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Sept. 12, 2016

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Campus News

Peace CorpsIllinois Wesleyan Now a Peace Corps Prep Program
Illinois Wesleyan is a new university partner with the Peace Corps, offering students a combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for careers in an international realm.

AndrewObie Winning Alumnus Guiding Theatre Season's First Production
Andrew Schneider '03 is collaborating with student performers and designers to create a performance piece, to be staged at the Lab Theatre Sept. 19-21.

HomecomingHomecoming of Heroes Set for Sept. 30 - Oct. 2
Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Homecoming Sept. 30-Oct. 2 with the theme Homecoming of Heroes.

NancyJohnson to be Honored as Distinguished Nursing Alumna
Illinois Wesleyan's Distinguished Alumna Award for Excellence in Nursing will be presented to Nancy (Jenkins) Johnson '78 at Homecoming 2016.
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Titan Athletics
  • TommyWith a six-game winning streak, the Titan volleyball team opened its season at 6-1.
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Alumni Events


Homecoming 2016

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Join us for Homecoming of Heroes.


Captain Ryan A. Beaupre '95 Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk
Date: Oct. 1
Time: 8:15 a.m.
Register online today! Walk-up registration opens at 7 a.m. on race day.


Denver Connection
Date: Oct. 13
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Join fellow alumni, friends and family to meet President Eric Jensen.


Dallas Connection
Date: Oct. 16, 2016
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Join fellow alumni, friends and family to meet President Eric Jensen and Elizabeth Jensen. Graciously hosted by Mr. John Schilsky ’95 and Dr. Angela Schilsky in Westlake, Texas.

Monday, Sept. 12

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "A Quick Primer on Parliamentary Procedure" – Presented by Associate Professor of Mathematics Andrew Shallue.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 13

6 p.m., Room 200, Hansen Student Center – Step UP! Bystander Intervention Training – Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. The goals of Step Up! are to raise awareness of helping behaviors, increase motivation to help, develop helping skills and ensure safety of self and others. Sponsored by Counseling & Consultation Services.


Wednesday, Sept. 14

Jenny11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – President's Convocation – Journalist Jenny Nordberg, author of this year's Summer Reading selection, The Underground Girls of Kabul, will speak about her research on girls growing up disguised as boys in gender-segregated Afghanistan.

12 p.m., E103, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Study Smart – Hosted by the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs, students are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.

7 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Knox College – Live streaming video at

Thursday, Sept. 15

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – Facilitated by the University Chaplain, Multifaith Ambassadors, and student leaders from IWU Interfaith, ReligiosiTEA is a place where all perspectives are welcome and where we work to create safe, brave spaces for honest, respectful, and enlightening conversation across worldviews and beliefs. Good afternoon tea, coffee, and sweets are also served.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs  Webster University – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Independence Day - Not Your Cinco de Mayo – Join us in activities and dialogue surrounding the celebration of independence days for multiple nations over the next month. Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, is a great opportunity to kick off a whole year of cultural discovery. Come for a chance to celebrate your own heritage while appreciating the uniqueness of others. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Wild Tales – (2014, Argentina) Presented by Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli with the Spanish Club.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist: Matthew Fish, Guitar

Friday, Sept. 16

4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Colloquium - Gabe Spalding: "Just Another Day at the Office: Faster-Than-Light Imaging and Violations of Local Realism"

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Nerdology – Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities as part of Family Weekend.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Family Weekend

12 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Wartburg College

3 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. DePauw University - Titan Soccer Classic

6 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Wacky Chad – The student comedian will perform as part of Family Weekend.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Family Weekend


12 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Coe College – Live streaming video at

3 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. WashU or Wis.-Whitewater - Titan Soccer Classic – Live streaming video at


Monday, Sept. 19

Through Oct. 29 – The Ames Library – NIH Traveling Exhibit - “And There’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors”

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Is a May Term 2018 Travel Course in Your Future? – Faculty interested in learning more about how to create and plan for a future May Term travel course are encouraged to join us to hear Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Aaron Shoults-Wilson (Costa Rica), Assistant Professor of Nursing Noël Kerr (Hawaii), Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures and Director of International Studies Scott Sheridan (Italy), and Assistant Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong (Kentucky) discuss their experiences leading travel courses. 

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Dorothy Burge - "Threads of Change: Quilting for Social Justice" – Burge will speak at a library display as part of "Women Changing the World: Activists and Pathbreakers," a series of talks and films sponsored by the Political Science Department. These events are made possible through generous grants provided by the Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer PhD Endowment Fund.

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Hart Career Center
Tuesday, Sept. 13

The Great HR Debate – Career Kick-Off Event
6:30-8 p.m., Hansen Center Court

Join the fall 2016 campaign for your future at the Hart Career Center. Human Resources representatives will be on campus to tell you what they are looking for in a candidate. Representatives from Advocate BroMenn, CliftonLarsenAllen, Enterprise, and State Farm will face off in a debate-themed event, sharing info about making an impression in an interview, resumes, and what employers are really looking for.
Come for the great information, come to enjoy the food, come to support your peer students who will be modeling the Do’s and Don’ts of interview fashions and advertising upcoming events.
May the best candidate win! $200 of prizes awarded.


Wednesday, Sept. 14

Illinois State University Fall Internship Fair
4-7 p.m.
Bone Student Center, Illinois State University

Head up the road to ISU and connect with recruiters seeking internship or professional practice student candidates for fall, spring and summer opportunities. 


Friday, Sept. 16

Job and Internship Fair Success
Noon - 1 p.m.
Hart Career Center

An internship is just around the corner. Prepare NOW! Join us for a quick internship overview…learn what they are, where to look for them, how to apply to them, whether you can get credit for them…and more. Pizza served.

Practice Interviews
Hart Career Center

Sign up in advance for an opportunity to practice your interview skills with an employer.  Interview times are first-come, first-served and can be reserved through the Titan CareerLink system on the Hart Career Center website at


Career Center
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
A $2 million renovation in Stevenson Hall has equipped Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Nursing with a high-technology virtual hospital.
The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade
Currently a principal in suburban Chicago, Mark French '92 has been hired as assistant superintendent at Bedford Schools in Bedford Township, Mich.
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch

L. Wayne Batty '46, longtime Virginia Commonwealth University professor and leader on the Richmond, Va., music scene, died at age 94 on Sept. 4.

DNAInfo Chicago
With a four-star ranking, Illinois Wesleyan is among Illinois colleges on the Campus Pride Index, a national listing of LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities.
Normal's Town Council is launching a new bike-sharing program, which will include a bike station at nearby Illinois Wesleyan. Wesleyan's Michael Gorman '10 also discussed the program in The Pantagraph.
Nashville Business Journal

Derrick Rohl '12, who runs the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center, manned a virtual-reality presentation of a 45-story skyscraper that developer Tony Giarratana is building downtown.

Ottumwa (Iowa) Post
Art teacher Sandi Wilson '81 will exhibit abstract figurative artworks in the Indian Hills Art Gallery this month.


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In recent posts, a short film by Dane Brinkmeier ’12, “silent composition,” which was filmed on IWU’s campus and features Yingying Kuai ’14 and Janna Strain ’13, premiered at the Kansas City Film Fest in 2015 and will show at the Lincoln Film Festival in Lincoln, Illinois on October 15 & 16.


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  • A 200 lb., 13-foot-long squid sculpture by Professor of Art Kevin Strandberg hangs above the sushi bar at the Anju Above restaurant in Bloomington.

  • Christopher Phillips '81, professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, will speak on Friday, Sept. 23, on “Southern Cross, North Star: Race, Region, and Irreconciliation in the Post-Civil War West.” He will also participate in a plenary panel on "Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and the Milligan Decision," as part of the Illinois State University conference "Ex Parte Milligan at 150: The Constitution & Military Commissions in American Wars on Terror," Sept. 22-24 in Normal.
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