Campus Weekly

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Dec. 16, 2013

Campus News


Green's Composition to Premiere at Carnegie Hall
A composition by Provost Jonathan Green will receive its world premiere at Carnegie Hall as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Artist Series.


Book Writes Brazilian Women Back into History
A new book by Prof. Carole Myscofski, Amazons, Wives, Nuns & Witches, provides a rare look at the lives of women in the colonial era of Brazil.


King '15 Learns About Community Gardens in Australia
Although she grew up in Midwest farm country, Amanda King '15 credits her study abroad experience with new insights into the benefits of sustainable community gardens.


Hong '97 Merges Breaking Bad, Ozymandias
Sung Jin Hong '97 is developing a mini-opera that will integrate Percy Bysshe Shelley's sonnet Ozymandias with the award-winning crime drama Breaking Bad.


Rietz '07 Receives 2013 Cefalo Award
Ashley (Watson) Rietz earned a Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, recognizing her exemplary service to patients and families, high standards of care and professional performance.


Alumni Recognized by Sigma Alpha Iota
Three members of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity -- Christina Hoblin '13, Margaret Fox '04, and Martha Dodds Stoner '69 -- received awards from the national fraternity.


Fashion-Savvy Student Makes the Cover
The fashion statements of acting major Priscilla Moy '15 brought her to the attention -- and the cover -- of Keel, an international fashion magazine.


• Three members of the Illinois Wesleyan football team were named to the 2013 All-North Region Team as selected by

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• Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr, with Alessandro Catenazzi, published "Thermal Physiology, Disease, and Amphibian Declines on the Eastern Slopes of the Andes," in Conservation Biology. Read coverage by

• Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding has been elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society, recognizing his contributions to physics laboratory instruction.

•  Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Cesar Valverde presented his paper, "Gothic Doom and the Latin American Boom: Industrialization and its Discontent," at the first International Conference on Literature and Gothic Studies, Dark Latitudes: Mapping Gothic Sites and Mediums, held at the University of Costa Rica Dec. 10-11.

• Deanne Bryant, adjunct faculty in the IWU School of Music and former orchestra director at Normal Community High School, received the NCHS Alumni Foundation's Ironmen Award for Service to NCHS, The Pantagraph reported. She is to be honored at the NCHS Winter Orchestra Concert tonight (Dec. 16), where she will also serve as guest conductor

• Heather Priedhorsky '15 was featured as the END7 student of the month. She wrote about her student organization, Creativity For Change, and their fundraiser to help the cause of ending 7 diseases by 2020.

•  Jordan Jeffers '09 has self-published a novel, The Towers.

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

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Tuesday, Dec. 17

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Blackburn; the game will be live streamed.

Thursday, Dec. 19

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Staff Forum – A staff forum is scheduled to review and discuss some of the information concerning the budgeting and enrollment models discussed in recent Staff Council and SPBC meetings.

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Calvin; the game will be live streamed.

Friday, Dec. 20

• 4 p.m.Final grades due

Monday, Dec. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 1

Campus Offices will be closed for Winter Break, reopening at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

Winter Break facility hours – find hours for fitness and dining facilities and The Ames Library through Tuesday, Jan. 7. (Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 8.)

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Franklin College; the game will be live streamed.

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

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Titans In The News

Prof. William Munro recalls growing up in South Africa and voting for Nelson Mandela. Also hear an interview on WGLT Radio, or see coverage by the Associated Press.

(Melbourne, Australia) Herald Sun
Dawn Upshaw '82 is in the running for her 5th Grammy, nominated this year for best classical vocal solo -- one of four nods for the album Winter Morning Walks.

The Pantagraph
Award-winning journalist Dave Kindred '63 has been selected for induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Lincoln Laureate Josi Banales '14 says she is happy to be a role model for people of color.

WJBC Radio
Prof. Gabe Spalding will be awarded for his part in advancing undergraduate laboratory instruction across the country.

The Pantagraph
Hart Career Center Staff Counselor Robyn Walter offered advice for students selecting a college major.

> More Titans in the News


Liberal Arts Colloquium

Provost Jonathan Green recently presented a colloquium, "Broadly & Deeply: The Past, Present & Possible Future of Liberal Education." You can watch it on YouTube – along with Homecoming 2013 Back to College Classes – or listen to audio of Green's remarks.


In Sympathy

Patricia Ficca '68, wife of Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts John Ficca, died Dec. 5. Read an obituary.

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Get Your Titan Gifts

The Illinois Wesleyan bookstore has a variety of items for the holiday season. Check out these Titan Gift Ideas.


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

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