Campus Weekly

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Feb. 17, 2014


Campus News


Humanitarian to Speak at Founders' Day
Luma Mufleh will give the Founders' Day address, "Changing the World One Game at a Time," on Feb. 19. Mufleh is head coach of Fugees Soccer Team, the subject of the University's summer reading selection, Outcasts United.

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Faculty Promotions, Tenure Announced
Nine faculty earned advancement to tenure, and 15 faculty members earned promotions in rank, approved by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 11.


Chemistry Students Named Collegiate Scholars
Seniors Colleen Leonard and Thomas Sobyra have been recognized by the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society for their achievements in collaborative research with faculty. 


Baltes Chosen to WBCA/Allstate Good Works Team
Lexi Baltes '14 is one of 10 student-athletes in the country named to the 2014 Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Teams, recognizing commitment to improving their communities.


The Illinois Wesleyan men's lacrosse team, in preparation for its first-ever season opener on Feb. 22, played a scrimmage game against the University of Illinois club team on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Tucci Stadium.

> Find highlights at


Council for IWU Women Summit

The Council for IWU Women Summit brings alumnae, along with IWU women from the faculty and staff, to campus to share their experiences, skills and knowledge with current students. The conference, entitled Lead Connected, will be a spirited exchange of information, life experiences and networking.

Register by Feb. 25 at for any events, including:

Thursday, Feb. 27

• 6 p.m., Auditorium, Myers Welcome Center – "Miss Representation" Film Screening

Friday, Feb. 28

• 11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Council for IWU Women Summit Kickoff Luncheon – Keynote speaker will be Stephanie Whyte '91, chief health officer for Chicago Public Schools.

• 1 p.m., Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews with Council Alumnae – Students must pre-register on Titan CareerLink.

• 2 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Advocating for Social Justice: Make a Living Working for Change – Speakers will include:
Deb Adams '79, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare;
Molly McLay '06, assistant director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Women's Resource Center;
Ade Olayinka '11, Ph.D. student in the public policy program at Duke University;
Katherine Geehan '13, former intern at the Scholars at Risk Network at New York University.

• 3:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Career Connection Event - Meet & Greet – An opportunity to connect with alumnae members from a wide variety of career fields.

Saturday, March 1

• 9 a.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Council for IWU Women Summit Check-in & Welcome ReceptionLaura Jordan '96, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, will present "How to Command Authority."

• 10:30 a.m., Davidson and Cartwright Rooms, Memorial Center – Council for IWU Women Summit Break-Out Sessions – Participants may choose between the following presentations:
"Transitioning from Academic to Professional World" – Marilyn Graves '79, vice president at Fifth Third Bank;
"Building & Sustaining Your Social Capital" – Elly Jones '91, division manager at State Farm.

• 11:30 a.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Cultural Competence - Both Personal and Professional presented by Jessica Lothman '06, study abroad coordinator at Marquette University

• 12:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Council for IWU Women Summit Closing Reception and LuncheonCarlina Tapia-Ruano '77, immigration attorney at Tapia-Ruano & Gunn, will give the keynote address, and scholarship awards will be presented.

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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, Linda Gitzendanner Hines '68 recently shared a blast from the past – a photo of a chariot race from Homecoming 1964.

She and Stuart Hines '67 will be celebrating their 45th anniversary in September 2014. Congrats!!


Feb. 17, 2014

Thank a Giver Video

Thank A Giver Day will provide the campus community with the opportunity to thank the donors who support our school.

Feb. 17 is symbolically the day when tuition dollars stop covering costs and we rely on other sources, like private gifts from alumni and friends. Net tuition covers about 70 percent of the University's operating budget, so at 70 percent of the way through the academic year, support from our loyal donors kicks in.

You can share why you give back and support students on Facebook or use the hashtag #IWUThanks, where Titans are sharing their appreciation.

• 4 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center – Hungry? Study Abroad! Sushi, Borscht, and Schnitzel! – Students will present their experiences abroad in Austria, Germany, Russia, and Japan, sponsored by the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film Screening: Les Misérables (1958, French) – Part of an event series exploring the social history of Les Miserables.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

• 6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Women in Academia: How Being Female Affects You in Your Field – Feminism: Equality Matters will present a panel of IWU faculty and staff to discuss how being a female has affected them in their field, followed by a Q&A. Panelists and their topics are:

Joanne Diaz, English on the diversity already present in literature compilations that make it easy to forget what has already been done and what still needs to be done;

Meghan Burke, Sociology on how being a women in majority male meetings/conferences means that her ideas are not heard and the impacts of microaggressions;

Manori Perera, Chemistry on being the only woman in a lab and having to prove herself even though her academic standing was higher than male colleagues, and the alienating factors of chemistry for women;

Deborah Halperin, Action Research Center on being a working mom, the importance of keeping moms in the workforce, and policies;

Sonja Fritzsche, German on women cyclists and female athletes in general.

• 6:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Arranged Marriage Simulation – Valentine's Day not working out? Come learn about arranged marriages at this event sponsored by the South Asian Student Association. While arranged marriages may be a foreign concept in the U.S., it is quite common in many South Asian cultures.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

• 11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Founders' Day Convocation – As part of Founders' Day activities, students, faculty and staff are invited to visit any campus food service site on this day for free cake to celebrate the University's 164th anniversary year.

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

• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Privilege Beads – Exactly how privileged are you? PRISM invites the campus community to participate in an activity and moderated discussion examining how social attitudes and circumstances affect your life.

• 6 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Eating Disorder Awareness - Why It Matters to All of Us – Kappa Delta Sorority will present information, personal testimonies and discussion on why this issue matters to all of us, and promotion of body confidence.

 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. North Park (game rescheduled due to weather). Live video will be at

Thursday, Feb. 20

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Ides Lecture: "Read 'Em and Weep: Aeneas Among the Monuments" – Nandini Pandey, assistant professor of classics at Loyola University Maryland, will speak as part of the Ides Lecture and Performance Series sponsored by the Department of Greek and Roman Studies.

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

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film Screening: Les Misérables (2012, English) – Part of an event series exploring the social history of Les Miserables.

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Greek Goddess & Adonis Philanthropy Pageant – Students are invited to a fundraiser sponsored by the Fraternity and Sorority Life Programming Board.

Friday, Feb. 21

Undergraduate Research Workshop on Human Rights in the Liberal Arts – This annual workshop strives to bring together students and faculty from different institutions to share their interests, insights, experiences and concerns from the study of core human rights issues. This year's theme is Religion, Identity, and Conflict.


• 4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Speaker Martha Nussbaum: Inaugural Address for the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice – Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will deliver a lecture, "The New Religious Intolerance: Socratic Self-Examination and Sympathetic Imagination." One of this country's most prolific authors and scholars, Professor Nussbaum has published more than 35 books and has received more than 50 honorary degrees.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Zack Siegel & Andy Seidel, Trombone

Saturday, Feb. 22

Faculty Open House – Prospective students and families are invited to visit campus.

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

• 12:30 p.m., Room 102, State Farm Hall – Speaker Jonathan Ebel: "Forward Through The Ages: On the Study of Religion, War, and America" – Ebel, professor of religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give the keynote address for the Undergraduate Workshop on Human Rights in the Liberal Arts: Religion, Identity, and Conflict.

• 3 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse season opener vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering

• 5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Lauren Rupert, Soprano & Cathryn Volk, Piano  

• 6 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Barrio Fiesta – The Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA) will host its annual Barrio Fiesta event by representing Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Ecuador through delicious food, fun dances, prizes and more. Barrio Fiesta is free and open to the IWU community as well as friends and family.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital: Brad Decker, Double Bass & Zlatko Cosic, Video Artist

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Concert: Austin Renfroe

Sunday, Feb. 23

• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty Recital: R. Kent Cook

• 5:30 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Black History Month Banquet – Black Student Union's annual Black History Month Banquet is open and free for IWU faculty, staff and students. The night will consist of rich cultural history and storytelling from our distinguished alumni. The performances include a dance courtesy of African Student Association, a step performance from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and M.A.D.D. Rhythms tap company.

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

Monday, Feb. 24

• 12-1 p.m., CNS Atrium and The Dugout, Memorial Center – Boost Yourself Week: Boost Your Self-Esteem with Confidence Cupcakes – Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA) will raise funds by selling cupcakes at $1-$3, which are homemade and contain special messages to encourage self-esteem. Co-sponsored by Jewel-Osco and Assistant Dean of Students Matthew Damschroder, this event is part of "Boost Yourself Week," a series of events promoting awareness of body image issues.

• 4 p.m., Room 105, CLA  – Sociology & Anthropology Colloquium Series – Vicente Diaz, associate professor of anthropology, American Indian Studies, and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present "Canoe Crossings Illinois: Revitalizing Indigenous Oceanic and Native Great Lake Seafaring Traditions at Clinton Lake, Illinois."

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Faculty Roundtable Discussion: Les Misérables – "From the Social Thought of the French Enlightenment to the American Pop Culture Phenomenon: Moving Toward a Critical Understanding of 'Les Miz.'"

• 4 p.m., Room 205, CLA – Religion Department Colloquium – Matthew Schunke, assistant professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will present "Jean-Luc Marion and the Religious Self."

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Tuesday, Feb. 18

• Employers Caterpillar Inc. and State Farm Insurance will be on campus for internship interviews.

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – ACM Chicago Program Information Session – Come learn about off-campus study and internship experiences in Arts, Entrepreneurship and Urban Studies.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

• Employer KPMG LLP will be on campus for internship interviews.

• Employer State Farm Insurance will be on campus for practice interviews.

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Procrastinate No More: Start Your Job Search Now! – If you have not begun your job search, forgive yourself for procrastination and just do it. Come to this session to see how to get started.

Thursday, Feb. 20

• Employer BDO will be on campus for internship interviews.

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Social Media and Your Career – Topics will include: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Glassdoor and how employers use these platforms to source candidates and market their organizations, and how candidates can use social media to establish a professional presence and utilize and strengthen their networks.

Presented by IWU alumni:
Stacey Kaeding '08 - Honeywell International
Mike Conti '09 - The Overture Group

Friday, Feb. 21

• Employers Deloitte Services LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers will be on campus for internship interviews.

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Titans In The News

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
John Taflan '06 stars in LiveWire Chicago Theatre's production of "Assistance" by Leslye Headland.

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

Sisters Taylor '14, Kasey '15 and Brittney '17 Reaber all are members of Illinois Wesleyan's women's basketball team.

Corvallis Gazette-Times
Professor of Music Carren Moham will speak on African-American spirituals and perform a concert of songs by African-American composers at Oregon State University. Also reported by the Albany Democrat Herald and OSU.

> More Titans in the News


• Assistant Professor and Sciences Librarian Crystal Boyce has been accepted into the Association of College and Research Libraries' Immersion Program, Teacher Track, July 20-25 in Burlington, Vt. This program focuses on effective teaching of information literacy in colleges and universities. Immersion is a competitive program that draws librarians from across the United States.

• Assistant Professor of Political Science Min-hyung Kim published a book chapter entitled "Globalization: Trends, Limits, and Controversies" (with James A. Caporaso) in Mario Telo and Vivien Schmidt eds., Globalization, Europe, Multilateralism: Towards a Better Global Governance? (Ashgate, 2014), pp. 15-31.

• Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau was awarded a Franklin Research grant from the American Philosophical Society for her project: A critical edition and translation of Martínez Montiño's 1611 cookbook, Arte de cocina, pastelería, vizcochería y conservería [The art of cooking, pie making, pastry making and preserving].

Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger '88 has been appointed as the scientific director for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In this capacity, Ngo-Metzger will be the main government lead to provide guidance to the USPSTF and interact with the public and other agencies regarding the work of the Task Force.

> 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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Professor Emeritus James Whitehurst, professor of comparative religions at IWU for 30 years, died Feb. 2 in Tampa, Fla. Read an obituary.


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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
2,521 alumni donors
12% participation
This Time Last Year:
2,493 alumni donors
As of Feb. 17, 2014

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