Campus Weekly

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May 5, 2014

Campus News


Illinois Wesleyan Celebrates Class of 2014
As Illinois Wesleyan celebrated Commencement on May 4, speaker Deanna Jent '84 told graduates to "Boldly write your story, but when another story starts to write you, surrender to that new narrative."


New Endowed Professors Invested at Commencement
Four Illinois Wesleyan faculty members were invested as new endowed professors at Commencement: David Bollivar, Vickie Folse, Rob Kearney and Gabe Spalding.


Congratulations, Grads!
Class of 2014 graduates and their loved ones shared their excitement and well wishes on social media at #IWU2014. Also see a Commencement Photo Gallery.


Branson, O'Brien Receive Phi Beta Kappa Awards
Rachel Branson '14 and Joseph O'Brien '14 have received Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Awards for research that bridges academic disciplines.


ASIANetwork Honors Amoloza
Illinois Wesleyan's Teddy O. Amoloza has received a distinguished service award from ASIANetwork, a consortium of liberal arts institutions, for her three-term leadership as executive director.


Dougan Award's Sponsor Named Recipient
Wesleyan's Hans-Joerg Tiede, who first proposed the James D. Dougan Award for Contributions to Faculty Governance at Illinois Wesleyan, is this year's recipient of that honor.


• Senior Sara Daley has been elected to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Division III softball team and will be on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America Team, where All-America honorees will be elected later this month.

• The Illinois Wesleyan softball team claimed the championship of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament and earned the league's automatic berth into the NCAA postseason tournament.

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See facility hours for May Term Break

Monday, May 5

• 6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Concordia. Live video will be at

Wednesday, May 7

First day of May Term classes

• 12 p.m., Eckley Quad  – Learn to Play Balinese Gamelan Music – Part of the May Term Music Series. See the May Term Co-Curricular Calendar.

Thursday, May 8

• 4 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art  – Artist's Talk and Opening Reception for Art Exhibitions

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: "Repentance" – Part of the May Term Film Series.

Friday, May 9

Showtime TBA, Starplex Theater – Movie Night: "Neighbors" – Part of the May Term Recreational Series.

• 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. IWU Peace Garden Volunteering – Part of the May Term Community Series. Contact Amanda King at or Katarina Waszak at for information about volunteering.

May Term Volunteer Opportunity – Saturday, May 10

Students, staff and faculty are invited to spend the morning at the IWU/ISU Habitat for Humanity house. We will be doing inside work as the house nears completion. Volunteers should meet in front of Gulick Hall at 7:45 a.m. to walk over to the house at 1205 N. Mason together. Our shift will end at noon.

Volunteers need to sign up online or email Elyse Nelson Winger at by May 8.


• Associate Professor and Scholarly Communications Librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl has been invited to address the annual symposium of the Greater New York Metropolitan branch of the Association of College and Research Libraries, on the topic of "The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future," in December 2014.

In issuing the invitation, symposium leaders noted they selected Stephanie as a leader and visionary, pointing to her work in raising awareness of open access literacy, the highly successful IWU initiatives related to open access publication of student work in our Digital Commons, and her experience co-facilitating open access/scholarly communication workshops for faculty.

•  Professor and Chair of Physics Linda French and physics major Jennifer Sieben '17 are observing Jovian Trojan asteroids at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile.

• Assistant Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen was a "Celebrity Bartender" at the Kangaroo Brunch at downtown Bloomington's Reality Bites. The event raised funds for the Children's Hospital of Illinois' Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where Lessen launched her research career. The unit will purchase special chairs designed for kangaroo care, which involves putting a hospitalized preterm infant skin to skin with the mother or father for several consecutive hours to improve thermoregulation (temperature stability), oxygenation, and improve growth. 

• The American Physical Society's flagship journal Physical Review Letters featured research co-authored by Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding, under "News & Commentary," in a summary written by theorist Karen Volke-Sepúlveda, who is not affiliated with their work. (Their work also was featured in Popular Mechanics.)

• Biology Laboratory Coordinator Nisa Blackmon and 16 other contemporary metalsmiths and jewelers were invited to participate in "SMITTEN," a week-long forum held at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., last January. A catalog of the experiences and works created as a result of this retreat will be published this spring, entitled "SMITTEN Forum 2014:  A Creative Gathering of Makers."

Blackmon also was invited to teach two two-day art workshops this spring. Her topic was how to use tab-construction and folding (like old tin-toys) to create three-dimensional metal forms that do not require solder. The workshops were taught to enameling students at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas, in February and to pre-conference workshop participants at the annual conference of the Enamel Guild North East (EGNE) in White Plains, N.Y., in March.

Blackmon also gave presentations about her artwork to the Houston Metal Arts Guild and to EGNE conference attendees in White Plains. Both invitations came as a result of a similar workshop and presentations that Blackmon gave last summer for The Enamelist Society (the professional society for North American enamelists) at their International Biennial Conference in Covington, Ky.

• Singer Mary Carrick '93 will release her debut album, Let's Fly, on Tuesday, May 13.

• Andrew Junk '08 and Shannon Moffitt '10 are graduating from the Second City Conservatory in Chicago, a 13-month process that involved two auditions. They will perform in a final graduate show on Mondays beginning tonight, May 5, through June 16.

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

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Titans In The News

Popular Mechanics
Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding explains the sonic tractor beam that he and fellow scientists have created.

Peoria Journal-Star
IWU nursing students are researching the effects of disaster on women's reproductive health needs. Also in the Canton Daily Ledger.

The Pantagraph
Jennifer Veitengruber, John Laughlin and Jacklyn Morris have attended school together since kindergarten, and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan together on Sunday.

WJBC Radio
Seniors at Illinois Wesleyan took some time before graduating to give back to the Twin Cities.

The Pantagraph
Warren Kistner, director of Wesleyan's Hart Career Center, says the job market is improving for graduates.

Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
Drama professor George McGee '72 performs as historical figure Henry Clay. Also in The Georgetonian.

WJBC Radio
Illinois Wesleyan is expanding the Shirk Center to meet the growing needs of students. Also from The Pantagraph and WMBD/WYZZ TV.

The (College Station, Texas) Eagle
Professor of Computer Science and Director of Cognitive Science Hans-Joerg Tiede said it is reasonable for faculty to be kept informed in a presidential search, despite attempts at secrecy by Texas A&M.

The Pantagraph
Columnist Randy Kindred is flattered by assumptions that he's related to award-winning sportswriter David Kindred '63.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Volunteer at the Downtown Bloomington Farmers' Market

Volunteers are needed to help keep the award-winning Farmer's Market flowing smoothly all season. Visit the invitation page, submit your email address, then choose the shifts you'd like to sign up for.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
4,261 alumni donors
19.7% participation
as of April 21, 2014
Remaining to Reach Goal:
724 more alumni donors

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