Campus Updates for Illinois Wesleyan Parents

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

August 2015

e-Parent Newsletter

Karla Carney-Hall
Dean of Students

Welcome and Welcome Back to IWU for an exciting 2015-16 academic year. We are excited to welcome almost 500 new students and over 1800 total students to campus for another remarkable year. We hope these updates below help provide you with just a glimpse at the things we’re excited about for this year.

Intellectual Theme: The campus intellectual theme for this year is Nation(s) Divided? Around the world, global conversations are taking place around: immigration and emigration, environment and human impact, threats and risks to global health, economic and political instability, freedom of expression as it intersects with faith and religion, and constructions of human identity and self-understanding, just to name a few. These conversations have the potential to unite or to divide us as nations and as individuals, but we have an opportunity to achieve mutual and holistic understanding through nuanced, thoughtful exploration in the best tradition of the liberal arts.

Campus Diversity: This past year was an exciting year for our commitment to educating for diversity. Over 70 programs were sponsored throughout the year to help all students prepare to live and work in a diverse, global society. Through 3D Thursday: Diversity, Dignity and Dialogue, the International Film series, ReligiosiTEA, and the Human Rights workshop -- just to name a few -- I encourage you to help your student make these types of programs a priority this year. We hope that all students will develop global friendships, be inclusive in their class work and student organizations, and learn to lead in a global society.

Hart Career Center: As the economy continues to improve, we consistently monitor career trends to ensure that we are able to assist you in meeting your career goals. The Hart Career Center embraces a service-delivery model that emphasizes career development, career engagement/experiences, and career technologies. Our staff are also developing career field specialties to maximize our network of alumni to your benefit. Please visit Warren Kistner, Laurie Diekhoff, or our new assistant director of career development, Abby Reel, this fall.

Campus Grounds and Facilities Projects:

  • Shirk Center addition: Construction began this spring on a two-story addition to the Shirk Center that will double the size of our fitness facilities, provide multipurpose rooms for fitness classes and team use, and add team locker room space. Thanks to the Shirk family and other supporters, this $6.5 million project will be funded entirely with private funds. The expanded space will be available for student use in the spring semester.

  • Egbers Quad: The quad area north of State Farm Hall was officially dedicated as the Egbers Quad thanks to a generous donation by the Egbers family. The Egbers Quad features a new water sculpture named "Aspiration," designed by Giles Raynor, a leading international water designer and sculptor.

  • Multifaith meditation room: Thanks to the Merwin family, on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., we will celebrate our commitment to faith development and inclusion by dedicating a renovated multifaith meditation space in the Memorial Center. Please plan to join us for the dedication.

  • Residence halls: Dodds received a new roof this summer. Information Technology Services is installing additional wireless equipment in several residence halls to increase wireless coverage as a result of student feedback.

Technology Updates: ITS Help Desk will move to The Ames Library third floor. In-person support or service for personal equipment can be received at the Help Desk in the Thorpe Center (Ames 300). Phone support at (309) 556-3900, and online support at, is available as always. ITS is implementing a new authentication system to improve security and simplify signing on to multiple systems. Part of the project requires everyone to change their password used to access IWU services.

Attention Sophomore Parents: Three-Year Residency Requirement
We are excited that IWU students will remain on campus through their junior year. We have a wide variety of housing options, including apartments (The Gates at Wesleyan and East Street Apartments) and many singles throughout campus. Please remember that all students who started IWU in Fall 2014 (current sophomores) are required to live on campus for six semesters (or through their junior year). Please remind your student not to sign an off-campus lease as he/she is required to remain on campus and will be billed for campus housing. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life, 309-556-3113.

Presidential Search: As you know, President Wilson announced his retirement in December 2014 and agreed to stay with us through this fall. The Presidential Search Committee continues their work in selecting our next president. For more information, visit There will be two candidates on campus the first week of classes. We are excited to meet our potential next president and continue planning a future of excellence.

Illinois Wesleyan University

For Families:

Please join us for Family Weekend, Sept. 18-20.

Join us for the First Year Frequency radio program through WESN, the online broadcast, or you can download the podcast through iTunes. The first program this fall is 
Aug. 26 at 6 p.m

Also find First Year Frequency on Facebook.

The Illinois Wesleyan Parent Fund

Helping families in need for more than 50 years

Van Miller '04
As director of the Wesleyan Fund for Annual Giving, I raise unrestricted funds that are applied to the area of greatest institutional need. And increasingly the greatest need is student need…financial aid and scholarships, specifically.

The IWU Parent Fund financially supports students who have lost a breadwinning parent to death or permanent disability. These are students who, without this assistance, would have to leave Illinois Wesleyan for financial reasons—a blow that could negatively affect their whole life trajectory.

Humble Beginnings

During an IWU football game in November of 1960, Charles W. Merritt, a father of one of the IWU players in the game, learned that the father of one of his son’s teammates had died suddenly not long before. In an act of generosity and compassion, Charles passed a paper bag around the stadium to collect money to help the family with college costs. So began the IWU Parent Fund.

And while the process of supporting students in need has formalized somewhat (we no longer pass paper bags at football games), the spirit of community surrounding the fund remains the same. At its core, the Parent Fund is simply IWU families helping other IWU families. 

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