Jun 012017
Jason Han was elected in April to serve on the Village of Northbrook, Ill., Board.
An English major at Illinois Wesleyan, Jason revieved his law degree from the University of Illinois. He opened his own law practice in Chicago in 2014. Asked by the Daily North Shore why he was pursuing office, Jason said, “I am running because this community has not reached its potential. It could be so much better. We need to reach out to newcomers such as the Asian-American community. Northbrook is about 20 percent Asian-American yet has never had an Asian trustee on the Village Board. We need to reach out to a younger generation and encourage them to choose Northbrook.’
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Jun 012017
Cara Spitzner, a fourth grade teacher at Ogden Avenue School in La Grange, Ill., is a 2017 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership finalist.
This is Cara’s fourteenth year at Ogden, where she has taught both third and fourth grades and is also involved in the Curriculum Advisory Council and the Committee for Equity and Minority Achievement. An education major at IWU who also holds a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, Cara resides in Oak Park and volunteers on a Refugee Welcome Team through her synagogue.
Congratulations on your amazing achievement!
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Apr 042017

April 5, 2017 is our day of giving at Illinois Wesleyan and this year’s theme is Tune In for All In! Not only is today a day for giving, it’s a day to celebrate IWU and all of the things that make it special.

Visit https://www.iwu.edu/all-in/ to learn more and donate.

Donate today, Class of 2003…let’s make this our biggest year yet! Go Titans!

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Mar 302017

Jason Han is running for Trustee for the Village of Northbrook. Northbrook is a northern Chicago suburb with Glenview at its south border and Deerfield to the north. The election is April 4, but early elections are from March 20 to April 1.

Good luck, Jason! We’re rooting for you!

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Feb 202017


Today, students, faculty, and staff across campus are celebrating donors and the impact they have on campus. Thank A Giver Day marks the symbolic point during the year — about 70% of the way though — when tuition dollars run out and the University relies on the generosity of donors, the endowment, and external grants for the remainder of the year. Share how your IWU experience was impacted by donors using #IWUThanks.

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. If you have already made a gift this year, thank you!

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Jan 312017
Karoline Carstens, who graduated with a degree in Sociology from IWU in 2003, has just recently been recognized as one of this year’s “40 under 40” Attorneys by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Her passion for public service has taken her along a most unique path from the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office to private practice with the Alton office of Simmons Hanly Conroy where she continues to focus on the relentless pursuit of community justice. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published a detailed biography on her linked below. Links to her firm bio and to the NIU Law press release are also below.
ALTON, Ill. (Jan. 9, 2017) – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest mass torts firms, is pleased to announce that the firm has grown its shareholder ranks with the elevation of 14 attorneys, effective Jan. 1. Among the firm’s new shareholders includes Karoline Carstens ’03.
Based in the firm’s Alton office, Carstens focuses her practice on helping those affected by asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma. She earned her law degree from Northern Illinois University and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2016, Carstens was selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of its 2016 “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch,” the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year and Northern Illinois University College of Law Young Alumna of the Year.  Carstens is active with the Illinois State Bar Association on multiple committees and is a founding member of Young Friends of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.
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