Campus Weekly
Feb. 8, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
National Interfaith Leader to Give Founders Day Address
Eboo Patel, a prominent leader in the movement for interfaith cooperation, will speak on "Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Faith and Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century" on Feb. 17.
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Titan Athletics
Tommy Junior Alex Guess took two second-place finishes at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin diving championships at IWU's Fort Natatorium on Saturday, Feb. 6.
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Titans In The News
Wall Street Journal
Illinois Wesleyan is among the top three schools nationally whose business graduates earn the highest salaries. In addition, PayScale's 2015-16 College Salary Report ranked Illinois Wesleyan graduates, with 10+ years work experience, 43rd in terms of earning power among liberal arts colleges.
In These Times
Charlene Carruthers '07, notable leader in the anti-police-violence movement, says her passion for activism was sparked while studying abroad as an Illinois Wesleyan student.
WGLT Radio
Illinois Wesleyan Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger says religion in the presidential race poses risks.
Illinois Wesleyan University made the Princeton Review's nationwide list of schools that "pay you back" with an excellent return on investment.
More Titans in the News
  • The Whole World is Texting: Youth Protest in the Information Age (Sense, 2015), edited by Irv Epstein, the Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice, chair of Educational Studies and director of the Center for Human Rights at Illinois Wesleyan, has been awarded first honorable mention by the Comparative and International Education Society Globalization and Education Special Interest Group Book Award Committee in the selection of its annual book award.

    The Committee stated, "This timely book thoughtfully and effectively engages with multiple literatures in a way that makes a unique and needed contribution to the current conversations about youth, social movements and new media. We were particularly impressed with how Irving as editor framed the relation of this volume to the current literatures on globalization and neoliberalism in the introduction and conclusion.”

  • Tian-Xiao He, the Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences, published the following:
    • "Construction of nonlinear expression for recursive number sequences.'' Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 35 (2015), No. 5, 473-483.
    • "Stirling numbers and the Pascal matrix function.'' (with J. H.-C. Liao and P. J.-S. Shiue), Science China Mathematics, 45 (2015), No. 9, 1563-1572. 
    • "Wavelet analysis and applications in economics and finance.'' (with Tung Nguyen '15), Journal of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences, 1 (2015), No. 1, 1-16.

      Coauthor and alum Nguyen is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics with a full scholarship. 

  • Director of Government and Community Relations Carl Teichman '80 is the new Chairman of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

  • Rick Hanna '81, Global Automotive Leader at PwC, published a column in Huffington Post about the role of trust in industry.

  • Samantha Olson '14, a second-year graduate student in the University of Illinois' Biomedical Visualization program, designed the new logo for the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago.

  • Derrick Rohl '12 is the new Sudekum Planetarium Manager at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • William Struthers '92, professor of psychology at Wheaton College, will present the Women in the Church (WIC) Lecture Series at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, on Feb. 11-13. Struthers’ lecture series is entitled, “Sexuality and the Brain: Christian Faithfulness in the New Millennium.”
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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, Nicholas Timme ’08 received his Ph.D. in Physics from Indiana University – Bloomington in December. He studies information processing and transmission in neural systems and in January, started a post-doctoral position in the Psychology Department at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.
Alumni Events

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. Please RSVP by today, Monday, Feb. 8.

"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! Please RSVP by today, Monday, Feb. 8.

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 is now open.

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 the 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.


Career Immersion Excursion: Titan Talks
Date: March 15
Time: 6 p.m.

Join us for our Alumni and Student Networking event at Howells & Hood. Be part of the first annual Hart Career Center Spring Immersion Excursion!

Monday, Feb. 8

Through Feb. 13, The Ames Library – LGBT Legacy Wall Exhibit


Through Feb. 25, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries – Juried Student Art Exhibition

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Campus Religious and Spiritual Life Climate Survey Results – In Spring 2015, IWU students were invited to take a Campus Religious and Spiritual Life Climate survey, administered by Interfaith Youth Core to more than 16,000 students at 61 colleges and universities. This survey assesses students' perceptions, attitudes, and experiences of worldview diversity and interfaith engagement. University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and Multifaith Ambassador Tess Kelley '16 will present findings from the IWU survey that focus on students' responses concerning classroom experiences, co-curricular offerings, and campus-wide climate.

4 p.m., 205, CLA – "How Did I Get Here? An Anthropologist Among Historians" – IWU alumna Angie Glasker '05 will present the Anthropology Spring Colloquium. Glasker is the assistant curator at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Alumni Recital: Paul Nesper, Tuba

Wednesday, Feb. 10

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Alcohol/Drug and Sexual Violence Resource Table – Stop by to learn more about blood-alcohol concentration levels, drugs and how alcohol and other drugs can negatively affect relationships, sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services.

11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Living an Undivided Life: An Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service – University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and Rev. Msgr. Doug Hennessy will preach, and IWU students will lead music and liturgy.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Read Efficiently

4:30 p.m., 001 and 004, State Farm Hall – Educational Studies and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Present the 4th Bi-Annual Tech Showcase – Junior education majors and post-student teaching seniors will share technology tools that can be used in the classroom. For more information, including presentation topics, please check out their Facebook page.

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

Thursday, Feb. 11

12:10 p.m., Governor Fifer Courtroom (2nd Floor), McLean County Museum of History, North Main Street, Bloomington – Lunch and Learn - Jonathan Green: "The Liberal Arts College"
4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Struggles for Freedom Series: Hamou Amirouche, "The Making of an Algerian Freedom Fighter" – Hamou Amirouche, author of Memoirs of a Mujahed: Algeria's Struggle for Freedom, 1945-1962, 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., 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.

4 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for Juried Student Art Exhibition

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Unspoken Histories of Queer People of Color – A "Nation(s) Divided?" theme and 3D (Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity) Series event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., C101, CNS – International Film SeriesBuen Día, Ramon (2013, Mexico) will be presented by Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr.



Friday, Feb. 12

Through Saturday, Feb. 13 – Symposium of Contemporary Music Featuring Kyle Gann


Through Saturday, Feb. 13 – Titan Weekend – Hosted by Admissions to provide student applicants an opportunity to experience campus life.

4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquium: "Chytridiomycosis and the Loss of Amphibian Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes" – Alessandro Catenazzi, assistant professor in the Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, will speak.

6-10 p.m., E105, CNS – Faculty/Staff Night Out – IWU faculty and staff are invited to drop off their children for dinner and high-quality childcare provided at no cost by members of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Pizza dinner will be provided. Contact Victoria Bauer with any questions.

7:30 p.m., 258, Presser Hall – Kyle Gann: "Charles Ives, Translating Literature into Sound" – Part of the Symposium of Contemporary Music.

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – The Filharmonic (a capella group) – Sponsored by Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Saturday, Feb. 13

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at

6:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Valentine's Day Swing Dance –  Sponsored by the IWU Swing Club.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Concert of Music by Kyle Gann – Part of the Symposium of Contemporary Music.


Sunday, Feb. 14

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sigma Kappa Chapter House (1011 N. East Street, Bloomington) – Sigma Kappa Semi-Annual Pancake Breakfast – A philanthropic event benefiting the Sigma Kappa Foundation and Alzheimer's Research. For $5 you receive all-you-can-eat pancakes and beverages. For $1 more, you can BYOB (bring your own bacon) and we will cook it for you! 

3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – An Odalan Celebration: An Offering of Music and Dance

5:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Lunar New Year Celebration – Join us as we welcome the year of Monkey. Free Asian food and drinks provided. Performances from students will be followed by the main event: Japanese drumming group Tsukasa Taiko Legacy. Sponsored by Asian Studies, Chinese Culture & Communication Club, Korean Culture Club, Cross-Cultural Connections and the Asian Pacific Student Association.

Monday, Feb. 15

12:10 p.m., 101, State Farm Hall  – Non-org: Flipped and Hybrid Learning Environments – Technology Fellow Diego Méndez-Carbajo will lead a discussion on flipped and hybrid learning environments.

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Hart Career Center Programs for Students
Tuesday, Feb. 9

Humanities Alumni Panel

7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium

Come learn from successful IWU humanities grads about how their deep-thinking, writing-intensive, and intellectually challenging degrees prepared them for a wide variety of career fields. Alumni will share their stories about employment, graduate school, and why a degree in the humanities makes a difference. Join us in welcoming the following alumni back to campus: Angie Glasker '05 and Mary Roznovsky '09, who both studied religion at IWU (in addition to their majors in anthropology and psychology, respectively); Kristine Choi Brent '03, history; Karin McDowell '00, English; and Patrick Cavanaugh '14, English.

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Employer Accenture will be on campus for internship interviews.
Friday, Feb. 12
Employer Deloitte, LLP will be on campus for internship interviews.

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