Collegiate Choir Makes Impression at South African Festival

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting international travel, members of Illinois Wesleyan’s Collegiate Choir sang in the Cape Town and Stellenbosch regions in South Africa during Spring Break, where they were subsequently honored for their performance at a renowned cultural festival.

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Sandra Steingraber ’81 shares life’s work regarding cancer & the environment

Dr. Sandra Steingraber ’81 is a biologist, author and cancer survivor. Sandra will be sharing her life’s work regarding links between human health, cancer, and environmental toxins during a virtual event hosted by Wellness House (a nonprofit that provides free programming for people impacted by cancer) on June 4 at 6:30 p.m.

For here for more information and registration.

Ben Killey ’99 Volunteers as ER Doctor with COVID Care Force (CCF)

Ben Killey ’99 is volunteering as an ER doctor with COVID Care Force (CCF). CCF is an organization founded by combining the resources of “Docs Who Care”, a staffing agency serving rural hospitals in the Midwest, and “Heart to Heart International”, a global disaster response organization. CCF was designed to quickly mobilize a group of healthcare professionals to deploy to hotspots and areas of critical healthcare staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After signing up on April 27, Dr. Killey flew to the Navajo Nation in Gallup, New Mexico 4 days later.

The Navajo Nation is the largest Indian reservation in the United States at about 25,000 square miles, approximately the size of West Virginia. There are 5 healthcare facilities within this region, with Gallup Indian Medical Center the largest and busiest. After New York and New Jersey, the highest coronavirus infection rate in the U.S. is the Navajo Nation. Because of the overwhelming number of patients coming to GIMC, many patients are flown to Albuquerque or Flagstaff once stabilized. On May 1, the day Dr. Killey arrived, the Governor of New Mexico placed the city of Gallup on lockdown with all roads into the city closed to non-residents.

Warren Kistner ’83 Director of the Hart Career Center provides job market insight to graduates

Director of the Hart Career Center Warren Kistner ’83 offered insight into what the job market might look like for graduating seniors. “We are going to come out on the other side of this [pandemic] and things may likely will look different,” said Kistner.

Read more on With Job Offers Pulled Back, Career Advisors Urge College Grads To Stay Open-Minded By Cindy Hernandez from “WGLT Radio”.

Chad McGehee ’03 named the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department Director of Meditation Training

Chad McGehee ’03 was named the University of Wisconsin-Madison athletic department’s first director of meditation training. McGehee said, “From a neuroscientific perspective, we have so much untapped potential in our minds. So here’s a way that we can start to explore ways of training the minds to improve, both in well-being and performance. And I don’t think those are mutually exclusive things. They’re deeply intertwined.”

Read more on Unique position as Badgers’ director of meditation training offers Chad McGehee chance to explore mental performance by Todd D. Milewski from “Wisconsin State Journal”

Molly (Ehlert) Lamb ’03 named Executive Director of the University of Illinois Springfield Center for State Policy and Leadership

Molly (Ehlert) Lamb ’03 has been named the new executive director of the University of Illinois Springfield Center for State Policy and Leadership.
Prior, Lamb served as deputy director of the Office of Health Protection in the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). She had been with IDPH for 11 years.

Read more on Lamb to head Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS from “The Lincoln (Ill.) Courier”.

Matthew Roberts ’01 Helps Respond to NYC COVID-19 Outbreak

matthew-robertsMatthew has been preparing for and responding to public health emergencies for more than 15 years. Currently the assistant vice president for Medicaid State Healthcare Assessment of IPRO, a nonprofit organization in New York City, Roberts and his colleagues are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.

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Amanda Wilkinson ’12 Sews and Donates Washable Face Masks

Amanda, a costuming business owner, uses the foundational
skills she learned in the IWU amanda- wilkinsoncostume shop to sew and donate washable face masks to hospitals and others in need. She says, “The passion I discovered while building costumes for SOTA’s theatre production inspires every piece that I make. I like to think that there is a little piece of IWU in each of the masks that I deliver to my local hospitals.”

Amanda has made over 100 masks thus far.