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Campus Weekly
Feb. 29, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
David Alumnus & Former CIA Officer Pens Book on Intelligence Secrets
In his new book, The President’s Book of Secrets, David Priess '93 tells the story behind a top-secret daily briefing to which he often contributed as a CIA analyst.
MelissaResearch Leads to Leadership Conference Invitation for Guzman '16
A politician that senior Melissa Guzman interviewed for her research, examining the underrepresentation of Latina elected officials, invited her to attend the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference.
Julie and ToddLewis '16 to Spearhead Bus Stop Project, Thanks to Zoellick Fellowship
A proposal from senior Julie Lewis to build up to 25 benches for bus stops in Bloomington is the winner of the Zoellick Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship at Illinois Wesleyan.
Story TimeTitan Story Time Initiative Takes Children Around the Globe
Ruth Tadesse '19 has been introducing local children to her Ethiopian culture, together with Titan classmates who present stories, songs, dances and crafts from various countries on Saturdays at the Bloomington Public Library.
ArchitectureFaculty Promotions, Tenure Announced
Faculty members Frank Boyd, Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Abigail Jahiel, Scott Sheridan, Kevin Sullivan, and Jason Themanson were promoted to full professors and Mignon Montpetit Jolly was awarded promotion and tenure.
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Titan Athletics

Tommy• The Illinois Wesleyan women's team repeated as College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin indoor track champions on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Naperville –  their sixth CCIW title in program history.

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Inaugural Invitation
You're invited to the inauguration of Eric Jensen
Titans In The News

Entertainment Weekly

Oscar-nominated director Tom McCarthy brought in Richard Jenkins '69 (Oscar-nominated for a previous McCarthy film) to be the "Voice of God" in this year's best-picture winning film, Spotlight.
Her Campus
In a wide-ranging Q & A with Jeffrey Klemens ’98, Nardiello-Flick Term Chair in Biology & Design at Philadelphia University, Klemens describes how he came to lead some of PhilaU's Design, Engineering and Commerce (DEC) programs.
The Pantagraph
Deborah Halperin, director of the IWU Action Research Center, received the inaugural Innovative Communicator award from the Association for Women in Communications' local chapter on Feb. 25.

Daily Herald

Former Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross, IWU class of 1980, has been appointed to lead the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
More Titans in the News
  • Restaurateur Chris Bisaillon '93 of Bottleneck Management was invited to a roundtable of experts by the Metropolitan Planning Council to talk about the latest developments at Chicago's Union Station and the next steps for realizing its reinvention.

  • Architect Sidney Epstein, who was awarded an honorary degree from Illinois Wesleyan at grandson Michael Lawton’s 2008 Commencement ceremony, died Feb. 3 at age 92. He was remembered by The Chicago Tribune as a “consummate gentleman” as well as a global player in architecture and engineering.
More Research & Creative Activity
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 tomorrow, 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, Jeanette Otis ’02 recently received her third SPARC (Superior Performance and Recognition Certificate) award for her work at Elevate Services, Inc., a legal service provider.
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Alumni Events

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. 29

Through March 31 – Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibits - Mixed-Media Works – Works by Bloomington installation artist & IWU alum Mark Genrich '83 will be on display in the Merwin Gallery, while mixed media sculptures by glass artist Jeff Heath will be in the Wakeley Gallery.

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: The New IWU/Advocate Workplace CSA – Amy Randazzo, owner of Grani's Acres, and Professor of Political Science Jim Simeone will discuss the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program planned this summer for IWU, Advocate, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Legacy of the Land farmers coop, a local non-profit comprising over 17 farms from Central Illinois, is sponsoring the CSA. For $450, shareholders will receive fresh seasonal produce for 22 weeks beginning May 27. The pick-up site will be at the north end of the Shirk Center parking lot.

Tuesday, March 1

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist & Faculty: Beethoven Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin

Wednesday, March 2

12 p.m., 205, CLA – Informational Session on IWU Study Abroad in Spain Program – Sponsored by the International Office.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Understanding Faculty Expectations

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Cause and Policy Suggestions – Guest speaker Uk Heo, UWM distinguished professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, sponsored by the Diplomatic Studies Team of International Studies.

4 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall  – International Studies Colloquium: Beethoven: Revolution in Music and Music of Revolution Lecture – Guest artist Zanta Hofmeyr will speak in conjunction with her visit to campus to perform the complete set of 10 Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin, along with Assistant Professor of Music Ilia Radaslavov, in three concerts on March 1, 3, and 6.

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

Thursday, March 3

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Struggles for Freedom Series: Jamie Kalven, "A New Era of Police Reform? The Unfolding Drama in Chicago" – Human rights reporter and community organizer Jamie Kalven has been working on police reform on the South Side of Chicago for over 20 years. He recently succeeded in getting the Chicago Police Department to share with the public and publish their internal records on police misconduct. Kalven has just been awarded a George Polk award for his local reporting on the Laquan McDonald case in the city.
Kalven will speak 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.

4 p.m., Fellowship Area (basement), Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Religions, Cults, and Communities with Prof. Carole Myscofski

4 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art  – Opening Reception and Gallery Talk – Mark Genrich '83, Bloomington installation artist & IWU alum, will speak, followed by an opening reception for mixed-media gallery exhibits.


4 p.m., 101, State Farm Hall – Master Class with Author Judith Claire Mitchell – Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, for all who wish to learn more about creative writing.

7 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series: Dispelling Myths – Sponsored by the Office of Residential Life, the Dispelling Myths Series tackles critical issues by discussing popular narratives on a given topic, then educating participants about the real facts.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Sunshine" (1999, Germany/Austria/Hungary/Canada), will be presented by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery.


7 p.m., C101 CNS – Reading by Author Judith Claire Mitchell – Mitchell will give a reading from her book, Reunion of Ghosts, for the Sigma Tau Delta book club as part of her visit to Illinois Wesleyan. Free and open to the public. 


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist & Faculty: Beethoven Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin
Friday, March 4

Titan Weekend – Admitted students will have an extended opportunity to actively learn more about the academic and social life at Illinois Wesleyan.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium – Faculty Recital: Vadim Mazo and Mark Anderson

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Speak Like A Girl Spoken Word Poetry – Poets Megan Falley and Olivia Gatwood will perform a feminist, interactive spoken word poetry show designed to change the conversation on campus. Free and open to the public, sponsored by Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Saturday, March 5

Titan Weekend


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

1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – IWU Dance Marathon – Proceeds will help provide care for the kids at the Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.

Sunday, March 6

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist & Faculty: Beethoven Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin

Monday, March 7

4 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Religion Colloquium – Andrei Orlov, professor of theology at Marquette University, will present, "Asael and Satan: Two Early Mythologies of Evil."

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Hart Career Center
Monday, Feb. 29

• Employers Country Financial and KPMG will be on campus for interviews.

Tuesday, March 1

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Interviewing for Introverts
Interviewing is anxiety provoking and stressful for most of us. Introverts find this situation even more challenging. Don’t change who you are; use your strengths to put your best foot forward in an interview!

Wednesday, March 2

12 p.m., Hart Career Center – Seniors OCRAP Club
Seniors, are you still job hunting? Do you need to start job hunting? Now is the time to Optimize your Career Resilience And Persistence skills. Join Warren Kistner as he leads the first of a two-part session we are calling the OCRAP club. Pizza served.

Thursday, March 3

• Employer Edward Jones will be on campus for interviews.

Friday, March 4

12 p.m., Hart Career Center  – Networking & LinkedIn: For Your Future Friday Series
Think you don’t know how to network, or even what it really means? Think again. Join us to learn about LinkedIn and how to utilize it in your internship and job search. Pizza served.

Career Center

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