Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Nov. 9, 2015

Campus News

Jodi Rowe To Lead New Office of Alumni Engagement
Jodi Rowe, Blackburn College's executive director of annual giving and alumni affairs, has been named assistant vice president of alumni engagement at Illinois Wesleyan.

Megan and Tim Veterans Find Warm Welcome at Illinois Wesleyan
Megan Schumacher '18 and Tim Leiser '16 are veterans who served in Afghanistan before enrolling at Wesleyan, where they were drawn by personal attention from faculty and staff.

Evan and Kenny New Musical GIANT Features Alum Kasprzak's Choreography
In the Midwest premiere of GIANT, Illinois Wesleyan will feature choreography by alumnus and professional dancer Evan Kasprzak '10.


Both the women's soccer team and the volleyball team lost in their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournaments last weekend, and each await their fate Nov. 9 (today) to see if they are selected for an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.

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Monday, Nov. 9

Through Dec. 4
, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – "Pursuing the Ephemeral, Painting the Enduring: Alzheimer's and the Artwork of William Utermohlen" is on display in Wakeley Gallery, and "This Indecent Land" by photographer Jennifer Ray will be displayed in Merwin Gallery.

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

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.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Winning the Battle Against Mass Incarceration – James Kilgore of the University of Illinois Global Studies Program will highlight why mass incarceration has become a crucial civil rights issue for the 21st century and ways of addressing its consequences. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

6 p.m., 101, CNS – Substance Abuse Program – The women of Sigma Kappa invite all Greek community members and IWU students for an educational program on substance abuse. A guest speaker from Counseling and Consultation Services will facilitate discussion on this important topic.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Fourth Annual French Film Festival: La ConnectionDue to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

4 p.m., Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Poetry Reading by Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz – This event is offered in connection with the 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 – Fourth Annual French Film Festival: L'ecume des JoursDue to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Through Friday, Nov. 13
, various locations across campus – Silent Witnesses
(Also see announcement below)

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series - The Ames Advantage: Research Skills for Success

5:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Hunger Banquet – Sponsored by International Studies, the Hunger Banquet lets you sample how the world eats. Tickets are $5/each (cash only, please) and can be purchased from Sarah Roberts, CLA 150, or in the Dugout or CNS lobby daily during lunch hours. Proceeds will be donated to an organization that helps fight hunger.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Fourth Annual French Film Festival: Le Premier Jour Du Reste de Ta VieDue to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

Thursday, Nov. 12

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Open Forum on Diversity – Student Senate will host an open discussion for students, faculty and staff about what diversity means to us individually and what problems we should address as a campus community.

1 p.m., Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Walk/Discussion (with Psychological Focus) – Presented by Assistant Professor of Psychology Mignon Monpetit, this event is offered in connection with the Wakeley Gallery exhibit "Pursuing the Ephemeral, Painting the Enduring: Alzheimer's and the Artwork of William Utermohlen."

4 p.m., Basement / Fellowship Area, Evelyn Chapel  – ReligiosiTEA with Beverly Smith, Assistant Director of the Native American House at University of Illinois-Urbana – 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.

4 p.m., E104, CNS – Study Abroad London Program Informational Session – Students are invited to come and learn about IWU's Study Abroad Program in London.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: French Immersion – Presented by Professor of French Christopher Callahan as part of the French Film Festival (Nov. 9-12). Due to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series - Through the Eyes of My Ancestors: One Woman's Navajo Narrative – Beverly Smith, assistant director of the Native American House at University of Illinois-Urbana, will tell the often-silenced story of Native American individuals in this country while sharing her personal experiences.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symphonic Winds and Jazz Lab

Friday, Nov. 13

4 p.m., Anderson Auditorium (C101), CNS – Faculty Colloquium - William Munro: "The Meaning of Hunger: How the Global Politics of Food Security Creates the Problem it Seeks to Solve"

7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra "Pops"

Saturday, Nov. 14

Faculty Open House – Prospective students and families have the opportunity to meet with members of the IWU faculty and admissions staff, tour campus, and learn about financial aid and student life.

8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Parking Lot, Hansen Student Center – America Recycles Day - MEGA Recycling Event

1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Composition Recital: Sam Mullooly '16

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Praise, Prayer, Pizza Night – Hosted by student organization Death Resurrection Life (DRL), partnering with New Life Covenant Church.

  5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel –  A Capella Concert - Silence Interrupted

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Benedictine University – Live streaming video at

Sunday, November 15

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Unlicensed Syncopation: An Afternoon of Vocal Jazz – Featuring the vocal jazz ensemble directed by Andrew Dahan, visiting instructor in music.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting

Monday, Nov. 16

•  Class Registration for May Term

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Non-Org: Experiences of Working on Interdisciplinary Mellon Grants – Presented by a panel: Assistant Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken (Utermohlen Exhibit), Assistant Dean of Students Matthew Damschroder (LGBT Issues and Trans-Rights), Chaplain Elyse Nelson-Winger (Development of Interfaith Prayer Space), and Assistant Professor and Sciences Librarian Crystal Boyce (Art and Science –Through the Looking Glass). This event is offered in connection with the Wakeley Gallery exhibit "Pursuing the Ephemeral, Painting the Enduring: Alzheimer's and the Artwork of William Utermohlen."

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Monday, Nov. 9

State Farm
will be on campus for internship interviews.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Health Professions - Alumni Speaker Series – Meet alumni in a wide variety of health professions and learn more about their careers and professional journeys. Join the Hart Career Center for an opportunity to network with practicing health professionals.

State Farm will be on campus for internship interviews.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

10 a.m. -1 p.m. , Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Nursing Career Fair Nursing majors of all years should attend this fair to meet representatives from hospitals and healthcare facilities and learn about potential internships and full-time positions. Visit the Hart Career Center website for details.

Friday, Nov. 13

1-4 p.m., University of Illinois - Chicago Forum (UIC), Government Job Fair Located at the University of Illinois-Chicago, this free event is an excellent opportunity for students to connect with local, state and federal employers. Students are also invited to attend the Fall Government College Relations Council Meeting (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) with keynote address by Thomas McDonald, senior economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Silent Witnesses

Wednesday- Friday, Nov. 11 - 13

Wednesday through Friday, you are invited to pause and reflect on incidents of domestic and intimate partner violence that occur on our campus, within our local community and beyond. The Illinois Silent Witness Display will appear in locations across campus and share the actual true stories of women, children and men who have experienced neglect, abuse and death at the hands of a spouse, a partner or a parent. Please take a moment to read these moving stories. Be aware of the signs of violence. Be present in the lives of friends and others. Ask questions. Provide resources and support. IWU Counseling and Consultation Services provides safe and confidential counseling for students. The Neville House provides local resources and support to women and children experiencing family violence and can be reached at (309) 827-7070. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a national support and crisis resource available at

Sponsored by: IWU Sexual Assault Task Force, Counseling and Consultation Services, Division of Student Affairs, and Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA)

Thanksgiving Break Information for Students
Needing to Stay in the Residence Halls

All IWU residence halls will be closing for the 2015 Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m., and do not reopen until Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.

Students, if you need to stay in your hall or have access to it during the break, you must request access as soon as possible.

  • You will need a special break key in order for you to access the building; your regular exterior key will not work.
  • For Thanksgiving Recess you should make that request online at the link below before Thursday, Nov. 19 to avoid charges.
  • More information about approved reasons for staying & requesting a break key is available here.
  • If you have any questions, please ask your Residence Hall Director.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Economist
Using the new federal college scorecard to compare the average earnings of graduates against other schools, Illinois Wesleyan comes out ahead.

The Pantagraph
A teach-in at IWU was set to explore the continuing war in Syria, the resulting surge in refugees and various factors complicating the crisis.

WJBC Radio
A group of five researchers, including Wesleyan’s William Munro, have received a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study agriculture in Africa.

WGLT Radio
Action Research Center Director Deborah Halperin, one of the speakers at the Nov. 7 TEDx conference in Normal, discusses "Empowering Young People to Get Stuff Done."

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan is working with other local colleges to form a regional task force to combat sexual violence. Also on WMBD/WYZZ TV.

The Columbia Missourian
As the training and education specialist for Active Minds Speakers Bureau, Maggie Bertram '05 encourages people to speak out about mental illness.

The Pantagraph

Assistant Dean and Director of Counseling Services Annorah Moorman offered advice for students struggling with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed.

> More Titans in the News


• Residence Director Jacob Deters is starring in the Community Players Theatre production of Legally Blonde. Performances continue Nov. 12-15 & 19-22.

•  Associate Professor of Political Science Min-hyung Kim was a panelist on the topic "The Republic of Korea’s National Strategy in the Global Era," as part of discussions on the 70th anniversary of the Korean Liberation: Achievements, Challenges and the Future, hosted by the Northeast Asian History Foundation & The Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30.

•  Assistant Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera will present "A New Instrument to Study Space Chemistry" on Nov. 16 at the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories at the University of Iowa.

• Professor and Scholarly Communications Librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl published "A Survey of Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research Programs" in the top-tiered journal College & Research Libraries (C&RL).

The research article was co-authored with Merinda Hensley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sarah Shreeves, University of Miami. The survey investigates the importance of library support in the development of undergraduate research programs, with a critical look at the factors that contribute to successful collaborations.

•  George McGee '72 is the 2015 recipient of the John Walker Manning Mentor and Teaching Award at Georgetown College in Kentucky, where he is professor of theatre and film. The award is presented annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated leadership in mentoring and counseling students in their academic course work, and who has shown excellence in teaching.

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


Welcome New Employee

Donna Haas
started Nov. 2 as operations coordinator in Admissions, replacing Shannon Wisecup. Shannon Wisecup became senior coordinator of campus visits in Admissions, replacing Debbie Smyth, who passed away in June.


Think Green

America Recycles Day - MEGA Recycling Event

Saturday, Nov. 14
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Parking Lot, Hansen Student Center

One Day, One Time, One Place ‐ recycle many things at once!

- Electronics (Computers, VCRs, phones, small kitchen appliances, etc.) – NO CRT (older style) TVs or monitors accepted
- Household batteries (alkaline, watch batteries, rechargeables)
- Clothing and textiles (usable or not)
- Shoes (usable or not)
- Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)
- Plastic garden pots
- Terracycle items
- Eyeglasses and hearing aids
- Residential wastes ONLY—no business wastes accepted

No hazardous wastes, chemicals, paints, large appliances, or CRT (older style) TVs or monitors accepted.

Find more information or volunteer to help.

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