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IWU to Present a "Homerathon"
(March 1)
The Greek and Roman Studies Program will present its first marathon reading of Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey, in honor of World Poetry Day on March 21. 

New Exhibits at Art Galleries
(Feb. 28)
Now on view at the Merwin and Wakeley art galleries are "Northern Exposure," collected works of St. Norbert College art faculty, and "Work," sculpture and drawings by Heartland's Carol Hahn.

NSF Funds Wesleyan Study of Social Exclusion
(Feb. 27)
Gaining insights into the causes and impacts of social exclusion will be the goal of a three-year National Science Foundation-funded study conducted by two Illinois Wesleyan psychology professors and their students.

Grider Named Scholar of the Year
(Feb. 24)
Chemistry major Ronald Grider '12 has been named a 2012 Collegiate Scholar of the Year by the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society.

Balogh '04 Competing on MLB Game Show
(Feb. 21)
Former Titan baseball player Ryan Balogh '04 is representing the Chicago Cubs on a national game show, currently airing on the MLB Network.

Opera Singer Pfortmiller to Speak, Perform
(Feb. 15)
Acclaimed baritone Kyle Pfortmiller '92 will visit campus to teach master classes, speak about his career – an upward climb from regional companies to The Met – and perform.
Kyle Pfortmiller

Faculty Members Awarded Tenure, Promotions
(Feb. 15)
Illinois Wesleyan University’s Board of Trustees has awarded tenure to two faculty members, and promotions in rank to two.

Campus Mourns Forrest J. Frank
(Feb. 13)
Illinois Wesleyan University mourns the recent death of Dr. Forrest J. Frank, who was a member of the chemistry faculty for 34 years until his retirement in 1999.
Forrest Frank

Whalley '09 Honored for Gypsy Performance
(Feb. 10)
Music Theatre alumna Katie Whalley '09 won a Craig Noel Award for Best Featured Performance in a Musical for her portrayal of Louise, later Gypsy Rose Lee, in “Gypsy: A Musical Fable.”
Katie Whalley

Kindred '63 Awarded for Outstanding Journalism
(Feb. 9)
Lauded author, columnist and sportswriter Dave Kindred '63 has been chosen as the 2012 winner of The Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism.
Dave Kindred

Author and Activist Calls for Fire and Passion
(Feb. 9)
Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean told the Founders' Day audience how she discovered the fire within her for social justice, and encouraged students to find "something that will be worth giving your life.”
Sister Helen Prejean

Bray to Speak at Lincoln Day Event
(Feb. 6)
Wesleyan's Robert Bray will be the featured speaker at a National Park Service program in the Abraham Lincoln Hall of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Ind.

Spring Internships Hit All-Time High
(Feb. 1)
The number of Illinois Wesleyan students securing internships this spring has hit an all-time high – when such experience is more important than ever in today's competitive job market.

Students Awarded for Intercultural Leadership
(Jan. 30)
Marlena Szewczyk '13 and December graduate Chris Cicinelli received the Intercultural Leadership Award based on their study abroad experiences in Denmark.

Tartuffe at McPherson Theatre
(Jan. 30)
The School of Theatre Arts will present Tartuffe, a theatrical comedy by renowned 17th century French playwright Molière, Feb. 14-19.

Artists Explore Motivation and Mystery of Inspiration
(Jan. 27)
Faculty and students in Illinois Wesleyan's School of Art describe their sources of inspiration — whether in nature, travel, or the work of other artists.
art materials

Brandt '78 Among Top Women in Wealth Management
(Jan. 27)
Carol Brandt '78 was recently recognized on the inaugural “Top 50 Wirehouse Women in 2011" list in the Jan. 2012 edition of Registered Rep. magazine. 
Carol Brandt

Damaschke's Puss in Boots Nominated for Oscar
(Jan. 24)
After receiving its world premiere at Illinois Wesleyan — thanks to DreamWorks Animation's Bill Damaschke '85 — the animated feature Puss in Boots is up for an Academy Award.

Activist Who Inspired Dead Man Walking to Speak
(Jan. 20)
Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate against the death penalty famously portrayed by Susan Sarandon in the film Dead Man Walking, will speak at Illinois Wesleyan's Founders' Day Convocation on Feb. 8.
Sister Prejean

Collegiate Choir to Perform in Elite Venues
(Jan. 17)
Illinois Wesleyan's Collegiate Choir will be featured among elite ensembles at two music conferences this spring, launching a spring tour in the East as well as a May Term concert tour in Germany.

Students Receive Study Abroad Scholarships
(Jan. 16)
Four Illinois Wesleyan students received study abroad scholarships from the Institute for International Education (IIE). 

Voters' Views Will Shape Interactive Musical Event
(Jan. 16)
At Grassroots 2012, audience opinions will guide musicians' performance in an interactive political poll, followed by a town hall discussion of the issues.


Teach-In to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Jan. 11)
Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a teach-in on Monday will explore social justice topics related to food and hunger.

Martin Luther King

Students Collaborate in Circulo de Lectores
(Jan. 11)
A new reading circle includes students studying Spanish on campus and in the Illinois Wesleyan Barcelona program, discussing the Manuel Vazquez Montalban novel set in that Spanish city.
Los Mares del Sur

Exhibits at Merwin, Wakeley Art Galleries
(Jan. 6)
A collaborative installation by artists Mark Holmes and Paul Krainak, “Emphatic Objects/Shifting Ground,” is on display in the Merwin Gallery, and Jerry Phillips' “Dream State” is in the Wakeley Gallery.


Wesleyan to Host 22nd Annual Gospel Festival
(Jan. 4)
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival will feature performances by gospel choirs from around the region.
Gospel Festival

Jesse White, Tumblers to Appear at Fellowship Dinner
(Jan. 4)
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will speak at this year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner on Jan. 22, which will also feature the Jesse White Tumbling Team.

Jesse White

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