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Sept. 16, 2013

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Wesleyan Moves Into Top 50 In U.S. News Rankings' Quality Measures
In the latest U.S. News rankings, Illinois Wesleyan moved up to 65th among national liberal arts colleges, and into the top 50 in terms of student selectivity and graduation and retention rate.


IWU to Celebrate a "Modern Family" Weekend
A fun-filled "Modern Family"-themed weekend on Sept. 27-29 will give families the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the social and academic life at Illinois Wesleyan.


The Illinois Wesleyan football team scored a nonconference win at Alma (Mich.) on Sept. 14, improving to 2-0.

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Monday, Sept. 16

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Non-Org: Working with Distressed Students -- Annorah Moorman and Bob Rogers from Counseling and Consultation Services will review the most common signs/symptoms students exhibit when distressed, specific steps to take when responding to a student in distress, and how to refer a student to helpful resources.

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Film: "Which Way Home" -- This documentary follows unaccompanied child migrants on their journey through Mexico as they try to reach the United States. A Q&A will be led by Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli.

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Speaker: Deforia Lane on the Power of Music as Medicine -- Lane, who is director of music therapy at University Hospitals of Cleveland, will speak on "An Unfinished Symphony: Reaching the Underserved Through Music Therapy," part of the Unraveling Inequality Fall 2013 Course Cluster Events.

4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center -- International Studies Speaker -- Dr. Anja Tippner of the University of Hamburg will speak on "Translating Difference: Migration and Belonging in Contemporary Eastern European Fiction," sponsored by the Issac Funk Endowed Professorship Fund.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Film: "Life for a Child" -- This is a second viewing of the documentary on children with type 1 diabetes in Nepal.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

• 12 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center -- Sixth Annual Saucy Salsa Throwdown -- Campus tasters are invited to determine their favorite salsa made by faculty, staff and student contestants. In addition, a hot pepper taste challenge will be offered -- milk provided!

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center -- Volleyball vs. William Woods; the game will be live streamed.

• 7 p.m., Neis Field -- Women's Soccer vs. Principia

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Film "Aelita: Queen of Mars" (1923, USSR, directed by Yakov Protazanov) -- Sponsored by Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

• 12 p.m., CNS E101 -- Academic Skills Series: Manage Your Time -- Students are invited to a series of programs designed to develop or strengthen academic skills needed to be successful at IWU. Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.

• 6:30 p.m., Neis Field -- Men's Soccer vs. University of Chicago; the game will be live streamed.

Thursday, Sept. 19

• 4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel Basement -- ReligiosiTEA

• 4 & 7 p.m., CNS 101 and Hansen Student Center -- Speaker: Arun Gandhi (Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) -- Faculty and staff are invited to a special minilecture and Q&A session in CNS 101 at 4 p.m., prior to Gandhi's lecture in Hansen at 7 p.m., which also will be followed by a Q&A and meet & greet with the audience.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series: "Good Bye Lenin!"  -- Presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis, this film (2003, Germany) tells the story of a young man in 1990 who, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany, as she knew it, has disappeared.

Friday, Sept. 20

• 3 & 7 p.m., Shirk Center -- Volleyball vs. Monmouth, then vs. Cornell in the Barker Chevrolet Volleyball Classic II. Both games will be live streamed.

• 4 p.m., CNS C101 -- Faculty Colloquium -- University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor Meg Miner will speak on "Shining a Light on the Digital Dark Age."

• 4 p.m., meet at Hansen Student Center -- Colorful Run, Walk and Roll

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Comedian Melissa Villasenor

Saturday, Sept. 21

• 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Shirk Center -- Volleyball vs. Lincoln Christian, then vs. Carthage in the Barker Chevrolet Volleyball Classic II.

• 7-11 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- SALSA's El Baile -- The Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA) will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with student performances, dance lessons and open floor dancing to upbeat Hispanic music from around the world.

• 8 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle -- Fiji Philanthropy Concert -- The "Rage for Red," a music event with DJs, will raise funds for the American Red Cross, sponsored by Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji).

Sunday, Sept. 22

• 6:30 p.m., Neis Field -- Men's Soccer vs. Washington University; the game will be live streamed.

(Through October 5) -- Library Exhibit Celebrating Banned Book Week -- An exhibit at The Ames Library will include a special Banned Book Week photo gallery of IWU community members holding their favorite challenged book.

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Monday, Sept. 16

• 2 - 4 p.m., Hart Career Center -- Resumania! -- Students are invited to drop in with their resume for a quick review by a Human Resource specialist or Hart Career Center staff member before the busy job and internship fair season heats up.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

• 4 - 7 p.m., ISU, Redbird Arena -- IWU/ISU Fall Internship Fair -- The biggest internship fair in the area: see the list of employers attending.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

• 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., ISU, Redbird Arena -- IWU/ISU Fall Job Fair -- The season's first job fair: see the list of employers attending.

Thursday, Sept. 19

• Employer PricewaterhouseCoopers will be on campus for internship and job interviews.

Friday, Sept. 20

• Employer State Farm will be on campus for practice interviews.

> Find more IWU events on the Campus Calendar. Don't see your event? Submit the information online.


Multifaith Awareness Calendar

IWU's Council on Religious Life, the Office of the University Chaplain and the Mellon Center offer a Multifaith Awareness Calendar to the campus so we might all become better aware of the many religious holidays observed by students, faculty and staff at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan moved up five places in U.S. News and World Report's latest ranking of national liberal arts colleges.

The Pantagraph
A panel of Illinois Wesleyan professors agreed the likely negative effects outweigh the possible benefit of U.S. military intervention in Syria.

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• Illinois Wesleyan's Mark Evans Observatory is now an official observing site recognized by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), due to the efforts of Kyle Connour '15, Chelsea Davitt '14 and Daniel LaRocca '13.

The three physics majors worked over the summer under the direction of Chair and Professor of Physics Linda French to install a new telescope and electronic camera at the observatory. Their observations of a wide range of asteroids were of sufficiently high precision for the MPC to designate a permanent code to the Evans Observatory.

The MPC is housed at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory under the auspices of the International Astronomical Union.

• Africa World Press has published Contesting Identities: The Mijikenda and their Neighbors in Kenyan Coastal Society, a 13-chapter volume edited by Chair of Sociology/Anthropology and Associate Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart and adjunct faculty member Linda Giles. The volume's production was facilitated by a symposium hosted for contributors at IWU in March 2008, with funds from the Provost's Office.

• While on sabbatical last spring, Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo spent the month of February at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyo., as an artist in residence. While there, he composed Winter Into Spring, a composition for a small orchestra of primarily Chinese instruments. The piece was premiered on Sept. 1 in Taipei, Taiwan, by pipa soloist Yang Wei with the Taipei Liuqin Orchestra.

Vayo composed several other pieces during his sabbatical, performed two concerts of jazz and improvisational music with bassist Bill Koehler, and gave presentations on his music to the composition seminars at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois.

On May 14, Ensemble GNU performed Vayo's Poem during two concerts of the Admiraval Música Nova Festival en Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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

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Welcome New Employee

Christine Horner began Sept. 9 as office coordinator II in Multi Programs, replacing Regina Linsalata, who is retiring from IWU. You may recognize Christine; she worked in The Ames Library a few years ago.

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