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Feb. 20, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
Research5th Annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop
The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice will host a student research workshop Feb. 24-26 with a theme of Women's Power: Women's Justice. Keynote remarks will address "White Talk, Social Justice, and Ignorance."
CrucibleSchool of Theatre Arts to Present The Crucible
Arthur Miller's classic The Crucible, a dramatized account of the Salem witch trials, will be performed Feb. 21-26 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre in McPherson Hall.
RyanConcerto-Aria Concert to Feature Student Soloists
Seven student winners of the Concerto-Aria competition will perform at the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra's annual Henry Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria Concert on Feb. 24.
artworkArt Exhibits Feature Works by Higgins, Conger
Exhibits by master printer Jonathan Higgins and painter, sculptor, and poet Bill Conger will be on display in the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries Feb. 27-March 30.
GroFeb. 23 Stevenson Lecture by Former Prime Minister of Norway Canceled
Due to illness, a lecture by The Honorable Gro Brundtland set for Feb. 23 at Illinois Wesleyan University has been canceled, with hopes to reschedule later this spring. 
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The Pantagraph

Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who sounded the alarm about the Flint water crisis, issued a challenge to speak out against injustices as she addressed Illinois Wesleyan's Founders' Day Convocation.
The convocation, including Hanna-Attisha's remarks, can be viewed on YouTube.

Chicago Tribune
Rebecca Guio '87 has joined the Geneva primary care practice of Algimantas S. Kerpe as a nurse practitioner.
Chicago Eater
Meg Galus '00 is a semifinalist for a James Beard Award for outstanding pastry chef for her work at Boka, a highlight among Chicago nominees.
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Associate Vice President for Advancement

MichelleMichele Brady has been named Associate Vice President for Advancement - Major Gifts & Gift Planning, succeeding Steve Seibring '81, who was named Vice President for Advancement last month. Brady will provide senior management in Advancement, leading the major gifts office team and the marketing efforts of gift planning.


In announcing her new role, Seibring said Brady was an integral part of the success of the Transforming Lives Campaign, adding, "Her input and leadership in the Advancement Office is evident and very much valued. I am thrilled Michele has accepted this leadership responsibility and look forward to her help in guiding the Advancement Office in this new role."

Alumni Events

Naples Connection

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

Please join fellow alumni, family, and friends at the Naples Connection hosted at the Audubon Country Club.


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.

Register now 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 Hill Club, 300 First Street S. E., Washington, D.C.


2017 Collegiate Choir Chicago Concert and Alumni Reception
Date: March 18
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Save the date! The IWU Collegiate Choir tour stops at St. James Cathedral in Chicago on March 18. Join us for the concert and an alumni reception immediately following.

Monday, Feb. 20

Thank A Giver Day (TAG Day) – Thank A Giver Day provides our campus community with the opportunity to thank the donors who support our school. Tables will be set up for students to write thank you messages to donors at:
CNS Atrium & State Farm Hall (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
The Dugout, Memorial Center (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)


12 p.m., Davidson Room –  Non-Org: Greg Shaw - "What Do We Know About Political Knowledge" – Presented by Chair and Professor of Political Science Grey Shaw.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

11 a.m.-1p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Boost Week: Positive Body Image – Boost your confidence by identifying your positive attributes, and displaying positive messages on your arm. Part of Boost Week, sponsored by Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA) and Counseling and Consultation Services: Come to the events to learn how to boost your self esteem.

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

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Play: The Crucible by Arthur Miller


Wednesday, Feb. 22

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Boost Week: Confidence Cookies – Boost your knowledge, and enjoy a treat free of guilt.

12 p.m., E103, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Life After IWU: Fellowships, Graduate Programs & the Application Process – Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.


4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poli-Talks - "What's Fact?, What's Fiction?: Finding Reliable News Sources in an Era of 'Fake News'" – Jim Plath, R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English will provide a brief presentation followed by group discussion. This is the first in a series of bi-weekly discussions, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Political Science Department, that will address current political issues and the overall political climate. Members of the campus community are invited to share their thoughts and feelings regarding the current political landscape. Multiple perspectives and viewpoints are welcome and encouraged for these discussions.

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D - Dispelling Myths: Africa and Africans are Diverse – Through a presentation and an open discussion, members of the African Student Association will address stereotypes about the continent of Africa and African people in general. Food will be provided. Part of the 3D Series, a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Play: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Thursday, Feb. 23

Through Friday, Feb. 24 – Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship Visit Day – Admitted students with an interest in Business, Engineering or Art are invited to get a first-hand look into our DTE major.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Boost Week: Scale Smashing – Boost your beauty by letting go of those “perfect” numbers that weigh you down!

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Allie Torres '13  Presents "Brown Girls Starving: Intersectionality of Eating Disorders and Reclaiming Ourselves" – Allyce Torres, a 2013 alum of IWU's School of Theatre Arts, is the creator of Skin Deep, a theatrical initiative for the awareness and treatment of eating disorders. "Brown Girls" breaks down the intersections of race, class and gender in eating disorders through story, art and discussion.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Lessons of a Dream" – (2011, Germany) Presented by Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Play: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Friday, Feb. 24

11 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field CCIW Championships (day 1) – Live streaming video at

Through Sunday, Feb. 26, Room 108 and 102, State Farm Hall – 5th Annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop


7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington – Concerto Aria Winners with Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Play: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Saturday, Feb. 25

10:45 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field CCIW Championships (day 2) – Live streaming video at

10 a.m.-10 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Dance Marathon: IWU – Dancers pledge to spend 12 hours on their feet to celebrate the children and families that we support and to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. At our big event, dancers will have the opportunity to meet with the families that we benefit as well as dance for those who cannot.

11 a.m., Room 101, State Farm Hall – Human Rights Workshop Keynote Address: “White Talk, Social Justice, and Ignorance" – Illinois State University Professor of Philosophy Alison Bailey, director of ISU's Women’s and Gender Studies program, will speak as part of the fifth annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop. Bailey has published extensively on issues at the intersections of feminist theory, philosophy of race/whiteness studies, and epistemology.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty Recital: Mark Anderson, Guitar

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Play: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Sunday, Feb. 26

12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Hendrix College – Live streaming video at

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Play: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Black History Month Banquet - Speaker Jamilah Lemieux – The Black Student Union will sponsor the annual Black History Month banquet featuring Jamilah Lemieux, former editor of Ebony Magazine, who is considered a leading millennial voice around issues of race, gender and sexuality. 

Monday, Feb. 27

Through March 30, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibits by Higgins, Conger

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Hart Career Center
Tuesday, Feb. 21

ISU Spring Career Fair
4-7 p.m., Illinois State University Bone Student Center

All majors welcome and encouraged to attend ISU’s Spring Career Fair


Amica will host interviews on campus.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Deloitte will host interviews on campus.

Friday, Feb. 24

Practice Interviews
Various times available, Hart Career Center
Sign up through Titan Career Link by searching "Interviews I Qualify For."


Edward Jones will host interviews on campus.

Career Center
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  • Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He delivered an invited talk, "Fuss-Catalan matrices and their weighted sums" (Joint work with Lou Shapiro), at the 2016 International Research Center for Tensor and Matrix Theory-Applied Algebra and Optimization Research Center (IRCTM-AORC) Conference on Matrix Theory and Related Topics, Dec. 28-31, 2016, Shanghai University, China.
    In addition, He published in the following journals:
    • "Applications of Riordan matrix functions to Bernoulli and Euler polynomials." Linear Algebra and Its Applications,  507 (2016),  208-228. 
    • "Row sums and alternating sums of Riordan arrays." (With Louis W. Shapiro), Linear Algebra and Its Applications,  507 (2016),  77-95.
    • "Application of Polynomial Interpolation in the Chinese Remainder Problem." (With Scott Macdonald and Peter J.S. Shiue) Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 37 (2017),  90-96. 
    • "Duals of the Bernoulli numbers and polynomials and the Euler numbers and polynomials." (With Jinze Zheng), Integers, 17 (2017), A1, 1-26.
    • "A Unified Approach to Construct a Class of Daubechies Orthogonal Scaling Functions." (With Tung Nguyen), Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 37 (2017), 29-39. 

      The coauthor of the Integers publication, Jinze Zheng '17, is a math major who presented partial results of this paper at the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference in 2015; at the 3rd International Symposium on Riordan Arrays and Related Topics (RART3), Illinois Wesleyan University, June 20-24, 2016; and the 30th Midwestern Conference on Combinatorics and Combinatorial Computing (MCCCC30), Illinois State University, October 2016.
      The coauthor of the last listed publication, Tung Nguyen '15, is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics with a full scholarship. 


  • A publication by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dan Roberts, "Group-antimagic Labelings of Multi-cyclic Graphs," co-authored with Richard M. Low in Theory and Applications of Graphs, is among the journal's most popular papers, based on full-text daily downloads.
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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