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June 15, 2015

Campus News

Tipsord Tipsord '81 Named State Farm CEO
Michael Tipsord '81 will become CEO of State Farm Insurance Cos. in September, at the recommendation of current CEO and fellow Illinois Wesleyan graduate Ed Rust Jr. '72, who will remain board chairman.

Andy Ding '18 Awarded National Scholarship
Physics major Zhenghao (Andy) Ding '18, who researches microfluidics, optical trapping and quantum entanglement in the IWU physics lab, was awarded a 2015 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship.

Taiyo Wilson '12 Awarded NASA Research Fellowship
Physics alumnus Taiyo Wilson '12 has been awarded a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, enabling him to collaborate with top researchers in the field.

Alanna Alanna Hill Named Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Alanna Hill will be Illinois Wesleyan's director of fraternity and sorority life beginning July 6.


• Illinois Wesleyan finished No. 34 (of 322 schools earning points) in the final 2014-15 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

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In recent posts, Ross Fraser '78 is in his eleventh year as the director of media relations for Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, where he is joined by two other IWU alumni: Sam Harris '10 and Tim Sunzeri '11.


* See campus facility hours for summer

Ongoing: A variety of summer camps for youth are offered on the IWU campus.

Wednesday, June 17

2 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Ice Cream Social for IWU employees, sponsored by the Faculty-Staff Recognition Committee.

Friday, June 19

9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., meet on the south side of The Ames Library – Tree Walk – University of Illinois Plant Clinic Plant Diagnostician Travis Cleveland will lead a walk visiting the diverse ornamentals on the Illinois Wesleyan campus, sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension. Register online. (There is a $5 fee. This program may be canceled if fewer than 5 individuals register to attend.)

Monday, June 22 through August 27

Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Summer Art Exhibits – The newly named director of Illinois Wesleyan's Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Ian T. Carey, will be one of the artists exhibiting work in the galleries.
Carey's "Hoodwinked" is on view in the Merwin Gallery, while Neil Cole will exhibit photographs in "Scenes from Seoul and Kyoto" in the Wakeley Gallery.

Summer gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12-3 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Cello Camp Performance – Free and open to the public as part of the IWU Cello Camp.

Saturday, June 27

1:15 p.m., Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Lecture and Opening Reception for Summer Art Exhibits – Artists Ian T. Carey and Neil Cole will speak at an opening reception for their exhibitions.

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Cello Camp Performance – Free and open to the public as part of the IWU Cello Camp.

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar

Alumni Events

Springfield Area Connection 2015
Date: July 21
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join President Wilson and Illinois Wesleyan alumni, family and friends for cocktails and hors d'oeurvres at the Illini Country Club in Springfield, Illinois.

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.

Minority Alumni Picnic 2015
Date: Aug. 2
Time: 2-4 p.m.

Join alumni, family and friends as we welcome Chicago area current and incoming first-year students. Registration will open soon.

22nd Annual Titan Alumni Golf Outing
Date: Sept.3
Time: 12 p.m.

Join us for the 22nd Annual Titan Alumni Golf Outing at Prairie Landing Golf Course. 12 p.m. shotgun start.


Joseph Lim '13 has seized the opportunity to conduct research in Dublin, putting on hold his studies at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in West Indies in order to work with investigators to address a significant threat to Ireland's dairy sector and its economy – postpartum uterine infection in cows.

• Attorney Amanda Conley '04 has co-founded her own firm, Brand & Branch LLP, which provides intellectual property legal services for the cannabis, beverage, technology, gaming and publishing industries, among others.

• Soprano Kimblery Giordano '94 performed Strauss' Four Last Songs with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra on May 9.

• The Logic Puzzle Museum of Burlington, Wisconsin, founded by Judith Schulz '71, was featured in a full-page feature story in the April 2015 Games - World of Puzzles national magazine. Schulz and her other hands-on educational museum, the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, were featured in a 2011 IWU news release.

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


Academic Calendar

If you're planning ahead, Homecoming for the next four years is planned for the weekends of:
- Oct. 10, 2015
- Oct. 1, 2016
- Oct. 14, 2017 (tentative)
- Oct. 13, 2018 (tentative)

Find these and other key dates on the academic calendar, now available through the 2018-19 academic year.

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Titans In The News

Crain's Chicago Business
Pat Palmer '87 is part of the executive team at VSA Partners, a design firm that grew into a full-service ad agency, now launching a high-profile, "groundbreaking" campaign for Kleenex.

Crain's Chicago Business
Edward Rust Jr. '72 is stepping down as CEO of State Farm Insurance after 30 years, to be succeeded by another alum of Illinois Wesleyan University, Michael Tipsord '81. Also in The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph
Under the leadership of retiring CEO and 1972 alum Edward Rust Jr., State Farm Insurance has been a generous supporter of education – including his alma mater.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong is leading a team of student researchers who are testing dogs' cognition – and in need of dog volunteers. Also on WJBC Radio.

Religion & Politics
The Rev. Greg Dell '67 took an early stance within the United Methodist Church by performing same-sex marriages, an issue that still threatens to divide the denomination. (Dell was featured in the Fall 2008 IWU Magazine)

The A.V. Club
Evan Kasprzak '10 gave a behind-the-scenes look at his time on Fox TV's "So You Think You Can Dance," before he went on to star in "Newsies" on Broadway.

Bartlesville (Okla.) Examiner-Enterprise
Jan Brieschke '69, whose artwork is featured in promotional materials for the 2015 OK Mozart Festival, was honored at the Bartlesville Community Center's Lyon Gallery.

Chicago Reader
Pianist and composer Luke Gullickson '07 performed his "stunning" piece Open at High Concept Labs in Chicago.

WGLT Radio
In the June 1 Sound Ideas segment, University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger discusses a new Pew Research survey that shows Americans are rapidly losing religion. Listen.

The Pantagraph
"The American Passion Play," the creation of former IWU faculty member Delmar D. Darrah, may be facing its final curtain after 92 seasons.

> More Titans in the News


In Sympathy

Debbie Smyth, office manager for Admissions for the past 40 years, died on June 5 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Read an obituary.

Welcome New Employees

Bevin Cowie '10
began June 1 as Action Research Center coordinator, a new position.

Colleen Herald began June 1 as assistant director for teacher licensure and assessment, Educational Studies, replacing Kelly Lawton.

Michael Morrison '03 began June 1 as associate director of prospect research, management and analytics, Advancement Office, replacing Jane Baines, who retired.

Melissa Ramirez '14 began June 1 as admissions counselor, replacing Nancy Vasquez.

Christina Rutledge began June 1 as office coordinator I - Registrar's Office/Academic Advising, replacing Elizabeth Kosuth.

Michelle Wu began June 1 as director of conference services, a new position.

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