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Campus Weekly

Nov. 28, 2016

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
Meghan and PaigeBuschman '17 Honored as 2016 Lincoln Laureate
Senior Paige Buschman has been named a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, in recognition of excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.
JonathanProvost to Become President at Susquehanna University
Jonathan Green, provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan since 2011, has been named the next president at Susquehanna University, a private liberal arts university in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
RebeccaGearhart Mafazy Receives Exemplary Teacher Award
Associate Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy is being recognized for her excellence in teaching; civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to values-centered education; and service to students, the institution, and community.
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Titan Athletics
  • TommyBringing Illinois Wesleyan's total to 122 Academic All-Americans ® since the program began in 1970, senior Skyler Tomko was elected to the third team of the Division III Women's Soccer Academic All-America® Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As of this year, Illinois Wesleyan is among the top 25 schools in the nation, regardless of division, for total Academic All-America selections.

  • Sophomore Tyler Brown was selected to the first team of the Division III All-American squads chosen by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, becoming the first Titan to achieve first team All-America volleyball honors.
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Alumni Award Nominations

AwardsThe IWU Alumni Association Nominating Committee needs your help compiling a list of alumni candidates for the Alumni Award categories below.


The Distinguished Alumni Award
This award is presented annually to a person who has made a distinguished contribution to society, has achieved professional distinction, or has demonstrated civic leadership.


The Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni 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 2002-2016 graduates.


The Loyalty Award
This award recognizes alumni who have benefited Illinois Wesleyan either through service to the University, strong financial support, or both. 


Click here to submit a nomination for a Titan you feel should be considered for recognition. Nominations are due by March 1, 2017. Awards winners are announced at Homecoming. Any forms submitted after this date will be considered for Homecoming of the following year. Please call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-888-498-2586 if you have any questions.

Alumni Discount at the Bookstore

Coaster The IWU Bookstore has increased the alumni discount on the web to 20% when you use the coupon code "alumn."


Happy holiday shopping!

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In recent posts, Linda (Brown) Tammen ’76 retired from teaching after 35 years in kindergarten and 1st grade, during which time she had 20 different student teachers in her classroom from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. After retirement, the University asked her to coordinate their biannual Youth Literature Festival, sending nationally known authors out to 92 schools across seven counties in 19 school districts to speak to over 19,000 students.

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Alumni Events

5th Annual Alumni/Titan First Chance Collegiate Track and Field Meet
Date: Dec. 3
Come and support the current team, see “old” friends and coaches, and if you are feeling nostalgic, feel free to dust off the old spikes and compete!

32nd Annual Phoenix Connection
Date: Jan. 29
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Save the date for the 32nd Annual Phoenix Connection.


2017 Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Feb. 18
Join us as we cheer on the Stanley Cup Champions! Pre-game at Park Tavern with free parking and transportation to the game.


Naples Connection

Date: Feb. 26
Time: 3-5 p.m.

Save the date for the Naples Connection for alumni and friends. 


2017 Council for IWU Women Summit
Date: March 3-March 4
Save the date for the 2017 Council for Women Summit. The Summit is open to council women, alumnae, faculty, staff and students.


2017 Collegiate Choir Tour
Date: March 5-18
Join Dr. J. Scott Ferguson and the Collegiate Choir for a performance in an area near you.


Northern California Connection 
Date: March 12
Time: 2-4 p.m.

Save the date for the Northern California Alumni Connection. Professor of History Mike Weis will be our guest speaker.


Career Immersion Excursion: Washington DC Student Alumni Networking
Date: March 13
Time: 6-8 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE: Join us from 6-8 p.m. to network with current students in the Career Immersion Excursion at The Capitol Club, 300 First Street S. E., Washington, D.C.

Monday, Nov. 28

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "Creating an Inclusive Teaching Environment: Successful Strategies" – Presented by Assistant Professor of Nursing Amanda Hopkins.


4 p.m., 202, State Farm Hall – Sociology Colloquium: “DREAMing and Designing Spaces of Hope: Black Women Transcending Neighborhoods with High Levels of Violence” – The sociology research colloquium series will host Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Memorial Center – BAC and Drug Tabling Event – Stop by and have a beer! Join the Peer Educators of SOCA (Students Organizing Campus Awareness) and Counseling and Consultation Services for a root beer float and pick up a Blood Alcohol Content card to help you learn how to drink responsibly if you choose to drink. There will also be information about different drugs, how these drugs look and how they affect the body.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Live streaming video at

Thursday, Dec. 1

4-8 p.m., 101, State Farm Hall – Write for Rights by IWU Amnesty International  – The campus community is invited to join Amnesty's annual Write for Rights event, writing to affect the fates of prisoners arrested for their political beliefs and falsely accused for a crime they did not commit; pushing for the government to recognize Native Americans' rights to their land in Canada; helping protect a woman's family from mining companies in Peru; and pushing to educate and protect people with albinism from others trying to kill them in Malawi, Africa. You're welcome to pop in and out from 4 to 8.

6:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Light the Night: A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Housemaids" – (2013, Brazil) Presented by Carole Myscofski, McFee Professor of Religion and director of Women's and Gender Studies.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Unlicensed Syncopation & Jazz Combo

Friday, Dec. 2

11 a.m., Lobby, Joyce Eichhom Ames School of Art Building – Student & Faculty Art Sale – Come and purchase one-of-a-kind art from School of Art students and faculty. Ceramics, printmaking and glass will be featured. Great for your holiday shopping! Come early for the best selection.

7 p.m., 101, State Farm Hall – Physics Phun Night – Grab 1 or 2 friends to complete your team and try to win prizes. This event is open to all majors, regardless of science knowledge; there will be trivia about IWU and areas of physics explored in our classes. There will also be challenges testing your engineering skills. Homemade snacks will be provided; hosted by the Society of Physics Students.

7 p.m., The Underground, Memorial Center – Friday Features – Sponsored monthly by the Office of Student Activities, featuring various forms of talent from our students.

Saturday, Dec. 3

11 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field – Titan First Chance Meet

3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Samantha Noga, Soprano

Sunday, Dec. 4

3 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington – Christmas Choral Concert

Monday, Dec. 5

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

More Events
Titans In The News
(Alton) ADvantage News
Attorney Karoline Carstens '03 has been selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of this year’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch.
The Pantagraph
Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen moderated a panel on the health needs of minority women in McLean County, hosted by Women Empowered.
Palos Patch
Ryan Tietz '13 got cooperation from Stagg High School cheerleaders in proposing to their coach, fellow alum Allison Culver '13 during a half-time show.
Students, staff, and community members at Illinois Wesleyan gathered at a Town Hall to discuss the outcome of the presidential election.
The (Sunbury, Pa.) Daily Item
Illinois Wesleyan Provost Jonathan Green will become Susquehanna University's 15th president, following a six-month national search.
(Peoria) Journal Star
As Peoria works to become bicycle-friendly, Wesleyan's Chris Sweet discussed the city's role as a hub in the world of international bike races in the 1890s.
More Titans in the News
  • Technology Trainer Kate Browne spoke at TedX Normal on "How I Found Real Fitness Inspiration: Saying No To Fitspo," now available on YouTube.

  • Abstracted Landscapes, an exhibition of paintings by IWU Director of Grants and Foundation Relations Dick Folse, will be on display Dec. 2-31 at the The McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington. A free and public opening reception will be on Friday, Dec. 2, 5 - 7 p.m.

  • IWU Provost Jonathan Green will play Mother Ginger in the upcoming 35th annual Twin Cities Ballet production of The Nutcracker at Braden Auditorium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are available at the Braden Box Office and through Ticketmaster (extra charge applied). James Plath, R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English, is also in the show as a "party parent."

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Bob Mangialardi headlines the cast of the Holiday Spectacular, written by Nancy Steele Brokaw '71 and featuring recorded harp music by  Ted Nichelson '93.

  • Nick Anderson '14, an associate at MorganMyers, was a panelist at CR Magazine’s COMMIT! Forum in New York, discussing the future of Corporate Social Responsibility.

  • The Illinois Wesleyan Circle K Club helped refurbish the Towanda bike trail on Oct. 22 as part of the Kiwanis One Day event. Four members from the club, along with members from the Illinois Wesleyan Alpha Phi Omega chapter, helped with painting murals and tables, planting trees and mulching.
    In addition, the IWU Circle K Club raised $150 for Trick or Treat for Unicef and on Nov. 6, members packed 12 shoeboxes full of school supplies, toys, T-shirts, and more to give to kids in need as part of Operation Christmas Child, a program developed by Samaritan’s Purse.
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