Nov. 15, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Frank Vlastnik ’87 is co-author of a new showcase of the life and work of the renowned designer to the stars, The Art of Bob Mackie, which includes a foreword by Carol Burnett and an afterword by Cher.
A sense of community and belonging can be both comforting and challenging to find as a first-year student on a college campus. Bloomington's mayor visited a Gateway Course this semester to discuss how he found a sense of "home" in Bloomington.
Titan Athletics
The entire roster of Titan men's basketball Academic All-Americans, whose total AAA accolades since the program's inception exceed all other competitors across the nation, across all divisions, returned to IWU for the inaugural Sikma Hall of Fame Invitational – which the Titans won.
  • Illinois Wesleyan Men's Golf Head Coach Jim Ott – recently named to the Team USA coaching staff for the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup – was announced as a 2021 inductee into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.
Titans In The News
Karla Bailey-Smith '90 announced a run for the Illinois House of Representatives in the new 91st District.
The Pantagraph
Daniel Maisch '22 was named Illinois Wesleyan's student laureate in the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
The Pantagraph
Becca (Gehring) Lamon ’93 and David Deets ’02 are finalists to become superintendent of Bloomington District 87 schools.
The Illinois Wesleyan men’s basketball team won the inaugural Sikma Hall of Fame Invitational, while also welcoming back former men's basketball Academic All-Americans. More coverage from The Pantagraph, including an event preview.
(Kankakee, Ill.) Daily Journal
Mackenzie “Mati” Thompson ’24 was voted president of Sigma Kappa at Illinois Wesleyan.
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Monday, Nov. 15
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5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Percussion Recital – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
10 a.m.-12 and 1-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center (Welcome Center, 2nd floor) – Walk-In Wednesday


11 a.m.-2 p.m., Shirk Center – Internship and Career Fair – Over 50 employers will be in attendance giving students an opportunity to talk to Human Resource professionals who are offering internship, full time jobs or both. Students: Be sure to come with copies of your resumes and your elevator speech. If you need help preparing for the fair, schedule an appointment with a member of the Hart Career Center team by visiting Handshake or calling 556-3071. See the list of attending employers.


11:30 a.m. – Exploring Healthcare Careers: Dr. Brad Campbell '12, Chiropractor – 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.


4-5 p.m., First floor - Center for Engaged Learning, The Ames Library – 2022-23 University Theme Mixer -The Power of Place – Annual Theme Brainstorm Session: Next year's annual theme, The Power of Place, will be a powerful opportunity to explore the way places shape our lives, work, and views. All faculty and staff are invited to help brainstorm courses, programs, and experiences that allow our community to engage with this dynamic theme. Join us for a fun "happy hour" provided by the Provost's office and the Dean of Students office and bring your creativity. Questions? Contact Carmela Ferradans, Dan Roberts, Joanne Diaz, Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Deborah Halperin or Karla Carney-Hall.
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 the 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 p.m., Auditorium, Myers Welcome Center – Case Interview Workshop with Deloitte – Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.
Thursday, Nov. 18
12:15 p.m., Zoom or Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – DEI Forum – Open forum for the campus community to discuss the DEI report and recommendations. Sponsored by the Faculty Committee on Diversity.


12:15 p.m., E103, CNS – Careers in Actuarial Science Brown Bag Lunch – Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.


5-7 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Harvesting Help Service Project – Members of the campus community are invited to help create care packages of blankets and other items for local relief organizations. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - Persepolis – Introduced by Humanities 104 and Global Titans. 


7-9 p.m., IDEA Center, Memorial Center – Retro Video Game Night – On the third Thursday of every month. Come play with friends, faculty or anyone else whose name starts with a “F” and learn what fun you can have at the IDEA Center!


7 p.m., Auditorium, Myers Welcome Center – Accounting Internship Program Orientation – Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.
Friday, Nov. 19
7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Women of Color Fashion Show – Women of Color RSO will host their first ever Multicultural Fashion Show, co-sponsored by Men of Color.


7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra Concerto Aria – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Saturday, Nov. 20
1 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving - IWU Invite


5 p.m., Multicultural House – ODI FriendsGiving – Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for a day of celebrating friendship with new or old friends.


6 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs UW-Whitewater – Streaming live at


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Cupcake and Cookie Decorating – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 28
Thanksgiving Recess
Saturday, Nov. 27
1 & 3 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball - Midwest ChallengeStreaming live at
Sunday, Nov. 28
1 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball - Midwest Challenge – Consolation Game Streaming live at


3 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball – Midwest Challenge – Championship GameStreaming live at
Monday, Nov. 29
12 p.m., ZoomMEP 403(b) Retirement Program - Information Session – The IWU 403(b) Retirement Committee will update faculty and staff about what we have learned about the Multi-Employer Plan (MEP) 403(b) Retirement Program. This consortial arrangement brings together other colleges and universities, similar to Illinois Wesleyan, in order to achieve lower participant fees and better service for our employees. We are one of 12 employers that are strongly considering joining this program. We invite faculty and staff to participate in virtual sessions to learn more and to answer any questions you may have. The sessions will be recorded and posted to the HR website. (The second session will be offered at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 30, via Zoom.)
The Action Research Center is proud to offer the Weir Fellowship. This $1,000 fellowship is available to students of any year or major. Weir Fellows work on social justice projects that engage the community and advance meaningful partnerships. More info at


The application window is now open. Applications are only accepted via this Google form and must be submitted by noon on Friday, Dec 3. Direct any questions to Deborah Halperin, ARC, in Ames 114 or
All IWU resident halls and fraternities will be closing for Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. A number of students may have a specific need to remain on campus for all or part of a break period. 
Please note the dates and times of the deadlines to request access below. Both break access applications are currently open in the MyHousing portal. In order to stay in your campus housing or to have access to it during the break(s), you must request access as soon as possible. 
  • You will need approval to receive break access to the building.
  • Thanksgiving Recess: Campus housing closes Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. and reopens Sunday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. To avoid charges, complete the break access application in your MyHousing portal by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.
  • Winter Break: Campus housing closes Friday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. and reopens Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. To avoid charges, complete the break access application in your MyHousing portal by 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3. 
  • There are several reasons for which permission is granted to student requests to remain in housing during a break period:
  • students whose permanent home is more than 450 miles away from campus
  • students with an essential on-campus job (with confirmation from supervisor)
  • students who have a musical or theatre rehearsal or performance (with confirmation from director/professor)
  • students who have an athletic practice or competition (with confirmation from coaches)
  • students with academic commitments (with confirmation from the professor)


Permission may also be granted to students who have special or unique circumstances. Students who believe their request warrants additional consideration should discuss it with their Area Director, or for fraternity housing members, discuss their circumstances with the Office of Student Involvement staff. If approval is NOT given you will be notified.


Regardless of circumstance, students must submit an online request through the student's MyHousing portal (click here for assistance). 


Charges may be incurred for the following reasons:
  • Requesting access after the deadline - $50 charge
  • Staying without a valid reason - $50/night charge
  • Students found in the residence hall during a break without requesting access or obtaining permission - $50 charge (in addition to per night charge) and a judicial referral may also be made in these cases 


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life at
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.
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