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Campus Weekly

June 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Published monthly during the summer

Campus News
ParthenonMay in Photos at Illinois Wesleyan
In May, we celebrated our graduating seniors – richly deserving of the hoopla – and other Titan highlights on the athletic field, in the classroom, and far beyond the Quad (including at the Parthenon in Greece, pictured right).
NghiStudent Studying Behaviors at Food Psychology Lab Internship
Nghi Nguyen '18, an art and psychology double major, expects to draw on both interests as she explores how and why humans relate to food as an intern at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.
LilyChang Selected for Economics Research Fellowship
Hsin-Jou (Lily) Chang '18 will spend the summer conducting independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, supported by the Mark A. Israel '91 Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics.
CrystalStudent Shares Study Abroad Experiences with High Schoolers
Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez '18 made seven presentations on her scholarship-supported semester in Russia to nearly 200 students at her high school alma mater.
More News
Titan Athletics

  • TommyThe Titan football team defeated the Waseda University Big Bears in the Global Bowl Tokyo 2017 on Sunday, June 4, at Amino Field in Chofu, Japan.

  • Illinois Wesleyan University finished No. 28 (of 325 ranked schools) in the final rankings of the 2016-17 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
More Highlights

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See Summer Hours for
The Ames Library, Shirk Center, Fort Natatorium, and Sodexo dining locations

Saturday, June 24

Parent OrientationParents and guardians of incoming students will be welcomed to the IWU family with a day to meet staff, faculty, and student orientation leaders, plus informational sessions and a chance to experience Illinois Wesleyan firsthand. See the schedule.

Monday, July 17

IWU Wellness Golf Tournament, El Paso Golf Club, 2860 County Road 600 N., El Paso – IWU faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, students, spouses, family & friends are welcome; must pre-register by July 10. All proceeds from this tournament go to support the Wellness Scholarship Fund.

Friday, July 21

Summer Preview Days (also Aug. 5) – Prospective students and families have the opportunity to learn what makes IWU distinctive, see our beautiful campus, and chat with representatives from various campus departments in an informal setting.

More Events
Titans In The News

Chicago Magazine

Charlene Carruthers '07 was featured among "emerging power players" who are poised to make big changes in their fields and beyond.
WGLT Radio

As part of their May Term class on Social Work in Action, a group of Illinois Wesleyan students staged a free workshop on how to expunge or seal a criminal record.

The Pantagraph
At sites as varied as their majors, 34 IWU students have internships in Asia this summer – thanks in large part to a grant from the Freeman Foundation.
More Titans in the News
  • Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt participated in the Faculty Development in International Business program in Cuba in May. Read his blog.

  • Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr published "A new minute species of Pristimantis (Amphibia: Anura: Craugastoridae) with a large head from the Yanachaga-Chemillén National Park in central Peru, with comments on the phylogenetic diversity of Pristimantis occurring in the Cordillera Yanachaga" with Jiří Moravec, Juan Carlos Cusi, Václav Gvoždík, in the European Journal of Taxonomy.
    This marks the 1,000th species published in the journal.

  • Associate Professor and Information Literacy Librarian Chris Sweet was featured in an episode of the show Impossible Engineering on Discovery Science. The episode focuses on how Tesla cars are made. Contacted because of his research into bicycling history, Sweet discussed metallurgy basics and industrial stamping developed in the 1890's by a Chicago bicycle company called Western Wheelworks.

  • In his 13th season at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Associate Professor and Director of the IWU School of Theatre Arts Tom Quinn will star as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and as Cymbeline (along with other roles) in Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline, a six-person adaptation in which five actors and a musician play all the parts.

    Also representing Illinois Wesleyan, Libby Zabit ’18 has an Acting Internship with this year's festival. She will be appearing in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Theatre For Youth show and the green show.

  • Melissa Bailey ’75 joined the new cast of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks (2017) in a part written especially for her after an initial interview taping. The return of the cult classic is currently airing on Showtime.

Reminder - Summer Conferences and Camps

We welcome our summer camps and conferences to campus. During the month of June, the following groups will hold overnight sessions at Illinois Wesleyan:

  • June 9-10: A group of volunteers for the Special Olympics will be staying on campus for one night.
  • June 13-17: Shriners All-Star Football will be on campus for a camp held at the Shirk Center, and will have meals in the Memorial Center.
  • June 14-18: The Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership conference will use the Memorial Center, the Quad (listen for cheers), the Hansen Student Center, CNS, and State Farm Hall.
  • June 18-24: Mario Pelusi, professor and director of the School of Music, will host students eager to learn more about composing music in his annual Summer Music Composition Institute/Camp.
  • June 20-23: The National Dance Alliance will be using spaces in the Memorial Center to strengthen their talents for an end-of-camp performance.
  • June 24-25: Head Men's Basketball Coach Ron Rose will host an overnight high school basketball tournament at the Shirk Center.
  • June 28-30: Head Men's Soccer Coach Kyle Schauls will host an elite group of high school players looking to better their skills for the college level.
If you have questions about these groups, please contact the Conference Services office at 309-556-3100 or There will be additional day camps held at the Shirk Center; please contact Shirk staff with any questions about those camps.

Boiler Shutdown and Power Outages

Boilers are shut down for annual maintenance through June 9. Limited power outages are also planned to accommodate maintenance today and Tuesday, June 5-6. As a result, The Ames Library will be closed June 5-6. See the full outage schedule.


Show your Titan Pride! Last summer, alumni and friends showed their Titan Pride through our first-ever sock campaign. We’re excited to announce Titan socks have returned for a second year, and you can get in on the fun with a minimum gift of $25 before the fiscal year ends on July 31, 2017. Visit to make your gift. Once you receive your socks, be sure to share a photo wearing them using #TitanSocks on social media.

Welcome New Employees

Marc-Athur Thelemaque started May 31 as a Campus Safety Officer, a new position.

Hanna Mesouani started June 1 as the Assistant Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, replacing Kylie Stamm.

Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Ann Aubry, director of communications. To submit items of interest, email See an archive of past editions.
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