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Dec. 7, 2015

Campus News

Matts Titans Embrace Amnesty International Event
Members of the Illinois Wesleyan community came together to write letters on behalf of 12 selected Prisoners of Conscience as part of Amnesty International's Write for Rights.

Joanne Diaz to Speak on "Making Poetry Matter"
Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz, who had two poems published in the December issue of Poetry Magazine, will speak Thursday, Dec. 10, on "Poetry and the Archive in the 21st Century.”


• Mary Kate Schmidt '16 was named to the first team and Katie Denney '19 was named to the second team of the 2015 NCAA Division III All-American squads for women's soccer, sponsored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

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In recent posts, Phi Gamma Delta alumni gathered at Boundary Tavern in Chicago on Dec. 4, 2015, to celebrate the 149th anniversary of the fraternity’s chartering at IWU in 1866. The event also kicked off the chapter’s sesquicentennial year, which will culminate with an event in Bloomington during IWU Homecoming on Oct. 1, 2016.

Alumni Events

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.

Northern California Alumni Gathering
Date: March 6
Time: 2-4 p.m.

Join fellow Titans at Cerruti Cellars in Oakland to meet President Eric Jensen. Registration will open in January.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild

Date: March 20
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we cheer on the Stanley Cup Champions! Pre-game at Park Tavern with free parking and transportation to the game. Tickets are sold out. Please call 309-556-3093 to be added to the waitlist.


> See facility hours for Winter Break (library, dining, fitness) –  starting with some early closings this Friday, Dec. 11.

Monday, Dec. 7

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Ames Library – Anti-Stress Station – Feeling stressed!?! Don’t crack under the pressure. Take a break and take care of yourself. To help reduce your stress level during finals week, counselors from Counseling & Consultation Services will be at The Ames Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 7 & 8, offering FREE giveaways. There will be snacks, Biodots, stress balls/bendeez and other information to help you manage your stress level. Please stop by to get some of the tools you may need to reduce your stress level.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "AAUP Presents..." – Presented by the IWU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors to discuss issues scheduled on the agenda of the upcoming faculty meeting.

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

• 4-7 p.m., Acacia House, Adams Hall (1401 N. Main St.) – Acacia Faculty-Staff Holiday Party – Faculty and staff are invited to stop by for refreshments and holiday cheer.

9 p.m., The Underground, Memorial Center – JM7* Improv Show: Naughty or Nice? – Get your holiday season groove on and take a study break with our merry troupe.

10-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Late Night Breakfast – Free to all students – come to Sodexo to be served by University Cabinet members wishing you well this week and over break. A hot breakfast will be served, so enjoy a little sustenance as Reading Day winds down.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Through Friday, Dec. 11 – Final examinations

8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, Memorial Student Center – Senior Composition Recital: David Flowers '16

11 p.m.-2 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – PB & J Extravaganza – Late night studying on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 9 just got easier with extended hours and free treats. Come and make your own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grab some fresh fruit, or indulge in some coffee and hot cocoa. Brought to you by your friends at the Division of Student Affairs.

Thursday, Dec. 10

12:10 p.m., Governor Fifer Courtroom (2nd Floor), McLean County Museum of History, North Main Street, Bloomington – Lunch and Learn - Joanne Diaz: "Making Poetry Matter: Poetry and the Archive in the 21st Century"

Friday, Dec. 11

holidays11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Faculty-Staff Holiday Luncheon – We will continue our Illinois Wesleyan tradition of accepting contributions of food or cash to donate to organizations that help fulfill the needs of others at the luncheon.

Saturday, Dec. 12

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Live streaming video at

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar


• Chair of Sociology / Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart contributed the chapter, "Forming and Performing Swahili Manhood: Wedding Rituals of a Lamu Town Groom" in Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean: Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coast, published by Ohio University Press.

•  Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt contributed the chapter, “You Should Have Been Here Last Week; the Fishing Was Great," to Reflections on Life in Higher Education, published by Palgrave-MacMillan.

• Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr co-authored, with
Chávez, G., Santa-Cruz, R. & Rodriguez, D. (2015): "Two new species of frogs of the genus Phrynopus (Anura: Terrarana: Craugastoridae) from the Peruvian Andes." Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9(1) [Special Section]: 15–25 (e105). Available under open access.

• Assistant Professor of Music Tim Pitchford performed Concerto for Trombone, by Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer James Beckel Jr., with the Rock Valley College Concert Band on Nov. 19.

• Chair and Associate Professor of Religion Kevin Sullivan presented his paper entitled, "Angelic Bodies and the Body of Christ," in the Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity Group at the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion Annual National Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, Nov. 23.

•  Associate Professor and Information Literacy Librarian Chris Sweet co-authored an invited article in the journal Communications in Information Literacy. "Seeking Social Justice in the ACRL Framework" addresses the ways in which the new Association for College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy handles the link between information and social justice.

•  Cheryl Delk-LeGood '90 took office in August as executive director for EnglishUSA, the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

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


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Titans In The News

Austin (Texas) Business Journal
Karen LaShelle '98, executive director of Creative Action, was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Mission Capital at its 2015 Party for Good gala.

Charlene Carruthers '07 of the Black Youth Project's BYP discussed the shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer (her interview begins about 5 minutes into the video).

Fox6 News (Milwaukee)

Metalsmith artist Carlee Nestelberger '12, a featured artist on, talked about Cyber Monday excitement.

Inside Higher Ed
Illinois Wesleyan's Eric Jensen is included in a roundup of new college presidents and provosts.

WGLT Radio 
As he "takes the temperature" of the community and campus, new President Eric Jensen says Illinois Wesleyan is in a strong position to define itself amid the current challenges in higher education.

Quad-City Times
The Rev. Robb McCoy '99 records a popular Christian podcast, Pulpit Fiction, whose name is inspired by the 1994 Quentin Tarantino movie.

Chicago Tribune
Elgin Courier-News reporter Dave Gathman '74 looks back on the joys and challenges of a long career in journalism.

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal
Lauri Zumwalt '85 writes and directs original holiday productions for a Watseka drama club.

The (Ottawa) Times
Three Illinois Wesleyan alumni will be featured in the Streator Community Messiah performance: accompanist Louise Collins '69, conductor Nancy Mueller '72 and mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh '07. In addition, Elaine Cunningham '66 performed on a 110-year-old pipe organ at an Advent Vesper Concert in Wenona.

And Stephanie Swearingen '04 was a soprano soloist in the Messiah performance sponsored by the Gibson Area Music Foundation, the Paxton Record reported. 

WGLT Radio
Michael Gorman '10, senior web developer and Bike Committee chair at IWU, discussed a study showing that streets are safer than sidewalks for bicyclists. Also in The Pantagraph.

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