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Jan. 21, 2013


Monday, Jan. 21

The University will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

1-4 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In

3-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- The 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Gospel Festival

Tuesday, Jan. 22

4 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center -- Exploring Open Access -- This forum will present an overview of how Open Access (OA) arose from significant disruptions to scholarly publishing, focusing on the current state of various advocacy efforts in the United States and globally. Opposing viewpoints to OA will also be discussed. Sponsored by the IWU Chapter of the AAUP and The Ames Library, this forum aims to start a conversation on campus about how IWU faculty, staff and students from all disciplines can contribute to the OA movement through individual and collective action and policy. 

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- German Film Series: "Der geteilte Himmel" (Divided Heaven). Due to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- The State Street Brass Quintet will perform.

Thursday, Jan. 24

4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- The Festival of Spirituals and Songs will honor civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

• 6:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- Film: "Love Free or Die" -- This award-winning documentary is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner, Mark. This event is free and open to the public, and people of all religious, social and political backgrounds are welcome. The film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion Jared Calaway, University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and IWU students Bobby Nash Castillo '14 and Aaron Woodstein '15.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series -- "Open Your Eyes" (1997, Spain/France/Italy), presented by Visiting Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies James Courtad.

Friday, Jan. 25

• 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Memorial Center -- The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) will host the CARLI Instruction Team Unconference.

Saturday, Jan. 26

• 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center -- Pedagogy Symposium -- Sandra Jamieson, director of Writing Across the Curriculum at Drew University, will lead faculty in a workshop on designing assignments and projects that enhance advanced research and writing skills. Email to attend.

• 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Educational Studies will co-host a DENSHO workshop for educators.

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Student Choreographed Dance Concert.

Sunday, Jan. 27

4:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Student Choreographed Dance Concert.

5 p.m.,  Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner -- Barry Scott, founder and producing artistic director of the American Negro Playwright Theatre at Tennessee State University, will speak.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

Campus News

Illinois Wesleyan Names New Classroom Building

Illinois Wesleyan Names New Classroom Building
Recognizing the enduring relationship between Illinois Wesleyan and State Farm Insurance, the University's new classroom building will be named State Farm Hall.

Mathematics Professor's Publications Add Up

He's Publications Add Up
Thinking creatively about math drives both the teaching and research endeavors of Mathematics Professor Tian-Xiao He, who has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Balina Reappointed as Isaac Funk Professor

Balina Reappointed as Isaac Funk Professor
Based on her contributions in scholarship, teaching and service, Marina Balina has been reappointed to the Isaac Funk Professorship.

Fritzsche Elected to Foreign Language Group's Executive Committee

Fritzsche Elected to Foreign Language Group's Executive Committee
Language professor Sonja Fritzsche has been elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages.

Illinois Wesleyan Joins Project to Create Library Publishing Coalition

Illinois Wesleyan Joins Project to Create Library Publishing Coalition
Illinois Wesleyan has joined more than 50 other academic libraries and the Educopia Institute in a project to create the Library Publishing Coalition.

Tombaugh '07 To Perform at Carnegie Hall

Tombaugh '07 To Perform at Carnegie Hall
As the winner of the 2013 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, Kate Tombaugh '07 will make her solo debut at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 27.

Students Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships

Students Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships
Three Illinois Wesleyan University students are among recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship for studying abroad this spring.


• Men's and women's track coach Chris Schumacher had more than a passing interest in the weekend's NFL playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons -- Niners' quarterback Colin Kaepernick is Schumacher's cousin.

• See Titan Athletics on Live Video by following the "watch" link when events are scheduled. Upcoming events include:
- Men's basketball vs. North Central, Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
- Track & field Titan Open, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.

> Find highlights at

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New Classroom Building

Modern amenities in the new classroom building will include drinking fountains (pictured at right) designed for the easy filling of reusable bottles. A photo gallery of the construction also includes a peak at some of the complex plumbing involved in the geothermal heating and cooling system.

The building is being constructed to be consistent with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building standards.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


• Assistant Professor of Nursing Brenda S. Lessen has been awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society's Research Grant Award for 2012-13. The project title is "Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI): Translating Interventional Neonatal Research into Interdisciplinary Practice." 

The grant will allow the continued production of training materials and a site visit to train Speech Language Pathologists how to use the intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Lessen has provided training for the PIOMI in 10 states and seven countries since early 2012.  

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


Employers on Campus This Week

The Hart Career Center will host the following employers on campus this week for interviews and information sessions with students:
- State Farm Insurance (Monday and Thursday, Jan. 21 and 24, practice interviews)
- Bass, Solomon & Dowell, LLP (Wednesday, Jan. 23, full-time position interviews)
- Growmark, Target & State Farm (Friday, Jan. 25, resume reviews)

Additionally, ten school districts will be on campus to participate in the IWU Spring Teacher Recruitment Fair (Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12-5 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center).

Archives & Special Collections

An 1898 "herbarium," a plant specimen book, was recently discovered in a lab in CNS. This particular book has significance for IWU's history: it was compiled by Alfred O. Coffin, the second African-American to graduate from IWU.

Learn more on the Archives & Special Collections blog, or find additional blogs to follow news from ITS, The Ames Library, and more.

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
The name of the new classroom building at Illinois Wesleyan celebrates a nearly century-old relationship between the school and State Farm Insurance Cos. Also reported by WJBC Radio.

The Pantagraph
The cases of two Russian physicists have been taken up by students in IWU's Peace Fellows program, and their stories will be part of a teach-in on prison reform and human rights.

WJBC Radio
The University is in talks with the city of Bloomington to permanently close a section of Beecher Street by the new classroom building.

WGLT Radio
Illinois Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson discussed the impact of the economy on the University.

> More Titans in the News


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Progress: $107 million

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