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Feb. 2, 2015

Campus News

Jason Students' Technique May Shed Light on Avian Evolutionary History
Biology majors Jason Murphy '14 and Mark Swanson '14 developed a research technique they described in one of the world's top ornithological journals.

Rumeng Chinese Delegation to Visit Illinois Wesleyan
A delegation from Beijing Union University will visit campus in a faculty-student exchange, participating in a musical performance and Lunar New Year celebration.

Pins Guzman '16 and Cervantes' 16 Awarded Gilman Scholarships
Juniors Nancy Guzman and Cristina Cervantes will receive the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to study abroad this spring.

Justice Student Art Recognized at Juried Exhibition
Numerous awards were presented to students whose artwork is featured in the 28th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

Amanda Hopkins Awarded 2015 Nurse Educator Fellowship
Wesleyan's Amanda Hopkins has been awarded the 2015 Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.



The women's indoor track and field team placed first in the 12-team Titan Open at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Jan. 31, while the men's team finished seventh.

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In recent posts, IWU alumni – including Clifford Nellis '97, founder, executive director and lead attorney for the Lawndale Christian Legal Center and Raven Stubbs '13, a member of the LCLC's Young Professionals Council – are part of an organization that is making an amazing impact on the lives of young people. The center opened in 2010 to provide legal representation to families in North Lawndale and surrounding areas. But group leaders knew youth needed help beyond legal problems and quickly started a mentoring program, as recently reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.


Monday, Feb. 2

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

4 p.m., Davidson Room – Faculty Meeting

7 p.m., C101, CNS – "Foot Stamping and Booming! Prairie Chickens in Illinois" 

Tuesday, Feb. 3

7 p.m., 122, State Farm Hall – Safe Zone Workshop – The IWU Safe Zone Program creates an opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan community members to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus. The workshop explores lesbian, gay and bisexual identity, culture, gender, gender identity and the experiences of transgender people. Prior to attending, participants should complete online certification at and email to RSVP. (Also Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m., same location)

Wednesday, Feb. 4

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Study Smart and Read Efficiently – The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs collaborate each semester to present the Academic Skills Series, a series of 10 programs to assist students in the development of academic skills needed to be successful at IWU. Students can pick a specific topic to join us, or attend all sessions. (Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.)

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Millikin – Live video at

Thursday, Feb. 5

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Divided We Fall" (2000, Czech Republic), presented by Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Co-director of International Studies Marina Balina.

3D logo8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Athens Boys Choir – A performance by transgender spoken word performer Athens Boys Choir is part of the 3D Series.

Friday, Feb. 6

Through Saturday, Feb. 7
  – Titan Weekend – This weekend event is an opportunity for prospective students to experience life as an Illinois Wesleyan student. 

12 p.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - IWU Multi Events

4 p.m., CNS C101  – Faculty Colloquium – Chair and Professor of Physics Linda French will present "The Greek and Trojan Observational Survey."

6:30 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - CCIW Diving Championships (Day 1)

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – 12th Annual Charity Drag Show – Hosted by IWU Pride Alliance, this year's proceeds will benefit Prairie Pride Coalition.

Saturday, Feb. 7

10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - Keck D-III Select Meet (Seniors' Day) 

10:30 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - CCIW Diving Championships (Day 2)

2 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – IWU Bollywood Dance Club – Come learn some Bollywood dance moves, combine it with music and have a great time!

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Central  – Live video at

7 p.m., Shirk Center  – Men's Basketball vs. North Central  – Live video at

Sunday, Feb. 8

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Beijing Union University Teachers' College Delegation Concert: Global Musical Bridges

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

Monday, Feb. 9

Through March 31
, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Gallery Exhibitions –  The Merwin Gallery: Anita Lobel, illustration, All the World's A Stage; The Wakeley Gallery: Katherine Paulson, sculpture, Multiflora.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "Confidential Searches for Chief Academic Officers" – With the upcoming presidential search making their topic particularly relevant to campus, Associate Professor of English Mike Theune and Professor of Computer Science & Director of Cognitive Science Joerg Tiede will report on a survey regarding the prevalence of confidential searches – searches in which there are no open fora for finalists on campus – for chief academic officers at liberal arts colleges. They conducted the survey following the experience with IWU's provost search, where a search consultant recommended leaving open the possibility of a confidential search. The faculty subsequently voted to express opposition to such a search, and the search was conducted with an open final phase. Their main finding is that confidential searches are quite rare at institutions such as Illinois Wesleyan. They will also report on a recent AAUP policy document that provides advice on the conduct of presidential and other searches. 

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Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Tuesday, Feb. 3

• 4 p.m.,
Welcome Center Auditorium – Interviewing for Introverts – Interviewing is anxiety provoking and stressful for most of us. Introverts find this situation even more challenging.  Don't change who you are; use your strengths to put your best foot forward in an interview!

• 4 - 6 p.m.,
Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews for Senior Education Majors Education majors will have an opportunity to practice their interview skills with local administrators. You must have pre-registered for these interview time slots.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

• 4 - 6 p.m., Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews for Senior Education Majors – Education majors will have an opportunity to practice their interview skills with local administrators. You must have pre-registered for these interview time slots.

Thursday, Feb. 5

• 4 p.m.,
Welcome Center Auditorium – Get LinkedIn!  LinkedIn is the professional networking website of choice. You need to use this resource! Establish an online profile, connect with professionals in your field of interest, and search for jobs and internships.

• 4 - 6 p.m., Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews for Senior Education Majors – Education majors will have an opportunity to practice their interview skills with local administrators. You must have pre-registered for these interview time slots.

Friday, Feb. 6

Employer Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates LLC will be on campus for internship interviews.


Collegiate Choir to Perform with The King's Singers

On Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, the Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir will collaborate for the second time with The King's Singers, the world-renowned male sextet from England.

The ensembles will present the world premiere of Arise My Dove, a three-movement work by Philip Lawson commissioned by the Collegiate Choir. Lawson, a former member of The King's Singers, set three poems from James Joyce's collection Chamber Music for this composition. This commission is the first accepted by The King's Singers from an American collegiate choral ensemble.

The Collegiate Choir will also perform Salmo de Alabanza by Andrew Rindfleisch. For ticket information, please call (309) 434-2777 or check online at the BCPA website.

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Titans In The News

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Jordan Mann '12 has joined Campbell Marketing & Communications, based in Dearborn, Michigan.

CNA Financial Corporation has appointed Jeff Zehr '95 as vice president, Segment Underwriting.

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• Kyle Connour '15 and Tyler Wright '16 are the first authors, along with Chair and Professor of Physics Linda French, on the first piece of research concerning observations made at Illinois Wesleyan's Mark Evans Observatory. Their work is published in the Minor Planet Bulletin, the official publication of the Minor Planets section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO).

• Internationally known organist Marilyn Keiser '63 will perform a recital May 15 as the culminating event of the 2014-2015 Friends of Music Series, which also completes a year of recitals dedicating a Frances Goll Mills Memorial Pipe Organ at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, Michigan.

• Max Lewendel '03, artistic director of Icarus Theatre Collective in London, England, is producing a successful touring production of The Trials of Galileo, now booked at the Hope Theatre in Islington.

• M3 Insurance recently announced Amy Olson '90 as a new company shareholder. She is a senior account executive and partner in the company's Madison office.

> Find faculty publications and research and creative activity on the University website or Digital Commons @ IWU.

Alumni Events

Fan Bus to Titan Basketball Games

TommyInterested in attending the Titan basketball away games? There are a limited number of seats available on the Titan Fan Bus for the games listed here at $35 per person.

Where in the World is Frank Sparrow?
Date: Feb. 22
Time: 2-4 p.m.

Join us for this quirky play that weaves a stark urban reality with the mythic underworld. After the production will be a reception and meet and greet with the cast and director, Dani Synder-Young. This production is suitable for ages 13+. More information and registration will be available soon.

2015 Collegiate Choir Tour
Date: Feb. 28-March 12
Join Dr. J. Scott Ferguson and the Collegiate Choir for a performance in an area near you.

Moment by Moment: IWU School of Theatre Arts Senior Showcase 2015
Date: March 2
The Illinois Wesleyan School of Theatre Arts invites you to the IWU Senior Showcase at Stage 773 in Chicago. Please bring friends and colleagues who are directors, artistic directors, managing directors and casting directors.

The Greater Naples Connection 2015
Date: March 8
Time: 4-6 p.m.

Join Illinois Wesleyan alumni, family and friends for a reception at the home of Jerry '77 and Wendie Smith in Naples, Florida. Registration will open in February.


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