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Campus Weekly

Feb. 27, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
SmilesCampus Community Thanks Givers for Financial Support
Thank A Giver (TAG) Day, marking the symbolic point in the academic year when tuition dollars run out, gives the campus community an opportunity to celebrate Illinois Wesleyan’s donors and their impact.
StudentsState Farm Scholars Offer Thanks for Scholarships
Students who attend Illinois Wesleyan with scholarships funded by the State Farm Companies Foundation offered thanks, while representatives heard personal stories of the impact of their support.
JasmineStudents Seek to "Boost" Self-Esteem
Students at Illinois Wesleyan got a "boost" by participating in a variety of activities designed to raise awareness of the importance of self-esteem and positive body image.
SealFaculty Promotions, Tenure Announced
The Board of Trustees approved advancements in rank for nine faculty members, recognizing achievements in professional development.
GroFormer Prime Minister of Norway to Give Rescheduled Stevenson Lecture
The Honorable Gro Brundtland, the first female prime minister of Norway and former director-general of the World Health Organization, will speak on sustainable development and climate change on April 13.
More News
Titan Athletics
  • The women's basketball team won an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA Division III championships, their 10th overall NCAA Division III tournament appearance and their first since 2012, when IWU won the national championship.
More Highlights

Launch Event for Small Business Development Center

A launch event to announce the establishment of the McLean County Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University will take place at 2:05 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 in the lobby of State Farm Hall. All members of the Illinois Wesleyan community are welcome to attend the event, which will feature proclamations by campus and community leaders.


Led by Karen Bussone, instructor in the Department of Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan will open for regular hours of operation on March 27. The center will provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in McLean County; it will support entrepreneurs as they strive to develop new businesses and serve as a resource to help existing businesses to grow and to remain competitive. There will also be numerous opportunities for students to engage in the work of the center.

Associate Vice President for Advancement Strategy

BobBob Murray, Dean of Admissions, has been named Associate Vice President for Advancement Strategy at Illinois Wesleyan, effective March 1.


A 1982 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan, Murray has served in the Admissions Office for 35 years.


"His many years of admissions work bringing students to the University make him perfectly equipped to work with them now as alumni," said Steve Seibring, vice president for advancement. "Given the additional work of fundraising for signature work and other new initiatives that the University has planned, Bob is the ideal candidate to help us strategize investment opportunities and communicate with supporters about their potential transformative impact on students."


"Bob's enthusiasm and his dedicated service to the Admissions Office over the years have touched generations of Titan families," said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of enrollment and marketing. "We believe his strong connections and extensive knowledge of the University make his new role in Advancement a 'win-win' as he continues his Illinois Wesleyan career."

Titans In The News
The Atlantic

Assistant Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed her research showing the popularity of true crime stories among women. Also on Buzzfeed.

Broadway World
Scott Moreau '01 will reprise his role as Johnny Cash from the national tour of the smash hit musical Million Dollar Quartet at the Tony-award winning Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J.
WJBC Radio
Illinois Wesleyan honored longtime fan/ volunteer/ assistant coach/ bat boy Matt "The Cat" Adams at the Feb. 21 home basketball game against Augustana.
The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan students celebrated "Thank a Giver Day," an occasion to thank donors for the support that covers expenses after tuition – symbolically, the remaining 30 percent of the school year.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Fourth-grade teacher Kristen (Prather) Kirk ’02 was profiled as a difference-making area educator.
The Pantagraph
Raised as a Titan men's basketball fan and recruited to the team, graduating starter Trevor Seibring said he considered other schools, but “everything, compared to Wesleyan, was tough to live up to.”
The Pantagraph

A crowd of Illinois Wesleyan students spent all of Saturday moving and grooving for charity at the annual IWU Dance Marathon, raising funds for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria and Child’s Miracle Network.

What's On Stage
YOUARENOWHERE, a production by Andrew Schneider '03, won London's Offie Award for best TBC (for productions that defy traditional categories).
More Titans in the News
Alumni Events

2017 Council for IWU Women Summit
Date: March 3-March 4
Register now 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 of his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, which started 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.

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.

The IWU Collegiate Choir tour stops at St. James Cathedral in Chicago on March 18. Register now to join us for the concert and an alumni reception immediately following.

Monday, Feb. 27

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Teach-In with Jamilah Lemieux – Activist, journalist and former editor of Ebony Magazine Jamilah Lemieux, who is considered a leading millennial voice around issues of race, gender and sexuality, will conduct a teach-in that follows her featured appearance at Sunday's Black History Month Banquet.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist: Robert Carney, Piano – Sponsored by the School of Music.

Wednesday, March 1

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., The Dugout, Memorial Center –  Master Plan Student Open House – The University is beginning the process of developing our next campus master plan, assessing needs and priorities in our campus spaces and facilities. The integrated design firm DLR Group will be on campus to gather input to help inform the future of Illinois Wesleyan's buildings and grounds. Please join us for a brief activity and a free cookie!


12 p.m., E103, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Who Am I?: Managing Multiple Identities in College – Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.


2:05 p.m., Lobby, State Farm Hall – Launch Event for Small Business Development Center – Campus and community leaders will gather to announce the launch of the McLean County SBDC at Illinois Wesleyan University.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – GRS Ides Lecture and Performance Series: "One Weird Trick: Cutting Wheat and Other 'Processed' Foods in Ancient Greece" – Clara Bosak-Schroeder of the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss how people in the ancient world were just as fascinated by the connection between diet and health as modern dieters seem to be. Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.


8 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Chaplain's Bible Study - Prophets: Ancient and New - Jonah


9 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Compline by Candlelight: A Simple Service of Readings, Reflection, Music, and Prayer - A Lenten Discipline: Almsgiving
For information on local Ash Wednesday services, please visit

Thursday, March 2

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Rafia Zakaria - “Honor Killing: How Telling the Stories Does Not End the Crimes" – Rafia Zakaria will speak as part of the Political Science Department speaker series on "Women Changing the World as Activists and Pathbreakers."

4 p.m., Room 218 and Wakeley Gallery, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Lecture and Gallery Walk – Contemporary painter, sculptor, and poet Bill Conger will present a lecture on his exhibit, “to open windows,” at 4 p.m. in Room 218. At 5 p.m. in Wakeley Gallery, master printer Jonathan Higgins will present a gallery walk on the most recent prints and projects from Manneken Press, an independent fine arts press in Bloomington.


Friday, March 3

Through Saturday, March 4 – Raise Your Voice - Council for IWU Women Summit –  The Council for IWU Women is a group of over 80 alumnae from throughout the United States who come to campus once a year to offer their talents and resources to support the personal and professional development of the women of IWU. The summit offers women students, faculty and staff an opportunity to connect with the Council women who are leaders in their professions and communities.
4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquium – Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics Robert Wagner will present, "But It's a Wave Equation! Finding the Particles in Quantum Mechanics."

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – She Speaks - an event powered by the PechaKucha presentation style. More than 10 students, alumnae and faculty will present their stories in fast-paced presentations of no more than 20 slides each. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall  – IWU Brass Octet Recital

Saturday, March 4

Faculty Open House – Prospective students are invited to visit campus and learn about our exceptional academic programs and faculty, get a taste of the vibrant campus life, and see our beautiful 80-acre campus and facilities.

Raise Your Voice - Council for IWU Women Summit

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Spoken Word Poet Elizabeth Acevedo – Poet and writer Elizabeth Acevedo will perform, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Sunday, March 5

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Recital: Tuba & Euphonium Concert

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Circle K Trivia Night Benefiting Developments in Literacy – Circle K will host a Trivia Night to benefit a charity that helps foster the education of students in Pakistan, especially young girls, who would most likely not otherwise receive an education.

More Events
Hart Career Center
Tuesday, Feb. 28

ISU/IWU Education Fair 
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bone Student Center, Illinois State University Campus

IWU students are welcome to attend. Advance registration is not required and there is no
admission fee. Remember to bring plenty of copies of your resume (15-20) and dress professionally. Visit the ISU website for more information and visit the Hart Career Center website for tips on preparation and what steps to take after the job fair.


RSM will be on campus for interviews.

Wednesday, March 1

Caterpillar will be on campus for interviews.

Thursday, March 2

Sprint, KPMG, and Deloitte Consulting will be on campus for interviews.

Friday, March 3

Council for IWU Women Summit
The Council for IWU Women provides two days of activities for current IWU women students to network with and learn from IWU alumni. All female students are invited sign up (in advance) for a practice interview with IWU alumna on Titan CareerLink. Visit TitanPride for a detailed schedule and to pre-register for events throughout the weekend.


KPMG will be on campus for interviews.

Career Center
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In recent posts, Romancing Northampton, a collection of artwork by Emily Stedman ’69, is being featured at Historic Northampton Museum through Sunday, March 5. Read more.

Class Newsletters
  • The Association of Energy Engineers announced that Illinois Wesleyan's Director of Physical Plant James Blumberg has met the educational, experience and rigorous testing requirements needed to qualify as a Certified Energy Manager
    and has joined the ranks of over 16,000 CEMs worldwide. Established in 1981, the Certified Energy Manager provides a recognizable affirmation of demonstrated competencies in a wide range of energy-related principles and practices.

  • Associate Professor and Chair of Religion Robert Erlewine has published, "At the Mind's Limits and German-Jewish Symbiosis: Or, Améry on Guilt and the Possibility of Redemption," Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Vol. 24. No. 3 (2016): 140-156.

  • At the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding gave an invited talk on his research on “extreme" imaging, kicking off a session of highlights from the American Journal of Physics.

    Spalding is now Vice-Chair of the AAPT Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education.

  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo visited the University of Wyoming on Jan. 28, where he gave a workshop in improvisation for music students and faculty, and performed an improvisation concert that evening with Wyoming faculty clarinetist Blake McGee. 

    On Feb. 20, Vayo was in Tokyo, where three of his compositions were on the program of a concert given by harpsichordist Michiyo Honma. One of these, Dream Cartoon for violin, cello and harpsichord, received its world premiere.

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