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Jan. 27, 2020

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NickiLewis '20 Earns Grant for McLean County YWCA
For her final project in Illinois Wesleyan's grant writing seminar, Nicki Lewis received more than a grade. The senior sociology major's proposal earned a $1,645 grant from Youth Engaged in Philanthropy for the YWCA of McLean County.

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Titan Athletics
  • A combination of 18 event wins, including a new school record by senior Amber Gauthier, fueled the men's and women's swimming and diving teams to surpass Millikin and North Central on seniors' night, Friday, Jan. 24.
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Titans In The News

The nationally ranked Illinois Wesleyan esports team joined competitors from around the country at the Sixty Six Games Expo at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.


Illinois Wesleyan's "Big Show" on Feb. 22 will feature the All-American Rejects, with opening act Jej Vinson.



Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary offered insight into public interest in true crime.


Kenny Tran '17 took over BroadwayWorld's Instagram Story at the new musical Maybe Happy Ending at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, where he is making his debut as Oliver.

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Professor of English Kathleen O'Gorman presented a talk, "Children in Cages: Speaking of the Unspeakable," at Illinois State University.

The Pantagraph

Director of the Small Business Development Center Karen Bussone discussed the transition from pastime to business in her column. 

The Pantagraph

Emil Ludy '61 and his lifelong love of hockey were featured in Randy Kindred's weekly column.





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Wednesday, Jan. 29

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Grad Fair – For graduting seniors. See details below.


10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Walk-In Wednesdays – Bring your resume or cover letter and have Hart Career Center staff review it. Have a quick question about Handshake? Need help preparing for an upcoming interview? We're here to help.


11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Pursuing Passions, Claiming Callings: A Lunch & Learn Alumni Panel Event – All IWU students are welcome to attend this Alumni Panel Event. Alums working in various professions from various worldviews will speak about the ways they experience their work and commitments as a calling; how they've navigated failure and celebrated successes; how they've discovered a deeper purpose to their work; how their passions and callings have changed over time; how their beliefs (religious, spiritual, secular) have shaped their lives. Lunch will be provided. 

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: What is Pantheism? – Are reality and the divine one and the same? Do all things constitute a part of some transcendent force? Come learn about the theological and philosophical tradition of pantheism. Anthony Romanelli '23 will share his own experiences with the tradition and show how it has been practiced by religious, spiritual, and secular groups around the world. Sponsored by IWU Interfaith and the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


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



Thursday, Jan. 30


11 a.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Passport Acceptance Fair – Two agents from the Bloomington Post Office will be on hand to accept completed passport applications. The Fair is open to students, faculty, and staff. Those interested can find more information here, along with links to the passport application, details on supporting documents, and a link to make a review appointment. For faculty and staff interested in submitting an application, please let the International Office know in advance so they can estimate the number of applicants needing to be processed.

4 p.m., 108, State Farm Hall – Information Session for Paid Summer Internships – This information session will assist those who may be interested in applying to the IWU Fund for Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice, which gives students financial support if they pursue summer internships that further the goals of the fund. The fund is administered by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.



Friday, Jan. 31

Through Feb. 2 – Posse Plus Retreat


11 a.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – FYFF: "Career Fair Success" – Are you prepared for the upcoming Career Fairs? Do you know what to wear or how to make a good first impression with employers? Join the Hart Career Center to ensure that you make valuable contacts that lead to internship or employment opportunities.



Saturday, Feb. 1

10:15 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Titan Open

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. University of Indianapolis (Scrimmage)

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


4 p.m., Shirk Center – Jack Sikma '77 Hall of Fame Celebration – The men's basketball game will feature a celebration of Jack Sikma's induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, with a banner unveiling prior to the 4 p.m. tipoff.

4 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Carroll University – Live streaming video at

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Grad Fair - Wednesday, Jan. 29


Graduating Seniors: Please remember to order your cap and gown from Herff Jones and confirm your degree with a representative of the Registrar's office on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. You will wear this regalia at the Commencement ceremony on May 3 and the Honors Convocation on April 8. There is no charge; the University provides the regalia for you.  


Herff Jones will also offer other products you may wish to purchase such as personalized announcements, diploma frames, keeper caps, class rings and some new products this year including a stole of gratitude. You will also have the opportunity to pre-register for email distribution of your commencement photo proofs with Grad Images. Note: The University does not provide your email addresses to outside vendors.  


Cap and gown delivery will occur on April 6. If you have questions, a representative from Herff Jones will be on campus during the order and delivery dates. You may also email us at or call 309-556-3151.

  • Publications and invited talks in 2019 by Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian Xiao-He include the following:
    • Journal publications:

      (1) "On applications of the Girard-Waring identities," (with P. J.-S. Shiue), Journal of Computational Analysis and Applications, 28 (2020), No. 4, 698-708. 

      (2) "On applications of the linear recurrence relationships to pseudoprimes," (with P. J.-S. Shiue), Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 39 (2019), No. 6, 563-574. 

      (3)  "Addition formulas for generalized Motzkin sequences," (with S.-L. Yang, Y.-N. Dong),  Ars Combinatoria, 145 (2019), 281-300.

      (4) "Divisibility of generalized Catalan numbers and Raney numbers," (with J. Bobrowski and P. J.-S. Shiue), Journal of Computational Analysis and Applications, 26 (2019), No. 6, 1047-1058. 

    • Invited Talks:

      (1) Sequence Characterization of Riordan Arrays and Its Applications, AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, Topics in Graph Theory and Combinatorics, Sept. 14, 2019. 

      (2) Some Applications and Generalizations of Eulerian Numbers, Eulerian Polynomials, and B-Splines, Department of Mathematics, Illinois State University, Sept. 12, 2019.

      (3) $A$-sequences, $B$-sequences, and $Z$-sequences of Riordan arrays and their applications, Sixth International Symposium on Riordan Arrays and Related Topics, Sanya, Hainan, China, July 3-7, 2019. 

      (4) On American Mathematics Education and Mathematical Program of Illinois Wesleyan University, Department of Mathematics, School of Science, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou, China, June 27, 2019.

      (5) Eulerian Numbers, Eulerian Polynomials, Eulerian fractions, Euler-Frobenious polynomials and Euler-Frobenious Fractions, Department of Mathematics, School of Science, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou, China, June 26, 2019. 

      (6) Riordan Arrays and Their Applications, Tianyuan Northeast and The Institute of Mathematical Science Jilin University Changchun, Jilin, China, June 19, 2019.

      (7) Eulerian Numbers, Eulerian Polynomials, and Discrete B-Splines, The Institute of Mathematical Science Jilin University Changchun, Jilin, China, June 17, 2019.

      (8) Eulerian Numbers, Eulerian Polynomials, and B-Splines and Their Generalizations and Applications in Numerical Analysis, Center for Applied Mathematics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, June 10, 2019. 

      (9) On Sequence Characterization of Riordan Arrays, Joint Mathematics Meetings AMS Special Session on Riordan Arrays, Baltimore, Jan. 17, 2019.

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