Campus Weekly
Jan. 11, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Students Advise Bakery During Business Brigade In Honduras
During winter break, 19 Illinois Wesleyan students spent a week in Honduras on a business-related service trip, helping women who run a bakery microenterprise in an agricultural community.
MLK Teach-In To Focus on Education and Social Justice
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In, which traditionally honors Dr. King's contributions to civil rights, will feature three panels discussing this year's theme, "Education and social justice."
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Titan Athletics
Both the women's basketball and men's basketball teams defeated Carthage College by more than 20-point margins on Jan. 9 at the Shirk Center.
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Monday, Jan. 11
Through Feb. 4, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries – Art Exhibits – “Den” by Asia Ward will be in the Merwin Gallery and “Her Undulating Earth” by Jane Ryder will be in the Wakeley Gallery.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: The Syllabus – Kate Browne, technology trainer, and Carmela Ferradáns, professor of Hispanic Studies and chair of the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETAL), will share tips for creating and designing syllabi.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 12
8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty Composition Recital – A recital entitled Logogenesis will feature works composed by Provost Jonathan Green, including the premiere of a piece inspired by a Walt Whitman poem.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Millikin University
Thursday, Jan. 14
12:10 p.m., Governor Fifer Courtroom (2nd Floor), McLean County Museum of History, North Main Street, Bloomington – Lunch and Learn - Linda French: "Hiking in Illinois (and Beyond)" – Professor of Physics Linda French will discuss hiking and suggest places in Central Illinois where people of all experience and fitness levels can enjoy walking outside. The brown bag Lunch and Learn Series is offered in partnership by McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Wesleyan University and Collaborative Solutions Institute.

4 p.m., Fellowship Area (basement), Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – Tess Kelley '16 will reflect on her study abroad experience in Bhutan. She will provide a presentation on the history of the country and how that affects the current religious landscape.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Study Abroad Fair – All students are invited to learn more about the study abroad options available at IWU.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "The True Cost" (2015, USA) will be presented by Associate Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures Scott Sheridan.
Friday, Jan. 15
6 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's Swimming and Diving vs. Wabash College
Saturday, Jan. 16
9 a.m.-noon, Home Sweet Home Mission – Community Service at Home Sweet Home – Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been a federal holiday in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. In remembrance of the immense service Dr. King provided for this country, MLK Day is also designated as a Day of Service. In honoring this day, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites interested students to sign up to participate in a community service opportunity at Home Sweet Home. We will be sorting donated items that will be sold at the Mission Mart. If you are interested, please contact Brandon Common ( in the ODI office.

10 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Titan Triangular

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at
Sunday, Jan. 17
3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Guest Artist: Andrew Arceci, Bass Viola de Gamba
Monday, Jan. 18
1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In: Struggle for Equal Education in America – A "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event.

4-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival
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Hart Career Center Programs for Students
All Day, Hart Career Center – January Jump Start: Photos/ Resume Reviews/ Practice Interviews – Job/Internship Prep in a convenient one-stop-shop! Plan ahead to visit the Hart Career Center on Fridays in January to get your LinkedIn Profile up-to-date (dress in your professional best for a new head shot), dust off your resume and hone your interview skills through practice interviews with local employers. Students will have the opportunity to participate in all three services throughout the day – see Titan Career Link to sign up for all-day Practice Interview and Resume Review times.
*LinkedIn photos will be taken in the Hart Career Center office from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

12 p.m., Hart Career Center – Jump Start Your Job Search: For Your Future Friday Series – Students are invited to learn the many ways that the Hart Career Center can help, from on-campus interviews to career fairs to online tools you can use in the comfort of your own room. Pizza served.
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  • Marina Balina, Isaac Funk Professor and Professor of Russian Studies, was the recipient of a research grant from the International Youth Library, Munich, Germany, where she spent three months working on her new research project, a comparative study of German and Russian children’s literature of the 1920s-1930s.

    During her stay in Europe, Balina gave invited guest lectures and conducted seminars on Russian children’s literature at the University of Strasbourg, France; University of Glasgow, Scotland; University of Padova, Italy; University of Hamburg, and University of Passau, Germany.

    She presented the keynote address entitled “Soviet Children’s Literature as Illusio in Practice: Struggle for Autonomy and Strategies of Survival” at the International conference “Literary Field under the Communist Regime: Structure, Functions, Illusio,” organized by the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius, Lithuania, Oct. 7-9, 2015.

    She has published the following book chapters:
    • “To Catch Up and Overtake Disney? – Soviet and Post-Soviet Fairy Tale Films” (with Birgit Beumers) in Fairy Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspective, eds. Jack Zipes, Pauline Greenhill, and Kendra Magnus-Johnson, New York: Routledge, 2015, pp. 229 – 287.
    • “(Auto) Biographical Prose” in Russian Literature Since 1991, eds. Evgeny Dobrenko and Mark Lipovetsky. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015, pp. 188-206, 2015.

    She served as guest editor and author of the introduction to the special issue on Childhood as Device: Strategies and Practices of Auto/biographical Writing, AutobiografiЯ: Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture, v.4, Fall 2015, Padova University, pp. 20 -31.

  • Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr published the article, with Dehling, M., Greenbaum, E. and Sinsch, U. (2015): Embryogenesis and tadpole description of Hyperolius castaneus Ahl, 1931 and H. jackie Dehling, 2012 (Anura: Hyperoliidae) from montane bog pools ZooKeys 546:125–152.

  • Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli was a panelist on the topic "Fostering Advanced Oral Proficiency: Initiatives in the Undergraduate Foreign Language Curriculum" at the Modern Language Association annual convention, Jan. 7 in Austin, Texas.

    In addition, Isabelli presented "Institutional Assessment of Second Language Learning Outcomes" and, with C. Quagliarello, "Best Practices for Incorporating Google Apps in the Language Classroom" at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual conference, November 2015 in San Diego, California.

  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo attended the Dec. 30, 2015 world premiere of his composition Weave by the Taipei Liuqin Ensemble, a Chinese plucked-string orchestra, at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. Weave is the second composition of Vayo's that the group has premiered.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary, along with alumni Yuliana Zaikman '12 and Erin Vogel '12, published the article "The Influence of Early Experiences and Adult Attachment on the Exhibition of the Sexual Double Standard" in Sexuality and Culture.

    Also, Vicary and assistant professors of psychology Ellen Furlong and Abbie Kerr presented "Departmental Writing Rubrics: Pros & Cons" on Jan. 4 at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • Christopher Holland ’04, an assistant public defender in DuPage County, published “A Defense Counsel’s Guide to Preserving Evidence” in the DCBA Brief, the Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association, Volume 28, Issue 2, Oct. 2015.

  • David Priess ’93 authored The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama, to be released by PublicAffairs on March 1. Priess served during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as an award-winning intelligence officer at the CIA as well as a desk officer at the State Department.

  • Shelby Steege ’98, drama teacher and director at Spencer County Middle School in Taylorsville, Kentucky, shared her theatre stories.

  • Bridget Wall ’08 received her doctorate in biological engineering from MIT in June. Her doctoral thesis, "Engineered tools for studying the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum," focused on using biological engineering techniques to learn more about the pathology of the malaria parasite.

    She spent the summer consulting for Life Science Alley, now the Medical Alley Association, a Minnesota organization headed by fellow alum Shaye Mandle '93.

    Wall started work this fall with Medtronic as a scientific communications specialist within the Aortic/Peripheral Vascular/EndoVenous division. She is responsible for disseminating clinical trial results for products such as drug­-coated angioplasty balloons, stents, and other related surgical devices.
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It is Time to Update Your Password
The new authentication system implemented in July of 2015, which supports logging in to IWU services such as email, Moodle, MyIWU, and the wireless network, requires a password change every 180 days for security purposes. Those 180 days are up for much of the campus community this month. Now is a good time to change your password prior to being prompted or wondering why you cannot log in to IWU services when your password expires.

Here is what to do:
  • Go to
  • Enter your NetID - The part of your email address before
  • Enter your current password you use to check email, log on to MyIWU, etc.
  • Enter a new password to use for the next 180 days
You will need to enter your new password on your portable devices that are used to check email and/or access the wireless network. Apple products will prompt you to enter the new password once your new password is created. Some Android devices will not prompt you to enter the new password. Go to settings on Android devices to update the passwords if necessary.

Please contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance, or phone (309) 556-3900.
Titans In The News
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
William Tyree '39, who as a Ripon College philosophy professor inspired a hat tip from former student Harrison Ford in an Indiana Jones movie, died Jan. 2 at age 98. Also in the Peoria Journal Star.
Atlantic City (N.J.) Weekly
Lauren Hansen Brancato '97 performs as a member of The Sweethearts, replicating popular groups, artists and music of the past 70 years. Also featured in the Cherry Hill, N.J., Courier-Post.
Yahoo Health
Research by Wesleyan's Amanda Vicary suggests that people are drawn to true crime entertainment, perhaps unconsciously, for self-preservation – to learn how to avoid becoming victims.
Chicago Tribune
Former attorney Emily Herrell '08 made her debut at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival as part of the comedy duo Sister Wives.
Sauk Valley Media
Kevin O’Keefe '06, who is the band director at Challand Middle School in Sterling, was named to the Sterling Band Commission.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan has joined other universities in banning hoverboards from campus, due to safety concerns.
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Welcome New Employee
Kelli Perkins started Jan. 4 as the Assistant Director of Residential Life / Director of First-Year Experiences in the Office of Residential Life, replacing Terrance Bond.
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