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Jan. 26, 2015

Campus News

Doug and Brexton Bipartisan Roommates Lead Voter ID Debate
Student leaders of the College Republicans and College Democrats – who live together amiably as campus roommates – faced off in a MLK Day debate about Voter ID laws.

Bridges Bridges Announces Retirement
Illinois Wesleyan athletic director Dennie Bridges, a Titan since he enrolled as a student in 1957 and later the men's basketball coach for 36 seasons, has announced he will retire.



The Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's swim teams swept a dual meet at Millikin on Friday, Jan. 23. 

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Monday, Jan. 26

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "What's a Wiki?" – Assistant Professor of Music Joseph Plazak will explore the unique potential of openly editable documents (wikis) in classroom projects, and further, call the question: "Can we afford the price of open-source knowledge?"

8 p.m., 101, State Farm Hall – Circle K Meeting – Circle K will be having our first meeting of the semester. We will also be baking cookies after the meeting for our upcoming bake sale, so bring your baking supplies!

Tuesday, Jan. 27

11 a.m.-1 p.m., CNS – Boost Week: Scale Smashing – Scale Smashing is intended to challenge individuals to redefine their worth and beauty by letting go of those perfect numbers that weigh them down. (Also Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Dugout, Memorial Center.)

• 7:30 p.m., C101, CNS – Alpha Kappa Psi Info Session – Come learn about Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional fraternity.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Time Management: Balancing Life and Academics  – The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs collaborate each semester to present the Academic Skills Series, a series of 10 programs to assist students in the development and strengthening of academic skills needed to be successful at IWU. Students can pick a specific topic to join us, or attend all sessions. (Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.)

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton – Live video will be at

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Boost Week: Speaker Jena Morrow – Author and behavioral health specialist Jena Morrow will speak about eating disorders and body image issues. 

• 7:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Alpha Kappa Psi Game Night – Get to know the brothers at an informal game night.

Thursday, Jan. 29

11 a.m., CNS – Boost Week: Operation Beautiful IWUStudents can buy Confidence Cupcakes for $1 and write positive messages on Post-it notes for themselves and others to be placed around campus.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Kolya" (1996, Czech Republic), presented by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery.

7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Alumni Speaker Series and 3D Series: The Personal and Professional Identity Collision – Speakers will include Bloomington High School teacher Suzie Hutton '90, Illinois State University Associate Dean of Students Rick Lewis, ISU Coordinator of Civic Engagement Catherine Poffenbarger, attorney Jessie Padilla and LIFE Center for Independent Living's Disability Rights Advocate Rickielee Benecke. This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Hart Career Center.

• 7:30 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Night – Learn what it is like to be in AKPsi by attending our Professional Night. Ask questions about professional topics, such as resumes, interviews, internships, and more.

Friday, Jan. 30

8 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Independent Play: Turn That Thing Around, written and produced by Aaron Woodstein '15. (Additional performances at 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1.)

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Magician: Joel Ward

Saturday, Jan. 31

10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - Titan Open – Live video will be at

5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Sarah Muehlbauer, piano

6 & 9 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Movie Night - Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Monday, Feb. 2

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "IWU AAUP Presents..." – Presented by the IWU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

4 p.m., Davidson Room – Faculty Meeting

7 p.m., C101, CNS – "Foot Stamping and Booming! Prairie Chickens in Illinois" (More information at right)

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

It's Resume Drop-In Week at the Hart Career Center. See the schedule below for the times Monday through Thursday to drop in at the Hart Career Center for a resume review.

Monday, Jan. 26

• 1:30-3:30 p.m.,
Hart Career Center – Resumania! – Drop in with your resume for a quick review by a Human Resource specialist or Career Center staff before the busy job and internship fair season heats up. Let us find your mistakes, not a potential employer!

Tuesday, Jan. 27

• 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Resume Drop-in – Stop in during our regularly scheduled drop-in hours for a quick resume review.

• 4 p.m.,
Welcome Center Auditorium – Ace the Interview – Interviews can make or break you. Can you give behavioral examples of your strengths? Do you know what questions to ask? This presentation will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to make every interview a great interview. 

Employer Special Olympics will be on campus for practice interviews.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

• 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Resume Drop-in – Stop in during our regularly scheduled drop-in hours for a quick resume review.

Thursday, Jan. 29

• 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Resume Drop-in – Stop in for a quick resume review before attending upcoming internship and job fairs.

• 7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – 3D Series:  Identity Panel – How does one successfully navigate their professional world as a person of color, as one who is openly gay, or as a person with a disability, while maintaining the integrity of their identity? Hear from professionals about their frustrations and successes. 

Friday, Jan. 30

• 10 a.m.-5 p.m.*, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois – CareerFest – On-site registration for this job and internship fair is available for $20. Check out the list of participating employers and links to positions. Take advantage of the opportunities this week to have your resume reviewed in the Career Center and then upload your resume to
*Business and Non Profits: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Education: 1-5 p.m.


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Titans In The News

Chicago Sun-Times
Marti Lyons '08 has been named this season's Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at The Goodman Theatre.

Revolt TV
Charlene Carruthers '07 is named among "The New Leaders of Social Justice."

Dennie Bridges Retirement
Media reports on retiring Athletic Director Dennie Bridges include The Pantagraph, with a clip and photo gallery and more by sports writers Randy Reinhart and Randy Kindred, plus WMBD/WYZZ TVWJBC Radio and WGLT Radio.

The Pantagraph
From a teach-in on voting rights and social justice to a gospel festival celebrating community and hope, the message was the same at Illinois Wesleyan events commemorating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The work of the slain civil rights leader is not done.

Salina (Kansas) Journal
Matthew Thompson '04 is registrar of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene.

The Pantagraph
Bobby Moews '81 will be inducted into the Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

> More Titans in the News


Jeffrey S. Becker '01 was named a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Becker serves as chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group and also practices in intellectual property and transactional services and commercial litigation and business disputes.

Joe Binder, a class of 2004 double major in physics and chemistry, was recognized as one of the top young scientists at BP with the Tallow Chandlers Award.

After earning a Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Binder went on to work for BP on its $500 million Energy Biosciences Institute collaboration with University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research on biofuels and bio-based materials has taken him to research labs as well as farm fields around the country.

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


In Sympathy

Glenn Mower Jr.,
who served on Illinois Wesleyan's political science faculty for five years beginning in 1957, died Jan. 12. Read an obituary.


Think Green

"Foot Stamping and Booming! Prairie Chickens in Illinois"

Monday, Feb. 2
7 p.m.
C101, CNS

The Greater Prairie Chicken is an iconic bird of the tallgrass prairies that once covered much of Illinois. Their population in Illinois once numbered in the millions, but they are now found only in the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area.

Over the past several years their population declined to about 60 birds. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Audubon Society have embarked on a multi-year project to revitalize the Illinois Prairie Chicken population by translocating 300 birds from Kansas.

Bob Gillespie, who is coordinating the current recovery project for the IDNR, will talk about the restoration efforts for this fascinating grassland bird.

This talk is sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program and IWU Biology Department.

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