Campus Weekly

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April 20, 2015

Campus News

Kyle Research Leads to Hot Prospects for Senior
Kyle Connour's work observing asteroids and other heavenly bodies has led to a scientific publication and multiple offers from graduate schools.

Nik Internship Yields Job at World's Largest Asset Management Company
After interning last summer at BlackRock, Inc., in London, graduating senior Nikolay Karnev was offered a job as a financial analyst for the global finance giant.

Martha Aguirre '17 Wins Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship
Winner of the 2015 Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship, Martha Aguirre '17 plans to conduct research on bilingual education in Chile.

detail New Participants Chosen for Summer Enrichment Program
This summer 12 Illinois Wesleyan minority and international students will focus on professional and personal growth as part of the Summer Enrichment Program.

lamp Students Selected for 2015 Eckley Fellowships
Five students have been named Eckley Scholars and will receive stipends to stay on campus this summer to pursue independent projects with a faculty mentor.

Jake Students Honor Civic Engagement
Students, faculty, staff and community partners gathered to celebrate those who made substantial contributions to community service at a recent Civic Engagement Banquet.

Kathleen O'Gorman Named 2015 Dougan Award Honoree
Professor of English Kathleen O'Gorman was named the recipient of the fifth James D. Dougan Award for Contributions to Faculty Governance.

Given Students Elect Harper as Professor of the Year
The Illinois Wesleyan student body voted R. Given Harper as the 2015 Student Senate Professor of the Year. He will address the Class of 2015 at their Commencement on May 3.


• The fourth annual State Farm "Tommy Awards," sponsored by the IWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and State Farm Insurance, presented awards to Illinois Wesleyan athletes in an array of categories on April 13 at the Shirk Center.

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Monday, April 20

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "IWU AAUP Presents..." – A series of conversations on governance and curricular matters is spearheaded by the IWU chapter of American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and open to all faculty members.

4 p.m., Davidson Room – Faculty Meeting

6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Augustana – (Rescheduled from Sunday, April 19, due to weather.)

Tuesday, April 21

Last day of classes

4 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Elmhurst  

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poetry Reading – Friends of Lyrical Graffiti invite you to de-stress before finals with the last opportunity of the semester to read some of your work.

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

Wednesday, April 22

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

2 & 7 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, Memorial Center – "Voices of Gaza" – Written and directed by theatre arts major Jennifer Oswald '15, "Voices of Gaza" is an educational documentary theatre project about grappling with privilege and conflict in the Middle East. A reading/presentation of the script will be sponsored by Creativity for Change.

7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Augustana – Live video at

Thursday, April 23

Through Tuesday, April 28 –
Final examinations

Friday, April 24

7 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage College – Live video at

7:30 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – The New Hopeville Comics – The Music Theatre Workshop will present this new Nate Weida musical, directed by Adjunct Instructor Natalie Pitchford.  (Additional performance on Saturday, April 25)

Saturday, April 25

12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage College (doubleheader)

1 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Elmhurst College (doubleheader) – Live video at

2 p.m., Tucci Stadium  – Women's Lacrosse vs. Dubuque

Sunday, April 26

12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. University of Dallas

4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Retirement Reception for Professor Bob Hippensteele – The campus community is invited to an open house reception, hosted by the Biology Department, celebrating the retirement of Professor of Biology Bob Hippensteele. Please stop by and help celebrate his 40+ years of service to Illinois Wesleyan University.

Judge Robb Judge Robb to Speak at Commencement
Pioneering judge Elizabeth Robb '78, recently retired as chief judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, will give the address at Commencement on Sunday, May 3.


All In For Wesleyan Student Prize Winners

Thanks so much for your participation in All In for Wesleyan!  Congratulations to the following students who won the raffle prizes:
• President's house dinner – Amina Williams
• Provost's house dinner – Matthew Piotrowiak
• Dean of Students house dinner – Cecilia Boyd
• Dinner with Saga Dave – Andrew Apel
• Saga brunch for 4 – Tung Anh Nguyhn
• Rosattis pizzas – Jamaal Jackson
• Fall monthly treats – Jennifer Richardson
• Undercover reserved seats – Hanna Peterson
• Best seat in the house – basketball – Dave Nicholson
• Move in early – Taylor Silvestri
• Naming: the Bookstore Clearance Rack – Leann Lyden
• Naming: Dugout sandwich – Jade Molli
• Naming: Hydration station – Mallika Kavadi

President Wilson Shirts

From Interfraternity Council & College Panhellenic Council:

shirts President Wilson's retirement is drawing near. Interfraternity Council & College Panhellenic Council would like to collaborate with the entire campus to commemorate President Wilson's time at Illinois Wesleyan University. A T-shirt (pictured) is being sold in honor of President Wilson.
The T-shirts will cost $13 (or two shirts for $25) with all proceeds going to the cause of President Wilson's choice: the Illinois Wesleyan Scholarship Fund.
You can purchase shirts at the Fraternity & Sorority Life Office (Hansen Center Room 101) weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. If that time does not work for you, contact Candice Johnson (, interim director of Fraternity & Sorority Life. Please contact her if you have any questions. Shirts can also be delivered to faculty and staff offices.

Vote for RAS!

Regional Alternative School in Bloomington has a chance to win $10,000 to implement an arts program in their weekly curriculum. Regional Alternative School works to provide a variety of programs such as truancy outreach, homeless outreach and high quality, innovative and relevant education in a safe and positive learning environment for a wide range of at-risk students.

Josie Linman '15, working with RAS as an intern and grant writer, submitted a video to the Midwest Technical Institute $10,000 grant contest, and your vote could help!

Residence Hall Keys for May Term Break

Each year residence halls close during May Term Break and students are expected to vacate campus. Those who must remain because of an academic requirement, an athletic practice or competition, campus employment, or extreme travel distance are allowed to stay upon request. Unique circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis.


Residence Halls close on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. and reopen on Tuesday, May 5 at 9 a.m.

• STUDENTS need to go here to request a break key

• Students who did not request a break key by the April 17 deadline will be fined $10 if you pick up your key in ORL during office hours or $25 if you pick up your key after office hours.
• Students who are found in the residence hall without permission will be fined and a judicial referral may also be made.
• Students living in The Gates or East Street Apartments are allowed to remain in residence during breaks.
• Students with questions should follow up with their Residence Director at


• Please contact Matthew Damschroder with any questions you may have at


• Please go to


• Complete details are published online


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Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Professor Carolyn Nadeau received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to translate and analyze a 17th-century Spanish cookbook.

Charles "Chuck" Dannewitz '77 was selected by Tech Data Corporation's Board of Directors to serve as the company's Chief Financial Officer.

Chicago Tribune

Thomas Tropp '96 was named director of music and arts ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan students are honoring retiring President Richard F. Wilson by selling T-shirts to raise funds for his chosen charity – student scholarships. See details below.

WGLT Radio
Professor Emeritus Bob Bray pictures Abraham Lincoln trying to resolve themes of race, religion and women in his new play, which goes inside the president's dying mind.

Sung Jin Hong '97 was interviewed on the April 10 Arts in the City program about One World Symphony's mission and history, Operasodes, and Hong's upcoming opera based on Hannibal Lecter. 

Although 12-year-old Sam Holtz finished in a tie for first place in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, he was disqualified from the top prize for being underage. To compensate, the Scout network is sending the Holtz family – including older brother and Illinois Wesleyan student Joey Holtz '18 – on a trip to Hawaii.

> More Titans in the News


• Associate Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine will present "In Marcion's Shadow: Heschel, the God of Pathos, and the Prophets" at Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: A Conference in Honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel at the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California - Los Angeles, May 3-4.

The conference will feature talks by "key figures in contemporary Jewish thought and practice, as well as Christian scholars and public figures on Heschel and social justice, his poetry, spiritual practices, and the relevance of his ideas and writings today."
Keynote speakers are Cornel West and Susannah Heschel.

• Assistant Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken and School of Nursing alumna Jen Boll '14 presented "Development of a Measure of Nurse Vigilance from the Patient's Perspective" at the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) 2015 Annual Research Conference, April 16-19, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

• Professor and Chair of Computer Science Hans-Joerg Tiede will give the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Centennial Address, "Safeguarding Academic Freedom in the 21st Century," at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting on April 21 in Chicago.

• A paper co-authored by three then-undergraduates was accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Zoology. Titled "Eggshell porosity covaries with egg size among female House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) but is unrelated to incubation onset and egg-laying order within clutches," its authors include Abbey White '14, Alex Lang '14, Lauren Podgorski '13, Associate Professor of Biology Will Jaeckle and George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology Given Harper.

• Emma Alcock '17 and Huyen Nguyen '17 wrote a guest blog post for Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE) about their semester in Barcelona through the IWU Spain Program.

• Sports Information Director Stew Salowitz '76 is featured in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) April E-Digest (p. 38).

• James Edgeton '78 was honored by the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce as a Citizen of the Year.

• Karla Erickson '95, associate professor of sociology and chair of the Social Studies Division at Grinnell College, was named associate dean at the college.

• Gretchen Grabowski '03 was named senior project manager at Percept Research, a leading management education market research consultancy.

• Tim Holt '70 published the novel Square Affair (January 2015, Christine F. Anderson Publishing & Media)

• Opera singer Seth Keeton '98 will perform in the world premiere of The Rage of Achilles at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, part of its Jazz in the Target Atrium series.

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


Welcome New Employee

Irene Ortega began April 13 as a custodian in the Physical Plant, replacing Elsa Rodriguez, who retired.

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Think Green

April 22 is Earth Day

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, whose year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog


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