Campus Weekly

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May 19, 2014

Campus News


Alumni Named Illinois Wesleyan Trustees
Three alumni were named to Illinois Wesleyan's Board of Trustees and the current officers were re-elected to serve for the coming 2014-15 academic year.


Google Glass Sparks University Projects
One of the first universities in the state accepted into Google's Glass Explorer program, Illinois Wesleyan has selected 14 participants to conduct proposed experiments over the next year.


State Farm Hall Inspires Collaboration
Through technology and innovative use of classroom space, State Farm Hall inspires new ways to teach and learn, as featured in the latest IWU Magazine.


• A total of nine athletes will represent Illinois Wesleyan University in the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 22 to 24 at Selby Stadium and George Gauthier Track in Delaware, Ohio, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.

• The Titans ended their season in the NCAA Division III Softball Super Regional, hosted at IWU Field.

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In recent posts from the class of 1994, Jason Mierek began a new position as Visiting Project Manager for the Humanities Without Walls initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more.


> See May Term Facility Hours

Tuesday, May 20

4:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – The Beauty of Illumination – Conversations with the St. John's Bible, with guest speakers from Augustana and the Benedictine Monastery, Rock Island.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: "Up Heartbreak Hill" – Introduced by Chair of Sociology/Anthropology and Associate Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart. “Up Heartbreak Hill” chronicles the lives of three Native American teenagers in Navajo, N.M. as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school.

Wednesday, May 21

10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m.IWU Peace Garden Volunteering – Contact Amanda King at or Katarina Waszak at (Also on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 & 25)

Thursday, May 22

2:30 p.m., Room 103, State Farm Hall – Museums and Cultural Heritage: Who Decides What to Preserve? – Michael Wiant, director of Dickson Mounds Museum, will deliver a lecture as part of the May Term Speaker Series.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: "District 9" – Introduced by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery and Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowed Professor William Munro.

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Play: F2M(Performances continue, same time and place, on Friday and Saturday.)

Friday, May 23

6:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – An Evening of Indian Dances – Part of the May Term Event Series.

Monday, May 26

Memorial Day (NO CLASSES)

> Find more on the Events Calendar


• Research by Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding and collaborators to create a sonic tractor beam was featured in Nature. (subscription required)

• A new composition by Lisa Ragsdale '72 received its premier performance in St. Paul, Minn., by members of "The Renegade Ensemble," and another concert of her works is planned. Read more in the online Class Newsletter.

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


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Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan students reported to the City Council on their findings regarding the potential for a west Bloomington TIF district.

Illinois Wesleyan researchers are developing computer programs for dogs.

WGLT Radio
George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology Given Harper discussed the colorful, rare birds that are currently migrating across McLean County.

Lincoln Courier
New graduate Lucas Fletcher '14 gave a final concert as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Delavan.

Lincoln Daily News
Brian Simpson '79 shared lessons on life drawing techniques with the Logan County Arts group.

Naperville Sun
Eric Doolittle '96 has been named new campus chaplain at North Central College.

> More Titans in the News

Alumni Events

White Sox vs. Padres
Date: June 1, 2014
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.

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

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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
4,399 alumni donors
20% participation
as of May 19, 2014
Remaining to Reach Goal:
586 more alumni donors
Deadline: July 31, 2014

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