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Nov. 12, 2018

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Becky $4.6 Million NSF Grant to Fund NexSTEM Program
The National Science Foundation has awarded $4.6 million to a consortium comprised of IWU, ISU and Heartland to fund NexSTEM: A Community Assets Program that Fosters the Next Generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Leaders.

Titan Illinois Wesleyan Unveils New Logos
The Illinois Wesleyan Athletic Department is unveiling a group of newly designed logos to represent its 22 intercollegiate sports teams, while the University will launch an updated wordmark as part of ongoing branding initiatives.

Kimberly IWU Celebrates International Education Week, Launching #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign
Illinois Wesleyan University is participating in the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, affirming that U.S. institutions of higher education are diverse, friendly, safe and committed to student development.

Crystal Students Recognized at Regional Singing Competition
Thirteen Illinois Wesleyan students competed at the Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) annual competition and conference in October.

Gabe Spalding Elected to American Association of Physics Teachers Board
Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Physics Teachers, an association dedicated to physics education.

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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan football team earned a share of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship for the second straight year, with a Saturday win over North Park.

  • Illinois Wesleyan senior Jillian Cole has been selected as an individual qualifier for the 2018 Division III Women's Cross Country Championships.

  • For the second straight year, Illinois Wesleyan junior Ellie Crabtree has been elected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® 7 Division III Women's Soccer Team and will be on the ballot for the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team.

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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
$4.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will benefit Illinois Wesleyan as part of NexSTEM, providing scholarships and research support. More coverage from WGLT and WJBC radio
The Pantagraph

Former IWU professor and Senior Olympian D. Paul Miller, who died last week at 101, was remembered fondly by longtime IWU athletics department fixtures Norm Eash ’75, Ron Rose ’88 and Stew Salowitz ’76.


WGLT Radio

Illinois Wesleyan will be among the beneficiaries of the sale of nearly 1,000 acres of high-quality farmland, per the wishes of late alum Cyril “C.B.” Frevert ’61. More coverage from The Pantagraph.

Tire Business

Todd Pickens '84, a former Goodyear executive, has been named vice president of sales for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels.

The Pantagraph

Sharon Chung ’00 was elected to the McLean County Board in the Nov. 6 election, edging out an incumbent candidate for the District 7 seat.

WGLT Radio
Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton, who spoke recently at Illinois Wesleyan, says the federal government is working closely with states to protect voting systems from digital interference.
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Monday, Nov. 12


11 a.m., Flag pole, Eckley Quad (Rain location: Evelyn Chapel) – Veterans Day Observance – A brief ceremony at the flag pole will recognize all veterans, particularly those in our IWU family who have served or will serve our country in the United States Armed Forces. The Chapel bells will ring at 10:50 a.m. and we will begin the ceremony at the flag pole on the Quad at 11 a.m.


11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – 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.


12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Kathleen O'Gorman  – From the time former 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 several 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. 



Tuesday, Nov. 13

12 p.m., 205, CLA – International Education Week - Study Abroad 101 Workshop – To celebrate International Education Week, the Study Abroad office will be hosting a Study Abroad Workshop over lunch with FREE PIZZA! Bring questions and an empty stomach; we hope to see you there!

4 p.m., Social Justice Reading Room, The Ames Library – Careers with Social Justice NGOs – The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice and the Hart Career Center will co-sponsor a forum on career opportunities with social justice-related non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Meeting in front of the library’s Social Justice Reading Room, we will discuss strategies for pursuing NGO work, the kinds of academic skills and qualifications NGOs look for in their staffing, and opportunities for summer internship work with selected NGOs. In that vein, we will also promote the IWU Fund for Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice, with regard to the funding opportunities it presents and the kinds of initiatives it has sponsored in the past. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

4 p.m., Myers Welcome Center – IWU Freeman Asia Info Session – IWU Study Abroad will host this second information session about the IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program.



Wednesday, Nov. 14


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.)

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – IWU Nursing Career Fair – Nursing majors of all years should attend this fair to meet healthcare employers and learn about potential internships and full-time positions, sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout and Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Global Titans Enlighten! – The 2018-2019 IWU Global Titans will be circulating in the eating areas of the Memorial Center, speaking with students about global issues pertaining to the clothing industry. Their motto, "Globally Aware, Intellectually Dare, Compassionately Share," depends on sharing their concerns with the IWU campus community, to make more people aware of the consequences of their actions within the context of our increasingly globalized lived experience. Sponsored by the Global Titans FYE.


11 a.m.-12 Noon, Dugout, Memorial Center – AGD Get Smart About Hunger – Alpha Gamma Delta will be giving out Smarties and collecting non-perishable food donations for the Midwest Food Bank.

4 p.m., 105, CLA – Religion Colloquium - Reclaiming Apocalyptic: Jewish Apocalypticism and Israelite Religious Tradition – Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion David Melvin will speak, sponsored by the Religion Department.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poli-Talks: Exploring Racial Identity Development – Kwame Patterson, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will give a presentation as part of the Poli-Talks Series. The Series provides an ongoing opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to discuss current political and cultural issues; multiple perspectives and viewpoints are welcomed.

6 p.m., Meet at Campus Safety Office, Memorial Center – Annual Safety Walk
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

7 p.m., 208, State Farm Hall – AMA Speaker: Matthew Garcia – Free and open to the public, sponsored by the American Marketing Association.

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: Curtains



Thursday, Nov. 15


10 a.m.-3 p.m. (also Friday, Nov. 16) Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Benefits Fair for Faculty and StaffSee details below


4 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – November IDES - "Keeping Aristotle Out of Aristotelian Ethics" – The Great Chain of Being is a powerfully compelling image of the natural world that has its roots in the thought of Plato and Aristotle. But the Great Chain’s picture of the world as harmonious, orderly, and replete with meaning is starkly at odds with contemporary, scientific (especially Darwinian) conceptions of nature. Can elements of Aristotle’s ethical outlook survive the collapse of the Great Chain paradigm to inform moral thought today? Guest speaker Kristina Gerhman will consider some of the ways in which contemporary secular moral thought still depends, for better and for worse, on Aristotelian ideas about humanity and our place in nature. Sponsored by the Greek and Roman Studies Department.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue - Faith and Politics: Reflections on the Midterm Elections – Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw will lead a discussion about the ways in which communities and individuals, across the political spectrum, have brought religious values and beliefs into the public square. Where are the fault lines? And where are there examples of interfaith cooperation? As always, come for good treats and tea.

6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – International Education Week - 3D International Student Panel  – Come to the International Student Panel Q&A and learn about the international student experience at IWU. This is an informal conversation with international students, an opportunity to learn about their culture, traditions, incredible journey, and what brought them to IWU. Sponsored by the International Office.

6 p.m., 101, State Farm Hall – Refugee Simulation – Come join Amnesty International for a simulation on what it is like to be a refugee coming to the United States from Central America. Learn and discuss about the struggles refugees face and the obstacles they must overcome.

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: Curtains

8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Guitar Ensemble Recital



Friday, Nov. 16


Memorial Center – IBHE Faculty Advisory Council Meeting – Illinois Wesleyan University will host the monthly meeting of the Illinois Board of Higher Education-Faculty Advisory Council (IBHE-FAC).

7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitor / Trial by Jury – Sponsored by the School of Music.

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: Curtains



Saturday, Nov. 17

10 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving - Illinois Wesleyan Invitational

7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitor/ Trial by Jury – Sponsored by the School of Music.


7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: Curtains



Sunday, Nov. 18

2 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: Curtains

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty Recital - Ilia Radoslavov, Piano



Tuesday, Nov. 20

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Live streaming video at


Wednesday, Nov. 21


Through Sunday, Nov. 25 – THANKSGIVING RECESS – Classes resume Monday, Nov. 26.

More Events
  • Midwest Sociology published a profile of research by Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke on "colorblind racism." 

  • Associate Professor of Psychology Abigail Kerr co-authored an article, "Poststroke Exercise is as Effective as Skilled Rehabilitation: Effects in Young and Aged Mice," September 2018, Behavioral Neuroscience.

  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 composition competition of the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble based in London, England. The award was given for Vayo's Sandpails, which sets poetry by former IWU English professor James McGowan.
Thanksgiving Break Access to Residence Halls and Fraternities

All IWU residence halls and fraternities will be closing for the 2018 Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m., and will not reopen until Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.

If you need to stay in your hall or fraternity house or need 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 submit your request by completing the appropriate break access application in your MyHousing portal by 8 a.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 14 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 area director.
  • If you live in a fraternity and have any questions, please contact Samantha Rowe at or Alanna Hill at
(not so) Pink Zone

The 12th Annual Pink Zone event hosted by the IWU Men's and Women's Basketball Teams will be Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.


This year, the Pink Zone Game will be a little different than in years past – instead, we are hosting a (Not So) Pink Zone event. All of the proceeds will go to our local Community Cancer Center, supporting the fight against all types of cancer. We want to honor those currently going through cancer, survivors, and the memories of those who have lost their battles. This cause is near and dear to the IWU Women's Basketball program, as Head Coach Mia Smith was in her own fight against breast cancer just 6 seasons ago. Many of those within our program have been affected greatly by cancer as well. 


Here is a flyer with information on the different items for sale, raffle tickets and prizes. Winners will be announced during half time of the Women’s Pink Game.


Apparel can be purchased using this link starting today (Monday, Nov. 12) through Saturday, Dec. 1. You will be contacted when orders arrive, and you will be able to pick up orders at the Shirk Center with Administrative Specialist Mindy McCluskey or Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Rebekah Ehresman, or you can pick up your order at the game on Jan. 19. Raffle cards will be available for purchase until we sell out — stop by the Athletic Office at the Shirk Center, reach out to a basketball player, or contact Mindy or Rebekah to purchase. If you have any questions or wish to make a donation, contact Mindy (; 309-556-3196) or Rebekah ( 

Welcome New Employees

Cindy Lotz started Monday, Nov. 5, as Director of Human Resources, replacing Cathy Spitz, who has entered phased retirement.

See campus job openings
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