Campus Weekly

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Nov. 4, 2013

Campus News


Interfaith Service Efforts Garner National Recognition
Interfaith community service initiatives at Illinois Wesleyan won recognition in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Inaugural Report.


Theatre Alumna Sings with the Stars
It's been a year of "magical opportunities" for Casey Erin Clark '04, who sang at the Academy Awards and recently sang backup for Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft.


Transforming Lives Campaign Adds 28 New Scholarships in 2013
Each year of the campaign has attracted more support for student scholarships, and increasing scholarship support even more is the top priority in its final year.

Dumpster Dive

Recycling: The History of a Legacy
In the early 1970s, Illinois Wesleyan joined colleges and universities across the United States in a growing movement to fight against the deterioration of the environment.


• The No. 12-ranked Illinois Wesleyan football team suffered its first loss in 2013 to No. 4-ranked North Central at Tucci Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Titans are now 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the CCIW.

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Monday, Nov. 4

Through Wednesday, Nov. 13 -- Class Registration for Spring 2014

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Non-Org: Researching Residential Foreclosures -- Chair and Associate Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo will present the findings of a summer-long research project conducted in collaboration with three students, analyzing the socioeconomic determinants of residential foreclosures.

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Meeting

• 7 p.m., Room 208, State Farm Hall -- Careers in Publishing: A Conversation with Jessica Dimitrijevic '08 -- Students interested in learning more about careers in publishing are invited to a Q&A session with IWU alumna Jessica (Wiley) Dimitrijevic, an editor at McGraw Hill.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

• 4 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art  -- Artist's Talk and Opening Reception for exhibits by painter Laura Vinneage and monoprints and lithographs by IWU print students.

• 7 p.m., C101, CNS -- Speaker: "Bird Studies at Goose Lake Prairie" -- Dr. Jim Herkert, director of the Illinois Department of Conservation's Office of Resource Conservation, will speak on "Four Decades of Bird Study at Goose Lake Prairie: What Has Changed and What Have We Learned?"

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Guest Recital: TromBari

Wednesday, Nov. 6

• 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel basement -- Green Spirituality: A Conversation on What Has Shaped Our Views of the Environment -- As part of the First Wednesdays Chapel Series, the campus community is invited to a discussion and a free, eco-friendly meal as we discuss how our faith and non-faith perspectives shape our view on the importance of and care for nature. Associate Professor of Environmental and International Studies Abigail Jahiel, University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger, Nicki Chlebek '16 and Tess Kelley '16 will share their perspectives to get our conversation started.  

• 12 p.m., E101, CNS -- Academic Skills Series: Ames – Secret Skills to Give You an Edge -- Students are invited to a series of programs to develop or strengthen academic skills. Free Papa John's pizza will be provided for lunch.  

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

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- IWU Next -- Modeled after TED talks and sponsored by Student Senate, IWU Next encourages seven student speakers to speak for seven minutes each about projects they have been working on.

Thursday, Nov. 7

 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Asian Studies Colloquium -- Mark Sheldon '70 will speak on "China Rising: Military and Strategic Issues in the Asia/Pacific Region."

• 4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel basement -- AmnesTEA -- Amnesty International will sponsor a special session of ReligiosiTEA, inviting free and open debate on the death penalty and how it relates to religion, our personal experiences and the world. Food and drinks will be available.

• 4:30 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center -- Educational Studies Talk on Peer Review in a Composition Classroom  -- Visiting Instructor of Educational Studies Pennie Gray will present, "It's Just a Suggestion: An Analysis of Peer Review Politeness Strategies in a Composition Classroom." This talk is based on Gray's dissertation research and will foreshadow a presentation she is giving at the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Meeting in Milwaukee on Friday, Nov. 8. The issues she addresses should be illuminating and instructive for those involved in the teaching of writing intensive and Gateway courses.

• 4:30 p.m., Room 218, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art  -- Justin Ahrens '94 to Speak on "Design for Good"

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series: "Vision" (2010, Germany/France, Margarethe Von Trotta), presented by Associate Professor of German and Eastern European Studies Sonja Fritzsche.

• 7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Speaker Maura Cullen on Microaggressions

• 8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- Chamber Singers Concert

Friday, Nov. 8

• 4 p.m., C101, CNS -- Faculty Colloquium -- Assistant Professor of the School of Theatre Arts Dani Snyder-Young will speak on "Theatre of Good Intentions."

• 5:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium -- Cross Country will host the National Invitational 2-Mile.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Wind Ensemble Concert

Saturday, Nov. 9

Faculty Open House -- Prospective students and families will be visiting campus.

• 5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Junior Recital: Ainsley Klug, Soprano and Senior Recital: Chloe Bluml, Soprano

• 7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Entertain to End7 -- Student organization Creativity for Change will host a cabaret event to raise money for End7, an organization targeted at ending seven neglected tropical diseases by the year 2020. Admission is free, but donations will support the End7 goal.
A suggested 50-cent donation would provide a pack of pills to prevent disease for 12 months.

Sunday, Nov. 10

• 1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Percussion Ensemble Recital

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Film Screening: "Solaris" (1971, USSR, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky)

Monday, Nov. 11

• 4 p.m., Room 218, Art Building -- New Media Lecture: Dr. Lisa Zaher -- The School of Art will sponsor a lecture on contemporary art and new media by art historian Lisa Zaher of the University of Chicago.

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Monday, Nov. 4

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

Tuesday, Nov. 5

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium -- Get LinkedIn! -- LinkedIn is the professional website of choice. You need to use this resource. Establish an online profile, connect with professionals in your field of interest, and search for jobs and internships.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

• Employers State Farm, Allstate Insurance Company and First Midwest Bank will be on campus for interviews.

Thursday, Nov. 7

• Employer Edward Jones will be on campus for practice interviews.


Items sought for World Currency Display

The International Office invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to submit items for the "World Money: A Display of Global Currency" during International Education Week in mid-November. We are seeking coins and bills from around the world. To submit items, please contact the International Office at 309-556-3190 or email

Items will be featured in a secure display case in The Ames Library during the week of Nov. 11. Items will be returned at the end of the exhibit.


• Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr published, with C. & A. Catenazzi (2013): A new species of Pristimantis (Amphibia: Anura: Strabomantidae) from the Río Abiseo National Park, Peru. Zootaxa 3731(2): 201–2011.

This new frog species (Pristimantis deyi) was dedicated to Wesleyan's Jonathan Dey. The etymology reads:
"The species epithet is a patronym in genitive singular. The new species is dedicated to the late Jonathan Dey, the Miner Linnaeus Sherff Professor of Botany at Illinois Wesleyan University, for his scientific contributions, commitment to teaching and collegiality. Professor Dey was a renowned taxonomist of lichens."

Lehr also published, with Greenbaum, E., Sinsch, U., Valdez, F. & Kisamba, C. (2013): Phylogeography of the reed frog Hyperolius castaneus (Anura: Hyperoliidae) from the Albertine Rift of Central Africa: Implications for taxonomy, biogeography and conservation. Zootaxa 3731(4): 473-494.

• Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli was invited to present in a panel colloquia on language learning in an immersion environment at the 32nd annual Second Language Research Forum. The conference was held Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 at Brigham Young University. She presented "Study abroad: Measuring the correlation between second language acquisition and social networks."

• A series of six posters promoting alcohol awareness, designed by Graphic Designer/Magazine Art Director Gary Schwartz, won a Silver Award in the Excellence in Design/Poster Series category in the Pride of CASE V Awards.

The CORE Social Norms poster project was chaired by Mental Health Counselor Bob Rogers. Others on the development committee included staff members Matt Damschroder, Bill Kauth, Darcy Greder, Deb Adams and Ann Romei; faculty members Vickie Folse and Meghan Burke; and students Elizabeth Johnson and Emily Zibell.

Blake Bradley, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, has been selected to serve on the 2013-15 Fraternity/Sorority Advisory Committee for the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).

The Advisory Committee is comprised of eight selected campus professionals from different higher education settings in different regions of the country from coast to coast. This committee serves as a sounding board for discussion of new ideas, programs, trends and campus issues.

• Colin Stewart, director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs, has been selected as the education and professional development coordinator for the 2014 National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Mid America Regional Conference Planning Committee.

In this position, Stewart will coordinate educational programs, student development and professional development at regional events, and facilitate communication between the region and the NACA Office. 

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

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Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
A preemie intervention technique from Assistant Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen is drawing worldwide attention.

WGLT Radio
Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowed Professor William Munro teaches a course on "the social history of a candy bar." Also in The Pantagraph.

Chicago Sun-Times
The road to the Division III football conference championship "runs through Illinois Wesleyan."

The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Ken Detloff and David Bollivar explained the factors affecting this year's muted fall foliage.

Madison-St. Clair Record
Lauren A. Gearhart '09 has joined Blake Law Group as an associate in its Belleville office.

The (London, England) Independent

Sung Jin Hong '97 is composing an opera inspired by TV's "Breaking Bad" for his One World Symphony, described as "New York's hippest orchestra." Also reported by the BBC and others.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Hydration Stations

Locations for free filtered water on campus are growing. In addition to hydration stations installed last year at Presser Hall and CNS, you can refill water bottles at State Farm Hall, The Ames Library, Hansen Student Center, Shirk Center and in the Dugout (by Freshens) at the Memorial Center.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Welcome New Employee

Jacob Brennan
started Oct. 29 as a carpenter/building mechanic in the Physical Plant, replacing Paul Edwards.

In Sympathy

Emeritus trustee Davis Merwin, former Pantagraph publisher, died Oct. 28.

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Goal: $125 million
Progress: $118.5 million
Updated November 2013

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