News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


Jan. 28, 2013


Thursday, Jan. 31

 7 p.m., CNS C101 -- "Crops and Conservation: The Nature Conservancy's Mackinaw River Program" will be discussed by Krista Kirkham, applied scientist for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series -- The film "Ridicule" will be presented by Chair and Associate Professor of French James Matthews.

Friday, Feb. 1

4 p.m., CNS C101 -- Natural Science Colloquium -- Mark Opal of the Committee on Neurobiology, University of Chicago, will present "Identifying neural mechanisms underlying depression and anxiety using mouse models."

 7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (600 N. East St., Bloomington) -- The Wind Ensemble will perform.

Saturday, Feb. 2

• 6-11 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center -- Barrio Fiesta -- The campus community is invited to join SALSA for a celebration of Latin American traditions, featuring food and dancing (student-choreographed dances, readings, and food will represent Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico). Following the choreographed performances, you can dance the night away during an open session of dancing.

Monday, Feb. 4

• 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center -- Cross-Cultural Relationship Workshops -- All IWU students, faculty and staff are welcome to join these workshops, sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services, to explore ways to build and strengthen cross-cultural relationships.

• 8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre -- Red Devils, a play by Debbie Horsfield, is directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Christopher Connelly.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

Campus News

Wesleyan Awarded $300,000 Grant for Humanities Initiatives

Wesleyan Awarded $300,000 Grant for Humanities Initiatives
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Illinois Wesleyan a $300,000 grant for Re-Centering the Humanities.

MLK Teach-In Addresses Prison Reform, Political Prisoners

MLK Teach-In Addresses Prison Reform, Political Prisoners
Invoking the words and ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1966 visit to Wesleyan, a campus teach-in explored human rights issues.

New Book Continues Balina's Work on Soviet Children's Literature

New Book Continues Balina's Work on Soviet Children's Literature
The development of Soviet children's literature in Russia, explored by Wesleyan's Marina Balina, is more complex than the common views that see either propaganda or a rare space for free expression.


• The Illinois Wesleyan men's team finished first and the women's team was second in the 13-team Titan Open indoor track and field meet, held at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Jan. 26.

• See Titan Athletics on Live Video by following the "watch" link when events are scheduled. Upcoming events include:
- Women's basketball vs. North Park, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30
- Women's basketball vs. Wheaton, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
- Men's basketball vs. Wheaton, 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2

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The Office of Residential Life is combating rumors among students that materials separated for recycling on campus are thrown out with the trash.

Recyclables are collected -- and in fact recycled -- by Supervisor of Labor Services Lawney Gruen and his crew. But materials may end up discarded as trash when they're contaminated with food or liquids. Read more.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.

Health Bites


Renewable Fashion Challenge

Students, along with faculty, staff and their children (age 10 and older) are invited to participate in the Renewable Fashion Challenge Fashion Show during the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo on April 13, 2013.

Participants should visit area thrift, resale, or consignment shops to find pieces for their outfit. The Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package worth over $100! See the details.


• Professor and Director of the School of Music Mario Pelusi was appointed to the nominating committee of the National Association of Schools of Music.

• Already the author of more than 100 publications, Professor of Mathematics Tian-Xiao He has published another: "Parametric Catalan numbers and Catalan triangles." Linear Algebra and Its Applications,   438 (2013),  No. 3, 1467-1484. 

> 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 this week for information sessions with students:

• State Farm Insurance (Wednesday, Jan. 30)
• KPMG (Thursday, Jan. 31)

Career Center Programs
• Monday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium -- "Careers and Chaos in a Changing World," Jon Schlesinger of the University of Colorado Boulder.
•Friday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Naperville, North Central College CareerFest Job and Internship Fair

Peep Into Poetry

The Greek and Roman Studies program is holding a diorama contest dubbed "Peep into Poetry," in honor of World Poetry Day, March 21. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best diorama featuring a scene from Greek or Roman myth or poetry using Peeps chicks marshmallows. (A free pack is available for entrants in the office of Karen Schmidt or Katy Ritter in The Ames Library.)

The contest is open to IWU students, faculty and staff. The staff/faculty prize is a $25 gift certificate to Tommy's Grill.

Find more information, rules, and an entry form.

Titans In The News

WGLT Radio
Kate Tombaugh '07 talks about fulfilling her lifelong passion for singing with a performance at Carnegie Hall.

WJBC Radio
On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Jim Simeone suggested the continuing political efforts on both sides of the issue reveal an engaged and informed citizenry.

> More Titans in the News


In Sympathy

• A memorial service was held recently in Bloomington, Ind. for Professor of Voice and Choral Music Lewis Whikehart, who retired from Illinois Wesleyan in 1964. Read an obituary.

• Professor Emerita Charla Renner, who taught in the School of Nursing until 1997, died Jan. 19. Read an obituary.

Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $107 million

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