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Photo Memories for Family Weekend
Photo Memories for Family Weekend
Families reconnected and got a taste of Illinois Wesleyan campus life during Family Weekend.

Wall University to Explore "Walls and Bridges"
Inspired by the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Illinois Wesleyan has adopted "Walls and Bridges" as the intellectual theme for the academic year.

Alumni Association Board Elects New Directors

Illinois Wesleyan's Alumni Association has elected 15 new members to its Board of Directors.



The Illinois Wesleyan women's golf "B" team placed first and the "A" team placed second in the 10-team Millikin Fall Classic at Decatur's Red Tail Run Golf Course on Sunday, Sept. 21.

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In recent posts, Rachael Warren '96 performed in two productions with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. One production, "Into the Woods," for which Amanda Dehnert '94 is director and music director, also will be part of the coming season at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif. Read more.


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

Tuesday, Sept. 23

• 3:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's & Men's Tennis vs. University of Illinois-Springfield

• 6 p.m., 022, State Farm Hall (lower level) – IWU F1RST Meeting – For first generation college students and all that support them.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

• 11 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Course Cluster Kickoff Event – Open to course cluster faculty and students.

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

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Ides Lecture Series: Lost in Dante's Forest – Tim McDunn '16, Greek and Roman Studies major and Mellon Humanities Scholar, will explore the contemplative nature of forests in Dante's Divine Comedy and ask how Dante was able to use Christian doctrine as a means of reorganizing ideas that had been passed down from before the Christian era.

Thursday, Sept. 25

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Speaker Ada Bieber: Bridges into Holocaust Memory – Dr. Ada Bieber of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, will present, "Bridges into Holocaust Memory: Janusz Korczak's Orphanage as a Subject of Two Contemporary Polish and German Picture Books."
This talk is sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Concentration of International Studies, the German, Russian and Asian Languages Department and the Isaac Funk Endowed Professorship Fund.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Four Days in September," 1997, Brazil/USA, will be presented by Professor of History Michael Weis.

• 7 p.m., 022, State Farm Hall – German Film Series: Good Bye Lenin (2003), a comedy about saying goodbye to East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

• 8 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series: Dispelling Myths: America - A Nation of Immigrants – Sponsored by the Office of Residential Life.

Friday, Sept. 26

• 4 p.m., C101, CNS – Chemistry Colloquium – Dr. Dinari Harris, National Institutes of Health, will speak on "Exosomes & matrix metalloproteinases: An important role of exocytosis in metastasis & tumor progression."

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble Concert

Saturday, Sept. 27

9-11 a.m.
, Dance Studio A, CNS – SCDC Dancer Auditions – All dancers are invited to audition for the 2014-15 Student Choreographed Dance Concert. You will learn two contrasting combinations – tap is optional. Please wear proper dance attire. All dance styles are welcomed. If you have any questions, please contact Annie Kehler ( or Evan Dolan (

• 7 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Choral Festival and Concert with Mark Hayes, Festival Conductor – Rehearsal from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Evelyn Chapel, followed by concert at 7 p.m. To register, contact Adria Schumann at Wesley United Methodist Church at (309) 827-8046. Sponsored by Evelyn Chapel and the United Methodist Churches of Bloomington-Normal.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty Recital: Tim Pitchford & David Vayo

Sunday, Sept. 28

• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting

Monday, Sept. 29

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

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Sacred Space Needs and Religious Diversity on IWU's Campus – Learn about – and participate in – ongoing sacred space conversations and needs for our increasingly religiously diverse campus community as well as an upcoming religious and spiritual climate campus survey. Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and Multifaith Ambassador Lisa Mishra '15 will convene.

• 4 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – IWU Internship Fair

> Find more on the Events Calendar

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Monday, Sept. 22

• State Farm will be on campus for interviews.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Internships 101 – An internship is around the corner. Start getting prepared now! Join us for a quick internship overview…learn what they are, where to look for them, how to apply to them, whether you can get credit for them…and more!

Wednesday, Sept. 24

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – 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. Bring your laptop!

• Pricewaterhouse Coopers will be on campus for interviews.

Thursday, Sept. 25

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Graduate School Essentials – Applying to grad schools can be a part-time job! Learn how to find good programs, what tests to take and when, how to solicit good recommendation letters and write descriptive, articulate and strong personal statements.

Friday, Sept. 26

• State Farm will be on campus for interviews.

Sept. 22, 2014

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans in the News

Extra News
Award-winning artist Maria Gonzalez '08 decided to turn her lifelong passion into her career path while enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan.

Star Tribune
Psychology major Michael Koerner '76 has composed songs and scores for dozens of shows in Minneapolis-St. Paul and beyond.

The (Ottawa) Times
Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh '07 made her debut with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Having interned in the Scottish government while the independence movement gained steam, Michael Kistner '15 watched Thursday's vote intently. Also in The Pantagraph.

WJBC Radio
Students from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities worked to collect change in a fundraiser for the United Way of McLean County.

Naperville Sun
Joe O'Brien '14, winner of the Hester Merwin Ayers Art Achievement Award, left his creative mark on Illinois Wesleyan.


(In Danish)
Netherland Joiner '16 was among American students interviewed about their choice to study abroad in Denmark. She is also keeping a blog for DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad).

> More Titans in the News


• Illinois Wesleyan received a Customer Innovation Momentum Award from Mitel. The awards recognize innovative business solutions and celebrate "thought leaders (who) set an excellent example for the industry."

IWU was honored for its excellent work and the strong collaboration with Citizens Telecom Services Company LLC (a subsidiary of Frontier Communications) during the implementation of the Mitel Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone system. 

The honor is due to Telecommunications Systems Specialist Linda Biehl's work with Frontier and Mitel and the work of the Network Services Group that includes Chris Rutledge - director of Network Services; Michael Zehr - systems administrator; Kerri McKeown - systems administrator; and Sean Hunter - network administrator.

• Professor of Physics Linda French discussed the 250th birthday of deaf astronomer John Goodricke from York, where she and London Program students will travel and speak this week. Goodricke was her sabbatical research subject.

• Assistant Professor of Music Adriana Ponce presented "Form, Diversity, and Desire in Schumann's Fantasie Op. 17: An Interpretation in Terms of Formal Function and Expressive Gesture" at the Royal Music Association 50th Annual Conference, University of Leeds, U.K., Sept. 4-6.

• Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding was elected vice president of the newly formed Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation, Inc., which has a philanthropic mission of supporting advanced physics laboratory education in the United States.

> 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.

Atlanta Area Holiday Party
Date: Dec.14
Time: 3-5 p.m.

Please join us for a holiday buffet and drinks at the home of Sandra (Futhey) '77 and Louis Rice.


Think Green

Bike Repair Station at Hansen

The Tool Library donated a bike repair stand, which has been installed outside the Hansen Student Center.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Welcome New Employee

Deborah Kennamann
began Sept. 15 as the student accounts/accounting coordinator
in the Business Office. She replaces Nancy Rinda, who became the administrative assistant for the Vice President for Business and Finance Office on April 11, replacing Marybeth Phillips, who retired.

In Sympathy

Betty Kennedy
, who worked for 11 years as an administrative secretary at Illinois Wesleyan before retiring in 1992, died Sept. 4. See her obituary.

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