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Campus Weekly
Feb. 22, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
ThanksStudents Express Gratitude to Donors
Illinois Wesleyan students, faculty and staff grabbed pens and notecards to personally thank the donors whose gifts make an IWU education possible on Thank a Giver Day.
JensensMagazine Profiles President Jensen
In the winter Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine, President Eric Jensen says he hopes to fashion "a uniquely Illinois Wesleyan response to our opportunities and challenges." He also reveals his favorite city, his best golf score, and his favorite movie.
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Titan Athletics

Tommy• The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team won a share of its seventh College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Feb. 20, and will host next weekend's conference postseason tourney. The men's basketball team defeated Elmhurst and will compete in the CCIW tournament next weekend at Rock Island, Ill.


• The Illinois Wesleyan women's indoor track team is ranked No. 1 in the National Team Computer Rankings released Feb. 16 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan University business majors ranked third among the nation's top earners in a recent Wall Street Journal article about salary potential for various majors.
Current in Zionsville (Ind.)
Former teacher Deenie Andrae '58 created an art class for fellow residents of her retirement community.
The Guardian
Professor of Physics and astronomer Linda French was among the experts asked to debate the idea of mining asteroids.
The Pantagraph
Eboo Patel, founder and president of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, told students in his Founders Day remarks, "We need you" as interfaith leaders.

Also: See the IWU video of Patel's remarks
The Pantagraph
Agribusiness owner Scott Murphy '80 was appointed to fill a vacancy on the McLean County Board.
Journal & Topics Newspapers
Frank Mirandola '02, a history teacher at Prospect High School with extensive coaching and leadership experience, has been named as the school's assistant principal.
tED (The Electrical Distributor) Magazine
Dan Brady '81 has been appointed president of Ronk Electrical.
More Titans in the News
  • Associate Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke gave a talk, "Racing Left and Right: Colorblind Racism’s Dominance Across the U.S. Political Spectrum," for the Illinois State University sociology research colloquium "brown bag" series on Feb. 19.

  • Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowed Professor William Munro, who teaches a course on the social history of chocolate, discussed chocolate's history and its controversies, including the use of slave and child labor, in a talk in Shorewood, Wisconsin on Feb. 15.

  • Sara (Kummer) Mayer '99 and Wesleyan's Action Research Center Director Deborah Halperin have been nominated by the Bloomington-Normal chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) for its Communication Innovation Award.

    In addition, Sarah Julian '07 is nominated for the Crystal Award as the chapter's top member of the year. Award recipients will be announced Feb. 25 at the association's Crystal Awards event.
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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.
Alumni Events

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.

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!

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In recent posts, Dr. Scott Murkin '88, in addition to his medical career, has taken over making quilts from his late grandmother. He is featured in the March 2016 issue of American Quilter.
Class Newsletters
Hart Career Center
Monday, Feb. 22

• Employer RSM US LLP will be on campus for internship interviews.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

• Employer Caterpillar will be on campus for internship interviews.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

• Employer PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will be on campus for internship interviews.

Thursday, Feb. 25

• Employer The Horton Group will be on campus for internship interviews.

Friday, Feb. 26

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., ISU, Bone Student CenterIllinois State University Education Fair

• Employer State Farm will be on campus for internship interviews.

1:00 p.m., Hart Career Center – Council for IWU Women Event: Practice Interviews
Pre-register at Titan CareerLink for this unique opportunity for a practice interview with Council Alumnae. Council interviewers include: Claudia Brogan ’77, Debra Burt-Frazier ’75, Marilynn Graves ’79, Elly Jones ’91, Molly Rollings ’99, and Karen Zander ’70.

Career Center
Monday, Feb. 22

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Opportunity Hires Forum – Council On University Programs & Policy (CUPP) Chair Mike Weis will host a forum on opportunity hires.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Hamlet

Wednesday, Feb. 24

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Procrastination: Getting Started On Getting Started

4 p.m., 102, CNS – Sustainability Education Event: Panel on Nuclear Power – The campus community is invited to join the IWU Sustainability Educators and professors from the political science, environmental studies and physics departments to learn about and discuss the pros and cons of nuclear energy and the effects of its use on the environment. 

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Struggles for Freedom Series: "The House I Live In" – This documentary will be screened as part of a series of talks and films sponsored by the Political Science Department, made possible through generous grants provided by the Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowment Fund.


8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Hamlet

Thursday, Feb. 25

12:15 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Master Class: The Life Cycle of a Book – Editor and publisher Victoria Barrett of Engine Books will discuss the life cycle of a book, from submission through promotion. Sponsored by Tributaries, this event will appeal to writers interested in one day having their work professionally published and those interested in pursuing publishing as a career.

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., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Careers in Publishing: A Talk by Victoria Barrett – Editor and publisher Victoria Barrett of Engine Books will give a talk on careers in publishing followed by a Q&A. This will be a great opportunity for students interested in careers in editing or publishing to get a first-hand account of what the field is like and to ask any questions they may have. Sponsored by Tributaries.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – 3D Series: Women's Panel – The unofficial kick-off to the annual Council for IWU Women's Summit, the panel will allow students to network with and learn from the life experiences of women who work in a variety of fields, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), medicine, law, education and business.


8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Hamlet

Friday, Feb. 26

Through Saturday, Feb. 27 – 4th Annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop: Inequality and Inequity

Through Sunday, Feb. 28Council for IWU Women Summit

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – She Speaks: IWU Women and Their Stories – Part of the Council for IWU Women Summit, this PechaKucha style event is free and open to all.

Emceed by Molly Rollings '99, it will feature brief presentations by Paige Buschman '17, Bevin Cowie '10, Katy Drechsel '95, Professor Rebecca Gearhart, Cathy Geehan '14, Rev. Chelsey D. Hillyer '05, Assistant Professors Amanda Hopkins and Wendy Carter Kooken, Yolanda Juarez '17, Molly McLay '06, Kathy Tun '16, Jerri-Lynn Williams-Harper '80 and Megan Win '16.

7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra: Concerto/Aria Concert


8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Hamlet

Saturday, Feb. 27

4th Annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop: Inequality and Inequity

Council for IWU Women Summit


1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Benedictine University – Live streaming video at

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – BSU Black History Month Banquet – The community is invited to join the Black Student Union in celebrating Black History Month. Formal attire is recommended but not required. Highlights will include a featured guest speaker, dance performance, and a photo booth.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital: Khasma Duo – Featuring the world premiere of "Times and Places" by David Vayo.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Hamlet

10 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Late Night Laser Tag – Back by popular demand, Laser Tag returns to the Hansen Student Center! Gather your friends and get ready for action. Choose to face off in teams or engage in a free-for-all. Sponsored by Student Activities and Leadership Programs.


11 p.m., The Underground, Memorial Center – JM7* Improv Show – Okay ladies and gents, we are getting in FORMATION for you for a Post-Hamlet Improv Show. Please bring hot sauce in your bag and get Hammied with us for an improv show you will not want to miss! #Slay #GetHammied

Sunday, Feb. 28

12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Hendrix College – Live streaming video at

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Hamlet

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Chamber Music: Tuba & Euphonium Concert

Monday, Feb. 29

Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibits - Mixed-Media Works – Through March 31, works by Bloomington installation artist & IWU alumnus Mark Genrich will be on display in the Merwin Gallery, and mixed media sculptures by glass artist Jeff Heath in the Wakeley Gallery.

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: The New IWU/Advocate Workplace CSA – Presented by Professor of Political Science Jim Simeone.

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