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March 3, 2014

Campus News


Khan '93 Describes Path to Oscar Punditry
Tariq Khan '93, the Fox network's official Academy Awards writer and on-air commentator, describes how his lifelong passion became a vocation.


IWU Men to Host NCAA Tournament
The men's basketball team earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III championships. The Titans will make their fifth straight tournament appearance, their 23rd overall in 30 years of NCAA affiliation.


• Titan athletes and coaches were the top fundraising team at the Polar Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 22, raising $11,435 for Special Olympics Illinois.

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Monday, March 3

Through April 3, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibitions – Exhibits by Michael Ferris and Cortney Boyd will be on display.

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "Sochi Olympic Games: The Eternal Russian Question, Who Is To Blame?" – Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina will discuss the Olympic Games in Sochi, which has divided Russia even more than it was divided after Putin's election.

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

• 8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Play Problem Child – Performances continue nightly through Wednesday, March 5.

Tuesday, March 4

• 4-6 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Opening Reception for Art Exhibitions

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film Screening: Girl RisingSee details below

Wednesday, March 5

• 11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Reclaiming Lent: An Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service – All are welcome to this service, led by Father Doug Hennessy, University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger, organist Susan Klotzbach, and student musicians and leaders. A free lunch will follow in the Evelyn Chapel basement, with a discussion about reclaiming spiritual practices like prayer and meditation, justice and charity. Come and share your practices and be encouraged by others for these 40 days of spiritual reflection and renewal. 

• 11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge and Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – State Farm Scholars Luncheon – Illinois Wesleyan students who are recipients of scholarships from the State Farm Scholars Program will be honored.

• 12 p.m., E101 CNS – Academic Skills Series: Procrastination: Getting Started on Getting Started – Students are invited to a series of programs to develop or strengthen academic skills. Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.

• 7 p.m., C101, CNS – Nature Photographer Tom Ulrich

Thursday, March 6

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Speaker Colleen Murphy: Justice in Transitional Contexts  – Colleen Murphy will explore how transitional societies like post-Apartheid South Africa address legacies of violence. Are standards of justice different in transitional societies than in others? And how do these ideas help shape our thinking on present-day transitional case studies, like post-Mubarak Egypt?

Murphy is the author of A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation and Transitional Justice and an associate professor of philosophy at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and director of the University's Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. Her research focuses on transitional justice in the aftermath of civil conflict and repression and on the ethical dimensions of risk from natural disasters and climate change.

This talk is free and open to the public, hosted by the Political Science Department and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

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

• 4:30 p.m., Room 022, State Farm Hall – English Faculty-Student Colloquium sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta – The student presenter will be Sydney White '14. Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina will present "Playing History for the Post-Soviet Generation: Children's Book Illustrations as Image and Text."

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert

Friday, March 7, (5 p.m.) through Monday, March 17 (8 a.m.) – Spring Break

Monday, March 10

Campus offices will be closed on the first day of Spring Break for a Staff Holiday.

See Spring Break hours for campus dining locations

> Find more IWU events on the Campus Calendar.

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Tuesday, March 4

• Employer Caterpillar Inc. will be on campus for internship interviews.

Thursday, March 6

• Employer The Horton Group will be on campus for practice interviews.


• Two research projects by Associate Professor and Scholarly Communications Librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl have been accepted for presentation at national conferences this spring and summer. With three colleagues from other institutions, she has been invited to present "Enriching How We Create, Teach and Learn: the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy" at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) annual conference in April.

At the Council on Undergraduate Research conference in July, Davis-Kahl and collaborator Merinda Hensley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present "Perceptions of library value from undergraduate research coordinators."

• Physics major Patrick Dahl '12 and Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding, along with collaborators at the University of Dundee, have had a paper accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters, the flagship journal of the American Physical Society. The paper is entitled, "An acoustic tractor beam."

Erin Sweeney '14 was recognized as the Outstanding Marketing Student at Illinois Wesleyan at the 53rd Annual St. Louis AMA Marketing Conference on Feb. 21. Sweeney is president of the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Janelle N. Bailey '08 has joined Armstrong Teasdale as an associate in its intellectual property practice group.

Heather Geeser '06 has been hired by Ipsen, Inc. as campaign and event marketing coordinator.

• Meghan Grant '12 has been chosen as a member of the Adventures in Missions July 2014 World Race. She will travel to countries throughout Eastern Europe, southern Africa and Asia. Read her blog.

• Classic FM is featuring an exclusive on the critically-acclaimed opera Breaking Bad - Ozymandias by Sung Jin Hong '97. World premiere performances can be heard on "UK's favorite classical station."

• Dr. Sharon Molitoris '05 has joined the Houska Dental Center in Bloomington.


Girl Rising

In celebration of International Women's Day, the International Office is showing the documentary "Girl Rising" on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library.

The campus is invited to a screening of this documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, which tells the stories of nine girls living in the developing world, and explores ways in which education can change their lives and the societies in which they live. The film follows the girls through their daily lives as well-known actresses (Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington) narrate their stories.

Educational inequity is a central theme in "Girl Rising." You can learn more about the stars and creators of "Girl Rising" when you stop by The Ames Library's first floor exhibit. In addition, all are encouraged to interact with our "Girls + Education = ? " banners, hanging in both Ames and the Memorial Center. Across the world, girls have to fight for their education – join us in learning what you can do to help.

These events are co-sponsored by the International Office, International Studies, Women's Studies, the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, and The Ames Library, and the film screening is part of the IWU International Film Series.

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Titans In The News

Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois Wesleyan has won a conference-best 29 men's basketball championships, including the one it clinched with a victory Saturday at Wheaton.


The IWU Ethics Bowl team headed to a national tournament for the second straight year.

Wall Street Journal

David G. Wilkins '74, previously head of Ethics & Compliance at Dow Chemical Company, has been named Chief Compliance Officer at SNC-Lavalin.

Chicago Tribune

Kathryn E. McGough '09 has joined Trust Company of Illinois as an account executive.

WGLT Radio
Illinois Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson discussed how the University is positioning itself to deal with demographic shifts. (Sound Ideas, Feb. 28)

The Pantagraph
For the second straight year, Ron Rose was chosen as conference "Coach of the Year" for men's basketball.

Aliso Laguna (California) News

Starla Hibler-Raley '81 will perform a solo piano recital as part of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Jennifer Clark '94 is the Executive Sales Director for Metro Philadelphia. 

The Pantagraph

Wesleyan's Mike Theune is part of a team offering a new literacy program at Bloomington Public Library. Also announced by the Illinois Humanities Council.

The Pantagraph

Erin Sweeney '14 was among 41 Wesleyan student athletes and coaches who helped raised funds by participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge.

> More Titans in the News

Alumni Events

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.

Collegiate Choir Concert and Reception
Date: March 15
Time: 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago;
Reception immediately following in the James Parlor.

J. K. Williams Distillery Tour  
Date: March 22
Time: 3 p.m.
Join Illinois Wesleyan alumni as they tour J.K. Williams Distilling in East Peoria.

Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
Date: March 28
Time: 8:30 a.m. breakfast;
9 a.m.-3 p.m. meeting;
Davidson Room, Memorial Center.
All alumni are welcome to attend.

Pride Summit
Date: March 29
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pride Alumni Community, IWU faculty and staff and IWU Pride Alliance are coming together on campus for the 1st Annual Pride Summit, in the Turfler Lounge and Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center. 

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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Get Your Titan Gear 

Under Armour apparel featuring a new Illinois Wesleyan logo is among the Titan paraphernalia available at


Welcome New Employee

Christian Taylor began Feb. 25 as assistant offensive football coach, recruiter and strength coach, replacing Billy Dicken. Also see a story from The Pantagraph.


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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
2,597 alumni donors
12% participation
This Time Last Year:
2,563 alumni donors
As of Feb. 24, 2014

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