Nov. 29, 2021
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Campus News
After rising through the ranks at the FBI, then serving as a Fortune 500 executive until his retirement last year, Michael Mason ’80 is pitching in to combat a school bus driver shortage in his home community, in a "doing well and doing good" story that has captured national attention.
IWU Web Content Specialist Kristen Buhrmann and Instructional Professor and General Biology Lab Coordinator Libby Haywood were recognized as women who are "trailblazers in their professions, pathfinders for social justice and women on the rise."
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that makes a lasting impact on our Illinois Wesleyan community. We invite Titans everywhere to give the gift of education to our talented students and help us reach our goal of 150 donors.
Titan Athletics
  • The Titan football team raised $6,350 dollars for the Alzheimer's Association during the Walk to End Alzheimer's in October, which was the fifth-highest total of the 68 groups that participated.
Titans In The News
Times Higher Education
President S. Georgia Nugent discussed the trend toward early research opportunities for undergraduate students.(Free subscription required)
Lake Oswego (Ore.) Review
Phillip Hurst ’01 is the author of Whiskey Boys, a collection of literary essays.
Iroquois County's Times-Republic
Thomas Cunnington ’77 was selected as chief judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit.
Marine Log
Megan (DeSerf) Davidson ’02 has been appointed chief people officer for Crowley, a government, maritime, energy and logistics solutions company.
The Public’s Radio
Brexton Isaacs ’15 will run the re-election campaign of Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee.
The Pantagraph
Student Alessia Girardin '22 has organized an information session for Building Hope in Kids -Uganda on Dec. 1.
Effingham Radio
Michael Clark ’03 was appointed a member of the Illinois State Police Merit Board by Governor JB Pritzker.
The Vidette
Illinois Wesleyan student Katie-Beth Jackson '23 conceived of a local "College Night" event to promote thrifting among college students.
The Pantagraph
Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Studies Leah Nillas discussed Illinois Wesleyan's efforts to address the teacher shortage.
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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 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
12 p.m., ZoomMEP 403(b) Retirement Program - Information Session – A second session will be offered.


4 p.m., ZoomDEI Forum – Open forum for the campus community to discuss the DEI report and recommendations. Sponsored by the Intercultural Fluency Committee.
Wednesday, Dec. 1
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


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 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!


5 p.m., 105b (The Writing Center | Tutoring Services), The Ames Library – Study "Write" Almost All Night – Because the writing center and student success tutors tend to book up at the end of the semester and we get so many required appointments, we've started this fun event. (We'll also have one on Dec. 7.) Students are welcome to come get snacks, study support, and writing help all in one place. We'll have writing center and student success tutors on hand to offer you one-on-one and/or group support to get tips for studying, writing strong papers, and for presentations. Bring questions and a friend, get snacks and answers. Walk-ins and groups welcome. Email with questions.


5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs Eureka – Streaming live at


6 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – Uganda Non-profit Info Session – The community is invited to an informative session on a non-profit called Building Hope in Kids - Uganda. Student organizer Alessia Girardin '22 will speak about present-day Uganda and students will be able to write letters to Ugandan students.
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs ChicagoStreaming live at
Thursday, Dec. 2
6 p.m., Sanctuary, Evelyn Chapel – "Light the Night": A celebration of the season of light
Friday, Dec. 3
Last Day of Classes!


Through Dec. 5 School of Theatre Arts presents the musical Head over Heels – Streaming all day Dec. 3-5 on ShowTix4U.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble Concert
Saturday, Dec. 4
11 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Titan First Chance Meet


5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs Carroll – Streaming live at


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs Carroll – Streaming live at
Sunday, Dec. 5
12-2 p.m., Hansen Student Center, 300 E. Beecher St. – Coffee and Coloring – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
3 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 106 W. Chestnut St., Bloomington – Christmas Choral Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Monday, Dec. 6
Reading Day (NO CLASSES)
  • IWU Director of Marketing Andy Kreiss ’86 stars as Walter the Elf, and Assistant Professor of Music Robert Mangialardi as Gus the Elf, in the annual Holiday Spectacular written by Nancy Steele Brokaw '71. Others with IWU connections among the cast include Cindy (Morris) Myers ’80, Fred Render '79 and Ella Mavros (child of Jeff ’98 and Katie Mavros ’05). Performances are this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5.


  • The Illinois Wesleyan University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has achieved Circle of Excellence Silver status. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards this recognition to its outstanding chapters for their commitment to honor and excellence. "This award is a true testament of the dedication of your faculty and staff who serve as volunteer chapter officers and for their work to recognize and honor excellence on your campus," Acting Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Traci Navarre said in a letter announcing the award.


  • A.J. Keller '08 has been named this year's winner of the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize for his 2020 dissertation from Northwestern University. 
Benefits Reminders
Benefits Choice/Open Enrollment Reminder
If you want to make any of the following insurance changes for 2022, please return your form(s) to HR by this Friday, Dec. 3. 
* Enroll, change plan options or terminate coverage in the BCBS Medical Plan
* Enroll or terminate coverage in the Principal Dental Plan
* Enroll or terminate coverage in the BCBS/EyeMed Vision Plan
* Add or terminate dependent(s) on your coverage


Flexible Spending Enrollment Reminder
If you want to contribute to a Flexible Spending Account for 2022, please return your Flex enrollment form to HR by Friday, Dec. 3. 
* On 11/10/21, the IRS announced an increase to the 2022 annual contribution limit for a Health Care Flexible Spending Account. The new annual limit for 2022 is $2,850.


Health Savings Account (HSA) Enrollment Reminder
If you are enrolled in the Gold medical plan option and want to contribute to your HSA for 2022, please return your HSA enrollment form to HR by Friday, Dec.3. 


For information about IWU benefits, see the HR Benefits page which includes additional links to the Open Enrollment Guide and a Recording of our Virtual Benefits Overview.


If you have questions about your benefits, please contact Marie in Human Resources at or ext. 3971.
HSA Informational Webinar
HSA Bank is conducting several 45-minute webinar sessions for employees to learn the basics of an HSA, how to take full advantage of the tax benefits they offer and set themselves up for peace of mind in retirement. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Learn more or register.
An Update on Campus Snow and Ice Removal
At Illinois Wesleyan's Physical Plant, it has always been our first and foremost priority to provide safe walking surfaces for the campus community. Given the extremes of conditions in a Midwestern winter, and the large number of variables in conditions and forecasts, the decision-making process can be complicated. Effective snow and ice removal is dependent on efficient and orderly utilization of a variety of personnel, equipment and materials. Since every snowfall is different, the specifics will change each time.


Clean, dry pavement is always our end goal, and over the years we have worked to be as efficient as possible in achieving that goal. Brine has been proven to be a useful tool in managing snow and ice. This year we will again be using brine on our parking lots, sidewalks and steps. Prior to winter weather events, IWU Grounds and KCN Solutions crews will apply brine to parking lots, sidewalks and steps to assist with melting snow and ice. This de-icing solution is an economical and effective way to pretreat large areas of campus without harming the landscape. It speeds up the melting time and provides us a preferable option to rock salt when conditions allow. We will continue to use rock salt when weather conditions require its use. Regardless of what equipment and procedures we utilize, it still takes six employees several hours to cover the 16 miles of walks that connect our campus.


As we move into the winter season, we would encourage a cautious mindset and appropriate footwear. We would also recommend a heightened awareness, not only of conditions, but also of the machines that are out clearing the walks.
Snow and Ice Procedures
As the season for snow and ice approaches, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into Asset Essentials. Please call us at the Physical Plant at 556-3067 during our regular hours: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Campus Safety at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.
Campus Copies of the IWU Magazine
All faculty and staff members are welcome to a free subscription to IWU Magazine. To receive a free copy delivered by campus mail, you must submit a request through the IWU Magazine campus delivery formNo action is needed if you have previously signed up for a free subscription, or if you do not wish to receive a campus copy.


Any questions can be directed to Matt Wing 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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