Campus Weekly

Illinois Wesleyan University News for Students and Parents

May 13, 2013

Campus News


Olt '96 Creates Comedy Web Series About Being Single
Heather Olt '96, a Los Angeles-based actress and writer, is the co-creator, co-producer and star of an upcoming comedic Web series, "2 Hopeful Spinsters."


May Term Strives to Make Human Rights Real
A variety of events are planned around the May Term theme of "Making Human Rights Real." See Provost Jonathan Green's May Term kick-off remarks.

Happy grads

Graduates, Families Go Social
Illinois Wesleyan graduates, alumni and loved ones took to social media to celebrate the Class of 2013 Commencement. Follow the link above to see highlights on Storify.


Football Team to Compete in Finland
The Illinois Wesleyan football team will travel to Finland in June to face the Finnish national team in Helsinki. The football team has previously visited Germany, Italy, France and Austria.


Monday, May 13

Campus offices will close at 4 p.m. today and through Aug. 16.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Student Panel Presentation on Immigration – See poster (pdf). The following seniors will present:
- Laura Hones: "Serving Local Immigrants from an Intern's Perspective."
- Amanda Knezovitch: "Gaman: Enduring the Seemingly Unbearable with Dignity. Exploring the lives of Japanese-Americans, Highlighting the Internment Camps during WWII"
- Laura Rusin: "Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Understanding the Daily Life of Undocumented Latino Youth"
- Melissa Seeborg: "Transmitting Occupational Niches from First to Second Generation Immigrants: Are there Earnings Consequences from Being the 'Copycat' Generation?"

Tuesday, May 14

4 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center -- Mini Course on Community Action -- This two-part workshop led by successful community action leaders Bruce Knoll (Pekin landfill) and Sony Garcia (immigration) is designed to teach participants the practical aspects of organizing a successful community action plan, including how to overcome a variety of obstacles and red tape, and motivate supporters to make the desired change. Poster (pdf).

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series on Women's Issues: "Viva Laldjerie"Poster (pdf).

Wednesday, May 15

2 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center -- Retirement Reception -- The campus community is invited to join the Registrar's Office in a celebration for Leanne Cox and Gaye Bailey. Poster (pdf)

4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center -- Poetry Reading with Katy Didden -- Poet Katy Didden will read from The Glacier's Wake, her new collection of poems.

Thursday, May 16

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series on Women's Issues: "Faat Kine." Poster (pdf).

Friday, May 17

2 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center -- Retirement Party for Warren Johnson -- The campus community is invited to celebrate the retirement of Assistant Manager of Maintenance Services Warren Johnson.

4 p.m., CNS Atrium -- Philippine Cultural Festival -- The Festival will feature exhibits of cultural artifacts collected from all over the Philippines, a replica of a Mom and Pop "Sarisari" store, and a "Carinderia" (small eatery) where students will serve some native Philippine snacks and sweets and "lechon" (roast pig). Poster (pdf).

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Comedian Marcus will entertain.

Saturday, May 18

9 a.m. -- Titan2Titan Volunteer Day -- Students have the opportunity to visit the home of an older alum and help with various tasks around the house. Poster (pdf).

Sunday, May 19

3:30 p.m., Home Sweet Home (303 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington) -- Adopt-A-Meal at Home Sweet Home -- To sign up, email no later than May 15. Poster (pdf).

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

Facebook twitter Facebook Pinterest Flickr Facebook YouTube


This newsletter is a weekly electronic publication of Illinois Wesleyan University's Communications Office in conjunction with the Admissions Office. To unsubscribe, email

Illinois Wesleyan University
PO Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702
(309) 556-3181


Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

Shorewood (Ill.) Patch
As principal at Troy Middle School, Mike Portwood '99 started a social and emotional outreach program aimed at empowering bystanders.

The Pantagraph
Dan Kelly '97 has received mainstream attention for his academic work exploring disgust.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan graduates are ready for a new beginning.

The State Journal-Register
A former student of the late John "Jack" Emerson '62 delivered a heartfelt holiday gift for his wife, Shirley Emerson '67.

> More Titans in the News


• Internationally renowned operatic bass-baritone William Powers '64 offered nine performances of "Zaccaria" in Verdi's Nabucco in Barcelona and Paris throughout April. Powers, who offered a well-received alumni recital at Illinois Wesleyan last October, can next be heard in the title role of Donizetti's Don Pasquale -- a role which he debuted at IWU as a student 53 years ago -- on May 17-18 with the Wichita Grand Opera in Kansas.

• Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke published "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Tea Party Organizers' Continuum of Knowledge in a Racialized Social System" in Race, Gender, Class 20(1-2): 93-109.

• Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt joins Associate Professor of Business Administration Elisabeta Pana and students in a travel course focused on the 27-member European Union. Read Hoyt's blog.

Jeanette Wyneken '78 has edited The Biology of Sea Turtles, Volume III (CRC Press). This is the third book she has edited, and her second as lead editor. See a 2009 IWU Magazine story about Wyneken's work.

Meg Rincker '99 published an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor about the election in Pakistan. Previously a visiting instructor at IWU, Rincker is now assistant professor of political science at Purdue University Calumet.

• Jim Brown '62 received a proclamation from the city of Norfolk, Va. regarding his service in the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps began in 1961, and Brown was one of its first volunteers, spending his first stint in Africa in 1962. Watch a video of the proclamation.

Christopher A. Baron '95 published Timaeus of Tauromenium and Hellenistic Historiography (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Baron is assistant professor of classics at the University of Notre Dame.

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

Rust House

See a Campus
Photo Tour