Campus Weekly

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March 24, 2014

Campus News


Internship Hiring Continues at Brisk Pace
Illinois Wesleyan students continue to report spring internships at a brisk pace, with 152 students gaining work experience and further defining their career interests.


Sweeney '14 Named Outstanding Marketing Student
Illinois Wesleyan senior Erin Sweeney was named the University's Outstanding Marketing Student by the St. Louis professional chapter of the American Marketing Association.



Titans Cap Season at Final Four
The Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team fell to Wisconsin Whitewater 71-63 in the NCAA Division III semifinals, ending their season at 27-5. See photos

Illinois Wesleyan men's lacrosse team improved to 5-0 in its first season with win over DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., on Thursday, March 20.

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Alumni are Invited to Multicultural Graduation

Saturday, April 5
5-7 p.m.
Turfler Room, Memorial Center

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a reception for our MALANA (Multiracial, African-American, Latino/a, Asian-American, and Native American) graduates to celebrate their accomplishments in an intimate setting. Our guest speaker this year will be Jose Elizondo '86, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

We would like to connect our graduates with IWU alumni, and to rejoice in their experience at Illinois Wesleyan; with this is mind, we would like to invite alumni to this dinner. Email to RSVP to the dinner by  April 1.

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In recent news from the Class of 2005, Agatha (Valenti) Ferris and Dan Ferris welcomed a Tiny Titan, Everett Daniel Ferris, born January 4, 2014. See pictures.



Through Friday, March 28
Academic Advising for Fall 2014

Monday, March 24

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: First Generation Students at IWU – Faculty, staff and students will present information and context about our growing numbers of first-generation college students.

Tuesday, March 25

• 12-6 p.m.,
Hansen Student Center Blood Drive sponsored by Alpha Gamma Delta and Tau Kappa Epsilon

• 6 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Civic Engagement Banquet – Student Senate will honor individuals and organizations who have shown an outstanding commitment to civic engagement.

• 7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Speaker Robyn Ochs: "Loosening the Gender Girdle: How Gender Affects You" – Join the IWU Pride Alliance in exploring the ways in which we are limited by a binary understanding of gender, and explore how the politics of gender tie together the feminist, queer and transgender movements.

Wednesday, March 26

• 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Ames Library – "Inequality Portrayed" – Liberal Arts Course Cluster Open HouseSee details below.

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

• 2 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Retirement Reception for Mary Beth Phillips – The campus community is invited to a reception honoring Mary Beth Phillips, administrative assistant in the Vice President for Business and Finance's Office, who is retiring after 27 years of service at Illinois Wesleyan.

Thursday, March 27

• 3 and 4 p.m., C101, CNS – Beling Lectures – Edward N. Wilson, professor of mathematics at Washington University, St. Louis, will speak as part of the Earl H. and Marian A. Beling Lecture Series. His 3 p.m. talk is "The Phenomenon of Sampling," followed at 4 p.m. by "Dual Integrable Representation of Discrete Groups and Bracket Functions."

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

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Vagina Monologues – The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a performance of the award-winning play based on over 200 interviews with women. Readings celebrate women's sexuality and strength.

Friday, March 28

• 4 p.m., Room 202, State Farm Hall – Careers in Library Science: Workshop with Ashley Locke '05 – English alumna Ashley Locke, who is an archivist at the University of Chicago libraries, will share her insights on library science, library studies programs and her work as an archivist.

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Undercover 24 Featuring Dan Henig

Saturday, March 29

• 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Turfler Room and Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Pride Summit – Hosted by the Pride Alumni Community and the Office of Alumni Relations, this dynamic program for students focuses on the theme of Identity: personal, gender, racial, cultural, sexual and professional. All members of the University community are welcome. Registration is open and there are options to attend part or all of the event.

• 1 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital:  Elise Brubaker, Harp

• 2 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse – vs. Olivet College. Live video at

• 3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Devin Johnston, Tenor

• 5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Christopher Grills, Harpsichord

• 7:30 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Stand Up Against Cancer – This year's comedians are seniors Melissa Woo, Tim Cobert, Alex Hudec, Tim Mackey and Matt Teeling, with host Cameron Blossom. This is a free event, but your donations will determine the winner – the comedian who raises the most money wins. Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer, all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Musical Theatre Showcase presented by the Opera Workshop Seminar. Another performance is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 30.

Sunday, March 30

• 1 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Junior Recital: Allie Perlongo, Soprano & Theoni Richardson, Mezzo

(Note corrected date for this event)
• 4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Interfaith Coffeehouse – Share your talents and/or appreciate the diverse expressions of spirituality and faith on our campus through art, music, poetry and dance. For more information or to sign up, email Multifaith Ambassadors Mark Timmermann at or Ashleen Davey at

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

• 8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Mark Timmerman, Violin

Monday, March 31

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Future Faculty Governance Issues – The IWU American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Chapter is interested in discussing faculty responses available to recent developments in budget announcements. Tenured, non-tenured, visiting and adjunct faculty are welcome.

• 4 p.m.
, 205, CLA – Sociology Department Colloquium – "Global Mental Health and Local Constructions of Depression in Chile" will be presented by Courtney Cuthbertson, research assistant of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Tuesday, March 25

• 7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Crystal Ball Coffeehouse – What can you do with a psychology degree?  Come to the Crystal Ball Coffeehouse and talk to a psychologist, graduate student, therapist, occupational therapist and master's level faculty member about your options. Alumni panelists include Claire Karlen '11 of The Autism Place, Kimberly Woodman '99 of Mental Health Resource Center, Cari Stevenson '97 of Kankakee Community College, Jessie Bricker '00 of Skillsprout and Hannah Jones '11 of Springfield Public Schools.

Wednesday, March 26

• Employer William Blair & Company, LLC, represented by Scott Stevens '96, will be on campus for internship interviews.

• 7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – An Introduction to Investment Banking – Scott Stevens '96, a managing director from William Blair & Company, will provide an overvew of investment banking and interview tips for financial services positions.

Thursday, March 27

• Employer Geneseo Community Unit District 228, represented by Scott Kuffel '84, will be on campus for interviews.

"Inequality Portrayed" – Liberal Arts Course Cluster Open House

Wednesday, March 26
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Ames Library

In addition to student poster presentations and follow-up with community partners from the fall workshop, "Project Shantytown" will be on the Ames Plaza from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff will construct and inhabit a shantytown to raise awareness about the 1 billion (32% of the global urban population) that live in urban slums. Students in the class Peoples & Cultures of East Africa will portray the lives of Kenyan street children, who live and work in Nairobi and neighboring slums.

For more details or to sign up to be a part of the shantytown, visit

Open House Schedule (all events in the entry level of The Ames Library)

11 - 11:30 a.m. – Poster Session by students in PSYC 369: Introduction to Clinical/Counseling Psychology

11 - 11:30 a.m. – Paper Presentations by students in Carolyn Nadeau's SPAN 280: Reading & Writing Culture and SPAN 230

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Poster Presentations by students in Daynali Flores-Rodriguez's SPAN 280: Reading & Writing Culture

12 - 12:30 p.m. – Follow-up Discussion with Community Partners from the Fall Cluster Workshop

12:30 - 1 p.m. – Roundtable Discussion focused on lessons learned about Unraveling Inequality

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune
Tom Cross '80 claimed the GOP nomination for state treasurer, while Bill Brady '83 conceded in the primary race for governor.

Live Design
Leah Pelz '09 has won the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's first Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making.

Chicago Tribune
Neurosurgeon Stephen Ondra '80, Chief Medical Officer of Health Care Service Corporation, reflects on his career and the health care overhaul he helped to draft. (Free subscription required.)

Fort Mill (S.C.) Times
John Reinhardt '71, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, was awarded the William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellowship by the American Dental Education Association.

The Pantagraph
Nia Joiner '16 won a national championship in the 60-meter dash in the NCAA Division III Indoor National Track and Field Meet at Omaha, Neb.

The Pantagraph

In its annual report, The Pantagraph featured Illinois Wesleyan's community involvement and recent construction projects

The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Given Harper discussed cougar sightings in Illinois, a topic addressed by a guest speaker on campus.

> More Titans in the News


• Physics major Margaret McCarter '15 is a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship winner. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering, and the Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

• Assistant Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen is featured as a "Member in the Spotlight" by the Academy of Neonatal Nurses (ANN) for her development of the Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI) and its national and international impact in the field of neonatal nursing.

Lessen is one of 7,900 neonatal nurses who make the Academy the world's largest neonatal nursing association. She is the second ANN member to be chosen for the Spotlight: Neonatal Network, Vol. 33, No. 2, March/April 2014 pp. 115-116.

• Thanks to the hard work of Assistant Director Laurie Diekhoff, the Hart Career Center will receive Illinois Cooperative Work Study funding, approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The $28,470 will support a total of 26 students for 2014-15.

Marsha Guenzler-Stevens '78 received the Zenobia Hikes Memorial Award at the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) annual conference. This award recognizes commitment to the advancement of women in higher education and to student affairs.

• My Only Wife, the debut novel by Jac Jemc '05 previously shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, has won the Paula Anderson Book Award.

• Katie Heaney '09, author of Never Have I Ever, a memoir of her boyfriend-free life, was quoted in a Time article, "The Friendship Trap: Our social lives are sabotaging our love lives."

• David Taylor '95 was named president and CEO of United Way of McLean County.

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

Alumni Events

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.


Think Green

Earth Hour

On Saturday, March 29, from 8:30-9:30 p.m., cities around the world will participate in Earth Hour 2014. People are urged to join together to turn off their nonessential lights and equipment for one hour.

This symbolic effort is intended to raise awareness about how energy efficiency and conservation can help reduce the negative impacts of global climate change. 

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Welcome New Employee

Krasondra Brooks started March 17 as a custodian for the Physical Plant, replacing Lon Hornke.


Tommy Titan

Get Your Titan Gear 

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


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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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