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NYT Illinois Wesleyan Among the Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges
Illinois Wesleyan is among the most economically diverse top colleges in the country – based on low-income enrollment and net price for low- and middle-income families.

Titan Families Welcomed to Campus

Families have an opportunity to reconnect with their students and get acquainted with social and academic life on campus during Family Weekend, Sept. 19-21



In men's golf, Illinois Wesleyan was the team winner and junior Alex Quenan was the individual medalist as IWU took first in the Triangular at the Rail, held on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Ill.

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In Sympathy

James A. Ascareggi '58, who taught in the School of Drama at Illinois Wesleyan from 1963-72, died on Sept. 2. Read an obituary.

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In recent posts, Amanda Pilgrim '10, who is head of Children's Services at the Algona (Iowa) Public Library, was named to the Iowa Library Services Advisory Panel.


Monday, Sept. 15

• 12-12:50  p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – TEXT Talks at Evelyn Chapel – A new weekly lunchtime gathering for any IWU students interested in conversation about—and dialogue with—interesting, inspiring, difficult and demanding biblical texts. This fall, we'll be looking at so-called "outsiders" and what various texts are (or might be) really saying about them. Bring your lunch! Beverages and dessert always provided. Questions? Email University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at

• 4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Diaz Poetry Workshop: Poetry Out Loud – How do poets engage in a conversation, meditation, or argument in their poems? What do we learn from reading a text aloud rather than just absorbing it silently, and what can this teach us about other kinds of written expression? In this collaborative workshop, Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz will introduce some key aspects of reading a poem aloud and make a case for the value of oral recitation in all of our classes. Sponsored by the Mellon Center & the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETAL).

Tuesday, Sept. 16

• 12 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Saucy Salsa Throwdown – IWU Wellness, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and SALSA are teaming up to bring you a Saucy Salsa Throwdown! Tasters welcome.

• 6 p.m., 002, State Farm Hall – IWU F1RST Meeting
For first generation college students and all who support them.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

• 12-2 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle, near the DugOut – Student Market – The IWU Peace Garden will sell fresh produce.

• 4 p.m., 001, State Farm Hall – Speaker: Robert F. Arnove - "Master Teachers and Peak Performers: A Comparative Study" – Bob Arnove, chancellor's professor emeritus at Indiana University, is one of the world's leading comparative educators, having published widely in the areas of Latin American education, sociology of education, and educational theory. He will review his findings from his widely acclaimed book, Talent Abounds, where he interviewed highly accomplished individuals in numerous professions around the world and gained insights about their most influential teachers. This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Student Education Association and the Department of Educational Studies.

* a Walls and Bridges theme event

• 7 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Dominican – Live video at

Thursday, Sept. 18

• 7 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Through the Looking Glass: The Art of Science... Or the Science of Art – Dr. Volker Rose of the Argonne National Laboratory will speak on how scientific principles and techniques are used to push art forward: "Picasso at the Nanoscale: The Art of Using Cutting-Edge Science to Understand Cultural Heritage."
Rose's convocation is the first in a series of three speakers this fall, sponsored by a ReCentering the Humanities Grant, who will discuss how their lives have existed at the boundary of science and the humanities. For questions contact Crystal Boyce,

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series and 3D Series: Speaker Anthony Arnove – "Dirty Wars," 2013, USA, will be presented by Irving Epstein, professor and chair of Educational Studies and director of the Center for Human Rights. Anthony Arnove, one of the film's producers, will speak.
Arnove's visit is sponsored by the Peace Fellows Program, the Chaplain's Office, the International Film Series, and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice; a Walls and Bridges and 3D Series event.

Friday, Sept. 19

• 3:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Volleyball vs. Lincoln Christian University – Barker Chevrolet Volleyball Classic II

• 4 p.m., CNS C101  – Faculty Colloquium – Professor of Computer Science and Director of Cognitive Science Joerg Tiede will present, "'They might be Flying-Machine Advocates' - Academic Freedom in the Progressive Era and the Founding of the AAUP."

• 7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Volleyball vs. Monmouth College – Barker Chevrolet Volleyball Classic II. Live video at

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian Tracey Ashley – Part of Family Weekend activities.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Through Sunday
Family Weekend

• 10 a.m., Shirk Center – Volleyball vs. Anderson University – Barker Chevrolet Volleyball Classic II

• 1 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Transylvania – Live video at

• 2 p.m., Shirk Center – Volleyball vs. Dominican University – Barker Chevrolet Volleyball Classic II

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital: North Texas Euphonium Quartet – The quartet includes Bloomington-Normal native Vince Kenney.

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – The Mentalist Christopher Carter – Part of Family Weekend activities. Carter is a 1987 Illinois Wesleyan graduate.

Sunday, Sept. 21

Through Sept. 27
Entry Level, The Ames Library – Banned Book Week – University Librarian and Professor Karen Schmidt's Gateway Class, "Banned and Burned: Censorship and Silencing" will create exhibits throughout the entry level floor of The Ames Library. Each case will showcase the banned books the 13 students researched, why it was banned and their perspective on why it was banned. 
* A Walls and Bridges theme event

Monday, Sept. 22

• 12-12:50 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – TEXT Talks at Evelyn Chapel

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: IWU AAUP presents

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room – Faculty Meeting

▷ Find more on the Events Calendar

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Tuesday, Sept. 16

• 7-9 p.m., Hanson Center Court – Stepping Up and Stepping Out – Put your best foot forward and ensure success for your internship & job search. Drew Butts of Enterprise Holdings will be our keynote speaker.

• State Farm will be on campus for practice interviews.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

• 4-7 p.m., Illinois State University, Bone Student Center – ISU Fall Internship Fair – Dive into networking at the season's first job fair. See a list of employers attending.

• 4 p.m., Ames 129 – Titan CareerLink Tutorial – All students are encouraged to attend. Come and set up your Titan CareerLink profile, ask questions, and gain the tools to begin your job and internship search.

Thursday, Sept. 18

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Ace Your Interview – Interviews can make or break you. Can you give behavioral examples of your strengths? Do you know what questions to ask? This presentation will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to make every interview a great interview.

• Martin One Source will be on campus for practice interviews.

• State Farm will be on campus for practice interviews.                                                


Community Engagement Opportunity

The Tool Library is looking for volunteers! This free tool-lending service is located at 801 W. Washington St. in Bloomington. A shift is only 2-3 hours and weekend hours are available. Help folks get the tools they need to complete home projects. We have power washers, chain saws, hedge trimmers, cordless drills and much more. Email to request more information. The library is open this Saturday from 1-3 p.m. if you would like to stop by and check it out.

Beaupre '95 Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk

Shirt Register now
for the Captain Ryan A. Beaupre '95 Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct.18 at 8:15 a.m. Get this camo dry-fit shirt if you register by Sept. 26.

Registration is $30 including the shirt; $20 with no shirt.

A United States Marine Corps Captain, Beaupre was a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter pilot and was among the first casualties of the Iraq War.

The 5K starts on the IWU track at Tucci Stadium. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Captain Ryan A. Beaupre Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Sept. 15, 2014

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans in the News

Daily Herald
Jason Spoor-Harvey '99 teaches high school students who have no clear memories of 9/11 – yet are shaped by a post-9/11 world.

Chicago Tribune
Cherlynlavaughn Bradley '73, an award-winning chemist who encouraged girls to pursue careers in chemistry, died on Aug. 30. (Free digital subscription required.)

WGLT Radio
Before speaking at Illinois Wesleyan, University of Chicago Economist Donald Coursey discussed using economics to quantify intangibles and place a value on the environment.

Cleveland Daily Banner
Ruby Hurst, who earned her master's degree in music from IWU in 1965, celebrated her 100th birthday.

Reboot Illinois
Based in part on nightlife, active life options and music venues, Bloomington is ranked among the 10 most exciting places in Illinois.

Fox News
Republican and Democratic strategists are looking to college students to mobilize voters, including Wesleyan's award-winning College Democrats chapter, headed by Brexton Isaacs '15.

More Titans in the News


• Adjunct Professor of Chemistry James E. House published "Discussions of Chemistry in Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island" in The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 269-274. 

• Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli coauthored a chapter "[Foreign Language] Program Articulation and Management" in The Routledge Handbook of Hispanic Applied Linguistics with G. Lord, edited by M. Lacorte with Routledge, 2014, pp. 150-167.

• Assistant Professor of Art Kristine Nielsen will present "Medium Matters: Berlin's 750th Anniversary" as part of a panel on "Cultural Politics in East Germany" at the conference, Reassessing East German Art: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Iowa State University, Sept. 15-17.

•  B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding has been named by the American Association of Physics Teachers to a national committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education.

In addition, Spalding has been named as one of 10 members of the board of directors of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation, Inc., which has a philanthropic mission of supporting "advanced physics laboratory education in the United States."

David Brown, a 1996 English alum, is now managing editor of Defense News, based in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

• Baritone William Powers '64 will appear in one of his signature operatic roles,"Baron Scarpia" from Puccini's Tosca, with the touring company Teatro Lirico d'Europa in Paris, Chartres and Bordeaux, France, from early October through mid-November.

▷ Find more scholarly activity at Digital Commons @ IWU.

Alumni Events

2014 Homecoming
Date: Oct. 17-19

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

Register now. Guarantee a cool, camo dry-fit shirt for yourself if you register by Sept. 20.

Atlanta Area Alumni Oktoberfest
Date: Oct. 26
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Join your fellow Atlanta area Illinois Wesleyan alumni for an Oktoberfest dinner.

Rockford Area Alumni Connection

Date: Dec. 4
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Join your fellow Rockford Titans with a beer tasting at Rockford Brewing Company in the Prairie Street Brewhouse. Registration will open in late October.


Think Green

Bike Share Now at Ames

Much like books in a library, 10 bikes are available for checkout for 24 hours at a time at the Help@Ames desk or the Hansen Student Center Information Desk by anyone with an Illinois Wesleyan ID card, free of charge. 

A few helmets are also available for checkout at the Hansen desk.

Questions about the bike share program can be directed to Michael Gorman, IWU Bike Committee Chair, at or 309-556-3262.

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Under Armour apparel featuring a new Illinois Wesleyan logo is among the Titan paraphernalia available at


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