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Campus Weekly

Sept. 18, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

FellowsHomecoming to Celebrate Titans Around the World

Illinois Wesleyan will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 13-15, with a theme honoring alumni living and working abroad, international studies majors, study abroad experiences, and Titans' impact internationally.

WayneSchool of Theatre Arts to Present Haunting Masterpiece, Dancing at Lughnasa
Brian Friel's haunting Dancing at Lughnasa will open the theatre season with performances Oct. 3-8 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre at McPherson Hall.

FellowsConvocation Highlight: Embrace Diversity

"What we are actually doing is studying and preparing ourselves for the better upholding of democracy," speaker Jelani Cobb says in this video clip of the Sept. 6 President's Convocation. Interacting with those who are different is the basis of community, of education, of democracy, "and that is the basis by which we can survive as a civilization," he concludes.

Titan Athletics


  • The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team toppled Calvin College, the No. 1 ranked team in Division III and defending national champion, at the Elmhurst Invitational on Friday, Sept. 15. After four straight wins, the Titans are 6-4.

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Family Weekend is This Weekend! Sept.22-23

Family Members are invited to join students on campus for a weekend of fun! Registration is $20 per family member on Friday, Sept. 22, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9-10 a.m. at Hansen Student Center.

The fee covers entertainment both evenings, late night pizza, lunch, and a football ticket. See the Student Activities website for more details.

Students: Are You Interested in Esports?

Want to compete on the Illinois Wesleyan League of Legends team? Looking for other gamers on campus?
Learn more at the League of Legends club meeting, this Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. in Hansen 200. Tryouts for the school team will be held the following week, on the 27th, 28th, and 29th. Questions? Send Coach Fletcher an email at See you there!

Studying Abroad in the Developing World

Taking the Road Less Traveled

Monday, Sept. 18, 4-5:30 p.m.
108, State Farm Hall


Interested in studying abroad? Or hearing stories from students who have "taken the road less traveled," living in the developing world, or off the beaten path? This is an annual event that showcases students who have recently studied abroad in a developing country, showing how they not only survived, but thrived while abroad.

Student presenters include:

Kevin Butler – Argentina
Ayrren Calhoun – Russia
Paxton Johnson – South Africa
Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez – Russia
Savanna Steck – Philippines
Megan Zsorey – Thailand

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Sponsored by the International Studies Program and the International Office.

Freedom of Expression on the College Campus: Rights and Responsibilities

Human Rights Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 19
Joslin Atrium, 4:30-7 p.m.

Join faculty, staff, and students for IWU's annual Human Rights Workshop, where we will talk together – in small groups – about freedom of expression and human rights issues at stake in light of recent events in Charlottesville and college campuses across the country. During dinner, a panel discussion – including a student, a staff member and a faculty member – will lead into a large group discussion about our rights and responsibilities with respect to freedom of expression here on IWU's campus. Please join us!
Contact Elyse Nelson Winger at for more information.

Campus Safety Awareness Week – Sept. 18-22

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Relationship Violence and Safety in a Relationship
3:30-4:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center
McLean County Mid Central Community Action Group will discuss various topics such as stalking, domestic violence, Revenge Porn laws and indicators of an unhealthy relationship.



Vehicle Safety

1-2 p.m. Outside Buck Library on the Quad
Don Owen Tire and Service will demonstrate how to change a flat tire, jump start a vehicle, check your oil and other general vehicle safety tips.

Bike Safety

3:30-4:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center
A member of the Bike Committee and Campus Safety will talk about how to keep your bike safe on campus and general bike maintenance.



Internet Security

3:30-4:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center

Keep your passwords and identity safe while on the internet. Learn how to create safe passwords, how to recognize a safe website and more.



DUI/Texting Simulator

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle

The Arrive Alive Tour will be on campus with their DUI/Texting Simulator. Students can challenge themselves in the simulator and test their skills. Sponsored by: Campus Safety, Counseling & Consultation Services and Student Senate.

Alcohol Awareness

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Counseling & Consultation Services will provide information on Alcohol Awareness for college students.



Fire Safety

2-3 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center

Bloomington Fire Department will present general fire safety and a demonstration on fire extinguishers.



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

More Events
Hart Career Center
Tuesday, Sept. 19

ISU Fall Internship Fair

4-7 p.m., Bone Student Center, ISU

IWU students are welcome to attend this event on the campus of Illinois State University.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Practice Interviews

Hart Career Center

Representatives from State Farm will conduct practice interviews. Business students are preferred for this practice interview session. Visit Titan CareerLink and search job ID 20021 to sign up. Multiple openings are currently available.
Thursday, Sept. 21

Interviewing with the Stars

6:30-8 p.m., Hansen Center Court

Local employers and audience members will judge IWU students and staff in this Dancing With the Stars-styled event. Competition categories include; Interview Attire, Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions, Handshakes, and more! Fun, food, prizes!

RSM Information Table

10 a.m.-12 p.m., State Farm Hall lobby

The City of St. Charles, Missouri Information Table

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Nell Eckley Lounge

Representatives will promote their upcoming "Career and Lifestyle Day" 

Representatives from State Farm will be conducting interviews in the Career Center.

Friday, Sept. 22

Resumes and Cover Letters

Noon-1 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium

For Your Future Friday (FYFF) series: You’ve started on that resume and realized you need to write a cover letter, too! How many spaces between the date and the salutation? What the heck is a salutation and do you actually need one in your letter? Answers to these questions and more, plus pizza, will be provided.

Today is the resume deadline for the Illinois Small Colleges Fall Interview Day taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Create an account and then submit a resume for each desired position by noon.

Career Center
Titans In The News

U.S. News & World Report

Illinois Wesleyan was ranked 71st among national liberal arts colleges in the annual Best Colleges rankings, based in part on selectivity, student retention and graduation rates. See coverage in The Pantagraph.
The Pantagraph

While enrollment has decreased at Illinois Wesleyan as at many universities, President Eric Jensen is pleased at the increase in diversity in IWU's incoming class.

WGLT Radio

Wesleyan's Sarah Lindenbaum had a "pinch-me moment" and was brought on stage for a dance and hug with Paul McCartney during a concert in New Jersey.

The Pantagraph

Reporter Randy Sharer '81 has published a book, “Virgin Territory: The Story of Craig Virgin, America’s Renaissance Runner.”




More Titans in the News

  • Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He has published the following journal publications:
    • "Fuss–Catalan matrices, their weighted sums, and stabilizer subgroups of the Riordan group'' (With Louis W. Shapiro), Linear Algebra and its Applications, 532 (2017), 25-42.
    • "An approach to the construction of linear divisibility sequences of high orders'' (With Peter J.-S. Shiue), Journal of Integer Sequences, 20 (2017), Artical 17. 9. 3. 
    He also gave four invited talks at two conferences and two universities:
    • Double Riordan Arrays and Their Compressions, Fourth International Symposium, on Riordan Arrays and Related Topics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Madrid, July 17-20.
    • Riordan Arrays and Double Riordan Arrays, International Conference on Combinatorics, Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, May 19-22.
    • FussCatalan Matrices and Stabilizer Subgroups of the Riordan Group, Departmental of Mathematics, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, May 24.
    • A Unified Approach to Generalized Stirling Numbers and Generalized Stirling Functions, Department of Mathematical Sciences, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, May 15.

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Courtney Irby published the article, "Bifurcated Conversations in Sociological Studies of Religion and Gender," in Gender & Society Vol 31, Issue 5, 2017.

  • Emeritus R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature Robert Bray will speak as part of the 2017 Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. There will be a live webcast of the event.
Welcome, New Employees!

Susan McKnight started Sept. 7 as the Student Accounts/Accounting Coordinator in the Business Office, replacing Deb Kennamann.


John Twork starts today, Sept. 18 as Assistant Director of Communications, replacing Kim Hill.

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