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Nov. 30, 2015

Campus News

Panama Photo Contest Celebrates Life-Changing Study Abroad
Illinois Wesleyan's annual study abroad photo contest encourages students to share and celebrate their experiences studying outside the United States.

Holiday University Celebrates the Season with Variety of Special Events
Holiday events will include the annual Christmas Choral Concert, "Light the Night" celebration, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa dinners, holiday caroling and a gift wrapping party.


• Junior Skyler Tomko was elected to the third team of the 2015 Academic All-America Division III women's soccer squads. Tomko becomes the 118th Illinois Wesleyan Academic All-American since the program began in 1970, a total that is tied for 23rd among all participating colleges and universities across all NCAA divisions.

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In recent posts, Sam Anliker ’61, director and founder of the Bloomington High School Barbershoppers, was part of Bloomington’s “Hotbed of Harmony,” according to the Barbershop Wiki Project.

Alumni Events

Rockford Holiday Party
Date: Dec. 2
Join alumni, family and friends for the Rockford Area Alumni Connection, with special guest President Eric Jensen.

4th Annual Alumni Track and Field Meet
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Come and support the current team, see “old” friends and coaches, and if you are feeling nostalgic, feel free to dust off the old spikes and compete!

Atlanta Holiday Party
Date: Dec.6
Join alumni, family and friends for the Atlanta Area Alumni Connection, with special guests President Eric Jensen and First Lady Elizabeth Jensen.

Seattle/Tacoma Alumni Gathering
Date: Dec. 18
Time: 6 p.m.

Join us as we cheer on the Titan women's basketball team vs. University of Puget Sound at the Pacific Lutheran University Tournament. Join us after the game for pizza with the team and Coach Mia Smith.

31st Annual Phoenix Alumni Connection
Date: Jan. 31, 2016
Time: 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Please join us as we welcome the 19th President of Illinois Wesleyan, Eric Jensen and his wife, Elizabeth Jensen. Save the Date. Invitations to arrive in late December.


Monday, Nov. 30

11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Also on Tuesday, Dec. 1), Dugout, Memorial Center – Thanksgiving Clothes Drive – Those who donate will get candy canes, and he or she donating the angstiest high school apparel will be publicized. Sponsored by the Philanthropy Committee of Phi Mu Alpha.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "On Reading University Financial Reports" – Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy Mark Criley will discuss how to read university financial reports, including audited financial statements and IPEDs data. He will share his experience from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Summer Institute sessions on the topic and what he learned about IWU's data.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

5-8 p.m., Room 101, State Farm Hall – Write4Rights 2015 Hosted by Amnesty International – Please join IWU Amnesty International for our 4th annual Write4Rights event. Every year around Human Rights Day, hundreds of thousands of people fight with Amnesty International on behalf of 12 selected Prisoners of Conscience. We collectively fight for these prisoners by sending countless letters to the people who can make a difference. This is a fun, community-driven event, and snacks and music will be provided.

6-11 p.m., The Ames Library – Anti-Procrastination Project – Writing Center staff and librarians will be in The Ames Library to support completion of student projects/papers/videos etc. If they need help working on video editing – we are there! If they are finishing a poster – Yes! Starting a paper and don’t know where to begin – we can talk them through the research process. Writing Center tutors and Joel Haefner will be on hand to review drafts of papers. ITS staff have agreed to be available for technical questions that may be hanging someone up with creating that special project. Poster printing on demand will also be possible from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Hanukkah Dinner – IWU Hillel will host its annual Hanukkah Dinner, free to the IWU community. Enjoy great holiday foods and learn about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

11 a.m., Entry Level, Ames Library – Course Cluster Open House: Student Presentations – Featuring work centered on the Nation(s) Divided? theme, refreshments and conversation.

6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Kwanzaa Dinner – The Black Student Union will host its annual Kwanzaa Dinner, free to the IWU community. Come enjoy great food and learn about the holiday of Kwanzaa, celebrated Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 each year.

Thursday, Dec. 3

4 p.m., Basement / Fellowship Area, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – Come to Evelyn Chapel for late afternoon coffee, cookies, and conversation about spiritual life and your questions about life and faith along with students from various religious and non-religious traditions.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – IWU Jazz Sextet – Directed by Assistant Professor Tim Pitchford.

8 p.m., Sanctuary, Evelyn Chapel – Light the Night: A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light

Friday, Dec. 4


Saturday, Dec. 5

10 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Titan First Chance Meet

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Percussion Ensemble Concert

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. University of Chicago

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Washington University-St. Louis – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Winter Bash Swing Dance – IWU Swing Dance Club will host its first annual Winter Bash swing dance, teaching beginner East Coast swing from 7-7:40 p.m., followed by an open swing dance until 10 p.m., and concluding with blues dance until 11 p.m. Join us for a free, fun night of music, dancing, and many pictures.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert

Sunday, Dec. 6

3 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington – Christmas Choral Concert

Monday, Dec. 7

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "AAUP Presents..." – Presented by the IWU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors to discuss issues scheduled on the agenda of the upcoming faculty meeting.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Friday, Dec. 4

12 p.m., Hart Career Center – Resumes & Cover Letters - For Your Future Friday Series – Create a resume that employers will notice. Bring your water bottle and have lunch on us while you learn how to write a great resume and cover letter and what makes a resume stand out from the employer's perspective. Pizza served.

#TGOE Winter is Coming

Josh and Kirstyn

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Need a gift? Homecoming shirts are for sale at reduced prices in the Alumni Office by Subway.

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Titans In The News

KOLN/KGIN TV (Nebraska)
With experience as a color commentator for Illinois Wesleyan’s basketball broadcasts, Joe Musso '13 joined the First News Nebraska news team.

Hudson Star Observer (Wisconsin)
James Schuppener '74 has been named the new choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Wisconsin.

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Wings, a composition for cello and piano by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo, was performed at the University of Seoul, Korea on Oct. 30. The concert was part of an exchange program between the Suwon Music Society and Access Contemporary Music, a Chicago-based organization.

Krystina Kelley '98 and Mary Beam '87 were among 102 St. Louis-area educators to receive an Emerson Excellence in Teaching award. The awards pay tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for their achievements and dedication to the field of education.

Janel Patterson '92, founder of the social media site Frienedy, spoke about children's social media safety on the LawEnforcement.Social podcast.

Mark Yakich '92, professor of English at Loyola University and editor of New Orleans Review, wrote the book, Poetry: A Survivor's Guide, published this month by Bloomsbury Academic.

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

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