Campus Weekly
Jan. 18, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Meet President Jensen
President Eric Jensen talks about how Illinois Wesleyan prepares students to succeed and lead.
Gospel Festival, Teach-In Honor King's Legacy
Today's Gospel Festival and MLK Day Teach-In honor the legacy of the civil rights leader in music and in discussions of social justice.
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Titan Athletics
Eight women and five men claimed first place finishes for the Illinois Wesleyan indoor track teams at the IWU Triangular, staged at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Jan. 16.
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Who is Your Favorite Titan?

The IWU Alumni Association Nominating Committee needs your help compiling a list of alumni candidates for the Alumni Award categories below. 

The Distinguished Alumnus/na Award
This award is presented annually to an alumnus/na who has made a distinguished contribution to society, has achieved professional distinction, or has demonstrated civic leadership.

The Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus/na Award

Named for a 1968 alumnus and former IWU Alumni Director, this award recognizes young alumni for outstanding professional achievement, civic leadership, or both. Nominees for this award should be 2001-2015 graduates.

The Loyalty Award

This award recognizes alumni who have benefited Illinois Wesleyan either through service to the University, strong financial support, or both.

Submit a nomination for a Titan you feel should be considered for recognition. Nominations are due by March 1, 2016. Awards winners are announced at Homecoming (October 1, 2016).  Please call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-888-498-2586 if you have any questions.

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In recent posts, Erich Wilhelm Zander '92 started the new year by accepting the manager position of the Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Los Angeles.
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 join us to meet President Eric Jensen and visit with fellow Chicago area alumni.

"Words & Journeys" IWU School of Theatre Arts Senior Showcase
Date: Feb. 15
Time: 6:30 p.m.

The Illinois Wesleyan School of Theatre Arts invites you to Words & Journeys - IWU Senior Showcase at Stage 773 in Chicago. Please bring friends and colleagues who are directors, artistic directors, managing directors and casting directors to see our talented seniors!

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.

Networking Navigation
Date: March 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Join Fraternity/Sorority Life students for Networking Navigation on the IWU campus. This is an opportunity for students to practice using new etiquette skills while making career connections.

Naples Connection
Date: March 13
Join fellow Titans and meet President Eric Jensen at the Audubon Country Club.

Monday, Jan. 18
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.

12:10 p.m.,
Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century – Pennie Gray, assistant professor of Educational Studies, and Carmela Ferradáns, professor of Hispanic Studies and chair of the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will share a snapshot of our current faculty and students, as well as some strategies for teaching millennials.

1-4 p.m.,
Hansen Student Center – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In: Struggle for Equal Education in America – A "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event.

4-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival
Tuesday, Jan. 19
12 & 6 p.m., E102, CNS – Alpha Phi Omega Informational Meeting – Join members of Alpha Phi Omega to learn about our community service fraternity. Open to all students interested in leadership, friendship, and service.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
6 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Alpha Phi Omega Service Event – Join members of Alpha Phi Omega for Hot Chocolate for Change. We will sell hot chocolate, with proceeds benefiting an organization of choice.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Augustana College – Live streaming video at
Thursday, Jan. 21
4 p.m., Fellowship Area (basement), 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.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Frontera" (2014, USA) will be presented by Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli.

7 p.m.,
Hansen Student Center – Movie: "Words with Gods""Words with Gods" is an exploration of the relationship between different cultures and religion: Aboriginal Spirituality, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto Buddhism, Orthodox Christianity, Umbanda, Hinduism, as well as Atheism. This event is part of the 3D series and sponsored by Evelyn Chapel and the Multifaith Ambassador Program.

7 p.m.,
Room 201, State Farm Hall – Alpha Phi Omega Fellowship Event – Interested students are invited to join members of Alpha Phi Omega in a fun fellowship event. We will be playing a variety of games.
Friday, Jan. 22
Through Saturday, Jan. 23, Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Festival

10 a.m.,
Evelyn Chapel – Winter Horn Fest – Winter Horn Fest is a day-long clinic for high school French horn players of all levels, featuring master classes, sight-reading sessions, group warm-ups, and a clinic on French horn care and maintenance.
At 6 p.m., a concert featuring guest artists, the Uber Horn Quartet of Chicago, is free and open to the public.

6 p.m.,
Fort Natatorium – Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving vs. Millikin University, North Central (double dual)

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Stand Up Against Cancer – Free, but donations suggested. This event will be the kick-off for the 2016 Relay For Life at Illinois Wesleyan, sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer. Watch your peers perform stand up comedy and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Donate to your favorite comedian and feel free to register a team for Relay For Life while you're there.
Saturday, Jan. 23

Jazz Festival


10 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - I-55 Triangular

Monday, Jan. 25
12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – *Diversity* Non-org: Integrating MALANA and International Students – The International Office will host a presentation on integrating Multiracial, African-American, Latino-Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American (MALANA) and international students with other peers.
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Hart Career Center Programs for Students
Wednesday, Jan. 20

Professional Preparation:  The Job Search for Educators
4:30-6 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium
Junior and senior education majors should plan to attend this informative session covering resumes and the hiring process for educators. Presented by Bruce Weldy, HR Coordinator for Normal Unit 5, this is an event you do not want to miss.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Extra Drop-In Hours
1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center
Bring your resume or cover letter for review. No appointment is needed to meet with one of our counselors for this quick resume review.

State Farm 2017 Internship Opportunities
6 - 8 p.m., State Farm Hall 206
Accounting and financial services majors are invited to this on-campus event to learn more about internships at State Farm Insurance. State Farm will be coming to campus in February to interview for internships. Please plan to attend this fun, interactive event to learn more!
Friday, Jan. 22

Internships 101: For Your Future Friday Series
12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium
An internship is around the corner. Start getting prepared now! Join us for a quick internship overview…learn what they are, where to look for them, how to apply to them, whether you can get credit for them…and more! Pizza served.
To reserve a spot, call (309) 556-3071 or email (If you forget to RSVP, come anyway!)

January Jump Start: Fridays at the Hart Career Center

9-11:30 a.m. - Resume Reviews
Drop by to have your resume reviewed by an employer. No appointment needed (first come, first served).

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - LinkedIn Profile Photos
Stop by dressed in your professional best for a new head shot for your LinkedIn profile, or bring professional clothes with you. Photos taken on a first come, first served basis. 

Practice Interviews need to be reserved in advance. If you would like to sign up for a future practice interview, visit Titan CareerLink.

Career Center
  • Assistant Professor of English Molly Robey will chair a panel on "Unearthing Remains: Recovering American Histories" at The Society of Nineteenth­ Century Americanists Fourth Biennial Conference at Penn State University on March 17.

  • Chair and Professor of History Michael Weis spoke Jan. 14 at Illinois State University on “Revolution: Rock Music and the Birth of the New Era,” focusing on the connection between rock music and the social revolutions of the second half of the twentieth century.
    As part of the same four-part series for the Academy of Seniors, Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo will speak Thursday, Jan. 21 on “American Adventures in Sound.
Voice Students Shine at National Song Festival
Eight voice students recently competed in the 2016 Art Song Festival, each advancing to finals in their divisions against performers from around the country.
  • John Ady '62 was inducted into the Arizona Veteran's Hall of Fame (AVHOF) Class of 2015. Ady served in the United States Army Reserve, the Massachusetts Army National Guard and the Illinois Army National Guard from August 1962 to January 1993. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit from the U. S. Secretary of Defense. The AVHOF recognition is awarded for service to the community since leaving the military.

  • Kim Schafer Astroth '77 accepted an appointment to serve as interim assistant dean for the undergraduate programs at Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing.

  • Jordan Ault ’04 was promoted to partner at Husch Blackwell LLP in St. Louis.

  • Roger Rasmussen ’44, who had a long career at Los Alamos National Laboratory, spoke well of Illinois Wesleyan in an interview for the Voices of the Manhattan Project.
More Research & Creative Activity
Titans In The News
Wallet Hub
Analysis from Associate Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke was featured with a recent study of racial progress across the United States.
Bridge Development Partners, LLC has promoted Steve Groetsema '07, director of leasing and development, to the role of firm principal.
The Stark County News
Payton Letko '19, who was crowned Miss Stark County Fair Queen last summer, competed in the 2016 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant Jan. 15-17.
WGLT Radio
Information Literacy Librarian / Associate Professor Chris Sweet is researching the history of cycling in Illinois, and gave a talk on the topic in Peoria, one of the early manufacturing hubs.
WGLT Radio
Provost Jonathan Green is both a high-level university administrator and a classical music artist – as demonstrated at a Jan. 12 recital.
WGLT Radio
The Merwin Gallery at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington has been transformed into a space that invites exploration: an installation called "Den."
Washington Post
Stage and screen actor Frankie Faison '71 is taking on the prize-winning play "Between Riverside and Crazy" at D.C.'s Studio Theatre.
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