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May 1, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
Fabian and BrookePre-Med Students Gain Experience in Cadaver Lab
Illinois Wesleyan students interested in careers in medicine volunteer as assistants in proctoring the Cadaver Academy, believed to be the first ongoing cadaver dissection lab for high school students in the United States.
Thushara and RonanPhysics Professor, Students Build Instruments to Study Cosmic Dust
Students led by Associate Professor of Physics Thushara Perera are designing and building a Fourier Transform Spectrometer and other instruments to help scientists learn more about cosmic dust.
OliviaStudent Interns for Member of Scottish Parliament
Determined to combine a meaningful internship experience with her study abroad, political science and economics double major Olivia Heffernan '18 chose the Arcadia program in Scotland with the chance to intern with the Scottish Parliament.
Evan and JonathanMok-Lamme '17 Named Technos Award Winner
Senior Evan Mok-Lamme has been awarded the 2017 Technos International Prize, recognizing a student who has excelled academically and has contributed to broadening international awareness and understanding.
Multicultural GradsApril in Photos at Illinois Wesleyan
April was full throttle toward the end of the academic year -- presentations, performances, celebrations, competitions, playing, living. So stop for just a moment, and have a look at our month in photos.
Hungry GamesStudents Stage "Hungry Games" to Fight Hunger
With efforts including their own "Hungry Games," students in a global health course raised more than $1,000 to build fish ponds for global communities in need.
BeckyRoesner Honored with Dougan Award
Chair and Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner has been named the 2017 recipient of the James D. Dougan Award for Contributions to Faculty Governance.
Tony and EricUniversity Celebrates Employee Anniversaries, Retirements
Illinois Wesleyan University honored retirees and celebrated employees with milestone anniversaries during its annual recognition celebration on April 24.
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Titan Athletics
  • Ellie Crabtree '20 is one of 16 Division III players from 11 different schools across the country who will play for the USA D-3 Soccer Team in four matches in Brazil against top U-22 club teams from May 29 to June 7.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan students serve as mentors at a Cadaver Academy for area high school students, who learn about human anatomy and explore their interest in medicine hands-on.
The Pantagraph
Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee spoke with student-athletes – and got a hug from long jumper Amelia Glueck '18 – at the 19th Women's Health Night at IWU's Shirk Center.
The Pantagraph
Members of Red Scarves, a band which includes students from Illinois Wesleyan University, performed at Rock the Block, a party presented by the United Way of McLean County to recognize volunteerism and raise funds.
WJBC Radio
Head women’s basketball coach Mia Smith has been selected to serve as an at-large representative on the national USA Basketball committee, to select coaches and athletes for various USA Basketball teams.
(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Recent "Jeopardy!" contestant Emma Florio '13 said her love of learning new things is probably what led to both her love for the game show and her choice of profession as a special collections library assistant.

(She placed second.)
The Pantagraph
"What started out as a senior seminar project became a blend of my passion for nature, people and faith in all of its forms,” said Nicole Chlebek '16, describing the new Multifaith Meditation Garden dedicated on April 25.
The Pantagraph
Beth Madigan, an office coordinator for Wesleyan's Hart Career Center, was named the top administrative professional by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. She was one of six finalists, who also included IWU Institutional Effectiveness Specialist Jenny Hand.

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In recent updates, John Robert Force ’88 is currently posted as a foreign service officer with the Department of State at the U.S. Consulate in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Scholar in Residence James E. House is the author of the third edition of Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics, which has just been released by Academic Press/Elsevier Science. It is House's 10th book in the areas of physical and inorganic chemistry.

  • Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr was invited to the workshop "Peruvian Amphibians on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Assessment Workshop" from April 17-21, 2017 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, financed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) Amphibian Specialist Group.

  • Emily Susin '13 was a panelist at the recent Annual Meeting of the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America. She served on a panel session entitled, "Mathematics in Business, Industry, and Government."  
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.


Chicago Cubs Game
June 3

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Join the Illinois Wesleyan Alumni Association for a pre-game gathering and the Cardinals @ Cubs game. TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. Please call our office if you would like to be put on a waitlist.


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, May 1

Through May 2  – Final examinations

Tuesday, May 2

See end of semester hours for Sodexo dining services

6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Monmouth College – Live streaming video at

Wednesday, May 3

12:30-3:30 p.m.  – Senior Service Day – The IWU Senior Class will partner with YouthBuild and the West Bloomington Revitalization Project’s (WBRP) Tool Library for their service day:

  • The Tool Library has bought a new building (just across the street) and needs volunteers to help with moving and reorganizing tools and supplies. Students will meet at 801 W. Washington Street.
  • YouthBuild has a major landscaping project at their apartments at Olive Street. Students will be planting flowers, spreading mulch, trimming bushes, etc.

5:30 p.m.,
Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Senior Dinner – The class of 2017 will gather for a celebration of their time at IWU. Senior Leadership Award recipients and nominees will be honored. Register here.

6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Central College

Thursday, May 4

9:30 p.m., Wehrenberg Theater, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington – The Fate of the Furious - Special Free Showing for Seniors – Seniors must pick up free tickets from the Dean of Student's Office Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so please only take a ticket if you plan to attend the show. Movie starts at 9:30 p.m.; transportation is available from the Hansen Student Center, beginning at 8:45 p.m.

Friday, May 5

5 p.m., President's House – Senior Donor Reception (Invitation Only) – Want to be invited? It isn't too late to donate to the Class Gift!


6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Wheaton College – Live streaming video at


8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Hypnotist Frederick Winters – Doors open at 7:30 p.m. as Winters returns to entertain as part of Senior Week events.

Saturday, May 6

8 p.m., Young Main Lounge and Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Senior Gala/Talent Night – This is an annual gathering in which students, friends, family, faculty and staff join together for a night of informal entertainment from the graduating class. A chocolate fountain, fruit, cheeses and crackers, spritzers and punch are available, and entertainment is presented in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sunday, May 7

Kathleen1 p.m., Eckley Quad (rain location: Shirk Center) – Commencement for the Class of 2017– Kathleen M. Murray, 1979 IWU alumna and president of Whitman College in Washington state, will give the keynote address as Illinois Wesleyan celebrates Commencement for the class of 2017 on May 7.


A decision will be made on Friday, May 5 by 9 a.m. regarding the venue of this year’s Commencement. If we relocate to the Shirk Center because of a severe weather forecast, the ceremony will take place in the Activity Center and there will be ample seating for all guests (no tickets required). 

Monday, May 8

Summer hours begin. Campus offices will close at 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 18.

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Welcome New Employee

Gina Mandros started April 24 as Director of Advancement Operations (the redefinition of an open position in the Advancement Office).

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