Campus Weekly

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Sept. 8, 2015

Campus News

Minh Katrina Evacuee Came to Thrive at IWU
It was Labor Day weekend 10 years ago that Minh Nguyen '09 arrived at Illinois Wesleyan with just a laptop and a suitcase, after evacuating Tulane University in the face of Hurricane Katrina.

Amanda Hopkins Receives 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award
Wesleyan's Amanda Hopkins is among the first-ever recipients of the 40 Under 40 Awards, recognizing dedication, service and leadership promise.

world "Nation(s) Divided?" Focus of Intellectual Theme
Illinois Wesleyan's theme for the academic year invites us to transcend borderlands in the ways we think about others and ourselves.

Roose3D Series to Host Events Every Thursday
The 3D Series (Diversity, Dignity and Dialogue) promotes campus equality through weekly discussions for all students, faculty and staff on topics such as human rights, race issues and gender roles.

RooseWitness Uganda to Kick Off Queer Lives Series
Witness Uganda creators Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould will present selections from their Broadway-bound musical on Oct. 10. A week later, the International Film Series and Evelyn Chapel will co-host a viewing and discussion of the documentary God Loves Uganda, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 in Evelyn Chapel.


It was a busy weekend for Titan athletics, with competition for men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and victorious season openers for volleyball and football.

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Tuesday, Sept. 8

Through Oct. 1 –
Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Exhibits by Multimedia Artists Zachary Cahill and Emily Stokes

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Roose11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – President's Convocation – Kevin Roose, author of the summer reading selection, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University, will speak.

Thursday, Sept. 10

12:10 p.m., Governor Fifer Courtroom (2nd Floor), McLean County Museum of History, North Main Street, Bloomington – Lunch and Learn - Linda French: "Exploring Pluto"

4 p.m., Basement / Fellowship Area, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – Come to Evelyn Chapel for late afternoon coffee, cookies, and conversation about spiritual life and your questions about life and faith along with students from various religious and non-religious traditions.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – (2007, USA) Presented by Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart.

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Witness Uganda - Selections from the Musical

Friday, Sept. 11

4 p.m., Anderson Auditorium (C101), CNS – Faculty Colloquium - Kristine Nielsen: "Division and Unity Cold War Memorials in East and West Berlin" – Presented by Assistant Professor of Art Kristine Nielsen.

7 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs. Sewanee: The University of the South

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Transylvania University – Live video at

Saturday, Sept. 12

9:30 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Wheaton College

10 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Ohio Northern University

10 a.m., Dance Studio A, CNS – Student Choreographed Dance Concert - Dancer Auditions – Looking to showcase your dancing? The Student Choreographed Dance Concert, created and performed by IWU students, is holding auditions for our second semester show. Auditions are open to all levels and styles of dancers. Please contact Evan Dolan at with any questions.

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. Alma College – Live video at

2 p.m., Shirk Center  – Women's Volleyball vs. Coe College

Sunday, Sept. 13

12-4:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – IWU Human Rights Workshop – Timely topics ranging from the Black Lives Matter movement to the Kentucky county clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples – to the fundamental question of what are human rights – will be discussed.

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

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

Monday, Sept. 14

12 p.m., Pillsbury Room, Memorial Center – Text Talks in the Pillsbury Room – Text Talks are a weekly gathering led by the University Chaplain for any students interested in reflection on and dialogue with interesting, inspiring, difficult, and/or demanding biblical texts.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: IWU and the Higher Learning Commission: Transitioning from the 10-Year Self-Study Process to the New Continuous Pathways Model – Lead by Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Evaluation Michael Thompson and Institutional Effectiveness Specialist Jenny Hand.

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Tuesday, Sept. 8

7 p.m., Hansen Center Court – Hart Career Center Kick-Off Event: Titan Talks: Secrets of Career Success – Learn success secrets from three alumni. Walk away with tips and pointers from the Hart Career Center on how to prepare for your future success in the internship and job search.

See the event poster or the promotional video.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Hart Career Center – State Farm Resume Critiques – Be ready for upcoming job fairs, and when applying for internships and full-time positions.

State Farm Insurance representatives will be at the Hart Career Center reviewing resumes. Bring your resume and drop in to have a professional recruiter look at your resume and provide tips and feedback. State Farm professionals will provide you best practices for preparing your resume. Dress is casual.

•  5-7 p.m. – Room 022, State Farm Hall – Mingle with McGladrey –  This is a great opportunity for accounting students to network and learn more about career & internship opportunities in assurance, tax and consulting. Be sure to bring your ID to swipe into State Farm Hall! Dress is business casual. Network and enjoy pizza with IWU alumni who are now part of Team McGladrey.

•  6-8 p.m. – Room 101, State Farm Hall – State Farm Informational/Trivia Night – Students are invited to join State
State Farm Insurance representatives to learn about internships and careers. Please remember to bring your ID with you to swipe into the building.  

Friday, Sept. 11

10 a.m., Bone Student Center, 100 N. University St., Normal – ISU Accounting Fair – Accounting majors only are welcome to attend this recruiting fair for interns and full-time hires.

12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Resumes & Cover Letters - For Your Future Friday Series – Create a resume that employers will notice. This is our first “For Your Future Friday Series” event of the semester. Bring your water bottle and have lunch on us while you learn how to write a great resume and cover letter and what makes a resume stand out from the employer’s perspective. Pizza served.


Give A Day

IWU community members have already reported over 4,899 hours for the Give A Day Campaign! To report your volunteer, civic engagement and internship hours, go to

One upcoming opportunity: The Morton Pumpkin Festival is still seeking volunteers for Sept. 18 & 19. Sign up here.


RSO Homecoming Registration

All Registered Student Organizations are invited to consider how they can contribute to Homecoming 2015: Homecoming of Champions by repping Titan Green Over Everything #TGOE.  Student Homecoming events begin Oct. 6 and conclude Oct. 11. Please see the Official Student Organization registration packet that includes everything you and your members need to know to take full advantage of #IWUHC15. A few highlights:

* Any RSO can nominate a senior for Homecoming Queen or King. Nominations are due Sept. 23

* Participation in Lip Sync, Titan Games, #FamilyFun on the Quad or decorating activities requires registration online.
* Homecoming social events include the annual Pizza Taste-Off on Wednesday and Karaoke at Tommy’s on Saturday. Please promote these fun events to your members.

* Philanthropy events include Penny Wars, where contributions count toward the selection of Homecoming King and Queen, and the Beaupre 5K on Saturday morning.

* All RSOs can participate in the banner decorating contest and the Lip Sync – see details in the packet to find out how.
Leaders and members can stay current with all Homecoming events, activities, information, announcements and volunteer opportunities by “Liking” the IWU Homecoming Student Coalition Facebook Page.
We look forward to the creative ways that RSOs can contribute to #IWUHC15 and showing our IWU spirit and unity as we declare #TGOE TITAN GREEN OVER EVERYTHING!
From: The Homecoming Student Coalition –
Student Senate, Residence Hall Association, Fraternity and Sorority Programming Board and the Division of Student Affairs


Illinois Wesleyan University

In This Issue:

- Give a Day
- Homecoming RSO Registration

Titans In The News

The New Yorker
“The Little Magazine in Contemporary America,” a book co-edited by Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz, examines the persistence of literary magazines.

The Pantagraph
Students rallied and spoke at a faculty meeting, enlisting faculty as allies in support of diversity on campus.

Independence (Iowa) Bulletin Journal 
Katelyn Robisky '11 will teach kindergarten for the Independence Community School District.

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal
Chicago's Sweetwater Tavern and Grille, owned by Illinois Wesleyan alumni who make up Bottleneck Management, Inc., received a rave "Best Bites" review.

> More Titans in the News


• Associate Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke has been awarded a National Science Foundation-backed Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) grant from the American Sociological Association for her project titled "New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism." This grant will support a summit this coming May for scholars around the country to stimulate new research in this area of study.

FAD awards provide scholars with “seed money" for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration.

• Stephanie Davis-Kahl, scholarly communications librarian and professor, has been invited to take a class at her alma mater, Oberlin College, in a new online venture. "The Past and Future of Higher Education" includes students, faculty and a handful of select alumni, including Stephanie. The semester-long course traces the past experiences of higher education and looks to understand our future.

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

- "Matrix characterizations of Riordan arrays." Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 465 (2015), 15-42. 

- "The Pascal Matrix Function and Its Applications to Bernoulli Numbers and Bernoulli Polynomials and Euler Numbers and Euler Polynomials." (with  J. H.-C. Liao and P. J.-S. Shiue), Journal of Combinatorics and Number Theory, 6 (2015), No. 3, 189-207.

- "Construction of spline type orthogonal scaling functions and wavelets" (with Tung Nguyen), Journal of Applied Functional Analysis, 10 (2015), No. 3-4, 189-203. 

He also served on organizing committees for conferences:

- Scientific Committee of the Second International Symposium on Riordan Arrays and Related Topics, Campus Lecco, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, July 14-16, 2015.

- Organizing Committee of 2015 International Conference on Functional Analysis (ICFA 2015), Shanghai, China, July 19-21, 2015.

- Program Committee of the second International Conference on Mathematics and Computing (ICMC 2015), Haldia Institute of Technology, India, Jan. 5-10, 2015.

• Operatic bass-baritone William Powers '64 will again take on the role of King Philip in Verdi's masterwork, Don Carlo, for the Wichita Grand Opera. Performances are scheduled on Sept. 25 and 27 with an international cast. More details.

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

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