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Campus Weekly

Sept. 18, 2017

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HomecomingHomecoming to Celebrate Titans Around the World

Illinois Wesleyan will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 13-15, with a theme honoring alumni living and working abroad, international studies majors, study abroad experiences, and Titans' impact internationally.

DancingSchool of Theatre Arts to Present Haunting Masterpiece, Dancing at Lughnasa
Brian Friel's haunting Dancing at Lughnasa will open the theatre season with performances Oct. 3-8 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre at McPherson Hall.

JelaniConvocation Highlight: Embrace Diversity

"What we are actually doing is studying and preparing ourselves for the better upholding of democracy," speaker Jelani Cobb says in this video clip of the Sept. 6 President's Convocation. Interacting with those who are different is the basis of community, of education, of democracy, "and that is the basis by which we can survive as a civilization," he concludes.

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  • The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team toppled Calvin College, the No. 1 ranked team in Division III and defending national champion, at the Elmhurst Invitational on Friday, Sept. 15. After four straight wins, the Titans are 6-4.

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U.S. News & World Report

Illinois Wesleyan was ranked 71st among national liberal arts colleges in the annual Best Colleges rankings, based in part on selectivity, student retention and graduation rates. See coverage in The Pantagraph.
The Pantagraph

While enrollment has decreased at Illinois Wesleyan as at many universities, President Eric Jensen is pleased at the increase in diversity in IWU's incoming class.

WGLT Radio

Wesleyan's Sarah Lindenbaum had a "pinch-me moment" and was brought on stage for a dance and hug with Paul McCartney during a concert in New Jersey.

The Pantagraph

Reporter Randy Sharer '81 has published a book, “Virgin Territory: The Story of Craig Virgin, America’s Renaissance Runner.”




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  • Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He has published the following journal publications:
    • "Fuss–Catalan matrices, their weighted sums, and stabilizer subgroups of the Riordan group'' (With Louis W. Shapiro), Linear Algebra and its Applications, 532 (2017), 25-42.
    • "An approach to the construction of linear divisibility sequences of high orders'' (With Peter J.-S. Shiue), Journal of Integer Sequences, 20 (2017), Artical 17. 9. 3. 
    He also gave four invited talks at two conferences and two universities:
    • Double Riordan Arrays and Their Compressions, Fourth International Symposium, on Riordan Arrays and Related Topics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Madrid, July 17-20.
    • Riordan Arrays and Double Riordan Arrays, International Conference on Combinatorics, Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, May 19-22.
    • FussCatalan Matrices and Stabilizer Subgroups of the Riordan Group, Departmental of Mathematics, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, May 24.
    • A Unified Approach to Generalized Stirling Numbers and Generalized Stirling Functions, Department of Mathematical Sciences, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, May 15.

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Courtney Irby published the article, "Bifurcated Conversations in Sociological Studies of Religion and Gender," in Gender & Society Vol 31, Issue 5, 2017.

  • Emeritus R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature Robert Bray will speak as part of the 2017 Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. There will be a live webcast of the event.
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