Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

April 21, 2014

Campus News


Jaeckle Named Professor of the Year
Illinois Wesleyan students have voted Associate Professor of Biology William Jaeckle the 2014 Professor of the Year. He will speak at Commencement on Sunday, May 4.


Evans '14 Tapped for Library of Congress Internship
Senior Nate Evans, who begins an internship with the Library of Congress in June, sparked his passion for archiving and preserving history while studying abroad in Morocco last spring.


Record Number of Nursing Majors Interning this Spring
Even in an academic program that boasts a 100 percent job placement record, nursing seniors at Illinois Wesleyan are engaging in more direct patient care through internships to stand out in a competitive job market.


Duffee '14 Named Technos Award Winner
Senior Jeremy Duffee has been awarded the Technos International Prize for his contributions to broadening international awareness and understanding.


Alternative Spring Breakers Lend Helping Hand
Volunteering Illinois Wesleyan students spent their spring breaks doing service projects at a Lakota Sioux tribe settlement in South Dakota, and in Albany, Ga., with Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge.


Conference Celebrates 25 Years
The John Wesley Powell Research Conference continues to showcase the value placed on undergraduate research and faculty-student collaborations at Illinois Wesleyan. See video highlights.


• The men's golf team won its third straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin men's golf title on April 19 at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Ill.

• Illinois Wesleyan's Kathy Niepagen, the 2000 Division III national women's golf "Coach of the Year," has announced that she will step down as IWU's coach at the end of the current season.

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Monday, April 21

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Course Cluster Planning Meeting – All faculty, staff and administrators interested in planning the theme for the 2014-15 course cluster are asked to attend this Non-Org. We will share ideas for how to connect to already-scheduled events and themes for the year. If you cannot make it to the meeting but are interested in joining the cluster or providing input, please contact Rebecca Gearhart at

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

• 5 p.m., Memorial Center – Concert: Brent & Co

8:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Tributaries Release Party – The Spring 2014 issue of Tributaries is here! Students are invited to come read any work they have published in the book, listen to the work of others, and take a book or two to enjoy.

Tuesday, April 22

Last day of classes

• 4 p.m., Softball Field – Softball vs. Millikin (doubleheader)

• 6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Illinois State. Alumni pre-game cookout at 5 p.m. Live video will be at

• 8:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – IWU Light Opera Presents an Evening of Scenes – Come see the brand new RSO IWU Light Opera Works' first show! It will include music theatre and light opera/operetta scenes and is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, April 23

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

• 9-10:30 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Forum on Budget and Enrollment Plans – All faculty and staff are invited to attend one of two open forums that will provide an update on budget and enrollment planning for the coming academic year. Also an afternoon forum at 3-4:30 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library  

• 11 p.m. – 2 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – PB & J Extravaganza – Students are invited to enjoy a study break with free coffee, cocoa, fresh fruit and make your own PB&J sammies!

Thursday, April 24

 Through Tuesday, April 29 – Final exams

• 11 p.m.- 2 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – PB & J Extravaganza

Friday, April 25

• 4 p.m., Practice Gym, Shirk Center – Cheerleading Tryouts – Any current or incoming student interested in joining the cheerleading team next school year should attend. Friday will be a workshop to learn the school song, tumble, and practice stunting at a collegiate level. Saturday will include try-outs at scheduled time slots in the morning/afternoon. Please contact if you have any questions!

• 7 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Park. Live video will be at

• 8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Touch of Class Spring Concert

Saturday, April 26

• 11:30 a.m., Martin Parking Lot – Martin Fun-eral – As IWU's favorite (and only) "off-campus" residence hall, Martin Hall is hosting the end-of-year Martin Fun-eral to honor the (temporary) passing of our beloved hall. Take a break from finals and join us as we say goodbye to this beautifully mysterious building. Enjoy BBQ (with vegetarian options), plenty of free food, live musical performances, fun outdoor games and maybe a eulogy.

This is the last semester Martin Hall will be open for residential life; if you haven't been inside and are curious, there will be an open house tour.

• 12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Park (doubleheader)

• 1 p.m., Softball Field – Softball vs. North Park (doubleheader). Live video will be at


• As Professor of Sociology Teddy Amoloza completed her third 3-year term as executive director of ASIANetwork, the organization recognized her leadership and achievements with the Van J. Symons Distinguished Service Award, and named a new program after her: The Teddy Amoloza Junior Faculty ASIANetwork Conference Travel Award.

• Irv Epstein, chair of the Educational Studies Department and director of the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, participated in the first annual meeting of the Scholars at Risk Academic Freedom Monitoring Project and the 2014 SAR Network Global Congress in Amsterdam, from April 7-11.

In addition to meeting with Academic Freedom Monitors and chairing a workshop on Protecting Scholars at Risk, he helped to present the 2014 SAR Courage to Think Award to Dean Habib Kazdaghli of Manouba University in Tunisia.

A report of congress activities appeared in the April 15 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education,"Academic Values Often Give Way as Universities Expand Overseas Programs."

• Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He has accepted an invitation to deliver a talk in a mini symposium of the 19th International Linear Algebra Society Conference, which is also a satellite conference of the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2014), the largest world-wide math conference, held every four years.

In addition, another talk on analysis has been accepted by the ICM 2014. Both conferences will be held in Seoul, Korea, in August 2014.

• Professor and Chair of Computer Science Joerg Tiede has been elected to the national council of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

• The composition Dark Energy by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo received its premiere performance on April 13 at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, Conn. The performers were contrabassoonist Steven Braunstein of the San Francisco Symphony and the Hartt Bass Band conducted by Robert Black, who is best known as the bassist of the prominent new music ensemble, the Bang On A Can All Stars.

Also, on April 2, the Concordance Ensemble premiered Vayo's Swarm Wind Speak for oboe, trumpet, violin and piano during the Red Note Music Festival at Illinois State University.

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

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Titans In The News

Library Journal
My Favorite Tyrants
, by Assistant Professor of English Joanne Diaz, is among "Thirty Amazing Poetry Titles for Spring 2014."

Northwest Herald

Dan Vosnos '01 has been named athletic director for Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Broadway World
Ryan Simpson '10 is making his Theater at Monmouth (Maine) directing debut with My Father's Dragon.

Chicago Tribune
Mary J. McNichols '78, a lawyer and music studio owner who died April 6, was remembered as a "creative soul." (Free subscription required.)

The Pantagraph
Jeff Mavros '98 has been named Illinois State University's director of admissions.

Estes Park (Colo.) Trail-Gazette
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Robyn Zehr '04 will join the Estes Park Medical Group.

WTTW Chicago Tonight
Brett Myers '03 directs State Farm's Next Door Program, which offers space for a community hub and financial coaching.

The Millennial
David Petreman '70 is profiled in his journey to becoming "professor, poet, author and guru of Latin American culture."

> More Titans in the News

Hart Career Center

After completing the career center assessment from OUT for Work, the Hart Career Center's certification has advanced from Bronze to Silver Level. This recognizes that our Career Center staff have completed LGBTQ-specific training (Safe-Zone); reach out to our campus LGBTQ community; offer LGBTQ specific resources to our students, either via programs, literature or web resources; and actively support our Pride students' efforts, help them identify mentors, etc. 

After two years of Bronze Level certification, we're thrilled to have reached new heights! This certification gives the IWU community access to OUT for Work's online resources that include the LGBTQ Career Resource Library and the Internship & Job Board. This can be accessed through the Career Center website.


Think Green

Tap into WaterAid

Monday-Tuesday, April 21-22

Memorial Center Dugout and Lobby, State Farm Hall

Wednesday, April 23
The Ames Library

Students from Health 280: Perspectives in International Health are raising money and awareness to bring safe water and sanitation to millions of people in need through the organization WaterAid.

To donate and learn more about WaterAid, visit their tables in the Dugout from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or the State Farm Hall Lobby from 1-3 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday, April 21-22, or at The Ames Library from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
4,174 alumni donors
19% participation
as of April 14, 2014
Remaining to Reach Goal:
811 more alumni donors

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