News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


April 8, 2013


Monday, April 8

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Non-Org -- In a workshop on addressing discrimination in the classroom, Staff Counselor Grace Blocher will share a theoretical framework on how to respond to students' racist, sexist and homophobic attitudes/statements in a classroom setting.

• 7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Slam Poetry: Open Mic and Sierra Demulder -- A student open mic will be followed by a performance by two-time National Poetry Slam champion Sierra Demulder, sponsored by Lyrical Graffiti.

 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Film: Pushing the Elephant -- Renegades for Peace will host this documentary screening, followed by a discussion.

Tuesday, April 9

Through April 23
, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art -- BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibitions

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- "All Ears" Faculty and Guest Recital -- Professor of Music David Vayo and William Koehler of Illinois State University will perform.

• 8 p.m., McPherson Theatre -- Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert. Performances will continue nightly through Saturday, April 13, and conclude with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 14.

Wednesday, April 10

Day of Silence -- IWU Pride Alliance is sponsoring a Day of Silence to help raise awareness about LGBT+ identities. The event will culminate in a Night of Noise to speak out about experiences during the day.

• 11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Honors Convocation -- Professor of Physics Narendra Jaggi, winner of the 2013 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, will give the address, "Refracting Honor Through a Personal Prism." 

Following the convocation, the campus community is invited to a dedication of the new Commencement Plaza at State Farm Hall.

• 4 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Sowing Struggle: Urban & Rural Social Movements in Tlaxcala, México -- Luz Rivera Martínez, co-founder and lead organizer of Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino, will speak. This event is co-sponsored by IWU Peace Fellows and Renegades for Peace.

Thursday, April 11

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Philosophy Department Colloquium -- John MacFarlane, professor of philosophy at University of California, Berkeley will present  "The Rationality of Relativism."

• 6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center -- MALANA Recognition Dinner -- The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will celebrate graduating seniors of various ethnicities, religious backgrounds and gender who have a GPA of 3.0 and higher. In addition, 2012 Summer Enrichment Program participants will be recognized and the following awards will be presented:
Impact Award (for students, faculty and staff), Student Organization Adviser of the Year and Outstanding Community Service Program.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series -- The Seagull's Laughter (2001; Iceland/ Germany/ UK) will be presented by adjunct faculty member Stokes Schwartz.

• 8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- Chamber Singers Concert

Friday, April 12

Through Saturday, April 13
-- A Peace Fellows Workshop will bring together students and faculty from Macalester, Beloit and Luther Colleges and IWU to discuss post-conflict, immigration and other human rights issues as they relate to Cameroon, Iraq, China, Russia and the United States.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Student Composition Concert

Saturday, April 13

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Shirk Center -- Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo --
Personal health and environmentally sustainable living will be promoted by exhibitors, informative sessions, entertainment and workshops.

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- A Night of Country and Pop Music -- Student Senate will present musicians Chris Wallace and Canaan Smith. Admission is free.

Sunday, April 14

• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Symphonic Winds Concert

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- German Film Series: Run, Lola, Run (directed by Tom Tykwer, 1998).
Due to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

Monday, April 15

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Non-Org -- Assistant Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera will present "Chemical Reactions in Space," an introduction to astrochemistry via her latest research.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


Reminder: Election Day Parking

Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 9) is the Consolidated Election for the City of Bloomington. Once again the Hansen Student Center will be a polling place. About 50 spaces will be set aside in the Hansen Student Center lot for voters.

For an alternative place to park, spaces should be available in the lots at the Welcome Center, Evelyn Chapel and behind Theta Chi, which is off of Horenberger Drive. The recently completed lot behind the President's House along McLean Street also will be available.

We make Hansen Student Center available as a polling place not only for the community, but also for our students, faculty and staff who are registered to vote in Bloomington. If you live in precincts 1, 4 or 41, the Hansen Student Center will be your polling place.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations, at

Reminder about 2012 Flexible Spending Submission Deadline

If you have a remaining balance in your 2012 Flexible Spending account, BPC must receive your requests for reimbursement by April 30, 2013.

You can check your balance by contacting BPC at 1-800-355-2350 or by logging on to your account at

All Flex requests for reimbursement should be submitted to BPC. Submissions can be made online through the BPC website or by mail. If you need a reimbursement form, an electronic form can be found on the BPC website and hard copies are available in the Human Resources Office.

Spring Migration Walk with Given Harper -

Saturday, April 13
8 a.m.
Ewing Park, Bloomington

Join George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology Given Harper as he leads a bird watching walk. Meet in the parking lot of Ewing Park off Towanda Avenue. RSVP to Wellness at ext. 3334 or; if you leave a message, include your phone number and/or email address.

Reminder: Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training 

The University belongs to an insurance consortium, EIIA, which requires that all its employer members provide sexual misconduct prevention training to all faculty and staff. As part of the requirement, faculty and staff must attend this training every two years.

The University has retained the services of CTS Partners to provide sexual misconduct prevention training. One-hour sessions will be offered at the following times and locations:

April 10, 9 a.m. -- Turfler Room, Memorial Center
April 11, 3 p.m. -- CNS C102
April 12, 6 a.m. -- CNS C102

If you have questions, please contact Londa Dunlap at or ext. 3373.

Faculty/Staff Night Out

Saturday, April 13
6-10 p.m.
CNS E105

Enjoy a relaxing evening out, and students in Alpha Phi Omega will watch your kids.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 10 to Michelle Moon at Be sure to mention if your child has any allergies or any other information we should know.

Campus News

Illinois Wesleyan Announces New Minor in Jazz Studies

Illinois Wesleyan Announces New Minor in Jazz Studies
Beginning in the fall of 2013, Illinois Wesleyan University's School of Music will offer a new minor in Jazz Studies.

Nursing Students Study Abroad through Unique Program

Nursing Students Study Abroad through Unique Program
Seven Illinois Wesleyan nursing majors are participating in a rare opportunity -- spending a semester abroad while still fulfilling their nursing program requirements.

BroMenn's Kannaday to Speak at Associates Luncheon

BroMenn's Kannaday to Speak at Associates Luncheon
Colleen Kannaday, president of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, will address the Illinois Wesleyan Associates on Wednesday, April 17.


• The Illinois Wesleyan women's track and field team finished first and the men's team placed fifth at the 2013 Washington University Select Meet, held on April 6 at St. Louis University and Lindenwood College.

> Find highlights at


Tung Nguyen '15 placed 49th in the 73rd annual Putnam Competition, held on December 1, 2012.

The Putnam is a national mathematics competition known for its difficulty. This year there were 4,277 undergraduate contestants from 578 institutions across North America. The median score among all contestants was 0 out of 120 possible points; the high score was 100. With a score of 50, Tung placed with an Honorable Mention. 

Anna Groves, a 2011 Environmental Studies graduate who is in her first year of a doctoral program in plant ecology at Michigan State, has received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. According to the NSF website, in 2013 the foundation received 13,000 applications and made 2,000 awards.

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

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph

Former Fightin' Titan Ken Anderson '58 is now fighting a terminal lung disease with the same tenacity he brought to the football field.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

IWU Peace Garden

Dylan Madden '13, working as an intern for the Environmental Studies program, was awarded a $456.98 grant from the McLean County Wellness Coalition for the IWU Peace Garden. See reports from
The Pantagraph and WJBC radio.

The Peace Garden was one of 17 local organizations that received a portion of nearly $8,000 in grant funds for their community garden projects. Successful grant applicants demonstrated how a new or existing community garden will benefit the sponsoring organization and the community as a whole.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

The Expo Welcomes Bikes, Bikes & More Bikes!

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo
Saturday, April 13
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shirk Center

Ride Your Bike to the Event No worries about leaving your bike unattended or even locking it up; you can enjoy the Expo with free Valet Bicycle Parking provided by WGLT Good To Go and Friends of the Trail. Bike riders will get premium parking spots.

Maintenance/Repair/Tune-up Getting your bike ready for riding season? Members of West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP) will be available at the Expo from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. to make primary repairs to your bike. They will inflate tires to proper levels for optimum riding, adjust brakes, oil chains and replace tires/tubes. They can also install your training wheels. There is no charge for these services, which will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Donate Unwanted Bikes
Don't know what to do with a bike you no longer want? WBRP will be collecting bikes at the Expo that need a new home. These bikes do not need to be in working condition.

WBRP will then give away used and rehabilitated bikes on April 20 at the Abraham Lincoln Parking Garage, at the corner of East and Front streets in Bloomington, for a program called "Walk-in Bike Out."

Career Center

The Hart Career Center will host the following programs this week:

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium -- Crystal Ball Coffeehouse - Social Justice

A meet and greet reception will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by a panel discussion featuring alumni with career experience in social justice:

Katie Coleman '03: English major and environmental studies minor at IWU, who now works as a communications associate at the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
Bessie Crum '04: Hispanic Studies major who taught English in Myanmar.
Tristan Gunn '04: philosophy major who works as an immigration attorney at Tapia-Ruano and Gunn P.C.
Todd Zoelick '00: history and political science major who works in the U.S. Department of Education as a regional representative.

Thursday, April 11
, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center --Patrick Palmer '87 will talk about careers in advertising.

Palmer, who was a history major at IWU, is currently a partner at VSA Partners in Chicago. He began his career in account planning at Rubin Postaer and Associates in Santa Monica as the strategic leader for the Honda automobiles account. He has also worked at prestigious advertising agencies such as Cramer-Krasselt, Euro RSCG Tatham and Leo Burnett.


> Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $107.8 million

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