Oct 062020

Jacob Taitel ’18 has published a method scale book, Beyond the Scale: For Tuba. This was a project that he was awarded research honors his senior year. He is working on publishing a version for all the brass.  You can find his book here.

Aug 272020

Teaching Titan Graduate Shannon Green ’18 has written a children’s book! She shared the following information about it:

Scottie on the Space Station is an educational story for children in the early grades which exemplifies how to speak to people with disabilities, but in a fun, imaginative way. This story is a personal one for my sister and me because we grew up with Scottie and had to repeatedly teach others that it is ok to just talk, befriend, and play with him. My sister (and co-author), Kaela, and I wrote this picture book in the hopes that it can be a reference for teachers and parents to review inclusion and diversity (something I think is desperately needed in these times). We added the space station element because our father and, previously, my sister worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and are space enthusiasts; an enthusiasm we wish to spread to the younger generation.

You can buy the book on Amazon here!



Jul 242020

Victoria Drake is one of the co-authors of the work Randomized Controlled Trial of a Prefeeding Oral Motor Therapy and its Effect on Feeding Improvement in a Thai NICU. Victoria and other co-authors worked alongside Illinois Wesleyan Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen Knoll ‘89The work was nominated for the 2020 Best of Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing Writing Award.

Wow! Congratulations, Victoria!

Jun 092020

Zach Silver ’18 has been working with Laurie Santos, director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the Canine Cognition Center at Yale University. Zach is a graduate student interested in how nonhuman animals learn from and about human agents. He also provides original music for Santos’ podcast The Happiness Lab.

Apr 302020
Jacob Taitel ‘18 has had a busy semester! On April 29, a musical scale book for tuba, Beyond the Scale, was officially published by Encore Music Publishers. The book originated at IWU (under the name The Well Tempered Tuba) in 2018 and it received research honors the same year.
Congratulations, Jacob! What an awesome accomplishment!
Apr 102020

Thank you very much to Jacob Taitel ’18, who returned to Illinois Wesleyan February 8th and 9th to give a Tuba recital and a masterclass to our tuba/euphonium  students. He is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance at the University of Michigan starting next fall. Go Jacob!

Jacob appears in the middle with the red tie.

Apr 102020

Here are ways to virtually engage with IWU and fellow Titans:

  • Performances from IWU alumni, students and faculty
    Contact us at iwualum@iwu.edu if you have a virtual performance to share. Follow the School of Theatre Arts Facebook page for posts about performances by students and alumni.
  • Back to College Classes
    Check out videos of previous classes featuring alumni.
  • Take part in Titan Talks: Webinar Series
    We are excited to launch this series featuring alumni, faculty and staff.
  • Start a Titan Group
    Have you been wanting to start a book club? Let us know at iwualum@iwu.edu and we can help connect you to other interested alumni.
  • IWU Social Media
    Follow Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni Association social media for the latest updates and announcements – FacebookTwitterLinkedIn.
  • 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.
  • 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 on social media or you can send it to iwualum@iwu.edu.
Apr 082020

Ways to Support Fellow Titans
    1. 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 classnews@iwu.edu.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. You can see more ideas here.
Feb 072020

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