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Jan. 11, 2021

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Campus News

Stephanie Dr. Stephanie Whyte '91 to Deliver Founders' Day Convocation and Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In Keynote

Dr. Stephanie A. Whyte, a 1991 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, will present the combined Founders' Day Convocation and MLK Teach-In keynote address titled "COVID-19: The great disruptor," on Jan. 20.

AllisonSchrader '22 Earns National Green Chemistry Honor

Junior chemistry major Allison Schrader '22 has been selected from a competitive pool of candidates from across the country to receive the Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry.

Ellen Faculty, Alumni and Students Shaping the Field of Canine Cognition

Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong has fostered a new generation of researchers passionate about dog cognition, with attention and opportunities coming to students and alumni including Zach Silver '18, Ellen Stumph '19, and Sydney Rowley '20.

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WGLT Radio

Dr. Gregory Poland '77 discussed the difficulty of convincing enough people to take the COVID-19 vaccine to achieve herd immunity on WGLT's "Sound Ideas."

 
The (Galesburg, Ill.) Register Mail

Jordan Koehler '19 was named head golf coach at St. Mary's (Ind.) College.

 
The Pantagraph

All IWU students, whether or not they live on campus, are required to undergo COVID testing before the spring semester, as they did at the start of the fall semester.

LiveDesign

Illinois Wesleyan's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was featured in a series reflecting on the creative, innovative moments in lighting design in 2020.

 
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Married theater artists Bryan and Katie (Whalley) Banville '09 shared how they've coped with the shutdown of live performances during the pandemic.

 
The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Booker T. Washington STEM Academy fifth-grade teacher Todd McCannon '01 used his artistic skills to creatively engage students when instruction went remote, creating chalkboard murals for his Zoom background.

Chicago Tribune

When she's not playing basketball at Illinois Wesleyan, Emily Kleffman '24 crochets for charity.

 
The Pantagraph

IWU golfers Rob Wuethrich '21 and Jimmy Morton '22 honored fallen soldiers as they participated in the Patriot All-America Invitational in Litchfield, Arizona.

 
WGLT Radio

Volunteers from Illinois Wesleyan and other local universities and colleges assist with translation services for Congolese patients at the local nonprofit Community Health Care Clinic.

The Pantagraph

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, which includes Illinois Wesleyan, announced plans to resume winter sports on Jan. 23.

 

 
The Pantagraph

Athletic trainers like Illinois Wesleyan's Bill Kauth are adjusting to new demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.


 
WGLT Radio

Kate Tombaugh '07 topped 155 other mezzo-sopranos in the Mildred C. Miller International Competition.

Broadway World

Raven Stubbs '13 is the new program director for PlayMakers Laboratory, a Chicago nonprofit offering educational programming focused on storytelling, theatre and social-emotional skills.

 
The Edwardsville Intelligencer

(Subscription required) Ryan Jumper '00, now an associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, was featured in a "Where are they now" spotlight.


 
WGLT Radio

Retired IWU Professor of Economics Mike Seeborg offered insight on the surge in retirements due to COVID-19.

WGLT Radio
As the pandemic forces many small businesses online, students assist the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan in offering support.
 
WGLT Radio

Student enrollment at Illinois Wesleyan is expected to hold steady for the spring term, said Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.

 
The Pantagraph

Former IWU men's basketball coach Scott Trost was among those included in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame's Class of 2021.

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Tuesday, Jan. 12


Orientation and registration of new students

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 13


First Day of Classes

 

 

Monday, Jan. 18


Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO CLASSES – University Open)

 

Virtual – MLK Day: Undoing Racism Through Creative Practice for Racial Healing – The objective of this professional development day for faculty and staff is to listen, reflect, cultivate deeper levels of awareness, learn, and practice what it means to hold space individually and collectively to begin the essential expansion required for anti-racism action and racial justice. All events will be virtual. Detailed information and links will be shared closer to the day.

All events will be virtual. Detailed information and links will be shared closer to the day.

8:30 - 9:30 – Welcome/Dr. Franklin Larey, keynote

9:30 - 12:00 – IWU Community Healing Workshop, hosted by Brownbody

12:00 - 1:00 – Break for lunch

1:00 - 2:30 –  IWU Community Discussion, led by IWU staff and faculty

1:00 - 2:30 –  IWU BIPOC-centered Community Discussion, led by Brownbody

2:30 - 3:00 –  Break

3:00 - 4:00 –  IWU history workshop "We've Come a Long Way...We have a Long Way to Go"

5:30 - 7:00 –   Brownbody Performance and Post-Show Discussion 

7:30 - 9:00 –  Annual Gospel Fest 

 

Through a grant written by Dr. Michelle Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, IWU has received a Healing Illinois grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust. On MLK Day 2021, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Brownbody, a BIPOC-led performance group based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Brownbody blends African diasporic practices in their modern dance, theatre performances, and figure skating to create artistic experiences that disrupt biased narratives. The company has developed a teaching curriculum in anti-racism and African diasporic cultural practices that will help IWU faculty and staff address how to support, through creative instruction, BIPOC students and the larger BIPOC campus community.

 

Looking Ahead

 

Posse Plus Retreat

Saturday, Jan. 30 – This year's Posse Plus Retreat, The State of Leadership: Community, Conflict, & Change, will be a virtual event on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2-4:30 p.m. Sponsored by IWU and the Posse Foundation, Inc., the Posse Plus Retreat is a dynamic leadership development opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. In previous years, we have been limited to 100 participants, but this year's retreat will have no limits on participation. We encourage you to prioritize this event for this spring.  Register here!

Campus Events
Kudos

 

Josefina Bañales '14, with Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke and former IWU professor Kira Hudson Banks, has published "The impact of a diversity intervention on White college students' colour-blind racial attitudes," in the journal Whiteness and Education. Bañales is now Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology and the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. 

 

Madeline Johnson '24 was chosen to sing the solo in an international collaboration between Glyndebourne Youth Opera (outside of London, England) and Minnesota Opera's Project Opera. See the video they created.


• Assistant Professor of Nursing Amy Funk was selected as a member of the U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange COVID-19 Response Public Health Working Group (PHWG). Four Americans and four Russians were selected for participation in this initiative. The goal of the group is to develop ideas for a bilateral project aimed at addressing the following health priorities in the U.S. and Russia:

• Promoting safety and self-care among at-risk populations in both countries

• Developing innovative solutions for disease detection and case management

• Providing health-related services to vulnerable populations

 

• B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding delivered a talk entitled, "Shaping Light in Time & Space," for the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

 

Taylor Williams '18 graduated a semester early from Southern Illinois University School of Law on Dec. 12, 2020. A Bloomington area native, Williams will return to Bloomington to work at a local law firm. She also received the McLean County Bar Association Scholarship in December, prior to her graduation.

Announcements

An Update on Campus Snow and Ice Removal

 

At Physical Plant, it has always been our first and foremost priority to provide safe walking surfaces for the campus community. Given the extremes of conditions in a Midwestern winter, and the large number of variables in conditions and forecasts, the decision-making process can be complicated. Effective snow and ice removal is dependent on efficient and orderly utilization of a variety of personnel, equipment and materials. Since every snowfall is different the specifics will change each time. 

 

Clean, dry pavement is always our end goal, and over the years we have worked to be as efficient as possible in achieving that goal. Brine has been proven to be a useful tool in managing snow and ice. This year we will be using brine on our parking lots, sidewalks and steps. Prior to winter weather events, IWU Grounds and KCN Solutions crews will apply brine to parking lots, sidewalks and steps to assist with melting snow and ice. This de-icing solution is an economical and effective way to pretreat large areas of campus without harming the landscape. It speeds up the melting time and provides us a preferable option to granular salt when conditions allow. We will continue to use rock salt when weather conditions require its use. Regardless of what equipment and procedures we utilize, it still takes 5 employees several hours to cover the 16 miles of walks that connect our campus.

 

As we return to campus during the winter season, we would encourage a cautious mindset and appropriate footwear. We would also recommend a heightened awareness, not only of conditions, but also of the machines that are out clearing the walks.

 

The recent ice storm has covered trees in the area. We would like to make you aware that there are still limbs and ice falling as the temperature rises or the sun is shining. Please be cautious around our campus trees.


 

Snow and Ice Procedures

 

With the snow and ice season upon us, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into School Dude. Please call us at the Physical Plant at 556-3067 during our regular hours:  Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Campus Safety at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.  


 

Small Great Things Course Cluster Reading and Discussion Group

Celebrating Health, Healing and Humanity

Wednesday, Feb. 3
4-6 p.m.

via Zoom. RSVP: here

Please join us in celebrating this year's Course Cluster theme of Health, Healing and Humanity by participating in reading Small Great Things, a stunning novel with richly layered characters who lend unflinching, real, raw and candid insight as they grapple with moral dilemmas relating to race. Learn more.

 
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