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Tommy fansTitans Celebrate Homecoming
As Illinois Wesleyan welcomed alumni back to campus, Titans shared the fun on social media. Look for your friends in our mashup at #IWUHC14.

scholarshipIllinois Wesleyan Announces 33 New Scholarships
At an event that brings together students receiving scholarships and the donors who support them, the University announced 33 new named scholarships.

LaVitola Student and Entrepreneur LaVitola Develops Clothing Line
Business and computer science double major Adam LaVitola '17 launched his own clothing business and is growing it rapidly through social media.

internshipsUnique Opportunities Allow Students to Intern in Urban or International Settings
From a unique program in Bloomington-Normal to urban and even international settings, Illinois Wesleyan students can choose from an array of internship opportunities.

Stan Scientist, Breaking Bad Actor to Speak
Argonne nuclear engineer Marius Stan, also known for his role as the original car wash owner on AMC's Breaking Bad, will present "The Science of Cinema, The Cinema of Science" on Oct. 23.

Boundless Boundless Spirit
A series of events will bring together the disciplines of art, economics, history and politics as represented through the life of William Morris, a 19th-century designer, writer and philosopher.


Titans lost the Homecoming football game to Augustana, 7-2. 

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Monday, Oct. 20

12 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – TEXT Talks at Evelyn Chapel

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Science Summer Camps – Becky Roesner, chair and professor of chemistry, and Dave Bollivar, chair of biology and Miner Linnaeus Sherff Endowed Professor of Botany, will discuss science summer camps, a Donnocker Innovation Fund project.

4 p.m., 105B, The Ames Library – National Day on Writing – Open House at the New Writing Center. Refreshments will be served.

4 p.m., 208, State Farm Hall – Study Abroad - The London Experience – The International Office will host an information session on Study Abroad in London.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

4 p.m., 103, State Farm Hall – Faculty Workshop: Descriptive Writing in the Disciplines – Hosted by the Writing Program and The Ames Library.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Food, Inc. – Delving into various issues such as safety, health, rights, law and business, this documentary covers how factory farms fit into the American culture. Presented by VVV (Vegetarians, Vegans, Victorious).

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Through Oct. 31
Academic Advising for Spring 2015 and May Term

11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Convocation - Boundless Spirit: William Morris for the 21st Century

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

4 & 5:30 p.m., The Ames Library – Boundless Spirit: William Morris for the 21st Century – Scholars will speak.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Volleyball vs. Elmhurst – Live video at

Thursday, Oct. 23

11 a.m.-1 p.m., CNS Atrium, CNS – Alcohol Awareness Week – As part of Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 20-26, SOCA (Students Organizing Campus Awareness) will be in the CNS Atrium on Thursday, Oct. 23 and in the Dugout on Friday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m-1 p.m. to promote awareness and safe drinking on campus.

11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Cash Cabs for Alcohol Awareness – SOCA will host a cash cab program, which means watch out for golf carts on the Quad! Feel free to flag us down for a ride to class. SOCA members can transport students to designated areas on IWU's campus. For a complete ride, you must answer a basic question about alcohol facts. Also on Friday, Oct. 24.

4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: A Program of Evelyn Chapel in cooperation with IWU Interfaith This week, we will be discussing the most recent events in Ferguson, Mo., including the arrest of faith leaders including Cornel West and Jim Wallis. We'll be talking about the role of faith leaders across religious traditions who are standing up and speaking out for racial justice. Join the conversation!

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – German Film Series: Baron von Munchhausen (1943) – Part of the International Film Series.

7 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Through the Looking Glass: The Art of Science...Or the Science of Art – Argonne nuclear engineer Marius Stan, also known for his role as the car wash owner on AMC's Breaking Bad, will speak as part of a series sponsored by the Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

3D logo• 8 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series: Dispelling Myths: My Culture, Your Costume – Sponsored by the Office of Residential Life.

• 8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Lab Theatre: The Shape of Things – Performances continue nightly through Saturday, Oct. 25.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert

Friday, Oct. 24

• 3:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Volleyball vs. Lincoln Christian University

• 4 p.m., C101, CNS – Chemistry Colloquium – Dr. Steve Pratt of Argonne National Labs will speak on "Photoabsorption & Photoionization Dynamics of Stable Molecules & Radicals," hosted by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera.

• 5 p.m., McLean County Museum of History's Governor Fifer Courtroom – Boundless Spirit: William Morris for the 21st Century – Attendees are invited to bring one or two books from their collections for an "Antiques Road Show" type of assessment.

• 7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Volleyball vs. Concordia University Chicago

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital: Jerico Vasquez, Piano

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian Jen Kober

Saturday, Oct. 25

• 9:30 a.m., Evelyn Chapel and Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Conference: Imagine What's Next featuring Rachel Held Evans 

• 1 p.m., Tucci Stadium  – Football vs. Elmhurst – Live video at

• 1 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - Illinois Wesleyan Halloween Invite

• 8 p.m., Shirk Center – Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson) – The comedian most known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's Parks and Rec will perform.

Sunday, Oct. 26

• 3 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington – Fall Choral Concert

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

Monday, Oct. 27

• 12 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – TEXT Talks at Evelyn Chapel

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Undocumented, Unafraid, & Unapologetic: Fighting for Immigrant Rights with Dignity in Chicago and Beyond with Antonio Gutierrez of Centro Autónomo de Albany Park, Chicago and Mexico Solidarity Network.

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Monday, Oct. 20

• Worldwide Express will be on campus for practice interviews.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

• 7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Alumni Speaker Series: Finding Your Niche – IWU business alum Todd Hart '87 will share his story and talk with students about how to find your way successfully in the business world.

• Hart Career Center will host practice interviews. Pre-registration required.

• State Farm will be on campus for practice interviews.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

• Kerber, Eck & Braeckel, LLP will be on campus for interviews and internship interviews.

Thursday, Oct. 23

• 5-8 p.m., ISU, Bone Student Center – Grad School Fair – For more information, visit

• McGladry will be on campus for internship interviews.

Friday, Oct. 24

• 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Illinois State University – Student Affairs 101 Conference – This conference is jointly coordinated by Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University and Western Illinois University for those interested in student affairs careers. Informative program sessions, keynote speaker IWU Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall, networking opportunities, and a graduate school fair are highlights of this day-long conference geared toward introducing undergraduates to graduate programs and student affairs as a career option. For more information and required registration:

• Chestnut Health Systems will be on campus for practice interviews.



Trick or Treat in the Halls

Mummies, werewolves, ghosts! Oh My! Come join the spooky students of Illinois Wesleyan for some Halloween fun.

On Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to come to campus for trick or treating throughout two of our Residence Halls: Pfeiffer and Munsell Hall.

Come join us for an extra night of candy collecting that is indoors, warm, dry, early and safe! Pfeiffer Hall also will have some fun Halloween-themed activities for kids in the lounge, like Pin the Broom on the Witch and more. Stop by both or either of the two buildings.

If you have any questions, contact Residence Director Kaitlin Ballard at or 309-556-3729.



Oct. 20, 2014

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans in the News

Daily Herald
Recent graduate Lexi Baltes is among the finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan students and alumni showed Titan pride, supporting charities at Homecoming. Also in The Pantagraph, Illinois Wesleyan rolled out a "green carpet" to celebrate both Homecoming and the 150th birthday of its School of Music.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Edward Ewald '79 has been named interim president of the University of Illinois Foundation.

WJBC Radio
Retired sociology professor and senior Olympian D. Paul Miller has a pretty good handle on how to live a good life.

> More Titans in the News


• Assistant Professor of Political Science Min-hyung Kim published "Theorizing National Preference Formation" in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, published online first, 19 August 2014, accessible here.

• Growth Medium, a composition by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo, was on the program of the percussion duo Undue's October tour of universities in Illinois and Wisconsin. Performances took place at University of WisconsinMilwaukee, University of WisconsinWhitewater, Illinois Wesleyan University, Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Danville Area Community College.

On Oct. 4, Vayo's Morning Window for piano was premiered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa during a concert presented by the Iowa Composers Forum.

• An article by alumnus Deanna Jent '84 that appeared in the Fall 2013 Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine was selected as one of the "Best Articles of the Year" by judges for CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District Five.

Graphic Designer/Magazine Art Director Gary Schwartz designed the layout for the piece.

District Five encompasses higher-education institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The article, "Of a Feather," relates how Jent's experiences having a child with autism led her to write a successful off-Broadway play. It received a Silver Award in the Platinum Category, a new CASE awards category sponsored by CASE International, which recognizes the "best of the best" programs and practices in educational advancement.

Jonathan File '13 received his white coat at the White Coat Ceremony at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tenn. The ceremony commends students entering clinical rotations in the second year of the medical program.

• Through the Living in Hope Foundation that she founded, School of Nursing alumna Laura (Harding) Koppenhoefer '83 has published Notes on the Journey: Living with Sarcoma & Hope. A mother of two, she writes about battling a rare type of cancer a few years after losing her husband, their father, to cancer.

Erin Moll '08 has been named Managing Diva of the Chicago Chapter of Opera On Tap, a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to bringing opera to the people by taking it out of concert halls and bringing it to bars. 

Moll also will be making her New York City debut this December, singing Dorabella in the Sing Through Central production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. See her performance schedule.

Susan Peters '69 is running for a seat on the Elizabethton (Tenn.) City School Board.

Elizabeth Robb '78, chief judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois – who led efforts to better serve defendants with mental illness – is among the officials featured in a new documentary, Shortchanged: Unjailing the mentally ill. The public is invited to a free showing of the video at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at The Normal Theater.

The work of Pantagraph reporter Edith Brady-Lunny and photojournalist David Proeber, the documentary follows a year of community dialogue that has brought some planned improvements to mental health care. County officials, law enforcement and health professionals were interviewed about their work to create a system that offers alternatives to jail for the most vulnerable.

> Find more scholarly activity at Digital Commons @ IWU.


Think Green

Sustainability Report

The 2014 Report on Sustainability at Illinois Wesleyan, which summarizes campus efforts during the previous academic year, is now online.

Topics include: water conservation and bottled water; energy conservation; sustainable transportation; green cleaning and other custodial practices; environmental health and safety; Peace Garden; campus building construction and renovations; campus grounds and University farms; and education, communications and outreach.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


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