Students Elect Harper Professor of the Year
The Illinois Wesleyan student body voted R. Given Harper as the 2015
Student Senate Professor of the Year. He will address the Class of 2015
at their Commencement ceremony on May 3.
Research Leads to Hot Prospects for Senior
Kyle Connour's work observing asteroids and other heavenly bodies
has led to a scientific publication and multiple offers from graduate
Internship Yields Job at World's Largest Asset Management Company
After interning last summer at BlackRock, Inc., in London, graduating
senior Nikolay Karnev was offered a job as a financial analyst for the
global finance giant.
Aguirre '17 Wins Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship
of the 2015 Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship, Martha Aguirre '17 plans to
conduct research on bilingual education in Chile.
New Participants Chosen for Summer Enrichment Program
summer 12 Illinois Wesleyan minority and international students will
focus on professional and personal growth as part of the Summer
Students Selected for 2015 Eckley Fellowships
students have been named Eckley Scholars and will receive stipends to
stay on campus this summer to pursue independent projects with a faculty
Students Honor Civic Engagement
Students, faculty, staff and community partners gathered to celebrate
those who made substantial contributions to community service at a
recent Civic Engagement Banquet.
O'Gorman Named 2015 Dougan Award Honoree
Professor of English Kathleen O'Gorman was named the recipient
of the fifth James D. Dougan Award for Contributions to Faculty
• The fourth annual State Farm "Tommy Awards,"
sponsored by the IWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and
State Farm Insurance, presented awards to Illinois Wesleyan athletes in
an array of categories on April 13 at the Shirk Center.
> Find more highlights at www.iwusports.com.
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In recent posts, Mark Denzler '93,
vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois
Manufacturers' Association, was re-appointed to the Illinois Workers'
Compensation Advisory Board by Governor Bruce Rauner.
• Associate Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine will present "In Marcion's Shadow: Heschel, the God of Pathos, and the Prophets" at Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: A Conference in Honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel at the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California - Los Angeles, May 3-4.
The conference will feature
talks by "key figures in contemporary Jewish thought and practice, as
well as Christian scholars and public figures on Heschel and social
justice, his poetry, spiritual practices, and the relevance of his ideas
and writings today."
Keynote speakers are Cornel West and Susannah Heschel.
• Assistant Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken and School of Nursing alumna Jen Boll '14 presented "Development
of a Measure of Nurse Vigilance from the Patient's Perspective" at
the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) 2015 Annual Research
Conference, April 16-19, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
• Professor and Chair of Computer Science Hans-Joerg Tiede
will give the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
Centennial Address, "Safeguarding Academic Freedom in the 21st Century,"
at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting on April 21
• A paper co-authored by three then-undergraduates was accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Zoology. Titled
"Eggshell porosity covaries with egg size among female House Wrens
(Troglodytes aedon) but is unrelated to incubation onset and egg-laying
order within clutches," its authors include Abbey White '14, Alex Lang '14, Lauren Podgorski '13, Associate Professor of Biology Will Jaeckle and George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology Given Harper.
• Emma Alcock '17 and Huyen Nguyen '17 wrote a guest blog post for Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE) about their semester in Barcelona through the IWU Spain Program.
• Sports Information Director Stew Salowitz '76 is featured in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) April E-Digest (p. 38).
• James Edgeton '78 was honored by the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce as a Citizen of the Year.
• Karla Erickson '95,
associate professor of sociology and chair of the Social Studies
Division at Grinnell College, was named associate dean at the college.
• Gretchen Grabowski '03 was named senior project manager at Percept Research, a leading management education market research consultancy.
• Tim Holt '70 published the novel Square Affair (January 2015, Christine F. Anderson Publishing & Media)
• Opera singer Seth Keeton '98 will perform in the world premiere of The Rage of Achilles at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, part of its Jazz in the Target Atrium series.
> Find faculty publications and research and creative activity on the University website or Digital Commons @ IWU.
Monday, April 20
• 6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Augustana – (Rescheduled from Sunday, April 19, due to weather.)
Tuesday, April 21
Last day of classes
• 4 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Elmhurst
• 7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poetry Reading
– Friends of Lyrical Graffiti invite you to de-stress before finals
with the last opportunity of the semester to read some of your work.
• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert
Wednesday, April 22
Reading Day (NO CLASSES)
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Ames Library – CCS Stress-Free Zone
– Please stop by to take a break from studying so that you can get a
Biodot, stressball, snack and/or beverage. Counseling & Consultation
Services staff will also have helpful tips on stress management, time
management and procrastination. (Continues Thursday and Friday)
• 2 & 7 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, Memorial Center – "Voices of Gaza"
– Written and directed by theatre arts major Jennifer Oswald '15,
"Voices of Gaza" is an educational documentary theatre project about
grappling with privilege and conflict in the Middle East. A
reading/presentation of the script will be sponsored by Creativity for
• 7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Augustana – Live video at www.iwu.edu/livesports
Thursday, April 23
Through Tuesday, April 28 – Final examinations
Friday, April 24
• 7 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage College – Live video at www.iwu.edu/livesports
• 7:30 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – The New Hopeville Comics – The Music Theatre Workshop will present this new Nate Weida musical, directed by Adjunct Instructor Natalie Pitchford. (Additional performance on Saturday, April 25)
Saturday, April 25
• 12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage College (doubleheader)
• 1 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Elmhurst College (doubleheader) – Live video at www.iwu.edu/livesports
• 2 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Dubuque
Sunday, April 26
• 12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. University of Dallas
• 4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Retirement Reception for Professor Bob Hippensteele
– The campus community is invited to an open house reception, hosted by
the Biology Department, celebrating the retirement of Professor of
Biology Bob Hippensteele. Please stop by and help celebrate his 40+
years of service to Illinois Wesleyan University.
Judge Robb to Speak at Commencement
Pioneering judge Elizabeth Robb '78, recently retired as chief
judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, will give the address at
Commencement on Sunday, May 3.
> Find more on the University's Events Calendar
Titans In The News
No one was injured and no student rooms were damaged when a fire broke out Friday night in offices on the first floor of IWU's Gulick Hall.
Charles "Chuck" Dannewitz '77 was selected by Tech Data Corporation's Board of Directors to serve as the company's Chief Financial Officer.
Thomas Tropp '96 was named director of music and arts ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.
Professor Carolyn Nadeau received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to translate and analyze a 17th-century Spanish cookbook.
Illinois Wesleyan students are honoring retiring President Richard F. Wilson by selling T-shirts to raise funds for his chosen charity – student scholarships.
Professor Emeritus Bob Bray
pictures Abraham Lincoln trying to resolve themes of race, religion and
women in his new play, which goes inside the president's dying mind.
Sung Jin Hong '97
was interviewed on the April 10 Arts in the City program about One
World Symphony's mission and history, Operasodes, and Hong's upcoming
opera based on Hannibal Lecter.
Although 12-year-old Sam Holtz finished in a tie for first place in
ESPN's Tournament Challenge, he was disqualified from the top prize for
being underage. To compensate, the Scout network is sending the Holtz
family – including older brother and Illinois Wesleyan student
Joey Holtz '18 – on a trip to Hawaii.
> More Titans in the News
2015 Peoria Alumni Connection
Date: May 6
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Join President Richard F. Wilson for hors d'oeuvres at the Country Club of Peoria.
Back to College & Networking Happy Hour at Fruition Partners
Date: May 7
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Join us at Fruition Partners as IWU Assistant Professor of Sociology
Meghan Burke speaks about her recent book, Race, Gender, and Class in
the Tea Party: What the Movement Reflects about Mainstream Ideologies.
Stay for a chance to network with fellow alumni.
2015 North Carolina Alumni Connection
Date: May 21
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Join us as we welcome President Wilson to Raleigh and connect with IWU alumni and friends. Registration will open soon.
2015 Chicago Dance Event
Date: June 11
Join us for the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's celebration of
Alejandro Cerrudo's choreography at Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Registration will open in May.
Welcome New Employee
Irene Ortega began April 13 as a custodian in the Physical Plant, replacing Elsa Rodriguez, who retired.
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