Campus Weekly

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Nov. 2, 2015

Campus News

Eric University Welcomes its 19th President on His First Day
Illinois Wesleyan is turning a new page in its history, as President Eric R. Jensen officially begins his duties as the University's 19th chief executive officer.

Jesse Actor, Author Eisenberg Wows Students at Illinois Wesleyan
Actor and author Jesse Eisenberg impressed students with his wit, warmth and writing talent during a packed day of appearances Oct. 26 at Illinois Wesleyan.

theatre Mirza Foundation Makes $2.5 Million Gift to IWU Theatre Program
The theatre in McPherson Hall has been named the Jerome Mirza Theatre in recognition of a $2.5 million gift to the School of Theatre Arts.

Student Research Shows Proximity A Factor in Musical Preferences  Student Research Shows Proximity a Factor in Musical Preferences
Assistant Professor of Music Joe Plazak, Zach Silver ’18 and Shaun Schaefers ’16 presented research at the national conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.

Banners Best Gateway Essay Winners Announced
The IWU Writing Committee has announced that sophomores Megan Sperger and Andrew Pichette are winners of the annual Best Gateway Essay Contest.

self portrait Self-Portraits Reveal Devastation of Alzheimer’s
An upcoming art exhibit is the centerpiece of an interdisciplinary effort to better understand the impact of Alzheimer’s, with faculty in nursing, psychology, philosophy, art and poetry presenting original works and interpretation.

Gift Sports Information Office Named in Honor of Ed Alsene
The IWU Sports Information Director's office has been named in honor of former director Ed Alsene, thanks to a generous anonymous donation by an alumnus in Alsene's name.


• For the second straight year, junior Skyler Tomko has been elected to the Academic All-District 7 Division III women's soccer team and will be on the ballot for the Academic All-America Team.

• Head Volleyball Coach Kim Nelson-Brown won her 400th career game as the Titans picked up their 21st win of the season on Oct. 30.

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Monday, Nov. 2

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.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Sexual Assault Initiatives Update:  A Campus Climate Survey Report – Presented by Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall. In Spring 2015, IWU conducted the Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey developed by the Higher Education Data Sharing group (HEDS). This non-org will present the results of the climate survey, benchmark information (with 54 peer institutions also participating in the survey) and the implications for future campus education and response. 

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

7 p.m., 202, State Farm Hall – "New Rules for Climate Protection: Student and Citizen Action to Change the Future"

Tuesday, Nov. 3

4:30 p.m., 002, State Farm Hall – English Student/Faculty Colloquium – James Plath, R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English, will present "What Makes a Fictional Character Great?" and Lydia Hartlaub '16 will present "Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit in Context," sponsored by English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Chamber Music Recital to Feature Brass Quintets

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Through Wednesday, Nov. 11 –
Class Registration for Spring 2016

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series - Podium Skills: Improving Your Presentations

3-5 p.m., Eckley Quad, near Joslin Atrium – IWU Peace Garden Market – (Weather permitting) Selling a variety of fresh produce from the IWU Peace Garden.

4 p.m., Lecture Hall (Room 218), Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Communication Interventions for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease – This presentation by School of Nursing faculty members Ann Eckhardt, Noel Kerr, Wendy Kooken and Amy Yeates is open to the entire campus community; offered in connection with the upcoming Wakeley Gallery exhibit "Pursuing the Ephemeral, Painting the Enduring: Alzheimer's and the Artwork of William Utermohlen," made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, please contact Dr. Noel Kerr at ext. 3672 or

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Struggles for Freedom Series: "Rosewater"  – "Rosewater" (2015) will be screened as part of a series of talks and films sponsored by the Political Science Department. These events are made possible through generous grants provided by the Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowment Fund.

7 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer - CCIW Semifinal – Live video at

Thursday, Nov. 5

4 p.m., C101, CNS – Teach-In on the Syrian War and the Refugee Crisis – Join Development Studies for a Teach-In on the Syrian War and the Refugee Crisis.
A panel will be introduced and moderated by Professor of History Tom Lutze, with brief presentations by Professor of History Mike Weis on the complexity of domestic and international forces fueling the Syrian conflict; Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery on the Syrian refugee migrations to Europe and the politics of their reception there, especially in Hungary; and Irv Epstein, Ben and Susan Rhodes Endowed Professor in Peace and Social Justice, chair of Educational Studies and director of the Center for Human Rights, on the broader question of human rights and human migrations.
The panel presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

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., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series - Dispelling Myths: Whose Land is This Anyway? – The politics behind land ownership, civility, and its consequences will be discussed as part of the 3D Series (Diversity, Dignity and Dialogue), a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" – (2009, Sweden) Presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis. Due to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Estonian Choir - the Heinavanker Ensemble

Friday, Nov. 6

12 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Chili Cook-Off – This is a friendly competition to see who can create the finest chili at IWU, free and open to the IWU community. TASTERS NEEDED! This year’s winners will receive some great prizes. Toppings will be provided.
If you wish to submit your chili, please register by Thursday, Nov. 5: email or call ext. 3334.

4 p.m., Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Opening Reception for Utermohlen Art Exhibit

4 p.m., C101 CNS – Natural Science Colloquium

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – New Music Cafe

9 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Undercover 27 Music Competition to Showcase Illinois Wesleyan Talent

Saturday, Nov. 7

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. Wheaton College (Seniors' Day) – Live video at

4 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – IWU Women's Soccer - CCIW Championship – Live video at

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble

Monday, Nov. 9

Through Dec. 4
, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – In addition to the artwork of William Utermohlen in Wakeley Gallery, an exhibit entitled "This Indecent Land" by photographer Jennifer Ray will be displayed in Merwin Gallery.

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

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: On Middle Sexualities and Resisting Labels – Matthew Damschroder, assistant dean of students for campus life, will present as part of the Queer Lives Speaker and Performer Series.

4 p.m., Room 105, CLA – Religion Department Colloquium: "God's Handwriting: Biblical Geography and the Invention of Central America" – Presented by Assistant Professor of English Molly Robey, co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies team of the International Studies program.

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Monday, Nov. 2

4 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – Bard College's Environmental Masters Programs Info Session – Considering graduate school? Learn about Bard College's MBA in sustainability and their master's degree in environmental science from Eban Goodstein, who is director of Bard's Center for Environmental Policy and director of their MBA in Sustainability.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

4 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Intern in Asia!  Find Out How – Come to this info session and learn about the opportunities available for current sophomores or juniors of any major who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Funding support for internships in Hong Kong, the Philippines and other locations in Asia includes airfare, housing and living allowance.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

11:30 a.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Workshop: Building Your Personal Brand – What are you known for? Do you know how to build and enhance your personal brand? If you aren't certain, attend this workshop, presented by Chris Mullen, director of Technology Research Division at State Farm.
Applying for jobs or internships? Want to make an impression? This workshop is for you!

7 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Advertising Education Foundation Speaker: Social Responsibility and Advertising – Co-sponsored by the American Marketing Association campus chapter and the Hart Career Center.

Friday, Nov. 6

12 p.m., Hart Career Center – Career Exploration - For Your Future Friday Series – Still looking for the perfect career for you? Pizza and career guidance await at the Hart Career Center!

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Titans In The News

WJBC Radio
A late Illinois Wesleyan graduate who credited his success as a trial attorney to his theatre training at the university will have his legacy live forever on campus, with a $2.5 million gift to the theatre program. Also in The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph

Richard F. Wilson said what he liked most as president of Illinois Wesleyan was interacting with students and seeing them transform.

The Pantagraph

During a summer internship, Jenny Prochotsky '16 helped launch the Veggie Oasis, which gleans unsold produce from the Farmers Market to distribute for free in west Bloomington neighborhoods.

The Pantagraph
Assistant Professor of Music Joe Plazak, who is also a flight instructor, proposed to his girlfriend via their flight path.

Peoria Journal Star
Final words from Marine Ryan Beaupre '95 to his parents, delivered after his death in Iraq, are a continuing source of comfort.

> More Titans in the News


• Assistant Professor of Psychology Ellen E. Furlong, John Furlong of Transylvania University, and IWU seniors Stephanie AuBuchon, Jessica Kraut, Netherland Joiner, Jennifer Knowles, Kali Lewis and Megan Win published about their comparative cognition research in Frontiers in Psychology. The article is entitled, "If you build it they will come: Fostering comparative psychology at small liberal arts institutions. Commentary: 'A crisis in comparative psychology: where have all the undergraduates gone?'"

•  Patricia J. Wynne '67 illustrated the book A Natural History of Wine by Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle, published by Yale University Press.

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


Welcome New Employees

Jodi Rowe started Oct. 26 as assistant vice president for alumni engagement - Advancement. The position was created in a department reorganization due to employee departures through the Voluntary Staff Exit Program.


Think Green

Bard College's Environmental Masters Programs Info Session

Monday, Nov. 2
4 p.m.
102, State Farm Hall

Considering graduate school? Learn about Bard College's MBA in sustainability and their master's degree in environmental science from Eban Goodstein, who is director of Bard's Center for Environmental Policy and director of their MBA in Sustainability.

New Rules for Climate Protection: Student and Citizen Action to Change the Future

Monday, Nov. 2
7 p.m.
202, State Farm Hall
*Note New Location*

Eban Goodstein, the initiator of the Power Dialog, will discuss the upcoming climate conferences in Paris, the U.S. Clean Power Plan, and the Power Dialog.

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