Campus Weekly

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Nov. 30, 2015

Campus News

Panama Photo Contest Celebrates Life-Changing Study Abroad
Illinois Wesleyan's annual study abroad photo contest encourages students to share and celebrate their experiences studying outside the United States.

Holiday University Celebrates the Season with Variety of Special Events
Holiday events will include the annual Christmas Choral Concert, "Light the Night" celebration, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa dinners, holiday caroling and a gift wrapping party.


• Junior Skyler Tomko was elected to the third team of the 2015 Academic All-America Division III women's soccer squads. Tomko becomes the 118th Illinois Wesleyan Academic All-American since the program began in 1970, a total that is tied for 23rd among all participating colleges and universities across all NCAA divisions.

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Monday, Nov. 30

11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Also on Tuesday, Dec. 1), Dugout, Memorial Center – Thanksgiving Clothes Drive – Those who donate will get candy canes, and he or she donating the angstiest high school apparel will be publicized. Sponsored by the Philanthropy Committee of Phi Mu Alpha.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "On Reading University Financial Reports" – Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy Mark Criley will discuss how to read university financial reports, including audited financial statements and IPEDs data. He will share his experience from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Summer Institute sessions on the topic and what he learned about IWU's data.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

5-8 p.m., Room 101, State Farm Hall – Write4Rights 2015 Hosted by Amnesty International – Please join IWU Amnesty International for our 4th annual Write4Rights event. Every year around Human Rights Day, hundreds of thousands of people fight with Amnesty International on behalf of 12 selected Prisoners of Conscience. We collectively fight for these prisoners by sending countless letters to the people who can make a difference. This is a fun, community-driven event, and snacks and music will be provided.

6-11 p.m., The Ames Library – Anti-Procrastination Project – Writing Center staff and librarians will be in The Ames Library to support completion of student projects/papers/videos etc. If they need help working on video editing – we are there! If they are finishing a poster – Yes! Starting a paper and don’t know where to begin – we can talk them through the research process. Writing Center tutors and Joel Haefner will be on hand to review drafts of papers. ITS staff have agreed to be available for technical questions that may be hanging someone up with creating that special project. Poster printing on demand will also be possible from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Hanukkah Dinner – IWU Hillel will host its annual Hanukkah Dinner, free to the IWU community. Enjoy great holiday foods and learn about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

11 a.m., Entry Level, Ames Library – Course Cluster Open House: Student Presentations – Featuring work centered on the Nation(s) Divided? theme, refreshments and conversation.

6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Kwanzaa Dinner – The Black Student Union will host its annual Kwanzaa Dinner, free to the IWU community. Come enjoy great food and learn about the holiday of Kwanzaa, celebrated Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 each year.

Thursday, Dec. 3

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.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – IWU Jazz Sextet – Directed by Assistant Professor Tim Pitchford.

8 p.m., Sanctuary, Evelyn Chapel – Light the Night: A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light

Friday, Dec. 4


Saturday, Dec. 5

10 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Titan First Chance Meet

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Percussion Ensemble Concert

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. University of Chicago

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Washington University-St. Louis – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Winter Bash Swing Dance – IWU Swing Dance Club will host its first annual Winter Bash swing dance, teaching beginner East Coast swing from 7-7:40 p.m., followed by an open swing dance until 10 p.m., and concluding with blues dance until 11 p.m. Join us for a free, fun night of music, dancing, and many pictures.

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

Sunday, Dec. 6

3 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington – Christmas Choral Concert

Monday, Dec. 7

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "AAUP Presents..." – Presented by the IWU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors to discuss issues scheduled on the agenda of the upcoming faculty meeting.

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

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Friday, Dec. 4

12 p.m., Hart Career Center – Resumes & Cover Letters - For Your Future Friday Series – Create a resume that employers will notice. 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.


Faculty-Staff Holiday Luncheon

Friday, Dec. 11
11:45 a.m.
Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center

Faculty and staff are invited to the 2015 Holiday Luncheon

RSVP to“” or 556-3540 by Monday, Dec. 7 if you plan on attending and wish to be included in the gift drawing.

We will continue our Illinois Wesleyan tradition of accepting contributions of food or cash to donate to organizations that help fulfill the needs of others during the holiday luncheon.

Acacia Holiday Party

To Illinois Wesleyan Faculty and Staff
From Andrew Pichette, Chapter Relations, Acacia Fraternity

On behalf of the gentlemen in my fraternity, I would like to cordially invite you to our Faculty Christmas Party this year. We will be celebrating on Reading Day, Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m. This serves as an opportunity for our faculty and staff to get to know the men from Acacia as well as our organization as a whole, but primarily gives us a chance to reach out and meet all the faculty and staff that play such an important role in our IWU experience.

In light of the holidays, we will have Acacia (Adams Hall) festively decorated to welcome in the holiday season while closing yet another academic semester. We will be celebrating with warm drinks, fresh-baked sweets compliments of our chapter advisor’s wife, and perhaps we can convince the musically-inclined Acacians to perform a few festive tunes throughout the course of the party.

Whether you know a member of Acacia or not, please stop by any time you have a chance from 4-6 p.m. Feel free to stay the entire duration or only for a few minutes, as we know you are just as busy as we are this time of year.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. We thank you for and appreciate everything you do for Acacia and the Illinois Wesleyan community. We hope to see you on Monday the 7th!

Andrew Pichette

The Acacia House, Adams Hall (1401 N. Main St.), is across from the Munsell-Ferguson dormitories on the corner of Main and Beecher Streets.

#TGOE Winter is Coming

Josh and Kirstyn

Order your Titan hats and scarves here.

Need a gift? Homecoming shirts are for sale at reduced prices in the Alumni Office by Subway.

Snow and Ice Procedures

As we are approaching the snow and ice season, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us.

Please do not put those requests into SchoolDude. Please call us at Physical Plant at 556-3066 during our regular hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After hours, please call Security at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.

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

All IWU residence halls will be closing for the 2015 Winter Recess on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., and will not reopen until Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m.

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 to access the building; your regular exterior key will not work.
  • For Winter Recess, you should make that request online at the link below before Thursday, Dec. 3 to avoid charges.
  • More information about approved reasons for staying & requesting a break key is available at
  • If you have any questions, please ask your Residence Hall Director.

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Titans In The News

KOLN/KGIN TV (Nebraska)
With experience as a color commentator for Illinois Wesleyan’s basketball broadcasts, Joe Musso '13 joined the First News Nebraska news team.

Hudson Star Observer (Wisconsin)
James Schuppener '74 has been named the new choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Wisconsin.

> More Titans in the News


Wings, a composition for cello and piano by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo, was performed at the University of Seoul, Korea on Oct. 30. The concert was part of an exchange program between the Suwon Music Society and Access Contemporary Music, a Chicago-based organization.

Krystina Kelley '98 and Mary Beam '87 were among 102 St. Louis-area educators to receive an Emerson Excellence in Teaching award. The awards pay tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for their achievements and dedication to the field of education.

Janel Patterson '92, founder of the social media site Frienedy, spoke about children's social media safety on the LawEnforcement.Social podcast.

Mark Yakich '92, professor of English at Loyola University and editor of New Orleans Review, wrote the book, Poetry: A Survivor's Guide, published this month by Bloomsbury Academic.

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


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