Campus Weekly
Jan. 4, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
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New Entrepreneurship Program Focuses on Technology and Design
Illinois Wesleyan will offer a new Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (DTE) major, along with minors in Entrepreneurship and Product Design, for the first time in fall 2016.
Students Selected for Inaugural Career Immersion Excursion
Twenty Illinois Wesleyan students will participate in the Career Immersion Excursion trip to Chicago over spring break, where they will connect with alumni and other employers to learn about entrepreneurship and the fields of marketing and public relations.
Kenny '13 Receives Top Graduate Award at Australian University
Alumnus Danny Kenny '13 has received the Tiri Tiri Prize as outstanding master's degree student from Australian National University College of Asia & the Pacific. 
Senior Mary Kate Schmidt was named to the first team of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America Team.
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In recent posts, Barb Nathan '80, who is executive director of Westminster Village in Bloomington, was featured in the September 2015 issue of Healthy Cells Magazine.
Alumni Events

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.

Chicago Alumni Connection - Meet President Jensen
Date: Feb. 11
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Please SAVE THE DATE to meet President Eric Jensen and visit with fellow Chicago area alumni.

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. 

Collegiate Choir Tour
Date: March 5-22
Cities on the Collegiate Choir Spring Tour include Peoria; Hannibal, Missouri; Shawnee and Hays, Kansas; Denver, Omaha, Moline, Oak Park and Bloomington, Illinois.

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 at the Audubon Country Club. Registration will open in late January.

Monday, Jan. 4
Normal campus office hours resume. See campus facility hours until classes resume, including The Ames Library, Sodexo and fitness facilities.
Tuesday, Jan. 5
Orientation and registration of new students.
Wednesday, Jan. 6

Spring semester classes begin.

Through Feb. 4, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries – Art Exhibits – “Den” by Asia Ward will be in the Merwin Gallery and “Her Undulating Earth” by Jane Ryder will be in the Wakeley Gallery.

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

Thursday, Jan. 7
12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Open Forum on Academic Advising Report – Hosted by the Advising and Summer Reading Committee to review and discuss the Academic Advising Report.

4 p.m., Fellowship Area (basement), Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – Come 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 p.m., Room 218, Joyce Eichhom Ames School of Art – Artist's Lecture – Asia Ward will talk about her work, on display in the Merwin Gallery through Feb. 4.
Saturday, Jan. 9
5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Carthage College – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Carthage College – Live streaming video at
Monday, Jan. 11
4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting
More Events
  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding will give the following invited talks:
    • "Spreading Information of the ‘Third Age’ of Ultra-fast Imaging," Electronic Engineering & Physics Colloquium, University of Dundee, United Kingdom – Jan. 22
    • "Sonic Screwdrivers and Tractor Beams: what the acoustics community often gets wrong about radiation pressure vs. gradient forces," Acoustical Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City – May 23-27. Session on Vortex Beams and Radiation Torque Physics, invited talk – May 26.
  • Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs Colin Stewart was published in the November/December 2015 edition of Campus Activities Programming magazine. His article, “Where Creativity Intersects With Reality: Four Recommendations for Bringing the Creative Process into Your Student Activities Program,” applied his ongoing doctoral research on intersections between students' creativity and developmental trajectories.
  • Kali Lewis '15 is blogging as an intern for Experience Institute. Her interest is exploring "how education can be better designed to address individual needs versus categorical assumptions."
  • Frankie Faison ’71 – star of such popular movies and television shows as The Wire, Silence of the Lambs, Banshee, and the upcoming Luke Cage – recently appeared on the web interview series Stay Regular. He talked about his acting career and his experience addressing the Illinois Wesleyan graduating class in 2002, when he received an honorary doctorate.
  • Dear Emma, a new novel by Katie Heaney '09, will be released by Grand Central Publishing on March 1, 2016. Her first book, the memoir Never Have I Ever, also was published by Grand Central.
  • Shannon O'Rourke '07, who was selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow to study at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, also received the special distinction of being selected to receive the Naohiro Tsuchiya Endowed World Peace Scholarship. As a result, her fellowship is fully funded by Mr. and Mrs. Naohiro and Ayako Tsuchiya from Japan. 
More Research & Creative Activity
Titans In The News
Albuquerque Journal
As the new artistic director at the Santa Fe Playhouse, Vaughn Irving '06 is instrumental in guiding an ambitious vision shared with the theater board.
The Pantagraph
Assistant Dean and Director of Counseling Services Annorah Moorman offered advice to families welcoming their first-year college students back home for winter break.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan faculty will present on a variety of topics – hiking, the liberal arts and the local economic impact of the arts – at the "Lunch and Learn" series.
Kristin Stewart '03 talks about her work as company manager for the Broadway revival of “Spring Awakening" and offers advice about finding your place in the theater.
More Titans in the News
Welcome New Employees

Tod Eagleton started Nov. 30 as Library Discovery & Data Analysis Specialist in a department reorganization following Rita Kaiser’s retirement.


Toney Howell started Dec. 16 as Admissions Counselor, replacing Kenny Woodard '10.

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