Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

June 9, 2014

Campus News


Outdoor Sculpture Walk Comes to Illinois Wesleyan Campus
Large-scale sculptures will be displayed throughout the next year at Illinois Wesleyan, bringing the work of renowned artists to central Illinois.


Class of 2013 Employed at Rates Higher than National Average
Nearly 90 percent of the Class of 2013 were either employed or attending graduate school full time within six months of graduating.


Students Awarded Mellon Humanities Scholarships
Four students have been selected as Mellon Scholars, and will conduct research with faculty members over the summer.


Wesleyan Part of Grant for Online Learning
The Teagle Foundation has awarded a $280,000 grant to a four-college consortium, including Illinois Wesleyan, for creation of online learning modules to enhance student learning.


Future Titan Already Making Headlines
Alex Riak, a member of IWU's new class of 2018, won statewide honors for one of his choral compositions, and conducted his peers in premiering another.


Nursing Students Enjoy May Term in Hawaii
As reported in their blog, the nursing travel course Transcultural Healthcare in Hawaii featured "Fresh ocean breezes, fresh pineapple, and fresh ideas… about healthcare!"


• The women's soccer team played a series of three "friendlies" against amateur teams in Germany and the Czech Republic. Follow them on Twitter.

• Senior John Worley has been chosen as a preseason Division III first team All-American in both the 2014 Sporting News College Football Magazine and the Lindys College Football National Edition magazine.

> Find more highlights at

Remaining to Reach Goal:
474 more alumni donors
As of June 9, 2014
Deadline: July 31, 2014

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In recent posts from the class of 1982, Sheryl (Reynolds) Markay was promoted to deputy chief of staff of DuPage County, Illinois. She previously served as government affairs manager for the county for 11 years, and spent several years in various positions for the Illinois General Assembly and Minnesota House of Representatives prior to that.


> See Summer Facility Hours for The Ames Library, the Shirk Center, Fort Natatorium and campus dining.

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.

Saturday, June 21

Parent Orientation – This one-day event for the parents and guardians of the incoming class includes opportunities to meet IWU faculty, staff and orientation leaders.

> Find more events on the Events Calendar


• University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger was recognized in The Associated Church Press Awards. She received honorable mention for the article, "Playing for Keeps" in Gather; Kate Sprutta Elliott and Terri Lackey, editors; On Track, designers.

• University Librarian Karen Schmidt has accepted a one-year appointed seat on the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).

Gina Greenwald '90 has been appointed principal of Hoover-Wood Elementary School in Batavia.

Thomas R. Logsdon '77 has been named Director of Connectional Ministries for the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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


Welcome New Employees

Lisa Becharas
began June 1 as assistant track coach, a new position.

Kristine Brent began June 3 as student loan coordinator in the Financial Aid Office, replacing Carly Linden.

Also, it should have been noted that Carly Wilson, who started May 19 as assistant director of the Wesleyan Fund, is a 2012 IWU alumna.

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Titans In The News

Clinton (Iowa) Herald
Jenna Haimes '14 will appear in the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre production of "The Taffetas."

A.V. Club
Kevin Dunn '77 discussed his various roles and Hollywood adventures, including as Ben Cafferty on HBO's Veep.

International Business Times
Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding is part of a team of scientists who developed an acoustic tractor beam. Other media reports include Edinburgh Evening News, Gizmag, and The Pantagraph.

The Choice Blog
Admissions Dean Tony Bankston offered advice to students beginning their college application process.

The Pantagraph
Upon the death of Maya Angelou, a story from her 1996 talk at Illinois Wesleyan was reprinted.

The Dartmouth
Professor of Computer Science and Director of Cognitive Science Hans-Joerg Tiede discussed recommendations that faculty be involved in orientation sessions for university trustees.

Inside Higher Ed
While some debate the concept of white privilege, Illinois Wesleyan offers an orientation program, "Engaging Diversity," which pushes past the idea of a color-blind society.

The Topeka Capital-Journal
William "Bill" Roy '46, a retired Topeka physician and former Congressman, died on May 26. Also reported by WIBW TV.

Illinois Wesleyan students presented a "Mini Tunnel of Oppression," exploring issues such as discrimination and prejudice.

Champaign News-Gazette

Michael Sutter '76 has been appointed chief innovation officer for Carle.

Naperville Sun
Elizabeth Kanne '86 was appointed assistant principal at Meadow Glens Elementary School.

RoundAbout (Madison, Ind.)
George McGee '72 portrays Kentucky statesman Henry Clay in the Kentucky Chautauqua program.

> 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.

JDraper Glass Studio Tour

Date: June 21
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.

Seattle Connection
Date: July 27
Time: 2-4 p.m.

Join us for the Greater Seattle/Tacoma Area Alumni Summer Social at the Seattle Art Museum. Guest speaker will be Professor of Physics Narendra Jaggi. Registration will open in late June.

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.

Summer Reading Program
Dates: Aug. 20 & Sept. 3

Join the students, faculty and staff in the Summer Reading Program. Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse is the selected book. Volunteer to facilitate reading groups in August and come to hear the author speak at the President's Convocation in September.

21st Annual IWU Titan Alumni Golf Outing

Date: Aug. 28
Time: 1 p.m.

Join us for the 21st Annual Titan Alumni Golf Outing at Prairie Landing Golf Club.

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