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May 12, 2014

Campus News


Celebrating May Term
Alaina Waterman '14 and Sam Mancini '17 of Titan TV prepared a video promoting May Term at Illinois Wesleyan, a time to play – with ideas, friends and new experiences.


Grant to Support Summer Music Program
Illinois Wesleyan's Summer Music Program has been awarded a grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation to support a chamber music camp for junior high and high school students.


• The softball team took the NCAA regional championship over Lake Forest at IWU Field on Sunday, May 11, while the baseball team claimed the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament championship.

• The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team will play in its eighth consecutive NCAA Division III championships, being held May 13 to 16 at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

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> See May Term Facility Hours

Monday, May 12

• Summer 4:00 Office Hours Begin
– Campus Offices will close at 4 p.m. daily.

• 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., The Ames Library – May Term Bike Ride – Members of the campus community are invited to gather for a quick, informal, easy ride focused on safely navigating campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

Tuesday, May 13

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: "To Play and To Fight" – Introduced by Assistant Professor of Music Adriana Ponce, "To Play and To Fight" presents the story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history.

Wednesday, May 14

• 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
, Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Safe Zone Training – A social justice ally is a member of a dominant group who stands in support of people from a social group that is treated unfairly or unjustly. At IWU, allies to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other people marginalized because of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression are invited to take part in Safe Zone. The IWU Safe Zone Program creates an opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan community members to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus, and to serve as resources for members of the campus community who are interested in becoming more knowledgeable about sexual orientation and gender identity. Join us for Safe Zone training for certification in the program (also on May 21). By attending these two essential trainings, you will be recognized as an LGBTQ+ Ally and a member of our community of support. More details and information are here:

• 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m.  – IWU Peace Garden Volunteering – Contact Amanda King at or Katarina Waszak at

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Film: "Living for 32"

Thursday, May 15

• 4 p.m., Room 102, State Farm Hall – Reflections on Lakota Environmental Ethics – Chief Duane Hollow Horn Bear from Sinte Gleska University in Rosebud, S.D., will speak as part of the May Term Speaker Series.

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Film: "Girl Rising" – Introduced by McFee Professor of Religion and Director of Women's Studies Carole Myscofski, the film furthers the cause of girls' education across the globe, with girls acting out stories adapted from their own lives by writers from their own countries.

Friday, May 16

• Lunchtime Volunteer Opportunity at Safe Harbor – Safe Harbor in West Bloomington, whose mission is "to provide homeless services with respect, dignity and without discrimination," provides a community lunch every day of the week. Join IWU volunteers to prepare lunch. We meet at Evelyn Chapel at 9:45 a.m. and return to campus no later than 12:45 p.m. If you are interested, please email University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at no later than May 15. Space is limited. 

• 5 p.m., Eckley Quad  – Learn to Play Balinese Gamelan Music – During Sodexo Dinner on the Quad.

Saturday, May 17

• 10-11 a.m.  – Morning at the Farmer's Market(Rescheduled from May 10) Learn about local food justice efforts in downtown Bloomington, listen to live music, eat fresh food, and visit the Book Bike. Meet at the Lincoln statue in front of the Mclean County Museum of History. Questions? Email Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at

• 10 a.m.  – PhGuFest: BBQ and Games – Part of the May Term Recreational Series.

• 7 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Yingying Kuai, Piano – Program includes Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Hisaishi, and Hawes.

Sunday, May 18

• 3:30-7 p.m.,  – Dinner Prep and Serve at Home Sweet Home – Part of the May Term Community Series. Contact Elyse Nelson Winger, university chaplain, at about volunteering.

> Find more events on the Events Calendar


• Associate Professor of German and Eastern European Studies Sonja Fritzsche is editor of the new book series, World Science Fiction Studies, being launched by Peter Lang Oxford.

• Kathryn Tomaszynska '15 received a grant from the Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators.

• IWU talent fills the cast and crew of Prairie Fire Theatre's "Who Stole B-Flat?" including Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Robert Mangialardi; students Megan Callison '16, Rebecca Buechel '15, Sean Leeds '15 and Jacklyn Klimczak '15; and alumni Jeannie Breitweiser '72, Nancy Brokaw '71 and Rhys Lovell '87.

• Dr. Gisele M. Casanova '82, an associate professor of psychology at Purdue University Calumet and the Central Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, was among the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence honorees. The awards celebrate local African American women who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.

Charles Hawker '62 has been honored by the International Headquarters of Sigma Chi as a "Man of Significance" in the field of Clinical Chemistry. He was noted for receiving the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences and Patient Safety Award in 2013.

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


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Titans In The News

Financial Times
Carol Brandt '78 was recognized on the Financial Times "Top 400 Financial Advisors" list.

The Pantagraph
Professor of English Jim Plath is helping to save John Updike's childhood home in Shillington, Pa.

yron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau discusses "Rotten Pot" and other royal food -- the art of translating a 17th century Spanish cookbook.

The Pantagraph
About 500 IWU graduateswalked across the Commencement stage on May 4.

The Pantagraph
Slideshow: 12 famous people who attended Illinois Wesleyan.

> More Titans in the News

Alumni Events

White Sox vs. Padres
Date: June 1, 2014
Baseball season has arrived! Join the Young Alumni at the White Sox vs. Padres game.

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!

JDraper Glass Studio Tour

Date: June 21, 2014
Time: 1-3 p.m.

You are invited by the Peoria Area Alumni to join the JDraper glass team in their hot shop for a private afternoon of glass blowing demonstrations and discussion.

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

Vegetarians & Vegans, Victorious!

The student organization Vegetarians & Vegans, Victorious! hosted a food tasting event at the Hansen Student Center in April, with funding support from Student Senate.

The group provided recipes that were prepared by Sodexo, some of which have been adopted as new options for the vegetarian section at Bertholf Commons.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Doris M. (Culley Senior Meyers) Snow, a faculty member in the humanities at Illinois Wesleyan from 1954 until 1976, died on April 11. Read an obituary.

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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
4,338 alumni donors
20% participation
as of May 6, 2014
Remaining to Reach Goal:
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