Campus Weekly

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April 27, 2015

Campus News

NEPAL UPDATE: Our thoughts are with alumni from Nepal after Saturday's tragic earthquake. As of this morning we've been in touch with most, who report they and their families are safe, although some suffered property damage. Current student Ojaswee Shrestha '18 of Nepal also reports that her family is safe.

MargaretMcCarter '15 Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
The National Science Foundation has awarded Margaret McCarter '15 a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship – among the most competitive graduate fellowships nationwide.

Lydia Summer Research Pays Long-Term Dividends
Opportunities for students to engage in summer research through scholarships and fellowships lead to new personal discoveries -- and often, invitations to present their work at conferences across the country.

KemiAdeleye'15 Receives 2015 Technos Award
Kemi Adeleye '15 won the Technos International Prize, recognizing her academic excellence and commitment to international awareness and understanding.

Fundraiser Global Health Students Raise Funds to Fight Malaria
Students raised enough funds to provide 100 nets for a community of 200 people by organizing a pick-up basketball tournament, a bake sale and other activities. 

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.

Young Scholars"Young Scholars" Camps Returning This Summer for Area Youth
Illinois Wesleyan will offer Young Scientist and Inventions/Innovations summer camps, offering elementary students a variety of opportunities for exploration and hands-on activities.

Find links to other summer camps offered at IWU, and see below for information on the Summer on Stage theatre camps.


• Senior Allie Boudreau set a school record with 6065 points in the heptathlon, getting a sixth place finish at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 23.

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In recent posts, April Tschappat '97 has been named Assistant Vice President of Leasing Development at Macerich, an industry leading publically traded Real Estate Investment Trust, overseeing the leasing of a dozen super-regional shopping centers nationwide.

Summer on Stage Theatre Camps

The Summer on Stage Footlight Camp for children ages 7-12 will be offered weekday mornings from June 8-19 in the Phoenix Theatre on the IWU campus. The final performance will be Friday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. IWU Admissions Counselor Cristen Monson is the artistic director for Summer on Stage.

Find more information or register

Auditions for Pirates of Penzance Jr.

Summer on Stage also has teamed up with Prairie Fire Theatre's production of "Pirates of Penzance" to offer a unique performance opportunity for the youth of Bloomington-Normal. This Spotlight Camp will run weekday afternoons from July 20-Aug. 7.

Actors and singers ages 12-18 are invited to audition on Sunday, May 17, 5-7 p.m., with callbacks Monday, May 18, 6:30-8 p.m. RSVP by email to

The final performance for friends, family and the public will be in Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. 

Find more information

Summer Reading Volunteers Welcome

In response to IWU's 2015-2016 intellectual theme of "Nation(s) Divided?," the Advising and Summer Reading Committee, in consultation with the University's Speakers Committee, selected The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose for the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

Please join our incoming students, orientation leaders, and fellow faculty and staff members in reading this book.

To complement the Summer Reading Program, Kevin Roose will be the speaker for President's Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Alumni, faculty and staff are invited to be co-facilitators for the 2015 Summer Reading Program. Each discussion group will comprise a Gateway class, 1-2 student leaders, and 1-2 faculty, staff or alumni members. 

Expectations of co-facilitators include:

  • reading and reflecting on The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose;
  • collaborating with your assigned co-facilitators on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 5:45-6:15 p.m.; and
  • participating in the small group discussion scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Please join the introduction of first-year students to our engaged campus community by confirming your participating as a co-faciliator by clicking on and completing this RSVP form by Friday, July 31, 2015. 


Monday, April 27

Through Tuesday, April 28
 – Final examinations

5 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Elmhurst College (doubleheader)(Rescheduled from Saturday)

Tuesday, April 28

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

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

Wednesday, April 29

** See facility hours for Commencement Sunday and May Term Break **
(through Tuesday, May 5)

Friday, May 1

5 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Wheaton College – Live video at

Sunday, May 3

1 p.m., Kemp Commencement Plaza at State Farm Hall – Commencement – The ceremony will be live streamed.

Monday, May 4

6 p.m., Horenberger Field  – Baseball vs. Concordia University Chicago

> Find more on the Events Calendar

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Senior Web Developer Michael Gorman supports Bloomington's Bicycle Master Plan and says bicycling is increasingly common among millennials.

Inside Higher Ed
Among colleges launching new academic programs, Illinois Wesleyan is starting an undergraduate major in contemporary musicianship.

Chicago Tribune
Ryan Headley '97 is on the team of physicians at a Bariatrics and Weight Management Center opened by Elmhurst Hospital.

Media Milwaukee
Meghan Murphy-Lee teaches Vampires: From Slavic Village to Hollywood as part of the Foreign Languages and Literature Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is a senior lecturer.

> More Titans in the News


• Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina received a research grant from the International Youth Library, Munich, Germany, the world's largest library for international children's and youth literature. She will spend four months working and researching materials for her new book on the history of Russian children's literature.

Balina also published two articles:

- "Overcoming the Past through Childhood Reminiscences in Contemporary Russian Autobiographical Prose" in AutobiografiЯ: Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture, v.3, Padova University Press, pp. 185-213.

- "Narrating Love in Soviet Adolescent Literature of the 1930s: Ruvim Fraerman's The Wild Dog Dingo; or A Tale about First Love," The Russian Review: 73 pp. 354-370.

Additionally, Balina will be presenting at the international symposium The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children, Princeton University, April 30-May3, 2015. Her talk is entitled "Stories of Little Brothers: Depicting Proletarian Internationalism in Soviet Children's Literature of the 1920s-1930s."

• Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He and one of his students, Tung Nguyen '15, published "Construction of spline type orthogonal scaling functions and wavelets," Journal of Applied Functional Analysis, 10 (2015), No. 3-4, 189-203. 

Nguyen has been awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics.

• University Librarian Karen Schmidt received the Multicultural Leadership Program's Community Service Award.

• Ruomeng Zhang '17 won second prize for her research presentation at the Student Research Symposium at the Spring Meeting of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT). Her research focuses on coupled oscillating chemical reactions. 

• "For Out of the Heart," a film by Mike Mayo '02, is being screened as part of the Illinois International Film Festival in Aurora at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Mayo's journey in making the film was featured in the Fall 2014 Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine.

> 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.

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.

An Evening with Hubbard Street Dance
Date: June 11
Join us for a performance celebrating the works of Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.

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