June 6, 2022

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Published bimonthly during the summer

Campus News

Gibbs Presents on Black Folk Oral Traditions at Utah Storytelling Festival

Michelle Gibbs, assistant professor of theatre arts at Illinois Wesleyan University, was among several storytellers and educators who presented at the Story Crossroads Annual Festival in Salt Lake County, Utah, last month.

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Folse Named Next President of Ripon College

Dr. Victoria Noltkamper Folse '86, director and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of the IWU School of Nursing and executive director of Counseling and Health Services, has been named the 14th president of Ripon College, a private liberal arts college in Ripon, Wisconsin. Folse will be the first woman formally inaugurated as president in the institution's 170-year history.

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Titan Athletics

Women's lacrosse attacker Landry Elliot '22 was selected to play in the 2022 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game at USA Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland on Sunday, June 5, with the Division III's South Team.

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Titans In The News

WGLT-Radio

Director and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of the IWU School of Nursing and executive director of Counseling and Health Services Victoria Noltkamper Folse ’86 was named president of Ripon College. More coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Pantagraph, WLUK-TV and Ripon (Wis.) Commonwealth Press.

Pasadena (Calif.) Now

Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger ’88, professor of health systems science at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, was at the White House on May 17 to meet with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden following her recent appointment as a voting member of the Health Equity Subcommittee of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.


The Pantagraph

Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone wrote about the role of social media in her monthly column.

Severna Park Voice

Sara Miller '06 founded a tutoring center for students in pre-K through 12th grade in Severna Park, Maryland, as a way to support children and families during virtual learning caused by the pandemic. 

The Pantagraph

Tom Quinn, associate professor of theatre arts and head of the acting program, has returned to star in one of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival's most popular productions, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)." The show plays through June 12 at Ewing Theatre. 

The Pantagraph

Nancy Steele Brokaw '71 gives a glowing review of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" which is now playing at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and starring IWU's Tom Quinn.

The Pantagraph

Isaac Simmons ’20 gave a sermon at Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington on June 5 while dressed in drag as Ms. Penny Cost. Simmons' message focused on the divineness of love and acceptance. 

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

Illinois Wesleyan's chief financial officer Matthew Bierman has been named vice president for business affairs at Eastern Illinois University. Bierman's last day at IWU is July 1. More coverage from Effingham Radio.

WGLT-Radio

Vickie Folse, director of the school of nursing, addressed concerns for aspiring nurses following the negligent homicide conviction of RaDonda Vaught after accidentally administering the wrong medication to a patient.


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Upcoming Events

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Submit the information using our online form; you can provide virtual event details in the description.

Monday, June 6

7 Week Summer Session Begins

Tuesday, June 7

Sports Camps are underway More information

Thursday, June 9

Last day to add/drop Summer Session III course


8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. — Transfer Rising Titan (Virtual) — The transfer student orientation is a required program for all incoming transfer students, including international transfer students. Virtual meeting link emailed to those who registered. Click here for a schedule and more information.


12-1 p.m., Office of Diversity and Inclusion — Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Addressing Nationwide Concerns of Mass Shootings — As horrific mass shootings become increasingly frequent news in the U.S., we would like to offer an opportunity for members of our campus and Bloomington-Normal community to gather together to empathize and reflect. Those who attend will also be provided with educational takeaways surrounding the topic and optional resources to personally push for change.


Through June 13 — IWU Summer Voice Intensive 

Monday, June 13

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. — Rising Titan (In-Person) for First Year Students & Parents — Rising Titan is a required program for all incoming students, including international students. More information sent to IWU email. Click here for a schedule and more information.


10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily through June 17 — Youth Esports and Leadership Camp Session 1

Thursday, June 16

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. — Rising Titan (Virtual) for First Year Students & Parents — Rising Titan is a required program for all incoming students, including international students. More information sent to IWU email. Click here for a schedule and more information.

Monday, June 20

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Rising Titan (In-Person) for First Year Students & Parents — Rising Titan is a required program for all incoming students, including international students. More information sent to IWU email. Click here for a schedule and more information.


3-4 p.m. daily through June 23 and June 27-30 — Immersion Language Summer Camp

Campus Events

Kudos

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding, vice president of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation, explained how new funding will help introduce modern lab experiments at universities through the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association Immersion Program. 


  • Natalie Lalagos '12 was recognized by the Hawaii Association of Language Teachers with the HALT Excellence in Teaching Award. Lalagos teaches Spanish at Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 
Announcements

Campus Construction

The main entrances to The Ames Library and State Farm Hall will be closed during construction to replace the entry plazas, which is expected to continue through the end of July. Please use caution while in these areas; there will be caution tape and signage on display. There will also be heavy machines on certain days.


Due to the construction, The Ames Library will be accessible by appointment only through early August. Appointments can be set up by calling the Library Services Desk (309-556-3350). Entrance to the library will be via the loading dock on the west side of the building; parking is available on North East Street.


Access to State Farm Hall will be available on the north and east side. 

Welcome New Employees

Blake Underhill started May 1 as an IT Project Manager. 

Jane Ewing started May 4 as an Administrative Specialist IV for the School of Music. 

Veronica Favila started May 9 as the Assistant Manager of Custodial Services for Physical Plant.

Jacob Israel started May 11 as an IT Systems Administrator. 

Raylene Gomez Hernandez started May 16 as the Assistant Director in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Bennett Morris started May 31 as a Custodian for Physical Plant.

Miranda Baldwin transferred from Administrative Specialist III in Advancement to Data Information Coordinator in the Registrar's Office on May 9.

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