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Campus Weekly

Sept. 19, 2016

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News

TommyFamily Weekend Photo Gallery
Illinois Wesleyan hosted Titan families for a fun and sunny weekend.

Tim and MarcStudent Wins IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship
Tim Leiser '16 won a fellowship funded by IWU alumnus Marc Talluto '94 to develop an entrepreneurial idea and prepare to take the idea to market.

Class of 2020Meet the Class of 2020
The newest class of Titans are a diverse group of students with myriad aspirations, skills and talents. Let us introduce you to a few of them.

BookErlewine Book Sheds Light on Modern Jewish Philosophy
A new book by Wesleyan's Robert Erlewine examines the work of five Jewish philosophers who were fighting in their time "to position Judaism as the beating heart of Western civilization."

More News
Titan Athletics
  • TommyThe Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team, who have achieved the highest ranking ever for an IWU volleyball team in the national AVCA Division III polls, improved to 8-1 with a win over Webster University on Thursday, Sept. 15.
More Highlights

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Monday, Sept. 19

Through Oct. 29 – The Ames Library – NIH Traveling Exhibit - “And There’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors”

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Is a May Term 2018 Travel Course in Your Future? – Faculty interested in learning more about how to create and plan for a future May Term travel course are encouraged to join us to hear Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Aaron Shoults-Wilson (Costa Rica), Assistant Professor of Nursing Noël Kerr (Hawaii), Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures and Director of International Studies Scott Sheridan (Italy), and Assistant Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong (Kentucky) discuss their experiences leading travel courses. 

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Dorothy Burge - "Threads of Change: Quilting for Social Justice" – Burge will speak at a library display as part of "Women Changing the World: Activists and Pathbreakers," 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 PhD Endowment Fund.


8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Nervous/System – A collaborative creation between Obie Award-winning alumnus Andrew Schneider '03 and student performers and designers will be staged through Sept. 21.


Tuesday, Sept. 20

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Welcome Back Reception and Presentation by IWU Freeman Asia Interns – Students will speak about their summer internship activities in Hong Kong, Japan, and the Philippines.


8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Nervous/System

Wednesday, Sept. 21

12 p.m., E103, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Read Efficiently – Hosted by the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs, students are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch!

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Ides Lecture: "Revolutionary or Demagogue? Recovering a Suppressed Voice from Ancient Rome" – Michael Vasta of Indiana University will examine ancient and modern concepts of historical truth and propaganda to recover the lost voice of Catiline: Terror to the Roman 1% and Hero to the Masses. Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies as part of the Ides Lecture and Performance Series.

4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Alternative Break Open House – Join us for an informal open house featuring all of your alternative break options for the 2016-17 school year. Learn about Alternative Fall Break in West Bloomington, Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity, the Career Immersion Excursion, and Global Medical, Dental and Business Brigades.
Sponsored by Action Research Center, Hart Career Center, Office of University Chaplain, and IWU Global Brigades.

7 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Diversity Talk: Race, Patriotism and Athletics – The American flag and our national anthem are symbols of patriotism, loyalty and unity of our nation. The current protest movement of kneeling for the national anthem reflects what the flag represents to those individuals, and it raises a complex set of issues confronting our nation and faced by members of our rich and varied community. Essentially, we have competing values (patriotism and injustice) demonstrated through action (kneeling during the national anthem). These competing core values are challenging and worthy of discussion and examination. The campus community is invited to discuss these concepts further, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Nervous/System

Thursday, Sept. 22

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Panel on Women and the Four Humors – A Women's Power, Women's Justice theme event, in connection with the Shakespeare and the Four Humors exhibit on display in The Ames Library Sept. 19-Oct. 29.

Three faculty members and a student will present brief talks on aspects of the four humors. McFee Professor of Religion and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Carole Myscofski will present “Witches’ Humors and Love Magic." Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau will explore means by which health care providers in early modern Spain treated sensory ailments brought on by injury or illness. Chair and Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner will discuss how imbalances of the four humors were invoked to describe people’s temperaments and explain a wide variety of physical ailments. English-writing and theatre arts double major Jamie Kreppein ’18 will discuss the role of women in Shakespeare’s works, specifically Hamlet’s Ophelia.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – ReligiosiTEA is a place where all perspectives are welcome and where we work to create safe, brave spaces for honest, respectful, and enlightening conversation across worldviews and beliefs. Good afternoon tea, coffee, and sweets are also served.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - Sworn Virgin (2015, Italy)  – The International Film Series will screen a recent movie on a theme related to this year's summer reading book, The Underground Girls of Kabul, and the intellectual theme of Women's Power, Women's Justice. Discussion to follow.

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D:  Formerly Incarcerated Women – Students from this year's Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) program will present the work they did in collaboration with Labyrinth Outreach and discuss how it provides support for formerly incarcerated women who are reintegrating to the Bloomington/Normal community.

A Women's Power, Women's Justice theme event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N Towanda Ave, Normal, IL 61761, USA – Women's Golf – Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic (Day 1)

3 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Concordia University (Mich.)

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Jack Gardner, Bass

Sunday, Sept. 25

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N Towanda Ave, Normal, IL 61761, USA – Women's Golf – Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic (Day 2)

3 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. North Park University

More Events
Hart Career Center
Sept. 20 - 23 – Resume Week

Drop In Resume Review
1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center

Staff and local employers will be available to review resumes on a first come, first served basis. In addition to our regular drop-in hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the Hart Career Center will extend drop-in hours on Thursday and Friday this week as students prepare for the upcoming Internship Fair.

Monday, Sept. 26

Fifteen outstanding employers will attend the ISCPA Fall Interview Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Ashton Place in Willowbrook, Illinois. Students must submit a resume to be selected for interviews. This opportunity is open to IWU students seeking post-graduate jobs or internships. Application deadline is Sept. 26. Contact the Hart Career Center with questions.

Monday, Sept. 26

IWU Internship Fair – Campaign for your FUTURE
4-6 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center

Find out what great opportunities for internships exist for IWU students at our ONLY on-campus event for ALL majors! Practice networking, make valuable connections, and learn about community resources. Students should plan to dress professionally and bring several resume copies. Check out the Hart Career Center website for details.

Career Center
Titans In The News
WJBC Radio
Illinois Wesleyan remained at No. 72 among national liberal arts colleges on the U.S. News & World Report's  annual college rankings. Also reported by The Pantagraph.
Chicago Tribune
Elementary music teacher Rebecca Narofsky ’03 has been named conductor of the Elgin Master Chorale Children's Chorus.
Illinois Wesleyan, along with Illinois State, is launching a Peace Corps Prep Program, helping to fulfill the University's mission of encouraging students to become global citizens.
The Pantagraph
Author Jenny Nordberg urged an Illinois Wesleyan audience to "ask big questions," a practice that led her to uncover the secret of families raising female-born children as boys in gender-segregated Afghanistan. Also interviewed on WGLT Radio.
The (Washington, Mo.) Missourian
Bryce S. Dolan, a 2016 business administration grad, will serve as a credit analyst at the Washington location of Heritage Community Bank.
WGLT Radio

With the popular Netflix series "Making a Murderer" dominating the nonfiction category in Emmy wins, research by Wesleyan's Amanda Vicary indicates some interesting reasons behind our lust for true crime.

The Pantagraph
Students at Illinois Wesleyan worked with Obie Award-winner Andrew Schneider, Class of 2003, to develop an original performance to be staged at the Laboratory Theatre.


More Titans in the News
  • Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr gave an oral presentation entitled “Herpetological Inventory and Conservation Assessment of the Pui Pui Protected Forest in Central Peru” on Aug. 17 at the 8th World Congress of Herpetology in Hangzhou, China.
    Additionally, Lehr was elected into the Executive Committee (20 people in total) of the World Congress of Herpetology as Treasurer, one of four officer positions.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding has given several invited talks recently, including one at an international conference in Lisbon, Portugal (Ultrasonics 2016), and an invited lecture series at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Baja California.
    In addition, his recent collaborative research projects are represented by the following citations:
    • 83. "Real-time 3D video utilizing a compressed sensing time-of-flight single-pixel camera," M. P. Edgar, M. Sun, G. M. Gibson, N. Radwell, D. B. Phillips, G. C. Spalding, M. J. Padgett, Proceedings SPIE 9922 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2016).
    • 82. "Rotational dynamics and heating of trapped nanovaterite particles," Y. Arita, J. M. Richards, M. Mazilu, G. C. Spalding, S. E. Skelton Spesyvtseva, D. Craig, K. Dholakia, Proceedings SPIE 9922 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2016).
    • 81. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII, Proceedings SPIE 9922 edited by K. Dholakia, G. C. Spalding (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2016).
    • 80. "Video recording true single-photon double-slit interference," R.S. Aspden, M.J. Padgett, G. C. Spalding, American Journal of Physics 84, 671 (2016).
    • 79. "Quantitative micro-ultrasound characterization of gastrointestinal tissue for ultrasound capsule endoscopy," H. Lay, B.F. Cox, C.E. Demore, G. C. Spalding, S. Cochran, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139, 2177 (2016).
    • 78. "Sonic Screwdrivers and Tractor Beams: what the acoustics community often gets wrong about gradient forces versus radiation pressure," G. C. Spalding, P. Dahl, Z. Yang, P. Glynne-Jones, M. P. MacDonald, C. Demore, S. Cochran, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139, 2041 (2016).
    • 77. "Observation of image pair creation and annihilation from superluminal scattering sources," M. Clerici, G. C. Spalding, R. Warburton, A. Lyons, C. Aniculaesei, J.M. Richards, J. Leach, R. Henderson, D. Faccio, Science Advances 2, e1501691 (2016).

  • Heather Luhn '10 has been promoted to the newly created position of director of education at the Real School of Music.

Food Services in Hansen Closed Sept. 22

Plumbing repairs previously scheduled for Oct. 14 have been moved up to this week.

Water in Hansen Student Center will be shut off on Thursday, Sept. 22 and potentially Friday, Sept. 23.


Food service at Tommy's and Hattie's will be closed. Offices in Hansen will remain open.

Higher Learning Commission Open Forums & Drop-In Sessions

Illinois Wesleyan will undergo a comprehensive evaluation from the Higher Learning Commission on Oct. 3-4. Over these two days, there will be three Open Forum meetings concerning the Criteria for Accreditation and four Drop-In Sessions for University community members to speak to team members privately or in a group setting. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.


The University's Assurance Argument may be accessed online, as well as this

schedule of events:

Monday, Oct. 3
Open Forum - 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Criteria 1 & 2
Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library


Criterion 1: Mission

  • The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.
  • The mission is articulated publicly.
  • The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.
  • The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.

Criterion 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

  • The institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions; it establishes and follows fair and ethical policies and processes for its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.
  • The institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, control, and accreditation relationships.
  • The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.
  • The institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.
  • The institution ensures that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.


Open Forum - 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Criteria 3 & 4
Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library


Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support

  • The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.
  • The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.
  • The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.
  • The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.
Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  • The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs.
  • The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.
  • The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.

Drop-In Sessions - 4-5 p.m.
Private in Ames 201A
Group in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library


Tuesday, Oct. 4
Drop-In Sessions - 8-8:45 a.m.
Private in Ames 201A
Group in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library


Open Forum - 9-10 a.m.
Criterion 5
Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library


Criterion 5: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

  • The institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.
  • The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.
  • The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.
  • The institution works systematically to improve its performance.


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