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Students Student Entrepreneurs Ready to Launch Book Exchange Business
After gaining feedback at Startup Weekend in Los Angeles, three IWU students are ready to launch a business for buying and selling used textbooks.

lights Illinois Wesleyan to Celebrate With Multicultural Holiday Events
Holiday celebrations will include traditions of Kwanzaa, a Messiah Sing-A-Long, Hanukkah, Light the Night, and a Christmas Choral Concert.

Giving Tuesday Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday
After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday. There are many ways to give – of yourself, your talents, your dollars – to support students at Illinois Wesleyan.


The men's basketball team defeated Centenary College at the Rhodes Thanksgiving Tournament in Memphis on Sunday, Nov. 30, while the women's basketball team lost after advancing to the championship game in the Midwest Challenge.

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Have a Titan Holiday with Your Alumni Discount
at the IWU Bookstore

During the holiday season, the alumni discount at the IWU Bookstore will be doubled to 20%.

Visit and use the discount code: Alumni



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In recent posts, Aaron Gierhart '09 will publish an article this spring in the New Teacher Advocate. His article focuses on curriculum mapping and is targeted toward new teachers. Gierhart is a third-grade teacher at Millikin Elementary in Geneso, Ill.




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.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Winter Break Key Request Deadline
– Students: Last day to request a Winter Break key at no charge

6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Kwanzaa Dinner – Hosted by Black Student Union, part of a week of holiday celebration.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

11 a.m.-2 p.m., DugOut, Memorial Center – A "Wrapping it Up" Event – Make holiday cards, wrap gifts and do winter crafts, sponsored by the Dean of Students Office. Part of a week of holiday celebration.

11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Handel's Messiah Sing-A-Long, part of a week of holiday celebration.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Entry Level, The Ames Library – Course Cluster Open House – Come see "Walls & Bridges"-related posters, projects, and papers created by students who are enrolled in Fall 2014 Cluster Courses, supported by a Mellon Re-Centering the Humanities grant.

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

5-8 p.m., 101 State Farm Hall – Amnesty International Write4Rights 2014 – Every year, hundreds of thousands of people fight along with Amnesty International on behalf of 10 selected Prisoners of Conscience by sending countless letters to the people who can make a difference. All of these cases highlight one basic thing: outrageous injustices will continue unless a lot of people take notice and say this is unacceptable. Please join Amnesty International for our annual Write4Rights event. This is a fun, community-driven event, and snacks and music will be provided. Join and share the event online.

6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Hanukkah Dinner – Hosted by IWU Hillel, part of a week of holiday celebration.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Only the Greatest Reading Ever – Seniors from Associate Professor of English Michael Theune's 401 Writing Fiction Seminar will read from their work, ranging from experimental poetry to fantasy prose. The event will be divided up into two sections with four students reading in each section:
- from 7-7:50 p.m., Kaitlin McManus (prose), Danielle Kamp (poetry), Michael Wettengel (prose), and Erica Kucharski (poetry);
- from 8-8:50 p.m., Joe Ruskey (prose), Tessy Ward (poetry), Mike Dickinson (prose), and Sara Raffensperger (poetry).
Refreshments will also be served.

Thursday, Dec. 4

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Presentation and Gallery Walk: Nathan Douglas '15 – Hispanic Studies and secondary education major Nathan Douglas will present the work he carried out as a Mellon Humanities Scholar this past summer: "Y no me esperaba nadie: Historical memory in Carmen Laforet's Nada." What does literature have to do with history, and what does photography have to do with memory? Supported by funding through the Re-centering the Humanities grant and guided by an interdisciplinary approach to research, Douglas spent the summer in Barcelona, Spain exploring the interplay between fictional narrative, history, memory and photography. Following a brief oral presentation, there will be a "gallery walk" of photos taken during the summer.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesBlind Shaft (2003, China) will be presented by Professor of History Thomas Lutze. Due to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

3D logo8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – "Light the Night: A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light" – Following the celebration, attendees can join a candlelight processional to Joslin Atrium for a reception with global holiday foods. The event is part of the 3D series, a campus-wide collaboration that encourages diversity, dignity and dialogue.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Concert

Friday, Dec. 5

Last day of classes

4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquium – John Pryor of Illinois State University will be hosted by Assistant Professor of Psychology Mandy Vicary.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert

Saturday, Dec. 6

10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - Titan First Chance Meet

1 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. University Of Chicago – Live video at

3 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. University Of Chicago – At the game, the banner for the 2014 NCAA Division III semifinal team will be unveiled. Live video at

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Percussion Ensemble

Sunday, Dec. 7

3 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington – Christmas Choral Concert

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

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Mangy Chickens: A Poetry Reading – Come experience a celebration of a semester's worth of poetry produced by Associate Professor of English Michael Theune's Poetry Class. The works of Mitchell Billimack '16, Jacob Morris '18, Cady Williamson '18, Diana Moody '17, Hannah Dhue '15, Kaitlin McManus '15, Paige Buschman '17, Sean Grady '17, Sam Mancini '17, and Tia Patsavas '16 will be presented.

Monday, Dec. 8

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Ames Library – Stress Free Tabling Event – Feeling stressed?!? Don't crack under the pressure! Take a break and take care of yourself! To help reduce your stress level during finals week, counselors from Counseling & Consultation Services will be at The Ames Library on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 offering FREE giveaways. We will have snacks, water, Biodots, stress balls and other information to help you manage your stress level. Please stop by to get some of the tools you may need to reduce your stress.

10-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Late Night Breakfast – Sodexo invites students to take a break from studying and enjoy a free late night breakfast. The IWU administration will serve eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, pastries and other foods to students.

> Find more on the Events Calendar



Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Wednesday, Dec. 3

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Asia Internship Program Info Session– Pending funding from the Freeman Foundation, IWU will be able to support at least 14 students (including a maximum of four science students) to do internships in Asia for two months in summer 2015 or while studying abroad in Hong Kong in academic year 2015-16.

This opportunity is available only to U.S. citizens who are currently sophomores and juniors and who will return to the IWU campus for at least a semester following the internship.

Come to this information session to learn about the opportunities available. For more information, contact Professor of Sociology Teddy O. Amoloza at or the Hart Career Center at 556-3071.

Dec. 1, 2014

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Titans in the News

The Pantagraph
A new simulation lab at the School of Nursing allows students to practice life-saving skills in a realistic – sometimes chaotic – situation.

(Decatur) Herald-Review
Bethany Presutti '14 is a new associate at BKD, LLP, a top-tier CPA and advisory firm.

The Pantagraph
Students volunteered for organizations including Illini Fighting Hunger, the IWU Peace Garden, West Bloomington Revitalization Program and local food pantries as part of Harvesting Help: an IWU Interfaith Service Day.

Hundreds of children experienced the magic of the opera at a School of Music production of "Hansel and Gretel."

Southtown Star
Kyle Venhuizen '17 has moved from the sidelines to emerge as one of the top performers for the Titan football team.

The Pantagraph
The Broadview Mansion now open for holiday tours is the former home of Bird and Margaret VanLeer, IWU class of 1881, and remains the base for the VanLeer Center, a program that celebrates music, art and creative expression.

> More Titans in the News


• Professor and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of Nursing Vickie Folse, International Office Director Stacey Shimizu and Rich Kurtzman '98 presented at the CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange annual conference in Baltimore on Nov. 21.

The session, "An Innovative Study Abroad Program: A Model for Professional Fields in Study Abroad," was an updated version of their recent presentation in Barcelona and detailed how synchronous learning technology has allowed IWU nursing students to study abroad.

Shimizu also presented a second session at the CIEE conference – "Breaking the Mold: Identifying and Enhancing Students' International Experience and Employability" – with colleagues from the IIE: The Institute of International Education and Global Experiences.

In addition, a presentation in which Shimizu participated has been selected for inclusion among the online resources offered by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The presentation, "In the Driver's Seat: International Education Administrators Leading Programs Abroad," was offered at the annual NAFSA conference in San Diego (May 2014) and was presented with colleagues from Western Illinois University, Brigham Young University and Vanderbilt University.

Beth Uphoff Black '81 was elected International President of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Carol (Krueger) Culver '58 has published over 35 romance novels for Harlequin/Silhouette, in addition to mysteries for Berkley and young adult novels. She is now taking advantage of the new direction of the publishing industry and releasing e-books on her own.

Patrick W. Spangler '03 was appointed to the Board of Senior Editors of BNA Bloomberg's Employee Benefits Law, the leading legal treatise on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"). Spangler is a senior associate at Vedder Price P.C. in Chicago, where he practices labor, employment, and benefits law.

> Find more scholarly activity at Digital Commons @ IWU.


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.


Think Green

Energy Efficient Lighting in the Shirk Center

With Donnocker Innovation grant funding, the University has installed new energy-efficient T5 fixtures replacing the original metal halide bay fixtures in the Shirk Center Performance Gym, Practice Gym and Activity Center.

It is conservatively estimated that these fixtures will produce $6,800 in annual electrical savings.

T5 fixtures have a nearly 10-year life expectancy while the previously existing metal halide fixtures have a four-year life expectancy, which will save the University approximately $5,500 over the next 10 years.

In addition, the metal halide lamps run about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the cooling load of the building. T5's run only about 200 degrees Fahrenheit by comparison, potentially saving the University about $1,700 annually in cooling costs.

Read other highlights of campus initiatives in the 2014 Sustainability Report.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


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