Campus Weekly

News for & about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Aug. 5, 2013

Turning Titan - Next Steps


Drawing for Semester of Free Books

Students who complete all required actions on the checklist by Aug. 9 (or the listed due date) will be placed in a drawing with the grand prize of a free semester of books! The raffle will take place during the Titan Kick-Off Event on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Introducing TOLs

Meet the 2013 Titan Orientation Leaders (TOLs). New students will be assigned to groups that are led by TOLs, to get to know students on campus and assist with orientation.

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Follow Orientation Services on Twitter @IWUOrientation or #TurningTitan13, or find us on Facebook. If you have any questions, please contact or (309) 556-3749. We are happy to help you Turn Titan!

Checklist Items

Pre-Registration for Orientation

Interested in winning a $300 book scholarship?! Enter the 2013 Class Banner Contest. You have the chance to design the banner that will represent your class.

New Student Orientation: Mission Day sign-up is located HERE! Read more about Mission Day.

Health Insurance Waiver

Participation in the student insurance plan is required unless a waiver form is completed prior to Aug. 30.

Learn more about the IWU health plan.

Emergency Contact Information

Log in to MyIWU and set your emergency contact information. Watch a video for instructions.

Adding additional phone numbers and text messaging options are available.

IWU Gmail Account

Checking your IWU Gmail account is vital to successful communication with faculty, staff and students at IWU. Gmail @ IWU offers more than free Google accounts, with a free storage capacity of 25GB. Consider forwarding your personal email to your IWU account so you only have one place to check your email.

Campus News


Students Interning Across the Globe
From Fortune 50 companies to nonprofits to a medical clinic in Peru, approximately 180 Illinois Wesleyan students are gaining valuable experience through internships this summer.


Former Professor Takes Seven Golds in Senior Olympics
Retired faculty member D. Paul Miller, age 95, captured seven gold medals and one bronze in the National Senior Olympics, setting three national records for his age group.


Faculty, Staff Members Retire from Illinois Wesleyan
Faculty members and staff retiring from Illinois Wesleyan this year include Shela Bondurant-Koehler, Paul Bushnell, Julie Prandi, Leanne Cox, Bud Jorgenson, Benjamin Rhodes and Paul Schley.


Men's Basketball Team Off to Costa Rica
The Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team will play a series of three exhibition games during an eight-day stay in Costa Rica from August 8-16.


Kat (Mason) McCreery, a 2004 Illinois Wesleyan graduate and former all-conference catcher for the Titans, has been named head softball coach.

• Ten Illinois Wesleyan women and one man have earned All-Academic honors for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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building project

A west Bloomington neighborhood will see a wave of housing revitalization, thanks to a $1.5 million grant to a new community group whose partners include Illinois Wesleyan's Action Research Center (ARC) and the city of Bloomington.

ARC Coordinator Deborah Halperin said IWU involvement included Jenny Long '13, who helped with research as part of the University's grant writing seminar and interned with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP) last spring; Matt Lalonde '14, whose Tool Library at the WBRP will gain support from grant funds; Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw, who is the housing chair of the WBRP; and University Librarian Karen Schmidt, city council member and WBRP board member.

• Chair and Professor of Educational Studies Irv Epstein published the chapter, "2011 Social Movements and Global Youth Protest: The Chilean and Spanish Cases," in Conversaciones Con Un Maestro (Liber Amicorum): Estudio interdiciplinar de disciples y colegas en homenaje al professor Dr. D. Jose Luis Garrido, Catedratico Emerito de Universidad. Ediciones Academicas, 2013, pp. 193-216.

Additionally, Epstein presented "The Whole World Is Watching Volume II: 2011 Student Protests in Chile, Spain, and the United States" at the XVth Comparative Education World Congress sponsored by the World Council of Comparative Education Societies in Buenos Aires on June 25.

• Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding was an invited panelist at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers for a session entitled, "Fighting over Lab Goals." He also organized and chaired a session on "Quantum & Condensed Matter Labs Beyond the First Year."

• Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke published "Colorblindness vs. Race-Consciousness – An American Ambivalence" in The Society Pages.

• An Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Scholarly Communications Roadshow, co-presented by Scholarly Communications Librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl, was reported in the North American Serials Interest Group newsletter.

Josi Banales '14 participated in a prestigious and highly competitive Summer Research Opportunity Program at the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan this summer, and wrote an entry on their blog about her experiences.

Tim Black '84 was the leading vote-getter this spring among three candidates for two six-year terms on the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees.

• With support from Kickstarter, Warwick Johnson '07 has released a comic book, The Empty Grave: Daddy's Little Girl.

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


Friday, Aug. 9 -- Admissions Preview Day

Through Aug. 10
-- Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art -- Art Exhibits -- The exhibit "Ground" features work by artists Robert Fifield, Claire Hedden and Doug Johnson. Summer gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12-3 p.m.

August Snapshot:

Friday, Aug. 16 - Monday, Aug. 19 -- International Student Orientation

Saturday, Aug. 17 - Monday, Aug. 19 -- MALANA Pre-Orientation

Saturday, Aug. 17 - Monday, Aug. 19 -- Engaging Diversity pre-orientation program

Tuesday, Aug. 20 - Sunday, Aug. 25 -- Turning Titan: New Student Orientation

Monday, Aug. 26 -- Classes begin: See the Academic Calendar

> Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

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Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune
Joseph Daniels '13 will depart for Nicaragua on Aug.13 to begin training as an environmental education volunteer with the Peace Corps.

Washington City Paper
Co-composer & actor Vaughn Irving '06 discussed his musical, Disco Jesus and the Apostles of Funk, one of two recipients of the Director's Award at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.

Chicago Sun-Times
Linnea Windel '85, president and CEO of Visiting Nurses Association Health Care, has been named West Suburban Philanthropic Network's Nonprofit Executive of the Year.

The Pantagraph
A $1.2 million state grant will enable Illinois Wesleyan to complete sprinkler installation at all campus residence halls.

Peoria Journal Star
Seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma '77 is branching out into the business realm of basketball with Intrepid Sportswear.

Head Women's Basketball Coach Mia Smith, a cancer survivor, is "a winner on and off the basketball court."

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal
In addition to performing with the Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, Jeremy Ayres Fisher '07 is performing with Opera Saratoga in New York and in Savannah, Ga.

> More Titans in the News


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Transforming Lives Campaign

$125 million
Progress: $114.74 million
(As of 7/10/13)

Annual Donor Goal:
4,063 alumni donors
Progress: 4,152