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Feb. 11, 2019

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Nyant Vora '19 Pursuing Patent for In-Home Sleep Study Invention
Senior biology major Niyant Vora is spending his final semester as an undergraduate student working toward earning a patent for his invention of an in-home polysomnogram device.

open house Changing Climates Research Showcased at Open House
Illinois Wesleyan students conducting research projects relating to the University's 2018-19 intellectual theme Changing Climates shared their work at a Course Cluster Open House at The Ames Library.

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Titan Athletics
  • Alec Marquardt '22 got second place in 1-meter diving and third place in the 3-meter event at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin diving championships, held at Illinois Wesleyan's Fort Natatorium on Saturday, Feb. 9.
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Titans In The News
Washington Post

Marti Lyons ’08 was nominated for a pair of Helen Hayes Awards, recognizing excellence in Washington area theatre.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan announced a 2.1 percent rise in spring enrollment from one year ago.

Morton (Ill.) Times-News

The Barn III Dinner Theatre and Event Center, under the direction of new owner and CEO Abby Reel ’04, opened its doors Thursday in Goodfield, Illinois. 


Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt offered tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget.

Broadway World

The Lettermen, featuring Bobby Poynton '80, will perform at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California



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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., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – 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.


Tuesday, Feb. 12

12 p.m. and 4 p.m., both at CLA 205, CLA – IWU London Program Info Session – Illinois Wesleyan's London program allows students to live and study in London for a semester, taking IWU courses taught by British faculty who are specialists in their knowledge of London and their specific field. All are welcome to apply. Sponsored by the International Office.


4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Religion Department Colloquium – Christopher Thane Callahan, a scholar of Japanese religions and Buddhism at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, will speak on "Performing Pictures: Etoki and the Illustrated Biography of Shinran."

7 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Environmental Career Panel – Illinois Wesleyan alumni will discuss their career paths. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.



Wednesday, Feb. 13


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.)

5:30 p.m., Niepagen Room, Shirk Center – Illinois Wesleyan Associates – Pregame Social – The Illinois Wesleyan Associates Board of Directors will host a private pregame social event prior to the men's basketball game. For more information, contact Patti Brent at

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at



Thursday, Feb. 14


12-5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Valentine's Day Blood DriveSchedule an appointment online or look for sign-up tables in Memorial Center during meal hours, or the CNS Atrium. Receive a Red Cross "We Challenge U" Tee when you come to give blood, while supplies last. Sponsored by IWU Tri Beta.

12:10 p.m., Fifer Courtroom (2nd floor), McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington – Lunch and Learn: Associate Professor of Psychology Abigail Kerr – Kerr will present “The Good Limb, the Bad Limb, and Recovery: What animal models tell us about improving behavioral recovery after stroke,” as part of the Lunch and Learn series, co-sponsored by the McLean County Museum of History and Illinois Wesleyan.

6 p.m., C101, CNS – 3D Film: "Blackkklansman" – IWU's Black Student Union and Jewish Student Association will collaborate to lead a discussion on the impacts of racism and anti-Semitism in our society, as seen in the featured movie and true story about Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer who successfully infiltrates his local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "The Threepenny Opera" – Presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Jamie Zelechowski.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist: Jasmine Arakawa, Piano



Friday, Feb. 15

Through Sunday, Feb. 17, State Farm Hall – Human Rights Undergraduate Research Conference – Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, this year's theme is “Changing Climates and Human Rights Discourse.”

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



Saturday, Feb. 16

10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Admitted Student Day I  – Students who are admitted to Illinois Wesleyan University are invited to participate in a unique opportunity to learn more about the many ways IWU will enhance their educational experience.



Sunday, Feb. 17

Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - Kevin McCarthy Diving Invitational  



Monday, Feb. 18

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Penny Gray  – Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Pennie Gray will share preliminary findings of her research examining first-year teachers' decision-making process about classroom management systems. Funded by an Artistic and Scholarly Development grant, Gray visited the classrooms of 16 elementary school teachers during the first three months of their first year of teaching. Through semi-scripted interviews, she explored the ways first-year teachers navigated competing expectations of appropriate classroom management systems. In particular, she is researching the phenomenon known as the apprenticeship of observation: the tendency of teachers to enact pedagogies that reflect their own educational experiences as schoolchildren rather than the pedagogies espoused by their teacher preparation programs. Gray will share emerging data trends, with time for questions and input.

4 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – GRS Ides Lecture:  Dramatic Encounters: Staging Religious Ritual in Mid-Republican Rome –The 3rd century BCE witnessed the introduction of dramatic performance at Rome, closely connected with the city's religious festivals: plays were performed during festivals, sometimes in temple precincts, to honor the gods. The relationship between religion and theater was not one-way; an increasing theatricality can be seen in ritual and architectural development of the city's temples. Speaker Daniel P. Diffendale, research fellow in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at the University of Missouri, will discuss this potential interplay at the temples of Mater Matuta and Fortuna in the center of Rome, scene of the performance of the Matralia festival. Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.

5-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – (Rescheduled) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival – (Event rescheduled from Jan. 21 due to weather.)

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  • An essay by R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English James Plath, “In the Manner of Michelangelo: John Updike’s The Poorhouse Fair," was published in the latest issue of The John Updike Review, Vol. 6 No. 2.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding has co-authored a paper, published in the journal Nature Communications, entitled “Light sheet microscopy with acoustic sample confinement."

    Spalding also has been invited by the Optical Trapping and Manipulation in Molecular and Cellular Biology technical group of the Optical Society of America to give a talk on April 16 during the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

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, to 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 today (Monday, Feb. 11). Questions? Please contact the Dean of Students office ( or any Posse Scholar.

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