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March 31, 2014

Campus News


Physics Student Named Goldwater Scholar
Junior Margaret McCarter has won a Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate award in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.


Provost Publishes 6th In Series of Conductor's Guides
Illinois Wesleyan's Jonathan Green recently published A Conductor's Guide to Selected Baroque Choral-Orchestral Works, the latest in his critically acclaimed series of Conductor's Guides.


Students Receive Inaugural Hispanic Studies Scholarship
Thalia Novoa '16 and Huyen Nguyen '17 are the first winners of the new Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship, which supports off-campus Hispanic Studies research.


Summer Enrichment Program Welcomes New Cohort
This summer, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will offer 12 students a local, paid internship through the Summer Enrichment Program.


Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo
Approximately 100 exhibitors and 20 presenters will explore the themes of Living Well & Living Green and Creating Healthy Communities on Saturday, April 12.


Students Stage 'Shantytown' to Raise Awareness
Students portrayed street children whose lives they had researched as part of "unraveling inequality"-themed courses at Illinois Wesleyan, reported by The Pantagraph.

IWU Women

Alumnae Devote Annual Summit to Female Students
The Council for IWU Women seeks to instill self-confidence in students by hosting a three-day summit and serving as mentors, advisors and connections to internships and job opportunities.


The Illinois Wesleyan athletics story, "Illinois Wesleyan Takes Plunge for Special Olympics," has been nominated for this month's NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll, and Titan fans can vote for the story with a chance for IWU to win $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event.

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In recent news from the Class of 1968, Jan (Kolb) Hurd retired from teaching and is planning her fourth trip to South Sudan in October, to train teacher there.


Monday, March 31

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Contributing to a Faculty Dialogue – Faculty are invited to a discussion on current issues.

• 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 in sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

• 6 p.m., Room 218, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Visiting Artist Lecture: Garth Johnson

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Final Four Men's Basketball Celebration

• 7:30 p.m., Room 103, State Farm Hall – Exploring Environmental Internships – Students are welcome to learn about experiences applying for and interning in the Bloomington-Normal community. IWU students' internships have included the Illinois Environmental Council, Downtown Bloomington Farmer's Market, Ecology Action Center, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Illinois Green Economy Network, Green Institute of Heartland Community College, the Town of Normal, IWU Peace Garden and more.

Tuesday, April 1

• 8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Chamber Singers Concert

Wednesday, April 2

Through Wednesday, April 9 – Class Registration for Fall 2014

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

• 3:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's & Women's Tennis vs. Illinois-Springfield

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Studies Colloquium: "Doris Day and the Economists: Imagining the Expert in the Development Decade" – Nicholas Cullather of 
Indiana University will speak, sponsored by the Development Studies Team and Diplomatic Studies Team of the International Studies Program.

• 4 p.m., Merwin Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Reading by Creative Writing Award Winners – Kaitlin McManus '17, winner of the Babbitt's Prize for Short Fiction, and Colleen O'Connor '14, winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Kay Nelson Memorial Essay Prize, will read from their work.

Thursday, April 3

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Speaker: "Interdisciplinarity and Global Health: The Case of Nodding Syndrome in Northern Uganda" – Kearsely Stewart of Duke Global Health Institute will speak, co-sponsored by Global Medical Brigades, Unite for Sight, and the African Studies Team of the International Studies Program.

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

• 7 p.m., C101, CNS – The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon – Joel Greenberg, naturalist, writer, and environmental consultant, will speak about the legacy of the passenger pigeon.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesIt's Not You, It's Me (2010, Mexico, directed by Alejandro Springall) will be presented by adjunct Hispanic Studies faculty member Rocio Morales.

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Robbie Q Telfer and Tim Stafford Duet Poetry Show – Lyrical Graffiti will host two writers known for blending humor and profundity.

• 7:30 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Lavender Grad Celebration – IWU is hosting a first-ever Lavender Grad Celebration – an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of IWU lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA+) graduates. Lavender Grad also provides a space for graduates to recognize significant people in their lives who have helped them achieve their goals (such as family members, parents, partners or close friends). (Advance registration required)

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Lab Band and Symphonic Winds Concert

Friday, April 4

Through Saturday, Ironwood Golf Course – Men's Golf – Illinois Wesleyan Invitational

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

Through Saturday – 3rd Annual German Undergraduate Research Conference – A record 32 students from 13 colleges and universities will join Illinois Wesleyan students, all presenting their research in German.

• 4 p.m., C101, CNS – Faculty Colloquium – Professor of English Jim Plath will present "Backdoor Scholarship: A Report on The John Updike Childhood Home."

• 7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Hope College. Live video will be at

• 7:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Chamber Music Recital

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Concert: Ball in the House

Saturday, April 5

Scholars Day – Admissions will host students who are admitted to Illinois Wesleyan for an opportunity to learn more about the educational experience here.

• 1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Wheaton (doubleheader). Live video will be at

• 1 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: James Schiffer, Baritone

• 3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Sean Leeds, Tenor

• 5 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Multicultural Graduation – 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. The guest speaker will be Jose Elizondo '86, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

• 5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Hayley Koch, Soprano

• 6 p.m., E105, CNS – Faculty & Staff Night Out – IWU faculty and staff may drop off their children for snacks and high-quality childcare provided at no cost by members of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Email Jennifer Altman at with any questions or to RSVP by Thursday, April 3.

• 7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Whittier College. Live video will be at

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Slam Poet "Odd?Rod" – Senior Mortar Board Society will sponsor leadership speaker and slam poet Odd?Rod, who uses slam poetry to draw on racial, economic and gender injustice in current events.
Students will also present their own slam poetry. The Mortar Board Society also will host upcoming local fundraisers.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Annaliese Siegel, Oboe & Emily Stitch, Bassoon

Sunday, April 6

• 1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Mary Nicholas, Soprano

• 3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Cantus Novus Concert – The choir is directed by Ronald J. Kiesewetter '89 and comprised of many IWU alumni, faculty and students, along with community members. Donations accepted at the door.

• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Alumni Recital: Brian Baxter '07, Drums, & Luke Gullickson '07, Piano and VocalsLearn more.

5 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Unite for Sight's Dinner in the Dark – Students are invited to come and learn about Unite For Sight, an organization on campus dedicated to providing sight-restoring surgeries to people living in India, Ghana and Honduras. Ethnic food from each country will be provided and students will be assigned a description of whether they are fully sighted, have blurry vision or are blinded for the dinner, in which case they will receive a blindfold.

• 5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Joe Lewis, Tenor

• 7 p.m., North Classroom, Shirk Center – Women's Lacrosse Informational Meeting – Female students are invited to an informational meeting to discuss the start of the varsity women's lacrosse team for the 2014-2015 season. Contact Coach Rosecrans at for details.

Monday, April 7

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

• 7 p.m., C101, CNS – Hess Lecture in Chemistry – Robert E. Maleczka of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will speak on "Advancing Green Chemistry / Advancing Catalytic Borylations: An Academic-Industrial Collaboration Gone Good." Honors bestowed on Maleczka include winning the Environmental Protection Agency's 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge. His talk is hosted by Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry Ram Mohan.

• 7:30 p.m., C102, CNS – Speaker: "Kill Anything That Moves: Nick Turse on the Hidden History of the American War in Vietnam" – Author Nick Turse will speak, sponsored by the Department of History and the Social Science Division, the Asian Studies Team of the International Studies Program and the Center for Human Rights & Social Justice. Turse's investigations of American war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Friday, April 4

State Farm Accounting Career Day – Pre-registered accounting students will connect with State Farm at their corporate offices and learn more about State Farm's accounting internship and career opportunities. This event will offer unique opportunities for participants to get to know State Farm and State Farm's financial operations areas. 


Award-Winning Author Aaron Reynolds '92 to Speak

Saturday, April 1
2 p.m.
Normal Public Library (206 W. College Ave., Normal

Aaron Reynolds '92 will give a presentation on his book, Creepy Carrots, which is a Caldecott Honor Book, a New York Times bestseller, and has been nominated for the Monarch Award. More information.

Autism Speaks: Light it Up Blue

Wednesday, April 2

Each April 2, advocacy organization Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue kicks off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism, with many iconic landmarks and buildings around the world lighted blue.

Illinois Wesleyan will participate by lighting the rotunda of the Ames Art Building blue. In addition, a banner will be on display in the Center for Natural Sciences.

Students at Illinois Wesleyan continue to conduct research related to autism. See Digital Commons.

Book Drive and Reading Carnival

Through Friday, April 4, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity is conducting a Book Drive to benefit local children. Look for donation bins in Hansen, CLA, CNS, Presser and The Ames Library to donate any children's books.

On Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Normal Public Library, children will receive free books at a reading carnival hosted by Alpha Phi Omega.

LGBTQ Open Forum

Tuesday, April 8,
7 p.m.
Henning Room, Memorial Center

LGBTQ Student Life will host an open forum to discuss the all gender restroom signs that have been posted around campus. We will discuss why this is important and what these signs mean.

Senior Mortar Board Society Fundraisers

From Tuesday-Thursday, April 1-3, go to Cherryberry (503 S. Main St., Normal) and 10 percent of all sales – from open to close – will support the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of Mortar Board. Be sure to mention you are there for the Mortar Board fundraiser.

On Tuesday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. at Potbelly's (609 S. Main Street, Normal), 25 percent of all sales will support Mortar Board. No need to mention the fundraiser.

Titans for Teeth

Titans for Teeth is a dental hygiene supplies drive for clients at Safe Harbor, a Bloomington non-profit whose mission is to "provide homeless services with respect, dignity and without discrimination."

IWU Interfaith is partnering with IWU pre-dental students to collect donations and to raise awareness about oral health, which has been identified as one of three health problem priorities in Mclean County through its Community Health Needs Assessment.

Come and learn more about why oral health matters to individuals and to a healthy community – and donate a dollar or dental hygiene products – at the Dugout Counter in the Memorial Center on April 1, 4, 8 and 9 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Questions? Email Alyssa Baker at or Anna Kerr-Carpenter at

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

Belleville News Democrat
Deanna Jent '84 won "Outstanding Director" at the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, one of five awards for Mustard Seed Theatre's "All is Calm."

The Pantagraph
Students gathered for a marathon reading of Virgil's "Aeneid" at The Ames Library to mark World Poetry Day on March 21.

The Pantagraph

As First State Bank of Bloomington honors his retirement, Lee Menken '58 reflected on his 54-year career in banking.

Chicago Sun-Times
Final Four finish was a proud achievement for Illinois Wesleyan's men's basketball.
As he took the Titans to the Final Four, Ron Rose '88 said it's "extra special" to coach the students at his alma mater.

Brady Zimmer '14, who played with the Titans in the Final Four, hopes to launch a ministry after graduation.

> More Titans in the News


• Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor Crystal Boyce and Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor Stephanie Davis-Kahl have each had their poster sessions accepted for the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference this June.

Boyce's poster, entitled "Practice Makes Perfect: Updating Borrowing Policies and Practices at a Small Academic Library," represents part of her research that she launched while at William & Mary.

Davis-Kahl's poster, "Library Support of Undergraduate Research Programs: Perceptions, Value and Opportunity," reflects her work with institutional repositories and undergraduate research.

The ALA poster sessions are peer-reviewed and competitive, with only 27% of submissions accepted.

In addition, Davis-Kahl will co-present an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) workshop, "Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement," on May 2 at Baylor University.

• Operatic bass-baritone William Powers '64 will reprise one of his signature villainous portrayals, that of "Baron Scarpia" from Puccini's TOSCA, with the Wichita Grand Opera on Saturday, April 12.

• Kent Johnson '73 is running for another term on the Walworth, Wis. Village Board. He is a former president and vice president of Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce and co-chairman of Taste of Lake Geneva. Reported by the (Janesville, Wis.) Gazette (subscription required).

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

Alumni Events

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

Sustainability Initiatives Funded

Two sustainability initiatives were among the projects selected for funding in the first round of proposals for the Donnocker Innovation Fund: the Shirk Center lighting replacement project and electric sub-metering (see page 3 of the project summaries).

In addition, a state-funded project to replace the elevators in Munsell and Ferguson Halls is expected to yield energy savings. (The new elevators are necessary to accommodate installation of the mandated sprinkler system, also funded by a state grant.)

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


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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