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April 28, 2014

Campus News


Students Named Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists
Five students have been selected as the 2014 Eckley Scholars, and will stay on campus this summer to pursue research or creative endeavors under the direction of faculty mentors.


Dao Selected for Mark Israel Research Fellowship
Andy Dao '15 will conduct research this summer on trade openness as a means to economic growth in emerging economies, supported by the Mark Israel Research Fellowship.


IWU Researchers Hope Apps Teach Dogs New Tricks
Wesleyan's Ellen Furlong and students in the Comparative Cognition Lab are developing computer games aimed at alleviating boredom – and resulting behavior problems – in dogs.


Swope, Lewis Named as 2014 Weir Fellows
Lexia Swope '15 and Julie Lewis '16 were named Weir Fellows for launching community projects aimed, respectively, at promoting healthy lifestyles and music lessons among local youth.


Henry '14 Selected for MoMA Internship
Senior international studies and anthropology major Lauren Henry will intern this summer at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.


Students Raise Funds, Awareness for Safe Water
Students in an Illinois Wesleyan University global health course have raised more than $1,000 for clean water and sanitation initiatives in developing countries.


"Unraveling Inequality" Theme for May Term
Students have the opportunity to participate in a single month-long class during May Term, with this year's theme echoing the 2013-2014 liberal arts course cluster.


Illinois Wesleyan Offering Summer Camps for Youngsters
Parents looking for academically challenging and fun-filled enrichment programs for their children can find them this summer at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Two new camps are being offered through the IWU Young Scholars initiative, made possible by a grant from the Donnocker Innovation Fund.

Additional summer camps will continue this year, including the School of Theatre Summer on Stage Camps, the School of Music Summer Camps and Institute, the Accounting Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) program, and many sports camps.


• Illinois Wesleyan junior Allie Boudreau shattered the Titan women's track and field school record in the heptathlon by 166 points at the historic Drake Relays on April 24.

• The No. 12-ranked softball team, winners of 13 straight games, earned the school's 15th conference championship in the sport with a doubleheader sweep of North Park on Saturday, April 26, at IWU Field.

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In recent news, Chao Ren, Class of 2011, has completed a master's at Harvard Divinity School, and is now a graduate student at Tufts University (studying with former IWU professor Brian Hatcher).


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Monday, April 28 & Tuesday, April 29 – Final exams

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

Wednesday, April 30

Senior Volunteer Day
– Just as they started their time at IWU with volunteer activities during Turning Titan Orientation, seniors will have opportunities to join friends for a last day of service before graduation as part of Senior Week activities.

Final grades due for seniors and graduate candidates

• 5:30 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Senior Picnic – The Class of 2014 is invited to gather for some relaxed food with friends.

Friday, May 2

• 5 p.m., President's House (rain location: Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center)  – Senior Gift Donor Reception – Members of the Class of 2014 who contributed to the Class Gift are invited to a reception in their honor.

• 7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center  – Frederick Winters Show for Seniors – Everybody's favorite hypnotist will be back to entertain.

Saturday, May 3

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

• 8 p.m., Young Main Lounge and Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Senior Night of Talent – This is an annual gathering in which students, friends, family, faculty and staff join together for a night of informal entertainment from the graduating class. A chocolate fountain, fruit, cheeses and crackers, spritzers and punch will be served.

Sunday, May 4

Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Video Messages from the Class of 2014 – Friends and family are welcome to stop in and watch recorded messages of thanks from graduates for their support.

• 1 p.m., Kemp Commencement Plaza (rain location: Shirk Center) – COMMENCEMENT for the Class of 2014 – Award-winning director and playwright Deanna Jent, a 1984 graduate whose son Christopher is in the class of 2014, will give the address, "Story and Truth: The Dionysus Connection."

The ceremony will be live streamed.

Monday, May 5

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


• Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez presented "Growing Up in Little Pieces: Trans-Caribbean Childhood Stories of Survival and the Politics of Age" at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting held in New York City on March 20-23, 2014.

• Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli presented "Language Learning in the Study Abroad Context: Variables that Affect Development" to the Language in Context Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago on April 7, 2014.

• Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr coauthored a paper published in the newsletter of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Amphibian Specialist Group, with Catenazzi and A. & R. von May (2014), "Peru's national park protects 156 species of amphibians from the Andes to the Amazo," FrogLog 22(2):43–47. The current journal is freely accessible at

Joerg Tiede, professor and chair of computer science and director of cognitive science, was announced as the 2014 Dougan Award winner at the April 21 faculty meeting. The award, first proposed by Tiede in 2011 in memory of the late Professor of Psychology James Dougan, seeks to recognize service in faculty governance and commitment to defending the faculty's right to participate in shaping the direction of the university. See past winners.

•  Barbara J. Ford '68, director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library since 2003, is retiring from the University at the end of May 2014. Ford has led the Mortenson Center as it expanded its activities in developing library professionals worldwide.

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

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Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune
Michael McMorris '97 was hired to direct the retirement plan services team for Trust Company of Illinois.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Research published by Wesleyan's Lynda Duke and Sue Wilson sheds light on discovery in the age of Google.

Epoch Times
Wesleyan's Teddy Amoloza discussed Shen Yun Performing Arts, which she says provides a different look at China.

Wayne Small '95 was hired as senior mobile software architect at Jun Group.

Senior Web Developer Michael Gorman '10 discussed the state's new transportation plan, aimed at making biking easier and safer.

The Pantagraph
Columnist Bill Flick writes that "grace and dignity reigned" when a physical plant crew was called to President Richard Wilson's residence under stressful circumstances.

The Pantagraph
Dr. Sharon Molitoris '05 joined the Houska Dental Center in Bloomington.

> More Titans in the News

Alumni Events

Washington, D.C. Alumni Connection 2014
Date: Tuesday, June 17
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Join Washington, D.C. area alumni, students and friends at the University Club. Registration will open mid-May. Save the Date!

Denver Regional Connection 2014
Date: August 16
Time: 3-5 p.m.

Join Denver area Illinois Wesleyan alumni, family and friends for a reception at the home of Sara '01 and John Froelich. Registration will open in June.


Think Green

Stop Paying to Truck Water to Campus

Offices in Holmes Hall and The Ames Library will be ending contracts for Culligan bottled water and will instead make use of hydration stations. A station is already installed in Ames, while savings from the terminated contract will be used to install one or two stations for filtered drinking water in Holmes Hall.

The GREENetwork and Sierra Student Coalition urge other campus offices to consider conserving both costs and environmental resources by making use of filtered tap water.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.

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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:
4,307 alumni donors
19.9% participation
as of April 28, 2014
Remaining to Reach Goal:
678 more alumni donors

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