Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Feb. 10, 2014

Campus News


Graphic Design Students Contenders in International Competition
A team of students at Illinois Wesleyan have been named semifinalists in the Records for Life contest sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Beatles First Example of Modern Globalization
When the Beatles burst onto the Ed Sullivan Show and the world stage 50 years ago, it was an event that unified an entire culture, says Wesleyan's Michael Weis.


Bushnell a Part of Civil Rights History
Emeritus Professor of History Paul Bushnell worked for change at Illinois Wesleyan and in the Civil Rights Movement, as featured in the winter IWU Magazine, now online.


New Hispanic Studies Scholarship
The Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship is now available to qualified students who carry out Hispanic Studies research off campus in an IWU-affiliated program. The application deadline is March 3.


The Illinois Wesleyan women's diving team amassed the most points in the diving competition of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin swimming championships, held Feb. 7-8 at IWU's Fort Natatorium.

> Find highlights at


Council for IWU Women Summit

The Council for IWU Women is once again hosting a summit on campus for all female students, faculty and staff. Lead Connected is scheduled for Feb. 27, 28 and March 1.

The Council for IWU Women is a group of over 70 alumnae from throughout the United States who come to campus once a year to offer their talents and resources to support the personal and professional development of the women of IWU. During the event, women in the campus community will have an opportunity to connect with the Council women who are leaders in their professions and communities, and who exemplify mentorship for our students.

See the summit agenda and please register for as many of the events as you can attend. Stephanie Whyte, 1991 biology graduate and chief health officer for Chicago Public Schools, will address the Friday luncheon audience, and Carlina Tapia-Ruano, 1977 history graduate and immigration attorney and IWU trustee, will speak at Saturday's luncheon. Four scholarships will be awarded to a student from each class on Saturday.

The scholarships, meals and all summit activities are fully funded by Council for IWU Women members.

You are invited to RSVP for the luncheons and any of the breakout sessions at

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Visit Your Online Class Newsletter

Check out your Class Newsletter to see what classmates are up to, or share your own news, photos and updates.

For example, this week Maria Gonzalez from the class of 2008 reports that she was one of 50 designers/illustrators from around the world chosen to design bucketfeet shoes, which are canvas shoes that artists paint.

The second part of the competition is based on votes. If she wins, she gets to go to Scope Art, a prestigious art gallery in Miami, and her shoe gets produced. Read more

Best of luck, Maria!


Monday, Feb. 10

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Relationship Week: "I've Got a Crush on You!" – Students can purchase an Orange Crush soda for $1 that will be sent to their "crush" on Valentine's Day with an anonymous note attached. All proceeds will benefit Stepping Stones, a sexual assault program for the Bloomington YWCA. (Also Tuesday and Wednesday, same time and location)

Tuesday, Feb. 11

• 12 p.m., Room 200, Hansen Student Center – Relationship Week: "Bystander Intervention Training" – Students will learn how to recognize warning behaviors of sexual assault and how to intervene safely and effectively. There will be free pizza and giveaways.

• 4 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Reception and Awards for the Juried Student Art Exhibition, on display through Feb. 27.

• 8 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Play: 12 Ophelias(Performances continue 8 p.m. daily through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.)

Wednesday, Feb. 12

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Free Hugs & Happy Thoughts – The IWU Happy Club will spread happiness and warmth throughout campus during this cold time by handing out happy messages and hugs on the Quad.

• 12 p.m., Room 314, State Farm Hall – Small Business Workshop Series: Understanding Small Business Incorporation – Action Research Center will host the second installment of its Small Business Workshop Series. Have you ever seen LLC at the end of business name? What does that mean? Introduce yourselves to this incorporation strategy and many others. Email with any questions.

• 12 p.m., Room E101 CNS – Academic Skills Series: Take Effective Notes and Tests – Students are invited to a series of programs to develop or strengthen academic skills. Free Papa John's pizza will be provided for lunch.

• 4 p.m., Room 205, CLA – IWU Exchange Programs Information Session – Students are invited to this session, sponsored by the International Office, to learn how they can spend a semester or a year abroad at one of IWU's partner schools in Morocco, Hong Kong or Tokyo.

• 4 p.m., Anderson Auditorium (C101), CNS – Relationship Week: "Communication Skills Workshop" – Different styles of talking and listening skills will be discussed.

• 4:30 p.m., State Farm Hall, Rooms 001, 004, and 122 – Technology Showcase – Hosted by Educational Studies, students and faculty will demonstrate how various technologies can be used in the classroom. Topics covered include: SmartBoards, Promethean Boards, collaborative iPad use, Skype, Online Learning Management Systems, Pinterest, Wikispaces, Edmodo, Promethean Planet, Wolfram-Alpha, and Dragon Dictation. Come learn about innovative ways to involve students in the learning process! Contact Leah Nillas ( with questions.

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

• 7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Romantic Poetry Night – Come celebrate Valentine's Day with the campus poetry community, sponsored by Lyrical Graffiti. All students are invited to share their favorite poems on the subject of love, be they classical or original.

Thursday, Feb. 13

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Kimberly Potowski: Byron S. Tucci Endowed Lecture, "Bilingualism for All" – Kim Potowski, associate professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Chicago, researches issues related to Latinos in the U.S., including the importance that heritage Latino speakers maintain their home language of Spanish.

• 4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Speaker: Terri Reid, Successful Self-Published AuthorTributaries will host Terri Reid, author of the Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mysteries, who will talk about self-publishing at 4 p.m. and give a reading at 7 p.m., also in the Davidson Room.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Fire in Babylon" (2010, U.K., directed by Stevan Riley), will be presented by Associate Professor of English Alison Sainsbury.

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Relationship Week: "The Five Love Languages Workshop" – Students will learn how to improve their relationships by understanding that people perceive and experience love in different ways.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symphonic Winds & University Choir Concert

• 4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Colloquium – Assistant Professor of Computer Science Mark Liffiton will speak on "My Slice of Computer Science: Analyzing the Impossible."

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Alternative Valentine's Day Concert – IWU Pride Alliance will host Diana Chittester, a progressive, indie and folk musician. Come single, with friends, or with someone special. As always, everyone is welcome, privacy is respected, and no assumptions are made.

• 7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (600 N. East St., Bloomington) – Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra Concert

Saturday, Feb. 15

• 3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Junior Recital: Kathleen Fincher, Soprano

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

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

Monday, Feb. 17

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film Screening: "Les Miserables" (1934, French), presented by Chair and Associate Professor of French James Matthews.


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Founders' Day – Luma Mufleh will give the address, "Changing the World One Game at a Time." Mufleh is founder and director of Fugees Family Inc. and head coach of Fugees Soccer Teams, the subject of the Summer Reading Program selection, Outcasts United.

Also on Founders' Day, the campus community can enjoy free cake to celebrate our 164th anniversary – available at any campus food service site.

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Monday, Feb. 10

• Employer GROWMARK, Inc. will be on campus for practice interviews.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

• 4 - 5 p.m., Room 206, State Farm Hall – State Farm Information Session – Representatives from State Farm will provide an information session for sophomore accounting majors.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

• 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Health Professions Lunch – A panel of medical professionals will share insights about their professions and advice on how to make yourself a more competitive candidate.

Thursday, Feb. 13

• Employer CliftonLarsonAllen will be on campus for internship interviews.

Friday, Feb.14

• Employer Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates LLC will be on campus for internship interviews.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Voter Update
Korey Coon '00 has been appointed chair of the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development.

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Bill and Penny Bailey '50, who met in their first year at Illinois Wesleyan, are parting with a greenhouse full of memories.

The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Mike Young played a role in saving the life of a local woman who fell through the ice into a pond.

WGLT Radio
As Americans live longer and take longer to die, Karla Erickson '95 discusses the resulting social landscape.

KCRW Radio
On their Feb. 7 show, the nationally syndicated "To the Point" featured Wesleyan Professor of History Mike Weis discussing the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' momentous performance on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

Weis also was featured on local WGLT Radio and in The Pantagraph.

> More Titans in the News


Rebecca Gearhart published "Seeing life through the eyes of Swahili children of Lamu, Kenya: A visual anthropology approach" in AnthropoChildren.

Gearhart says her work is the product of fruitful collaboration in an exchange with Russian scholars, who encouraged her to employ her visual ethnographic methods on research with Swahili children.

John ("J.D.") Olson '84 has been named general counsel and corporate secretary of Sadara Chemical Company.

Syed Mustafa Alavi '11 has been named national coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Family Medicine Interest Group Network.

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

Alumni Events

IWU @ Wheaton: Basketball and Post Game Party 
Date: Feb. 22 
Time: 5 p.m. 
Join us as the Titans take on the Wheaton Thunder at Wheaton. Women play at 5 p.m. Men start at 7 p.m. Post game party at The Bank Restaurant at 9 p.m. Go Titans! 

Northern California Alumni Connection 
Date: Feb. 23 
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
Join us at the Chabot Space and Science Center! Special Guests: President Richard F. Wilson and Professor Robert Bray.

SoTA Theatre Showcase 
Date: Feb. 24 
Time: 6:30-9 p.m. 
The Illinois Wesleyan School of Theatre Arts invites you to the IWU Senior Showcase at Stage 773 in Chicago. Please bring friends and colleagues who are directors, artistic directors, managing directors and casting directors. 

Council for IWU Women 2014 Summit
Date: Feb. 27 to March 1 
Lead Connected
Feb. 27-March 1 

2014 Collegiate Choir Tour 
Date: March 1-March 18 
Performances scheduled for
Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas.

Greater Naples Connection 2014 
Date: March 9 
Join Illinois Wesleyan alumni, family and friends for a reception at the home of Jerry '77 and Wendie Smith in Naples, Fla.

Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Concert 
Date: April 11 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Celebrate the 35-year career of Professor of Music Steven Eggleston! Reception immediately following performance at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.


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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
2,483 alumni donors
11% participation
This Time Last Year:
2,407 alumni donors
As of Feb. 10, 2014

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