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Campus Weekly
April 4, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Beth White Illinois Wesleyan Inaugurates President Eric Jensen
With both pomp and celebration, Illinois Wesleyan ushered in a new chapter with the inauguration of Eric Jensen as the University's 19th president.
Tour bus March at Illinois Wesleyan
Take a look at our month in photos. We looked forward to a well-earned spring break, anticipated the first day of spring, and expected the rest of the month to be a rush of events and preparations as we moved toward the end of the academic year.
Google boardStudents Gain Alumni Advice on Career Excursion to Chicago
Nearly 30 alumni hosted IWU students on the inaugural Career Immersion Excursion, which included visits to employers, career advice and first-hand stories about what it means to be an entrepreneur.
ScottStudents Elect Professor, Staffer, Advisor of the Year
The Illinois Wesleyan student body honored faculty member Scott Sheridan, staff member Robyn Walter, and Provost Jonathan Green as Advisor of the Year.
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Titan Athletics

TommyThe softball team is 13-3 after a 13-game winning streak, while the baseball team is 2-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and 9-9 overall.

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Are You All In For Wesleyan?

All In

All In For Wesleyan is a day celebrating everything that makes Illinois Wesleyan great, including alumni and friends like you who carry IWU forward!


This Thursday, April 7, make your gift at and an anonymous alum from the '90s will match your gift (up to $100,000), doubling your impact on Illinois Wesleyan students!


Spread the word using #AllInForWesleyan by posting photos and memories from your time at IWU. Join fellow Titans on April 7 for another amazing display of Titan Pride!"

Titans In The News
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Dr. Greg Poland '77, a specialist in infectious disease, traveled from the Mayo Clinic to demonstrate the proper method for washing your hands.
IHT Wealth Management President Steven Dudash '99 weighed in on the Fed's monetary policy.
The Pantagraph
Eric Jensen was inaugurated as the 19th president of Illinois Wesleyan. Also reported by WMBD/WYZZ TV.
The Indianapolis Star
By day, Mike Schoening '79 is a partner at a law firm. On weekends, he is a Conner Prairie interpreter.
WGLT Radio
Veteran character actor Kevin Dunn '77 discussed his acting experiences as he returned to Illinois Wesleyan for an alumni showcase as part of inauguration events.
WGLT Radio
film festival at Illinois Wesleyan highlighted the work of one of Africa's most admired filmmakers and authors, Ousmane Sembene.
Business Insider
Research by Assistant Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary suggests that the popularity of true crime among young women might stem from its usefulness in offering tips for staying safe.
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  • A research article by Assistant Professor and Sciences Librarian Crystal Boyce, "Measuring Perceptual (In)Congruence Between Service Providers and Users," has been accepted for publication by College & Research Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal and the premier scholarly publication from the Association of College and Research Libraries.

  • Provost Jonathan Green will portray Andrew Makepeace Ladd in A.R. Gurney's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letters at Heartland Theatre Company, under the direction of adjunct faculty member Ron Emmons. Performances are Thursday-Saturday, April 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

    In discussing the play, Emmons notes that "letter writing is a dying art. Tapping an email on a keyboard is not the same as making words take shape and flow from a pen. As Andy says in Love Letters, a letter is not 'a phone call, which is dead as soon as it is over.' Instead, 'you can keep me and read me today, tomorrow, any time you want until you die.' Gurney’s script is, like the handwritten letters from which it is composed, totally reliant upon words. In Love Letters you will find no distractions to take away from your own imaginative images conjured up as you hear the words read aloud."

  • Associate Professor of Political Science Min-hyung Kim has published a book chapter, “States Choose but not Under Circumstances of Their Own Making: A New Interpretation of the Integration Debate in Light of the European Financial Crisis" (with James A. Caporaso) in James A. Caporaso and Martin Rhodes eds., The Political and Economic Dynamics of the Eurozone Crisis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 15-47.

  • Megan Smeets '17 received a scholarship to attend the 12th annual Workshop on Cyanobacteria. She will travel with her research advisor, Assistant Professor of Biology Loralyn Cozy, to present her work as a poster at this international conference at Arizona State University in May.

  • Claudia Reinhardt '72 published a book of poetry, "Skating on the Sky," in December 2015, recently featured on the Prairie Horizons blog.

  • Thomas Sobyra '14 has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) by the National Science Foundation. Sobyra is a second-year student in the Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin. Two publications he coauthored have appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, one of which was coauthored by Jennifer Faust '10.

  • Lauren M. Waidzunas '05 joined the law firm of Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine, P.C. in their DuPage County Office as a trial attorney.
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Alumni Events

Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, April 8
8:30 a.m.-12:00

Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library


Horenberger Bass Classic-Alumni Connection and Baseball
Date: April 20
Time: 5 p.m.

Join us for this tradition of crosstown rivals that dates back to 1890. Alumni Connection begins at 5 p.m.; game starts at 6 p.m.

Pirates vs. Cubs
Date: May 14
Join fellow Titans at Wrigley Field to cheer on the Cubs vs. Pirates! Pre-game at nearby Trace. Go Cubs!

Peoria Alumni Connection
Date: May 25
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join area alumni for hors d'oeuvres at Mt. Hawley Country Club with special guest, President Eric Jensen. Registration will open in April.


Washington DC Alumni Connection
Date: June 22
Save the date for our next Washington DC Alumni Connection, when we will welcome President Eric Jensen to meet our DC alumni. Stay tuned for time and place.

Hart Career Center
Tuesday, April 5
7 pm., Welcome Center Auditorium – Politics and Government: How to Turn your Interest in Politics into a Career           
Alum Matt Glavin '01 will explore the variety of ways to get started in politics and government, and answer questions about what it's really like working as a lobbyist, managing campaigns, and working for elected officials. He'll also explore the difference between working in politics and working in government, including the very different skill sets needed.
Wednesday, April 6

6-8 pm., Bone Student Center, Illinois State University –  Illinois State University Management Career Fair    
Is a career in management in your future? IWU students are invited to attend this event on the campus of Illinois State University.

Career Center
Monday, April 4

Through Wednesday, April 13Class Registration for Fall 2016

10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Also Tuesday), Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Seniors: Cap & Gown Pickup – Just in time to wear your regalia for Wednesday's Honors Convocation.

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "Summit on New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism" – On May 12-14, Illinois Wesleyan will host a national scholars' symposium, titled the Summit on New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism. This Summit will include a number of opportunities for campus and community engagement, and feature a keynote address by IWU alum Charlene Carruthers '07. Come learn more about what scholars typically mean by "colorblind racism," and learn more about ways that you can connect with this event and its visiting scholars during May Term, presented by Associate Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke. Staff, faculty and students are all welcome.


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

Tuesday, April 5

3 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Park University (Doubleheader)


8 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East St., Bloomington – Spring Choral Concert – Featuring the world premiere of the commissioned work Hallelujah Adonai by Kenneth Lampl.

Wednesday, April 6

11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Honors Convocation –  Kemp Teaching award winner Linda French will speak as Illinois Wesleyan honors the Class of 2016 and students who have earned activity and academic honors.


12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: The Ames Advantage: Research Skills For Success


12:10 p.m., School of Art lobby – Poem in a Pocket – Bring your favorite short poem in your pocket and read it aloud. Then, we’ll display all the poems so everyone can enjoy them in the last days of the semester. This event is free and open to everyone at IWU. Food and drink will be provided; sponsored by the English Department and Hispanic Studies Department.


5 p.m., 101, CNS – IWU Faculty Joke Night – Join us for a night full of laughter as three professors battle it out to be named the comic genius of the night! The professor performers are: Associate Professor of Psychology Joe Williams, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology Robert Lusk, and Chair and Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner. Snacks will be provided. Donations for the Baby Fold will be collected. Sponsored by the Psi Chi psychology honor society.


5 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Sustainability Symposium – Come see students show off their knowledge and talents in a united force to support environmental sustainability, as they present a number of interesting talks, performances, poems, art and music constructed around the theme “One thing in nature I don’t want to lose.”

Thursday, April 7

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.


4:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. North Central College


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – International Film Series - Reel to Real Event: "Almost There" With Director/Producer Dan Rybicky – Rybicky will participate in a screening of his film "Almost There" (2014, USA), hosted by Scott Sheridan, associate professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures and director of International Studies.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symphonic Winds & Jazz Lab

Friday, April 8

Titan Weekend – Admissions will host an opportunity for admitted students to experience campus life.


4 p.m., Anderson Auditorium (C101), CNS – Faculty Colloquium - Manori Perera: "Novel Approach for Studying Space Chemistry at IWU"


4:30 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Hope College (IWU Tournament)


5 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Lavender Graduation – Lavender Graduation is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of IWU LGBTQ+ graduates, while providing a space for graduates to recognize the significant people in their lives who have helped them achieve their goals. RSVP at


6:45 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (IWU Tournament)


7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra Concert  

Saturday, April 9

Scholars Day – Students who are admitted to Illinois Wesleyan are invited to participate in our Scholars Day program, a unique opportunity to learn more about the many ways in which IWU will enhance their educational experience.


9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Shirk Center – Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo – Sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University Wellness and the Ecology Action Center.


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


5 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Multicultural Graduation – Each spring, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion celebrates and honors the accomplishments of our graduating seniors. Students are given a stoll, certificate, and have the opportunity to share their reflections on time here at IWU. This celebratory event is open to family and friends.

Sunday, April 10

1:15 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (IWU Tournament)


3:30 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. DePauw University (IWU Tournament)

Monday, April 11

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Writing Analytically – Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis and Professor of English Mike Theune will give a presentation on the writing textbook Writing Analytically, by David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen, which they find very helpful. It supplements the pedagogical methods of They Say / I Say by providing language and techniques for teaching critical thinking and active reading, activities that are key to strong writing but that can be difficult to teach systematically. This Non-org continues and concludes this year’s conversation about the use of writing textbooks in Gateway and writing-intensive classes.


Through Tuesday, April 19, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibitions – Works by graduating art majors and minors will be displayed April 11-19, with a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, April 16.

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Welcome New Employees

Heidi Hargis started March 30 as accounts payable specialist - Business Office, replacing Carolyn Hanks.


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