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Campus Weekly
Nov. 13, 2017
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Campus News
SavannaAsia Internship Program Earns $400,000 Grant
Over the past three years, Illinois Wesleyan University has sent 77 students to complete summer internships in Asia, and we are about to send a lot more – thanks to a $400,000 grant renewal from the Freeman Foundation.
DiegoEconomics Professor Honored for Educational Technology Use
Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo is the recipient of the 2017 Abbejean Kehler Technology Award, honoring his innovative use of technology to improve economic education.
ReeceSpeaker to Share How Poetry Healed Children in Honduras
As part of his national tour, award-winning poet Spencer Reece will discuss his own poetry as well as the poetry of the girls from Our Little Roses, an orphanage in Honduras where Reece worked as a poetry workshop leader.
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Titan Athletics
  • In a 200th career win for Head Coach Norm Eash, the Illinois Wesleyan football team tied for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship with a win over Millikin at Tucci Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Titans are back in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the sixth time overall and for the first time since 2013, earning an at-large bid. IWU will host Case Western Reserve University at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.
More Highlights
Titans In The News
WGLT Radio
President Eric Jensen discussed provisions of the tax reform bill, unveiled last week in Washington, which includes taxes that could affect Illinois Wesleyan and its employees.
The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Meghan Burke gives advice for maintaining civil conversation around divisive topics during family holidays.
(Franklin, Ind.) Daily Journal
Journey of the Heart is a new exhibition with paintings by Barbara Thomas '72, showcasing the ministry of missionary Carol Polley.
The Pantagraph
Longtime CEO Russ Hagen '71 announced he is retiring from Chestnut Health Systems.
The Pantagraph
The Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo held annually at Illinois Wesleyan is among the successes contributing to Bloomington being named a 2017 Progressive City by Ameren Illinois.
WJBC Radio
Local leaders discussed their optimism for the area's economy at the annual State of McLean County event hosted at Illinois Wesleyan. Also reported by WGLT Radio and The Pantagraph.
The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Given Harper talks (wild) turkeys and it's a special IWU birth for 2007 alum Laura (Curtis) Kraynak's new daughter in Bill Flick's Sunday column.
The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Abby Reel '04 is a "theatre angel" spearheading efforts to continue the legacy of Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theater, now being demolished, by raising a Barn III.
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Monday, Nov. 13

​​International Education Week – Observed Nov. 13-17, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The International Office will host a range of activities designed to promote varied ways international education appears on our campus.

11:30 a.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Artist Talk to Launch New Exhibits – There will be a public artist talk in connection with the exhibit, "Distant Tracings // Tracing Distance," by Claudia Esslinger with Tom Giblin, as it opens for display in the Merwin Gallery. "Drawing out a Narrative," an exhibit by Andrea Moreau, will be in the Wakeley Gallery.


8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews with Keith Schomig of Legacy Professionals, LLP – Time slots are still available; students may sign up on Titan CareerLink.


11 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Positivity Poultry – Come visit NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) On Campus as we create a turkey by giving it feathers stating affirmations, what we're grateful for, or anything positive we feel like sharing.

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Safe Zone Training 101 – Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Greta Franklin will present a workshop providing a general overview of terminology and identities associated with those who identify as LGBQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer) and TGNC (transgender, gender non-conforming).

5:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Secular Identities Panel – Have you ever wanted to learn about atheism, agnosticism, secular humanism, or non-religiousness from a secular person? Well, here's your chance! IWU Secular Student Alliance will host a panel of secular students who will answer question about their identities, what they mean to them, how their secular identities may intersect with other identities, and more. Feel free to bring your food and join us in the discussion. If you have any questions, feel free to message the Facebook Page or email the IWU SSA President, Cadyn Williamson, at



Tuesday, Nov. 14

11 a.m. (daily through Friday) The Dugout, Memorial Center – Daily Dugout International RSO table – As part of International Education Week, an International RSO table will be staged in the Dugout. International students will share their talents and information about their culture. Come and enjoy the performances!

4 p.m., Merwin Gallery, Art Building – Spencer Reece Poetry Reading and Craft Talk

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – God(dess) Swapping: Reattributing the Temple of Apollo at Corinth to Athena – Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.


4 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Freeman Asia Internship Program Information Session – The procedure for applying for summer 2018 internships will be discussed, as well as brief descriptions of the 16 internship sites. Interns from 2017 will also make comments about their experience. Q & A to follow; sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library –  International Film Series: Voices Beyond the Wall – Poet Spencer Reece will introduce the film inspired by his experiences in Honduras.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: South Pacific


Wednesday, Nov. 15

10 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – IWU Nursing Career Fair – Nursing majors of all years should attend this fair to meet representatives of healthcare facilities and learn about potential internships and full-time positions.

11 a.m., The Dugout, Memorial Center – Global Citizens Trivia Game  – The Study Abroad Office invites the campus community to a fun event: Answer questions, win delicious treats from around the world, talk to our study abroad alumni – help us celebrate International Education Week!

11 a.m., E104, CNS – Study Abroad Information Session, London – Be a part of the Fall 2018 IWU London Program! Fulfill Gen Ed requirements, participate in an optional internship and find out why London is one of the world's greatest cities. 

11:30 a.m., 101, State Farm Hall – Study Abroad Information Session, Africa – Take the road less traveled and study abroad in Africa! Come to this brown-bag session to learn about SIT's experiential programs in Uganda and Tanzania. Suitable for all students, particularly those interested in environment, health, gender, politics, development studies, and ecology.

12 p.m., E101, CNS  – Academic Skills Series - Procrastination: Getting Started on Getting Started – The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs collaborate each semester to present a series of programs designed to assist students in the development and/or strengthening of academic skills (in and out of the classroom) needed to be successful at IWU. Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.

4 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – Poli-Talks - Reproductive Rights – Amanda Breeden '20, PRIDE vice president, will lead a discussion in the Poli-Talks series, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

5 p.m., Underground, Memorial Center – Gwendolyn Brooks Reading – Come join Sigma Tau Delta for a celebration of acclaimed poet Gwendolyn Brooks. We will be reading and sharing some of our favorites of her pieces, as well as any other poetry that inspires you. Stop by this event and celebrate poetry, activism, and the power of the written word!

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Fontbonne University – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library –  International Film Series: No – Presented by Professor of History Mike Weis.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: South Pacific



Thursday, Nov. 16


Hart Career Center –  First Midwest Bank representatives will be on campus to host interviews.

3 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Intellectual Property for Small Businesses – Join Illinois Wesleyan alumni Ann Palma '07 and Nicholas Leonard '02, accomplished intellectual property attorneys at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, LLP in Chicago, who will share with small business owners their expertise in obtaining patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and how to avoid infringing upon those of other businesses. This event is $20 for community members and free to IWU students, faculty, and staff. Please register at

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – The International Student Experience at IWU – As part of International Education Week, international students will share their experiences making the decision to come to IWU, their cultural, social, and academic transitions, and what has been the most helpful aspect of IWU that helped them with those transitions.

4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue


4 p.m., Presser Hall 258 – Music and the Surrounding World – Presentation by guest composer Judith Shatin, University of Virginia, as part of the Symposium of Contemporary Music.


7 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – 3D: Program Sponsored by Spanish and Latino Students Association (SALSA) – The 3D Series (Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity) is a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Persepolis – Presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities Stephen Grandchamp.


8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symposium of Contemporary Music: Concert


8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: South Pacific


Friday, Nov. 17

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Inclusive? The Classroom Experiences of Under-Represented Students – The Mellon Center, in cooperation with Mellon Foundation Engaging Tomorrow’s Students grant funding, will present a talk by Chavella Pittman, associate professor of sociology at Dominican University, for both faculty and staff seeking to best support under-represented students at IWU.  
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Alma College – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra: Symposium of Contemporary Music


8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Sip 'N Paint – Come join the Campus Activities Board for a night of sippin' on mocktails and channeling your inner Picasso to create a masterpiece! No artistic skills required.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: South Pacific


Saturday, Nov. 18

9 a.m.-noon, Parking lot, Hansen Student Center – America Recycles Day - Mega Recycling Event

10 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - Illinois Wesleyan Invitational

4 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Calvin College – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Lab – Sponsored by the School of Music

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: South Pacific



Sunday, Nov. 19

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: South Pacific

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Where Do We Go Now – Presented by Associate Professor of English Alison Sainsbury.


Wednesday, Nov. 22-Sunday, Nov. 26


Thanksgiving Recess

More Events
  • Dr. Paul Pedersen, Chief Medical Officer at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, received the inaugural St. Joseph the Worker Award at the 28th OSF HealthCare Foundation Crystal Ball. The award recognizes adherence to the ideals of hard work, commitment, and caring for others, and to the advancement of medical care within the community.

  • At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston on Monday, Nov. 20, there will be a panel devoted to Associate Professor and Chair of Religion Robert Erlewine's book, published last year, Judaism and the West: From Hermann Cohen to Joseph Soloveitchik.
IWU Benefits Fair

The IWU Benefits Fair has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the Hansen Center Court.

Benefit representatives will be available for consultations from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days:

  • EIIA
  • BAS (Benefit Administrative Systems) - Medical Insurance
  • Principal - Dental Insurance
  • BPC (Benefit Planning Consultants) - Flex and Notional Accounts

Watch for more information about the fair, including a schedule of benefit presentations.
Gratitude Trees

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, The Ames Library is installing two 6-foot lighted trees in our rotunda for the Thanksgiving season. We will provide tags for people across campus to share expressions of gratitude. From these statements, we will work on developing a word cloud that captures the themes.

Thanksgiving Break Access to Campus Residences

All IWU residence halls and fraternities will be closing for the 2017 Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., and will not reopen until Sunday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m.

Students, if you need to stay in your hall or to have access to it during the break, you must request access as soon as possible. 

  • You will need approval to receive break access to the building
  • For Thanksgiving Recess, you should make that request online at the link below before Thursday, Nov. 15 to avoid charges
  • More information about approved reasons for staying and requesting break access is available at
  • If you live in a residence hall and have questions, please contact your residence director
  • If you live in a fraternity and have questions, please contact Alanna Hill at
Welcome New Employees

Tess Johnson '16 started Nov. 1 as Marketing Coordinator for Enrollment and Marketing.

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