Jul 312018
 
Allyce Carryn Torres ’13 and Alexa Fajardo Eldridge ’16 preformed in Firefly Love at Something Marvelous, a magical realism theater festival based in Chicago.
Something Marvelous cultivates new works of magical realism and curates a reflective dialogue with the community to examine, broaden, and embolden the genre. Our work uses theatricality to awaken imagination and inspire empathy for new perspectives.

Firefly Love by Alejandro Ricaño and translated by Héctor Garza ran from June 30 through July 15, 2018 at Athenaeum Theatre, Studio One in Chicago.
Allyce preformed as Lola in Firefly Love and is an Actor, Teaching Artist, and Activist originally from San Diego. Recent credits include WHAT OF THE NIGHT at Stage Left & Cor, THE BOTTLE TREE at Stage Left, FEFU & HER FRIENDS at Halcyon Theatre, and INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH at 16th Street Theatre. Her credits at Something Marvelous include DON’T LOOK and REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALÍ MAKE ME HOT. She is the Managing Director of Windy City Performs, the Company Manager of Something Marvelous, and an ensemble member at Stage Left.
Alexa preformed as Lola in Firefly Love on July 6th and 8th. She  is a Cuban American actor and Improvisor new to the Windy City and loving every minute! Alexa just finished a year long Acting Apprenticeship at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL where she performed in Stephen Spotswood’s Rolling World Premiere of DOUBLEWIDE as Lorelai, and you can find her now at The Second City as a student in their prestigious conservatory program!
Click here for more information.
Congratulations, Allyce!
 Posted by at 11:06 am
Jun 292018
 
Sara Vore ’13 has started her own business: Flowers and Leather Events and was recently featured in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Newsletter. During her time as a student at IWU, Sara had the privilege of working with brides to find their dream wedding gowns and coordinate their entire wedding day style. After graduation, she moved on to her full-time career in event planning and management with several local organizations. While she continues to enjoy her full-time position as event coordinator at Illinois Wesleyan, Sara declared, “it was finally time to start my own business!”
The Illinois SBDC of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University has had the opportunity to work with Sara as she gets her business off the ground. She admits, “Although I thought about starting the business for a long time, I felt overwhelmed when thinking about the steps necessary to actually establish the business in the community. I felt I needed some accountability and someone to provide guidance.” Sara has worked with the SBDC over the past few months to refine her business plan, develop her marketing strategy, and connect with resources for legal and financial assistance. “The SBDC has been an invaluable support and resource while starting my business.”
Flowers and Leather Events focuses on wedding planning, and specifically day-of (also known as month-of) coordination. Sara works with her clients to create an absolutely flawless wedding day, providing services from timeline planning to vendor coordination, as well as calligraphy and centerpiece crafting! “I’m their cheerleader, their listening ear, their mediator, their cheesy joke provider, their mimosa maker – I’m their go-to gal for everything.”
While she is still in the early stages, Sara has big growth plans for her business, including expansion to other types of event planning, a wedding dress product line, and online courses to help other women entrepreneurs grow their own businesses. “Regardless of the path my company takes, I want to be able to help others and encourage them along their own journeys.”
Follow Flowers and Leather Events on Facebook and Instagram at @flowersandleatherevents, or find Sara on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/saravore ! You can also contact Sara at sara@flowersandleatherevents.com.
Congratulations, Sara!
 Posted by at 3:41 pm
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 46 donors, and we contributed $1,139. 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.

 Posted by at 12:17 pm
Mar 072018
 

Ted Delicath ’13 has a TEDxIWU video where Ted Delicath ’13 examines the human experiences of joy, loss, battling the ego, and ultimately choosing openness and positivity to reach your full potential. You can view it here.

 

Feb 112018
 
Tara Gracer ’13 is now the National Water Resource Database Administrator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Headquarters, the Natural Resource Program Center, in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Congratulations, Tara!
 Posted by at 2:18 pm
Feb 072018
 
Jessica Scharf ’13 was recently featured in the Pantagraph, Bloomington-Normal’s primary newspaper, sharing her insight about life as an NFL cheerleader for the Seattle Seahawks.
You can read more about it here
 Posted by at 2:48 pm
Feb 072018
 
Joe Musso ’13 joined KOVR, the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, as a sports reporter.
You can read more about it here
Congratulations, Joe!
 Posted by at 2:43 pm
Jan 222018
 

How well do you know Illinois Wesleyan University?
IWU Crossword ANSWER KEY
ACROSS
4. Eric
5. Stevenson
7. Powell
8. Sapientia
10. State
12. Hedding
13. Black
15. Aflame
DOWN
1. Japan
2. Illinois
3. Memorial
6. Tommy
9. Titan
11. Female
14. Park

 Posted by at 2:18 pm