Over 1,000 Pieces of IWU Art Catalogued in Online Collection

The Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University.

A five-year endeavor to catalogue the art of Illinois Wesleyan has culminated in an online collection of more than 1,000 pieces. The goal of the project was to create an easily accessible collection of IWU art for research and classroom use, as well as to highlight the students, faculty and donors who have contributed art to the University.

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Frankie Faison ’71 Discusses Successful Acting Career and His Life Growing Up

Frankie Faison ’71 discusses his distinguished, decades-long career in theater, film and television. He reflects on growing up in Newport News, VA and how it impacted his future as well as reflects on his role in the 1988 film “Coming to America”.

Read more on Actor Frankie Faison talks about growing up in Newport News, his role in ‘Coming to America’ from Daily Press

Campus Activities Board Receives Outstanding Programming Award

The Campus Activities Board (CAB), a student-led organization committed to creating a vibrant campus life at IWU, won the Programming Organization of the Year Award for the Mid-America Region from the National Association of Campus Activities. They also received a marketing award for their fall 2020 calendar poster.

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Caitlin (Ludwig) Pusateri ’08 Named Rockford Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President

Caitlin Pusateri was recently named the new executive vice president by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Pusateri will serve as lead executive for the Rockford Chamber and will oversee day-to-day operations of the Chamber while also providing leadership on strategic initiatives.

Read more on Rockford Chamber of Commerce names new vice president from Rockford Register Star

“The Prom” Produced by Bill Damaschke ’85 Nominated for Golden Globe

Netflix’s The Prom, produced by Bill Damaschke ’85, has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The 78th Golden Globe Awards will be on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7pm CT on NBC.

Read more on Netflix’s “The Prom,” Produced by Damaschke ’85, Nominated for Golden Globe from Illinois Wesleyan

Milestone Memory: Bill Farrar ’71

During his senior year at Illinois Wesleyan (1971), Bill was the first ever IWU athlete to receive Academic All-American honors. This milestone took place 50 years ago.

Bill has gone on to be a renowned surgical oncologist. Read more about his successful career in this Illinois Wesleyan 2019 article: Dr. William Farrar ’71 Named CEO of Major Cancer Hospital and Research Institute 


IWU Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies, Carolyn Nadeau, Presents in Series on Local Immigrant Stories

Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies, Carolyn Nadeau, helped present “It’s All in the Salsa: Mexican Stories of McLean County,” part of a virtual speaker series highlighting local immigrant stories from the McLean County Museum of History.

Read more on ‘Breaking Bread In McLean County’ Highlights Local Immigrant Stories from WGLT

Kendall Sosa ’21 Has Record-Breaking Basketball Performance

Senior Kendall Sosa’s record-breaking 47 point performance led the women’s basketball team to a win over Millikin. Sosa broke the women’s single-game scoring record set by Lila Wagner Jan. 5, 1980 and tied Greg Yess for the most points in a game by a Titan ever.

Read more on Sosa’s Record-Breaking Night Leads IWU to Win Over No. 13 Millikin from Illinois Wesleyan Athletics

Basketball Coach Ron Rose Achieves Second Place On IWU’s All-Time Wins List

Men’s Basketball Coach Ron Rose just passed Jack Horenberger on IWU’s all-time wins list. He moved into second on the school’s all-time win list when the IWU men’s basketball team overpowered North Park University on Feb. 11.

Read more on Rose Rises on the All-Time Wins List as IWU Overpowers North Park from Illinois Wesleyan Athletics

IWU Students Present NexSTEM Research Virtually

STEM research continues amid the ongoing pandemic, as student researchers presented findings from their semester-long projects at the virtual 2020-21 Fall NexSTEM Research Symposium. Research projects ranged from a nature restoration project, assessing the power of physical therapy post-stroke, and developing a model for a non-profit grocery store in Bloomington.

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Political Science Professor Greg Shaw Tackles the Topic of American Healthcare in New Book

Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw takes on the behemoth question of how to pay for healthcare in the United States in a new book: Medicare and Medicaid: A Reference Handbook. This book features Shaw’s own analysis as well as short essays from a number of perspectives.

Read more on New Faculty Book Tackles the Past and Present of American Healthcare from Illinois Wesleyan

Karen Bussone, Director of SBDC McLean County, Discusses Search Engine Optimization for Small Businesses

Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone wrote about search engine optimization (SEO) for small businesses in her guest column in The Pantagraph.

Read more on Karen Bussone: Get help with search engine goals from The Pantagraph

Bob Page ’79 Named Ingram’s Inaugural Executive of the Year

Bob Page ’79, president and CEO of the University of Kansas Health System, was named Ingram’s inaugural Executive of the Year 2021. Page says that an executive cannot simply decree cultural change. It must be lived, and demonstrated by example. He was also IWU’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

Read more on Ingram’s 2021 Executive of the Year: Bob Page from Ingram’s