Jun 022017

Boryana Borisova ’17 won this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award at Illinois Wesleyan, celebrating student research that engages, translates and bridges academic disciplines.  The full article with more information can be found here.

May 012017


Pat Mollo ’17 connects on a homer in the April 9 game against Carroll University. The slugging Mollo was named Division III National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter of the Week for the first full week of April, batting .688 with 11 runs, two doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI. (Photo by Steve Frommell/D3Photography)

Music theatre majors Robert Wilson ’19 (left) and Jenia Head ’17 take a leap in “Cross Currents,” a piece choreographed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Jean MacFarland Kerr, for the Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert. Directed by Sheri Marley, the concert was entitled Momentum. (Photo by Marc Featherly)

Secondary education and history major Meg Stanley ’17 presents her research on student study skills in high school history at Inquiries into Teaching and Learning, an Educational Studies research conference held in conjunction with the annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Ed Studies event. (Photo by Makenna Merritt ’17)

Psychology major Tanya Gupta ’17 presents her research on social exclusion at the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference. Chair and Professor of Psychology Jason Themanson mentored Gupta’s research. (Photo by Makenna Merritt ’17)

“Cocoon,” a photograph by Anna Kerr-Carpenter ’17, won the Dyke Alumni Award during the 30th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibits. Calling the photo a “self-portrait of sorts,” Kerr-Carpenter is underneath the blanket. The photo represents the desire “to crawl into a cocoon of blankets away from the world when things get stressful or scary, but always re-emerging renewed, like a butterfly,” Kerr-Carpenter said of her inspiration in setting up the shot.

Utilizing a red band as prop to connect her dancers, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Jean MacFarland Kerr choreographed “Tapestry” for the Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert. Eli Miller ’17 and Adrienne Snider ’18 performed the emotional work. (Photo by Marc Featherly)

Jason Chen ’17 prepares to install an optical window, which he designed, into a cryostat that’s coupled to a Fourier Transform Spectrometer. Chen and several other IWU physics students played important roles in construction of the instrumentation, which will be used to learn more about cosmic dust and its relationship to the evolution of galaxies and stars. The project – three years in the making – was funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Associate Professor of Physics Thushara Perera. (Photo by Marc Featherly)

Quincy Butler ’17 wraps Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall in a hug at Multicultural Graduation. Butler interned in the Dean of Students Office, working on social media and marketing for the 2016-17 intellectual theme “Women’s Power, Women’s Justice.” (Photo by Phone Vilailuck ’18)

The only women’s lacrosse senior, Maggie Krause ’17, was honored on Senior Day April 15. Krause scored three goals and had one assist in the Titans’ win over the University of Dubuque. (Photo by Claire Hoverson ’17)

During All In for Wesleyan’s day of giving, students could record their thanks to donors for the gifts that make an Illinois Wesleyan education possible. Emcee Quincy Butler ’17 (right) breaks up (from left) Emily Snider ’17, Danny Baker ’19 and Rachel Westerkamp ’18 during their attempt to record a video message. (Photo by Robert Frank III ’14)

Multifaith Ambassador Carly Floyd ’17 (in floral dress at right) reads a passage at the dedication of a redbud tree in the Multifaith Meditation Garden located directly behind Evelyn Chapel. The new tree celebrated Earth Day, multifaith diversity and environmental sustainability, with stones engraved with teachings from many faith and secular traditions placed around the tree. The garden started as the senior seminar project of Nicole Chlebek ’16, now an Admissions Counselor. (Photo by Reilly Kasprak ’17)

Apr 122017

Over 10000 physicists gathered in New Orleans for the March Meeting of the American Physical Society (the largest meeting of physicists in the world.) There Illinois Wesleyan student Andy Ding ’17 was awarded the “Future of Physics” day’s “Outstanding Undergraduate Research Presentation Award.”


You can read more here.

Feb 162017

Jamie Gradishar ’17 competes in the pole vault at the I-55 Triangular on Jan. 21 at the Shirk Center. The men’s and women’s indoor track teams claimed five first-place finishes at the meet.

(Photo by Sports Information Director Stew Salowitz ’76)
Feb 162017

Brittany Straznickas ’17 presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in New Orleans in early January. Straznickas’s work as a Bruce and Norma Criley Summer Research Fellow helped inform the research presented through her conference poster, which was entitled “Feeding on the unseen: Ingestion and assimilation of bacteriophages by Brachionus plicatilis (Rotifera),” which was co-authored by Professor of Biology William Jaeckle. Straznickas said her experience at the national conference helped her realize that there are often more questions than answers in science. After graduation, the biology major plans to work as a medical scribe for a year before applying to medical school.