Campus Weekly

News for & about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Aug. 26, 2013

Campus News


Class of 2017 Urged to 'Explore Broadly'
Illinois Wesleyan welcomed 571 new students to campus at the New Student Convocation, where they were urged to leave their comfort zone "and accept the challenge of the liberal arts."


Garcia Receives Starkey Service Award
Angel Garcia, custodian in the Shirk Center, won the 2013 Starkey Award for extraordinary service to Illinois Wesleyan.


Plath Edits Book of Essays on Raymond Carver
Short story master Raymond Carver is the subject of a new volume of essays edited by Professor of English James Plath.


Students Complete Human Rights Internships at Prestigious NGOs
Cathy Geehan '14 and Amanda Watts '14 interned this summer at human rights organizations through the University's new Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

Brexton Isaacs

IWU Student Senate President Takes National Office
Brexton Isaacs '15 was elected to the National Executive Board of College Democrats during the group's conference on Capitol Hill earlier this month.


University Welcomes New Faculty, Staff
Illinois Wesleyan welcomes 22 new faculty and 31 staff members for the 2013-14 academic school year.

Warren St John

Author of Outcasts United to Speak at President's Convocation
Warren St. John, journalist and acclaimed author of the summer reading selection Outcasts United, will speak at the President's Convocation on Sept. 4.


• The new men's lacrosse team will scrimmage against Augustana on Oct. 19. Their season will begin in February.

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• Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas '76 received the 2013 national "Communicator of Achievement" award at the 76th annual National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) conference on Aug. 23. This is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession. The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, service to NFPW and to the community. 

She was also elected NFPWsecond vice president at the conference.

• Maria Gonzalez '08 is the first-place winner in "The Illustrator Elite" Hand Drawn Competition. Her work is featured in the August 2013 edition of PRINT magazine, a premier design publication.

Gonzalez said, "As a college student, I interned at several advertising agencies in the creative department. This enhanced my love for design. I was fascinated by the idea of using design to tell a story." 

Scott Moreau '01 is currently touring as Johnny Cash in the Tony Award-winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet.

Kayode Karunwi '05, a Ph.D. student at Clemson University, discussed the 15th International Conference on MacroMolecular Complexes in this video clip from WYFF TV in Greenville, S.C.

• Did you know? Award-winning journalist Allison Keyes, who has been reporting with the NPR national desk since 2005, is a 1985 IWU alumna.

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


Monday, Aug. 26

First day of classes

Thursday, Aug. 29

4 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle (rain location: Hansen Student Center) -- RSO Fair -- Students will have the opportunity to learn about registered student organizations that interest them.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Guest Recital -- Mother-daughter pair Christine '73 and Mary Kefferstan will perform a two-piano recital.

Friday, Aug. 30

5 p.m., Neis Field -- Women's Soccer vs. Adrian

5:30 p.m., Maxwell Park -- Cross Country Titan Opener

7:30 p.m., Neis Field -- Men's Soccer vs. Principia

Saturday, Aug. 31

7:30 p.m., Neis Field -- Men's Soccer vs. Webster

Sunday, Sept. 1

1 p.m., Neis Field -- Women's Soccer vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering

Monday, Sept. 2

Labor Day (no classes)

Tuesday, Sept. 3

4 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art -- Exhibition Opening Reception and Artist's Talk -- An artist's talk at 4 p.m. will be followed by an opening reception at 5 p.m.

7 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center -- Alternative Break Informational Meeting -- Students are invited to learn about Alternative Fall Break (Local Edition) on the West Side of Bloomington, Alternative Fall Break (Detroit Edition), Alternative Spring Break (Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge) and Alternative Spring Break (Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota).

> Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

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Titans In The News

Southtown Star
On Sept. 1, the Andrew Weishar Foundation will hold Weishfest 2013, a fundraiser and celebration in honor of the former Titan.

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

Julie Bayer '98 embraces two very different sides of performing -- as a classically trained opera singer, or an edgy actress at the Chicago Fringe Festival.

The Pantagraph
IWU President Richard F. Wilson discussed President Barack Obama's plan to address college affordability.

WJBC Radio
This semester, Illinois Wesleyan welcomes 571 students from 27 states and 17 different countries.

The Pantagraph
Handmade owls welcomed each of Illinois Wesleyan's new international students to campus.
Professor of English James Plath, who heads the John Updike Society, discussed renovations to Updike's childhood home near Reading, Pa.

Wayne Messmer '72 was featured last month on the Chicago Sports Media Watch blog.

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Transforming Lives Campaign

All In For Wesleyan:

alumni and friends of the University went "All In for Wesleyan" on July 17, raising $480,000 in the one-day giving challenge.

Among those donors:

74 members of the Class of 2013 gave on July 17 as brand-new graduates (62 of whom had already given to their senior class gift this spring)


37 current students made gifts on July 17

(Neither 2013 graduates nor students were directly asked to participate)