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Feb. 18, 2019

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Startup 3 Day Startup Sparks Small Business Ventures
A business dedicated to efficiently and effectively improving safety within high schools and primary schools called PieceOfMind took top honors at the inaugural 3 Day Startup, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan’s Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (DTE) Program.

Festival Annual Gospel Festival to Celebrate King's Legacy
Rescheduled until today (Feb. 18) due to weather, the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday will feature performances by some of the area's leading gospel groups at Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall.

TAG Day Students Give Thanks on TAG Day
During Illinois Wesleyan's "Thank a Giver" (TAG) Day on Monday, Feb. 11, students took a moment to collectively thank the generous IWU alumni and friends who make their collegiate experience possible.

Cameron and Haley Alumni Say "I Do" at IWU
Once upon a time, they were students in love. Now, Haley (Lower) Loyet '16 and Cameron Loyet '18 are married Illinois Wesleyan alumni who chose to say "I do" at Evelyn Chapel.

Seal Faculty Promotions and Tenure Announced
The Board of Trustees approved recommendations for tenure and promotion of Illinois Wesleyan faculty at its February meeting.

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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan women's swimming team finished in second place in the 2019 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Swimming & Diving Championships as first-year student Ellen Gilbert earned the Rookie of the Meet honor. The men's team finished in fourth place and first-year student Mason McCauley also was named Rookie of the Meet.
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Titans In The News
Broadway World

Scott Moreau '01, who has been performing as Johnny Cash for a decade, is now appearing in Late and Alone: An Intimate Portrait of Johnny Cash at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City.


B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding was part of an international research team that developed an innovation using sound and light that might pave the way to advanced drug discovery and disease diagnosis.


Jack Sikma ’77 was named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. More coverage from Chicago TribuneThe Pantagraph(Kankakee, Ill.) Daily Journal and (Rock Island, Ill.) Dispatch-Argus.

WGLT Radio

Illinois Wesleyan’s Merwin Gallery is currently featuring work by multimedia artist Tom Rice.


Automation World

Kevin Barker ’92 was named president of Beckhoff Automation LLC.

The Pantagraph

Ron Rose ’88 and Brady Rose ’19 celebrated Brady’s final home basketball game Wednesday at the Shirk Center.


Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary shared analysis on dating trends and how people find relationships.



Julie Dunbar '80, president of Dunbar Transportation Consulting, received the inaugural Outstanding Industry Contributor Award from the Zephyr Foundation.

Pet Business

Heather Huftalin '06 has been named marketing manager at Jones Naturals LLC.

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Monday, Feb. 18

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Pennie 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. Guest 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



Tuesday, Feb. 19

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball - CCIW Quarterfinal – Live streaming video at

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert



Wednesday, Feb. 20


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.-1 p.m., Memorial Center – Drug Awareness Tabling Event – Talk to SOCA students and learn how to recognize marijuana, prescription drugs, heroin, and other opioids, as well as understand their effects. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services and Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA).

11:45 a.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – State Farm Scholars Luncheon (Private Event) – In appreciation for State Farm's scholarship support, President Jensen has invited representatives from State Farm to join him and student scholarship recipients for lunch. If you would like more information, please contact Patti Brent at Sponsored by the Advancement Office.

12 p.m., 205, CLA –  IWU Spain Program Info Session – Students are invited to learn about the spring 2020 IWU Spain Program, meet the program director, and talk to Spain Program alumni. Sponsored by the International Office.

5 p.m., 206, State Farm Hall – Environmental Studies Internship Panel – Do you want to gain real-world experience? Are you wondering what types of internship options are available? Come learn more about internships in the environmental field, how to find and apply for different options, and how to get class credit. Students will also share their first-hand experiences at various internships, giving more insight and helping you find a good fit. And there will be FREE PIZZA! Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program.

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: A Midsummer Nights Dream



Thursday, Feb. 21

4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Speedfaithing Date – Speedfaithing is a way to share stories of our lives and worldviews in a fun, informal, and interactive way. Join IWU Interfaith for an hour of lively conversation on questions relating to the way our worldviews and perspectives inform our various commitments to, and convictions about racial, gender, climate, and other forms of social justice.


6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Trapped in the Wrong Story: Becoming Nicole and Transgender Literature – Assistant Professor of English Molly Robey will present on our Summer Reading book and discuss how the power of storytelling shapes our understanding of ourselves and others, while reviewing the current landscape of young adult and children's literature that address issues of gender identity. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Step Afrika – Step Afrika will perform as part of their Black History Month tour. All are welcome at this free event, sponsored by Student Senate.

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: A Midsummer Nights Dream



Friday, Feb. 22

Through Sunday, Feb. 24, Williamson Retreat Center, Carlinville, Illinois – Posse Plus Retreat: The State of Our Union – Students, faculty and staff who have pre-registered will attend Illinois Wesleyan's annual Posse Plus Retreat, intended to shape campus conversations around critical issues.


7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra Concerto Aria Concert

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: A Midsummer Nights Dream



Saturday, Feb. 23

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty & Guest Recital: Chee Hyeon Choi, piano; John Orfe, piano – Sponsored by the School of Music.

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: A Midsummer Nights Dream



Sunday, Feb. 24

2 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Theatre Production: A Midsummer Nights Dream

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting



Monday, Feb. 25

Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Art Exhibit - Dong Kyu Kim

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  • lizardProfessor of Biology Edgar Lehr has published a paper with the description of a new genus and new species of lizard from Peru in the journal Salamandra:
    Lehr, E., Moravec, J., Lundberg, M., Köhler, G., Catenazzi, A. & J. Šmid (2019). "A new genus and species of arboreal lizard (Gymnophthalmidae: Cercosaurinae) from the Andes of Peru." Salamandra 55(1):1–13.
    The new genus is on the cover of the journal (right)

  • Physical Chemistry of Gas-Liquid Interfaces, published by Elsevier and edited by Jennifer A Faust '10 and J. E. House, Illinois Wesleyan Scholar in Residence, has won the 2019 PROSE Award from the American Association of Publishers in the Chemistry & Physics category. The book is the first volume in the series Developments in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry, for which House is the Series Editor.
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