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Nov. 5, 2018

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Kim Students Share Freeman Asia Internship Experiences
Learning through immersive internships at 16 sites across Asia, a record 36 IWU Freeman Asia interns shared their life-changing experiences during an October poster presentation.

Writing Annual Best Gateway Essay Contest Winners Announced
The Illinois Wesleyan Writing Committee has selected the top essays in the 2017-18 Best Gateway Essay Contest. The winner is Suzanne Zhang '21 for "Critical Thinking and Buddhism."

Lindsey Watch Lindsey Fitzharris on Victorian Surgery
If you were unable to attend the Oct. 30 presentation by history alumna and PEN award-winning author Lindsey Fitzharris '04, you can view it on the University's YouTube channel.

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Titan Athletics
  • For the second straight year and sixth time overall, the Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team will play in the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament. The No. 12-ranked Titans, winners of 20 straight, won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament Nov. 3 at the Shirk Center.

  • The women's soccer team won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament championship and the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament — its sixth consecutive and 11th overall NCAA Division III tournament appearance.

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Titans In The News
Sandusky (Ohio) Register
Retired Lt. Col. Virginia Orr '76 received the CIA Office of General Counsel’s Kathy Stewart Award, recognizing CIA attorneys who show dedication, commitment and genuine care for others.
The Pantagraph

Lindsey Fitzharris ’04 visited her alma mater to share tales of “the grisly world of Victorian medicine,” also detailed in her award-winning book The Butchering Art.


The Pantagraph

Theresa Payton, a former White House chief information officer, presented a Q&A session at IWU as part of the Stevenson Lecture Series.

The Pantagraph

Victims of the Oct. 27 synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh were honored in a gathering at Illinois Wesleyan's Evelyn Chapel.

Black Mountain News

David Wilken '92 is musical director of the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, which performed a concert "filled with musical goosebump moments" on Oct. 31.

WNIJ Radio
Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Richard Jenkins '69 returned to his hometown DeKalb and shared insights with students at Northern Illinois University.
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Monday, Nov. 5


12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Sarah Lindenbaum: "Trashy Romance Novels: The Library of 17th-Century Englishwoman Frances Wolfreston"  – Just down the road from Illinois Wesleyan at ISU's Milner Library is a rare copy of a 1621 romance, Lady Mary Wroth's The Countess of Montgomery's Urania, the first ever written by an Englishwoman. When you open the book, you find the following old inscription on the inside front cover: "frances wolfreston hor bouk bot at london." Who was Frances Wolfreston? What, if anything, can Urania and other books containing her ownership inscription tell us about her? About the reading habits of other Englishwomen in the 1600s? And why does it matter? Visiting librarian Sarah Lindenbaum will have answers to these questions and more.

1:30-3:30 p.m. (daily through Friday), 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 presentation 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 will discuss his recently published book, Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement. This event is free and open to 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?



Tuesday, Nov. 6

12 p.m., The Dugout, Memorial Center – African Culture Week: African Drum Jam

7 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Humanities Panel – The Humanities Panel will discuss the thinking about what is human about our diverse histories, values, ideas, words and dreams, which help to shape individuality and community, and thus pose fundamental questions about the past, present and future. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.



Wednesday, Nov. 7


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.)

11 a.m., CNS C102 – Faculty Meeting

11 a.m., 205, CLA – IWU London Program Info Session – Interested in studying abroad in London for a semester? Join Professor of History Tom Lutze, the director of this year's program, to find out more about what steps you need to take for the semester of your life!
Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office.

5:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Oxfam Hunger Banquet  – 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 from 12-1 p.m. daily through Nov. 7, 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.

7 p.m., 208, State Farm Hall – Five Under 25 - AMA Event – Five recent alumni will share their experiences navigating into business in the first AMA "speed networking" event. Sponsored by the American Marketing Association - Illinois Wesleyan Chapter.



Thursday, Nov. 8

4 p.m., Second Floor Reading Lounge, CLA – African Culture Week: African Beading Party

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

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: A Safety Belt – Presented by Professor of History Tom Lutze.



Friday, Nov. 9

11 a.m., Room 258, Presser Hall – African Culture Week: Masterclass – With Cheick Hamala Diabate, Grammy-nominated musician from Mali


2 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Welcome Center – Retirement Reception for Mike Welsh – Sodexo invites all faculty and staff to a reception honoring Sodexo General Manager Mike Welsh, who is retiring after 39 years at Illinois Wesleyan.

4 p.m., CNS C102 and CNS Wilson Atrium – Faculty Colloquium & Reception – Presented by Abigail Kerr, Associate Professor of Psychology.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Chamber Brass Recital



Saturday, Nov. 10

Fall Open House II – Prospective students and their families are invited to visit and discover the array of all that's possible at Illinois Wesleyan.

5:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – African Culture Week: African Culture Night & Concert – Featuring music by Grammy Award-nominee Cheica Hamala Diabate, dances by the African Students Association dance teams from Illinois Wesleyan, Illinois State and Heartland Community College, a fashion show, a poetry performance, a Kahoot Game and free food. Come celebrate African culture, sponsored by the IWU African Students Association.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble

9 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Game Show Night! – This event is a mix between Jeopardy and Family Feud. There will be appetizers and other food typical for a trivia night. Each member of the final team will win a fun prize. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, Nov. 11


2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. University of Chicago – Live streaming video at


4 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. University of Chicago – Live streaming video at



Monday, Nov. 12


10:45 a.m., Flag pole, Eckley Quad (Rain location: Evelyn Chapel) – Veterans Day Observance – The campus community is invited to a brief ceremony to honor all Veterans.


11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – International Education Week  – It's International Education Week! To show appreciation for IWU's incredible international programs, the International Office will be in the Dugout during lunch hours to play trivia and offer tasty international candies. We hope you can stop by!


12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Kathleen O'Gorman – From the time Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy concerning undocumented immigrants on April 6, 2018, until the president ended the policy on June 20, 2018, thousands of immigrant children were separated from their parents at the U.S. border. Thousands of other children have come to the U.S. by themselves, making the trip from places like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Professor of English Kathleen O’Gorman has volunteered since this past summer with the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, the only agency that has rights to interview these children and scrutinize the conditions in which they are housed. She has made two site visits as part of an interview team and has spoken with a number of the children—those separated from parents and those who came alone. While there is much that she is not able to disclose in the interest of protecting the children, there are some aspects of the visits she can discuss.

More Events
  • First Year Frequency: You can listen to your colleagues on this weekly radio show & podcast, as they advise IWU parents to help them understand the experiences of their incoming students.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor and Outreach Librarian Sarah Lindenbaum has had her research paper, "Frances Wolfreston Revivified: New Biographical and Bibliographical Evidence for a Late Renaissance Woman Reader," accepted by the Renaissance Society of America for its March 2019 conference in Toronto, Ontario. For the past five years, Sarah has been working to reconstruct Wolfreston's library and to further the understanding of early modern women's libraries. Her research on Wolfreston was supported by a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard's Houghton Library in 2017.

  • Professor of Anthropology Chuck Springwood published "The Age of Dwindling American Empire: Soldiers, Gaming, and Affective Labor in Warzones." Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 2018.

  • Associate Professor and Information Literacy Librarian Chris Sweet was invited to curate a bicycling history exhibit at the Design Museum of Chicago. He gave a presentation, “Chicago Cycles: 150 Years of Bicycle Design and Innovation” on Nov. 3 at the museum.
Annual Safety Walk

Wednesday, Nov. 14
6 p.m.
Campus Safety Office

The Annual Safety Walk is an opportunity for staff members from the Office of Residential Life, Physical Plant, Campus Safety, and students to walk the campus at night with an eye to lighting, landscaping, and to identify other areas of concern for safety on campus. Please meet at the Campus Safety Office at 6 p.m., or email your concerns to

Interested in a Formal Dance?

Illinois Wesleyan's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer is considering a formal winter dance as a fundraiser, if there is interest among students, staff and faculty.


To help them assess this opportunity, please answer this survey.

Welcome New Employees

Lauren Hicks started Oct. 18 as Coordinator of Entrepreneurial Activities - DTE, a new position.


Perry Harrington started Oct. 29 as a custodian in the Shirk Center, an opening due to James Tribett leaving IWU.


Jharie Palacio started Oct. 29 as a custodian in Munsell Hall, an opening due to Sam Embry's retirement.


Roy Bailey has been promoted from Painter/Building Mechanic to Building Mechanic in the Physical Plant Maintenance Department, effective Oct. 29, announced by Carl Gillis, Manager of Maintenance Services. Join us in congratulating him on his promotion!

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