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April 20, 2015

Campus News

Given Students Elect Harper Professor of the Year
The Illinois Wesleyan student body voted R. Given Harper as the 2015 Student Senate Professor of the Year. He will address the Class of 2015 at their Commencement ceremony on May 3.

Kyle Research Leads to Hot Prospects for Senior
Kyle Connour's work observing asteroids and other heavenly bodies has led to a scientific publication and multiple offers from graduate schools.

Nik Internship Yields Job at World's Largest Asset Management Company
After interning last summer at BlackRock, Inc., in London, graduating senior Nikolay Karnev was offered a job as a financial analyst for the global finance giant.

Martha Aguirre '17 Wins Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship
Winner of the 2015 Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship, Martha Aguirre '17 plans to conduct research on bilingual education in Chile.

detail New Participants Chosen for Summer Enrichment Program
This summer 12 Illinois Wesleyan minority and international students will focus on professional and personal growth as part of the Summer Enrichment Program.

lamp Students Selected for 2015 Eckley Fellowships
Five students have been named Eckley Scholars and will receive stipends to stay on campus this summer to pursue independent projects with a faculty mentor.

Jake Students Honor Civic Engagement
Students, faculty, staff and community partners gathered to celebrate those who made substantial contributions to community service at a recent Civic Engagement Banquet.

Kathleen O'Gorman Named 2015 Dougan Award Honoree
Professor of English Kathleen O'Gorman was named the recipient of the fifth James D. Dougan Award for Contributions to Faculty Governance.


• The fourth annual State Farm "Tommy Awards," sponsored by the IWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and State Farm Insurance, presented awards to Illinois Wesleyan athletes in an array of categories on April 13 at the Shirk Center.

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In recent posts, Mark Denzler '93, vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, was re-appointed to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Advisory Board by Governor Bruce Rauner.


• Associate Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine will present "In Marcion's Shadow: Heschel, the God of Pathos, and the Prophets" at Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: A Conference in Honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel at the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California - Los Angeles, May 3-4.

The conference will feature talks by "key figures in contemporary Jewish thought and practice, as well as Christian scholars and public figures on Heschel and social justice, his poetry, spiritual practices, and the relevance of his ideas and writings today."
Keynote speakers are Cornel West and Susannah Heschel.

• Assistant Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken and School of Nursing alumna Jen Boll '14 presented "Development of a Measure of Nurse Vigilance from the Patient's Perspective" at the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) 2015 Annual Research Conference, April 16-19, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

• Professor and Chair of Computer Science Hans-Joerg Tiede will give the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Centennial Address, "Safeguarding Academic Freedom in the 21st Century," at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting on April 21 in Chicago.

• A paper co-authored by three then-undergraduates was accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Zoology. Titled "Eggshell porosity covaries with egg size among female House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) but is unrelated to incubation onset and egg-laying order within clutches," its authors include Abbey White '14, Alex Lang '14, Lauren Podgorski '13, Associate Professor of Biology Will Jaeckle and George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology Given Harper.

• Emma Alcock '17 and Huyen Nguyen '17 wrote a guest blog post for Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE) about their semester in Barcelona through the IWU Spain Program.

• Sports Information Director Stew Salowitz '76 is featured in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) April E-Digest (p. 38).

• James Edgeton '78 was honored by the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce as a Citizen of the Year.

• Karla Erickson '95, associate professor of sociology and chair of the Social Studies Division at Grinnell College, was named associate dean at the college.

• Gretchen Grabowski '03 was named senior project manager at Percept Research, a leading management education market research consultancy.

• Tim Holt '70 published the novel Square Affair (January 2015, Christine F. Anderson Publishing & Media)

• Opera singer Seth Keeton '98 will perform in the world premiere of The Rage of Achilles at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, part of its Jazz in the Target Atrium series.

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


Monday, April 20

6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Augustana – (Rescheduled from Sunday, April 19, due to weather.)

Tuesday, April 21

Last day of classes

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

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poetry Reading – Friends of Lyrical Graffiti invite you to de-stress before finals with the last opportunity of the semester to read some of your work.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert

Wednesday, April 22

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Ames Library – CCS Stress-Free Zone – Please stop by to take a break from studying so that you can get a Biodot, stressball, snack and/or beverage. Counseling & Consultation Services staff will also have helpful tips on stress management, time management and procrastination. (Continues Thursday and Friday)

2 & 7 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, Memorial Center – "Voices of Gaza" – Written and directed by theatre arts major Jennifer Oswald '15, "Voices of Gaza" is an educational documentary theatre project about grappling with privilege and conflict in the Middle East. A reading/presentation of the script will be sponsored by Creativity for Change.

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

Thursday, April 23

Through Tuesday, April 28 –
Final examinations

Friday, April 24

7 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage College – Live video at

7:30 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – The New Hopeville Comics – The Music Theatre Workshop will present this new Nate Weida musical, directed by Adjunct Instructor Natalie Pitchford.  (Additional performance on Saturday, April 25)

Saturday, April 25

12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage College (doubleheader)

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

2 p.m., Tucci Stadium  – Women's Lacrosse vs. Dubuque

Sunday, April 26

12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. University of Dallas

4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Retirement Reception for Professor Bob Hippensteele – The campus community is invited to an open house reception, hosted by the Biology Department, celebrating the retirement of Professor of Biology Bob Hippensteele. Please stop by and help celebrate his 40+ years of service to Illinois Wesleyan University.

Judge Robb Judge Robb to Speak at Commencement
Pioneering judge Elizabeth Robb '78, recently retired as chief judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, will give the address at Commencement on Sunday, May 3.

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Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
No one was injured and no student rooms were damaged when a fire broke out Friday night in offices on the first floor of IWU's Gulick Hall.


Charles "Chuck" Dannewitz '77 was selected by Tech Data Corporation's Board of Directors to serve as the company's Chief Financial Officer.

Chicago Tribune

Thomas Tropp '96 was named director of music and arts ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.

The Pantagraph
Professor Carolyn Nadeau received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to translate and analyze a 17th-century Spanish cookbook.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan students are honoring retiring President Richard F. Wilson by selling T-shirts to raise funds for his chosen charity – student scholarships.

WGLT Radio
Professor Emeritus Bob Bray pictures Abraham Lincoln trying to resolve themes of race, religion and women in his new play, which goes inside the president's dying mind.

Sung Jin Hong '97 was interviewed on the April 10 Arts in the City program about One World Symphony's mission and history, Operasodes, and Hong's upcoming opera based on Hannibal Lecter. 

Although 12-year-old Sam Holtz finished in a tie for first place in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, he was disqualified from the top prize for being underage. To compensate, the Scout network is sending the Holtz family – including older brother and Illinois Wesleyan student Joey Holtz '18 – on a trip to Hawaii.

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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.

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.

2015 Chicago Dance Event
Date: June 11
Join us for the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's celebration of Alejandro Cerrudo's choreography at Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Registration will open in May.


Welcome New Employee

Irene Ortega began April 13 as a custodian in the Physical Plant, replacing Elsa Rodriguez, who retired.


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