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Simulation New Simulation Center Opens at School of Nursing
A new teaching center simulating both hospital and home healthcare environments allows nursing students to develop clinical judgment in a safe learning environment.

Elissa Ledvort '13 Delved Into the Past to Uncover Her Future Path
An internship at the David Davis Mansion led Elissa Ledvort '13 to a project that became a passion – and inspired her career trajectory.

Adriana Music from Bali Comes to Illinois Wesleyan
With grant funding, Wesleyan's Adriana Ponce brought Gamelan instruments to campus to expose students to non-Western musical traditions.

Campaign Fundraising Campaign Largest Ever for Illinois Wesleyan
President Richard F. Wilson announced that the Transforming Lives campaign was $16 million over its $125 million goal, with gifts from 19,231 alumni and friends.

Allison Hebron '09 Named To Crain's "Twenty Under 20"
Innovator Allison Hebron '09 is helping bring to market a mechanism that fights hearing loss by continuously pumping medication to the inner ear.

Katie Creative Approach Allows Rothas '14 to Study in South America
A customized study abroad arrangement allowed Kathryn Rothas '14 to earn the degree she wants as she works toward her goal of becoming a bilingual dentist.

Erin Moll '08 Managing Opera on Tap
Mezzo-Soprano Erin Moll '08 was named Managing Diva of the Chicago chapter of Opera on Tap, a nationwide non-profit dedicated to promoting opera as a relatable form of music in American culture.


- Skyler Tomko '17 has been elected to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Division III women's soccer team and will be on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America Team.

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Tuesday, Nov. 4

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – African Studies Colloquium Featuring Lance Larkin – "Art, Xenophobia, and Social Change: Examining the Intersection of Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture and South African Art Activism" will be presented by adjunct faculty member Lance Larkin.

7 p.m., C101, CNS – Butterflies of the American Prairie – Dr. Doug Taron, curator of biology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, will discuss regional butterfly conservation efforts, including rearing and releasing locally imperiled species. Co-sponsored by the IWU Biology Department, Environmental Studies Program, and the John Wesley Powell Audubon.

8 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Liberty in North Korea Talk – Representatives from Liberty in North Korea will give a small presentation followed by a Q & A session. All are encouraged to come find out the true stories of North Korea from refugees themselves. Sponsored by the IWU Korean Culture Club.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

(Through Nov. 12) – Class Registration for Spring 2015

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

Thursday, Nov. 6

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library –
International Studies Colloquium: "Die Mauer ist weg!" "The Wall is Gone!" A Roundtable Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall – This is a unique opportunity to hear first-person accounts from colleagues about their experiences in divided and reunified Germany. You will also gain some knowledge of German and Cold War history in the process. Speakers will include
- Adam Woodis, visiting assistant professor of German - "The Significance of November 9th in German History"
- Sonja Fritzsche, professor of German and East European Studies and chair of German, Russian, and Asian Languages - "What Was the Berlin Wall?"
- Edgar Lehr, assistant professor of biology and Joerg Tiede, professor of computer science - "Remembering the Berlin Wall and the Separation/Reunification of Germany."

5:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Oxfam America Hunger Banquet – The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, first held at Illinois Wesleyan in 2003, is intended to help spread awareness of hunger and poverty and their impact on the world. Tickets are available to everyone for $5 each and can be purchased at CLA 150 and the DugOut. Proceeds will benefit an organization that helps fight hunger. Sponsored by the International Studies Development Studies Team.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Love in the Time of Cholera" (2007, USA) presented by adjunct faculty member Rocío Morales.

3D logo8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – 3D Series: Christina Kahrl - Becoming a Woman in a Man's World – Transgender activist and Chicago-based sportswriter Christina Kahrl will speak.
* A Walls and Bridges theme event

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – New Music Cafe featuring compositions by three alumni.

Friday, Nov. 7

4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Colloquium – Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Jason Themanson will present "Examining Social Exclusion: It's the Little Things That Matter."

Saturday, Nov. 8

Faculty Open House for prospective students and families.

1 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving Triangular vs. Illinois Institute of Technology and Carthage

7:30 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Entertain to END7 – Creativity for Change will host a benefit concert.

Sunday, Nov. 9

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – silenceinterrupted – The co-ed a cappella group will perform.

5:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – African Culture Night – The African Student Association will host its annual African Culture night to educate members of the community about Africa and expose them to the culture of some countries in Africa through dance performances, fashion and food. This event also marks the end of the African Culture Week sponsored by the African Studies Team and African Students Association.

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

Monday, Nov. 10

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "Sexual Assault Educational Efforts" – Presented by Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Women's Bridging Networks: Building Democratic Infrastructure – Meg Rincker '98, associate professor of political science at Purdue University Calumet, will speak, sponsored by the Mellon Center, Department of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies.

4 p.m., 202, State Farm Hall – Sociology Research Colloquium: Exploring the Contradictions of Whiteness: Identity, Privilege and Color-blindness – Paul Croll, associate professor of sociology at Augustana College, will present his new work with data from the Boundaries in the American Mosaic Project.

4 p.m., Room 218, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Opening Lecture for Art Exhibit – Installation sculptor Alexandra Zealand will present an opening lecture for her exhibit, Taking Flight, on display in Wakeley Gallery through Dec. 8. Ceramic sculptor Gerit Grimm will present an opening lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 12, for her Merwin Gallery exhibit, Restposten.

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Monday, Nov.3

William Blair & Company, LLC
will be on campus for internship interviews.

• 7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – An Introduction to Investment Banking – Scott Stevens, a managing director and Class of 1996 IWU alumnus, will present an informative program providing an overview of investment banking. Learn more about investment banking, the role of the investment banking analyst, and interview tips and tricks for financial services positions.

Wednesday, Nov.5

• 12-1 p.m.,
Welcome Center Auditorium – U of I Info Session: Master of Science in Technology Management (Pre-registration required) – The College of Business at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign offers a ONE-YEAR Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) degree. This unique degree synergizes business education with a technology focus and you will gain a firm understanding of technology strategy and its role in shaping business decisions. You'll learn how to solve problems from a business perspective and you will hone your business acumen. Current MSTM students have various academic and professional backgrounds; however, many students are recent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates with less than two years of professional experience.

Please register by sending an email to Warren Kistner at Include "Technology Management" in the subject line.

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bone Student Center, Illinois State University – ISU Management Trainee Fair – Come connect with employers looking for you to join their management team or training program. More information.

• 7 p.m.,
Welcome Center Auditorium – Alumni Speaker Series: Social Media – Learn about the effects your social media footprint can have on your career, for better or worse, and what actions you can take to put your best foot forward.


Hansen Parking Set Aside for Polling Place

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 4) is the General Election for the State of Illinois. Once again the Hansen Student Center will be a polling place. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

About 50 parking spaces will be set aside in the Hansen Student Center lot for voters. As an alternative place to park, spaces should be available in the lots at the Welcome Center, Evelyn Chapel and behind Theta Chi, which is off of Horenberger Drive.

We make Hansen Student Center available as a polling place not only for the community, but also for our students, faculty and staff who are registered to vote in Bloomington. If you live in precincts 1, 4 or 41, the Hansen Student Center will be your polling place.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations, at

Pillsbury Room Updates

PillsburyIf you are looking for a small space for a meeting, interview, luncheon or dinner, you may want to consider the Pillsbury Room in the Memorial Center. The room has been updated with a new table, chairs and rug and is a great space for a small group of up to 8 people.

The space may be reserved through Resource 25 (room code: MC PIL).

Nov. 3, 2014

Illinois Wesleyan University

In this Issue:

- Pillsbury Room Updates
- IWU Benefits Fair
- Campaign Event Video
- Speakers Sought for IWU Next

Titans in the News

WGLT Radio
A poll conducted by Illinois Wesleyan students showed that area residents tend to be progressive on social issues.

CCR Magazine
John Ulrich '96 has joined the Rational USA team as the vice president, business unit key accounts North America.

The Pantagraph
Female athletes from Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan gathered together at IWU's Tucci Stadium to create a video of support for an Ohio athlete battling terminal cancer.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan raised $141 million in its fundraising campaign. Also reported by WJBC and WGLT Radio and by WMBD TV.

An art exhibition by Jana Fothergill '72 will be on display at the Nob Hill Satellite in Albuquerque, N.M.

Elgin Courier News
Kyle Pfortmiller '92 went from Elgin basketball courts to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

The Pantagraph
A $1.1 million state grant helped Illinois Wesleyan install sprinkling systems in residence halls.

Business Insider
Illinois Wesleyan is among the 106 smartest liberal arts colleges in America.

NCAA on YouTube
NCAA Woman of the Year Top Nine Finalist Alexa Baltes '14 discussed her experience as a student-athlete at Illinois Wesleyan.

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal
Lana Brown '70, who manages the Urban Education Internship Program for Michigan State University in Chicago, wrote about lessons in "staying above the fray" in politics.

Security Magazine
Michael Mason '80, chief security officer at Verizon, was named one of the most influential security executives in 2014. (Free subscription required.)

WILL Radio
On the heals of "Breaking Bad – Ozymandias," as his One World Symphony performs a season drawing heavily from opera and themed around TV shows – including "New Girl" and "Game of Thrones" – Sung Jin Hong '97 is preparing another operatic work drawn from pop culture: "Hannibal."

Kansas City Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews '66 honored a childhood friend's final wish during the World Series.

> More Titans in the News


• A research article by Assistant Professor Crystal Boyce, Ames Library sciences librarian, has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Access Services. The article, "Practice Makes Perfect: Updating Borrowing Policies and Practices at a Small Academic Library," can be accessed on her Digital Commons Selected Works page.

• Professor and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of Nursing Vickie Folse and International Office Director Stacey Shimizu presented at the Forum on Education Abroad's 2nd annual European conference (at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain) on Oct 24.

Their session, offered with IWU alumnus Rich Kurtzman '98, who is director of the Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (BSAE, our on-site partner for the IWU Spain Program), described how synchronous learning technology has allowed IWU nursing students to study abroad and outlined how the IWU Spain Program can serve as a model to help other schools offer study abroad to students in highly structured disciplines.

• SUNY Press recently released the Korean language edition of Power and Emotion in Infant-Toddler Day Care by Professor of Educational Studies Robin Leavitt. First published in the U.S. in 1994 and still in press, the book applies interpretive, interactionist, critical, feminist and postmodern theories to produce a provocative ethnography of the lived experiences of our youngest children in day care.

• Assistant Professor of Music Adriana Ponce was invited to deliver a guest lecture as part of the Carrigan Music Theory Lecture Series at the University of Michigan.

> Find more scholarly activity at Digital Commons @ IWU.


Think Green

America Recycles Day – MEGA Recycling Event

Saturday, Nov. 15
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hansen Student Center Parking Lot

One Day, One Time, One Place ‐ recycle many things at once!

- Electronics (computers, VCRs, phones, small kitchen appliances, etc.) NO CRT (older style) TVs or monitors accepted
- Household batteries (alkaline, watch batteries, rechargeables)
- Clothing and textiles (usable or not)
- Shoes (usable or not)
- Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)
- Plastic garden pots
- Terracycle items

And as an added bonus ‐ FREE confidential paper shredding

Residential waste only.

Learn more or volunteer.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Welcome New Employee

Jane Smolen began Oct. 27 as the senior operations coordinator in the School of Music, replacing Stephanie Kohl Ringle.


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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