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May 4, 2015

Campus News

tassels Illinois Wesleyan Celebrates Class of 2015
Illinois Wesleyan welcomed more than 420 graduates into the ranks of alumni during Commencement on May 3.

Instagram Friends, Families Cheer on New Grads
Proud graduates and their families celebrated while alumni welcomed the class of 2015 into their ranks on social media.

Profs Three New Endowed Professors Named
Professors Irv Epstein, Gordon Horwitz and James Plath were honored as Illinois Wesleyan's newest endowed professors or chairs during Commencement.

Triplets Triplets' Personal Journeys Reflect Illinois Wesleyan Experience
Triplets Don, Matt and Meagan DeSalvo graduated together and are preparing to go their separate ways for the first time.

Happy Commencement Highlights
See a photo gallery, watch the Commencement video or read speakers' remarks.

Amelia Smith '15 Selected for Fulbright Fellowship in Austria
Graduating senior Amelia Smith '15 has received a fellowship associated with the Fulbright Program to teach in Austria.

Lu Lu Liao Wins Mark Israel Research Fellowship
Economics and mathematics double major Lu Liao'17 was awarded the 2015 Mark Israel Research Fellowship to conduct independent research this summer under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Leo Celebrating the Class of 2015
With jobs or graduate school already secured, Leo Martinez '15 and other seniors look back at their four years at Illinois Wesleyan and reveal what's up next as they graduate.


• The Illinois Wesleyan softball team secured the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) regular season championship, then hosted and won the CCIW Tournament. The Titans advance to their 14th ever (fourth consecutive) NCAA Division III championships and will host the opening round of the regional this weekend.

• The Illinois Wesleyan staff earned "Women's Coaching Staff of the Year" honors as IWU won the CCIW outdoor track championships at Wheaton College on Saturday, May 2.

• The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team won their fourth straight CCIW championship at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Illinois.

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In recent news, Marissa Weaver '97 is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Associated Anesthesiologists in Peoria, Illinois. She will be working primarily at OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.


** See campus facility hours for May Term Break
and for May Term, including The Ames Library, Shirk Center and Sodexo)**

Monday, May 4

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

Wednesday, May 6

May Term Classes Begin

• Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Gallery Exhibitions – Works by Thomas Berenz and Carolina Rodriguez will be displayed through May 29.

Thursday, May 7

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – $3 Sodexo Lunch for Faculty and Staff – See details below

4:15 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Gallery Talks and Opening Reception for Art Exhibitions – Artists Thomas Berenz and Carolina Rodriguez will speak, followed by a reception.

Friday, May 8

10 a.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Crossing Cultural Boundaries Mindfully: Understanding Cross-Cultural Communication StylesDr. Stella Ting-Toomey will be on campus to lead discussions on intercultural communication. This one-hour general session is open to both faculty and staff. Dr. Ting-Toomey's visit is sponsored by the Mellon Center, International Office, and Office of the Provost.

1 p.m., 201, State Farm Hall – Faculty Workshop: Crossing Cultural Boundaries Mindfully: Understanding Cross-Cultural Communication Styles

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar

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.

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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Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Graduates marked Commencement as a bittersweet day – a major achievement while saying goodbye to friends.

Hawaii Sport Magazine
Miki Yoshida David '92 discussed her competitive swimming career, which began at Illinois Wesleyan and continues with open water racing.

The Pantagraph

Already a published researcher with observations made at IWU's observatory, graduating physics major Kyle Connour looks to a bright future exploring the next frontiers in astronomy.

The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times
Dr. John Rinker '05 was named chief medical officer at OSF St. James John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

WGLT Radio
Illinois Wesleyan music theatre students aim for Broadway, hoping to follow in the footsteps of successful alumni.

The Pantagraph
Steve Wannemacher '73, vice chairman of the board of Heritage Enterprises, is among nursing home representatives who criticize the unexpected doubling of state funding cuts.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Wesleyan's Joerg Tiede discussed a report he co-authored, which found the University of Illinois violated a professor's due-process rights and academic freedom when it withdrew a job offer. Tiede was also interviewed by WBEZ Radio Chicago.

> More Titans in the News


• Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli co-presented a paper "Second Language Acquisition in the Domestic Immersion Context: An Ecolinguistic Approach" at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference held at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2015.

•  Scholarly Communications Librarian/Associate Professor Stephanie Davis-Kahl:

- Will be a panelist on the May 5 webinar hosted by College & Research Libraries, "C&RL Online Forum: Survey of Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research Programs."

- Was the keynote speaker on April 24 for "ARLD Day," an annual gathering hosted by the Minnesota Library Association's Academic and Research Libraries Division.

- Was a presenter with the Association of College & Research Libraries Scholarly Communications Roadshow Workshop, "Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement," hosted by Iowa State University in April and the University of South Carolina in March.

- Presented "Who Benefits?: Preserving and Making Available an Institution's Digital Research and Creative and Scholarly Output" at the University of Northern Iowa on April 16.

- Was the moderator for a presentation, "Collective Strengths: Institutional Repositories & Communities of Practice," and co-presented the poster, "Contributions to the Scholarly Record: Conferences & Symposia in the Repository" at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2015 Conference, March 25-28, Portland, Oregon.

- Presented the Digital Commons community webinar, "Data Management and the IR [Institutional Repository] as a Teaching Tool at Illinois Wesleyan," along with IWU Assistant Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong and her student, Stephanie AuBuchon '16. 

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

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