Illinois Wesleyan to Celebrate Inauguration of President Eric R. Jensen
March 21, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The inauguration of Eric R. Jensen as president of Illinois Wesleyan University will be held on Saturday, April 2, in
the Shirk Center. A number of events Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2
will celebrate the inauguration theme “The Liberal Arts in the 21st Century: Spotlight on Collaborative Engagement.”
Thursday, March 31
On March 31 at 7 p.m., MacArthur Fellow Juan Salgado, a 1991 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan, will speak as part of the Student Senate’s
annual “Do Good” speaker series. Salgado is president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago. Salgado’s
presentation in the Hansen Student Center is free and open to the public.
Friday, April 1
Friday’s events include a 1 p.m. session with six notable alumni sharing their stories at the Hansen Student Center. Alumni speakers include: hedge
fund manager Marcus Dunlop ’08, actor Kevin Dunn, a member of the class of 1977; broadcaster
and documentarian Demetria Kalodimos ’81; Hall of Fame sportswriter and author Dave
Kindred ’63; healthcare executive Stephen Ondra, M.D.’80; and immigration attorney
Carlina Tapia-Ruano ’77.
Illinois Wesleyan faculty, staff, alumni and students will present short “lightning
talks” highlighting the collaborative or mentoring process beginning at 2:15 p.m.
in State Farm Hall room 102. See a complete schedule of these Artistic and Scholarly Sessions.
Illinois Wesleyan’s vocal jazz ensemble Unlicensed Syncopation will present a concert
April 1 at 8 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium.
Saturday, April 2
A second session of artistic and scholarly presentations will take place Saturday,
April 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. in State Farm Hall room 102. The investiture ceremony begins
at 2 p.m. in the Shirk Center and will include greetings from the Board of Trustees,
faculty, staff, students, alumni and President Emeritus Richard F. Wilson. The investiture
ceremony will be live streamed.
Immediately following the ceremony, attendees are invited to a Backyard Barbecue and
Bluegrass celebration in the Shirk Center Activity Gym. Music will be provided by
The Old Men Boys (TOMB).