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April 10, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
All InTitans Are "All In For Wesleyan"
Titans around the world rallied on social media and celebrated everything that makes Illinois Wesleyan special, as 2,369 donors raised $719,338 in a one-day giving challenge.
AndyPhysics Student's Research Wins Top Honor
Physics major Zhenghao (Andy) Ding was honored with an outstanding undergraduate research award by the American Physical Society (APS) at its annual gathering of over 10,000 physicists.
SealIllinois Wesleyan Announces 2017 Eckley Scholars
Five students have been selected to receive stipends to spend the summer on campus conducting research or artistic activity under faculty mentorship. Winners are Lily Chang '18, Liuting Chen '18, Jamie Kreppein '18, Rebekah Nulty '19 and Ashley Sons '18.
KathleenAlumna, President of Whitman College to Speak at Commencement
Kathleen M. Murray, 1979 IWU alumna and president of Whitman College in Washington state, will give the keynote address as Illinois Wesleyan celebrates Commencement for the class of 2017 on May 7.
eSportsIllinois Wesleyan to Launch eSports
Illinois Wesleyan will launch a varsity eSports program -- competitive online video gaming -- beginning in the fall of 2018. To build excitement, IWU students will participate in the National Association of Collegiate eSports’ inaugural National Invitational with a campus viewing party this Wednesday, April 12.
AarronAarron Cook Named Director of Campus Safety
Aarron Cook, the former director of campus safety and security at Richland Community College, has been named director of campus safety at Illinois Wesleyan University.
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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team took first place in the 21-team IWU Invitational at Normal's Ironwood Golf Course on Saturday, April 8, while the women's golf team finished in seventh place at the 15-team Washington U. Spring Invitational, held at the Golf Courses at Forest Park on Sunday, April 9.
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Monday, April 10

Through Wednesday, April 12 –  Class Registration for Fall 2017


Through May 19 – First Floor, The Ames Library – Sister Cities Photo Exhibit – The Vladimir/Canterbury Sister City Association of Bloomington-Normal will present "A Tripod of Beauty and Friendship: A photo exhibit of three Sister Cities."


4 p.m., Room 202, State Farm Hall – Spring 2017 Sociology Research Colloquium – Jodie Dewey from Concordia University Chicago will present her work on how transgender patients navigate the medical system. Her talk is titled "(De) Legitimizing Gender Variance through Medicalization Practices." Free pizza will follow.

Tuesday, April 11

6 p.m., Room 218, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Lecture by Ben Carter - Anthony E. Stellaccio Visiting Artist – Award-winning studio potter Ben Carter will speak.

6:30 p.m., Room 101, CNS – Illinois Treasurer to Present New Illinois Disability Program – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will be on campus to preview the ABLE Program benefiting children & adults with disability or blindness. ABLE is a tax-advantaged investment program that provides persons with blindness or disabilities the option to save for disability-related expenses without putting their federal benefits at risk. Free and open to the public, his visit is sponsored by Autism McLean and Marcfirst, and hosted by IWU.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Unlicensed Syncopation and Jazz Ensemble –  Grammy nominee John Daversa will join Illinois Wesleyan University's Jazz Ensemble and vocal jazz ensemble, Unlicensed Syncopation, in concert.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert

Wednesday, April 12

11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Honors Convocation – Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy, the 2017 Kemp Award winner, will give the keynote address entitled "Curiosity and What to Make of It" as Illinois Wesleyan celebrates the Class of 2017 and students earning academic and activity honors.

4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – NAMI Talk – IWU National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will sponsor a TED Talk-like presentation given by IWU community members talking about issues revolving around the stigma of mental health. There will also be free popcorn.

5 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – eSports Tournament Viewing – Bring your wings and come watch a livestream of our students competing in the National Association of Collegiate eSports’ inaugural National Invitational, playing League of Legends. Want to learn more about eSports? Sherff Endowed Professor of Botany Dave Bollivar and student Mason Mitchell '20 will be providing commentary. Dessert provided!

6 p.m., Normal, Illinois – Baseball at Illinois State University

7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Augustana College – Live streaming video at

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert

Thursday, April 13

Gro7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall –  Former Prime Minister of Norway to Give Stevenson Lecture

The Honorable Gro Brundtland, the first female prime minister of Norway and former director-general of the World Health Organization, will present the address, “Our Common Future: Sustainable Development and Addressing Climate Change,” as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series.


4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Immigration Stories – Thalia Novoa '16, volunteer coordinator at the Immigration Project in Bloomington, will deliver an informal lecture titled "Immigration Stories" about the Immigration Project, some client stories, and why she chose this work.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert

Friday, April 14

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal, Illinois – Women's Golf Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling (Day 1)

3 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Park University (doubleheader)

4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Whittier College

4 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Augustana College (doubleheader)

4 p.m., C101, CNS – "The End of Water As We Know It"  – Following up on the discussion of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis at this year's Founders' Day Colloquium, Dr. Seth Darling has been invited to give a general-audience talk on the future of water. Darling is the Solar Energy Systems Strategy Leader for the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Sponsored by the IWU Physics Department.
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Inflatalympics – Students are invited to join the IWU Residence Hall Association (RHA) for a fun night of inflatables, field games, and a chance to win prizes. Students who participate must register either in teams of 2 or 4. Teams can preregister online or at the door of the event (but students are encouraged to preregister because each team that preregisters will be awarded 3 additional tickets per person).

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert

Saturday, April 15

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal, Illinois – Women's Golf Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling (Day 2)

12 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Elmhurst College (doubleheader)

1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Elmhurst College (doubleheader)

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. University of Dubuque

7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Elmhurst College

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert

Sunday, April 16

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre – Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert

Monday, April 17

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Qualtrics Workshop – Presented by Technology Trainer Kate Browne.

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

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Jazz Lab and Ensemble

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Hart Career Center
April 10-13

Senior Walk-In Hours
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Hart Career Center

Seniors, bring your last-minute questions to the Hart Career Center, with no need for an appointment during this time set aside just for you. Stop by with a resume, cover letter, personal statement, or questions about grad school or searching for a job.

Career Center
Titans In The News
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune
Forty high school seniors have earned full-tuition Posse Scholarships to attend Illinois Wesleyan and other cooperating institutions.
Illinois Wesleyan is the best college in Illinois for getting a job after graduation and 10th best in the country, based on IPEDS data on job placement ratings.
The Pantagraph
The “All In for Wesleyan” spirit day at Illinois Wesleyan sought to raise funds while celebrating "everything that makes Illinois Wesleyan special.”
(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Daily Herald correspondent Dave Gathman '74 is undergoing the same physical workouts and nutritional counseling as Fittest Loser contestants as he writes about their journey.
The Pantagraph
The annual Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo at Illinois Wesleyan drew an estimated thousands and raised awareness about sustainable choices.


The Pantagraph

Officiating two Super Bowl games "kind of cements your legacy," reflected NFL official Doug Rosenbaum '80.

More Titans in the News

  • RamWendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry Ram Mohan gave an invited talk on his work in green chemistry education at the 253rd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition, where he formally received a previously announced award for Outstanding Contributions in the Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemical Education from the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement.
    Since 1998, Mohan has supervised and mentored 108 Illinois Wesleyan students in his laboratory and published 55 manuscripts with IWU undergraduates as coauthors.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding is quoted in the latest issue of Physics Today on the infrastructural needs of instructional laboratories.
  • Winners of the 2017 IWU Creative Writing Awards are Eva Kossmann '19 – Department of English Prize for Short Fiction; John McHugh '17 – Academy of American Poets Prize; and Mayra Gonzalez '17 – Kay Nelson Memorial Essay Prize.

  • Anastasia Lowenthal '16 was hired by fellow alum Mark Denzler '93, vice president & chief operations officer of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, as the new manager of publications and editor of The Illinois Manufacturer. In addition to planning, editing and producing The Illinois Manufacturer magazine, Lowenthal will maintain & update IMA blogs, distribute the "Weekly News Update," photograph events, and write/host Video Library broadcasts from the Springfield studio.

  • Scott Powers '00 wrote, directed and produced a scary movie called Insomnium, which will be screening in Peoria at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at Indie Horror Film Festival and then April 22 and 28 at the Nashville Film Festival.

Extended Quiet Floor at Ames

To assist our students as they prepare for finals, the library is adding the third floor as another Quiet Floor, beginning April 16 and running through May 2. The fourth floor remains as the Quiet Floor throughout the academic year. The Thorpe Center, location of the ITS Help Desk and our graphic design software and Macs, will not be designated as quiet space, but the doors to Thorpe will be closed. In addition, the library will open at 10 a.m. on Sundays, April 23 and April 30.


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

Director of Marketing

Andy Kreiss ’86 has been named Illinois Wesleyan’s director of marketing, starting in May. He will work with Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing LeAnn Hughes and Director of Communications Ann Aubry in developing and implementing strategic, comprehensive marketing initiatives for the University.

Kreiss majored in music theatre at Illinois Wesleyan and has worked as an actor in Los Angeles. Since 2011, he’s served as marketing and communications manager for The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health, where he leads outreach to students in the second largest public school district in the United States. Kreiss is an exemplar and passionate proponent of the value of an Illinois Wesleyan liberal arts education.

Welcome New Employees

Aarron Cook started April 3 as director of campus safety, replacing Chuck Adam, who retired.


MacKenzy Shriver started April 5 as the operations coordinator in Educational Studies. She replaces Christine Horner, who transferred to the senior administrative assistant - Mellon Center position on Feb. 27, replacing Sharla Brown-Ajayi, who transferred to the senior administrative assistant III - Provost's Office position on Feb. 10, replacing Patti Henderson, who retired.

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