Karla C. Carney-Hall, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

August 2013 e-Parent Newsletter

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer with your son or daughter and are looking forward to a great year at Illinois Wesleyan. Honestly, there’s a lot to be excited about this year at IWU. Between new buildings, new programs, and new opportunities, the positive momentum and investment in the student experience is very strong. I’ve outlined some of the things that we’re sharing with students this fall:

Building projects and office changes: 

  • We are excited to unveil State Farm Hall this fall for all students to enjoy. The building is truly spectacular and will greatly enhance the educational experience through high-quality classroom technology, ample study space and great opportunities for group work. We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on the first day of class.
  • The Gates at Wesleyan, our new student apartment complex, will also open this fall with 95 junior and senior residents. The fully furnished apartments feature private bedrooms, full-size beds, a 50-inch flat screen TV in the living room, and just a beautiful space for upperclass students. Although meal plans were optional, over 65% of the residents selected a meal plan which means they’ll maintain great connections in campus dining experiences.
  • Thanks to Sodexo Campus Services, the Dugout will open this fall after a major $1.5 million renovation. Stations will include Souper Salad (a soup and salad station), Passport (international fare), Cactus Café (Tex-Mex options), and the popular Sub Connection. Each station will feature a vegetarian and gluten-free option. A new convenience food section, Grab & Go, will allow students to quickly select pre-packaged items for meals. New couches, TVs, booths and more will make the dining experience even better. The Dugout will be both a great place to eat and a vibrant social space.  
  • International Programs (Stacey Shimizu and Reenie Bradley) is now located on first floor of CLA. Student Activities and Leadership Programs (Colin Stewart) is now located in the Memorial Center by the Dugout.

New programs and educational efforts:

  • New this year, the Center for Engaged Citizenship will bring together collaborative offices and student organizations around service, volunteerism, and social justice. The Volunteer Center formerly coordinated by the Chaplain’s office will transition to CLA along with the Action Research Center and a new Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. As you know, IWU has a long commitment to social justice and we hope the new CEC will help identify clear pathways for involvement.  
  • I hope you will join me in welcoming 35 new men’s lacrosse players to campus this fall. Lacrosse (often abbreviated LAX) is one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the country and will enhance the diversity of campus athletic opportunities for students. Look for opportunities to learn more this fall.
  • Single-Stream Recycling:  Our campus community will move to single-stream recycling in all buildings this year, which we hope will encourage all students to recycle. 

Technology updates:  A special thanks to the Information Technology Services staff, who worked all summer to start bringing ubiquitous wireless service throughout campus – yes, that means everywhere (residence halls, academic buildings, the Eckley Quad … everywhere!) The new SSID (wireless network name) is IllinoisWesleyan. Students will use their NetID and Password to get connected. More detailed instructions can be found on the ITS Website. In addition to wireless, IWU is now a member of the Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network, which will increase our Internet bandwidth from 155 MB to 1 GB – or more than 6 times the capacity than last spring. We are adding a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone system to support campus phones. New computers are being installed in Presser 301 – in support of the music program – and in The Ames Library. So, students are getting speed and access in unprecedented ways on campus! Thanks for your patience!

Policy changes:  We have added or revised several policies in the Student Code of Conduct. In response to the State of Illinois Concealed Carry legislation, we reviewed our campus weapons policy. Colleges and universities are exempt from allowing concealed carry so we continue to prohibit all weapons on campus. In response to a growing interest in tailgating with alcohol at football games, we reviewed our alcohol policy regarding tailgating and added a clear policy. Football-only tailgating with alcohol will be permitted for students over age 21 in designated areas only within the guidelines outlined. The policy can be found at www.iwu.edu/judicial/tailgating.html.      

Again, we are thrilled about these new opportunities to enhance the student experience at IWU. We look forward to seeing you at Family Weekend, Sept. 27-29.