Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

March 17, 2014

Campus News


Junior Selected for Google Internship
Computer science major Alan Russian '15 has earned a sought-after spot as a Google Inc. intern for the summer of 2014.


Students, Faculty to be Google Glass Explorers
Illinois Wesleyan is one of the first universities in the state to be accepted into Google's Glass Explorer program, a test program developing its latest innovation in wearable technology.

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Accounting Internship Program Reaches Milestone
The University's popular full-time spring internship program in accounting has passed a milestone of 175 student participants since its inception in 2006.


State Farm's Passion For Education Celebrated
State Farm and Wesleyan honored this year's 100 State Farm Scholars, bringing the total to nearly 225 students awarded scholarships from the State Farm Companies Foundation.


Physicists Elect Spalding as Fellow
The American Physical Society has elected Wesleyan's Gabe Spalding to Fellowship in the Society, recognizing his contributions to undergraduate laboratory education.


Four Years Later: The Affordable Care Act
Wesleyan's Greg Shaw, author of The Health Care Debate, gives his thoughts about how partisan agendas and consumer-focused attitudes toward health care continue to get in the way of needed reform.


Titans Make NCAA Final Four
The men's basketball team defeated Dickinson to advance to the NCAA Division III Championship Final Four, and will face Wisconsin-Whitewater in Salem, Va. on Friday, March 21. See ticket information.


• Titan athletic teams traveled to warmer climes for competitions during Spring Break — see results for men's and women's tennis, baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, and men's and women's golf.

• Senior Lexi Baltes was named one of 10 women finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, awarded to an outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.

> Find more highlights at


Tuesday, March 18

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: God Grew Tired of Us and Q & A with Lost Boys of Sudan – Two Lost Boys of Sudan, Peter Magai Bul and Maketh Bul Mabior, will answer questions follow a screening of the film. Earlier in the day, the two will speak on "Pitfalls & Promises in the New South Sudan" in the Introduction to International Studies class at 2:35 p.m. in Buck 108.

• 8 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church (502 E. Front St., Bloomington, Ill.) – Collegiate Choir Tour Home Concert

Wednesday, March 19

Through Friday, March 28 – Academic Advising for Fall 2014

• 12 p.m., E101 CNS – Academic Skills Series: Improve Your Writing – Students are invited to a series of programs to develop or strengthen academic skills. Free Papa John's pizza will be provided for lunch.

• 4:30 p.m., Room 201, State Farm Hall – Writing Workshop with Poet Austin Smith '03 – Smith's recently published book, Almanac: Poems, was selected by English honor society Sigma Tau Delta for its annual book club.

Thursday, March 20

• 4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA

• 4:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Reading and Q&A with Poet Austin Smith '03

• 6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Here at IWU – Students are welcome to come and talk about all sorts of issues of diversity. You can share personal stories, connect with others, and contribute to helping solve issues of discrimination on campus. This is a safe space to have progressive conversations about important topics that usually aren't so easy to talk about.

• 7 p.m., C101, CNS – Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesIt Happened in Broad Daylight, (1958, West Germany, directed by Ladislao Vadja), will be presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis.

• 7 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Lucas Fletcher, Organ

• 8:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – IWU Light Opera Works Presents An Evening of Scenes – The student-run Light Opera Works will present its debut performance of scenes from opera, operetta and music theatre shows, including Cinderella, For Better or Worse, Chicago, Title of Show, The Count of Luxembourg and Spring Awakening.

Friday, March 21

Through Saturday
Titan Weekend – Admissions will host prospective students to experience life as an Illinois Wesleyan student.

8:50 a.m.,
First Floor, The Ames Library – Virgilpalooza! – Greek and Roman Studies will celebrate World Poetry Day by hosting an epic reading of Virgil's Aeneid. For more information or to sign up for a 15-minute reading time slot, visit

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Natalie Hoijer, Flute and Brandon Moore, Tuba

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian Calise Hawkins

Saturday, March 22

• 10 a.m., Hansen Student Center – Scholars Day – Students who are admitted to Illinois Wesleyan and their parents or guardians are invited to hear from alumni, faculty and current students about the University's distinctive characteristics.

• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: John Cossio, Baritone

• 5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Abby Lyons, Oboe

• 7:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Senior Recital: Kylin Wagner, Soprano

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian Sammy Obeid

Sunday, March 23

• 5 p.m., Hansen Student Center  – I-Society's Annual I-Carnival Festival of Talent – Dinner at 5 p.m., performances at 5:30. This signature event showcasing international student talent is free and open to the IWU campus community.

• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting

> Find IWU events on the Campus Calendar. Don't see your event? Submit the information online.

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Thursday, March 20

• Employer First Midwest Bank will be on campus for interviews.

Friday, March 21

• Employers American Marketing & Publishing and L2T Media will be on campus for interviews.



Hansen Student Center a Polling Place Tomorrow

Tuesday, March 18 is the General Primary Election for the City of Bloomington. Once again the Hansen Student Center will be a polling place. About 50 spaces will be set aside in the Hansen Student Center parking lot for voters.

As an alternative place to park, spaces should be available in the lots at the Welcome Center, Evelyn Chapel and behind Theta Chi, which is off of Horenberger Drive.

We make Hansen Student Center available as a polling place not only for the community, but also for our students, faculty and staff who are registered to vote in Bloomington. If you live in precincts 1, 4 or 41, the Hansen Student Center will be your polling place.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations, at

Nominations for Civic Engagement Awards

Student Senate is accepting nominations for individuals and groups who have shown an outstanding commitment to civic engagement, to be recognized at the upcoming Civic Engagement Banquet.

Nominations are invited in the categories of IWU Faculty or Staff Member, RSO, Athletic Team, Greek Organization, Community Partner, and First-Year Student. Nominations are due Thursday, March 20 by 5 p.m. 

Submit a nomination

If anyone has questions, contact Civic Engagement Commissioner Sam LaLonde at


Thomas B. Sobyra '14 and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry James E. House published "An Experiment Utilizing Corrosion of Aluminum to Illustrate a Contracting Volume Rate Law" in The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 45-49. 

Stephanie Davis-Kahl, scholarly communications librarian and associate professor, is the recipient of the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award.

She also is among "Movers and Shakers" featured in the Library Journal.

• Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr was invited to a workshop in Quito, Ecuador, to assess the conservation status of Andean reptiles from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia: "Red List Workshop for Reptiles of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia," February 23-28, Universidad San Francisco Quito, Ecuador, financed by National Science Foundation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) and NatureServe.

Participants surveyed 300 Andean lizard and snake species, summarized knowledge, actualized distribution maps, identified threats, and assessed the conservation status following the red list categories and criteria of IUCN.

• University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor Meg Miner and collaborators will give a workshop, "From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation Tools and Strategies," at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting 2014 in Kansas City, Mo., April 24-26.

• Chair and Associate Professor of Religion Kevin Sullivan published "The Watchers Traditions in 1 Enoch 6-16: The Fall of the Angels and the Rise of Demons," pages 91-103 in The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions. Edited by Angela Kim Harkins, Kelley Coblentz Bautch and John C. Endres.  (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014).

• Information Technology Services Coordinator Lisa Caughron is attending and participating in Educause Connect ChicagoMarch 17-19. She serves on the Program Committee and CareerCounselors14 Committee. She also served as a proposal reviewer and will facilitate two roundtables entitled Appreciating the Context of IT (Within your Institution), and Leading Change from Where You Are.

• Senior Web Developer Michael Gorman '10 attended the OmniUpdate User Training Conference, March 10-13. He lead two sessions, "One Programmer and a Full Site Redesign," and a taped session, "Benefits of XSL," for use on the OmniUpdate corporate website.

• In addition to her upcoming performance in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Final Auditions at the Lincoln Center in New York City on March 23, soprano Natalie Cummings '10 was selected to participate in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on March 15.

• The Rev. Robb McCoy '99, associate minister of Riverside United Methodist Church in Moline, is celebrating a year of recording the Pulpit Fiction podcast, "like sitting in the backseat as two pastors talk about Le Royale with Cheese."

Bonnie Tria-Roy '85 is the new Director of Outside Sales for Carts of Chicago Catering, Inc., responsible for all outside sales for the company in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

> Find faculty publications and research and creative activity on the University website or Digital Commons @ IWU.

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Titans In The News

(Moline) Dispatch/Argus
Professor Emeritus Paul Bushnell will give the Created Equal and Changing America keynote address, discussing his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Chicago Parent
Aimee Chamernik '91 has found a way to maintain an upbeat attitude as a mother battling ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Pantagraph
Rhys Lovell '87 starred in "Old Hoss," written and directed by Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts Jared Brown.

WGLT Radio
Guest speaker Sebastiaan Faber described the continuing relevance of the Spanish Civil War on the March 3 "Sound Ideas" broadcast (second of three segments).

Chicago Tribune
The Love Notes column featured 2008 graduates Tyler Miller and Christa Garza, who met before they attended Wesleyan together.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Bicycle Brainstorming Workshop

Do you ever wish it were easier to bike to Eastland Mall, downtown Bloomington, or anywhere else in the local community? The City of Bloomington is developing a master plan for bicycle accommodations and they want input from the IWU community!

In addition to the online feedback system, there will be a brainstorming workshop on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Bloomington Police Department. Participants will be given maps to mark roads where they want to see bike lanes, Constitution Trail extensions, additional bike racks, and anything else they can think of.

Lobby Day for Environmental Issues

Thursday, April 3

Ellen Cornelius, a senior Environmental Studies major, is currently interning with the Illinois Environmental Council and is helping to organize a lobby day, including transportation for community volunteers. More information.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo: Creating Healthy Communities

Saturday, April 12
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shirk Center

Highlights Include:

• A diversity of exhibitors focused on personal health and the environment

• Mega Recycling Event
9 a.m.-1 p.m. – electronics, CFL's, batteries, plastic garden pots, textiles, shoes, and confidential paper shredding

• Great kids' activities

• Cooking classes with Epiphany Farms chefs (Station 220 and Anju Above)

• Live music & Renewable Fashion Challenge

• Free bike tune-up & valet bike parking

• Electric cars & solar energy

• Lunch with Two Blokes & a Bus

Everyone is welcome — admission is free.

For more information, visit


In Sympathy

Carole Brandt
, former professor of drama and director of the School of Theatre Arts, died on March 5. Read an obituary.

Professor Emeritus Jim McGowan died on March 7. He was a member of the IWU English department from 1969-2000 before retiring. Read an obituary or hear a remembrance on WGLT


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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
2,597 alumni donors
12% participation
This Time Last Year:
2,563 alumni donors
as of Feb. 24, 2014

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