Jul 162015
Illinois Wesleyan’s fiscal year end is quickly approaching on July 31. Have you shown your Titan Pride by making a gift this year?
Check out the new Tommymometer to see where we stand by clicking here.
If you have already made a gift this year, thank you! If you have not yet made your gift, there is still time for you to make a difference this year.
By making your gift  before July 31, you will not only add to the Tommymometer for alumni donors, but you will help to keep current Illinois Wesleyan students enrolled and our alma mater strong. The percentage of alumni donors is important to IWU because outside organizations view it as a metric to measure alumni satisfaction. It affects Illinois Wesleyan’s rankings, bond rating, and ability to earn grants.
Thank you for doing your part to fill the Tommymometer before July 31 and keep Illinois Wesleyan moving forward!
May 122015
I'm-All-In-For-Wesleyan-icon 2014On April 9, Titans of all generations pulled together and showed their pride on the third annual All In For Wesleyan. More than 1,800 gifts of all sizes from 49 states and 17 countries totaled over $500,000 in support of Illinois Wesleyan University and our students. Our collective philanthropy served as an inspiration to the next generation as All In For Wesleyan firmly established itself as an Illinois Wesleyan tradition, both on campus and off. The class of 1997 had 34 donors on April 9th and donations totaling $3,782.50.

 Thank you 1997 Alumni for being “all in” all the time, and for continuing to make Illinois Wesleyan one of your giving priorities. If you have already made your gift this year, thank you! If you have not made your gift this year, I hope that you will join me as a donor and put us one more gift closer to our participation goal. You can make your gift by visiting iwu.edu/give. It is your support that keeps Illinois Wesleyan strong, and develops the next generation of leaders.


Your partner in support,

Van Miller ‘04

Director of Annual Giving

May 122015
signal_thedrowninggirls_0Melanie is a member of Signal Ensemble Theatre and is directing its Chicago premiere of The Drowning Girls. The play received great got great reviews in Chicago Tribune:
The play runs through June 6 at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., in Chicago.
Melanie Keller is a member of Signal Ensemble Theatre, where her first appearance with them was as Beatrice in their Much Ado About Nothing. She was the winner of a Jeff Award for Best Principal Actress for her work in East of Berlin and The Russian Play, and was nominated for a Jeff Citation for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Weir. She also appeared in Signal’s world-premiere production of Landslide, and played Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer. She was the Chicago Fellow at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada and is also an artistic associate of First Folio Theatre.  Melanie’s credits include roles at Northlight Theatre, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Next Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, BackStage Theatre Company, Strawdog Theater Company, Goodman Theatre, Seanachai Theatre Company (now Irish Theatre of Chicago), Breadline Theatre, Shaw Chicago Theater Company, and Lifeline Theatre, among others. Melanie trained at the Birmingham Conservatory of Stratford, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.
May 082015

Sun has been featured on numerous programs from CUNY TV: “Arts in the City” “Asian American Life” “Game of Thrones” operas ode and more. Watch interviews, view concert photos and a teaser video from his Hannibal Opera at http://oneworldsymphony.org/index.shtml

Apr 282015

Marissa Weaver ’97 is a CRNA at Associated Anesthesiologists in Peoria, IL. She will be working primarily at OSF St. Jame’s John W Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

Apr 102015

I'm-All-In-For-Wesleyan-icon 2014THANK YOU for being All In For Wesleyan!

More than 1,800 gifts of all sizes from 49 states and 17 countries totaled over $500,000 in support for Illinois Wesleyan University and our students. The impact that proud alumni and friends can have on the University in one day is truly amazing.

The campus community celebrated you for the role you play in keeping the University strong. They enjoyed witnessing the day unfold as gifts and feelings of pride poured in from around the world. Our collective philanthropy served as an inspiration to the next generation as All In For Wesleyan firmly established itself as an Illinois Wesleyan tradition, both on campus and off.

Visit the All In For Wesleyan website to see the gift map, challenge recaps, and more fun stuff. You’ll see there are 8 campus items up for naming rights and anyone who gave to All In For Wesleyan could be selected. Names will be announced on April 21.

We’ve heard from many of you that your gifts are in the mail, so we’ll finalize the All In For Wesleyan total and announce that on April 21 as well.

Thank you again for doing well, and doing good.

Apr 092015




From President Wilson:

Today is All in for Wesleyan 2015!  All gifts made today will be matched by an anonymous donor (up to $75,000).

And this year, there’s a twist.  Let me explain.

Gifts to the Wesleyan Fund support student financial assistance and also the little, but essential, things that create the Illinois Wesleyan experience.  So today we’re celebrating these little essentials — the unsung heroes.  Make a gift today and your name could appear next to one of these items for a limited time.*

Give today and your name could be selected to grace the hot spot, the WESN microphone, and other pieces of campus that will be announced throughout the day. (Learn more)

Give today and your gift will be matched by an anonymous donor.

Give today and show that you’re proud to be a Titan!

Make a gift at iwu.edu/challenge today to support the little things that make Illinois Wesleyan great! You could win the naming rights for the hot spot, WESN mic and more! What piece of the IWU campus would you name? #IWUNameIt”



Thank you for your commitment to keeping IWU strong!

Apr 072015

April has been named Assistant Vice President of Leasing Development at Macerich, an industry leading publically traded REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust), overseeing the Leasing of a dozen Super Regional shopping centers nationwide.

She and her husband of 9.5 years and two daughters, Lillian (9) and Hannah (7) will relocate to Dallas, Texas.

April has been involved in the publically traded shopping center industry leasing for 8 years, with 5 years of experience prior to that in Costa Mesa, Calif., working Community Relations events for South Coast Plaza, a world renowned privately owned shopping center.

April writes that she is thrilled for the new position.

Congratulations April!