Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

March 11, 2014

Campus News


Junior Selected for Google Internship
Computer science major Alan Russian '15 has earned a sought-after spot as a Google Inc. intern for the summer of 2014.


Students, Faculty to be Google Glass Explorers
Illinois Wesleyan is one of the first universities in the state to be accepted into Google's Glass Explorer program, a test program developing its latest innovation in wearable technology.

Dan and Yichen

Accounting Internship Program Reaches Milestone
The University's popular full-time spring internship program in accounting has passed a milestone of 175 student participants since its inception in 2006.


State Farm's Passion For Education Celebrated
State Farm and Wesleyan honored this year's 100 State Farm Scholars, bringing the total to nearly 225 students awarded scholarships from the State Farm Companies Foundation.


Physicists Elect Spalding as Fellow
The American Physical Society has elected Wesleyan's Gabe Spalding to Fellowship in the Society, recognizing his contributions to undergraduate laboratory education.


Titans Host NCAA Sectional Rounds
The Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team advanced to the final 16 of the NCAA Division III tournament, and will host sectional games on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15 at the Shirk Center.


• Senior Lexi Baltes was named one of 10 women finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, awarded to an outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.

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In Sympathy

Carole Brandt
, former professor of drama and director of the School of Theatre Arts, died on March 5. Read an obituary.

Professor Emeritus Jim McGowan died on March 7. He was a member of the IWU English department from 1969-2000 before retiring. Read an obituary.

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In recent news from the Class of 2000, De'Andre Hardy married former IWU Residence Hall Director Jennifer Joseph-Morris, with many Titans in the wedding party.


Through Sunday, March 16 — Spring Break

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


Stephanie Davis-Kahl, scholarly communications librarian and associate professor, is the recipient of the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award.

She also is among "Movers and Shakers" featured in the Library Journal.

• Senior Web Developer Michael Gorman '10 is attending the OmniUpdate User Training Conference, March 10-13. He will lead two sessions, "One Programmer and a Full Site Redesign," and a taped session, "Benefits of XSL," for use on the OmniUpdate corporate website.

• Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr was invited to a workshop in Quito, Ecuador, to assess the conservation status of Andean reptiles from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia: "Red List Workshop for Reptiles of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia," February 23-28, Universidad San Francisco Quito, Ecuador, financed by National Science Foundation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) and NatureServe.

Participants surveyed 300 Andean lizard and snake species, summarized knowledge, actualized distribution maps, identified threats, and assessed the conservation status following the red list categories and criteria of IUCN.

The 21 workshop participants came from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Germany, England and the U.S.A.

Bonnie Tria-Roy '85 is the new Director of Outside Sales for Carts of Chicago Catering, Inc., responsible for all outside sales for the company in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

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

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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Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Rhys Lovell '87 stars in "Old Hoss," written and directed by Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts Jared Brown.

WGLT Radio
Guest speaker Sebastiaan Faber described the continuing relevance of the Spanish Civil War on the March 3 "Sound Ideas" broadcast (second of three segments).

Chicago Tribune
The Love Notes column featured 2008 graduates Tyler Miller and Christa Garza, who met before they attended Wesleyan together.

The Pantagraph
Mark Daniel of Michigan was named the new superintendent of McLean County District Unit 5, for which Todd J. Koehl '82 also was a finalist.

BBC Radio 5
Josip Glaurdic '01 of Cambridge University said a Ukraine break up is inevitable. (His interview is 1:09:13 into the March 7 broadcast, which is available to listen until March 13.)

> 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.

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.

Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Titan Pride  
Date: April 22
Time: 5 p.m.
Join us for a pre-game cookout and the IWU vs ISU baseball game.

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