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Campus Weekly

July 23, 2018

Published biweekly in the summer months

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
MaisyBowden '18 Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
Maisy Bowden '18 is the recipient of a $5,000 fellowship award to support her graduate-level studies at Georgia State University, focused on the evolutionary precursors of language in nonhuman primates.

Grant Freeman Asia Interns Blog About Life Abroad
Illinois Wesleyan students are immersing themselves in the lives and cultures of people halfway across the world this summer, taking part in internships will all expenses paid through a grant to IWU from the Freeman Foundation.

CareCourse in Gerontology and Palliative Care Developed with $150,000 Grant
The Illinois Wesleyan School of Nursing and the Department of Biology have earned a $150,000 grant to develop a course and internship in gerontology and end-of-life care.

Grant Eckley Scholar Explores Values Behind Creative Arts Journals
With a stipend to support her summer research, English-Literature and German double major Abigail Kauerauf ’19 is taking an analytical look at how undergraduate creative arts journals assess the poems that they publish.

Edgar Lehr Honored for Two Decades of Research in Peru
Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr is one of just four foreign researchers to earn a silver medal from the Natural History Museum in Lima, Peru, in recognition of his long-term collaboration with – and support of – the institution.

Kwame Patterson to Direct Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Kwame Patterson, previously a residence director in the Office of Residential Life, has been named the new director of Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Book cover Fuist Book Explores Progressive Religious Activism
Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Nicholas Fuist offers perspective on the perceived divide between religious conservatives and secular liberals in his co-edited book.

Tun Grants Empower Students to Present at Math Symposium
Four IWU students had the opportunity to present alongside undergraduate, grad and doctoral mathematicians from across the country at the Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium, thanks to grants earned by Associate Professor of Mathematics Andrew Shallue.

Tom IWU Connections Abound at Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Illinois Wesleyan alumni, faculty and students are playing their parts on the stage – and behind it – to ensure the success of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Mark Denzler '93 Promoted to CEO of Illinois Manufacturers' Association
Mark Denzler '93 has been named the next CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, where he has served as vice president and chief operations officer.

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Titan Athletics
  • Track and field athlete Amelia Glueck '18 was named the 2018 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Woman of the Year, and will now represent the conference as a nominee for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
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Titans In The News
WGLT Radio

With support from a $5,000 IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship grant, classmates Liam Keffer '20, Benjamin Sestak '19, and Zachary Walsh '20 have created Unity Threads, an online clothing store specifically made for children with disabilities.

Chicago Tribune

Incoming nursing major Madeline Gutierrez, who was named Miss Vernon Hills 2018, described why she wants to be a nurse.

Daily Southtown

Ansel Johnson ’81 is an optometrist practicing at Vision Salon Eye Care Associates, in Blue Island, Illinois, and working to detect and combat diabetes in his patients.

The (Manhattan, Kansas) Mercury

Incoming student Bhavin "Bobby" Koirala '22 was among 18 area students chosen to The Mercury’s annual Flint Hills All-Academic Team, recognizing some of the most successful students of the 2018 graduating class.

The Pantagraph

Participants in the Illinois Chamber Music Festival at Illinois Wesleyan “learn how to lead, to follow and to communicate without words.”

WJBC Radio

The School of Nursing and Department of Biology won a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to help develop courses in Gerontology and Palliative Care. Also in The Pantagraph.

WGLT Radio

The fast pace of lacrosse has led to local growth of the sport, including local interest in the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams at Illinois Wesleyan.

The State Journal-Register

Mark Denzler '93 has been announced as the next CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, where he currently serves as vice president and chief operating officer.

The (Osseo, Min.) Sun Sailor
Matthew Humason ’21 stars in the Minnetonka Theatre’s summer production of “Merrily We Roll Along.” 
The Pantagraph

Sigmund Livingston, who graduated from Illinois Wesleyan’s former law school in 1894, founded the Anti-Defamation League.

WJBC Radio

Six members of the IWU men’s basketball team have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honor Court, recognizing academic excellence.

The (Janesville, Wis.) Gazette
William Wartmann '57, who died June 17, was remembered as "a one-man anti-homophobia campaign, a terrific speaker and a generous donor."
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Monday, July 23

7 p.m., Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 Cottage Ave., Normal – Illinois Chamber Music Festival - Music for Food – The Illinois Chamber Music Festival will present a special concert as part of Music For Food, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Free-will offerings are encouraged, and all proceeds will benefit Home Sweet Home Bread For Life Co-Op.


Wednesday, July 25
7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival  - Student Performance


Thursday, July 26

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival  - Faculty and Guest Artist Performance


Friday, July 27

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival - Student Performance


Saturday, July 28
3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival - Final Concert

More Events
  • Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr coauthored a paper published with open access in the journal ZooKeys, describing a new lizard genus and new species from Andean Peru. "Systematics of Neotropical microteiid lizards (Gymnophthalmidae, Cercosaurinae), with the description of a new genus and species from the Andean montane forests" was published in ZooKeys, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.774.25332.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding has been nominated as one of two candidates for a position as a four-year college representative on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

  • Music theatre majors Maddie Steele '19, Jessica McGrew '19 and Carson Grey '20 are performing in the Prairie Fire Theatre production of The Secret Garden, a musical based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Performances are Aug. 2-5.

  • Hannah Bowen '15, who completed her master's in social work at the Erikson Institute this year, has been accepted for a prestigious fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center. Yale’s post-MSW Fellowship in Advanced Clinical Social Work provides advanced training for social workers who want to become leaders in the field.

  • Gretchen Cepek '90, General Counsel at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, was named among Women in Business 2018 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

  • Sean Conley '14 has joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as scouting assistant.

  • Professor Emeritus Robert Bray will speak Saturday, Aug. 4 as part of a symposium presented by the Illinois Shakespeare Festival on "Shakespeare in the Land of Lincoln." A scene will be read from the play he co-wrote, Lincoln’s in Town!, which tells of a young Lincoln’s historical connections to the Bloomington area.


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