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Campus Weekly

Dec. 12, 2016

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News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
MichaelSymposium Caps Course Cluster
Nearly 100 students presented their work during a closing symposium for courses associated with the 2016-17 intellectual theme, Women's Power, Women's Justice.
EmilyStudents Write for Human Rights
Dozens of students and faculty members came together to write letters at Amnesty International's annual Write for Rights event, petitioning on behalf of individuals around the globe.
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Titan Athletics
  • TommyThe No. 16-ranked men's basketball team scored their first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin win of the season against Elmhurst College on Saturday, Dec. 10, while the women's basketball team fell to Elmhurst on the road.
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In recent posts, Sarah Mmari ’97 recently visited the IWU campus for the first time in 20 years. A native of Tanzania, Mmari returned to her home country after finishing her coursework in business administration in December 1996.

Class Newsletters
  • Irv Epstein, Ben and Susan Rhodes Endowed Professor in Peace and Social Justice, chair of Educational Studies and director of the Center for Human Rights, spoke at a session in the Canadian Parliament on behalf of the Scholars At Risk Board of Directors.

  • Director and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Tom Quinn will appear as a guest star in an episode of Chicago PD expected to air the first week of January on NBC. In the episode entitled, "Don't Read the News," he portrays Walter Vollman, a disgraced investigative journalist who is interviewed by two detectives about a case he was working on before being fired for inappropriate conduct. "I had a great experience working on the show, and will be seeing the episode for the first time when it airs," Quinn said. "I hope it's as good on television as it is in my head."

  • Ann Balsamo ’81, who was appointed dean of the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas in May, discussed the school’s efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.
Alumni Events

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
TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT: Join us as we cheer on the Stanley Cup Champions! Pre-game at Park Tavern with free parking and transportation to the game. Just a few tickets left so act fast!  


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.

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, Dec. 12

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)


10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Ames Library – Stress Reduction and Free Massages – The Office of Counseling and Consultation Services will offer stress relief goodies.

10-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Late Night Breakfast – President Eric Jensen and his Cabinet will greet and serve students at the annual late night breakfast in the Commons. All students, whether on the meal plan or not, are invited to enjoy this late night treat.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Through Friday, Dec. 16 – Final Exams

11 p.m.-2 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – PB & J Extravaganza – Students are invited to make sandwiches, grab some fresh fruit and enjoy hot cocoa or coffee (full octane, no decaf) as members of the Student Affairs team offer support and good wishes for Finals Week and for the break that follows.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

11 p.m.-2 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – PB & J Extravaganza

Thursday, Dec. 15

5:15 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – December Graduates Dinner – Seniors graduating in December will be honored.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Student Film Festival  – Five-minute ethnographic films produced in collaboration with female community leaders in Bloomington-Normal will be presented by Associate Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy with student filmmakers and film subjects. A Women's Power, Women's Justice annual theme event.

Friday, Dec. 16

11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Holiday Luncheon – Faculty and staff are invited to the 2016 Holiday Luncheon.

Saturday, Dec. 17

1 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. University of Chicago

Monday, Dec. 19

Through Thursday, Dec. 22 – Four O'Clock Hours – Offices will close at 4 p.m. daily.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. University of Chicago

Friday, Dec. 23

Through Monday, Jan. 2 – Winter Break


See Winter Break hours for campus facilities, including The Ames Library, Sodexo dining operations, the Shirk Center and Fort Natatorium.

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Through Friday, Jan. 6 – Four O'Clock Hours – Offices will close at 4 p.m. daily.


Spring semester classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Wednesday, Jan. 4

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Millikin University – Live streaming video at

Saturday, Jan. 7

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton College – Live streaming video at

More Events
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
Nikki Savitt ’90, who has been performing as a member of the popular Church Basement Ladies since 2007, credits her “great mentors” at Illinois Wesleyan.
The Pantagraph
Simulation Coordinator Becky Altic and alumni Nancy Steele Brokaw '71 and Vicki Cox '70 are part of The Grannies –  a rock band.
Kane County Chronicle
Tommy Bravos '17 will perform in a "Home for the Holidays" concert at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles.
More Titans in the News

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!

Welcome New Employees

Beth Keegan started Dec. 5 as Director of the Wesleyan, replacing Van Miller '04.


Morgan Maiers started Dec. 5 as Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, replacing Sherry McClarty, who retired.


Abraham Patino Soto started Dec. 5 as a custodian, replacing Wanda Terven.

Office of Communications

Ann Aubry has been named Director of Communications, reporting to Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing LeAnn Hughes. Aubry was named Acting Director of Communications in May, following the retirement of Vice President for Communications Matt Kurz, when a search began for a vice president to lead reorganized offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Communications.

Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Ann Aubry, director of communications. To submit items of interest, email


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