“Illinois Wesleyan University’s archives is creating a digital record of IWU community members’ (students, staff, faculty and alumni) experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic beginning with the first campus communication on February 3, 2020 (or earlier, for Titans who are further afield!) and extending through the time that in-person activities resume on campus.”
Social distancing and quarantining can lead to feelings of isolation or loneliness. But there are plenty of ways to get involved and stay connected. Always remember, we are never alone!
On a personal note, I am doing well – Due to COVID-19 in the surrounding area, I am working remotely for my position in Human Resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am in the midst of the 5th week of working remotely, and while I miss my coworkers, I am very grateful for the safety and opportunity to be able to work remotely during this time. I am keeping busy and doing my best to stay safe, due to several underlying health conditions putting me at a higher risk during this time.
Please feel free to post comments on this post, to share stories of how you are doing. We would love to get a conversation going and we would love to hear from you!
Here are some ideas of ways to connect with your fellow Illinois Wesleyan community.
- Performances from IWU alumni, students and faculty
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a virtual performance to share. Follow the School of Theatre Arts Facebook page for posts about performances by students and alumni.
- Virtual Titan Connections
We miss connecting with Titans in person, but we would love to see photos or videos from your virtual connections. Show your Titan pride and tag IWU Alumni Association (@IWU_AlumniAssoc) on Twitter and (@illinoiswesleyanalumni) on Facebook. You can also post in your Regional Alumni Chapter’s Facebook group, reunion group, or affinity group. Follow Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni Association social media for the latest updates and announcements – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
- Back to College Classes
Check out videos of previous classes featuring alumni.
- Titan Trivia
Use the breakout rooms in Zoom for a virtual Titan Trivia contest. Visit the IWU archives for question ideas.
- Take part in Titan Talks: Webinar Series
We are excited to launch this series featuring alumni, faculty and staff.
- Titan Challenges
Challenge your fellow Titans to a virtual 5K or fitness challenge. Be sure to wear your favorite Titan gear and share a photo or you can send it to email@example.com.
- Start a Titan Group
Have you been wanting to start a book club? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help connect you to other interested alumni.
- Zoom Photo Backgrounds
Upload one of these Bloomington-Normal photo backgrounds to your Zoom call – check out the photo of Joslin Atrium!
Looking for something to do from the comfort of your home? Here are some opportunities to share your experience and expertise:
- Be a part of Illinois Wesleyan history & share your thoughts
Illinois Wesleyan University’s Archives & Special Collections is creating a digital record of IWU community members’ (students, staff, faculty and alumni) experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and participate here.
- Career Connection & Workshops
The Hart Career Center will host virtual career programs/workshops for students on how to navigate the job and internship search. If you have expertise that you can share with students, please connect with a Hart Career Center staff member for a phone or video appointment through a Handshake account here. You can also post job and internship opportunities on the site. View FAQs here. Follow the Career Center on Instagram and Facebook @iwucareercenter.
- Volunteer as a Titan Alumni Ambassador
Assist the IWU Admissions team in student recruitment efforts. Our alumni are the best and most qualified to meet with prospective students to share your IWU experience. Sign up here: Titan Alumni Ambassadors.
For more ideas, or to sign up for volunteering opportunities, visit here.All the best,
Debbie Skinner ’13
“In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, hundreds of Illinois Wesleyan University alumni –– doctors, nurses, first responders, community and industry leaders, and countless others –– are at the front lines of the international health crisis.”
To read more about IWU alumni and their involvement in helping with in the midst of COVID-19, please see the full length article: Alumni Leadership
If you wish to share an update about yourself or other alumni making significant contribution efforts in response to the COVID-19, please email email@example.com.
Thank you, and may all the best health and peace be with you.
~Debbie Skinner ’13, Class of 2013 IWU Newsletter Editor
I want to share this link (Click here for form to submit news updates) to the form where you can share your news updates to the Illinois Wesleyan Magazine which will then be reviewed and possibly included in the magazine. Also, filling out the form will send the news to the online newsletter program.
Alternatively, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any updates you wish to be shared to the Class of 2013 alumni newsletter.
I miss you all! Take care in these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To share a word of support for your classmates at this time, submit a post to your class newsletter by emailing your editor or if your class does not have an editor, send your post to email@example.com.
- You can provide support to the Titan Student Emergency Fund. This fund will provide relief to students with needs such as housing, travel, moving and storage, transportation and vehicle repair, and technology needs related to remote learning.
- If you have expertise or a career opportunity that you can share with students, please connect with a Hart Career Center staff member for a phone or video appointment through a Handshake account here. You can also post job and internship opportunities on the site. View FAQs here.
- University Archives & Special Collections wants to hear your experiences and reflections to keep a historical record of the impact of the pandemic on the Illinois Wesleyan community, you can learn more here.
- Assist the IWU Admissions team in student recruitment efforts. Our alumni are the best and most qualified to meet with prospective students to share your IWU experience. Sign up here: Titan Alumni Ambassadors.
- You can see more ideas here.
Thank you to Cecilia Mendoza ‘13, who volunteered to eat lunch and talk with students during the Psychology and Sociology Luncheon on 2/12/2020, concerning Cecilia’s experience as a Department of Justice Accredited representative.
Rachel Grimes ‘13 participated in an industry staged reading of the Red Wool on February 10th, 2020 in New York.
Read more about the accomplishment here.
Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) is Monday, February 10. This day provides the IWU campus community with the opportunity to thank donors who support Illinois Wesleyan. IWU celebrates each year in mid-February because it marks the symbolic point during the academic year – about 70% of the way through – when we rely on support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants.
If you would like to be celebrated as a donor today, you can make a gift at iwu.edu/give.