April 4, 2022
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
The research projects and creative endeavors of Illinois Wesleyan University students will be showcased during the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 9.
Illinois Wesleyan University's Digital Commons – an online repository for student work, faculty scholarship, University records and campus history – is approaching 5 million downloads.
Highlighting student entrepreneurship on campus, Illinois Wesleyan will host the Titan New Venture Challenge, allowing students to vie for a chance at $5,000 to kick-start funding for their idea.
Titan Athletics
  • Titans saw 64 student-athletes named to the Dave Wrath Academic All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin team for the winter season, and seniors Matthew Leritz and Ellen Gilbert were recognized as IWU's Jack Swartz awardees.
Titans In The News
(Boca Raton, Fla.) Boca Magazine
Dr. Jennifer (Gilliam) Foster '03 was among those recognized in Boca Magazine's "Top Doctors 2022" series.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan will host poet Claudia Rankine for a discussion Thursday at Hansen Student Center.
Big Rapids (Mich.) Pioneer
Ric Underhile '90 was inducted as organization director for Artworks, a nonprofit serving the creative community in Mecosta County, Michigan.
WMBD-TV
Illinois Wesleyan is offering
resources for Lincoln College students wanting to continue their education in the wake of Lincoln College's closure announcement. More coverage from The Pantagraph.
The Pantagraph
Director of Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan Karen Bussone wrote about small business spaces and the importance of location in her monthly column.
(Scottsbluff, Neb.) Star-Herald
Former IWU faculty member Tom Ossowski is the artistic director of Post Playhouse, a historic theatre in northwest Nebraska.
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Monday, April 4
Through Wednesday, April 13 – Class Registration for Fall

 

Earth Week – Students are organizing a variety of events to celebrate Earth Week. See flyers for details: Earth Week 2022; Events from Student Senate

 

Through April 20, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of art – 35th Annual Student Art Exhibition – The 35th annual BFA / BA Senior Art Exhibits and the Juried Student Art Exhibition represents all aspects of the art program: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, 3-D design, ceramics, sculpture and glass.

 

7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Do Good & Do Well Involvement Awards – This awards ceremony will celebrate student success and commitment to the IWU and surrounding community. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.
Tuesday, April 5
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Cap and Gown Pickup for Class of 2022 – Find more Commencement details at www.iwu.edu/commencement

 

12-1 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Film: "My Garden of a Thousand Bees" – Film screening hosted by the GREENetwork, open to students, faculty and staff. The film follows acclaimed wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn during the COVID-19 lockdown of spring and summer 2020, as he becomes bee obsessed and develops relationships with individual bees. Filming more than 60 species of bees, from Britain's largest bumblebees to scissor bees, which are the size of a mosquito, Dohrn observes how differences in behavior set different species apart from each other. Eventually, he gets so close to the bees, he can identify individuals just by looking at them. The film is provided free to affiliates of the Bee City USA & Bee Campus USA organizations.

 

4 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs North Central – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Wednesday, April 6
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center, Myers Welcome Center – Career Center Walk-In Hours – Students are invited to stop by to take advantage of our career resources and spaces.

 

11:10 a.m., CNS C101 or Zoom – Faculty Meeting

 

12-1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – DIY Air Plants – To welcome spring, students are invited to build their own air plant terrarium. You can swing by, grab a kit, and become closer to nature and the environment. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

4 p.m., Lower level, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - Interfaith Poetry – Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement, ReligiosiTEA is a weekly gathering that celebrates religious and worldview diversity, builds up interfaith literacy, engages important topics ranging from faith practices to politics, and fosters interfaith dialogue and community on our campus. All are welcome for tea, coffee, treats and great discussion.

 

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Never a Tumbleweed: Mike Mason '80 – Michael Mason '80 will present on the necessity of living one's life with intentional focus. Mason has held leadership roles in the U.S. Marine Corps, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and in the private sector. He will discuss the need to continue evolving throughout your life and how to do so in a very practical way. Whereas he will acknowledge many of the ills that afflict our society, he will discuss the need to avoid becoming a "victim" and rather how to become a warrior.

 

7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs North Central – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/

 

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: Airline Highway – Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Michelle Gibbs makes her IWU directorial debut with this production, LIVE in the Jerome Mirza Theatre April 6-10.
Thursday, April 7
12-1 p.m., Zoom – Titan Talks Webinar: "The State of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Illinois Wesleyan" – Presented by Associate Dean of Students Kevin Carey '13, joined by student panelists Mya Morales '22, College Panhellenic President, and Clayton Anderson '23, Interfraternity Council President. Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall will act as moderator.  

 

4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Claudia Rankine - Discussion, Q & A and Poetry

 

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - Motorcycle Diaries – Introduced by Adjunct Assistant Professor of History Douglas Cutter.

 

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: Airline Highway
Friday, April 8
5 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs Wheaton – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/

 

5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan New Venture Challenge

 

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – IWSO - Concerto Aria – Sponsored by the School of Music

 

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: Airline Highway
Saturday, April 9
John Wesley Powell Research Conference – a celebration of student research and creative work, including a Reception and Awards Ceremony for the Juried Student Art Exhibition (Reception 1-3 p.m.; Award Ceremony at 2 p.m.)

 

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Women's Golf - Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling 

 

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs Augustana – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/

 

5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music.

 

5 p.m., Hansen Student Center parking lot – Carnival Day – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble – Sponsored by the School of Music.

 

7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: Airline Highway
Sunday, April 10
Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Women's Golf - Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling 

 

1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs Carthage (Rescheduled from April 2) –
Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/

 

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: Airline Highway

 

3 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Spring Choral Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music.

 

3 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Multicultural Senior Celebration – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host this annual event celebrating the achievements and the upcoming graduation of our students of color.

 

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body.
Kudos

 

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding was flown to Washington, DC, as an invited participant in the inaugural meeting of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Assembly Forum. AIP serves the collective interests of 10 member professional societies and 10 affiliate professional societies, representing the advancement of many efforts in the physical sciences and engineering.

 

  • Rick Bakewell '87 was named Chief Financial Officer at Modern Campus, the leading engagement platform for higher education. (Illinois Wesleyan is among Modern Campus clients for its web content management system.)
Announcements
Becoming BN Event
New to McLean County? Join other new residents for the Becoming BN welcome event hosted by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 5 to learn more about the many businesses and individuals who make this community a great place to live, work and play. Learn more here.
Opt-In COVID Testing
Optional on-campus COVID-19 testing is open to students, faculty and staff. If you would like to participate, please sign up here. Testing is available Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Shirk Center. Unvaccinated students will test weekly automatically and do not need to sign up. Deadline for registration is 1 p.m. Monday before the testing date.
Colleagues
Welcome New Employees
Van Miller '04 returned to IWU effective March 1, as Associate Director for Advancement.

 

Agnes Bangani started Feb. 25 as a part-time Staff Counselor in Counseling & Consultation Services.
In Sympathy
Wesley Erps, who worked in the Physical Plant from 1979 until his retirement in 2005, died on March 28. No services are planned. His obituary is available here.

 

Ronald Emmons, former adjunct instructor of Gateway Colloquium and Drama Literature and husband of Professor of Physics Emerita Linda French, passed away suddenly on March 20 in Boston, Massachusetts. His obituary is now online. A celebration of his life will be held later in the year.
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