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May 27, 2014

Campus News


Construction on $6.5 Million Shirk Center Addition to Begin Soon
An expansion of the Shirk Center's fitness and athletic team space is being made possible by a gift from the Shirk family and the Shirk Family Foundation.

Rebecca Roesner

Roesner to Receive National Teaching Award
Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner will receive Iota Sigma Pi's Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Film Class

May Term Classes Offer World of Opportunities
From learning first-hand about the surging Chinese economy to connecting physics and ecology through the study of sound, May Term students spend an intensive month in courses on campus and around the world.


Salowitz Honored by College Sports Information Directors
Wesleyan's Stew Salowitz will be honored by CoSIDA for his 25 years publicizing Titan sports, including media relations for numerous NCAA championships held at IWU.


Students Named to Spring 2014 Dean's List
Illinois Wesleyan has announced the spring semester Dean's List, which includes 879 students from 29 states and 10 countries.


• Illinois Wesleyan sophomore Nia Joiner (in the 100) and members of the 4x400 relay team earned All-American status with sixth place finishes at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 24, at Selby Stadium and George Gauthier Track in Delaware, Ohio, while junior Allie Boudreau earned All-American status with her fourth place finish in the heptathlon on Friday.

• Senior pitcher Molly McCready was named to the third team of the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-America softball squads.

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In recent posts from the class of 2005, Jonathan Charak spent 2.5 years in Australia with Zurich Insurance. He will be a speaker at an upcoming Casualty Actuarial Society webinar on autonomous vehicles.


> See May Term Facility Hours

Continuing through July 25
, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building Summer Art Exhibitions – Glass models of plant and animal life ("Lifeforms") and paintings by local artist Mary Jungels-Goodyear ("Layered Landscapes") are on display.

Tuesday, May 27

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Entry Level, The Ames Library – Mini-Tunnel of Oppression – Students in various May Term courses have helped to research and create an interactive multi-media display that explores issues such as discrimination, oppression and prejudice.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: "Regret to Inform" – Introduced by Professor of History Tom Lutze.

Wednesday, May 28

• 10 a.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Speaker on Humanitarian Work in Vietnam – Mike Boehm, Vietnam War veteran, will present "Hands in the Rice Paddy: More than 20 Years of Humanitarian Work in Vietnam."

• 2:30 p.m., Ames Library Plaza – Tipi Construction, followed at 4 p.m. by Tipi Teachings with Red Bear and Red Knife

• 4 p.m., The Ames Library and third floor, CLA – Student Exhibit: Library Archives and Anthropological Collections

• 4 p.m., Entry Level, The Ames Library – May Term 2014 Closing Reception – Students will give poster presentations.

Friday, May 30

May Term Final Examinations

> Find more on the Events Calendar


• Information Literacy Librarian / Assistant Professor Chris Sweet and Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke co-presented "Starting From Scratch: Meaningful Integration of Information Literacy through Collaborative Course and Assignment Design" at the LOEX Library Instruction and Information Literacy Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., May 8-10.

• Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt traveled to Argentina, Brazil and Chile this month as part of a Faculty and Professional Development in International Business Program to raise U.S. business professional and faculty awareness of the social, political, economic and business environments that exist in South America. The Mercosur program is offered by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Florida International University.

Read Hoyt's blog.

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


Think Green

Textile Recycling Makes a Difference

Matthew J. Drat '84
, development and community relations manager at Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington, shared the results of their textile recycling program on the IWU campus. Now in its third year, the program places collection containers at various locations where students, faculty and staff can drop off their textiles (clothing and more) to be repurposed by Home Sweet Home's HSHRenew program.

For this school year, HSHRenew at Home Sweet Home Ministries collected nearly 5,000 pounds of textiles on the campus of IWU.

"That is a tremendous impact on the environment and on the men, women and children at Home Sweet Home," Drat wrote. "For example, the resources generated can help pay for any entire day of meals at our soup kitchen, meals that affect not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well."

Read more on the GREENetwork blog.

Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
4,461 alumni donors
20.6% participation
as of May 26, 2014
Remaining to Reach Goal:
524 more alumni donors
Deadline: July 31, 2014

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
The $6.5 million addition to the Shirk Center is being funded almost entirely through a gift from the Shirk family and the Shirk Family Foundation.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan is expecting an increase in minority and international students with its fall enrollment, President Richard F. Wilson reports.

(Dubuque, Iowa) Telegraph Herald
Evan Dolan '16 will perform in four productions this summer at Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, N.Y. (subscription required)

Waterloo Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier
Waterloo native Adam Walleser '14 directed a student production of "F2M" during May Term at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Detroit Lakes (Minn.) Online

Pianist David Ferreira '63 will perform at Detroit Lakes' "Poetry & Jazz in the Park."

WGLT Radio
A fine arts reproduction of the first hand-lettered, hand-painted Bible in 500 years went on display at Evelyn Chapel.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Lauren Henry '14 begins an internship at the Modern Museum of Art in Manhattan on June 3.

The State Journal-Register
Newly minted doctor Christopher Miedema '10 will begin an emergency medicine residency at SIU School of Medicine.

Chicago Tribune - Trib Local
Piano teacher Rita Brown '63 has been named Foundation Fellow of the Music Teachers National Association.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Steve Brook '03 manages the River City Rascals minor league baseball team and teaches at Fort Zumwalt South H.S.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center has named Jacklynn Lesniak '86 as CNO and senior vice president of patient care services.

Actor Richard Jenkins '69 talked about his Illinois Wesleyan beginnings and how he selects his many movie roles.

> 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.


Welcome New Employee

Carly Wilson
started Monday, May 19 as assistant director of the Wesleyan Fund, replacing Van Miller, who became the associate director of the Wesleyan Fund on Feb. 17. Miller replaced April Bridges, who became the associate director of development for major gifts on Nov. 18, 2013, replacing Jennifer Krause.

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