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CourseyExperimental Economist to Deliver Eckley Lecture
An experimental economist who has consulted on natural resource issues ranging from the marketing of water to endangered species' protection will speak on Sept. 10.

Shrine Shinto Shrine Finds New Home at Illinois Wesleyan
The Bloomington-Normal Sister Cities Mikoshi, a Shinto shrine donated by Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan, now has a permanent home at Illinois Wesleyan.

Valarie Filmmaker & National Interfaith Leader to Speak
Award-winning filmmaker, civil rights advocate and interfaith leader Valarie Kaur will speak about her experiences with storytelling for social change on Thursday, Sept. 11.

3D logo"3D" Series Addresses Diversity, Dignity and Dialogue
A collaborative series of Thursday night programs will address diversity and invite dialogue in ways that emphasize the importance of dignity for all people.

All IWU students, faculty and staff are invited to come out and broaden your horizons as you learn about culture and custom, and help seek answers to the difficult questions that arise at the intersections. The first 100 students who attend at least five 3D Thursday events will receive a T-shirt. #IWUWontStandFor


• The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team shot a school-record final round 9-under 275 to win the 22-team Cropper Classic at the Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion, Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 7.

• Lexie Baltes '14 was selected from 130 conference nominees as one of the top 30 honorees for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. 
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Monday, Sept. 8

12-12:50 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – TEXT Talks at Evelyn Chapel – A new weekly lunchtime gathering for any IWU students interested in conversation about—and dialogue with—interesting, inspiring, difficult and demanding biblical texts. This Fall, we'll be looking at so-called "outsiders" and what various texts are (or might be) really saying about them.
Bring your lunch! Beverages and dessert always provided.
Questions? Email University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at

4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 10

• 12-2 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle, near the DugOut – Student Market – The IWU Peace Garden will sell fresh produce.

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Robert S. Eckley Lecture in Economics

• 7:30 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Washington University – Live video at

Thursday, Sept. 11

• 12:10 p.m., Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive St., Bloomington – Lunch and Learn: "For Love of Neighbor" – University Chaplain Elyse Nelson-Winger will lead a discussion which examines the question, in this post 9-11 era, how does a community respond to a multicultural environment? Free and open to the public, the Lunch and Learn series is held in collaboration with Illinois Wesleyan University, McLean County Museum of History, Collaborative Solutions Institute and the Bloomington Public Library.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "State of Siege" will be presented by Professor of History Michael Weis. Due to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

logo• 7 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Valarie Kaur:  "Storytelling for Social Change:  Seeking Justice in a Multifaith America" – A part of IWU's 3D Series and a Walls and Bridges theme event

Friday, Sept. 12

• 11 a.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Valarie Kaur: "Telling Your Story for Social Change:  A Workshop for IWU Students" – National interfaith leader, documentary filmmaker and lawyer Valarie Kaur will lead students in this workshop, which includes a free lunch. To register, email

* A Walls and Bridges theme event

• 4:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Color Run, Rock & Roll – The Fun, Run, Walk & Roll is a 5k race where students can run, walk, bike, skate, or use any other mode to make their way down the Constitution Trail, finishing on the Eckley Quad with a celebration of color.  Participants should wear a white T-shirt or top; the first 100 will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Those interested in participating should gather outside Hansen Student Center just prior to start time.

• 5:30 p.m., Eckley Quad – Quad Day – Immediately following the Color Run, Rock & Roll, students are invited to a fun-filled evening on the Eckley Quad sponsored by Student Senate. The theme this year is water. Attractions may include slip-n-slides, a dunk tank and other water-related activities. Dress accordingly and bring a towel!

Saturday, Sept. 13

Crestwicke Country Club, Bloomington, Ill.  – Women's Golf - Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic

• 10 a.m.,  – RSO Leadership Workshop – Student Senate will host the second annual RSO SWAG Summit (or Students Working to Achieve Greatness). This workshop is designed to help current and future student leaders make their campus organizations the best they can be. One representative from each Registered Student Organization is expected to attend in order to secure Senate funds for the Fall 2014 semester. Attendees will hear from fellow students and faculty about how to access funds, provide inclusive atmospheres, and maximize their impact on campus.
Fill out this survey to register.

• 1 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Wittenberg – Live video at

• 3 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. North Central

• 3:30 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Dubuque – Live video at

Sunday, Sept. 14

Crestwicke Country Club, Bloomington, Ill.  – Women's Golf - Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic

• 10 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Augustana

• 1 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Rose-Hulman

• 3:30 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Rose-Hulman – Live video at


Sept. 19-21 – Family Weekend

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

• 4 p.m., Ames 129 – Career Center Workshop: Rockin' Resumes – Create a resume that employers will notice. This workshop outlines how to write a great resume and explains what makes a resume stand out from the employer's perspective.


• Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He published in the following math journals:

– "Polynomials that have golden ratio zeros.'" (With J. Maier and K. VanNess), Journal of Advanced Mathematical Studies, Vol. 7 (2014), No. 1, 151-175. 

His co-author Kurt VanNess is a 2013 IWU alumnus, now a graduate student at the University of Utah.

– "Hyperbolic expressions of polynomial sequences and parametric number sequences defined by linear recurrence relations of order 2.'' (With Peter J.-S. Shiue and T.-W. Weng), Journal of Concrete and Applicable Mathematics, 12 (2014), No. 1-2, 63-85.

– "Enumeration problems for a linear congruence modulo m.'' (With W.-S. Chou and Peter J.-S. Shiue), Taiwanese Journal of Mathematics, 18 (2014), No.1, 265-275. 

In addition, He presented at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 (Seoul ICM 2014) and served as Chairperson in the Short Communications of both Combinatorics and Analysis at the invitation of the Organizing Committee of Seoul ICM 2014.

He also gave the following talks at conferences:

– Two Linear Operators Defined on Riordan Group and their Applications, an invited talk in the session of Riordan Arrays and Related Topics of the 19th International Conference of Linear Algebra Society, Sunkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 7. 

– Asymptotic Expansions and Computation of Generalized Stirling Numbers and Generalized Stirling Functions, International Congress of Mathematicians, Combinatorics, Coex, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 14. 

– Composite Dilation Wavelets with High Degrees, International Congress of Mathematicians, Analysis and Its Applications, Coex, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 18.

• Scholarly Communications Librarian/Associate Professor Stephanie Davis-Kahl co-authored two publications released by the Association of College and Research Libraries, "Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment" and "Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication."

JoeAs a summer intern at the McLean County Museum of History, Joe Ruskey '15 planned a "Date With the Museum" targeted at college students, which was hailed as a success. See a photo gallery.

Beth Whisman, director of development at the museum, said "more than 55 students showed up, ate free pizza and best of all – they stayed to explore our galleries. The crowd was almost split between IWU and ISU – a nice success considering Joe had no contacts on the ISU campus before this internship.

"He worked hard to get exposure via WZND, social media and campus flyers. His fellow IWU students told me they saw his posters on campus and he personally invited a lot of groups.  

"We are very proud of Joe for pulling off this event. He learned some important lessons, gained hands-on experience and added a unique event to his resume."

• Composer Benjamin Hjertmann '07 has been appointed assistant professor of composition at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Anna M. Konradi '09 has joined the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate on the business litigation team.

Sept. 8, 2014

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans in the News

Southtown Star

Tom Simmons '15 was able to continue his academic pursuits and get paid this summer when he became a part of Illinois Wesleyan's Eckley Summer Scholar and Artist Program.

The Pantagraph
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb '78, known for her leadership and innovative approach to justice, announced that she will retire.

The Pantagraph
Award-winning author Brando Skyhorse emphasized the value of empathy and the importance of listening to your inner voice during a speech at Illinois Wesleyan.

(Kewanee) Star Courier
Brad McMillan '84, executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University, will speak on "Bringing Good Government Back to the Land of Lincoln."

Hollywood Reporter
A new psychological thriller written by T.J. Cimfel and David White, both class of 1996 grads, is now in production.

> More Titans in the News


Health Bites

Seventh Annual Saucy Salsa Throwdown!

Tuesday, Sept. 16
Noon-1 p.m.
Hansen Center Court

IWU Wellness, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and SALSA are teaming up to bring you a Saucy Salsa Throwdown! 

Use up the last of those summer tomatoes, put together your best salsa or salsas, and take home the mystery prize. 

To register your salsa, contact Wellness at 556-3334 or by Sept. 12.



Think Green

We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon

The We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 27 will benefit the Ecology Action Center and non-profit partners.

The event will feature cup-free racing, along with these green initiatives:

– Repurposed trophies
– Virtual race bags
– Paper-free pre-registration
– Bottles, cans, paper, cardboard and other package recycling
– Food waste composting
– Race bib recycling (including from previous races)
– Shoe and race-wear recycling

Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Our City Wants to Hear from YOU

The City of Bloomington is getting ready to update its Comprehensive Plan.

Once adopted, this long-range plan will act as a road map for future development. Now is your chance to shape the future of Bloomington.

To add your voice to the conversation, complete this short community survey. This four-question survey will tell city planners what you value about Bloomington, what you want for its future, and how you think we should get there.

Your participation and feedback will make this comprehensive plan truly comprehensive. Bring It On Bloomington! Let's plan it, see it and live it together.


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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