|January 2013 |
Happy New Year!
We are excited for students to return to campus and are looking forward to a great 2013 at Illinois Wesleyan. I hope you had a restful break as families.
I want to update you on a few things happening this spring:
- Social Justice Initiatives: Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration activities are scheduled for January 19-27. I hope you will encourage your student to attend the teach-in about social justice issues in Illinois, the gospel festival and other activities. We will continue to keep conversations about social justice at the forefront of our commitments for 2013. Founders' Day Convocation in February will provide another opportunity to learn from Professor Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College about the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. We hope you'll remind your student to make social justice a priority for his/her learning this semester!
- Sustainability Initiatives: We have new hydration stations in Presser and CNS, thanks to the Sierra Student Coalition and Student Senate.
- Summer Opportunities: Throughout the spring semester, students will be made aware of announcements and reminders about special summer opportunities, including the Summer Enrichment Program (deadline Jan. 25) the Eckley Scholars Program, ARC opportunities and summer internships. Please encourage your student to look for these outstanding summer experiences!
- Strategic Planning: Any time we think about mission-related programs, we are called to review our IWU Strategic Plan, which helps prioritize initiatives. This spring, representatives from Student Senate will help the university's Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee as we consider new initiatives and priorities for the next five years.
- Flu Season: The Arnold Health Center and the McLean County Health Department report that we are expecting a heavy flu season. Normal health precautions are the best strategy for avoiding the flu – wash hands regularly, cover your mouth when you cough, get plenty of rest, and stay home if you have a fever, cough, and aches. Students' personal health choices affect the spread of illness so please encourage your student to stay healthy (or stay home if flu symptoms exist). Masks are available at the residence hall desks and the Arnold Health Center if your student would like to take additional precautions.
- Ames Library: The Ames Library will get better wireless coverage this spring – thanks, Information Technology Services!
The Gates at Wesleyan: Thanks to ORL for a fun roof truss signing at the end of the fall semester. The Gates is progressing on schedule with roofs in place. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a mild winter and steady progress.
|Kent Larson '14 was among the first residents of The Gates at Wesleyan who signed their names to the final roof truss. |
- Seniors: This semester will bring many "lasts" for our seniors, but I hope they will remember that they've made a lasting impression on our campus. We're also excited that they will be the first class to experience commencement in the new Commencement Plaza (weather permitting). One of the things I often remind seniors is that it's sometimes easier to leave mad than sad. If you see your student expressing lots of frustration, it may be a natural (although painful) part of the separation process from a place they've loved. Please encourage them to recognize the things they've loved about Wesleyan and to celebrate the friendships that they've had. It's much better for them to embrace the things they've loved rather than reject them.
Karla C. Carney-Hall, PhD
Dean of Students
The Parent Fund
The Parent Association Grant (also known as the Parent Fund) has been in existence for over 50 years. The Parent Fund is need-based grant assistance that supports students whose bread-winning parent dies or suffers permanent disability. It is intended to keep an IWU education accessible to students who would otherwise be forced to leave for financial reasons.
During an Illinois Wesleyan football game on November 11, 1960, Charles W. Merritt, a father of one of the players in the game, learned that the father of one of the other players had died suddenly not long before. In an act of generosity and compassion, Charles passed a paper bag around the stadium to collect money to help the family with college costs. So began the IWU Parent Fund.
Since its humble beginnings, the Parent Fund has supported over 300 young people with much-needed financial assistance due to the loss of a parent.
Right now there are four students on campus who rely on the Parent Fund for financial assistance.
If you're interested in supporting the Parent Fund, you can access additional information at www.iwu.edu/parentfund/
It's that time of year again to remind you to please complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.
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