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Oct. 29, 2018

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Diego Mendez-Carbajo Takes on New Opportunities in Economics
Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo was named Chair of the Research Committee of the National Association of Economic Educators, he will serve as Associate Editor for The American Economist, and will be a Visiting Scholar in-residence at the University of Delaware's Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship.

Lindsey Fitzharris ’04 to Share Grisly World of Victorian Medicine with IWU
Bestselling author and medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris '04 will return to her alma mater to discuss the brutal and bloody world of Victorian surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Tree Remembering the Big Burr Oak Tree
Eric Nelson, Manager of Grounds Services, shares the history of a burr oak tree which was among the oldest members of Illinois Wesleyan's urban forest.

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Climate change researcher Amir Jina, who said the state’s agriculture will be hit hard, spoke on WGLT's Sound Ideas in advance of a presentation at Illinois Wesleyan last week.
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In rankings of top-performing schools at the lowest possible costs, Illinois Wesleyan is among the top five schools in Illinois, according to 2019’s College & University Rankings.


Waunakee (Wis.) Tribune

Judy Walker ’68, whose love of music was nurtured by her parents, has spent her career sharing her knowledge and expertise as a professor of music.

Mendota (Ill.) Reporter

Soprano Jenilyn Roether ’05 will perform as part of a program hosted by the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 4. More coverage from the (La Salle, Ill.) News Tribune and the Bureau County Republican.


The No. 15-ranked Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team celebrates Halloween by coming to practice in full costume, and practicing in costume.

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Illinois Wesleyan hosted “Illuminating Justice, Inspiring Music: An Afternoon with the Saint John’s Bible”on Oct. 28 at Evelyn Chapel.
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The Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan is leading a project to promote Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24, working in partnership with the city and town, the Chamber of Commerce and the West Bloomington Revitalization Project.

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Legendary football coaches Norm Eash ’75 and Ken Leonard forged a friendship growing up in Chenoa, Illinois, which continues to this day. 

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Monday, Oct. 29


12:15-12:45 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – A Time for Prayer and Commitment – In Response to the Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack – The campus community is invited to gather to remember the victims of Saturday's Tree of Life Synagogue attack in Pittsburgh; to pray in solidarity for peace and justice in the face of antisemitism and hatred of every kind; and to renew commitments to eradicating the prevalence of guns and gun violence from our society.


3 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Q& A with Stevenson Lecture Speaker Theresa Payton – Theresa Payton, one of the nation's leading experts in cyber security and IT strategy, will offer a masterclass for Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State students. Payton will deliver more formal remarks as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center on the Illinois State University campus. The title of her remarks is “Hype or Reality? Your Workplace and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & the Internet of Things.”


Through Dec. 10, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Exhibits "Strata" and "City and Empire" – The work of artists Heather Brammeier, Kathleen Gerber, Lindy Ihrman, Lori Nix and Leslie Speicher will be on display.


Tuesday, Oct. 30

7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Lindsey Fitzharris '04: “Good Old Hospital Stink:” The Grisly World of Victorian Surgery



Wednesday, Oct. 31

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center, Welcome Center – Hart Career Center Walk-In Wednesday – Bring your resume (electronic or paper) and have Hart Career Center staff review it, ask a quick question about Handshake or get help setting up your profile. (Closed for lunch from 12-1 p.m.)



Thursday, Nov. 1

1:30 p.m., Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Artists' Talk – Artists Heather Brammeier, Kathleen Gerber, and Leslie Speicher will visit Illinois Wesleyan for a reception and talk in connection with their exhibits on display in the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries.

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

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Coco – Presented by Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies Carmela Ferradans.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – New Music Café



Friday, Nov. 2

12 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – For Your Future Fridays: Job Search – You have the best education, the best resume and a brand new outfit. But how do you find a job? Hart Career Center staff will help guide you to a successful job search.



Saturday, Nov. 3

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at


8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Second City Improv – Come out to see an amazing travel comedy troupe for a night full of laughter and fun, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.


Sunday, Nov. 4

3 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington – Fall Choral Concert



Monday, Nov. 5

1:30 p.m., Hart Career Center, Welcome Center – Hart Career Center Extra Walk-In Hours – Hart Career Center will offer extra walk-in hours for students all this week. Bring your resume (electronic or paper) and have our staff review it, ask a quick question about Handshake or get help setting up your profile.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Spatial Injustices: Racial Segregation & the Ironic Mobile Barriers of Public Transportation – Sociology Research Colloquium & Office of Diversity and Inclusion 3D series, presented by Gwendolyn Purifoye, Assistant Professor of Sociology at North Park University.

7 p.m., C101, CNS – "Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement" – Speaker Arthur Pearson is the Director of Chicago Program for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, where he guides the Foundation’s support for land conservation and the arts. He will discuss his recently published book, Force of Nature:  George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement. This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public, co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, the IWU Biology Department and the John Wesley Powell Audubon Society.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – African Culture Week: Speaking Through Kings? – "Artists and the Portrait of Traditional Kings in Uganda" will be presented by Dr. Angelo Kakande of Makerere University, Uganda. A series of African Culture Week activities will be sponsored Nov. 5-10 by the African Studies Program of International Studies, African Students Association, the Sociology and Anthropology Department, School of Music and School of Art.

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  • James E. House, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Scholar in Residence, presented the lecture "Of Solids and Sehnsucht" at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) on Friday, Oct. 19. The lecture was presented in conjunction with House's induction into the Chemistry Alumni Hall of Fame at SIU.

  • "Dear Dark Lord,” a comedy-horror web series created, written, produced, and scored by Pat Cavanaugh '14, has been chosen by the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest as an official selection of this year’s festival. The series is now streaming at
Oxfam Hunger Banquet® - Tickets on Sale

Don't miss your chance to experience the 16th annual OXFAM HUNGER BANQUET® on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., which is an interactive simulation of how the world eats with a taste of climate change and hunger.


Meal tickets ($5) must be purchased in advance and are limited to 50. Available for sale (while they last) at the Dugout, weekdays Oct. 29-Nov. 7, 12-1 p.m., or from Wendy West ( at CLA 126. Proceeds will be donated to an agency fighting hunger. Sponsored by the IWU Development Studies Team of the International Studies Program.


Claressa Kirkwood, previously a custodian for Physical Plant, has been promoted to HVAC Technician Apprentice, effective today (Monday, Oct. 29).

"This is a chance for the Physical Plant to promote and train from within and we are excited to have an outstanding, motivated employee accept this opportunity," said Jim Blumberg, Director of Physical Plant. Please join us in congratulating Claressa!

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