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April 14, 2014

Campus News


Ferradáns Publishes Bilingual Collection of Spanish Poet's Work
Wesleyan's Carmela Ferradáns has published Incessant Beauty, the first dual language collection of Ana Rossetti's poetry.


Montgomery Named Kemp Teaching Award Winner
Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery was named the 2015 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence at the annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday.


Student's Research on Crime in Normal a Topic at National Symposium
Analysis of local criminal activity led senior Jake Bates to explore the unintended consequences and ethical implications of policing efforts, which he discussed at a national ethics symposium.


Kerr Visits Capitol Hill with Nursing Delegation
Assistant Professor of Nursing Noël Kerr learned how to influence health-care policy at the national and local level during a recent Nurse in Washington Internship.


Employees Honored for Years of Service
Illinois Wesleyan University honored retirees and employees celebrating milestone anniversaries at its annual recognition banquet. See the Slide Show.


Okuno-Jones '86 Named Advocate Health Care Vice President
School of Nursing Alumna Susan Okuno-Jones has been named vice president, nursing practice and innovation at Advocate Health Care, the largest integrated health care system in Illinois.


Illinois Wesleyan head baseball coach Dennis Martel got his 700th career coaching victory as the Titans downed Knox College at Horenberger Field on Tuesday, April 8. Also reported by The Pantagraph.

> Find more highlights at

We Did It!

All In

As you know, the response to last Wednesday's challenge was incredible.

We knew as it was happening that April 2 was a huge day for the University in terms of financial support, donor participation and collective Titan Pride.

Gifts came in online, over the phone, through the mail and in person. This flood of support took almost a week to fully record,
and now we're pleased to be able to share the totals with you.

Thanks to commitments ranging from $1 to $250,000,
2,406 Titan alumni and friends collectively raised $838,000 in 24 hours.

This was only possible because of all of you who not only participated as donors, but helped spread the message to friends far and wide.

Thank you for proving once again that Titans are "all in" all the time.

Share Your News
Visit Your Online Class Newsletter

Check out your Class Newsletter to see what classmates are up to, or share your own news, photos and updates.

In recent posts, Amy Brigham, Class of 2006, and Joel Brigham welcomed Morgan Elise Brigham into the world on April 7, 2014.


Monday, April 14

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: What's Behind the Protests in Venezuela?

• 6 p.m., Shirk Center – Tommy Awards – The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Titan Athletics will recognize athletes who have excelled in their respective arenas. Athletic and academic achievements will be honored. Dinner at 6 p.m., ceremony at 7 p.m.

• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Passover Dinner – Join IWU Hillel in learning about and celebrating the Jewish holiday, Passover. This fun and educational event is free and open to the entire campus.

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

Tuesday, April 15

• 5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Vegans, Vegetarians, Victorious! Food Taster – Vegans, Vegetarians, Victorious! is hosting a campus-wide free food event featuring several vegan and vegetarian dishes. This event is open to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike in a friendly, casual environment.

• 9:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Wesleyan Consort will perform.

Wednesday, April 16

• 3 p.m., Softball Field – Softball vs. Wis.-Whitewater (doubleheader). Live video will be at

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

Thursday, April 17

Deadline for May Term Break Key Requests – Last day for students to request a May Term break key from the Office of Residential Life at no charge. Request a key.

• 2 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Retirement Reception for Patrick McLane – The campus community is invited to a reception honoring Patrick McLane, who is retiring from Illinois Wesleyan after a 23-year career as Instructional Technologist.

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

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

• 4 & 7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poetry Workshop & Reading – Poet Roger Reeves will conduct a poetry workshop at 4 p.m. and a reading at 7 p.m., joined by poets Garin Cycholl and William Allegrezza. All are welcome to the events, sponsored by Tributaries.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009, Sweden) will be presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition

Friday, April 18

• 4 p.m., C102, CNS – Natural Science Colloquia Series – Richard Laugesen of the University of Illinois will present the Beling Lecture, hosted by Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He.

• 5 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Central. Live video will be at

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – IWU Drag Ball – Come out to Pride's annual Drag Ball, hosted by Ceduxion Carrington. A $5 suggested donation cover charge will be donated to a local LGBT organization.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Kelly Lamorena, Trumpet

Saturday, April 19

• 11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital:  Kylin Wagner, Soprano

• 1 p.m., Softball Field – Softball vs. University Of Chicago (doubleheader)

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

• 1 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Akash Bhatia, Tenor

• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Anna Wegener, Piano

• 5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Eric Sepúlveda, Baritone

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Conor Strejcek, Composition

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian Colin Jost – Head writer at Saturday Night Live and Weekend Update host Colin Jost will entertain. Free to IWU students with ID, sponsored by Student Senate.

Sunday, April 20

• 5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Nicole Chamberlin, Soprano

Monday, April 21

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Course Cluster Planning Meeting – All faculty, staff and administrators interested in planning the theme for the 2014-15 course cluster are asked to attend this Non-Org. We will share ideas for how to connect to already-scheduled events and themes for the year. If you cannot make it to the meeting but are interested in joining the cluster or providing input, please contact Rebecca Gearhart at

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

• 5 p.m., Memorial Center – Concert: Brent & Co

> Find more events on the Events Calendar

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Tuesday, April 15

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Humanities Resume Workshop – Join the Hart Career Center for this workshop and discover how to create a resume that highlights your skills.    Humanities majors and minors are welcome to attend, including English, French Studies, German Studies, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic Studies, Japanese Studies, philosophy, religion, Russian Studies and Women's Studies. Come to the workshop for resume reviews and tips.

Wednesday, April 16

• Employer McLean County Unit District #5 will be on campus for interviews.

Thursday, April 17

• Employer State Farm Insurance will be on campus for practice interviews.


Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
IWU's maestro Steven Eggleston is retiring after 35 noteworthy years.

Aberdeen (S.D.) News
Jim Molinari '77 has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Pantagraph
State Farm CEO Ed Rust Jr., a 1972 IWU graduate, dispelled rumors that the company will move jobs away from Bloomington during his remarks to the Illinois Wesleyan Associates on Thursday.

The (Lakewood, Wash.) Suburban Times
Andrew Rex '77, professor of physics at University of Puget Sound, has published a new book, Commonly Asked Questions in Physics.

Broadway World
Andrew Schneider '03, a performance / interactive-electronics artist in New York City, will receive the 2014 Tom Murrin Performance Award.

Steve Yoder '62 has joined University of Houston men's basketball staff as director of operations.

Iowa State Daily
Kristin Stewart '03 has been touring with the musical Beauty and the Beast since August 2013.

(Australia) Radio National
The creative mind behind films like ShrekBill Damaschke '85 is in Australia with Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg for the opening of their exhibition in Melbourne.

Broadway World
Academy-award nominated Richard Jenkins and his wife, director/choreographer Sharon Jenkins, both 1969 IWU graduates, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by Trinity Rep in Providence, R.I.

IEA Communications
The Bloomington School District received a grant supporting its Lunch Buddy program with Illinois Wesleyan's track and cross-country teams.

> More Titans in the News


• In recent activity, Assistant Professor of Music Joseph Plazak:

– Co-presented two poster presentations at the national conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, one with Caitlyn Trevor '14 on multi-modal music perception, and another with Akash Bhatia '14 on irregular meter preferences.

– Published a book chapter entitled "Listener-senders, musical irony, and the most 'disliked' YouTube videos" in K.L. Turner's This is the Sound of Irony (Ashgate Publishing).

– Presented two papers on "transforming sound into sight" via MAX/MSP and DMX lighting at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction Conference, Boston, Mass., and the National Association of Music Merchants: CMS Next Generation Program, Anaheim, Calif.

– Delivered two alumni talks at William Rainey Harper College and at Elmhurst College.

– Presented two papers at the national conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, one on 
electro-acoustic music perception and another on extra-musical information.

– Was elected as co-chair and faculty advisor for the College Music Society's National Student Advisory committee.

• Assistant Professor of Music Adriana Ponce presented the following:

– "A History of (Dis)encounters: Musicology and Nineteenth-Century Form" at the conference "History Theory and Analysis: Interactions, Conflicts, Resolutions." This is a joint conference of the Dutch-Flemish Society of Music Theory, the Royal Society of Music History of the Netherlands, and the Royal Society of Music History of Belgium - Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Feb. 28 - March 1).

–  "Memory, Trace and Expressiveness in Chopin's Nocturnes" at the spring meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society at Boston Conservatory (March 8).

• Three Illinois Wesleyan students were elected to the executive board of the College Democrats of Illinois, which hosted its annual State Convention at Illinois Wesleyan on April 5. Brexton Isaacs '15 was elected president, Annie Kehler '15, communications director, and Alan Russian '15, technology director.

• At its spring benefit on April 5, "A Salute to Chicago Star Jim Harms," Light Opera Works honored actor Jim Harms '67 for his long career in theater, including his many roles in Light Opera Works' performances over the years.

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

Alumni Events

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.


Welcome New Employee

Ed Horn
began April 9 as a part-time security officer, replacing Pete Kroutil.

Tommy Titan

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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:
4,174 alumni donors
19% participation
as of April 14, 2014
Remaining to Reach Goal:
811 more alumni donors

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