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Cheer Students' Volunteer Efforts Harvest Help for the Holidays
During this season of thanks, Illinois Wesleyan students have come together to help make it possible for others to have plentiful tables.

scholarships Scholarships Fund Study Abroad
Taking advantage of opportunities around the globe, 12 Illinois Wesleyan students have received study abroad scholarships funded by a gift from alumna Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47.

Anderson Anderson '68 Named President of Seniority, Inc.
Joe Anderson '68 has been named president of Seniority, Inc., a provider of management, sales and developmental consulting to senior living communities throughout the United States.


The women's soccer team is bound for the Final Four, its deepest NCAA tourney advancement in the program's history.

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In recent posts from the Class of 1995, Dena Strong will graduate this month from the University of Illinois' Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) with a master's degree in data curation and representing digital information. GSLIS is the top-ranked school in the country for library and information science.



Monday, Nov. 24

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "The Physical Senses in Early Modern Galenism Debates and Prescriptive Domestic Literature" – Presented by Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater – Live video at

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Milwaukee School Of Engineering – Live video at

Wednesday, Nov. 26-Sunday, Nov. 30

Thanksgiving Recess

Residence Halls close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, and reopen at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

See Thanksgiving Break Hours for dining, the Shirk Center, Fort Natatorium and The Ames Library.

Monday, Dec. 1

Merwin and Wakeley Galleries closed for A Day Without Art

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org Presented by the IWU chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

4 p.m., Davidson Room – Faculty Meeting

6:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Dallas Buyers Club Film for World AIDS Day – The Academy Award-winning film will be shown in recognition of World AIDS Day, sponsored by Arnold Health Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

> Find more on the Events Calendar



Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Please note that the Career Center will NOT be hosting our regularly scheduled drop-in hours this afternoon.



Kathy Davis, adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing, was appointed McLean County coroner.

• Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Jason Themanson published "Measuring Neural and Behavioral Activity During Ongoing Computerized Social Interactions: An Examination of Event-Related Brain Potentials" in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), a PubMed-indexed video journal.

• Associate Professor of English Michael Theune and Professor of Computer Science Hans-Joerg Tiede published "Confidential Searches for Chief Academic Officers: The impact of search firms and confidentiality," in Academe, a publication of the American Association of University Professors. Tiede also summarized the article in a blog post.

Michael Holding '12 is the first-ever artistic associate with Adapt Theatre. He has performed most recently in their productions of Dancing in the Storm and Below: A Bold Reimagining of the Little Mermaid. Elsewhere in Chicago, Holding has appeared in The Merchant of Venice and The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio Theatre), The Diviners (Organic Theater) and regionally as Leo in 4000 Miles (Theatresquared). Later this winter he will appear in the Midwest premiere of Really Really with Interrobang Theatre.

Audra Kuchling '14, an English graduate with a minor in theatre arts, has joined the stage management team at Milwaukee Repertory Theater as children's stage manager.

• An opening reception for Fragile Beauty by artist Renee McGinnis '84 will be Thursday, Dec. 4, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago, Third Floor Gallery, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago. McGinnis will give remarks at 6 p.m. (The Club has a dress code: no jeans, no gym shoes or athletic wear.)

• Compositions by Lisa Renee Ragsdale '72 were performed:

- On Sept. 14, the University of Minnesota School of Music Wind Quintet performed Ragsdale's Wind Quintet #2, Winter Music, Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
and two short works for solo oboe, Inquiringly and Sailing.

- On Nov. 1, mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson and saxophonist Jeffrey Kyle Hutchins performed First Song Again at the Gamut Gallery, a small art gallery in Minneapolis. This was the second of two songs Ragsdale has composed for mezzo soprano and alto sax on the poetry of Boston poet Fred Marchant.

Diego Báez '07 published "Torture and Stasis in American Sign" in The Acentos Review, a quarterly literary and arts journal that promotes Latino work. Báez writes regularly for Booklist. His poems, fiction and reviews have appeared in Luna Luna, decomP, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

> Find more scholarly activity at Digital Commons @ IWU.



DeMotte Hall

DeMotte Hall was torn down Nov. 18. Most recently used for faculty offices, which were no longer needed, the building had a number of structural issues, including significant water damage and the need for a new roof. The decision was made to tear it down because repairs would not have been cost effective. There are no immediate plans for the space, other than converting it into green space.


Nov. 24, 2014

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Titans in the News

Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest
For Sarah Sadowski '17, service with AmeriCorps helped her find her life's direction after high school.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Kathleen Murray '79 has been named the next president of Whitman College. She talked to the Whitman Pioneer about the advantage of her liberal arts education at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Pantagraph
A questionnaire that was undelivered and lost in the mail for 67 years was returned by the U.S. Postal Service – a first for Mailing Services Coordinator Eric Gordon.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Tough as nails" artist and teacher Sharon Jo Callner '65 died on Nov. 11.

> More Titans in the News


Alumni Events

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. Rockford-area student Brexton Isaacs '15 and Chair and Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw will be our speakers.

Alumni Track and Field Meet
Date: Dec. 6
Time: 12 p.m.

Come and support the current team, see "old" friends and coaches, and feel free to dust off the old spikes and compete! At the conclusion of the meet (around 4:30 p.m.) we will have a pizza social in the Shirk Center classrooms followed by another social TBA off campus.

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.

Phoenix Connection 2015
Date: Jan. 25
Time: 12:30 p.m.

McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Registration will open in mid-December.

Tommy Titan

Get Your Titan Gear 

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


Think Green

MEGA Recycling Event a Success

Thank you to the hard-working volunteers who braved the cold to make the Nov. 15 MEGA Recycling event a success. Over 500 households took advantage of one-stop recycling at the Hansen Student Center lot.

See The Pantagraph story, which includes a photo of alum volunteer Nick Nichols '13.

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