year of university.
Benefits Choice and Open Enrollment
Benefits Choice and Open Enrollment will be virtual again this year. For an overview of the BCBS Medical Plan options, please attend an open enrollment Zoom meeting Wednesday, Nov. 3, or Thursday, Nov. 4, at noon. Details and Zoom links are listed in the 2022 Open Enrollment Guide. If you are unable to attend, the first session will be recorded and posted to the HR webpage.


We want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your IWU benefits and put together this Open Enrollment Guide for you to review. In addition to general benefit information, you will find links to benefit websites and plan summaries. Also included are enrollment forms to be completed for 2022 enrollments and changes. You will need to complete an new enrollment form:
  • If you are NOT currently enrolled and want to enroll in the BCBS medical plan, Principal dental plan or BCBS/EyeMed vision plan for 2022
  • If you want to change your BCBS medical plan option
  • If you want to terminate coverage in the BCBS medical plan, Principal dental plan or BCBS/EyeMed vision plan
  • If you want to add or terminate dependent(s) on your coverage
  • If you want to contribute to a Flex Spending Account for 2022
  • If you want to contribute to a Health Savings Account for 2022


All enrollment forms need to be completed and returned to HR by Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Elections or changes you make during the open enrollment period will become effective Jan. 1, 2022.


If you have questions about any of the benefits mentioned in the guide, please contact Marie in Human Resources at or ext. 3971.
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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.-12:30 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.
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