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March 25, 2019

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Habitat Students Volunteer in Louisiana During Alternative Spring Break
Embodying the spirit of philanthropy and exploration, some Illinois Wesleyan students spent their Spring Break together volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Mandeville, Louisiana.

Shiva Environmental Activist and Feminist to Deliver Stevenson Address
International environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate and feminist Vandana Shiva will speak on “The Future of Food” as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series on Monday, April 15.

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Titan Athletics
  • With its third straight win, defeating Albion College on Sunday, March 24, the Illinois Wesleyan women's lacrosse team is 8-2 this spring.
  • The men's lacrosse team won against Hope College on Saturday, March 23, improving to 6-1 for the season.
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Titans In The News
The (Carbondale, Ill.) Southern

Illinois Wesleyan political science students will take part in the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbon-dale, among the bright young people being asked to envision the future of their state.

(Peoria, Ill.) Journal Star

Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke was the featured speaker at the Peoria Summit on Racial Justice and Equity.

(Charleston, Ill.) Daily Eastern News

Kate Tombaugh ’07 performed “It Just Takes One,” a one-woman musical that she also wrote and produced, at Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Fine Arts Center. 

The Pantagraph

After an executive order on “improving free inquiry” was issued by President Donald Trump, IWU President Eric Jensen said Illinois Wesleyan continues to foster free speech and diversity.

The Pantagraph

Former IWU basketball standout Sean Johnson ’11 is assistant athletic director for development at Illinois State University.

The Pantagraph
Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County Karen Bussone offered marketing tips for small business owners.
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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 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



Wednesday, March 27

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., 205, CLA – Study Abroad 101 Workshop  – At the Study Abroad 101 Beginner Workshop, students can learn about:
- new study abroad online application process
- different types of programs
- timelines and important deadlines
- scholarships and funding

AND have an opportunity to talk to a study abroad advisor and peer ambassadors — students who studied abroad. Sponsored by the International Office.

4 p.m., 305, CLA – Religion Department Guest Speaker Claire Sufrin – on
"How and Why to Remember: Jewish Thought and Jewish Literature Addressing a
Troubled Past."

7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium, Welcome Center – Financial Literacy with Kevin Kuebler – a real-life crash course into what college students can be thinking about to get started well financially as they leave college. Presenter Kevin Kuebler, CPA, CFP has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, corporate accounting, accounting systems consulting and financial planning services. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.



Thursday, March 28


foodThrough Friday, March 29 – International Food Symposium – Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State are collaborating to host the symposium, “Thought for Food in the Luso-Hispanic Transatlantic,” aimed to celebrate and examine the complex cultural, social, environmental, political, and economic interconnections that define food’s position within these regions.

12-5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Blood Drive - IWU Circle K – Email if you are interested in making an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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

4 p.m., Room 102, State Farm Hall – March IDES Speaker Jesse Weiner  – Dr. Jesse Weiner, Assistant Professor of Classics at Hamilton College, will present: “Mind Playing Tricks on Me: Representations of Combat Trauma in Greek Tragedy and Hip-Hop." Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Not in Our Town – Visiting Assistant Professor Sarah Lindenbaum will present on the impact of art on social justice movements.
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series.


8 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center –  English 301 Poetry Reading - Please Skip Me: Vasectomania 2 (i.e., Electric Bugaloo III, or Poems That Don’t Rhyme) A Poetry Soirée –  Featuring poets: Davida Boron '20, Yovana Milosevic '21, Tuxford Turner '19, Crystal Valadez '20, Jon Recchia '20, Joey Pasternak '20, Maya Manzonelli '21, Brandon Chopp '19, Johnny Whitfield '20, Nathan Vartivarian '20, Kelsey Browning '20, Minji Will '19 and Alex Machon '21.



Friday, March 29


ChrisThrough Saturday, March 30 –  Interfaith Summit Aims for 'Common Ground' – 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. Interactive workshops will also be led by IWU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

6 p.m., Shirk Center – Relay For Life – Relay For Life events recognize and celebrate all the fundraising that our campus has contributed to the fight against cancer. Sign up at the IWU Relay For Life page. Registration fee is $15. The theme is superheroes; there will be a costume contest. There will also be a dodgeball tournament, and Cypher Dance Team and Touch of Class will perform. Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer.



Saturday, March 30

12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Central College (doubleheader) – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera – A program of opera scenes, including selections from Mark Adamo’s Little Women and Life Within the Current by S. V. Villano ‘20. Sponsored by the School of Music.



Sunday, March 31

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera

More Events
  • Mongabay published an article and video (in Spanish), featuring Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr and his latest discovery, a new genus of lizard.

  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo attended the March 11 performance of his musical composition Shades of Play for soprano saxophone and percussion at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The concert was part of a Southeast tour by the Altered Sound Duo, which also included performances of Shades of Play in Memphis, Atlanta, and at Valdosta State University and the University of South Carolina.

  • Adjunct instructor and Director of the Jazz Program Glenn Wilson will provide music for a Sister City Celebration of 30 Years, hosted by the Vladimir-Canterbury Sister City Association at Nightshop in downtown Bloomington on Wednesday, April 3.
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Elizabeth Chambers-Klatt started March 18 as Director of Annual Giving in Advancement, succeeding Beth Keegan.
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