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Nov. 16, 2015

Campus News

NicoleJovicevic '16 Recognized as Lincoln Laureate
Senior Nicole Jovicevic was named a 2015 Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in recognition of her academic achievements and extracurricular involvement.

Dick WilsonRichard F. Wilson: "All In for Wesleyan"
The Fall 2015 Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine honors the careful planning and bold vision that marked the tenure of newly retired IWU president Richard F. Wilson.


•  The IWU women's soccer team scored a two-overtime victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Neis Field on Sunday, Nov. 15, and will advance to the sectional round next Saturday, Nov. 21, in St. Louis, Mo.

• Senior Erin McCarey has been selected as an individual qualifier for the 2015 Division III Women's Cross Country Championships, which will be on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis.

• The volleyball team battled Carthage to five sets before being eliminated from the 2015 NCAA Division III regional tournament in the round of 32 at Van Noord Arena on the Calvin College campus in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, Nov. 13.

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In recent posts, Chris Pezza ’06 was elected to the Chicago Association of Realtors Board of Directors (its youngest member) and named the Vice Chair of the Association’s Property Management Forum.

Alumni Events

Chicago Luncheon
Date: Nov. 19
Join fellow Chicago IWU alumni for a luncheon, featuring speaker Steven Collens, CEO of MATTER: "The Rise of Technology Entrepreneurship in Chicago." 

Rockford Holiday Party
Date: Dec. 2, 2015
Join alumni, family and friends for the Rockford Area Alumni Connection, with special guest, President Eric Jensen.

4th Annual Alumni Track and Field Meet
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Come and support the current team, see “old” friends and coaches, and if you are feeling nostalgic, feel free to dust off the old spikes and compete!

Atlanta Holiday Party
Date: Dec.6
Join alumni, family and friends for the Atlanta Area Alumni Connection, with special guests President Eric Jensen and First Lady Elizabeth Jensen.

Seattle/Tacoma Alumni Gathering
Date: Dec. 18
Time: 6 p.m.

Join us as we cheer on the Titan women's basketball team vs. University of Puget Sound at the Pacific Lutheran University Tournament. Join us after the game for pizza with the team and Coach Mia Smith.

31st Annual Phoenix Alumni Connection
Date: Jan. 31, 2016
Time: 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Please join us as we welcome the 19th President of Illinois Wesleyan, Eric Jensen and his wife, Elizabeth Jensen. Save the Date. Invitations to arrive in late December.


Monday, Nov. 16

•  Class Registration for May Term

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Non-Org: Experiences of Working on Interdisciplinary Mellon Grants – Presented by a panel: Assistant Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken (Utermohlen Exhibit), Assistant Dean of Students Matthew Damschroder (LGBT Issues and Trans-Rights), Chaplain Elyse Nelson-Winger (Development of Interfaith Prayer Space), and Assistant Professor and Sciences Librarian Crystal Boyce (Art and Science –Through the Looking Glass). This event is offered in connection with the Wakeley Gallery exhibit "Pursuing the Ephemeral, Painting the Enduring: Alzheimer's and the Artwork of William Utermohlen," made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, please contact Dr. Noel Kerr at ext. 3672 or

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Brandi Reissenweber - Reading from Her Manuscript, "Where We Found the Girls" – Visiting Assistant Professor of English Brandi Reissenweber will read from her current fiction manuscript.

7 p.m., E101, CNS – Global Brigades' Travel and Work in Honduras – Students are invited to learn about Global Brigades and how you can participate.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Bone Marrow Donor Drive – Come down to Hansen Student Center to add your name to the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. All you need to do is swab the inside of your cheeks to collect cells for tissue typing, and you have taken the first step toward saving someone's life. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – The Ides Series: “The Western Classics in Modern China” – Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics at University of Chicago, will speak, sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies. In the space of the past century, Chinese scholars and thinkers have gone from finding our foundational Western texts inspirational to finding them short-sighted, obsessed with rationality, and responsible for the development of capitalism. Plato himself emerges from Chinese scholarship (somewhat unrecognizably) as the founding source of the West's worship of profit. This talk will investigate the meaning of these developments.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Greenville College – Live streaming video at

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: Giant – (Performances nightly through Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.)

Wednesday, Nov. 18

•  11-11:30 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Special Chapel Service: A Gathering for Peace – All are welcome for a time of reflection as we remember victims, families, and all those affected by violence, terrorism and war in Paris and Beirut, and across our country and world. During this gathering, we will also hear voices of wisdom from various religious and secular traditions committed to justice, compassion, and peace.

11 a.m., Atrium, CNS – BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) and Drug Information Table – Stop by and have a beer! Join the Peer Educators of SOCA for a root-beer float and pick up a BAC card to help you learn how to drink responsibly if you choose to drink. There will also be information about different drugs, how these drugs look and how they affect the body. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services and Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA).

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series - Survival Tips for Finals

6:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – International Music Night – Bring your dancing shoes and a friend! Sponsored by Spanish And Latino Student Association (SALSA) and Cross Cultural Connections.

Thursday, Nov. 19

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Struggles for Freedom Series: Saeid Golkar, "Manipulated Society: Paralyzing the Masses in Post-Revolutionary Iran" – Saeid Golkar, visiting fellow for Iran policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a lecturer for the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University, will speak as part of a series of talks and films sponsored by the Political Science Department. These events are made possible through generous grants provided by the Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowment Fund.

4 p.m., Basement / Fellowship Area, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – Come to Evelyn Chapel for late afternoon coffee, cookies, and conversation about spiritual life and your questions about life and faith along with students from various religious and non-religious traditions.

4-6 p.m., C102, CNS – Tryouts for Stand-Up Against Cancer – Students are invited to come try out for the Stand Up Against Cancer competition, sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer. Audience members will vote for their favorite acts by donating money, and all proceeds go toward the Relay for Life event. Contact Sydney ( to sign up, or just come to tryouts to support your friends! Sign up for a tryout slot here.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Women from the Lake of Scented Souls" – (1993, China) Presented by Professor of History Thomas Lutze. Due to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

7 p.m., Room 200, Hansen Student Center – Sevillana (Flamenco) Dance Class – Watch, learn and be the envy of your friends! Sponsored by Spanish Club.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – School of Music Presents Opera L'incoronazione de Poppea – (Performances nightly through Saturday, Nov. 21 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.)

Friday, Nov. 20

4 p.m., C102, CNS – A Biologist and a Statistician Walked Into a Bar... – Professor Olcay Akman of the Illinois State University Mathematics Department will discuss an artificial neural network cluster analysis method, called the Kohonen algorithm, which was implemented in a cross-disciplinary project with a group of biologists. During the field study part of the project, a not-so-uncommon sampling error was recognized, which required the development of a correction algorithm as well. This talk will be accessible to undergraduate students of both fields. This event is part of the Natural Science Colloquium Series with Earl H. & Marion A. Beling Lectures.

6 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Chinese Cultural Night – Enjoy Chinese food, board games, and learning basic Chinese, sponsored by the Chinese Culture & Communication Club

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – International Trivia Night – Register your team for $50 on site. There will be raffle prizes and a cash award for the top team. Sponsored by the International Office and International Studies Program.

7 p.m., Room 258, Presser Hall – Pre-Concert Talk By Adriana Ponce – Associate Professor of Music Adriana Ponce will give a pre-concert talk on "Monteverdi's Poppea" prior to the 7:30 p.m. opera performance.

10 p.m., Kemp Hall (International House) – Euro-Trance Dance – I-Society will sponsor a dance party with electronic music and light sticks.

Saturday, Nov. 21

10 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving - Illinois Wesleyan Invitational

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Wilmington College (Titan Tip-Off Classic) – Live streaming video at

Sunday, Nov. 22

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Rose-Hulman or Fontbonne (Titan Tip-Off Classic) – Live streaming video at

3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Cantus Novus Fall Concert – Admission is free, but donations accepted at the door. Cantus Novus is a community choir with many IWU alumni, retired faculty and current students among its members.

Monday, Nov. 23

12 p.m., Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Text Talks: A Focus on Ancient Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Psalms – The campus community is invited to a discussion of what this collection of ancient hymns, prayers, and laments tell us about the nature of human suffering and the capacity to live authentically through it. RSVP to Chaplain Elyse Nelson-Winger at to join us for lunch. This event is offered in connection with the Wakeley Gallery exhibit "Pursuing the Ephemeral, Painting the Enduring: Alzheimer's and the Artwork of William Utermohlen."

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "Life as a Visiting Scholar in Hong Kong: Teaching a Summer Session at Lingnan University" – Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr will talk about his teaching experiences and challenges during the 6 weeks he spent in Hong Kong this summer. He will also report on tours and activities available while on an academic mission there.

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Thursday, Nov. 19

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – The Personal and Professional Identity Collision – Ever wonder how your name, ethnicity, sex, or other distinguishing characteristics will impact your work life? Come hear professionals in various fields share their stories about how they balance their personal and professional identity in the workplace. Participants will be challenged to think about their personal values and how they conflict and harmonize with their professional values. A "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event, presented by the Hart Career Center and Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Titans In The News

Restaurant Hospitality
Bottleneck Management, operated by three Illinois Wesleyan alumni – Chris Bisaillon ’93, Jason Akemann ’96 and Nate Hilding ’96 – was named among Restaurant Hospitality's top 25 multiconcept restaurant companies in the U.S. (Free digital subscription required.)

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan rates well on the College Scorecard recently released by the White House, which compares factors including six-year graduation rates, retention from freshman to sophomore year, repayment of loans, and post-graduation earnings and cost.

The Wall Street Transcript
LG&E and KU Energy announced that the company's vice president of Federal Regulation and Policy, Mike Beer '80, will retire after more than 17 years of exceptional service.

Sheboygan (Wis.) Press
Cate Bayles '11 has been named education manager at Bookworm Gardens, a children's botanic garden inspired by children's literature.

The Pantagraph

Assistant Director of Financial Aid Drew Reddington was among those recognized at the American Red Cross Central Illinois Saluting Our Heroes annual event. He received the Health and Safety Award for saving his wife's life when her heart stopped, by administering CPR until paramedics arrived.

WJBC Radio
An exhibit at Illinois Wesleyan's Ames School of Art shows the work of William Utermohlen, who continued painting after the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

> More Titans in the News


• Associate Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke recently returned from a 15-day visiting scholar position at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, where she gave two talks titled “The Spectre of a Global Society in American Political and Racial Discourse" and "Scrutinizing the Cosmopolitan Canopy in Chicago and Shanghai."

•  Assistant Professor of Philosophy Andrew Engen will speak on “Punishing the Oppressed and Valid Objections To Blame” on Dec. 4 at Illinois State University.

• Rachel Carreras '12 will star as Ayah in the Mad Cow Theatre production of "The Secret Garden" in Orlando, Nov. 20-Dec. 20.

•  Mary (Heaton) Carrick '93 starred as "Elle" in Opera Omaha's production of the Francis Poulenc operatic monologue, The Human Voice (La Voix Humaine), presented as part of National Opera Week.

•  Erin Sweeney '14 was named among the Professional Convention Management Association's "20 in Their Twenties" Class of 2016. This award recognizes the best and brightest young professionals in the industry from around the world.

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


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