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Campus Weekly

June 27, 2016 - Published biweekly in the summer

Look for the next edition on July 11

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
SPLICEIncoming Science Students Get Head Start
Selected students in Illinois Wesleyan's incoming class of 2020 are participating in a summer program designed to help them transition to college science courses before the fall semester begins.
Irv, Jonas Scholars at Risk Advocates Participate in Global Congress
Students from Illinois Wesleyan and other member institutions accepted a Courage to Think Defender Award on behalf of Egypt's wrongfully detained students and scholars at the recent Scholars at Risk 2016 Global Congress.
Book Illinois Wesleyan Community Reading The Underground Girls of Kabul
Journalist Jenny Nordberg's book about the practice of bacha posh – disguising young girls as boys in gender-segregated Afghanistan – is the University's Summer Reading Program selection.
Julie Lewis '16 Organizes Successful Building Blitz for Bus Stops
After hearing residents on Bloomington's west side voice concerns that their bus stops had no seating, recent Illinois Wesleyan graduate Julie Lewis spearheaded a community-wide project to build benches.
Ruomeng Committed Faculty Help Zhang Forge Her Own Path
Ruomeng Zhang '16 transformed from fear to confidence during her time at Illinois Wesleyan, thanks in part to close relationships with faculty who encouraged her varied talents.
More News
Titan Athletics


  • Class of 2016 graduate Nia Joiner has been named to the second team of the 2016 Academic All-America Division III Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, while fellow graduate Max Leonard was named to the first team and senior Eric Rydell was elected to the third team of the 2016 Academic All-America Division III Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

  • Four Illinois Wesleyan women's swimmers have been selected for the Scholar All-America team chosen by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America.

More Highlights
Alumni Events

18th Annual Economic Outlook for McLean County
Date: July 26
Time: 7-8:30 a.m.
Join Ed Scharlau, Vice Chairman of Busey Bank and Kyle Ham, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, for the 18th Annual Economic Outlook for McLean County Breakfast.


2016 Greater Champaign/Urbana Connection
Date: July 28
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Join fellow alumni, friends and family at Urbana Country Club to meet President Eric Jensen. Graciously hosted by Mark Ballard '83.


Annual Picnic: Minority Alumni Network (The Network)
Date: Aug. 7
Join alumni, family and friends as we welcome Chicago area current and incoming first-year students.

Homecoming 2016 – Sept. 30-Oct.2


On Campus

Merwin & Wakeley Galleries – Exhibit “Alpha and Omega” will be on display through Sept. 1.

Monday, June 27

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Academic Achievement Recognition Ceremony – Illinois Wesleyan University and the Bloomington/Normal Neighbor-to-Neighbor Educational Activity Club will host the 25th Annual Academic Achievement Recognition Ceremony honoring local minority honor-roll students from 5th grade through high school.

Monday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 5

Campus Offices closed

Camps and Conferences on Campus

The following camps and conferences will be on campus during the next two weeks:

  • June 20-30: Young Scholars Theatre Camp will be using Shaw Hall, the Hansen Student Center, and McPherson Theatre
  • June 29-30: Men's Soccer will be using the Neis Soccer Field
  • July 1-2: AG Soccer will be using the Neis Soccer Field and the Shirk Center
  • July 5-14: Young Scholars Science Camp will be in CNS, State Farm Hall, Hansen Student Center, and the Memorial Student Center
  • July 9-13: Iron Sharpens Iron Wresting Camp will be using the Shirk Center
  • July 10-15: Community Bankers Association will be in CNS, State Farm Hall, Buck, and the Memorial Student Center
  • July 10-30: Chamber Music will be in Presser Hall
More Events
Titans In The News
Prairie Advocate
Music Theatre major Jenia Head '17 is starring in “Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” at Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll.
The State Journal Register
Recent School of Music graduate Matthew Mason '16 is musical director for the Legacy Theatre's production of Sister Act.
Southern Business Journal
Business administration graduate Michael R. Kelley ’16 will become the third generation in his family in management at the Giant City State Park Lodge.
WJBC Radio
Continuing the succession plan that began with his appointment as CEO, Mike Tipsord '81 has been named Chairman of the Board at State Farm, following Ed Rust Jr. '72. Also in The Pantagraph.
The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Michael Gorman '10 discussed the Complete Streets concept, which he helped incorporate into the Bloomington Comprehensive Plan as chairman of the transportation/air quality working group.
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In recent posts, Myra Travin ’79 is a post-futurist and woman entrepreneur. She has recently been published in two major U.S. newspapers and appeared at SXSWedu as well as conferences in the area of technology and learning. This year, she developed an algorithm called INSense AI and launched a new startup company. Read more.


Class Newsletters
  • Associate Professor of Political Science Min-hyung Kim published an article, “Theorizing National Preference Formation,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 1 (2006), pp. 290-308.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of the School of Music Lisa Nelson presented research on pedagogical viola music by Bulgarian composers at two national conferences:
    • June 2016 at the American Viola Society Festival, Oberlin, Ohio
    • Spring 2015 at the American String Teachers Association National Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • David Flowers '16 recently attended Fresh Inc., a selective music festival and workshop for young composers. The resident ensemble at the festival was Fifth House, who were the featured guest artists of IWU's Symposium of Contemporary Music in 2015.
  • Chicago trial attorney Michael J. Sorich '00 has joined Cavanagh Law Group after working 13 years at the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office.

  • Alyssa F. Thum '12 received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
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Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Ann Aubry, assistant director for electronic communications. To submit items of interest, email


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