Sep 092018

Erick Henderson ’12 was recently featured in an IWU news article, alongside fellow Titan alum Munib Said Mafazy ’02. An excerpt of the article is below.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — An Illinois Wesleyan University student, faculty member and two alumni spent a week in July at the Lamu Center of Preventative Health (LCPH) in Kenya, where they provided free eye exams, screenings and glasses to over 300 patients in need.

The clinic was founded in 2007 by Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy and her husband, Munib Said Mafazy ’02, a native of Lamu who serves as executive director. The clinic provides free, high-quality healthcare six days a week to the impoverished community, and Illinois Wesleyan has a long history of aiding LCPH through fundraisers and service trips.

“IWU has been a great supporter of the work we are doing at LCPH since the beginning,” said Gearhart Mafazy. “The people of Lamu have benefited tremendously from the free screening and counseling services the clinic provides.”

This summer’s service trip included Annie Crumbaugh ’19 (LeRoy, Illinois), Erick Henderson ’12 and his wife Erin, and Munib and Rebecca Mafazy.

Erin Henderson conducts an eye exam while serving at the Lamu Center of Preventative Health. Continue reading…

Aug 082018

Kristen Gattuso ’12 and Scott Wenzel ’12 were married June 16, 2018, in Libertyville, Illinois with many IWU alums attending.

Among the IWU alums in attendance were (from left): Bert Blodgett ’13, Jessica (Hinterlong) Schaeffer ’11, Brian Schaeffer ’10, Johnny Simonelli ’12, Cory Sloan ’12, groom Scott Wenzel ’12, Ryan Flis ’12, bride Kristen Gattuso ’12, Kevin Johnson ’12, Molly O’Brien ’12,  Benny Winterland ’12, Hanni (Sha) Simonelli ’12, P.J. Cummings ’12, Rachel Soltwedel ’12, Ben Houk ’12 and Chris Schaeffer ’12.

Congratulations, Kristen and Scott!


Aug 082018

Dr. Jaclynn Sullivan ’12 finished her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in May. Jaclynn will be a full time faculty member at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa starting in the fall.

Congratulations, Jaclynn!

Jul 262018

In May, Charon Cannon ’12 graduated with honors and a 4.0 GPA from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois where she received a Masters in Social Work.

Congratulations, Charon!

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Jul 242018

Kate ’12 and Eric ’10 Abens welcomed their son, Finn, on January 4, 2018. The Abens family currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Congratulations on your Tiny Titan, Kate and Eric!

Apr 192018
Kristin Fields ’12, Casimir Frankiewicz ’12, and Korey Williams ’12 spoke with First Year Humanities Fellow Rachel McCarthy ’21 about working in the marketing industry. Here is an excerpt from Rachel’s blog:

“Then came dinner at Giradano’s with three IWU alums: Kristin Fields, Kaz Frankiewicz and Korey Williams. During the evening, I got to swap stories with Kaz and Kristin about my current English professor, Professor Chapman, as they reminisced about their time at IWU. We also discussed the various aspects of working in the marketing industry, such as how to handle creatives clashing with corporates, how to take criticism in the professional world, and how marketing takes many creative, intuitive minds working at many stages to create a cohesive final project. By the end, everyone and their take home boxes were stuffed with pizza, but most of us still had enough room for a quick ice cream trip before heading on the “L” to the guest housing at UIC, where we’ll be staying for the entirety of our trip.We made sure to get some rest, though, because tomorrow is scheduled to be just as busy!

– Rachel McCarthy ’21″

Here is a link to more about the FYHF trip to Chicago on Spring Break:


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Apr 022018

Tuesday, April 3rd is our day of giving at Illinois Wesleyan and this year’s theme is
Think Bigger! 
Not only is today a day for giving, it’s a day to celebrate IWU and all of the things that make it special.  Last year, our class had an impressive 69 donors, and we contributed $2,976. Let’s think bigger and surpass last year’s donors and dollars contributed! Think of the impact this can make for IWU students and their families!

Click here to learn more and to donate on Tuesday, April 3rd.
Help spread the word using #AllInForWesleyan and take advantage of our social media toolkit.

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