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April 13, 2015

Campus News

JonesUniversity Mourns Loss of Alum, Other Crash Victims
A plane crash east of the Central Illinois Regional Airport on April 7 tragically killed all seven passengers, including Jason Jones, a 1991 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan.
Memories of Jones were shared in The PantagraphThe (Lincoln) Courierand by Joe Henricksen for Sun-Times Media.

P WillyTitans Are All In For Wesleyan
On our third annual day of giving challenge, more than 1,800 gifts of all sizes totaled over $500,000 of support in a rally of Titan Pride, with a groundswell on social media.

LindaFrench Named Kemp Teaching Award Winner
Chair and Professor of Physics Linda French was named the 2016 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence during Illinois Wesleyan's Honors Convocation.

LauraSteenberge '15 Honored by American Chemical Society
Chemistry major Laura Steenberge '15 was named a 2015 Collegiate Scholar by the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society.

banquetIllinois Wesleyan Celebrates Retirees, Employee Anniversaries
Illinois Wesleyan honored retirees and employees celebrating milestone anniversaries at its 24th annual recognition banquet.


• The Illinois Wesleyan women's golf team finished in third place at the 19-team IWU Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling at Normal's Ironwood Golf Course, concluded on Sunday, April 12.

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In recent posts, Kevin Carey '13 accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Ball State University.

Reception for Bob Hippensteele

Alumni are invited to an open house reception in celebration of the retirement of Biology Professor Bob Hippensteele.

Sunday, April 26
4-7 p.m.
Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center

Please stop by and help celebrate Dr. Hippensteele's 40+ years of service to Illinois Wesleyan University.


Monday, April 13
• Through Wednesday, April 15 – Class Registration for Fall 2015

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Some Thoughts on How to Confront Escalating Healthcare Costs at IWU – As healthcare insurance premiums continue their steep climb, the faculty, staff, administration and trustees at IWU will likely face some difficult decisions over the coming few years as to the nature and scope of our health plans. In the interest of generating some more informed discussion about our situation and some possible responses, Chair and Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw and Assistant Professor of Business Administration Darryl Brown will present their thoughts.
4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Readings by 2015 IWU Creative Writing Award Winners – Award recipients Olivia Anderson '15, Erica Kucharski '15, and Nunzia Martino '16 will read from their work.

• 5:30 p.m., Shirk Arena – Tommy Awards – Titans from all sports will gather to be recognized for their accomplishments.

Tuesday, April 14

4 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. DePauw University (doubleheader) – Live video at

4 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Augustana College

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – "Building Bulwarks: an ArcGIS Model of Roads, Campaigns, and Colonies in Republican Italy – Assistant Professor of History Amy Coles will present her preliminary, time-lapsed set of maps – created using ArcGIS (Global Information Systems) software – of Roman Republican military campaigns, road-building, and colonial foundations in ancient Italy. While military success enabled the building of roads and foundation of colonies, the map demonstrates that the relationship between these three was neither simply causal nor static over time. (This project was made possible by a Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.)

• 6 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Civic Engagement Banquet –  Action Research Center will host a dinner to celebrate all the service completed by students, faculty and staff during the 2014-2015 school year. The Give-A-Day Circle will be recognized and awards will be presented.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – PMA American Musicale – The brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia invite the campus community to join them in an evening celebration of music. The Alpha Lambda chapter will be performing popular and classical works by American-born composers of all generations, including Jason Robert Brown, Bo Burnham, and the YoungBlood Brass Band. They will also perform pieces by current members Jack Gardner '17, Matthew Mason '16 and Alex Riak '18. This event will feature performances by every active member of the chapter and is part of the fraternity's objective of advancing music in America. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 15

1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center (second floor, Welcome Center) – Robyn Walter Appreciation Day – Stop by the Career Center to say thank you and wish Walter well in her new role as International Student & Scholar Advisor in the International Office. Cake & punch will be served.

6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Benedictine University

7 p.m., Tucci Stadium  – Women's Lacrosse vs. Augustana – Live video at

7 p.m., First Athletic Court, Shirk Center – Nothing But Nets Knockout TournamentSee details below

Thursday, April 16

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Wadjda" (2012, Saudi Arabia), presented by Associate Professor of English Alison Sainsbury.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wesleyan Consort Concert

Friday, April 17

May Term Break Key Request DeadlineSee details below

4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquium: Gautham Narayan '05 – Physics alumnus Gautham Narayan '05, a postdoctoral research associate at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, will present, "If You Only Knew the Power of the Dark Side: A Tale of Exploding Stars, an Expanding Universe, and a Mysterious Force."

7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – Wind Ensemble Concert

9 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Undercover 26

Saturday, April 18

John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium  – Women's Lacrosse vs. North Central

1 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. North Central College (doubleheader) – Live video at

1-3 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Reception and Awards Ceremony for BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibitions – Reception from 1-3 p.m.; awards ceremony at 1:30. Part of the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Andrea Tucci, soprano

6 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Kathleen Fincher, soprano  

6:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Swing Dance With Shout Section Big Band – Swing Dance at IWU will host a 12-part big band with an evening of beginning lessons, a live jazz band, and blues DJs afterward. The beginner swing lessons will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Shout Section Big Band beginning to perform at 7:30.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Lab & Symphonic Winds Concert

Sunday, April 19

11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Will Greenlee, composition

1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Augustana – Live video at

1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Natalie Joy Howard, soprano

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Nathaniel Osborn, baritone & Samantha Noga, soprano

5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Emily Stitch, bassoon

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: David Allen Flowers, composition – Featuring Cara Fulcher '16, violin and Ryan Andersen '17, cello.

Monday, April 20

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "IWU AAUP Presents..." – A series of conversations on governance and curricular matters spearheaded by the IWU chapter of American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and open to all faculty members.

4 p.m., Davidson Room – Faculty Meeting

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar.

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Wednesday, April 15

• The Hart Career Center will host practice interviews for physics majors.

Thursday, April 16

• The Hart Career Center will host practice interviews for physics majors.

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In Sympathy

Ana Maria Ferrán Parent, who taught in the Hispanic Studies Department from 1986-1996, died on April 5. Read her obituary.


Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Today's worker needs to be able to adapt – with flexibility gained from skills in problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication – agreed a panel of education, business and economic leaders, including IWU Provost Jonathan Green.

Inside Higher Ed
Retired Judge Elizabeth Robb '78 will give the Commencement address at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Pantagraph
During her Honors Convocation address, Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery warned against using cynicism to distance ourselves from politics.

Illinois Times
Erika Holst '01, curator of collections for the Springfield Art Association, worked on the restoration of the historic Edwards Place.

The Pantagraph
Hundreds attended the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo at Illinois Wesleyan.

> More Titans in the News


• Professor and Chair of Physics Linda French and physics major Jennifer Sieben '17 have co-authored a paper on "Rotation Lightcurves of Small Jovian Trojan Asteroids" in the planetary astronomy journal Icarus.

• Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo attended the March 7 performance of Short Subject, his humorous musical-theatre piece for two tubas and two euphoniums, at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas; the performance was on the program of the Society of Composers Region VI conference.

Vayo was at the University of Northern Iowa on March 28 for the Iowa Composers Forum Spring Festival, where the program included his Three for Two for two clarinets. The Concordance Ensemble played Vayo's Swarm Wind Speak at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa on April 1.

Jay Langhoff, sound technician and building mechanic in IWU's Physical Plant, recently published the book Guardian Angel (March 2015, Lazy Day Publishing).

• Artwork by Gallery Director Carmen Lozar is included in the exhibition, "No Woman, No Cry" currently on display at the Muriel Guépin Gallery in New York.

• Kathryn Diana '02 is featured on the violin, mandolin and vocals on "Heartless Sky," the first studio release by her four-member indie folk rock band, The New Switcheroo.

John Haugen '06 co-founded Third Partners LLC, a sustainability consulting firm that advises organizations on emissions reporting, sustainable marketing, branding, and energy efficiency.

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

Alumni Events

2015 Peoria Alumni Connection
Date: May 6
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join President Richard F. Wilson for hors d'oeuvres at the Country Club of Peoria.

Back to College & Networking Happy Hour at Fruition Partners
Date: May 7
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Join us at Fruition Partners as IWU Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke speaks about her recent book, Race, Gender, and Class in the Tea Party: What the Movement Reflects about Mainstream Ideologies. Stay for a chance to network with fellow alumni. Registration will open soon.

2015 North Carolina Alumni Connection
Date: May 21
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Join us as we welcome President Wilson to Raleigh and connect with IWU alumni and friends. Registration will open soon.


Think Green

Campus Wide Yard Sale

Sunday, April 19
1 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle

All selling procedures are the seller's responsibility. Masking tape and markers will be provided. Feel free to come and go as you please. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

People will be available to help move your things.

Furniture, Electronics, Fridges, Microwaves, Lamps, School Supplies, Books, Clothing, Accessories, Video Games, so many things....

If you don't want to deal with the hassle of selling or if your items don't sell and you don't want to haul them back, feel free to donate any of the above listed things. We will also take broken or outdated electronics for safe disposal (please specify if broken).

Donations will go to Home Sweet Home Ministries.

Sponsored by Senior Committee, Office of Student Activities, and Sustainability Educators.


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