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June 23, 2014

Campus News


Parham '07 on Broadway in Tony Award-Winning Musical
Alumna Bryonha Parham is currently appearing in the Tony Award-winning musical After Midnight, and performed (her second time) at the awards program.


Harding Retires From Alumni Relations
After decades of service to Illinois Wesleyan, Ann Harding retired this month as director of Alumni Relations.


Seibring '14 Selected as Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow
New graduate Kathryn (Katy) Seibring '14 was selected for a highly competitive fellowship program aimed at sending STEM teachers to high-need secondary schools.


Stevens Places Second in Brass Competition
Samantha Stevens '16 placed second in a recent tenor trombone soloist competition at the International Women's Brass Conference at Northern Kentucky University.


Kobrina '12 Embarks on Vegan Travel Adventure
Katya Kobrina '12 is sharing a six-month, 20-country travel adventure from London to South Africa to spread a positive message about veganism.


Titans Reading Madonnas of Echo Park
The Summer Reading Program will engage incoming students with faculty, staff and alumni in discussing a novel about Mexican Americans, with themes related to diversity and social justice in a global society.

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Wesleyan to Host Chamber Music Festival
IWU will host the Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp in July, offering instruction for junior high through college-age musicians, and a 12-concert series featuring both students and faculty.


Lexi Baltes '14 was named the 2014 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Woman of the Year.

• The Illinois Wesleyan athletic program finished No. 26 (of the 326 Division III schools earning points) in the final 2013-14 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports – nine women's and nine men's.

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Remaining to Reach Goal:
420 more alumni donors
As of June 16, 2014
Deadline: July 31, 2014

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In recent posts from the class of 2011, Tori Samson is now a TV/digital sales planner for the San Francisco offices of GSN Games. a multimedia entertainment company.


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

Continuing through July 25
in the 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.

Wednesday, June 25

• 2 p.m., Tommy's, Hansen Student Center – Ice Cream Social – The Faculty/Staff Recognition Committee invites the campus community to see some old friends and make some new ones at the Ice Cream Social. Sugar-free ice cream will be available.

Sunday, July 6

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival The first in a series of faculty and guest artist performances will feature the Rachmaninoff Piano Trio, Sauget Sonatine for Piano and Oboe, and the Suk Piano Quartet

> Find more on the Events Calendar


• The 10-Minute Play Festival at Heartland Theatre Company in Normal presents winning 10-minute plays, selected from 225 entered in this year's contest. Six of the eight plays being presented have directors with ties to IWU.

Titans involved include the following:

- Ron Emmons, Gateway and School of Theatre Arts adjunct faculty member – play judging, director of two plays, and general director of the festival;

- Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts John Ficca – director of two plays; and

- Christen Monson, School of Theatre Arts recruiting coordinator – director of two plays.

Performances continue through the month of June on Thursday through Saturday evenings and matinees on Sunday. More information at

• A book edited by Associate Professor of German and Eastern European Studies Sonja Fritzsche, The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, has been released in the Science Fiction Texts and Studies series (no. 47) with Liverpool University Press.

• Director of the International Office Stacey Shimizu participated in a panel presentation, "Experiences of International Education Administrators Leading Programs Abroad," at the NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego (May 30, 2014). Co-presenters were Emily Gorlewski (Western Illinois University), Sherif Barsoum (Vanderbilt), and Timothy Elliott (Brigham Young University).

• Library Technology and Resources Director Suzanne Wilson has been appointed to the statewide I-Share Next Task Force by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Board of Directors. The group will be selecting the next generation of the online catalog and I-Share system.

Janice Bonneville '90 is the new director of benefits in Human Resources at Illinois State University.

• English major Kathy Tun '16 is writing for the Bureau County Republican based in Princeton, Ill.

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


Welcome New Employees

Brandon Common
began June 16 as the director of Multicultural Student Affairs, replacing George Jackson.

David Horine began June 16 as the piano technician in the School of Music, replacing George Krippenstapel, who retired.

Position Announcement:

Assistant Vice President for The Wesleyan Fund and Alumni Engagement
Responsible for planning, directing, integrating and managing all aspects of the Illinois Wesleyan University alumni engagement and annual giving efforts. For details, go to Final candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation. The University's sexual harassment and sexual violence policy is accessible online.
Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Inclusive Excellence.

In Sympathy

Emeritus trustee Roger Joslin died June 15. Joslin served on the IWU Board of Trustees from 1999-2008 and was elected emeritus trustee in 2008. A gift from Joslin and his wife, Stevie, enabled construction of the Joslin Atrium of the Memorial Center.

Read an obituary.

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Titans In The News

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal
Gina Franco '15 participated in a two-day United States-China Student Summit in Beijing, which focused on economic cooperation between the world powers.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan is hosting a summer camp for young scholars interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Also on WMBD TV.

The Pantagraph
Researchers in IWU's Comparative Cognition Lab are working toward developing computer games for dogs.

Illinois Wesleyan has implemented all-gender restrooms on campus.

The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times
Streator native Kate Tombaugh '07, who has performed at Carnegie Hall, will be featured in the "Good Old Summertime Series" in her hometown.

(Tinley Park) Southtown Star
Well-rounded Jacquelyn Schirmacher, who plans to join IWU's Class of 2018 this fall, has raced in Australia and is a musician and artist contemplating a major in psychology.

The Madison-St. Clair Record
Troy Bozarth '92 was installed as President Elect of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Phill Wilson '77, who heads the Black AIDS Institute, reflected on the message of HBO's "The Normal Heart."

Chronicle of Higher Education
Illinois Wesleyan faculty members discussed their decision to keep a candidate search open, despite a consultant's recommendations otherwise.

Providence (R.I.) Journal
Sharon and Richard Jenkins, both 1969 graduates, received the Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

Digital Journal
Josh Slevin '13 has joined LKCS as a sales and marketing assistant.

The Pantagraph

Wesleyan's Stew Salowitz '76was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America for 25 years of service.

The Choice Blog
Nicknamed "Play Term," May Term takes students outside of the classroom for a learning experience unlike any other.

> More Titans in the News

Alumni Events

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.

Minority Alumni Network Picnic
Date: Aug. 3
Time: 2-4 p.m.

Join us as we share stories and welcome current and incoming students to the Minority Alumni Network (Hazel Crest, Ill.)

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 Dinner Hosting Opportunity
Date: Aug. 17
Would you like to host a "Welcome Dinner" for international students? Learn more.

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.

President's Convocation
Date: Sept. 3
Time: 11 a.m.

Brando Skyhorse, author of the Summer Reading Program selection The Madonnas of Echo Park, will give the keynote address.

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