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Feb. 4, 2019

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Scott Walter Named University Librarian
Scott Walter – a respected library leader, scholar, educator, and consultant with nearly two decades of senior library leadership experience – will succeed Karen Schmidt as University Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan, effective May 8.

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Titan Athletics
  • In the first match of new head coach Sam Totten's tenure, the Illinois Wesleyan men's tennis team claimed a 9-0 win over Aurora University on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington.
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Titans In The News
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Celebrating a campus community that engages with bigger questions and unique interests in active ways, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to ask one another "What Are You Working On?"

Chicago Tribune

Joshua Bidzinski ’07 was promoted to partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP.

WGLT Radio

Associate Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera provided insight into the impact of extreme cold on car batteries.

The Pantagraph

Doug Moews ’88 was inducted into the (Bloomington, Ill.) Central Catholic High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Pantagraph

Scott Walter was named Illinois Wesleyan's University Librarian, to succeed retiring Karen Schmidt.

GQ Magazine

Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed her research on women's interest in true crime stories, and Netflix's You.

WGLT Radio

Vice President for Advancement Steve Seibring discussed new tax rules and other potential impacts on charitable giving.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan head baseball coach Dennis Martel, a New England native, cheered on the Patriots to win another Super Bowl.


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Tuesday, Feb. 5

1:15 p.m., Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building  – Artist Talk and Reception – Tom Rice, whose art installation Extinguishing the Fire is on display in the Merwin Gallery, will discuss his work. The event will include a reception for Posters on Parade by Delicious Design League, on display in the Wakeley Gallery.

6 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – (Rescheduled) 3D Film:" The Hate U Give" – This event was rescheduled from Jan. 29 due to weather. Visiting Assistant Professor Sarah Lindenbaum will present and lead a discussion on police brutality in America after the film, which tells the story of Starr. After witnessing the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer, and while facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.



Wednesday, Feb. 6


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 C101 – Faculty Meeting


6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Breaking Stigma Trivia – Students are invited for a game of Kahoot centered around mental illness, as a way to spread awareness and break up the stigma of talking about mental health. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and NAMI.

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



Thursday, Feb. 7

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue  – Rescheduled from Jan. 31, this week's topic will be Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Adna Mujovic ’21 will lead a discussion focused around short clips from the documentary, "Waking in Oak Creek," exploring the concept of forgiveness and reconciliation in our daily lives. The documentary is about a fatal, hateful shooting suffered by the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in 2012. The community's response was not one of vengeance or anger, but of increased compassion, concern, and support.

6 p.m., C101, CNS – 3D Film: "Profiled" – This documentary knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latinx youth killed by the NYPD into an indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "A loving portrait of tango: Abrazos, Tango in Buenos Aires" – Presented by Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, Chair of German, & Asian Languages, and Director of International Studies Scott Sheridan.



Friday, Feb. 8


Through Saturday, Feb. 9 Council for IWU Women Summit: Navigating Change – Women students, alumnae, faculty and staff are welcome to join the Council for IWU Women as they share time, talent and resources to support the personal and professional development of the women of IWU. See the schedule or register here. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement.

12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium, Welcome Center – FYFF-Job Search Strategies – You have the resume, but how do you find the job? Students are invited to come to the Welcome Center Auditorium for lunch and some great advice, as part of the For Your Future Friday series from the Hart Career Center.

6 p.m. (through Sunday, Feb. 10), St. Mary's Monastery, Rock Island – Pursuing Passion, Claiming Callings: A Weekend Retreat on Vocation – We’re often told: find your passion, and then go do it! Or: do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Well, what if you aren’t sure about your passions? What if you don’t yet know what your talents are and certainly not what you love? This weekend retreat will provide opportunities for students to discover these commitments and to consider the ways religious and secular perspectives approach the idea of vocation, or calling. In addition to group sessions, there will be ample free time for personal reflection, spiritual practice, and outdoor exploration. For more information, email Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – She Speaks – IWU alumnae, students, faculty and staff will share their stories, powered by PechaKucha, as part of the Council for IWU Women Summit. All are welcome – Summit registration not required.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist: Shawn Head



Saturday, Feb. 9

12:30 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - CCIW Diving Championships

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. University of St. Thomas (Scrimmage)


2-6 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Pride Summit – The Pride Alumni Community (PAC) invites all members of the Illinois Wesleyan community (alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends of the university) to connect and support members of the LGBQ+ TGNC community while discussing relevant issues and sharing our journeys. Presentations from campus leaders and alumni will prompt discussion for all participants. Programming includes a keynote lecture by Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Ph.D. '07 on the state of LGBTQ+ issues in higher education, small group activities, panel presentations and dinner. Register here.

4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – TitanThon – The student-run TitanThon raises money for the Children's Hospital of Illinois. The event celebrates student efforts and the work done at the hospital through hearing family stories and participating in an event full of fun activities.

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Elmhurst College - Seniors' Night – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Elmhurst College - Seniors' Night – Live streaming video at


Sunday, Feb. 10


5:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Lunar New Year Celebration – Enjoy an Asian dinner while watching a variety of Asian cultural performances to mark the Year of the Pig. Sponsored by the Chinese Culture and Communications Club, Japanese Language and Culture Club, Korean Culture Club and Cypher Dance Team.


Monday, Feb. 11

CNS, State Farm Hall and Dugout, Memorial Center – Thank a Giver (TAG) Day – Thank A Giver Day (TAG Day) provides our campus community with the opportunity to thank the donors who support Illinois Wesleyan. We celebrate each year in mid-February because it marks the symbolic point during the academic year – about 70% of the way through – when tuition dollars run out and support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants kick in for the remainder of the year.

Please make time to stop by one of the TAG Day tables –

• CNS and State Farm Hall, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Dugout, Memorial Center, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

– to write a note to one or more donors who make the IWU experience possible. You are also encouraged to share your gratitude on social media using #IWUThanks

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Warriors in Mr. Lincoln's Army: Native American Soldiers Who Fought in the Civil War – Quita Verban Shier '60 will provide a presentation on selections from the 140 Native Americans whom she researched for her new book, Warriors in Mr. Lincoln's Army: Native American Soldiers Who Fought in the Civil War. This event coincides with the exhibit “Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness,” on display at The Ames Library.

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  • Marina Balina, Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian, participated in the following:

    • In September of 2018, was a plenary speaker for the conference on Soviet Children’s literature at the University of Cleremont - Ferrand, France.
    • In October-November of 2018, she was invited as Ella and Fred Wiswell Visiting Professor to the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She gave lectures and taught seminars on a variety of topics including Russian and Soviet fairy tales, autobiography, and Russian children’s literature and culture.
    • In December of 2018, she presented at the annual convention of Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies on “Performing Childhood in Post-Soviet Autobiographical Writing.”
    • In May of 2019, Balina will be the keynote speaker at the International Conference The Child and the Book, Zadar, Croatia.
  • Her new edited volume on Hans-Christian Andersen and Russia, Marina Balina and Mads Jessen, eds. Odense: University of Southern Denmark Press, is forthcoming in May 2019. She is the author of the introduction and a chapter on “Such an Un-Soviet Soviet Andersen: Biography as Metonymy.”
    In addition, Balina has published:
    • “Children's Literature at the Second Congress of Soviet Writers” (in Russian) in The Second Congress of Russian Writers, 1954. Valery Viugin and Konstantin Bogdanov, eds, St. Petersburg: Aleteiia, 2018, Pp. 167-195.
    • “Writing Usable Future: Narratives of War Childhood.” Special issue of Filoteknos on “Representations of War in Children’s and YA Literature in Russia and Eastern Europe.” Larissa Rudova and Dorota Michulka, eds. Wroclaw: University of Wroclaw Press, Spring 2018, Vol. 8, 2018, Pp. 7-19.
    • “ Writing History for Soviet Children” (in Russian) in Children’s Readings 13: 1, Ekaterinburg- St. Petersburg: Kabinetnyi uchenyi, 2018, Pp: 115-142.
Save the Date - 2nd Annual Unity Gala on March 2

Saturday, March 2

7 p.m.

Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center


The Alliance, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Senate, and various student organizations invite the entire IWU campus community to this semi-formal celebration.

The Unity Gala is free and open to students, staff, faculty, and alumni. See a photo gallery from last year's inaugural event.

Posse Plus Retreat

Posse Plus Retreat

Feb. 22-23
Williamson Retreat Center, Carlinville, Illinois


The theme of this year's Posse Plus Retreat is the State of Our Union, and will focus on deep discussion about critical topics in the U.S. As described by the Posse Foundation: “We are facing a pivotal moment of unparalleled contradictions: An increasingly diverse society torn by intense polarization. Record-breaking profits and stagnant wages. The rebirth of urban centers amid the rise of gentrification. Technological advances and the degradation of our environment. How do you feel about the State of Our Union?”


The retreat is free for all students, faculty and staff. Transportation, lodging, meals and snacks are provided. Participation is limited to 100 registrants and we encourage you to register early. We ask that registrants make a commitment to attending fully as you are taking a spot of others who may hope to attend. We will leave campus at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 and return no later than 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.


Register with this link by Feb. 11. Questions? Please contact the Dean of Students office ( or any Posse Scholar.

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