Nov 022017
 

Adam Kramer, band director at Fort Worth Independent School District’s Southwest High School and Wedgwood Middle School, has been selected as the 2017-18 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts.

Mr. Kramer was chosen following a rigorous three-part evaluation process based on a written application and narrative; a recording of classroom instruction; and an interview session with a distinguished panel of judges.  

In 1999 Performing Arts Fort Worth established the Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts, which annually recognizes and rewards an exemplary Fort Worth Independent School District teacher. The Chair carries the title for one year and receives a $5,000 honorarium.  

Mr. Kramer has been teaching for 21 years, eight years in Fort Worth ISD.   Under his direction, many of Mr. Kramer’s students have been named to All-District, All-Region, and All-State Concert and Jazz Bands. Michael Dawson, Head Band Director at Wedgwood Middle School, states, “Mr. Kramer is a respected faculty member at Wedgwood Middle and Southwest High Schools. He has great rapport with teachers and administrators….and is also highly respected by students and parents.” 

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public secondary school setting and for its rigorous selection process.

Congratulations, Adam!

Oct 232017
 

Junaid Ahmed ’96 is a Senior Broadcast Journalist at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), one of the world’s leading provider of news. Despite being a London based journalist, Junaid’s work for the BBC has taken him around the world to cover stories, ranging from the earthquake in Nepal to the elections in Israel, to the horse meat scandal in Belgium. His most recent trip was to the Scottish capital Edinburgh where his show, the Weekend, covered the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival and the political mood in Scotland ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union. As a Back to College Class speaker during Homecoming 2017 – Titans Around the World, Junaid spoke about these stories, his initial journey to Bloomington, and how his education at Illinois Wesleyan shapes his work. His presentation, entitled “Reporting World News Thtrough Storytelling”, may be viewed below.

Congratulations, Junaid!

 Posted by at 5:45 pm
Oct 122017
 

As IWU celebrates Titans Around the World at Homecoming this weekend, we will also honor our alumni who served worldwide as veterans and first-responders, including Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95. We will remember Ryan and all veterans and first-responders who have given their lives in the service of others and our country. Presenting the colors will be American Legion Color Guard Post 635 Normal and Post 56 from Bloomington. The ceremony will take place this Saturday, October 14th at 12:45 p.m., prior to the Homecoming Football game at Tucci Stadium and will include the National Anthem sung by Wayne Messmer ’72.  Classmates and friends can view the ceremony on streaming video live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/iwu/.

 Posted by at 7:25 pm
Oct 102017
 

Junaid Ahmed ’96, a journalist and producer of Newshour, a one hour news and current affairs program on BBC World Service, will be speaking this weekend at IWU’s Homecoming as part of an International Career Panel on Friday, 10/13 from 4 to 5 p.m.

During this panel, alumni will discuss how their IWU education prepared them to work abroad. Other panelists include Jill Jackson ’04 (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Anton Samrai ’07 (PepsiCo), Sijia Song ’13 (Ernst & Young), and Coco Bassey ’10 (Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Millennielle & Product Marketing Manager, Wolters Kluwer).

Oct 102017
 

Faizal Chaudhury ’96, Vice President of Internal Audit at SallieMae, has joined the University of Delaware’s Alfred Learner College of Business & Economics as an Adjunct Professor. He teaches graduate and undergraduate graduate level classes on Internal Auditing.

Faizal says “This opportunity is allowing me to promote my profession (Internal Auditing) to the current generation of college students.”

Sep 212017
 

Homecoming 2017 is right around the corner!

You can register now here

A few noteworthy events:

  • Back to College Classes Friday and Saturday – The Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium
  • Family Fun on the Quad Saturday 8:30-11 – Eckley Quadrangle
  • Titan Tailgate Featuring Local Food Trucks Saturday 10AM-1PM – Shirk Center Parking Lot
  • “Club Tommy” Saturday, 6-9pm (Cost: $20) – Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center

You can see the full schedule of Homecoming 2017 events here

 Posted by at 8:17 pm
Jul 052017
 

Dr. Matthew D. Harder ’96 was recently named Dean of the College of Arts and Communication at West Liberty University. The College of Arts and Communication includes the Visual Art, Music, Theater, Broadcasting, Journalism, and Communications programs. Congratulations, Matthew!

 Posted by at 5:02 pm
Apr 052017
 

Take a break from your regularly scheduled programming and tune in to All In For Wesleyan. Illinois Wesleyan alumni, parents, and friends from around the world will come together today by giving back to move IWU forward. All in for Wesleyan is more than a one day giving campaign — it’s a day to celebrate Illinois Wesleyan and all of the things that make it special.

On April 5, any gift made at www.iwu.edu/all-in will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100,000!) by Dorothea Bilder ’62, doubling your impact on Illinois Wesleyan! Show your Titan Pride by making a gift and spreading the word using #AllInForWesleyan.

Join us and stay tuned all day to see how your gifts make a difference for IWU students!

Feb 202017
 

Donor support allows IWU students to continue to have experiences that make being a Titan unique and transformative. To be among those celebrated today, make a gift at www.iwu.edu/give

 Posted by at 5:15 pm
Dec 162016
 

Remember to make your gift to Illinois Wesleyan by December 31 to be eligible for 2016 tax benefits. Gifts can be made online, by calling 1-800-689-9743 before December 23, and by check. If sending a check, it must be postmarked by December 31.

Thank you for your support!