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Campus Weekly

Jan. 9, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
BarbaraMLK Teach-In to Explore Social Justice and Women's Power
Barbara Smith, who has fostered national dialogue on the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender, will speak at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In.
SteveSeibring Named Vice President for Advancement
Steve Seibring '81, who has served Illinois Wesleyan in advancement and alumni engagement roles since 1991, has been named the University's Vice President for Advancement.
chocolateEntrepreneurial Fellowship Provides "Sweet" Opportunity
Business administration major Cameron Loyet '18 was awarded the $5,000 IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship to launch a company marketing honey-based gourmet chocolate bars. Students of any major are invited to apply for the next IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship.
CapitolStudents Selected for Career Immersion Excursion to D.C.
Twenty Illinois Wesleyan students will head to Washington, D.C. over spring break as participants in the University's Career Immersion Excursion.
EnsembleWind Ensemble is Finalist in National Competition
The Illinois Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble is one of only three finalists nationwide in The American Prize competition in the performing arts.
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In Sympathy

Dolores Helm-Nicholson, former director of health services at Illinois Wesleyan, who retired in 2005 after 32 years at the University, died on Dec. 27. Read her obituary.


Harry Lovell '60, who served Illinois Wesleyan's Advancement Office for 28 years before his retirement in 2001, died on Dec. 25. Read his obituary.


Lee Short '44, whose career at Illinois Wesleyan spanned more than 30 years, died on Jan. 4. Read his obituary.


Titan Athletics
  • TommyThe Illinois Wesleyan University volleyball team is playing a series of exhibition matches in Costa Rica during an international trip Jan. 2-10. Read their blog.

  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team gave head coach Ron Rose his 200th career win in a defeat of Wheaton College at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Jan. 7.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
As groundbreaking research by Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding is turning science fiction into reality, he makes sure his lab gives students hands-on experience.
Chicago Tribune
Actor Richard Jenkins '69 recounts his path from DeKalb to the Emmys, from character actor to leading man.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Sue Aldridge '79, a longtime drama director and English teacher at Centennial High School, was profiled as she prepares to retire.

Chicago Tribune
Remembered as an "innovative leader" in his role as vice president and chief medical officer for Edward Hospital in Naperville, Brent E. Smith '84 died on Dec. 17.
The Pantagraph
On a glorious day of singing at the World Series, Wayne Messmer '72 wore a reminder of one of his darkest days.
WUFT (University of Florida)

As the University of Florida looks to improve sustainable transportation options for students, Michael Gorman '10 described Illinois Wesleyan's successful bike share program.

Washington Post
David Priess '93, a former analyst and daily intelligence briefer at the CIA, wrote a column in response to the president-elect's stance on intelligence briefings. Priess also was interviewed by Public Radio International.
Effingham Daily News
Titan distance runner Sam Powers '18 cruised to an easy win at the Frozen Five-K Run in Neoga.
Broadway World

Amber Robinson '08 is a new associate company member with Akvavit Theatre, Chicago's premier Nordic Theatre Company.

Ceramics Monthly
Artist and adjunct instructor in the School of Art Grace Sheese was featured in a "Studio Visit."


More Titans in the News
Alumni Events

32nd Annual Phoenix Connection
Date: Jan. 29
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Join us for the 32nd Annual Phoenix Connection. Guest speaker is LeAnn Hughes, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing.


Pride Summit
Date: Feb.11
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Register for the 2nd Pride Summit at IWU, connecting our LGBTQ+ alumni and students! The theme of this year’s summit is intersectionality. Programming includes an overview of intersectionality, small group discussions and activities, panel presentations and, of course, lunch!

2017 School of Theatre Arts Senior Showcase
Date: Feb. 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.

The Illinois Wesleyan School of Theatre Arts invites you to the Senior Showcase at Stage 773 in Chicago. Please bring friends and colleagues who are directors, artistic directors, managing directors and casting directors to see our talented seniors!

2017 IWU Entrepreneurial Society Networking Event
Date: Feb. 15
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join the Illinois Wesleyan University Entrepreneurial Society for a networking event at 1871 - Chicago's Technology & Entrepreneurship Center.


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.

Their kickoff concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Lombard, where alum Karl Bruhn '72 is the organist and music director. This concert will be part of the church’s year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, starting the Protestant Reformation. Come enjoy the celebration with lots of IWU alumni at this excellent concert.


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.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Orientation and registration of new students

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Spring semester classes begin.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at

Thursday, Jan. 12

12:10 p.m., Governor Fifer Courtroom (2nd Floor), McLean County Museum of History, North Main Street, Bloomington – Lunch and Learn - Gabe Spalding: "Science Fiction Made Into Science Reality" – The brown bag Lunch and Learn Series is offered in partnership by McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Wesleyan University and Collaborative Solutions Institute.

Saturday, Jan. 14

9:30-11 a.m., Buck 107, Buck Memorial Library – IWU Language School for Kids – Offered Saturdays from Jan. 14-March 4, the school promotes early second language acquisition and teaching about rich cultural traditions.


1 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving vs. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Carthage College – Live streaming video at

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

Sunday, Jan. 15

Through Monday, Jan. 16 – Diversity and Inclusion Visit Program – Eligible prospective students have the opportunity to stay overnight with a current student in a residence hall, observe a class, tour the campus, meet with faculty, staff and students, and join in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In event.

Monday, Jan. 16

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Nominating Committee Discussion

1-4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Teach-In

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Hart Career Center
Friday, Jan. 13

Rockin’ Resumes
Noon - 1 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium

Students are invited to learn how to write a good resume and cover letter, and what makes a resume stand out from the employer’s perspective.

Career Center
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In recent posts, Kim Collins ’89 was appointed the Associate Director of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois

Class Newsletters
  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding took two students, seniors Andy Ding and Toan Le, to the 2017 Optics Winter School & Workshop in Tucson, Ariz. There, Le presented his research on driver-assisting technology for seeing through fog, and Spalding delivered an invited keynote talk.

  • Craig C. Hill '78, who was named Dean of Perkins School of Theology last year, published the book, Servant of All: Status, Ambition and the Way of Jesus (2016, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), as featured in the January edition of The Current, a publication of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.

  • Billie McBride '68 won the 2016 True West Award for Theatre Person of the Year, a recognition from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore.
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.

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