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March 18, 2019

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CIE group Students Delve Into Immersive Chicago Healthcare Trip
Illinois Wesleyan student participants in the Hart Career Center's annual Career Immersion Excursion networked with alumni who provided valuable insights into the complex and ever-changing world of healthcare.

Zoo Animal Studies Scholars and Bloom Community School Students Observe, Enrich Louisville Zoo Primates
A group of first-year Illinois Wesleyan students spent Spring Break observing and enriching the lives of primates at the Louisville (Kentucky) Zoo alongside elementary students from Bloom Community School.

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Student Advocates Defend Imprisoned Activist
Four Illinois Wesleyan students traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of an imprisoned Saudi Arabian professor during Scholars at Risk (SAR)'s third annual Student Advocacy Days, March 7-8.

justice Student Research Explores Human Rights and Changing Climates
Illinois Wesleyan University's seventh annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Conference, held Feb. 15-17, invited students of all majors to present research tied to this year's theme, "Changing Climates and Human Rights Discourse."


TitanThon Raises Over $22,000 for OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois
The TitanThon student organization honored "miracle kids" and surpassed their fundraising goal in support of OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois.

food Culture and History to Be Celebrated at International Food Symposium
In celebration of the history and diversity of food in the Hispanic transatlantic world, Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State are collaborating to host an International Food Symposium on Thursday and Friday, March 28-29.


Second Annual TEDxIWU Event, "Becoming Human," Set for March 23
Designed to highlight the innovative spirit of the campus and Bloomington-Normal community, TEDxIWU will bring together Illinois Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members to share their best ideas.

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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team finished in third place in the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational, played at the Pine Lakes Golf Club during Spring Break.
  • The women's golf team finished in eighth place in the Westbrook Invitational, hosted by George Fox University and concluded on Sunday, March 17, at the Westbrook Village Golf Club Lakes Course in Arizona.
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Titans In The News
Sierra Magazine

Assistant Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong, who directs IWU's Comparative Cognition Lab, discussed the evolving study of animal intelligence.


Olivia Ruff '19 talked about the impact of teachers who were honored during the event she helped to organize, hosted by Not In Our School Bloomington-Normal at IWU.

Madison-St. Clair Record

Attorney Matthew T. Glavin '01, previously the national director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for American Water, has joined the Cozen O'Connor law firm as counsel and principal of its Public Strategies Group.

The (Alton) Telegraph

Spencer Burbach ’21 discussed his Illinois Wesleyan experience, including a Spring Break tour of the United States and Canada with the Collegiate Choir.

Washington (DC) Blade

Anthony Michael Lopez ’08 is starring in Vanity Fair at the Shakespeare Theatre Company: Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC through March 31. 

The Pantagraph

Vernon Prenzler ’50, who died on March 10 at age 90, was remembered for changing the look of Bloomington-Normal.

The Pantagraph

As IWU's equipment manager, Tony Robbins ’83 makes sure all of IWU’s student-athletes have their equipment ready every day for practices and games.

The Pantagraph (Photos)

IWU nursing students help to lead A Matter of Balance classes, part of a community program aimed to reduce the risk of life-threatening falls. 

The Pantagraph

As part of University efforts to conserve costs, the English House will close this summer.

Uinta (Wyo.) County Herald

Grace Raymond Hebard, an 1893 alum, and her impact on the state of Wyoming are on display in a museum gallery in Uinta County, Wyoming. 





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Monday, March 18


6 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – A Vigil in Solidarity with our Muslim Neighbors in New Zealand and Around the World – Evelyn Chapel invites the campus community to participate in a vigil to remember and grieve the deaths of the women, men and children murdered at their mosques in New Zealand this past weekend, followed by a time for conversation with members of the Muslim Student Association. For more information, contact Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger or Taaba Ahmed, President of MSA.


Tuesday, March 19


8 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Co-Choir Tour Home Concert



Wednesday, March 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., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – The Importance of Religious Literacy in Teaching and Across the Professions: A Workshop with IWU Alum John Camardella – In this interactive conversation, IWU alumnus and History and Educational Studies major John Camardella '03 will talk about his journey as an educator and how it led to his work with Harvard's Religious Literacy Project. The campus community is invited to come and hear how John has transformed his high school social studies curriculum to include an emphasis on global religious literacy and how he has worked not only with students but also with parents and his community to advocate for religious literacy in civic society and the professions. A free lunch will be served. Space is limited, so please email to reserve your spot. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center and Evelyn Chapel.

4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Aurora University – Live streaming video at


7 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Trying To Live On The "Edge of Next":  How My Liberal Arts Education at IWU Prepared Me to Become a Teacher, Coach, Harvard Fellow and Global Citizen – John Camardella '03 has moved from the basketball courts (team captain for IWU) to innovative thinker and global citizen. John teaches World Religion and serves as Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Prospect High School. He is also a fellow through Harvard University’s Religious Literacy Project. He will share his tips for success and discuss his thoughts on how a curious mind, combined with a desire to serve others, can help you thrive in a global society.

7 p.m., C101, CNS – Social Media for the Medical Professional – IWU Student Nurses' Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Theta Pi Chapter are hosting Dr. Sara Krzyzaniak, an emergency room physician for OSF Healthcare. Dr. Krzyzaniak will speak to Illinois Wesleyan students about "Social Media for the Medical Professional." All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – A Reading by Porochista Khakpour – Porochista Khakpour, author of two novels and a memoir, will read from her work. Kirkus Review praised her memoir Sick (HarperCollins, 2018): “lucid, eloquent, and unflinchingly honest, Khakpour’s book is not just about a woman’s relationship to illness, but also a remarkably trenchant reflection on personal and human frailty.” It has been named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by the Boston Globe, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and others. She has received many honors for her work, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing, and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Tributaries, Sigma Tau Delta, Women's and Gender Studies and The Colwell Endowed Chair of English.

7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. DePauw University – Live streaming video at



Thursday, March 21

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Burial Practices, Death and Dying – What happens to our physical remains after we die? What are some common and some distinct practices that honor and celebrate life after it ends? Join the Multifaith Ambassador team for a discussion about burial practices in our faith and cultural traditions, and how they express core beliefs about life and death.


6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Black Women in Social Movements: The Unsung Heroes – Alani Sweezey '19 will lead a presentation on the integral role black women have played in social justice movements and posit reasons why their successes have remained, for the most part, quiet. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series.



Friday, March 22


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Lab + Combos

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Musical: Violet



Saturday, March 23


9 a.m.-12 p.m., Hansen Student Center – TEDxIWU

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Hope College – Live streaming video at

1 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Faculty Recital: Jessica Pearce '09, french horn; Robert Sears, trumpet – Sponsored by the School of Music.

2 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Millikin University

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Chamber Brass Recital

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – JAMNESTY: A Night to Fuse Art and Advocacy – The inaugural Jamnesty is a campus-wide concert which serves to coalesce music and advocacy by creating a space in which people are already gathered to listen and learn. It's seeking to showcase the extensive passions & talent present across our campus. Sponsored by IWU Interfaith, Amnesty and Peace Fellows.

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Musical: Violet



Sunday, March 24

2 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Musical: Violet

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty and Guest Artist Recital: The Indianapolis Quartet with R. Kent Cook

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



Monday, March 25

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: 2020-2021 Intellectual Theme - Health – Collaborative Brainstorming Session – The annual theme committee invites colleagues to explore the broad topic of “health” as a theme and help develop the direction for the theme description and title. Many departments include health topics (policy, practice, finance, disparity, well-being, mental health, environmental impacts, careers, literature, history, art, theatre, and many more). The committee would like to capitalize on broad interest and expertise as we challenge our campus community to explore this topic. Faculty members Wendy Kooken, Greg Shaw, Meg Miner and Brenda Drury will facilitate this brainstorming session.

4 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Monmouth College (doubleheader) – Live streaming video at

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  • Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke was named by the Midwest Sociological Society as the winner of The Sociological Quarterly Award, an award that recognizes outstanding scholarship published in the TSQ for the last two years. According to its website, "The Publications Committee of the MSS evaluated every peer-reviewed article published in the TSQ in 2017 and 2018. It is the consensus of the committee that Burke’s article 'Racing Left and Right: Color-Blind Racism’s Dominance across the U.S. Political Spectrum' represents the highest quality of research and methodology, theoretically-informed inquiry, and publicly important scholarship published in the TSQ for the last two years."

  • Reflections on Ichimu's Death Dream, a composition by Butler University graduate student Matt Mason '16, will be premiered by famed New York clarinetist Thomas Piercy.
Common Ground: An IWU Interfaith Summit

Illinois Wesleyan’s 2019 Interfaith Summit will feature Chris Stedman, author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, as keynote speaker and workshop leader for the second-annual event. The event is free and open to the public, but participants must register ahead of time. To register, please visit

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