Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Dec. 14, 2015

Campus News

Matts Celebrating the Season
See photo highlights from a sampling of campus events celebrating the spirit of the season with various interfaith and multicultural traditions.

Matts Sawada '19 Brings Abacus Skills to Community Youth
As a community outreach project, Shinnosuke (Shin) Sawada '19 is teaching local children how to use an abacus, and to build their own.



Illinois Wesleyan University is tied for No. 42 (of 170 schools) in the second set of fall rankings in the Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

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In recent posts, Russ Seaton '69 directs the High Desert Mountaineers, a Barbershop Chorus, and sings baritone with The Central Oregon Mastersingers. He frequently sings The Star Spangled Banner and O, Canada at various sporting events in the Northwest. In addition, he continues to perform on stage, including a recent run as “Pseudolus” in Cascade Theatrical Company’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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.

Council for IWU Women Summit
Date: Feb. 26-27
SAVE THE DATE for this year's Summit for the women of Illinois Wesleyan. The Summit is open to council women, faculty, staff and students. Registration will open in late January. 

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.

Naples Connection
Date: March 13
Join fellow Titans and meet President Eric Jensen. Registration will open in late January. Location TBA


> See facility hours for Winter Break (library, dining, fitness)

Monday, Dec. 14

4 O'Clock Hours Begin – Offices will close at 4 p.m. daily until the Winter Break.

Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 3

Campus Offices closed for Winter Break.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Thomas More College

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Orientation and registration of new students.

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Spring semester classes begin.

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar


winners• Three vocalists from IWU placed in the finals of the Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition last month, competing against more than 350 singers from three states.

Austin Rupert '18 and Celia Williams '17 are students of Professor of Music Linda Farquharson and Megan Callison '16 is a student of Assistant Professor of Music William Hudson. These three finalists are now eligible to compete at the 2016 National NATS Conference and Competition in Chicago.

Six other IWU students competed and all progressed to the semi-final round: Phillip Duda '19, Jonathan Lange '19, Ellen Losey '16, Kelsey Maka '17, Kate Masson '18, and Blake Miller '18.

• A student at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Madison Dong, wrote movingly in the student newspaper about her experience studying cello with Illinois Wesleyan Associate Professor of Music Nina Gordon, “inarguably one of the best teachers one could ever meet.”

•  Posts by International Studies major Boryana Borisova ’17 about her study abroad in Russia are featured on the Gilman Global Experience Blog. Boryana is a recipient of the Gilman International Scholarship.

•  Chris Seps '07, an attorney in Chicago with the law firm Ulmer & Berne LLP, self-published his first book, How To Be A Good Baby: Tips From The Dog.

Thomas Tropp ’96 was named a winner of the 2014 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

•  The cover story of this fall's Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly features the historic Xi Chapter house at Illinois Wesleyan and recent renovations.

> 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 (Joliet) Herald-News
Randall Fletcher '91 has been named vice president of academic affairs at Joliet Junior College, which also reported his appointment.

Chicago Tribune

During his winter break, Timothy Foszcz ’18 is starring in the new Parker Playhouse production of "All I Want for Christmas is Broadway" in Barrington.

WJBC Radio
Morning show host Scott Laughlin caught up with President Eric Jensen after his first few weeks on the job.

The Pantagraph
As students coped with finals, counselors staffed a table in The Ames Library with snacks, squishy balls and other stress relievers.

The Pantagraph
The campus chapter of Amnesty International organized a Write for Rights event, with volunteers writing more than 100 letters on behalf of people they believe are being denied their rights.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Barbara Ford '68, who has enjoyed a distinguished career in international librarianship, credits a summer abroad program while a student at Illinois Wesleyan with sparking her interest in global affairs.

TEDx Talks (YouTube)
In her talk at TEDx Normal, Wesleyan's Action Research Center Director Deborah Halperin gave examples of students who have been able to "Get Stuff Done" without waiting until they graduate.

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Think Green

An Open Letter to the Paris UN Climate Convention

University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger, who is also associate director of the IWU Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, joined other interfaith leaders in U.S. higher education in endorsing a call to action on climate change.

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