Campus Weekly

News for & about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Aug. 12, 2013

Campus News


Illinois Wesleyan Welcomes Record Number of International Students
This year IWU is set to welcome about 50 new international students, bringing total enrollment to more than 100 international students from 21 countries.


Orientation To Acquaint Students With College Life
Illinois Wesleyan offers Pre-Orientation Programs focused on international students, multicultural students and on "Engaging Diversity," prior to the Turning Titan Orientation for new students.


• Nick Anderson '14 is providing updates of the Titan men's basketball trip to Costa Rica, through Aug. 16.

> Find more highlights at


• General Biology Lab Coordinator Nisa Blackmon presented a three-day, pre-conference workshop entitled, "Tab Construction and Folding Techniques for Enameled Forms," at the 2013 Biannual International Conference of The Enamelist Society in Covington, Ky., July 31 - Aug. 4. She presented two breakout sessions on the same topic during the conference.

Blackmon also presented this workshop in February to students in the Metal Program at the School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

• An interview with Professor of History Thomas Lutze was featured in a documentary, The Great Turning Point, which aired on Chinese national television (CCTV) and on Hebei provincial television in a series of segments in July. The film examines the history of the final three decisive years of China's revolutionary civil war, 1947-1949, through documentary photos, film footage, and interviews with surviving participants and historians, both Chinese and foreign.

A photo from the taping (scroll to the end of the page at )
shows Lutze being interviewed, accompanied by two of his research assistants, Kong Yelei '13 -- now beginning law school at Columbia University -- and Peng Siming '16.

Matthew T. Dearing '00, co-producer of dynamic patterns theatre, announced the first production in a new Science at the Theatre Series, QED: A Play, depicting a day in the life of Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman.

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


Alumni Invited to Join Summer Reading Discussions

It's not too late to join the IWU community in reading the 2013 Summer Reading Program selection, Outcasts United by Warren St. John, or, if you live near campus, to sign up to be a co-facilitator.

Participating in the Summer Reading Program is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our incoming students to our engaged campus community. Feel free to share your thoughts about the book on Facebook or Twitter (#IWUunited).

If you're interested in joining the discussion as a co-facilitator, expectations include: reading and reflecting on Outcasts United, attending a pre-discussion planning session on Monday, Aug. 19, from 4-5 p.m., and co-facilitating a discussion during Turning Titan Orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Each discussion group will be comprised of a Gateway class, 1-2 student leaders, and 1-2 faculty, staff or alumni. If you wish to participate, please send a message to


Friday, Aug. 16 - Monday, Aug. 19 -- International Student Orientation

Saturday, Aug. 17 - Monday, Aug. 19 -- MALANA Pre-Orientation

Saturday, Aug. 17 - Monday, Aug. 19 -- Engaging Diversity pre-orientation program

> Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

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Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Lanza '07 was named among the "Top 10 Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater." (A version of the story with photos is viewable with a free online subscription.)

Illinois Wesleyan is welcoming a record number of international students this fall. Also reported by WJBC Radio.

WJBC Radio
Final work on State Farm Hall is ahead of schedule for the first day of classes.

The Pantagraph
As an intern at the West Bloomington Revitalization Project, Todd Anderson '14 is leading a photo archive project launched by recent grad Jennifer Long '13. The project was also reported by WGLT Radio.

DNAinfo Chicago
Former Titan football player Andrew Weishar, who died of cancer last fall, will be honored at a "Weish Fest" benefit on Sept. 1.

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