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Campus Weekly
April 11, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
All In Titans Show They're "All in for Wesleyan"
The Titan spirit was palpable both online and on campus for the University's annual one-day giving challenge, with 1,940 donors raising $539,882.
JWPRC Illinois Wesleyan Students to Showcase Work at Research Conference
More than 140 students will present research, artwork or musical performances at the 27th annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference.
NicoleMusic Alumna Joining Ensemble of The King and I
Nicole Besa (Chamberlin) '14 was selected to appear in the production of The King and I by Lyric Opera of Chicago, considered among the most innovative opera houses in the country.
PillarIllinois Wesleyan Announces 2016 Eckley Scholars
Martha Aguirre ’17, Boryana Borisova ’17, Paige Buschman ’17, Shannon Maloney ’18 and Zachary Silver ’18 are recipients of Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowships.
Campus Seven Students To Study at Oxford University

Zoe Bouras ’18, Jia “Muyi” Yang ’18, David Shacklette ’18, Qiying “Selena” Shen ’18, Ke “Coco” Zhang ’18, Guo “Timur’’ Chen ’18 and Wenting “Suki” Zhao ’18 have been accepted to study at Oxford University for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Mortar Board Mortar Board Egas Chapter Inducts Jensen, New Members
Illinois Wesleyan's chapter of the Mortar Board national honor society has inducted President Eric Jensen as an honorary member along with 18 new collegiate members.
Deb Students and Faculty Honored for Civic Engagement
Student groups, athletic teams and individuals were honored along with faculty, staff and community partners at the recent Civic Engagement Banquet.
Rebecca Gearhart Named Kemp Teaching Award Winner
Rebecca Gearhart was named the 2017 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence at Honors Convocation, where 2016 winner Linda French discussed “The Long and Winding Trail” of her career.
Bill Former DreamWorks Chief Damaschke to Speak at Commencement
Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Bill Damaschke '85, the producer of two Broadway-bound musicals, will present the address at the University's Commencement on Sunday, May 1.
Carlina Scholarly and Artistic Sessions on Collaborative Engagement
Video from the Alumni Showcase and Artistic and Scholarly Sessions, presented during Inauguration week as part of the theme, "The Liberal Arts in the 21st Century: A Spotlight on Collaborative Engagement," are now available to view.
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Titan Athletics

Junior Sarah Trach is one of 16 Division III players from 13 schools across the country who will play for the USA D-3 Soccer Team in four matches in Brazil against top U-22 club teams in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro from May 24 to June 2.

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Monday, April 11

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Writing Analytically – Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis and Professor of English Mike Theune will give a presentation on the writing textbook Writing Analytically, by David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen, which they find very helpful. It supplements the pedagogical methods of They Say / I Say by providing language and techniques for teaching critical thinking and active reading, activities that are key to strong writing but that can be difficult to teach systematically. This Non-org continues and concludes this year’s conversation about the use of writing textbooks in Gateway and writing-intensive classes.


Through Tuesday, April 19, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibitions – Works by graduating art majors and minors will be displayed April 11-19, with a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, April 16.

6 p.m., Shirk Center Performance Arena – Tommy Awards – Student athletes will be honored.

7 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – Women of Color Week - Dispelling the Myths – Students will lead a presentation and discussion about harmful stereotypes surrounding women of color.

Tuesday, April 12

4 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Millikin University

5:30 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Women of Color Week - Women of Color in the Work Place – Professional women from the area will talk about their experiences as a woman in their field.

6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Knox College – Live streaming video at

6 p.m., The Ames Library – Anti-Procrastination Project – Writing Center staff and library faculty will be in The Ames Library to support students in completion of projects/papers/videos/mash-ups etc. Library faculty will be at the Library Service Desk and roving the floors for easy access to a person, if you are just starting on a paper and don’t know where to begin, or need help with the research process to find just the right articles/books/websites to complete your list of needed resources. The Writing Center tutors and Joel Hefner will be on hand to review drafts of papers. We want to help you get over the hump that is holding you back in order to finish those projects due before finals. Poster printing on demand will be available from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Two massage therapists will be available from 7-9 p.m. for stress relief (Sign up for 10-minute slots at Room 139). Snacks and de-stress fun will also be in the mix. Any questions, please contact Sue Anderson or 309-556-3358

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Fame: the Musical

Wednesday, April 13

11 a.m.-1p.m., The Ames Library – Course Cluster Open House – A "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Survival Tips For Finals

4 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Millikin University (Doubleheader) – Live streaming video at

4 p.m., Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Reading by Creative Writing Awards Winners – Award recipients Anna Lowenthal '16, Grace McGovern '18, and Hanna Peterson '18 will read from their work. The event is free and open to the public.

7 p.m., State Farm Hall steps, Eckley Quadrangle – Take Back the Night: An IWU Gathering in Support of Survivors of Sexual Assault – Come and stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault as they tell their stories and we all walk our campus and claim it as a safe place at all times for all people. Sponsored by the IWU Sexual Assault Task Force and F:EM (Feminism: Equality Matters); also part of IWU Women of Color Week.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Fame: the Musical

Thursday, April 14

11 a.m., Nell Eckley Lounge, Memorial Center – Women of Color Week - Wear Your Passions – The Black Student Union, Spanish and Latino Student Association, and Feminism: Equality Matters will host an informational poster session on women of color in our respective fields.

11:45 a.m., Bertholf Commons/Turfler Room, Memorial Center – 50th Anniversary of the IWU Federal Credit Union – Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate. See details below.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - "Wolf Totem" (2015, China) will be presented by Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Fame: the Musical

Friday, April 15

4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquium (Chemistry Colloquium) – Dr. Steven Rowe of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will give a talk on "Molecular Imaging of Prostate and Kidney Cancer."

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Women of Color Week - Get in Formation – Women of Color Week will host speaker Nicole Ruth Brown, an associate professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She will speak on supporting and empowering women within our communities.

7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East St., Bloomington – Wind Ensemble

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Fame: the Musical

9 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Undercover 28 – A biannual student music competition sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Saturday, April 16


John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference


Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 North Towanda Avenue, Normal – Women's Golf - IWU Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling (Day 1)

12 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Greenville College

1 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Reception and Awards Ceremony for Senior Art Exhibitions – Reception 1-3 p.m., awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.; part of the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Fame: the Musical

Sunday, April 17

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 North Towanda Avenue, Normal – Women's Golf - IWU Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling (Day 2)

1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Fame: the Musical


Monday, April 18

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "Harassment and Bullying in Academia" – Presented by Professor of Physics Linda French.

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

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – IWU's Jazz Quintet and Jazz Ensemble in Concert  

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Titans In The News
College Raptor
Illinois Wesleyan is ranked in the top 5 among "Smart Colleges," where students are most likely to get accepted, stay enrolled, and graduate in 4 years.
Laura Orvidas '95, consumer electronics VP at Amazon, was named as a young tech exec to watch.
The Pantagraph
The "All In For Wesleyan" annual event raised $539,882 from 1940 donors in 24 hours.
The New York Times
As an activist against fracking, Sandra Steingraber '81 weighed in on presidential candidates' positions on climate issues and the oil and gas industry.
Steve Groetsema '07, a featured panelist at Bisnow's Chicago Industrial Summit, discusses his rapid rise at Bridge Development Partners.
The Pantagraph
"Project 7" promotes random acts of kindness on April 7 in honor of the seven men who died in a plane crash on that day a year ago, including Jason Jones '91.
Forest Park Review
For Chris Guillen '91, his photography business is about building connections and long-term relationships with clients.
The Pantagraph
As outlined in his inauguration address, Illinois Wesleyan's new president aims to enhance and promote the distinctly individualized education offered at the University.
The Badger Herald
(The University of Wisconsin-Madison student newspaper) Tom Sobyra '14 is among University of Wisconsin graduate students awarded prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships.
(Kankakee) Daily Journal
An editorial argues that local basketball legend Jack Sikma '77 is long overdue for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The State Journal-Register
Charlene Aaron '94 was named chancellor of St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield. Also reported by WAND-TV.
The Pantagraph
The Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo, held April 9 at Illinois Wesleyan's Shirk Center, encouraged green and healthy choices.
More Titans in the News
  • Isaac Funk Professor of German & Russian Marina Balina gave the following invited talks:
    • Feb. 17 - at the Russian Studies Workshop on Russian Childhood and WWII at the University of Hawaii;
    • March 4 - as distinguished speaker at the International Conference at Texas Tech University, gave an address on the legacy of Soviet childhood narratives in contemporary Russia;
    • March 16 - for the special faculty-graduate students seminar on Yiddish childhood at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Balina spoke on "Samuil Marshak and Leyb Kvitko: Texts and Contexts of Soviet Children's Literature."

  • Assistant Professor of Biology Loralyn Cozy co-authored the article, "Mutation of the murC and murB Genes Impairs Heterocyst Differentiation in Anabaena sp. Strain PCC 7120," in the April edition of the Journal of Bacteriology.

  • Irv Epstein, chair of the Department of Educational Studies and the Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice was interviewed about his book, The Whole World is Texting: Youth Protest in the Information Age (Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education, Sense Publishing) for the Fresh ED podcast series, produced by the Comparative and International Education Globalization and Education Special Interest Group. His podcast interview can be accessed through the Globalization and Education website or the Fresh ED Podcast on Soundcloud. You can subscribe to the podcast series through iTunes.

  • Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger will be part of a panel discussion following the showing of the film "IDA" at the Normal Theater on Tuesday, April 12, from 7-9:30 p.m., sponsored by Senior Professionals at Illinois State University through a grant from the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant Program. Admission is free, though a ticket is required. Find more information.

  • Eric Gardner '89 will give the James Russell Wiggins Lecture, an annual activity of the American Antiquarian Society through its Program in the History of the Book in American Culture. His talk, “Re-envisioning Black ‘Book History’: The Case of AME Church Print,” will be April 14 at Antiquarian Hall in Worcester, Mass.
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Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2016 is Sept.16-18, and we encourage your family to register for their hotel now. For more information, please go to the Family Weekend website.


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