Campus Weekly

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May 19, 2014

Campus News


Google Glass Sparks University Projects
One of the first universities in the state accepted into Google's Glass Explorer program, Illinois Wesleyan has selected 14 participants to conduct proposed experiments over the next year.


State Farm Hall Inspires Collaboration
Through technology and innovative use of classroom space, State Farm Hall inspires new ways to teach and learn, as featured in the latest IWU Magazine.


• A total of nine athletes will represent Illinois Wesleyan University in the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 22 to 24 at Selby Stadium and George Gauthier Track in Delaware, Ohio, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.

• The Titans ended their season in the NCAA Division III Softball Super Regional, hosted at IWU Field.

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> See May Term Facility Hours

Tuesday, May 20

4:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – The Beauty of Illumination – Conversations with the St. John's Bible, with guest speakers from Augustana and the Benedictine Monastery, Rock Island.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: "Up Heartbreak Hill" – Introduced by Chair of Sociology/Anthropology and Associate Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart. "Up Heartbreak Hill" chronicles the lives of three Native American teenagers in Navajo, N.M. as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school.

Wednesday, May 21

10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m.IWU Peace Garden Volunteering – Contact Amanda King at or Katarina Waszak at (Also on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 & 25)

Thursday, May 22

2:30 p.m., Room 103, State Farm Hall – Museums and Cultural Heritage - Who Decides What to Preserve? – Michael Wiant, director of Dickson Mounds Museum, will deliver a lecture as part of the May Term Speaker Series.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: "District 9" – Introduced by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery and Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowed Professor William Munro.

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Play: F2M(Performances continue, same time and place, on Friday and Saturday.)

Friday, May 23

6:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – An Evening of Indian Dances – Part of the May Term Event Series.

Monday, May 26

Memorial Day (NO CLASSES)


• Research by Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding and collaborators to create a sonic tractor beam was featured in Nature. (subscription required)

• A new composition by Lisa Ragsdale '72 received its premier performance in St. Paul, Minn., by members of "The Renegade Ensemble," and another concert of her works is planned. Read more in the online Class Newsletter.

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


City's Pavement Preservation Treatment

The city of Bloomington has undertaken an innovative pavement preservation project this spring, which included streets through the IWU campus. They have provided information to residents in response to inquiries regarding excessive oil and dust in the project areas throughout the city. Read more.

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Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan students reported to the City Council on their findings regarding the potential for a west Bloomington TIF district.

Illinois Wesleyan researchers are developing computer programs for dogs.

WGLT Radio
Wesleyan's Given Harper discussed the colorful, rare birds that are currently migrating across McLean County.

Lincoln Courier
New graduate Lucas Fletcher '14 will give a final concert as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Delavan.

Lincoln Daily News
Brian Simpson '79 shared lessons on life drawing techniques with the Logan County Arts group.

Naperville Sun
Eric Doolittle '96 has been named new campus chaplain at North Central College.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Take Your Bike With You

Students should remember to take their bikes home with them after May Term, or sign up to use indoor storage available on campus. Be aware of the University's policy regarding abandoned bikes.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


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Fiscal Year Donor Goal:
4,985 alumni donors
23% participation
Current Progress:
4,338 alumni donors
20% participation
as of May 6, 2014
Remaining to Reach Goal:
647 more alumni donors
Deadline: July 31, 2014

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Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Ann Aubry, assistant director for electronic communications. To submit items of interest, email