Feb 272023

Amy McCabe ’01 made history by becoming the first female principal trumpet for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. She is the first female to hold that title in the band’s 225-year history, replacing Master Gunnery Sgt. Kurt Dupuis, who served as principal since 1994. She says, “As I get older, the more I realize how much representation is inspiring and important to me.” Read more about this amazing accomplishment here. Congratulations Amy!

Feb 232023

Scott Moreau ’01 will reprise his role as Johnny Cash in the production of “Million Dollar Quartet” at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, March 22 – April 9. You read more here.

Feb 032023
Erika Holst has curated an exhibition at the Illinois State Museum that will speak to anyone who made a mix tape or used a pay phone to call for a ride home from the roller rink as a kid. “Growing Up X” explores the toys, technologies and cultural touchstones surrounding Generation X in their childhood. Museum visitors will see items familiar to anyone who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, from telephones with cords, record and cassette players, and an Apple IIe computer to Teddy Ruxpin and parachute pants. Additionally, they will learn how growing up in the shadow of the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the AIDS crisis and the War on Drugs shaped Gen Xers as individuals and a generation. For those looking to immerse themselves in the experience of “growing up X,” the exhibition offers an interactive rec room space where visitors can sit on a floral sofa, watch a movie on VHS, play a video game, or listen to a record album or cassette tape. The exhibition also includes a jukebox where visitors can dial up their favorite nostalgic tunes and interactive screens to watch commercials and news broadcasts from the ’70s and ’80s. The exhibit will be displayed January 28-September 4, 2023. Click here for more information about the exhibit.
Jan 172023

Erik Hjerpe ’01 has been promoted from Senior Director of Information Technology to Vice President of Supply Chain at Oak Brook, IL based TreeHouse Foods. Congratulations, Erik!

Oct 032022

Michael Pulia ’01, MD, PhD, has been named a Fellow by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the nation’s leading infectious diseases professional society. You can read the full article here.

Sep 012022

In the past two years we’ve witnessed the Titan community come together in new ways to share stories, expertise, and friendship. However, we have long awaited the chance to welcome you back to campus for a true Illinois Wesleyan Homecoming! We look forward to sharing a meal, a drink, and a story with all of you in person, September 23-25, 2022.

Click here for a full schedule of events and to register.

Aug 242022

Phillip Hurst ’01 had a nonfiction book published on August 16th, 2022 called Regent’s of Paris. He recently had another book published in March, 2022 called The Land of Ale and Gloom: Discovering the Pacific Northwest. Both synopsis can be found below.

The Land of Ale and Gloom: Discovering the Pacific Northwest concerns the summer of 2016, which the author spent traveling the region in the looming shadow of a Trump presidency, having come to the somewhat blue realization that there perhaps remained just one thing in this world with the power to bring him true happiness: craft beer. And while there’s no better place for a beer enthusiast than Oregon and Washington State, a philosophical guide seemed necessary—hence, Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, an encyclopedic Renaissance-era opus which advises the melancholic patient to treat his affliction with a few cold brews.

Regent’s of Paris takes place in a struggling small-town auto dealership during the tumultuous week leading up to the annual Memorial Day sale—a week rife with doomsday warnings about the Obama Administration’s corporate bailout of General Motors, and the week which will ultimately seal the dealership’s fate. Paul Stenger’s thirtieth birthday is looming and selling cars is soiling his conscience, complicating his love life, and killing his songwriting ambitions. But Paul’s problems pale in comparison to those of Jennylee Witt, a young mother navigating her workplace’s rampant sexism, a chronically-ill daughter, a deadbeat spouse, and a crisis of faith—not to mention the wealthy local photographer with a penchant for cozy test-drives. Finally, Kent Seasons, the sales manager, has come to suspect his long-promised ownership stake is being stolen from him; worse yet, his teenage daughter has seemingly fallen for the suave owner of a rival dealership. In the cutthroat realm of the American car lot, even our most cherished dreams get the hard-sell, and nobody knows this better than those whose livelihoods hinge upon closing deals and sending rubber down the road.