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Jan. 13, 2014

Campus News


MLK Day Teach-In to Explore Health Care and Social Justice
Panels and discussion at this year's Teach-In will examine the nation's Affordable Care Act, local challenges in serving the uninsured, and global perspectives on health care.


How We Die Subject of Alumna's Book
In her book, How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying Karla Erickson '95 examines how social rituals have not kept pace with longer lives and slower deaths.


The men's and women's basketball teams both netted wins at North Park on Saturday, Jan. 11.

> Find highlights at

A Message From University Archivist Meg Miner

MegDear alumni,

I think of you often but we've probably never met. I am writing to ask for your help.

The University Archives documents the history of Illinois Wesleyan University from 1850 to the present, and the activities of its faculty, staff, and students. We promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, aims, programs, and goals of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Strange as it sounds, it is sometimes hard to help people find out about non-academic activities on campus through the years. You can help preserve IWU's history by donating pictures of your individual activities as a student and materials related to the student organizations you participated in.

Simply stated, the stuff of your past will tell IWU's story in the future.

We prefer to have the originals as you collected or created them, but if you still want to keep copies of items you decide to donate, we will do our best to provide digital versions of what you collected or created.

View an online slide show for more information on what the archives is and what we collect. And if you don't have specific material to donate, consider contributing a memory to our Oral History Project.

Most of all, know that you can contact your archivist to start a conversation about how we can help preserve your experiences for future generations!

Meg Miner
(309) 556-1538


Monday, Jan. 13

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

Wednesday, Jan. 15

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Ides Lecture: "Terrorists and Classicists: Joyce, Virgil, and the IRA" – Randall Pogorzelski, assistant professor of classics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, will speak as part of the Ides Lecture and Performance Series sponsored by the Department of Greek and Roman Studies.
• 4 p.m., Room 218, Art Building – New Media Talk by Dr. Lisa Zaher – An art historian currently teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Zaher will demonstrate the ways in which the revolutionary potential specific to film has been adopted by new media practices.

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Millikin. Live video will be at

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

• 4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – All members of the campus community are invited to come to Evelyn Chapel for late afternoon coffee, cookies, conversation and your questions about life and faith along with students from various religious and non-religious traditions.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesMy Voyage to Italy, Part One (1999, Italy & USA, directed by Martin Scorsese), will be presented by Associate Professor of French & Italian Scott Sheridan.

Friday, Jan. 17

• 8:30-10 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – All Staff Meeting – The Staff Council will host its annual meeting for all staff employees of IWU. There will be an open mic for questions and dialogue. A continental breakfast will be provided.

• 9 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming & Diving vs. Millikin. Live video will be at

• 12 p.m., First floor activity room, Hansen Student Center – Model United Nations Information Session – Students are invited to come and learn about IWU's participation in the Midwest Model United Nations (Saint Louis, Mo., Feb. 19-22, 2014). Transportation and lodging expenses are paid for. This year we are representing Morocco!

Saturday, Jan. 18

• 10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field Titan Triangular Meet

• 12:45 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Festival Concert – The IWU Jazz Ensemble and guest artist, bassist/composer Kris Berg, will be featured.

• 5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Wheaton. Live video will be at

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton. Live video will be at

Sunday, Jan. 19

• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting

Monday, Jan. 20

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: LGBT Campus Climate Survey Outcomes and Recommendatinos – A comprehensive climate survey was conducted at IWU in Spring 2013 around LGBTQ+ identity. Learn about the survey results and progress made to date in creating a more inclusive campus for LGBTQ+ people and allies.

• 1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In

• 3-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Dr. King National Holiday Gospel Festival

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Wednesday, Jan. 15

• 11 a.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Work That Matters: Post-Graduate Service Opportunities – Join the Hart Career Center for a panel and networking event with representatives from the Peace Corps, the State Department, City Year, Teach for America and other service organizations. Learn about the abundance of valuable experiences available after IWU.

• 4 p.m., Buck 202 – Rockin' Resumes – Create a resume that employers will notice. This workshop outlines how to write a great resume and explains what makes a resume stand out from the employer's perspective.

Thursday, Jan. 16

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Internships 101 – An internship is around the corner. Start getting prepared now!  Join us for a quick internship overview. Learn what they are, where to look for them, how to apply to them, whether you can get credit for them ... and more!

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Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
The annual Gospel Festival and Fellowship Dinner will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

DNAinfo Chicago
Wayne Messmer '72, now senior executive vice president of the Chicago Wolves, paid tribute to heroes with the Chicago Fire Department.

Dentist Dave Krick '78 is moonlighting as an assistant basketball coach for his daughter.

> More Titans in the News


• A three-person team from Illinois Wesleyan placed first among 60 teams in a regional math contest called the MATH Challenge. Students on the winning team were Tung Nguyen '15, Anh Dao '15 and Duc Nguyen '17. Coaches were Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ted Rice and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Andrew Shallue.

• Professor of Physics Linda French attended the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 5-9, where she gave a talk on "Observing Asteroids for fun and (Astronomical) Profit." She also chaired a panel on the History of Astronomy and co-authored a poster presentation, "A Troop of Trojans: Photometry of 24 Jovian Trojan Asteroids." 

•  Research on East African memorial totems known as vigango, co-authored by adjunct anthropology faculty member Linda Giles, was referenced in a New York Times article on a Denver museum's return of the totems to a museum in Kenya.

Amanda Larsen '13 is an intern at the Humanitarian Service Project, where she will complete her community service practicum while she studies Couple and Family Therapy at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

• Travis Williams '10 won the Year of Ulysses International Art Competition, sponsored by the Modernist Versions Project, with his life-size drawing of a human body based on James Joyce's Ulysses.

• Charlene Carruthers '07, national coordinator of the Black Youth Project 100, was named January 2014 IMPACT Leader of the Month. IMPACT is an organization that seeks to foster civic engagement, political involvement and economic empowerment for emerging leaders.

• Cynthia Cruz '15 blogs for I'm First, an online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be.

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


Think Green

Water Conservation

The City of Bloomington Water Department reports that U.S. Drought Monitor continues to rate McLean County as being in a moderate drought, and declining levels in the city's two reservoirs have triggered action. Voluntary water conservation efforts are encouraged. Read more.

Among its goals for the year, the GREENetwork has identified the need for a campus drought response plan, to determine possible actions when water conservation is mandated.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.

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