Campus Weekly

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Aug. 24, 2015

Campus News

New Students New Students Learn Value of Not Having Answers
At the New Student Convocation, speaker Linda French urged students to "think beyond today's expectations of what your everyday life will be like."

Ram Mohan Traveling to India as Fulbright Specialist on Green Chemistry
Wesleyan's Ram Mohan will lecture and provide expertise on green chemistry at Pondicherry University in India as a Fulbright Specialist.

Eric and Dick Gordon Wins Starkey Award
Eric Gordon, mailroom coordinator and a 20-year employee of IWU, is the 2015 winner of the University's Max L. Starkey Service Award.

CPP Interns CPP Interns Impact the Community
This summer, 10 students participated in the Community Partnership Program - dividing their days between State Farm and a community nonprofit, learning about community development and leadership.

Turning Titan!

Students shared their excitement and new friendships from #TurningTitan orientation week on Instagram and Twitter.


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In recent posts, Colin Komar '08 completed his Ph. D. in physics at West Virginia University and is now a postdoctoral scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Alumni Events

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.

2015 Homecoming
Date: Oct. 9-Oct. 11
Titan Green Over Everything - Homecoming of Champions - #TGOE


 Through Aug. 27 – Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Summer Art Exhibits – "Hoodwinked," by new Gallery Director Ian T. Carey, is on view in the Merwin Gallery, while Neil Cole's photographs, "Scenes from Seoul and Kyoto," are in the Wakeley Gallery.
Summer gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12-3 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 24

First day of classes

12 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Men's Soccer vs. Webster University (exhibition)

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Meet the Class of 2019 – Faculty and staff are invited to a presentation and discussion about our incoming class. Bob Geraty, interim dean of Admissions, will provide an overview of the academic profile and demographics of our first year students; Chandra Shipley, director of Academic Advising/coordinator of Disability Services, will discuss advising tips to meet the needs of our new students; Annorah Moorman, assistant dean and director of Counseling Services, will focus on the psychological and emotional aspect of these students; Robyn Walter, international student and scholar advisor, will discuss specific areas of opportunities and concerns of our incoming international students; and Brandon Common, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will discuss specific areas of opportunities and concerns of our domestic diversity students. This event is co-sponsored by the Mellon Center and the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETAL).

Wednesday, Aug. 26

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Illinois College (exhibition)

Thursday, Aug. 27

3-5 p.m., Egbers Quadrangle Promenade – RSO Fair – The Registered Student Organization (RSO) Fair is where students can discover their place at IWU. RSOs on campus will be out in full force to show what they offer, how to join an existing RSO or create your own. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Student Senate.

7 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Dedication of a New Multifaith Meditation Room – A "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event.

7:30 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Men's Soccer vs. DePauw University (exhibition)

Friday, Aug. 28

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Epic Rap Battles – The record-breaking digital series "Epic Rap Battles of History," created by Peter Shukoff (aka Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (aka EpicLLOYD), features comedic rap battles between historical and/or pop culture figures -- such as Moses vs. Santa Claus. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Saturday, Aug. 29

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Mission IMPROVable – The agents of MISSION IMPROVable Comedy Team are just a few audience suggestions away from creating a brand new and original production that's all about whatever you tell them. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

7:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – 24-Hour Theatre Festival Show – Please join the fall 2015 24-Hour Theatre Festival to watch scenes that were written, cast and rehearsed all in 24 short hours.

Sunday, Aug. 30

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting

Monday, Aug. 31

12 p.m., Pillsbury Room, Memorial Center – Text Talks in the Pillsbury Room – Text Talks are a weekly gathering led by the University Chaplain for any students interested in reflection on and dialogue with interesting, inspiring, difficult, and/or demanding biblical texts.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "AAUP presents..." – Presented by the IWU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar


•  Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart will present “Employing Intellectual Empathy: Overcoming Forces that Separate Us” on Oct. 21 as part of the International Studies Seminar Series at Illinois State University. 

•  Wings, a composition by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo, was performed by cellist Edgardo Espinoza and pianist Edith Ruiz on June 5 in Mexico City, during a concert presented as part of the International Festival of New Music "Manuel Enríquez."

Also, Vayo spent two weeks in May as an artist in residence at Madroño Ranch in Medina, Texas.

•  Amid attention for a much-criticized sorority recruitment video at University of Alabama, Illinois Wesleyan's #PanhellenicPursuit video won mention as a positive example, which focuses on how sororities teach leadership skills and provide “a network of support throughout your undergraduate experience and beyond.”

Joseph ("Jeff") Brown '67 recently published a short story on Amazon for Kindle, "Two on a Leash."

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


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Titans In The News

The (Ottawa) Times
Kate Tombaugh '07 has accomplished her dream of creating a one-woman show, and is bringing performances to her hometown.

Illinois Wesleyan welcomed new students to campus, with volunteers on hand to help during move-in day.

The Pantagraph
Professor of History Tom Lutze, who teaches on the Vietnam War, reflected on its impact 50 years later.

The Newburyport Current
As previously reported by The Washington Times, music teacher Gina McKeown '92 is starting a new community choir, the Greater Newburyport Children’s Choir.

> More Titans in the News


New Faces, New Places

Learn more about new faculty and staff who joined Illinois Wesleyan during the past year.

Welcome New Employees

Emily Line started Aug. 10 as admissions counselor. She is a 2012 alumna.

Aric Faulkner started Aug. 14 as assistant director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, replacing Eileen Galvez.

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