Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Oct. 12, 2015

Campus News

Homecoming Homecoming of Champions!
Alumni and students spread Titan Green Over Everything #TGOE on social media during a sunny Homecoming Weekend. See a Photo Gallery.

Dick WilsonReflecting on President Wilson's Tenure
Faculty, staff, alumni and friends reflect on the tenure of President Wilson in a video that was shown at the Alumni Award Luncheon during Homecoming.

Carolyn Jarvis Makes Leadership Gift to School of Nursing Campaign
Thanks to a leadership gift by nursing professor Carolyn Jarvis and support from the entire faculty and staff of the School of Nursing, a $2.2 million campaign will be used to reconfigure classrooms and lab spaces.

Prendergast23 New Scholarships Announced
Nearly 200 scholarship benefactors and their student recipients came together at the 19th annual Scholarship Benefactors Dinner to celebrate the establishment of 23 new named scholarships.

Criley scholarsFellowship Funds Biology Student Research
Senior biology majors Rachel Ende and Blake Beehler received Criley Student Research Endowment awards, allowing them to conduct summer research under a faculty mentor.

BiancaBianca Spratt '11: Be Open to Forging New Path
One of many alumni who return to campus to share expertise or career opportunities, Bianca Spratt '11 spoke to students about making the most of opportunities at Illinois Wesleyan.

BookGardner '89 Publishes Book on Civil War-Era African American Literature
Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture, by Eric Gardner '89, investigates readers of the country's oldest black periodical.



• The Illinois Wesleyan Titans breezed to a 54-13 win over Millikin during IWU's Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Tucci Stadium.

• Twelve members of the 2015 Illinois Wesleyan softball team were among Division III players to earn National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, announced on Oct. 6.

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Monday, Oct. 12

Faculty Open House – Prospective students and families have the opportunity to visit and learn more about Illinois Wesleyan.

12 p.m., Pillsbury Room, Memorial Center – Text Talks – 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.

4 p.m., Room 205, CLA – "Kissing Cousins: The Interaction Between Neanderthals and Modern Humans" – Biological anthropologist Miranda Karban '08 will present a colloquium, sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

4 p.m., Room 102, State Farm Hall – Labyrinth Outreach Services to Women – Mary Campbell, former professor of social work at Illinois State University and recipient of the State of Illinois Social Worker of the Year award, will talk about her local foundation, which works to assist in the rehabilitation of incarcerated women back into society.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – "Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading" – Kimberly Davis, associate professor of English at Bridgewater State University, will give a talk related to her recent book, Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading. The book examines how white readers engage with African American texts (through book clubs, listening to hip hop, watching films) in ways that are both problematic and can potentially lead to genuine self-examination and change. Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and The English Society.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

•  8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Also on Thursday, Oct. 15), CNS Atrium – Flu Clinics for IWU Students – Hours will be from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on both days or until the limited supply is gone. The vaccine is free to all IWU students. Sponsored by Arnold Health Service and the School of Nursing.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

11 a.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education – Open session for faculty and staff with Jon McGee, vice president for planning and public affairs at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota. He will be working with a number of faculty and staff groups during his visit with a focus on the intersection of the economy, changes in college-bound populations, and the challenges we face.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series - Understanding Faculty Expectations

3 p.m., Eckley Quad, near Joslin Atrium – IWU Peace Garden Market – (Weather permitting) Selling a variety of fresh produce from the IWU Peace Garden.

Thursday, Oct. 15

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.

Friday, Oct. 16

Fall Break Day (NO CLASSES)

• See Sodexo Hours for Fall Break

• Alternative Fall Break: Poverty and Social Justice in Bloomington/Normal  

Monday, Oct. 19

12 p.m., Pillsbury Room, Memorial Center – Text Talks


Wilson Send-Off Reception

The campus community is invited to a farewell reception for Dick and Pat Wilson on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center.

Campus offices will close at 3:30 so that staff can attend. There will be remarks at 4 p.m.

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Monday, Oct. 12

• Allstate Insurance Company
will be on campus for internship interviews.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

• 4-5 p.m
., Room 004, State Farm Hall – ACM Chicago Program Info Session – The ACM Chicago program is available both spring and summer semesters for students with an interest in exploring the arts, entrepreneurship and social justice in the vibrant city of Chicago.

• 4 p.m.
, Welcome Center Auditorium – Illinois School of Professional Psychology – ISPP offers an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program, as well as a master's in Clinical Psychology. Please join us to meet the director of admissions for ISPP, Tina Spears. If you cannot attend but would still like information, please email Tina at

will be on campus for internship interviews.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Ashton Place, Willowbrook – Fall Interview Day – Hosted by the Illinois Small College Placement Association (ISCPA), this event draws employer contacts from over 20 colleges and universities in Illinois.

• State Farm
will be on campus for practice interviews.

Thursday, Oct. 15

• McGladrey
will be on campus for internship interviews.


Campus Safety Walk

The annual Campus Safety Walk will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Chuck Adam (Security), Jim Blumberg (Physical Plant), Matthew Damschroder (ORL), Karla Carney-Hall (Dean of Students), and Jake Thaker (Student Senate) will walk campus reviewing lighting, landscaping or other areas with safety in mind. 

Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit any areas of concern by emailing or calling the Dean of Students office (556-3111). If you would like to join the Campus Safety Walk, you are also welcome to do so. Please notify the Dean of Students office of your interest.

Give a Day

Do something Alternative this Fall Break - serve your community! Join the Action Research Center in West Bloomington on October 16 & 17. Projects are available to match nearly every interest, including housing, education, community greening, food justice, youth & education. See the signup schedule.


Check out this week's specials & Fall Break Hours in the Sodexo News Scoop.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

College Values Online
On a list of 50 Best Small College Towns in America, Bloomington-Normal was ranked No. 3.

The Pantagraph
After a successful summer Language School for Kids, Illinois Wesleyan will offer classes in Spanish and French for children from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, starting in January.
Matt Wolfe '98 is the new artistic director for Showtunes Theatre Company in Seattle.

DeKalb Daily Chronicle
A columnist describes accounts of Richard Jenkins '69, who attended his 50th DeKalb High School reunion less than a month before winning an Emmy.

The Pantagraph
Three Illinois Wesleyan University alumni were honored as part of the school's Homecoming celebration - Stephanie Whyte ’91, Korey Coon ’00 and Jim Mullins ’03.

Inside Higher Ed
Wesleyan's Hans-Joerg Tiede discussed the American Association of University Professors' stance against requiring loyalty oaths from faculty.

The Pantagraph
Former Illinois Wesleyan athlete Cal Neeman, who was signed by the Yankees in 1949 and spent seven years in the major leagues, died Oct. 1 at the age of 86.

> More Titans in the News


•  Assistant Professor of Art Kristine Nielsen presented the lecture “Confronting Inglorious Monuments: Postwar German Memorial Sculpture” on Oct. 8, the first of seven lectures in the Fine Arts Society 2015-16 season, held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

•  University Librarian and City of Bloomington Alderman Karen Schmidt was an invited speaker at the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association State Conference, on Oct. 7 in Normal.

Schmidt shared the work of the West Bloomington Revitalization Project in her presentation, "Residential Revitalization as a Catalyst for Change."

Also, Schmidt and Action Research Center Director Deborah Halperin have been invited to submit a chapter on service learning and libraries to be published by ABC-Clio later this year. The chapter, entitled "Three Legs on the Stool: Service Learning Projects, Community and Library," will appear in Academic Libraries, Information Literacy, and Service Learning.

•  Soprano Ariana Strahl '07 will perform Dec. 13 at the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts in Berkeley, Calif.

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


Welcome New Employees

Traci Muir
started Oct. 5 as Office Coordinator I - Registrar/Academic Advising.

She replaces Christina Rutledge, who became the Office Coordinator II - Registrar's Office on Sept. 14, replacing Karen Skolmoski.
Karen Skolmoski (formerly Bunker) became the Senior Office Coordinator - Natural Sciences on Sept. 14, replacing Stacy Seaman.


Think Green

Printer Cartridge Recycling

The Wellness Office is partnering with Printing Services and the Sierra Student Coalition on campus to provide a centralized printer ink/toner cartridge recycling program through TerraCycle.

This program is an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. See more information.

As part of our campus mission toward sustainability, Printing Services (located on Franklin Street past TKE and toward BroMenn) has agreed to sign up for a printer cartridge collection brigade. This means that, if you or anyone you know drops off an accepted printer cartridge, Printing Services will collect, save and ship these to TerraCycle where they will be reused and repurposed. Additionally, IWU gets points for making donations, and these points can then be used toward charitable contributions.

So, check out this list of accepted donations and, if you or anyone you know are about to toss out a dried-up cartridge, bring it down to Printing Services, open all school year, and help out the environment!

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