Illinois Wesleyan News for Students and Parents

news for & about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Feb. 25, 2013

Alumni and friends,

We've heard from many of you who are always curious about what's happening on campus. In our attempt to keep you connected on a more regular basis, we're sending you the Campus Weekly, which goes out to all faculty & staff each Monday. We hope you enjoy it!


IWU Community Thanks Donors
Celebrating Thank a Giver Day on Feb. 18, students, faculty and staff offered their thanks to the generous donors who support Illinois Wesleyan. Watch a video or read social media comments collected on Storify.


Illinois Wesleyan Honors State Farm Scholars
Illinois Wesleyan honored 100 students who are recipients of scholarships from the State Farm Scholars Program.


Wilson to Serve Second Term as FIICU Chair
The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities (FIICU) has elected President Richard F. Wilson to a second term as its board chair.


Peltekian '13 Named Outstanding Marketing Student
Lisa Marie Peltekian '13 was named the University's Outstanding Marketing Student by the St. Louis professional chapter of the American Marketing Association.


• Elise Anderson '13, Rachael Williams '13 and Carmin Beck '14 earned 2012 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Friday

• Head Women's Basketball Coach Mia Smith reached her 300th career victory as Illinois Wesleyan defeated Augustana at the Shirk Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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Monday, Feb. 25

• 12 p.m.
, Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Non-Org --- Associate Professor of English Mike Theune will discuss his work in assembling Voltage Poetry, an online anthology and discussion forum. This talk will feature a good deal of great poetry. 

Tuesday, Feb. 26

• 4 p.m.
, Room 218, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art -- New Art Exhibits -- An artist's lecture by Anni Holm will be followed at 5 p.m. by an opening reception for exhibits in Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Holm's "Photo ID" and "Within These Walls" by Erin Anfinson and Sarah Rowland.

• 8 p.m.
, McPherson Theatre -- As You Like It -- Performances of the Shakespeare comedy continue at 8 p.m. daily through Saturday, March 2, and on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

• 11 a.m.
, Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Founders' Day Convocation -- In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, scholar Allen C. Guelzo will deliver an address, "Was the Civil War a Second American Revolution?"

Free Founders' Day Cake will be available at campus dining locations.

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Roman Comedy On Stage -- Timothy Moore of Washington University in St. Louis will speak as part of the Ides Lecture and Performance Series.

• 7 p.m., Room 200, Hansen Student Center -- Kaleidoscope -- As part of an initiative to salute individuals who changed history, Professor of History Paul Bushnell will reflect on Rosa Parks and Septima Clark and their sacrifices for the Civil Rights Movement.

Thursday, Feb. 28

• 7 p.m., CNS C101 -- Environmental Studies Talk -- Tih-Fen Ting of the University of Illinois at Springfield will discuss "An Elusive and Rare Prairie Mammal: the Franklin's Ground Squirrel in Central Illinois."

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series -- "Tales of the Night" (2011, France) will be presented by Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina.

Friday, March 1

• 7:30 p.m.
, Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- New Music Café -- Featured guests will include clarinetist Yi-Wen Chen and percussionist Jason Pace.

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Comedian Kira Soltanovich

Saturday, March 2

• 3 p.m.
, Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Chamber Music Recital -- Guest performers Michelle Lee Elliott, violin and Ilia Radoslavov, piano, will join adjunct faculty member Lisa Nelson, viola, and Associate Professor of Music Nina Gordon, cello.

Sunday, March 3

• 8-10 p.m.
, C101 CNS -- Be a Stand Up Comedian for a Night -- Colleges Against Cancer invites students to try out for Stand Up Against Cancer. Tryouts will be held again at the same time and place on Monday, March 4.

12 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts -- Men's Tennis vs. Knox College.

Monday, March 4

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Non-Org-- The JWP Research Conference Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on updated policies and procedures for this year's conference.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

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Career Center

Employers on Campus This Week

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

- PricewaterhouseCoopers, Internship Interviews (Monday, Feb. 25)

- Springfield Medical Professionals, Medical School Practice Interviews (Monday, Feb. 25)

- McGladrey, Internship Interviews (Tuesday, Feb. 26)

- Country Financial, Internship Interviews (Tuesday, Feb. 26) and Practice Interviews (Wednesday, Feb. 27)

- Caterpillar, Job Interviews (Wednesday, Feb. 27) and Internship Interviews (Thursday, Feb. 28)


• Professor of Educational Studies Irv Epstein was awarded a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to sponsor a seminar entitled, "Reimagining our Commitment to Human Rights and Social Justice."

This seminar will engage faculty, staff, students and administrators in purposeful dialogue about ways that a Center for Human Rights and Social Justice would be most effective in serving the University's mission to prepare students for democratic citizenship and life in a global society.

• Assistant Director of the Hart Career Center Laurie Diekhoff was awarded a $30,005 grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education: The Illinois Cooperative Work Study (ICWS) program to help 25-30 Illinois Wesleyan students take advantage of the learning opportunities offered by internships at various businesses, government and social service agencies and nonprofit organizations.

The IWU ICWS program seeks not only to create more opportunities for students to link their coursework with their internship opportunities, but also to encourage social and community service on the part of our students by helping to make it financially possible for them to accept internship positions with not-for-profit organizations and social service agencies unable to offer competitive wages on their own.

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

Titans In The News

WGLT Radio
Jennifer Long '13, who is interning at the West Bloomington Revitalization Project, discussed a new effort to improve west Bloomington homes.

The Pantagraph
Local high school students will have an opportunity to learn more about philanthropy, thanks in part to Wesleyan's Blair Wright '15, an intern at Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.

WJBC Radio

Annette Rauch '15 discussed the new JusticeCorps program in McLean County.

The Pantagraph
Wesleyan students conducted a rally to oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The Pantagraph

Dean of Admissions Tony Bankston offered advice for students undertaking their college search.

> More Titans in the News

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $107,771,801