News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
• The Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's basketball teams each lost their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament championship games, and will learn today if they garner at-large bids to advance to the NCAA Division III championships.
• Titan athletes and coaches were the top fundraising team at the Polar Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 22, raising $11,435 for Special Olympics Illinois.
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Monday, March 3
Through April 3, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibitions – Exhibits by Michael Ferris and Cortney Boyd will be on display.
• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "Sochi Olympic Games: The Eternal Russian Question, Who Is To Blame?" – Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina will discuss the Olympic Games in Sochi, which has divided Russia even more than it was divided after Putin's election.
• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting
• 8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Play Problem Child –
Performances continue nightly through Wednesday, March 5.
Tuesday, March 4
• 4-6 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Opening Reception for Art Exhibitions
• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film Screening: Girl Rising – See details below
Wednesday, March 5
• 11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel –
Reclaiming Lent: An Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service – All are welcome to this service, led by Father Doug Hennessy, University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger, organist Susan Klotzbach, and student musicians and leaders. A free lunch will follow in the Evelyn Chapel basement, with a discussion about reclaiming spiritual practices like prayer and meditation, justice and charity. Come and share your practices and be encouraged by others for these 40 days of spiritual reflection and renewal.
• 11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge and Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – State Farm Scholars Luncheon – Illinois Wesleyan students who are recipients of scholarships from the State Farm Scholars Program will be honored.
• 12 p.m., E101 CNS – Academic Skills Series: Procrastination: Getting Started on Getting Started – Students are invited to a series of programs to develop or strengthen academic skills. Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.
• 7 p.m., C101, CNS – Nature Photographer Tom Ulrich
Thursday, March 6
• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Speaker Colleen Murphy: Justice in Transitional Contexts – Colleen Murphy will explore how transitional societies like post-Apartheid South Africa address legacies of violence. Are standards of justice different in transitional societies than in others? And how do these ideas help shape our thinking on present-day transitional case studies, like post-Mubarak Egypt?
Murphy is the author of A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation and Transitional Justice and an associate professor of philosophy at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and director of the University's Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. Her research focuses on transitional justice in the aftermath of civil conflict and repression and on the ethical dimensions of risk from natural disasters and climate change.
This talk is free and open to the public, hosted by the Political Science Department and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.
• 4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA
• 4:30 p.m., Room 022, State Farm Hall – English Faculty-Student Colloquium sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta – The student presenter will be Sydney White '14. Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina will present "Playing History for the Post-Soviet Generation: Children's Book Illustrations as Image and Text."
• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert
Friday, March 7, (5 p.m.) through Monday, March 17 (8 a.m.) – Spring Break
Monday, March 10
Campus offices will be closed on the first day of Spring Break for a Staff Holiday.
• See Spring Break hours for campus dining locations
> Find more IWU events on the Campus Calendar.
Don't see your event? Submit the information online.
Tuesday, March 4
• Employer Caterpillar Inc. will be on campus for internship interviews.
Thursday, March 6
• Employer The Horton Group will be on campus for practice interviews.
Volunteer Saturday, March 15 at the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate House
IWU faculty and staff are invited to help build at the College Build site at 1205 Mason in Bloomington. The winter has been long and we're a bit behind schedule, so we're seeking a few faculty/staff to work from 8 a.m.-noon on the 15th. Please email Habitat Volunteer Coordinator Lindsey Probst at firstname.lastname@example.org or University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at email@example.com if you would like to sign up and receive more information.
Medical Insurance Coverage Available Through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace
Presentations today (March 3)
8 and 10:30 a.m.
Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library
If you are interested in learning about the medical insurance coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace for yourself, dependent children or other loved ones, McLean County Health Department Certified Counselors will be available on-site this morning to provide educational presentations about medical insurance coverage available through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace. Following the presentations, individuals wishing to determine their eligibility and explore medical insurance plan options may do so with the help of the counselors.
TIAA-CREF Presentations on Tax Efficient Investment Strategies
Patrick Windle, TIAA-CREF, will be on-site Wednesday, March 19 to provide educational presentations on tax efficient investment strategies.
Date: Wednesday, March 19
Presentation Times: 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Location: Henning Room, Memorial Center
Patrick is also available for individual sessions to discuss after-tax investment strategies. Call 1-800-732-8353 to schedule your appointment time.
Break Key Guidelines
Each year residence halls close during Spring Break and students are expected to vacate campus. Those who must remain because of an academic requirement, an athletic practice or competition, campus employment, or extreme travel distance are allowed to stay upon request. Unique circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The process for students to request permission to stay over breaks has changed slightly from past years. Please read on so that you can be fully informed, plan ahead and avoid unnecessary charges:
• Halls close for Spring Break at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 7 and open at 2 p.m. on Sun, March 16
• Students who need to remain must request a break key themselves: http://goo.gl/lctCIM
• Spring Break requests must be received before Wednesday, March 5 to avoid a $10 or $25 charge.
• Students who are found in a residence hall without permission will be fined and a judicial referral may also be made
• Students living in The Gates or East Street Apartments are allowed to remain in residence during breaks.
• Complete details are published online (http://goo.gl/an1SQI) along with the answers to frequently asked questions (http://goo.gl/7PXPxu).
Students with questions about residence hall break access should talk to their Residence Director. Faculty and staff with questions should contact Matthew Damschroder (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your support and assistance is appreciated in helping to share these details broadly with other faculty, staff and students.
Updates to Wilder Guest House
In Fall 2013, a question was posed to Staff Council that led IWU to consider how Wilder Guest House can best serve institutional needs. An assessment of the facility was promised. That assessment revealed that the facility was modest in its furnishings, and could use additional upgrades. It also showed that the current nightly rate does not cover the costs of the guest house's existing operations. Notwithstanding a need for revenue, the following upgrades were approved for Wilder in the short-term, as longer-term strategies are explored more fully:
• Many room linens will be upgraded and refreshed to create a more comfortable feel and aesthetic.
• Painting will take place in the house in common areas and bedrooms that need it.
• Furnishings in common areas and rooms are being refreshed and/or substituted with pieces that bring better functionality and decor.
• A pair of single beds will be replaced with a queen size bed, so that two guest rooms will be furnished with full/queen options.
• Credit cards will be accepted for payment through the IWU bookstore portal, increasing the convenience as guests make payment.
• Additional longer-term upgrades will be explored on a continuing basis as resources are identified to support them.
To support fiscal sustainability for the facility, and to provide some budget for upgrades and renewal, it was also agreed that the nightly rate should increase. Starting Aug. 1, 2014, the new nightly rate for Wilder Guest Rooms will be $40. More information about the guest house and its policies can be found here: www.iwu.edu/guesthouse/
If you have questions about this change, please don't hesitate to contact Matthew Damschroder (email@example.com).
See this week's menu for the Faculty-Staff Lounge, which should also be posted by 10 a.m. Mondays on Sodexo's website. Menus are subject to change.
• See Spring Break hours for Sodexo campus locations
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In celebration of International Women's Day, the International Office is showing the documentary "Girl Rising" on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library.
The campus is invited to a screening of this documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, which tells the stories of nine girls living in the developing world, and explores ways in which education can change their lives and the societies in which they live. The film follows the girls through their daily lives as well-known actresses (Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington) narrate their stories.
Educational inequity is a central theme in "Girl Rising." You can learn more about the stars and creators of "Girl Rising" when you stop by The Ames Library's first floor exhibit. In addition, all are encouraged to interact with our "Girls + Education = ? " banners, hanging in both Ames and the Memorial Center. Across the world, girls have to fight for their education – join us in learning what you can do to help.
These events are co-sponsored by the International Office, International Studies, Women's Studies, the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, and The Ames Library, and the film screening is part of the IWU International Film Series.
Titans In The News
Illinois Wesleyan has won a conference-best 29 men's basketball championships, including the one it clinched with a victory Saturday at Wheaton.
The IWU Ethics Bowl team headed to a national tournament for the second straight year.
Wall Street Journal
David G. Wilkins '74, previously head of Ethics & Compliance at Dow Chemical Company, has been named Chief Compliance Officer at SNC-Lavalin.
Kathryn E. McGough '09 has joined Trust Company of Illinois as an account executive.
Illinois Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson discussed how the University is positioning itself to deal with demographic shifts. (Sound Ideas, Feb. 28)
For the second straight year, Ron Rose was chosen as conference "Coach of the Year" for men's basketball.
Aliso Laguna (California) News
Starla Hibler-Raley '81 will perform a solo piano recital as part of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.
Jennifer Clark '94 is the Executive Sales Director for Metro Philadelphia.
Wesleyan's Mike Theune is part of a team offering a new literacy program at Bloomington Public Library. Also announced by the Illinois Humanities Council.
Erin Sweeney '14 was among 41 Wesleyan student athletes and coaches who helped raised funds by participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge.
> More Titans in the News
• Two research projects by Associate Professor and Scholarly Communications Librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl have been accepted for presentation at national conferences this spring and summer. With three colleagues from other institutions, she has been invited to present "Enriching How We Create, Teach and Learn: the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy" at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) annual conference in April.
At the Council on Undergraduate Research conference in July, Davis-Kahl and collaborator Merinda Hensley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present "Perceptions of library value from undergraduate research coordinators."
• Physics major Patrick Dahl '12 and Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding, along with collaborators at the University of Dundee, have had a paper accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters, the flagship journal of the American Physical Society. The paper is entitled, "An acoustic tractor beam."
• Erin Sweeney '14 was recognized as the Outstanding Marketing Student at Illinois Wesleyan at the 53rd Annual St. Louis AMA Marketing Conference on Feb. 21. Sweeney is president of the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of the American Marketing Association.
• Janelle N. Bailey '08 has joined Armstrong Teasdale as an associate in its intellectual property practice group.
• Heather Geeser '06 has been hired by Ipsen, Inc. as campaign and event marketing coordinator.
• Meghan Grant '12 has been chosen as a member of the Adventures in Missions July 2014 World Race. She will travel to countries throughout Eastern Europe, southern Africa and Asia. Read her blog.
• Classic FM is featuring an exclusive on the critically-acclaimed opera Breaking Bad - Ozymandias by Sung Jin Hong '97. World premiere performances can be heard on "UK's favorite classical station."
• Dr. Sharon Molitoris '05 has joined the Houska Dental Center in Bloomington
Volunteers Welcome at Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo
Volunteers are invited to assist in two-hour shifts during the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo on Saturday, April 12. Sign up here.
> Visit the GREENetwork blog.
Take the Renewable Fashion Challenge
Contestants are invited to be creative in finding pre-loved clothing from local thrift stores to imitate a high fashion outfit from a magazine or online, then strut their stuff at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo
on Saturday, April 12. The fashion show starts at 10 a.m.
Learn more or register, or find the Renewable Fashion Challenge on Facebook.
Welcome New Employee
Christian Taylor began Feb. 25 as assistant offensive football coach, recruiter and strength coach, replacing Billy Dicken. Also see a story from The Pantagraph.
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2,597 alumni donors
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