Illinois Wesleyan hosted virtually the American Heart Association McLean County Heart Walk on Sunday. The annual walk raises money to support future medical advancements related to heart disease.
Read more on McLean County Heart Walk goes virtual this Sunday from The Pantagraph
Chicago Sun-Times executive editor Chris Fusco ’94 was named founding executive editor of Lookout Santa Cruz, the first of a network of local news and information sites in central California.
Read more on Sun-Times editor Chris Fusco leaving for California news startup from Robert Feder
Launched on National Voter Registration Day, Illinois Wesleyan is participating in The “BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge”. This friendly competition between Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University and Heartland Community College encourages students to be active citizens and register to vote.
Read more on Community Challenge Encourages Student Voter Engagement from Illinois Wesleyan
Illinois Wesleyan University continues to be recognized among the nation’s best colleges for liberal arts learning and pre-professional career preparation according to several 2020 rankings.
Read more on Illinois Wesleyan Recognized in 2020 National Rankings from Illinois Wesleyan
Following two years of exponential growth and nationally recognized success, the Illinois Wesleyan University Esports Program has expanded into a newly transformed facility. Illinois Wesleyan consistently ranks among the best colleges for Esports in the nation.
Read more on Nationally Recognized Esports Program Expands Into Transformed Facility from Illinois Wesleyan
Illinois Wesleyan students continued to participate in internships throughout the summer, although many experiences were modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more on Interns Continue to Gain Experience Amid Pandemic from Illinois Wesleyan
Charlene Carruthers ’07, an activist and academic is one of twelve researchers across the nation to receive a social and economic justice scholarship from the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation.
Read more on Carruthers ’07 Earns $250,000 Grant for Social Justice Research from Illinois Wesleyan
Monica Bullington ’11 was among 26 McLean County women nominated for a YWCA McLean County Woman of Distinction Award.
Read more on Meet the 26 McLean County women nominated for Women of Distinction from The Pantagraph
Karl Pierburg ’98 takes lessons from playing football at Illinois Wesleyan into his role as vice president for data, analytics and technology for the Atlanta Falcons and AMB Sports and Entertainment.
Read more from Karl Pierburg takes football lessons from Illinois Wesleyan into vice-president role with Atlanta Falcons from The Pantagraph
Movie and theatre critic Chris Hewitt ’83 offered insight into his work and how it has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more on Chris Hewitt: Reviewing movies and theater in the age of COVID from Star Tribune
Illinois Wesleyan University Associate Professor of Psychology, Ellen Furlong, discusses dogs’ ability to learn, their relationships with humans, their perceptions and more, in her new audiobook, “Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind”, produced by Audible.
Read more on CANINE COGNITION Illinois Wesleyan University professor’s audiobook gives glimpse inside canine mind from The Pantagraph
Richard Jenkins ’69 reflects on his career, upcoming films, and the assertion that he may be the most famous person in Rhode Island. Jenkins has appeared in more than eighty films, earning two Oscar nominations for “The Visitor” and “The Shape of Water”, and an Emmy win for “Olive Kitteridge”.
Read more on Is Richard Jenkins the Most Famous Person in Rhode Island? from The New Yorker
Alexa Baltes ’14, a Notre Dame Law School graduate, will clerk for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the 2021-2022 term.
Read more on Alexa Baltes ’17 J.D. to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh from University of Notre Dame
IWU alumna Dr. Courtney Botica opened Forever Family Dental in New Lenox, IL. The state-of-the-art dental practice opened to patients on September 8, 2020.
Read more on Dental Care Alliance opens de novo partnership practice in New Lenox, IL from Benzinga
The Ridgeview junior high gymnasium has been named “Coach Jones’ Court” in honor of Andy ’89 and Robyn Jones’ dedication and service to the school and its basketball programs. The couple have nearly 60 years of coaching experience between them.
Read more on Successful courtship: Andy and Robyn Jones build legacy with Ridgeview basketball from The Pantagraph
Jordan Baker ’20 is running for a seat on the McLean County Board in District 8.
Read more on Responsiveness, Transparency Key Issues In County Board District 8 Matchup from WGLT
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker appointed Esther Franco-Payne ’96 to the Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee. She is currently the Executive Director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid.
Read more on Gov. Pritzker Announces Over Two Dozen Appointments to Illinois Boards from RiverBender
State Farm agent John Caywood ’08 directed a $10,000 grant to Champaign’s Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club. This program serves about 100 kids a day, many of whom would otherwise be home alone, serving them breakfast and lunch and providing help throughout the school day.
Read more on State Farm agent gives non-profit a boost from The News-Gazette
Mathew Timm ’77, Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Bradley University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Croatia, where he will conduct research at the University of Split.
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Brad McMillan ’84, a professor of leadership at Bradley University, announced his campaign for a seat on the Normal Town Council.
Read more on Bradley University professor to run for Normal Town Council seat from The Pantagraph
DWS, one of the world’s leading asset managers, elevated JJ Wilczewski ’99 to Head of Client Coverage Americas and Global Head of Institutional Clients & Consultants.
Read more on DWS Elevates JJ Wilczewski to Head of Client Coverage Americas from Citybizlist
Martin McLaughlin ’87 is a nominee for the Illinois House’s 52nd District.
Read more on Martin McLaughlin, Illinois House 52nd District Republican nominee profile from Chicago Sun-Times
Former standout swimmer Mike Firth ’12 will lead the boys’ and girls’ swimming teams at (East Moline, IL) United Township High School.
Read more on Firth brings new perspective to UTHS girls swim program from QCVarsity
Taylor Glass ’24 won an Antonali College Scholarship, awarded to deserving high school seniors who follow their passions in all aspects of the theatrical arts in college.
Read more on Pittsburg Theatre looking to 2021 shows, while Center REP debuts online offerings from Pioneer Publishers.
Kayla V. White ’14 has been promoted to co-artistic director of Ghostlight Ensemble, a nonprofit storefront theatre company in Chicago.
Read more on Ghostlight Ensemble Theatre Announces Kayla V. White as New Co-Artistic Director Ahead Of Season 4 Selection from Broadway World