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May 18, 2015

Campus News

Banners Alumni Elected as New Illinois Wesleyan Trustees
Alumni Deon Hornsby '97, Stephen L. Ondra '80 and Jill E. York '85 have been elected to Illinois Wesleyan's Board of Trustees.

Miranda Karban '08 Receives Dissertation Fellowship
Miranda Karban '08, a graduate student in biological anthropology, has received a Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship for her research on cranial growth patterns in modern humans and Neanderthals.

Fibonacci Dhue, Hoijer Receive Phi Beta Kappa Awards
Seniors Hannah Dhue and Natalie Hoijer won Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Awards, celebrating research that bridges academic disciplines or crosses traditional boundaries.

Volunteers International Students Offer Language Expertise to Local Sixth Graders
Illinois Wesleyan students from China volunteered to help sixth graders at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal learn Standard Chinese, also known as Mandarin. 

Sax Illinois Chamber Music Festival Expands to Instruction for Woodwinds, Brass
Running July 12-Aug. 1, the festival expands this year to offer programs for woodwinds and brass in addition to training in strings, harp and piano.


• A total of 13 track and field athletes will represent Illinois Wesleyan University at the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 21-23 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

• Swimmer Kirsten Slaughter '16 has been elected to the Capital One Academic All-District® 7 Women's At-Large team and will be on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America® Team

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In recent posts, Barb (Short) Brown '77 used cycling to help regain strength after surviving her battle with cancer.

She is now organizing a program, Healing Rides, at her church, Wesley United Methodist Church, to help the elderly and people with disabilities enjoy the outdoors. The program uses a bike with a wheelchair attached for the passenger to ride in. When they first received the bike, Barb tested it out with her dad, Lee Short '44.

Her efforts were featured in The Pantagraph.


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

Through May 29
– Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Gallery Exhibitions – Works by Thomas Berenz and Carolina Rodriguez are on display. 

Tuesday, May 19

 3 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – IDES Lecture: "Religion in Ancient Mediterranean Comedy" – Erin Moodie, assistant professor in the Languages and Cultures Department at Purdue University, will present "Religion in Ancient Mediterranean Comedy: Character, Context, and Content." This talk will provide a broad introduction to the religious contexts of Greek and Roman comedy, as well as the comic genres' depiction of deities and religious practices. From the Dionysia festival in Athens to Jupiter's deus ex machina in Plautus' Amphitryon, religion is central to ancient comedy, providing structure, atmosphere, and significance to events on and off the stage. Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.

• 4:30-6:30 p.m., IWU Peace Garden, just north of the athletic fields – Sigma Kappa Volunteer Event at IWU Peace Garden – Sigma Kappa invites all Greek members and IWU students to help participate in our Sigma Kappa-sponsored philanthropy event at the Peace Garden. The women of Sigma Kappa will spend two hours watering, weeding, mowing and planting at the IWU Peace Garden; students are welcome to join us at 5:30 for our second hour. 

Friday, May 22

• 2 p.m., 200 Holmes Hall – Office of Grants and Foundation Relations Open House – The Office of Grants and Foundation Relations is celebrating 100 days of faculty scholarship and university support for spring and May terms with an open house. Please stop by to learn about recent accomplishments and summer objectives, visit with office staff and university colleagues, and enjoy cake and punch. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 23

• 2-4 p.m., AMF Circle Lanes, 1225 Holiday Drive, Bloomington – Free Bowling for IWU Students – Do you like bowling? How about bowling for free? Student Senate is sponsoring an afternoon of free bowling for current Illinois Wesleyan students. Only the first 200 respondents to this form will be able to participate, so click "yes" to get your name on our list! You have until noon on Wednesday, May 20 to respond to this form. Keep in mind that you will have to provide your own transportation to this event.

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day (NO CLASSES)

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar

Alumni Events

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.

2015 Greater Champaign/Urbana Alumni Connection
Date: July 23
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join President Wilson, fellow alumni, friends and family at Jupiter's at the Crossing. Registration will open in June.


Sigma Kappa Philanthropy News

During the spring semester, Sigma Kappa Eta Chapter raised nearly $3,100 for their five philanthropies: Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology research, Maine Sea Coast Mission, and Alzheimer's Disease Research.

This amount raised in a single semester nearly matches the total funds raised in the full year of 2014 ($3,150). The women of the chapter achieved this success through their two main spring events, the semi-annual $5 all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast and the annual Bags Tournament.

The women also dedicated time and energy to the Bloomington-Normal community by making Valentine's Day cards for the residents of Sugar Creek Alzheimer's Special Care, tied blankets for Children's Home and Aid, and collected and donated toiletries and other necessities to Home Sweet Home Ministries.

Sigma Kappa volunteered the most hours of any student group on campus this semester, totaling over 1,300 hours.

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Titans In The News

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Alumni connections helped bring best-selling author Aaron Reynolds '92 to speak at the Warrenville school where Christy Heins '03 is library director.


Healthcare Attorney Emily A. Johnson '05 joined the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm's business department. 

The Pantagraph
Information Literacy Librarian & Associate Professor Chris Sweet has researched the history of bicycling in Illinois, which he says was a driver of social and cultural change.

NBC Sports
John Camardella '03 was an early coach for Jimmy Gavin, whose journey to becoming a Division I scholarship basketball player was anything but typical.
Richard Jenkins '69 was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for his role in the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge," which has a leading five nominations.

The Pantagraph
Students moving out for the summer donated 500 pounds of food, giving a boost to the letter carriers' annual food drive.

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• Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr has published, with Köhler, G. (2015): Two new species of lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Iguania, Tropiduridae) from central Peru. Zootaxa 3956(3): 413–427.

• University Archivist and Associate Professor Meg Miner published "Digital Preservation Strategies for a Small Private College," in the Society of American Archivists Campus Case Studies. Her article addresses the challenge of digital preservation in smaller institutions and proposes ways to continue to provide good stewardship over our digital history.

The Society of American Archivists is the leading professional organization for archival management and policy in the U.S.

•  Professor Emeritus Donna Hartweg published "Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory in Nursing" in M. C. Smith & M. E. Parker (Eds.) Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (4th Ed) (pp.105-132). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis (2015).


• Muse Me, a play by Katherine James '73, is a semifinalist in Little Black Dress INK's Female Playwrights ONSTAGE project, and was featured as part of a Stripped Scripts reading in Santa Barbara, California.

• Raven Stubbs '13 has joined the staff of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps as a Program and Development Associate in its Chicago office.

• Marybeth (Mathison) Timmermann '93 co-edited, with Margaret A. Simons, Feminists Writings by Simone de Beauvoir. She is also a contributing translator to this volume, which is the sixth volume in the Beauvoir Series, as well as contributing translator and editor to several other volumes in the series.

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

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