Campus Weekly

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April 7, 2014

Campus News


Illinois Wesleyan Mourns Wendell Hess
A memorial service is scheduled Saturday, April 12 in Bloomington for Emeritus Professor Wendell Hess, who passed away April 3. Friends are welcome to share tributes on Facebook.


Diaz Wins Brittingham Prize in Poetry
Wesleyan's Joanne Diaz has won the 2014 Brittingham Prize in Poetry for best book-length manuscript of original poetry for her collection, My Favorite Tyrants.


Roesner to Speak at Honors Convocation
Seniors will don their regalia and Kemp teaching award winner Rebecca Roesner will speak at the annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 9.


Student Research Conference Marks 25 Years
This year's John Wesley Powell Research Conference marks the 25th anniversary of one of the longest running and largest undergraduate conferences of its kind.


Director, Playwright Jent '84 to Speak at Commencement
Deanna Jent will deliver Illinois Wesleyan's Commencement address to the Class of 2014 on Sunday, May 4.


"All in for Wesleyan" Challenge a Success
In a one-day rally of Titan Pride, alumni and friends came through to meet all challenges, with over 1,850 gifts totaling well over $700,000.

Titan Pride

Titan Pride on Display
Titans turned to social media to rally around the "All in for Wesleyan" giving challenge. #IWUChallenge

Ed Rust

State Farm CEO to Speak at Associates Luncheon
Edward B. Rust Jr. '72 will speak to the Illinois Wesleyan Associates, a group of local business leaders who provide students financial support and internship opportunities.


Illinois Wesleyan sophomore Nia Joiner, who overcame a severe auto accident while in high school to become a Division III national champion, is featured in a story in the April 7 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.

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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 Nick Turse: the Hidden History of the American War in Vietnam

Tuesday, April 8

Through April 22
– Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art  – BFA/BA Senior Exhibitions

• 11:30 a.m., Dugout Counter, Memorial Center – Titans for Teeth – 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 – and donate a dollar or dental hygiene products. (Also on Wednesday, April 9)

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Stories from Alternative Spring Break at Rosebud Reservation – Bring your lunch and hear about the experiences of students, faculty and staff who participated in the Alternative Spring Break trip to Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.

• 6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball – vs. Knox.  Live video will be at

• 7 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center – LGBTQ Open Forum – 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.

• 8 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Musical: The Drowsy ChaperonePerformances continue 8 p.m. nightly through Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Improvisation Workshop Recital

Wednesday, April 9

• 11 a.m.,  – Honors Convocation – Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall

• 12-6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Tri-Beta Spring Blood Drive – Come support the American Red Cross and IWU Tri-Beta Society at the annual Pint-for-a-Pint Blood Drive. As a promotion, all donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver's Custard.

• 12 p.m., E101 CNS – Academic Skills Series: Maximizing Your Success on Finals – 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 p.m., Softball Field – Softball vs. Carthage (doubleheader).  Live video will be at

• 4 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Millikin

Thursday, April 10

• 4 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Wheaton

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Studies Colloquium Panel: "Secret Societies, Witchfinding, and Ritual Settlements in the Shaping of Mijikenda Identity:
 Chapters for Contesting Identities in Kenyan Coastal Society."

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

• 8 p.m., Eckley Quad in front of State Farm Hall (rain location: CNS Atrium) – Take Back the Night: A rally for IWU to come together to speak out against sexual assault and domestic violence. We will unite around a bonfire, share our experiences, listen to and support one another. Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Task Force, FEM, Office of the Dean of Students, OMSA, ORL, Evelyn Chapel, Panhellenic and Fraternity and Sorority Programming Board.

Friday, April 11

• 4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquia Series – Kevin Brown of Indiana University will present "New Methods and Strategies for the Chemical Synthesis of Natural Products," hosted by Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry Ram Mohan.

• 7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse – vs. University Of Dubuque. Live video will be at

• 7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Concert – The orchestra will celebrate Professor of Music Steve Eggleston, who is retiring after 35 years at Illinois Wesleyan.

Saturday, April 12

• John Wesley Powell Research Conference

• 8 a.m., Ironwood Golf Course, Normal – Women's Golf – Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling (Continues Sunday, April 13)

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Shirk Center Arena and classrooms, Shirk Center – Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo

• 10:30 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis
vs. Principia

• 11 a.m., Softball Field – Softball – IWU Tournament vs. Anderson University

• 11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Rebecca Blumer, Soprano

• 1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Augustana (doubleheader)

• 1 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art  – Reception & Awards for Senior Art Exhibitions – In conjunction with the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference, a reception begins at 1 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

• 1 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Junior Recital: Rebecca Buechel, Mezzo-Soprano & Andrea Tucci, Soprano

• 3 p.m., Softball Field – Softball – IWU Tournament vs. Washington University

• 3 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Carthage. Live video will be at

• 3 p.m., Room 102, State Farm Hall – Kate Donovan: Women and Pseudoscience – Sponsored by the Illinois Wesleyan Secular Student Alliance.

• 3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Ashleen Davey, Soprano

5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Clarisse Tobia, Soprano

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty Chamber Music Recital  

• 9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Caitlyn Trevor, Cello

Sunday, April 13

• 11 a.m., Softball Field – Softball – IWU Tournament vs. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Live video will be at

• 11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Laura Brooks, Flute & Olivia Hoff, Piano

• 1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Brass Chamber Ensemble Recital

• 4 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church (502 E. Front St., Bloomington, Ill.) – Spring Choral Concert

• 5 p.m., Softball Field – Softball – IWU Tournament vs. Fontbonne University. Live video will be at

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

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Percussion Ensemble Recital

Monday, April 14
• 7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – IWU Jazz in Concert – The IWU Jazz Ensemble and IWU Jazz Lab will perform.

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

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Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune
Film and television star Kevin Dunn '77 credits his theater training for his success as a character actor.

The (Joliet) Herald-News
Louis Peyla '53, a Joliet business owner and community leader, died March 28. See his obituary.

(Saint Paul, Minn.) Pioneer Press
David M. Gehrenbeck, former music professor at Illinois Wesleyan, received the 2014 J. Stanley and Doris Hill Legacy Award for his volunteer service in the White Bear Lake area and elsewhere.

WGLT Radio
Joel Greenberg, author of a new book on the extinction of the passenger pigeon, spoke at Illinois Wesleyan.

> More Titans in the News


• Associate Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine published the article, "Hermann Cohen and the Jewish Jesus" in Modern Judaism.

• Professor of Hispanic Studies Carmela Ferradans edited and translated Incessant Beauty: A Bilingual Anthology of Ana Rossetti's Poetry, published by 2LeafPress (April, 2014). Ana Rossetti's poetics translation into English was done by R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature Robert Bray; the book's cover design is by Spencer Sauter '70.

• Assistant Professor of Nursing Noël Kerr attended the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) held by the Nursing Organizations Alliance (The Alliance) in Washington, DC, March 29-April 1.

Nora Peterson '14, anthropology and womens studies major and Hispanic Studies minor, has been selected to receive a summer scholarship for study in Alcalá de Henares, Spain at the Instituto Franklin-Universidad de Alcalá de Henares for four weeks in July 2014.

This competitive award is granted by Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, to applicants from across the U.S. Peterson was nominated by the IWU chapter.

• Susan Okuno-Jones '86 has been named vice president, nursing practice and innovation at Advocate Health Care.

> 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

Students Attend Environmental Lobby Day

Illinois Wesleyan students attended the Lobby Day sponsored by Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) on Thursday, April 3. Students lobbied their representatives and senators on select environmental bills.

Read more

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

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.


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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