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March 17, 2014

Campus News


Four Years Later: The Affordable Care Act
Wesleyan's Greg Shaw, author of The Health Care Debate, gives his thoughts about how partisan agendas and consumer-focused attitudes toward health care continue to get in the way of needed reform.


Titans Make NCAA Final Four
The men's basketball team defeated Dickinson to advance to the NCAA Division III Championship Final Four, and will face Wisconsin-Whitewater in Salem, Va. on Friday, March 21. See ticket information.


• Titan athletic teams traveled to warmer climes for competitions during Spring Break — see results for men's and women's tennis, baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, and men's and women's golf.

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In recent news from the Class of 1977, Rick Drexler is part of The Jazz Professors, an ensemble of University of Central Florida music department faculty members. They have collaborated to help their students gain real-life experience producing, marketing and distributing jazz albums that have earned national radio airplay under the school's Flying Horse Records label.


Tuesday, March 18

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: God Grew Tired of Us and Q & A with Lost Boys of Sudan – Two Lost Boys of Sudan, Peter Magai Bul and Maketh Bul Mabior, will answer questions follow a screening of the film. Earlier in the day, the two will speak on "Pitfalls & Promises in the New South Sudan" in the Introduction to International Studies class at 2:35 p.m. in Buck 108.

• 8 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church (502 E. Front St., Bloomington, Ill.) – Collegiate Choir Tour Home Concert

Wednesday, March 19

Through Friday, March 28 – Academic Advising for Fall 2014

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

• 4:30 p.m., Room 201, State Farm Hall – Writing Workshop with Poet Austin Smith '03 – Smith's recently published book, Almanac: Poems, was selected by English honor society Sigma Tau Delta for its annual book club.

Thursday, March 20

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

• 4:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Reading and Q&A with Poet Austin Smith '03

• 6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Here at IWU – Students are welcome to come and talk about all sorts of issues of diversity. You can share personal stories, connect with others, and contribute to helping solve issues of discrimination on campus. This is a safe space to have progressive conversations about important topics that usually aren't so easy to talk about.

• 7 p.m., C101, CNS – Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesIt Happened in Broad Daylight, (1958, West Germany, directed by Ladislao Vadja), will be presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis.

• 7 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Lucas Fletcher, Organ

• 8:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – IWU Light Opera Works Presents An Evening of Scenes – The student-run Light Opera Works will present its debut performance of scenes from opera, operetta and music theatre shows, including Cinderella, For Better or Worse, Chicago, Title of Show, The Count of Luxembourg and Spring Awakening.

Friday, March 21

Through Saturday
Titan Weekend – Admissions will host prospective students to experience life as an Illinois Wesleyan student.

8:50 a.m.,
First Floor, The Ames Library – Virgilpalooza! – Greek and Roman Studies will celebrate World Poetry Day by hosting an epic reading of Virgil's Aeneid. For more information or to sign up for a 15-minute reading time slot, visit

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Natalie Hoijer, Flute and Brandon Moore, Tuba

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian Calise Hawkins

Saturday, March 22

• 10 a.m., Hansen Student Center – Scholars Day – Students who are admitted to Illinois Wesleyan and their parents or guardians are invited to hear from alumni, faculty and current students about the University's distinctive characteristics.

• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: John Cossio, Baritone

• 5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Abby Lyons, Oboe

• 7:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Kylin Wagner, Soprano

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian Sammy Obeid

Sunday, March 23

• 5 p.m., Hansen Student Center  – I-Society's Annual I-Carnival Festival of Talent – Dinner at 5 p.m., performances at 5:30. This signature event showcasing international student talent is free and open to the IWU campus community.

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

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Thursday, March 20

• Employer First Midwest Bank will be on campus for interviews.

Friday, March 21

• Employers American Marketing & Publishing and L2T Media will be on campus for interviews.


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

(Moline) Dispatch/Argus
Professor Emeritus Paul Bushnell will give the Created Equal and Changing America keynote address, discussing his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Chicago Parent
Aimee Chamernik '91 has found a way to maintain an upbeat attitude as a mother battling ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

WGLT Radio
Upon the death of Professor Emeritus James McGowan, WGLT offered a remembrance of McGowan's long career in poetry, recorded earlier in the year.

> More Titans in the News

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Get Your Final Four Shirts!

The IWU Bookstore has Final Four T-shirts available online at


• Chair and Associate Professor of Religion Kevin Sullivan published "The Watchers Traditions in 1 Enoch 6-16: The Fall of the Angels and the Rise of Demons," pages 91-103 in The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions. Edited by Angela Kim Harkins, Kelley Coblentz Bautch and John C. Endres.  (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014).

Thomas B. Sobyra '14 and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry James E. House published "An Experiment Utilizing Corrosion of Aluminum to Illustrate a Contracting Volume Rate Law" in The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 45-49. 

• University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor Meg Miner and collaborators will give a workshop, "From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation Tools and Strategies," at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting 2014 in Kansas City, Mo., April 24-26.

• Information Technology Services Coordinator Lisa Caughron is attending and participating in Educause Connect Chicago March 17-19. She serves on the Program Committee and CareerCounselors14 Committee. She also served as a proposal reviewer and will facilitate two roundtables entitled Appreciating the Context of IT (Within your Institution), and Leading Change from Where You Are.

• In addition to her upcoming performance in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Final Auditions at the Lincoln Center in New York City on March 23, soprano Natalie Cummings '10 was selected to participate in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on March 15.

• The Rev. Robb McCoy '99, associate minister of Riverside United Methodist Church in Moline, is celebrating a year of recording the Pulpit Fiction podcast, "like sitting in the backseat as two pastors talk about Le Royale with Cheese."

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

Alumni Events

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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