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Campus Weekly

May 22, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
InternsFreeman Asia Interns Set for Work Abroad
A record 34 Illinois Wesleyan students will intern at 14 sites in Asia, supported by a Freeman Foundation grant covering airfare, housing, a living allowance, and all internship placement and visa costs.
BrookeBiology Major Awarded Prestigious Research Fellowship
Brooke Koebele '19 has been awarded an undergraduate research fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology, with a stipend for full-time research mentored by an IWU faculty member, plus funds to travel and present her research next summer.
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Titan Athletics

  • Tommy For the second straight year, the Illinois Wesleyan softball team is headed to the NCAA Division III Softball Finals after winning in the Super-Regional in Lexington, Ky., on May 20.

  • Six women, including two national champions from last season, qualified to represent Illinois Wesleyan at the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held May 25-27 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
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Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune

IC Catholic Prep in Elmhurst named Nikki Kanzia '01 as Assistant Principal, Director of Admissions and Student Life.
The Pantagraph

The Titan football team is preparing to face Waseda University in the Global Bowl Tokyo 2017 on June 4 at Amino Field in Chofu, Japan. This is the sixth foreign trip for the team since 1996; its first in Asia.

Bloomington Public Library (BPL) Podcast
University Librarian Karen Schmidt and Action Research Center Director Deborah Halperin discussed the West Bloomington Revitalization Project.
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In recent updates, Kyle Venvertloh ’04 joined Quincy Recycling as general manager of the Quincy industrial recycling facility. He is responsible for the management of all functional and operational areas, including sales, customer service, and business development.

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  • Eric Gardner '89 won the 2017 Research Society for American Periodicals Book Prize for Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture. The prize is awarded to the best monographs on American periodicals published by an academic press in 2015 or 2016. The award will be formally presented at the American Literature Association Annual Conference this month. 

  • Lauren Pietruszka '09 is the new Director of Academic and Social Supports for the Golden Apple Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to inspire, develop and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois. As a 2005 Golden Apple Scholar, Pietruszka pursued secondary English education at IWU, obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching at National Louis University in 2010, and taught literacy and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) courses for six years in Chicago Public Schools. In her new role, she is responsible for supporting 600-plus undergraduate Golden Apple Scholars throughout the state as they earn their baccalaureate degrees and become teachers in Illinois schools-of-need.
Alumni Events

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.


Pride Alumni Community Chicago Connection

June 10

6:30-8 p.m.

Join the Pride Alumni Community and friends at their Chicago Connection social, hosted at La Ciudad restaurant.


Southern California Connection

July 16

Save the date for our Southern California Alumni Connection in Los Angeles. More details to come.


Seattle Connection

July 23

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Illinois Wesleyan is coming to Seattle! Save the date for our Seattle Alumni Connection at The Center for Wooden Boats. More details coming soon!


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!


See May Term Hours: The Ames Library, Shirk Center, Fort Natatorium, and Sodexo dining locations

Monday, May 22

(Also Tuesday, May 23) 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  – Workshop on Validity, Equity & Diversity in Hiring – At the invitation of the IWU Mellon Center and funded by the Mellon Grant, Anne Gillies, the Search Advocate Program Director at Oregon State University, will offer a two-day Search Advocate workshop for faculty and staff. For those who can't attend, Gillies will provide a one-hour overview at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 22, in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library.

At Oregon State, a Search Advocate is a trained faculty or staff volunteer who is invited to join a search committee to enhance the validity, equity, and diversity focus of the search. The Oregon State Search Advocate Program recognizes the impact that cognitive and structural biases can have on a search and aims to counter those biases at each step in the hiring process – from developing the position description to welcoming and integrating new colleagues into the community. Strategies, including raising awareness of unconscious bias, making all screening criteria explicit, active telephone recruiting, better questioning of assumptions, and "screening in" rather than "screening out," can improve both the diversity of the applicant pool and the overall fit of applicants to a position. Moreover, the awareness of cognitive and structural biases raised by the Search Advocate training and the strategies for equity and inclusion presented in the training are applicable to academic life more broadly, not just to searches.

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day (NO CLASSES)

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