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April 17, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

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MapIllinois Wesleyan #10 in Nation for Job Placement
Illinois Wesleyan University ranks first among Illinois colleges and 10th overall in the nation in job placement ratings for its graduates.
Vickie and RebeccaFolse Named 2018 Kemp Award Winner
Victoria Folse has been named the 2018 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, honoring a faculty member who brings spirit, passion and scholarship to the art of teaching. This year's recipient, Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy, gave the keynote address, “Curiosity and What To Make of It.”
AnaolAlumni Encourage International Students Through Card-Writing Campaign
Alumni rallied together to write notes of encouragement and support to all 161 international students enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan, in a campaign of support organized by Vera (Leopold) Miller '05.


Students Invited to Apply for New First-Year Humanities Program
Prospective students who have been accepted to Illinois Wesleyan are invited to apply to the new First-Year Humanities Fellows program, which will begin in fall 2017.

Nicole and ChrisUniversity Celebrates Civic Engagement
Student groups, athletic teams and individuals were honored along with faculty, staff and community partners at Illinois Wesleyan's fifth annual Civic Engagement Banquet.
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Titan Athletics
  • At the sixth annual State Farm "Tommy Awards", sponsored by the IWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and State Farm Insurance on April 10, Illinois Wesleyan athletes were honored in an array of categories. The softball team won the "Academic Team of the Year" honor for top overall grade-point average and the women's lacrosse team earned the "Do Good Now" award for their dedication to community service.
  • Seniors Meg Stanley and Eric Rydell were recognized as the school's College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Merle Chapman Leadership Award winners during the CCIW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee spring workshop on April 11.
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Titans In The News
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Finding a new species is "like when you're a child opening a present," said Wesleyan's Edgar Lehr, whose latest new frog was named after famed British naturalist David Attenborough.
The (DeKalb) Midweek
Award-winning Chicago pastry chef Meg Gallus '00 said she turned to a career in baking after her mother died, when she realized she wanted to make people happy and "not live for only myself."
The Pantagraph
Vickie Folse '86, professor and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of Nursing, said proposals to address a nursing shortage at the community college level could instead increase the shortage of nursing faculty contributing to the issue.
The Pantagraph
Kathleen Murray, a 1979 Illinois Wesleyan University graduate who is president of Whitman College in Washington state, will speak at Commencement on May 7.
The Pantagraph
Embracing our natural curiosity can open doors to understanding of others and ourselves, this year's winner of the teaching excellence award at Illinois Wesleyan, Prof. Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy, told those gathered for the annual honors convocation.



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  • Larry Stimpert '80, who was named president of Hampden-Sydney College in March, will be inaugurated on April 28.

  • Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr served on the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Undergraduate Scholarship Selection Committee on April 10 in New York City.
    In addition, Lehr:
    • Gave a science colloquium: Lehr, E. (Mar. 22, 2017). Museo de Historia Natura Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Peru): In Spanish: Twenty Years (1997–2017) of Herpetological Research in Peru: Reflections on Past, Present, and Future Projects.
    • Gave two popular science talks titled "In Search of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fishes in Montane Forests and High Elevational Grasslands in Peru":
      • April 12 at the Tri-County Tropical Fish Society in Peoria.
      • Jan. 8 at the Central Illinois Tropical Aquarium Club, Bloomington Library Community Room.
  • An article by University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian/Associate Professor Meg Miner titled "Conflicting Philosophies: Two Librarians and a Presidential Bibliophile" has been accepted for publication in the fall 2017 issue of Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, the peer-reviewed journal of the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association. 
    This article is part of Miner's sabbatical project on the late President Minor Myers, jr. Two additional writings are also available at and A collection of interviews conducted for this project will be available in the University's Oral History Collections this summer. Taken together, these works form a biblio-biography—that is, a retrospective of President Myers through the lens of his book interests. 

  • Among five recipients of the 2017 History Makers award from the McLean County Museum of History, three have ties to Illinois Wesleyan: Craig Hart H'08 is an IWU emeritus trustee; Judy Stone was the spouse of the late Jerry Stone, a long-time professor of religion; and Jesse Smart, former Bloomington mayor, was instrumental in the establishment of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival held annually at Illinois Wesleyan. Awards will be presented during the museum’s sixth annual History Makers Gala on June 15.

  • Jim Kidder '62, president of Heartland Festival Orchestra in Peoria, was named Board President of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
Alumni Events

2017 Entrepreneurship Society Networking Event

May 17
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Join the Illinois Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society for a networking event at CannonDesign in Chicago and meet current entrepreneurship students!


2017 Greater Raleigh-Durham Connection
May 18
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join fellow alumni, family, and friends for the Greater Raleigh-Durham Connection at Bridge Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. Registration now open.


2017 Minority Alumni Network Picnic

Aug. 6

2-4 p.m.
Save the date! Join fellow alumni, family, and friends for the annual Minority Alumni Network Picnic in Matteson, Illinois, hosted by Ken and Muneerah Maalik Rogers '00. Registration will open May 1. The Network is celebrating 25 years – join us!

Monday, April 17

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - “Research with Qualtrics: Case Studies and Possibilities” – Technology Trainer Kate Browne will present on the current services provided by ITS on the use and administration of Qualtrics – the survey platform on campus. She will also suggest ways that faculty could use surveys in the classroom, for research projects, and to gather departmental data. Browne has been the brand administrator for Qualtrics for the past 18 months, and she was recently certified by Qualtrics at the silver level for survey design and implementation.

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

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Jazz Lab and Ensemble

Tuesday, April 18

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Workshop on Supporting Religiously Diverse Communities – Following a workshop with Northwestern University’s Director of Interfaith Engagement Tahera Ahmad, all faculty, staff and students are also invited to a 6 p.m. dinner and keynote address.

6:30 p.m., The Ames Library – Anti-Procrastination Night – Writing Center staff and librarians will be in The Ames Library to support students in the completion of projects, papers, videos etc.
Starting a paper and don’t know where to begin? We can assist you with the research process and help you find just the right articles. Writing Center tutors and Coordinator Joel Hefner will be on hand to review drafts of papers.
Poster printing on demand will be available from 7-10 p.m.
Two massage therapists will be available from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Sign-up sheet is in The Ames Library on the door of Room 139.
Come to Ames to GET IT DONE! Snacks and de-stress fun will also be in the mix.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film Screening and Discussion - “Sustainable" (A Food Film) – Is it possible to grow our food without harming our planet and our own health? Come find out! The IWU Environmental Studies Program will host a screening of the hopeful film "Sustainable," about a remarkable local farmer who is pioneering a food and farming revolution right here in Illinois. A discussion will be facilitated by students in the “War on Cancer: Does Environment Matter?” course. Sustainably sourced snacks will be provided.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music

Wednesday, April 19


4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Concordia University (Wis.) – Live streaming video at

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Studies Colloquium  – The International Studies Colloquium Series, sponsored by the Latin American Studies team, will host Illinois State University faculty member Juliet Lynd and doctoral student Ana Roncero Bellido for a talk on the work of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña. They will discuss how Latin American women contribute to the artistic, political, and cultural revolutions around them. This talk will be a transition between this year's intellectual theme Women's Power, Women's Justice and next year's theme, The Evolution of Revolution.

4 p.m., Galleries, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Reading by Winners of the 2017 IWU Creative Writing Awards – Award recipients Eva Kossmann '19 (Department of English Prize for Short Fiction), John McHugh '17 (Academy of American Poets Prize), and Mayra Gonzalez '17 (Kay Nelson Memorial Essay Prize) will read from their work, sponsored by the Department of English.

Thursday, April 20

1:10 p.m., School of Art Atrium, Art Building – The 1889 World Exposition in Paris – Students in Introduction to Art History (ART 115) will re-enact the Exposition held in Paris in 1889. Students are "playing" characters including Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Puvis de Chavannes, the Impressionists, and more. Stop by and chat with these students and see the art from these artists. Food & drinks served. Sponsored by the Ames School of Art.

3:30-6 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Retirement Reception for Jim Sikora – Students, faculty and staff are invited to a retirement reception for Professor of Sociology Jim Sikora. While he requests no gifts, there is a rumor that Elvis may make an appearance in the Memorial Center that afternoon. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, April 22

3 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Archery Tag – Archery Tag is a fast-paced game of tag with foam-tipped arrows. Bring your friends and bring out your inner Katniss from the Hunger Games! This is a free event sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – IWU Opera Theatre – The School of Music’s Opera Workshop will present one-act operas composed and directed by students, plus selections from Igor Stravinsky’s "Mavra."


Sunday, April 23

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – IWU Opera Theatre

Monday, April 24

12 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Faculty-Staff Recognition Celebration Luncheon – Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate with co-workers their milestone anniversaries or retirement.

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