News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


Sept. 4, 2012


Tuesday, Sept. 4, 4-6 p.m., DugOut, Memorial Center -- The Study Abroad Fair offers students the opportunity to speak with representatives of Wesleyan's affiliated study abroad programs.

• Wednesday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel -- "Exploring Immortality" will be the topic at the First Wednesday chapel service, inspired by the Summer Reading selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

• Thursday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- A panel discussion, "Making Human Rights Real: History, Terminology & Lived Experience," will highlight experiences that bring human rights and social justice to life. Students who are enrolled in courses that are part of the Making Human Rights Real cluster, as well as those who are interested in human rights issues, are encouraged to attend.

• Thursday, Sept. 6, 4-6 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries -- A gallery talk at 4 p.m. will be followed by an opening reception at 5 p.m. for the new art exhibits, "Giants" and "Wildlands."

• Friday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Magician John Cassidy will perform, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

• Monday, Sept. 10, 12 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center -- May Term travel course leaders will share their experiences at the Faculty Non-Org.

• Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- The Ecotopian Short Film Festival will present three recent films that reflect ecological issues and complement the International Studies theme "Migration/Displacement/Belonging" and the human rights focus on campus.

COMING SOON: The President's Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 12 will feature Rebecca Skloot, author of the Summer Reading Program selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Find more events on the new Campus Calendar.


FUSE Film Series from the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Beginning Sept. 19, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents the fall 2012 FUSE Film Series: Movies that inspire diversity, spark communication, ignite unity and initiate harmony; films to foster creativity, to establish relationships, and fuse together people from all walks of life.

Human Rights at IWU

Human rights issues and concerns play a prominent role in the life of the University community in and outside of the classroom.

A new website illustrates how the Illinois Wesleyan community is promoting a greater understanding of human rights issues during the 2012-13 academic year, and how such understanding is related to other ongoing initiatives in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, the United States, and throughout the world. One such initiative follows.

Volunteer Training Sessions for DACA Registration

The Immigration Project, based in Bloomington, is hosting a registration event for the Deferred Action Status for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the Shirk Center on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 21 & 22. Eligibility information, registration forms, and legal advice will be available at the site.
Prior to the registration event, there will be two different volunteer training sessions on Monday, Sept. 17 in the Davidson Room, Memorial Center, at 4 and 7 p.m. Members of the IWU community are invited to register online for one of the sessions.

The Obama Administration's DACA offers freedom from fear of immediate deportation, along with a temporary work permit (that MAY be renewable in two years). This program is based on the executive branch's discretionary authority to determine deportation priorities. It is NOT based on any specific legislation passed by Congress. As such, if the Executive Branch changes their deportation priorities, this program may be terminated.

Memorial Center Meeting Rooms

Seating in Memorial Center meeting rooms has been reconfigured:

• Faculty Lounge: U-shape for up to 16 
• DugOut Conference Room: Boardroom for up to 12
• Titan Room: Boardroom for up to 16

Room reservations can be requested through R25

Campus News

Wesleyan Welcomes Students Back to Campus

Students Welcomed Back to Campus
A week of diverse orientation activities welcomed new students, who joined returning students in sharing excitement for the new semester.

Wesleyan to 'Laugh Out Loud' at Family Weekend

Wesleyan to 'Laugh Out Loud' at Family Weekend
Students and their families are invited to share some laughs during the sitcom-themed Family Weekend, Sept. 28-30.


Head of Aphrodite Returns
The Goddess of Love has been restored to her perch outside McPherson Theatre.


• After leading the women's basketball team to the 2012 NCAA Division III national championship, Olivia Lett '12 is headed to Spain to play professional basketball.

> Find more highlights at



Household Hazardous Waste Collection

McLean County residents may bring household hazardous wastes for disposal:

Saturday, Sept. 29
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington.

Proof of residency is required.

Volunteers and funds are needed for this event. Visit the Ecology Action Center for more information.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


• President of the international Acacia Fraternity Robert E. Roberson '77 is credited for the fraternity's improved financial health under his leadership.

At Acacia's 57th Biennial Conclave, the Illinois Wesleyan chapter received the Executive Director's Award for most improved chapter.

> Find faculty publications and research and creative activity on the University website or Digital Commons @ IWU.

Titans In The News

(Danville) Commercial-News
Ignatzia Romack '14 is attending Al Akhawayn University at Ifrane, Morocco, under an exchange program with IWU.

The State Journal-Register
Olivia Lett '12 is headed to Spain to play professional basketball. Also reported in The Pantagraph and WJBC Radio.

Journal & Topics Newspapers
Rachel Rosellini '05 is the new director of the Palatine Children's Chorus.

The Pantagraph
Students have returned for the new semester at Illinois Wesleyan.

> See more media reports about Illinois Wesleyan and its students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Welcome New Employees

• Lauren Kneip began Aug. 20 as animal care technician / lab instructor, replacing Ankit Patel.

• Chris Gardner began Aug. 24 as systems analyst in Information Technology Services.

Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $ 98 million

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