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Campus Weekly
April 18, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Book Plath Edits Book Analyzing Casablanca
James Plath, R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair of English at Illinois Wesleyan University, has edited the first volume in the new Critical Insights series from Salem Press, Critical Insights Film: Casablanca.
Kyle Nottingham '16 Named ACS Scholar, Intellectual Leader
Kyle Nottingham '16 has been named a Collegiate Scholar by the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society, and won a Student Leadership Distinguished Service Award for Intellectual Leadership.
Tim Leiser '16 to Receive Google SVA Scholarship

Illinois Wesleyan student and U.S. Army veteran Timothy Leiser '16 is one of only eight students nationwide to be awarded a scholarship from Google and Student Veterans of America.

MarcusInspiring Alumni Share Their Stories
Six influential alumni returned to campus to share how they found their passions, what moves them, and why they never, ever stop learning.
Liquid NitrogenEnrollment Underway for Young Scholars Camps at Illinois Wesleyan
Illinois Wesleyan will offer day camps where kids can explore problems and design their own solutions through sessions in computer programming, 3D printing, chemistry, environmental studies, physics and biology.
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Titan Athletics

The fifth annual State Farm "Tommy Awards," sponsored by the IWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and State Farm Insurance, presented awards to Illinois Wesleyan athletes in an array of categories on April 11.

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Titans In The News
WGN Radio
Juan Salgado '91 participated in the Making a Difference for Chicago Youth in 2016 panel at the City Club of Chicago.
The Columbus Dispatch
Soprano Dawn Upshaw '82, who found fame singing opera classics but has discovered a passion for contemporary works, hit notes both timely and timeless during concerts with the Columbus Symphony.
The Pantagraph
Retired Illinois Wesleyan athletic director and basketball coach Dennie Bridges '61 is among three new inductees into the Bloomington-Normal Officials Association Hall of Fame.
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In recent posts, Sally Lundeen ’69 is retiring as the Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on June 30, reported by the WIA Report.
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  • Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz will be a featured poet in the fourth annual Lucia Getsi Reading Series event hosted by the Spoon River Poetry Review, which is published through the Illinois State University Publications Unit. The reading will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at the historic Ewing Cultural Center in Bloomington.

  • Shireen Schrock, assistant director of Grants and Foundation Relations, completed and graduated from the Leadership McLean County program at the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. During the nine-month program, she and a small project team developed a strategic and implementation plan for the non-profit organization Recovery Starts Today Inc., a substance abuse prevention and treatment organization in Bloomington.

  • Lobby Day A group of Illinois Wesleyan students went to Springfield on April 7 to lobby on environmental issues as a part of the Illinois Environmental Council Lobby Day. The effort was organized by Cameron McKee '17, a double major in environmental studies and psychology who is an intern at the Illinois Environmental Council. While in Springfield, the students met with Illinois Senator Bill Brady '83 (who posed with the group).

  • Craig C. Hill '78 has been appointed the new dean of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

  • Bedfellows, a play by Daniel Kipp '88, will be performed on Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Voices of Pride, a festival of new plays produced by New Route Theatre, at First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson St., Bloomington.

  • Derrick Rohl '12 will reunite with Professor of Physics Linda French at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, for research funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Rohl will help with observations and also gather images and information to develop a planetarium show on asteroids as part of his job as director of the Sudekum Planetarium in Nashville.
    Read Rohl's blog about their trip.
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Alumni Events

IWU vs. ISU Baseball & Alumni Connection
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.


St. Louis Alumni Connection
Date: June 8
Time: 6 p.m.

Join fellow Titans at Old Warson Country Club to meet President Jensen. Thanks to Tom Zook '85 for hosting!


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.

Monday, April 18

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Non-Org: Course Clusters Brainstorming Session – Please join us for a discussion on how to plug speakers and other events related to next year's theme, Women's Power, Women's Justice, into our courses and vice-versa.

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

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Quintet and Jazz Ensemble Concert  

Tuesday, April 19

Last Day of Classes

3 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Doubleheader) – Live streaming video at


5 p.m., 101, State Farm Hall – Liu Xiaobo Letter Writing Campaign – Amnesty International is calling for the release of 2010 Noble Peace Prize winner, human rights activist, writer, and scholar Liu Xiaobo, who was imprisoned for co-authoring a proposal for political and legal reform in China. Join IWU Amnesty International as we write letters to keep this case in the public eye and move for his release.

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

Wednesday, April 20

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

3 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. University of Dubuque

6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Illinois State University - Horenberger-Bass Classic – Live streaming video at

6 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Carthage College

Thursday, April 21

(Through Tuesday, April 26) Final Examinations


4 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Wheaton College

Friday, April 22

7 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Millikin University – Live streaming video at

Saturday, April 23

12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at

1 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Carthage College (Doubleheader)

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

Monday, April 25

3 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Farewell Reception for Matthew Damshroder – The campus community is invited to a reception for Matthew Damschroder, who has been appointed the vice president for student affairs at Juniata College after 18 years in student affairs at Illinois Wesleyan.

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