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Nov. 11, 2013

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Audiences Connect to Tale of Special-Needs Child by Playwright Jent '84
In the fall issue of the IWU Magazine, now online, alumna Deanna Jent writes about the amazing journey of her critically acclaimed play Falling.


Nursing Honored for Study Abroad Program
The School of Nursing has received an Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for its unique study abroad program.


Andrew Ziemnik '14 has been named to the third team of the 2013-14 preseason Division III men's basketball All-America team selected by

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

Through Friday, Nov. 15, Memorial Center and The Ames Library -- International Education Week -- Exhibits will be on display.

• 11 a.m., flagpole, Eckley Quadrangle -- Veterans Day Ceremony -- Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger will talk about the story of The Four Chaplains, including IWU alumnus Chaplain George L. Fox. There will be a moment of silence while the laying of the wreath takes place, followed by a trumpeter playing "Taps."

• 4 p.m., 105, CLA -- Religion Department Colloquium -- Rabbi Lynn Goldstein from Moses Montefiore Temple will speak on "Eugenics American Style."

Tuesday, Nov. 12

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Film: "Dracula" (1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola)

Wednesday, Nov. 13

• 11:30 a.m., Commons, CNS -- Titan Tinikling Dance Troupe and Study Abroad Mini Fair, part of International Education Week

• 12 p.m., CNS E101 -- Academic Skills Series: Presentations and Public Speaking --  Students are invited to a series of programs to develop or strengthen academic skills. Free Papa John's pizza will be provided for lunch.  

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Ides Lecture & Performance Series -- John R. Senseney, associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture, will present "Architecture in the Vitruvian Universe." 

Thursday, Nov. 14

• 12 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Blood Drive -- The American Red Cross and IWU Tri-Beta, the biological honor society, will host a blood drive. Sign up at the tables in the CNS Commons from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and under Saga's steps during meal times from Nov. 6-13. Early sign-ups get priority donation times.

• 12:10 p.m., McLean County Museum of History (200 N. Main St., Bloomington) -- Lunch and Learn -- Professor of Educational Studies Irv Epstein will speak on "The Whole World is Texting: The Cases of Chile, Spain and the U.S. "

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

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Speaker Rafia Zakariah: "The Myth of Precision: Drone Strikes and Terrorism" -- Rafia Zakariah, noted Pakistani journalist, lawyer, author, and member of the Executive Board of Amnesty-International USA, will speak. Her visit is co-sponsored by Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, the Political Science Department, the Amnesty International IWU chapter and the International Studies Diplomatic Studies Team.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series "The Battle Of Algiers" (1966; Italy/Algeria) will be presented by Chair of MCLL and Associate Professor of French James Matthews.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Symphonic Winds and Jazz Lab Concert

Friday, Nov. 15

• 4 p.m., CNS C101 -- Natural Science Colloquium -- Afzal Siddiqui of the Texas Tech University School of Medicine will present, "Development of a Vaccine Against Human Parasitic Disease, Schistosomiasis."

• 7 & 10 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Film: "The Conjuring" -- Come see the film and mark your calendars: Lorraine Warren, the woman who inspired "The Conjuring," will speak on campus on Thursday, Nov. 21, sponsored by Student Senate.

• 7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (600 N. East St., Bloomington) -- Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra Concert

• 8 p.m., Shirk Center -- Men's Basketball vs. Manchester in the Beer Nuts Titan Tip-Off Classic.

Saturday, Nov. 16

• 1 p.m., Tucci Stadium -- Football vs. Elmhurst; the game will be live streamed.

• 5 or 7 p.m., Shirk Center -- Men's Basketball in the Beer Nuts Titan Tip-Off Classic (third-place or championship game)

• 5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Junior Recital: Sarah Muehlbauer, Piano

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- New Music Cafe

Sunday, Nov. 17

• 3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- Frauenlieder: Medieval Songs of Women -- The professional ensemble for early music, LIBER, will present a concert followed by a master class, as part of Hildegard's Light: Women, Religion, and Music in Twelfth-Century Germany, a project funded by the Re-Centering the Humanities Project.

• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Student Senate General Assembly Meeting

Monday, Nov. 18

Class Registration for May Term

• 6 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- Hildegard's Scivias: Art, Music, and Drama in a Program of Theological Understanding -- Dr. Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, will speak, and IWU musicians will perform select pieces of Hildegard's music, as part of Hildegard's Light: Women, Religion, and Music in Twelfth-Century Germany, a project funded by the Re-Centering the Humanities Project.

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Annual Student Senate "Do Good" Speaker: Sean Forbes -- Sean Forbes is a hip-hop artist from Detroit, Mich., who happens to be deaf. Forbes is on a mission to build a needed bridge between the music industry and deaf people.

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Wednesday, Nov. 13

• 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center -- Nursing Career Fair -- Gather information and make professional contacts with healthcare and graduate school recruiters. This program is co-sponsored by the Hart Career Center and the School of Nursing. Dress professionally and bring resumes.

• Employer PricewaterhouseCoopers will be on campus for interviews.

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Titans In The News

CBS Chicago
Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler gives credit to team chiropractor Josh Akin '03, a former IWU quarterback, for a role in his quick recovery. Akin was featured in a past issue of the IWU Magazine.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan's Mark Evans Observatory has earned certification from the Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

The Topeka Capital-Journal
Denny Matthews '66, Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals, reflects on his career in baseball.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Veteran journalist Gilbert Stuenkel '67, a past chairman of the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, died Nov. 1.

Libertyville Patch
Beth Dahlenburg '88 has been selected as owner/operator of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Vernon Hills.

> More Titans in the News


• Illinois Wesleyan's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, was selected to receive a Best Chapter Award for 2012-2013. These awards recognize local chapters that are particularly active in their departments and exhibit high levels of energy and creativity in furthering the goals of the honor society. Chair and Professor of Political Science James Simeone, faculty advisor to the chapter, was recognized for extraordinary leadership and dedication.

IWU's Omicron Lambda Chapter was chosen as one of the six best chapters in schools with enrollments of fewer than 5,000 students. The award carries a cash prize of $250.

• Students in Sherilyn McElroy's Graphic Design II course submitted entries into the "Notable Quotes" student typography competition, hosted by the AIGA St. Louis student group at Southeast Missouri State University. This year the invitation and eligibility went to any student attending a university or community college in Missouri and states that touch its borders. Four Illinois Wesleyan students were selected for the exhibition:
- Eric Novak '15, Zappa On Religion
- Ross Knezovich '16, Mandela
- Kelsey Emmert '15, World on a String
- Karen Thul '15, Colorless Green Ideas

•  Erin Mullken, an adjunct faculty member in Illinois Wesleyan's Piano Prep program, was honored by Stanford University student Tessa Eckley in Stanford's Teacher Tribute Initiative, as a former teacher or mentor who played a significant role in her development.

• Charlene Carruthers '07 has been hired by the Black Youth Project (BYP) as the first national coordinator for the BYP 100.

• Karla Erickson '95 has published How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying (Temple University Press). She discussed the book in this video clip.

Gretchen Grabowski '03 reports that she is taking a new position as research manager at FUSION, a new TV network that launched in partnership between ABC and Univision.

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


Welcome New Employee

Matthew Gentes started Nov. 4 as the painter/building mechanic in the Physical Plant, replacing Pete Kroutil, who retired.

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Under Armour apparel featuring a new Illinois Wesleyan logo is among the latest Titan paraphernalia now available at


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

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