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Campus Weekly

Feb. 27, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
SmilesCampus Community Thanks Givers for Financial Support
Thank A Giver (TAG) Day, marking the symbolic point in the academic year when tuition dollars run out, gives the campus community an opportunity to celebrate Illinois Wesleyan’s donors and their impact.
StudentsState Farm Scholars Offer Thanks for Scholarships
Students who attend Illinois Wesleyan with scholarships funded by the State Farm Companies Foundation offered thanks, while representatives heard personal stories of the impact of their support.
JasmineStudents Seek to "Boost" Self-Esteem
Students at Illinois Wesleyan got a "boost" by participating in a variety of activities designed to raise awareness of the importance of self-esteem and positive body image.
SealFaculty Promotions, Tenure Announced
The Board of Trustees approved advancements in rank for nine faculty members, recognizing achievements in professional development.
GroFormer Prime Minister of Norway to Give Rescheduled Stevenson Lecture
The Honorable Gro Brundtland, the first female prime minister of Norway and former director-general of the World Health Organization, will speak on sustainable development and climate change on April 13.
More News
Titan Athletics
  • The women's basketball team took second place in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin postseason tournament championship on Saturday, Feb. 25. They will await an at-large bid to the national tournament as the field for the NCAA Division III championships is announced at 1:30 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 27.)
More Highlights

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Monday, Feb. 27

Through March 30, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibits by Higgins, Conger

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center –  Non-Org - “Could a Search Advocate Program Help Build Greater Faculty/Staff Diversity at IWU?” – Associate Professor of Music Adriana Ponce and Chair and Professor of Chemistry Becky Roesner will report on a two-day Search Advocate training workshop they attended at Oregon State University. At the invitation of the IWU Mellon Center and funded by the Mellon Grant, Anne Gillies, the Search Advocate Program director at Oregon State, will visit our campus in May to offer her two-day workshop for interested IWU faculty and staff.


4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Teach-In with Jamilah Lemieux – Activist, journalist and former editor of Ebony Magazine Jamilah Lemieux, who is considered a leading millennial voice around issues of race, gender and sexuality, will conduct a teach-in that follows her featured appearance at Sunday's Black History Month Banquet.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist: Robert Carney, Piano – Sponsored by the School of Music.


8 p.m., Niepy South (small classroom on the second floor, part of the new expansion), Shirk Center – Self Defense Night – Free and open to all of IWU, come join us for our first-ever self defense night! Learn valuable skills in this special hour-long class, taught to you by multiple Black Belts. Plus, it's great exercise and lots of fun! Come dressed in regular workout clothes.

Wednesday, March 1

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., The Dugout, Memorial Center –  Master Plan Open House – The University is beginning the process of developing our next campus master plan, assessing needs and priorities in our campus spaces and facilities. The integrated design firm DLR Group will be on campus to gather your input to help inform the future of Illinois Wesleyan's buildings and grounds. Please join us for a brief activity and a free cookie!


12 p.m., E103, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Who Am I?: Managing Multiple Identities in College – Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.


2:05 p.m., Lobby, State Farm Hall – Launch Event for Small Business Development Center – Campus and community leaders will gather to announce the launch of the McLean County SBDC at Illinois Wesleyan University.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – GRS Ides Lecture and Performance Series: "One Weird Trick: Cutting Wheat and Other 'Processed' Foods in Ancient Greece" – Clara Bosak-Schroeder of the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss how people in the ancient world were just as fascinated by the connection between diet and health as modern dieters seem to be. Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.


8 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Chaplain's Bible Study - Prophets: Ancient and New - Jonah


9 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Compline by Candlelight: A Simple Service of Readings, Reflection, Music, and Prayer - A Lenten Discipline: Almsgiving
For information on local Ash Wednesday services, please visit

Thursday, March 2

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Rafia Zakaria - “Honor Killing: How Telling the Stories Does Not End the Crimes" – Rafia Zakaria will speak as part of the Political Science Department speaker series on "Women Changing the World as Activists and Pathbreakers."

4 p.m., Room 218 and Wakeley Gallery, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Lecture and Gallery Walk – Contemporary painter, sculptor, and poet Bill Conger will present a lecture on his exhibit, “to open windows,” at 4 p.m. in Room 218. At 5 p.m. in Wakeley Gallery, master printer Jonathan Higgins will present a gallery walk on the most recent prints and projects from Manneken Press, an independent fine arts press in Bloomington.


Friday, March 3

Through Saturday, March 4 – Raise Your Voice - Council for IWU Women Summit –  The Council for IWU Women is a group of over 80 alumnae from throughout the United States who come to campus once a year to offer their talents and resources to support the personal and professional development of the women of IWU. The summit offers women students, faculty and staff an opportunity to connect with the Council women who are leaders in their professions and communities.
4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquium – Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics Robert Wagner will present, "But It's a Wave Equation! Finding the Particles in Quantum Mechanics."

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – She Speaks - an event powered by the PechaKucha presentation style. More than 10 students, alumnae and faculty will present their stories in fast-paced presentations of no more than 20 slides each. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall  – IWU Brass Octet Recital

Saturday, March 4

Faculty Open House – Prospective students are invited to visit campus and learn about our exceptional academic programs and faculty, get a taste of the vibrant campus life, and see our beautiful 80-acre campus and facilities.

Raise Your Voice - Council for IWU Women Summit

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Spoken Word Poet Elizabeth Acevedo – Poet and writer Elizabeth Acevedo will perform, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Sunday, March 5

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Recital: Tuba & Euphonium Concert

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Circle K Trivia Night Benefiting Developments in Literacy – Circle K will host a Trivia Night to benefit a charity that helps foster the education of students in Pakistan, especially young girls, who would most likely not otherwise receive an education.

Monday, March 6

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

More Events
Hart Career Center
Tuesday, Feb. 28

ISU/IWU Education Fair 
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bone Student Center, Illinois State University Campus

IWU students are welcome to attend. Advance registration is not required and there is no
admission fee. Remember to bring plenty of copies of your resume (15-20) and dress professionally. Visit the ISU website for more information and visit the Hart Career Center website for tips on preparation and what steps to take after the job fair.


RSM will be on campus for interviews.

Wednesday, March 1

Caterpillar will be on campus for interviews.

Thursday, March 2

Sprint, KPMG, and Deloitte Consulting will be on campus for interviews.

Friday, March 3

Council for IWU Women Summit
The Council for IWU Women provides two days of activities for current IWU women students to network with and learn from IWU alumni. All female students are invited sign up (in advance) for a practice interview with IWU alumna on Titan CareerLink. Visit TitanPride for a detailed schedule and to pre-register for events throughout the weekend.


KPMG will be on campus for interviews.

Career Center
Titans In The News
The Atlantic

Assistant Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed her research showing the popularity of true crime stories among women. Also on Buzzfeed.

Broadway World
Scott Moreau '01 will reprise his role as Johnny Cash from the national tour of the smash hit musical Million Dollar Quartet at the Tony-award winning Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J.
WJBC Radio
Illinois Wesleyan honored longtime fan/ volunteer/ assistant coach/ bat boy Matt "The Cat" Adams at the Feb. 21 home basketball game against Augustana.
The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan students celebrated "Thank a Giver Day," an occasion to thank donors for the support that covers expenses after tuition – symbolically, the remaining 30 percent of the school year.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Fourth-grade teacher Kristen (Prather) Kirk ’02 was profiled as a difference-making area educator.
The Pantagraph
Raised as a Titan men's basketball fan and recruited to the team, graduating starter Trevor Seibring said he considered other schools, but “everything, compared to Wesleyan, was tough to live up to.”
The Pantagraph

A crowd of Illinois Wesleyan students spent all of Saturday moving and grooving for charity at the annual IWU Dance Marathon, raising funds for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria and Child’s Miracle Network.

What's On Stage
YOUARENOWHERE, a production by Andrew Schneider '03, won London's Offie Award for best TBC (for productions that defy traditional categories).
More Titans in the News
  • The Association of Energy Engineers announced that Illinois Wesleyan's Director of Physical Plant James Blumberg has met the educational, experience and rigorous testing requirements needed to qualify as a Certified Energy Manager
    and has joined the ranks of over 16,000 CEMs worldwide. Established in 1981, the Certified Energy Manager provides a recognizable affirmation of demonstrated competencies in a wide range of energy-related principles and practices.

  • Associate Professor and Chair of Religion Robert Erlewine has published, "At the Mind's Limits and German-Jewish Symbiosis: Or, Améry on Guilt and the Possibility of Redemption," Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Vol. 24. No. 3 (2016): 140-156.

  • At the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding gave an invited talk on his research on “extreme" imaging, kicking off a session of highlights from the American Journal of Physics.

    Spalding is now Vice-Chair of the AAPT Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education.

  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo visited the University of Wyoming on Jan. 28, where he gave a workshop in improvisation for music students and faculty, and performed an improvisation concert that evening with Wyoming faculty clarinetist Blake McGee. 

    On Feb. 20, Vayo was in Tokyo, where three of his compositions were on the program of a concert given by harpsichordist Michiyo Honma. One of these, Dream Cartoon for violin, cello and harpsichord, received its world premiere.


Election Day Parking at Hansen Student Center

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 28, is a primary election day for the City of Bloomington and once again the Hansen Student Center will be a polling place. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To accommodate voters, we have been asked to set aside a section of the Hansen Student Center lot for election parking. As an alternative place to park, spaces should be available in the lots at the Welcome Center, Evelyn Chapel, Shirk Center and the lot behind the Theta Chi fraternity, which you can enter off of Horenberger Drive.


We make Hansen Student Center available as a polling place not only for the community, but also for our students, faculty and staff who are registered to vote in Bloomington. If you live in precincts 1, 4 or 41, the Hansen Student Center will be your polling place.


Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations, at

Spring Break Access for Residence Halls

Residence Halls Close – Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m.

Residence Halls Open – Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.


If you need to stay in your residence hall or have access to it during Spring Recess, you must request access.

  • You will need special break access in order to enter the building by using your ID.
  • For Spring Recess, you should make this request online following instructions at the link below. Monday, March 6 is the deadline to avoid a late fee.
  • More information about approved reasons for staying & requesting break access is available at
  • If you have questions, please ask your Residence Director.

To request break access after the March 6 deadline, please contact your RD or ORL. Your student account will be charged a $50 late fee for requesting after the deadline.


See this week's specials in the Sodexo News Scoop.

Welcome New Employees

Olena Zadorozhna started Feb. 20 as the Office Coordinator II in the International Office, replacing Sharon Albee.


Christian Legaspi started Feb. 24 as a Network Administrator in Information Technology Services, replacing Jeff Robinette.

Welcome Prospective Titans

If you see these potential Titans on campus this week, give them a warm hello!

The following students are scheduled to visit:

Monday, Feb. 27 – Kaitlyn McKeag, pre-medicine; Alexis Parker, pre-medicine; and Nicholas Scott, design, technology and entrepreneurship


Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Nicole Barnes, music; Kendall Eisenhauer, secondary education and Kassidy Quick, biology


We will also welcome many students and families during our Open House on Saturday, March 4.


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