Campus Weekly

Illinois Wesleyan News for Prospective Students and Parents

Jan. 13, 2014

Campus News


MLK Day Teach-In to Explore Health Care and Social Justice
Panels and discussion at this year's Teach-In will examine the nation's Affordable Care Act, local challenges in serving the uninsured, and global perspectives on health care.


Streblo '15 Launches "Mom's Drive"
Inspired by her internship experience at Bloomington's Crisis Nursery, Lauren Streblo '15 created a way to make life a little easier for women whose families are in crisis.


Hong '97 Merges Breaking Bad, Ozymandias
Sung Jin Hong '97 is developing a mini-opera for his One World Symphony that will integrate Shelley's sonnet with the award-winning crime drama.


Internship in Australia Confirms Career Passion for King '15
Amanda King '15 credits her study abroad experience more than 9,000 miles from home with new insights into the benefits of creating sustainable community gardens.


Fashion-Savvy Student Makes the Cover
The fashion statements of model and acting major Priscilla Moy '15 brought her to the attention -- and the cover -- of Keel, an international fashion magazine.


Ethics Bowl Team Qualifies for National Competition
Once again, an Ethics Bowl team at Illinois Wesleyan has advanced to national intercollegiate competition, and will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. in February.


The men's and women's basketball teams both netted wins at North Park on Saturday, Jan. 11.

> Find highlights at


Wednesday, Jan. 15

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Ides Lecture: "Terrorists and Classicists: Joyce, Virgil, and the IRA" – Randall Pogorzelski, assistant professor of classics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, will speak as part of the Ides Lecture and Performance Series sponsored by the Department of Greek and Roman Studies.
• 4 p.m., Room 218, Art Building – New Media Talk by Dr. Lisa Zaher – An art historian currently teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Zaher will demonstrate the ways in which the revolutionary potential specific to film has been adopted by new media practices.

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Millikin. Live video will be at

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

• 4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – All members of the campus community are invited to come to Evelyn Chapel for late afternoon coffee, cookies, conversation and your questions about life and faith along with students from various religious and non-religious traditions.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesMy Voyage to Italy, Part One (1999, Italy & USA, directed by Martin Scorsese), will be presented by Associate Professor of French & Italian Scott Sheridan.

Friday, Jan. 17

• 9 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming & Diving vs. Millikin. Live video will be at

• 12 p.m., First floor activity room, Hansen Student Center – Model United Nations Information Session – Students are invited to come and learn about IWU's participation in the Midwest Model United Nations (Saint Louis, Mo., Feb. 19-22, 2014). Transportation and lodging expenses are paid for. This year we are representing Morocco!

Saturday, Jan. 18

• 10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field Titan Triangular Meet

• 12:45 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Festival Concert – The IWU Jazz Ensemble and guest artist, bassist/composer Kris Berg, will be featured.

• 5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Wheaton. Live video will be at

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton. Live video will be at

Sunday, Jan. 19

• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting

Monday, Jan. 20

• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: LGBT Campus Climate Survey Outcomes and Recommendatinos – A comprehensive climate survey was conducted at IWU in Spring 2013 around LGBTQ+ identity. Learn about the survey results and progress made to date in creating a more inclusive campus for LGBTQ+ people and allies.

• 1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In

• 3-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Dr. King National Holiday Gospel Festival

> Find more IWU events on the Campus Calendar. Don't see your event? Submit the information online.

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Wednesday, Jan. 15

• 11 a.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Work That Matters: Post-Graduate Service Opportunities – Join the Hart Career Center for a panel and networking event with representatives from the Peace Corps, the State Department, City Year, Teach for America and other service organizations. Learn about the abundance of valuable experiences available after IWU.

• 4 p.m., Buck 202 – Rockin' Resumes – Create a resume that employers will notice. This workshop outlines how to write a great resume and explains what makes a resume stand out from the employer's perspective.

Thursday, Jan. 16

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Internships 101 – An internship is around the corner. Start getting prepared now!  Join us for a quick internship overview. Learn what they are, where to look for them, how to apply to them, whether you can get credit for them ... and more!

Video Highlights

Student Experiences: Ben White,
Double Major in Economics and Mathematics

Internship Fair Video



Illinois Wesleyan University

We hope you enjoy this edition of our campus newsletter, sharing important happenings at Illinois Wesleyan University and news about the Titan community.

Titans In The News

Rockford Register Star
Philip Nicolosi '81 has been selected as an associate judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois. Also reported by WIFR TV.

(Melbourne, Australia) Herald Sun
Dawn Upshaw '82 is in the running for her 5th Grammy Award, nominated this year for best classical vocal solo -- one of four nods for the album, Winter Morning Walks.

The Pantagraph
Career Center Staff Counselor Robyn Walter offered advice for students selecting a college major.

Lincoln Laureate Josi Banales '14 says she is grateful for the rewards of her effort to be a role model for people of color.

The Pantagraph
The annual Gospel Festival will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

WGLT Radio
Composer and Illinois Wesleyan Provost Jonathan Green discussed the debut of one of his works at Carnegie Hall.

DNAinfo Chicago
Wayne Messmer '72, now senior executive vice president of the Chicago Wolves, paid tribute to heroes with the Chicago Fire Department.

SWX TV, The Pantagraph
Coach Jim Wasem '57 was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, while award-winning journalist Dave Kindred '63 has been selected for induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Kane County Chronicle
Justin Ahrens '94 has launched a charity, Wheels4Water, and will bike 1,000 miles next year, hoping to raise funds for a clean water project in Uganda.

> More Titans in the News


• A three-person team from Illinois Wesleyan placed first among 60 teams in a regional math contest called the MATH Challenge. Students on the winning team were Tung Nguyen '15, Anh Dao '15 and Duc Nguyen '17. Coaches were Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ted Rice and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Andrew Shallue.

• Professor of Physics Linda French attended the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 5-9, where she gave a talk on "Observing Asteroids for fun and (Astronomical) Profit." She also chaired a panel on the History of Astronomy and co-authored a poster presentation, "A Troop of Trojans: Photometry of 24 Jovian Trojan Asteroids." 

•  Research on East African memorial totems known as vigango, co-authored by adjunct anthropology faculty member Linda Giles, was referenced in a New York Times article on a Denver museum's return of the totems to a museum in Kenya.

Amanda Larsen '13 is an intern at the Humanitarian Service Project, where she will complete her community service practicum while she studies Couple and Family Therapy at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

• Travis Williams '10 won the Year of Ulysses International Art Competition, sponsored by the Modernist Versions Project, with his life-size drawing of a human body based on James Joyce's Ulysses.

• Charlene Carruthers '07, national coordinator of the Black Youth Project 100, was named January 2014 IMPACT Leader of the Month. IMPACT is an organization that seeks to foster civic engagement, political involvement and economic empowerment for emerging leaders.

• Cynthia Cruz '15 blogs for I'm First, an online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be.

> Find faculty publications and research and creative activity on the University website or Digital Commons @ IWU.

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