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Dec. 9, 2013

Campus News


Alums Share Advice on Coping With Finals
Illinois Wesleyan alumni chimed in on Facebook to offer advice for students heading into finals week. For one, "Breathe! Prepare, but don't obsess."


Professor from South Africa Remembers Mandela
Wesleyan's William Munro reflects on the nearly incomparable moral authority of Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5, in The Pantagraph.


Ethics Bowl Team Qualifies for National Competition
Once again, an Ethics Bowl team at Illinois Wesleyan has advanced to national intercollegiate competition, and will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., in February.


National Physics Association Honors Spalding
Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding will receive the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to the American Association of Physics Teachers for his contributions to laboratory education.



Anderson, Baltes Nominated for Allstate Good Works Teams
Seniors Nick Anderson and Lexi Baltes have been chosen as nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams, recognizing their volunteerism and civic service.

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Monday, Dec. 9

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

• Note: The previously scheduled Madrigal Dinner has been canceled

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Author Chat with Quintin OverockerJoin author and Associate Registrar Quintin Overocker as he reads a selection from his self-published novel, Bad Ground. Then join us for questions and conversation about the work, the author's choices around characterization and plotting, and what it all means. There will be cookies!

• 10-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Late Night Breakfast – Refuel for Finals: Members of the IWU administration will serve students a late night breakfast, courtesy of IWU Dining Services.

Tuesday, Dec. 10-Friday, Dec. 13

Final Exams

Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – PB&J Extravaganza – Students can enjoy a study break with complementary coffee and cocoa, fresh fruit and the ever popular, make your own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Thursday, Dec. 12

• 12:10 p.m., McLean County Museum of History (200 N. Main St., Bloomington) – Lunch and Learn – Mayor of Bloomington and Professor of Political Science Tari Renner will speak on "Mayor of Bloomington: Full-time job, part-time pay and no honeymoon."

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

• 5:30 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Dinner for December Graduates with President Wilson.

Friday, Dec. 13

• 11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Holiday Luncheon for Faculty and Staff – RSVP to or ext. 3540 by today (Monday, Dec. 9). Your RSVP will automatically enter you in the gift drawing.

During the luncheon, we will continue our tradition of accepting contributions of food or cash to donate to organizations that help fulfill the needs of others. Learn more about this year's donations and contributions.

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


• An essay by Associate Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine, "Reason within the Bounds of Religion: Assmann, Cohen, and the Possibilities of Monotheism," has been published as a chapter in Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology, eds. Randi Rashkover and Martin Kavka (Bloomington, Ind.: University of Indiana Press, 2013).

• Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He has published:

- "Characterization of (c)-Riordan arrays, Gegenbauer-Humbert-Type polynomial sequences, and (c)-Bell polynomials.'' (With Henry W. Gould), Journal Mathematical Research and Applications 33 (2013), No.5, 505-527.

- "Schröder matrix as inverse of Delannoy matrix.'' (With S.-L. Yang, S.-N. Zheng, and S.-P. Yuan), Linear Algebra and Its Applcations, 439 (2013), 3605-3614.

• On Dec. 1, Growth Medium by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo (Music) was premiered at Northern Illinois University. Performers were glockenspiel soloist Trevor Saint and percussionist Nick Fox. The duo will perform the piece at Illinois Wesleyan during the spring semester.

• Paul Klein, contributor to Huffington Post, writer and distributor of ArtLetter and the director of Klein Artist Works, will join artist Renee McGinnis '84 in an afternoon of discussion about her current work on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1-2 p.m. at the Packer Schopf Gallery (942 West Lake St., Chicago). Audience dialogue is encouraged. This event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

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

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Titans In The News

Kane County Chronicle
Justin Ahrens '94 has launched a charity, Wheels4Water, and will bike 1,000 miles next year, hoping to raise funds for a clean water project in Uganda.

Inside Higher Ed

Professor of Computer Science and Director of Cognitive Science Hans-Joerg Tiede discussed efforts by the American Association of University Professors to update its protection of academic freedom to keep up with advances in technology.

Sulphur Springs (Texas) News-Telegram
Beth Crutcher '09 has "fit in perfectly" as the Sulphur Springs High School choir director.

The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Teddy Amoloza joined members of the Bloomington-Normal Filipino-American Community in hosting a fundraiser for typhoon Haiyan relief.

Associated Press
While helping with tornado cleanup in Washington, Wesleyan's Kathy Niepagen took on a cause of helping a survivor track down precious keepsakes.

Los Angeles Times
Bill Damaschke '85 was photographed with President Obama during a visit to DreamWorks, which Obama praised as an "economic engine."

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Think Green

Environmental Studies Senior Seminar –
Community Briefings

Environmental Studies seniors have worked all semester individually developing and conducting research related to an aspect of environmental sustainability – in consultation with a local community partner – and have prepared a presentation on their findings.

Community briefings conclude today (Monday, Dec. 9). More information.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Welcome New Employee

Molly Munson-Dryer
began Dec. 3 as the executive assistant to the president, replacing Susan Bassi, who is retiring.

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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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