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Common To Lead Newly Named  Office of Diversity and Inclusion Common To Lead Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Brandon Common has been named director of the newly renamed Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Illinois Wesleyan. See a video introduction.

Students Explore Big Ideas as Mellon Humanities ScholarsStudents Explore Big Ideas as Mellon Humanities Scholars
From great literature to multifaith traditions to creative writing as therapy, four students pondered big ideas as Mellon Scholars (listed below).

O'Connor '14 Investigates Therapeutic Value of Creative Writing O'Connor '14 Investigates Therapeutic Value of Creative Writing
A psychology and English writing double major, Mellon Scholar Colleen O'Connor is investigating creative writing as an affordable mental health intervention.

Mishra '15 Researching Multifaith Space Mishra '15 Researching Multifaith Space
As a Mellon Scholar, Lisa Mishra has investigated the creation of an interfaith prayer space on campus.

Love Inspires Research for Douglas '15 Love Inspires Research for Douglas '15
Hispanic Studies and secondary education double major Nathan Douglas indulged his obsession with Spain as a Mellon Scholar.

Four Languages and a Poem: McDunn '16 Analyzes Dante Four Languages and a Poem: McDunn '16 Analyzes Dante
Mellon Scholar Tim McDunn spent his summer vacation reading some of the world’s greatest works of literature in their original languages.

Human Rights Interns Work for 'All of Humanity' Human Rights Interns Work for 'All of Humanity'
Illinois Wesleyan's Center for Human Rights and Social Justice provides summer opportunities for students to actively support human rights efforts around the world.

Nearly 200 Students Fill Summer With Internships Nearly 200 Students Fill Summer With Internships
From Hollywood to Hanoi, nearly 200 Illinois Wesleyan University students are gaining work experience and career knowledge during their summer break from classes. 

Illinois Wesleyan Interns Win COUNTRY Financial Competition Illinois Wesleyan Interns Win COUNTRY Financial Competition
Teams including Kimberly Wenger '15 and Kelsey Emmert '15 took first and second place in COUNTRY Financial's annual case study competition for summer interns.

Students Focus on Homeless During Summer Enrichment Program Students Focus on Homeless During Summer Enrichment Program
Shining light on the complexities of homelessness in the Bloomington area was the main project for students participating in the Summer Enrichment Program.



• Illinois Wesleyan's Norm Eash was among the eight football coaches from the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin discussing the upcoming season as part of the first-ever Google Hangouts on Air, recorded on Aug. 4.

> Find more highlights at

New University Website

Illinois Wesleyan launched a redesigned website at on July 23.

In addition to a new, more visual design that includes more video, the new website has a responsive design that adapts for viewing on mobile devices. The nearly two-year-long website redesign project was a collaboration between the Office of Communications, Information Technology Services, and the campus-wide Web Advisory Group.

Three alumni were among the staff who played key roles in the project: Senior Web Developer Michael Gorman '10, Web Designer Robert "Trey" Frank III '14 and Instructional Technologist Rick Lindquist '99.

Honor Roll of Donors 2014

Every year, in the Transforming Lives Report of Giving Honor Roll of Donors, we thank more than 6,500 alumni and friends who make gifts of all sizes to Illinois Wesleyan. Gifts made before July 31 will be included in the fiscal 2014 Honor Roll.

To make sure your name is listed correctly and your gift is included with those of your peers, preview the Honor Roll listings at At the same time, you can also indicate whether you prefer to receive a printed or electronic copy of this year's Report of Giving. 

THANK YOU to those who have helped us transform lives again this year!

Donor Progress

You did it!
We met our Fiscal Year 2014 goal
of 23% alumni participation!

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We've made it easier to keep up with the latest news and photos from your classmates! Now when you visit your Class Newsletter, you can subscribe via email by submitting your address under "subscribe to my posts."

In recent posts, Jenna Haimes ’14,  Christina Hoblin ’13, Kelly Lamorena ’14 and current student JJ Novak ’16 have been performing in the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre in Iowa this summer. Read more.


Concluding Today (Monday, Aug. 18)

International Student Orientation

MALANA Orientation

Engaging Diversity

Monday, Aug. 18-Tuesday, Aug. 19

International Connections – This new pre-orientation program was created specifically for the roommates of international students, to help support students' individual success and enhance their roommate relationship.

Also Today (Monday, Aug. 18)

Regular Office Hours Resume
– Summer hours conclude; campus offices will be open until 4:30 p.m.

• 3 p.m.,  Kemp Plaza, The Eckley Quadrangle – Marshmallow Golf – The entire campus community is invited to come out and welcome new international students, enjoy lemonade and participate in a longest drive contest – hitting a marshmallow with a golf club.

Tuesday, Aug. 19

New Students Arrive

Tuesday, Aug. 19- Sunday, Aug. 24

Turning Titan (New Student Orientation and Registration)
See the schedule of events

Wednesday, Aug. 20

• 12-4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – New Faculty Orientation – A meeting for new faculty will be followed by a reception at the President's House from 4:30-6 p.m.

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Volleyball vs. Illinois Central College (Scrimmage)

Friday, Aug. 22

• 8 a.m., Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Faculty-Staff Breakfast – A full breakfast buffet will be offered at 8 a.m. At 8:30, President Richard. F. Wilson will report on University progress over the past year on important priorities, discuss some of the challenges for the coming year, and respond to questions. The Max L. Starkey Award winner also will be announced. 

• 4 p.m., The Ames Library – Faculty Scholarship Showcase – An exhibit will feature faculty books, book chapters, articles, audio/video recordings, concert/theatrical programs and art works.

Saturday, Aug. 23

Returning Students Arrive

• 2 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. St. Xavier (Exhibition)

• 6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Carnival: Family Zone! – IWU Faculty and Staff and their families are invited to come and enjoy the fun. At this year's Titan Carnival, there will be fun for the entire family -- bumper cars, facepaint, a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course, a mechanical bull, bouncy boxing, an exotic petting zoo, and plenty of other interactive games for everyone to enjoy. All activities are free. The Family Zone ends at 7:45 p.m., when IWU students arrive.

Sunday, Aug. 24

• 4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Spiritual and Religious Life Fair

Monday, Aug. 25

First day of classes

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Meet the Class of 2018 – Presentation for Faculty and Staff – Tony Bankston, dean of Admissions, will provide an overview of the academic profile and demographics of our first-year students; Chandra Shipley, director of Academic Advising/coordinator of Disability Services, will discuss advising tips to meet the needs of our new students; Annorah Moorman, assistant dean and director of Counseling Services, will focus on the psychological and emotional aspects of our incoming students; and Stacey Shimizu, director of the International Office, will discuss immediate academic needs of our international students. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETAL) and the Mellon Center.


Eckley Lecture in Economics – Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Experimental economist Don L. Coursey, Ameritech Professor of Public Policy at Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, will deliver a lecture entitled "Vernon Smith, Economic Experiments, and the Visible Hand." The talk will provide an overview of how experimental economics can be used for environmental policy, while providing insight into future environmental policy topics facing the nation.

> Find more on the Events Calendar

Aug. 18, 2014


Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

Best College Reviews
Bloomington-Normal was ranked among the 50 best college towns in America.
Steve Groetsema '07, director of development and leasing for Bridge Development Partners, quickly launched a successful career in the real estate industry.

Illinois Wesleyan is expecting its largest number of first-year international students in the school's history.  Also reported by WMBD/WYZZ TV.

(Des Plaines) Journal & Topics
Frank Mirandola '02 is the new boys track and field coach at Prospect High School.

A special orientation for international students aims to help them adjust before others join them on campus.

The Pantagraph
Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart and her husband, students and colleagues have given key support for a health clinic in Kenya.

Journal Gazette & Times Courier

Aaron Smith '14 competed in the Ironman Triathlon at Couer d'Alene, Idaho.

Insurance News Net
Sarah Mysiewicz Gill '06 has been appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to the Governor's Task Force to Ensure Retirement Security for All Marylanders.

Chicago Tribune
Psych major Niccole Nelson '16 is exploring the effects that social support from adult children can have on elderly parents.

PwC US announced that Rod Adams '95 has been named US Recruiting Leader.

Bureau County Republican
Charles Gebeck '83 will return to his native county to perform in the Homestead Talent Showcase.

The Times of Northwest Indiana
Dan Carden '00 is the Indianapolis bureau chief and covers Indiana state government for The Times.

Lincoln Daily News
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Jean Kerr and five of her acting students provided guidance for a theatre camp at the Atlanta Public Library.

> More Titans in the News


• Action Research Center (ARC) Director Deborah Halperin, recent IWU alumnus Matt LaLonde '14, and University Librarian Karen Schmidt were presenters at the inaugural Colloquium on Libraries and Service Learning, held Aug. 11 at Santa Clara University.

The team spoke on several service learning projects that ARC has hosted, with an emphasis on community connections and how the library supported these kinds of initiatives. LaLonde also discussed the West Bloomington Revitalization Project Tool Library at a poster session.

Information Literacy Librarian and Associate Professor Chris Sweet, one of the Colloquium organizers, also led a discussion on libraries and service learning.

• Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding is co-chairing the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI, in San Diego, Aug. 17-21. Two receptions at the conference will recognize Spalding as a new fellow of SPIE.

Research with his Scottish collaborators about hybrid acoustic-laser devices will be presented.

In addition, research co-authored by recent IWU physics grad "Sunny" Qing Ding '13, "Optical trapping with pillar bowtie nanoantennas," will be presented. Ding is pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Brad Forsyth '91 has been named a college scout with the Miami Dolphins.

 Andy Junk '08 is an understudy in the Lifeline Theatre production of The Last of the Dragons. He is a member of "Carpeted Afterhours," a Sketch Comedy group that performs in the Chicago area.

• Soprano Nola Richardson '08 was the featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra last month. She is a graduate student at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where she is a member of the Voxtet.

> Find faculty publications and Digital Commons @ IWU.

Alumni Events

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.

First Generation Mixer
Date: Sept. 4
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Incoming and current first generation college students will mingle with first generation faculty, staff and alumni in efforts to develop a support network of similar and successful individuals.

2014 Homecoming
Date: Oct. 17-19

2014 Captain Ryan A. Beaupre '95 Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk
Date: October 18, 2014



Welcome New Employees

Robert "Trey" Frank III, a class of 2014 graduate, began Aug. 11 as the web designer in the Office of Communications, a new position created from department reorganization.

Brian Wheeler began Aug. 11 as a plumber in the Physical Plant, a new position created from department reorganization.



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