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Campus Summer

July 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Published monthly during the summer

Campus News
LaurenceFreeman Asia Interns Share Experiences in Blogs, Images
"I know that I am in the midst of a life-changing experience," senior Laurence Henderson wrote after his first days in the Philippines, as one of 34 Illinois Wesleyan students interning throughout Asia and blogging about their experiences.
AmeliaStudent Athletes Bring IWU's Academic All-Americans Tally to 125
With the selections last month of Meg Stanley, Eric Rydell and Amelia Glueck to Academic All-American teams, Illinois Wesleyan has reached 125 student-athletes achieving this honor since the program began – in the top 25 among U.S. colleges and universities across all NCAA divisions.
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Titan Athletics

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Top Reasons You Need Titan Socks

  1. So everyone knows you’re a proud alum

  2. To start conversations with prospective students about IWU

  3. To provide current and future students with the opportunities and experiences you had

Show your love for IWU and make a minimum gift of $25 today. When you make your gift before July 31 you will receive an exclusive pair of Titan socks. Be sure to share a photo with us using #TitanSocks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune

Teacher and coach John Camardella '03 helped draft guidelines, published by the National Council for the Social Studies, for teaching about world religions as part of the social studies curriculum.
Publishers Weekly

Todd Stocke '93, vice president and editorial director of Sourcebooks, discussed the success of their Jabberwocky imprint, through which Sourcebooks became the 16th largest children’s publisher in the U.S.

Chicago Tribune

Incoming student Carolay Alvarado won the AAUW Elmhurst Area Branch 2017 Dare to Dream: Get Educated! Scholarship.

Crystal Lake Patch
Ken Hommowun '09 was named the new assistant principal at North Elementary School in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times

Kate Tombaugh '07 chose her native Streator as the site to launch a new music festival.

The Pantagraph
A "Sea Gal" for the Seattle Seahawks who also works for a division of Blue Shield, Jessica Scharf '13 gave tribute to the influence of an internship manager while she was enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan.

WGLT Radio

Illinois Wesleyan's Given Harper serves on a nocturnal observation team, making an official count of area owl populations.
Chicago Tribune

(From the Community)
Brittany Childs '12 received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2016, and has joined the West Suburban Veterinary Associates as an associate veterinarian.

Business Wire
School of Nursing alumna Cheryl Reinking '87, who is Chief Nursing Officer of El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif., discussed the family-centered approach to care that led to the hospital's designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital.

The Pantagraph

Hud Venerable '77 was named the new athletic director at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington.
Black Mountain (N.C.) News

Performing as part of July 4th festivities, the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band is under the musical direction of David Wilken '92, an instructor of music at Western Carolina University and music director and lead trombonist of the Asheville Jazz Orchestra.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Dan and Gay Crede, class of 1979 alumni who met at Illinois Wesleyan, were featured among clergy couples with husbands and wives serving as faith leaders of different congregations.

The Pantagraph

On Father's Day and beyond, Hal Graff '69 honors his father, the late Dean Graff '44, whose footsteps he followed to Illinois Wesleyan and onto the baseball field.

WJBC Radio


Craig Hart, the former president of Illinois Wesleyan's Board of Trustees for whom the Hart Career Center was named, was among local "history makers" honored by the McLean County Museum of History.

(Terre Haute, Ind.) Tribune Star
English alumnus Richard House '94 has been named head of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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In recent updates, Sylvie (Khajuria) Williams ’01 earned her master's degree at University of Michigan and currently works as an IT Specialist in the Social Security Administration.

Class Newsletters
  • Scholar in Residence James E. House published:
    • "Thermodynamics of Dissolution with Applications to Urea in Solvents Composed of Water and 2-Propanol" in The Chemical Educator, 2017, 22, 108-111.
    • with Rebekah M. Nulty '19, "Thermodynamics of Dissolution of Ferrocene in Commercial Mixed Solvents Containing Water and 2-Propanol" in Polyhedron, 2017, 134, 173-176.

  • Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr was selected as Research Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the 2017-18 academic year. His duties will be to spread the word about research and study in Germany, and to foster among colleagues and students a deeper understanding of the country, its people, and the academic opportunities it offers.

  • IWU Admissions Counselor Melissa Ramirez ’14 wrote a blog post for the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling on the Motivate Me! conference that promotes college awareness and preparation.

  • BN Advantage, a community initiative promoting Bloomington-Normal, produced a video with highlights including the Small Business Development Center now hosted at Illinois Wesleyan, and the local bike share program, whose organizers included Wesleyan's Senior Web Developer Michael Gorman '10.

    Also chair of Illinois Wesleyan's Bike Committee, Gorman wrote a guest commentary for The Pantagraph, arguing that communities should think beyond cars as the only viable transportation choice.

  • D. Paul Miller, a professor at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1960 to 1982, captured four gold medals and set a record in his 100-104 age group at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala., in June.

    Miller's competition with another centenarian in the discus throw made ESPN's 'Top 10' list. Also see The Pantagraph report.
Alumni Events

Southern California Connection

July 16

Mark your calendars for our Southern California Connection! Join us at Perch Restaurant, 16th Floor Rooftop. 


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.


Family Night at Fairview Aquatic Center

July 27
8:30-10:30 p.m.

Join faculty, staff, and fellow alumni for Family Night at Fairview Aquatic Center on Thursday, July 27! All IWU families will have exclusive access to the facilities.


Titan Athletics Golf Outing

July 31

12 p.m.
Join us for the 26th Annual Titan Athletics Golf Outing at El Paso Golf Club.


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. The Network is celebrating 25 years – join us!


McLean County Connection

Aug. 10

6-8 p.m.
Mark your calendars for our McLean County Connection! Join us at BraiZe and welcome new alumni from the Class of 2017!


See Summer Hours for
The Ames Library, Shirk Center, Fort Natatorium, and Sodexo dining locations

Sunday, July 9 through Saturday, July 29

Illinois Chamber Music Festival – all concerts are in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall and are free and open to the public:

Sunday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. – (opening night) Faculty and Guest Artist Performance

Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. – Faculty and Guest Artist Performance

Sunday, July 16, 3 p.m. – Student Concert

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. – Faculty and Guest Artist Performance

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. – Student Concert

Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. – Student Concert

Saturday, July 22, 3 p.m. – Children’s Concert

Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m. – Faculty and Guest Artist Performance

Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 p.m. – Student Concert

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. – Faculty/Student Joint Concert

Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. – Student Concert

Saturday, July 29, 3 p.m. – Final Faculty/Student Joint Concert

Monday, July 17

IWU Wellness Golf Tournament, El Paso Golf Club, 2860 County Road 600 N., El Paso – IWU faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, students, spouses, family & friends are welcome; must pre-register by July 10. All proceeds from this tournament go to support the Wellness Scholarship Fund.

Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21

Language School for Kids Summer 2017 Camp – 1-4 p.m. daily, Buck Memorial Library

Fridays, July 21 and Aug. 4

Summer Preview Days – 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. (Last tour goes out at 2 p.m.) – Prospective students and families have the opportunity to learn what makes IWU distinctive, see our beautiful campus, and chat with representatives from various campus departments in an informal setting.

Monday, July 24

ARC Fellows & Interns Capstone Presentations – 1 p.m., West Bloomington Revitalization Project/Tool Library, 801 W. Washington St., Bloomington – IWU's Action Research Center will host a wrap-up event at the new WBRP Building, showcasing the work of summer interns and fellows.

Monday, July 31

Titan Athletics Golf Outing, El Paso Golf Club, 2860 County Road 600 N., El Paso – All proceeds support Illinois Wesleyan athletic teams.

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