Campus Weekly

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May 20, 2013

Campus News


Illinois Wesleyan Honors Shirk Family
The University paid tribute to the Shirk family and the Shirk Foundation for their generous support of the Shirk Center and Shirk Athletic Complex. Watch a video.


Olt '93 to Direct Musical at Senior Repertory of Ohio
April Olt '93 will direct the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" for the Senior Repertory of Ohio (SRO) Theatre Company in Columbus.


Nguyen '15 Places in Prestigious Math Competition
Tung Nguyen '15, a mathematics and economics double major, earned an Honorable Mention in the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.


Tunnel of Oppression Seeks to Raise Awareness
An interactive Tunnel of Oppression -- including a Hall of Enlightenment -- will incorporate student work, seeking to raise awareness about social bias and what individuals can do to create change.



A total of eight athletes will represent Illinois Wesleyan in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 23-25 in LaCrosse, Wis.

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Erick Henderson '12 and Chair of Sociology/Anthropology and Associate Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart published "Observations on Eye Care in Lamu, Kenya: Overlooked Needs and Proposed Interventions" in the Journal of Global Health (Spring 2013, Volume 3, Issue 1), page 36.

Christine McHugh '82 directed her first film short, set to premiere at the Festival de Cannes Court Métrage this month. Her film, "On The Nature of Hotness," also was nominated for Best Comedy Short at the New York International Film Festival, where it will compete in June.

The film examines sex appeal from the social and spiritual to the biological and scientific, exploring what makes a person attractive in the modern age. McHugh lives in Santa Fe, Calif., and works as a performance coach on clients' spoken memoir presentations.

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


Tuesday, May 21

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series on Women's Issues: "Honey & Ashes" --  Poster (pdf).

Thursday, May 23

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series on Women's Issues: "Persepolis" --  Poster (pdf).

• 8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre -- Play: The Breach -- Directed by Raven Stubbs '13, performances continue nightly through Saturday, May 25.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Holiday
-- No classes; offices closed.

Tuesday, May 28

• 10 a.m., Hansen Student Center -- Tunnel of Oppression -- This interactive experience highlights the contemporary issues of oppression, privilege and power. Poster (pdf).

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series on Women's Issues: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" -- Poster (pdf).

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

In Sympathy

Professor Emeritus Jerry Stone died on May 14. Stone joined IWU in 1964; he served as Director of the Humanities Division and Coordinator of Liberal Studies, and was honored with the first appointment to the McFee Professorship in Religion in 1985. He received the University's teaching excellence award in 1970 and was named Student Senate Teacher of the Year in 1992.

After retiring in 1992, Stone continued in an adjunct position for several years and remained a valued member of the IWU community.

Read an obituary.


Titans In The News

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Sara Hoffee '03, who teaches in Illinois Wesleyan's Piano Preparatory Department, is an advocate for commuting by bike.

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