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Illinois Wesleyan News for Prospective Students and Parents

Jan. 28, 2014

Campus News


Upshaw '82 Wins Fifth Grammy
Soprano Dawn Upshaw '82 has won her fifth Grammy, claiming this year's award for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her performance on Winter Morning Walks.


Lacrosse Teams Taking Shape
The IWU men's lacrosse team will have its first scrimmage home game on Saturday, Feb. 1, against the University of Illinois Club Team, and its first regular season home game on March 29 at Tucci Stadium.


Spalding Elected as Fellow of International Optical Society
Wesleyan's Gabriel C. Spalding has been elected as a Fellow of SPIE, an elite honor for those who make significant contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics and imaging.


Health Care Part of King's Social Justice Legacy
At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In, panelists explored inequities in health care locally, nationally and globally.


Strandberg's Franken-Camera Project at McLean County Arts Center
Wesleyan's Kevin Strandberg adapted older film cameras in "The Franken-Camera Project: from the sublime to the ridiculous," reported by The Pantagraph. See a video.


The Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's track and field teams finished third and second, respectively, at the I-55 Triangular Invitational, hosted by the Titans on Jan. 25 at the Shirk Center Indoor Track.

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Wednesday, Jan. 29

• 12 p.m., E101 CNS – Academic Skills Series: Manage Your Time – Students are invited to a series of programs to develop or strengthen academic skills. Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.

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

• 8 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Dispelling Myths: Religious Minorities – The campus community is invited to a discussion hosted by ORL multicultural educators, exploring how being a religious minority affects students' experiences on campus.

Thursday, Jan. 30

• 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 questions about life and faith with students from various religious and non-religious traditions. 

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Asian Studies Colloquium – Students are invited to hear from 2013 participants in Technos International Week and learn about this opportunity for first-year and sophomore students to travel cost-free to Japan.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesOpen Your Eyes (1997, Spain, directed by Alejandro Amenabar) will be presented by Visiting Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies James Courtad.

Saturday, Feb. 1

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

• 1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse (scrimmage) vs. University of Illinois Club Team

• 5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Park. Live video at

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center –Men's Basketball vs. North Park. Live video at

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Concert: Seabird

Sunday, Feb. 2

• 5:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Super Bowl Party hosted by the Office of Student Activities.

Monday, Feb. 3

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

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

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Tuesday, January 28

• Employer State Farm will be on campus for practice interviews.

Thursday, January 30

How Convenient IT will be conducting internship interviews.

Friday, January 31

• 10 a.m. -5 p.m., North Central College, Naperville – CareerFest is a Job and Internship Fair with other small colleges across Illinois. Network with over 75 employers and 30 school districts in one location. (Pre-registration was required by Jan. 24.)

• Employer State Farm will be on campus for practice interviews.

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

WGLT Radio
Retired Illinois Wesleyan professor and poet James McGowan discussed his 50-year career as a writer, scholar, translator and tireless promoter of poetry.

The Pantagraph
Elizabeth Megli '01 was unanimously elected as an equity partner to the law firm of Livingston Barger, located in Bloomington and Champaign.

My Suburban Life
Nicholas Reinhart '11 wrote a musical that premiered at the Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, featuring three fellow alumni in the cast: Kyle Blair '09, Erika Lecaj '11 and Elizabeth Schwarzrock '10.

Madison-St. Clair Record
Blake Law Group in Belleville announced that attorney Lauren A. Gearhart '09 has joined the firm as an associate.

The annual Gospel Festival held at Illinois Wesleyan celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

> More Titans in the News


• Assistant Professor of the School of Nursing Noel Kerr was selected to receive a Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) grant from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, the NIWI program is held for three days each year in Washington, D.C., and strives to identify how nurses can be involved and influence policy at the local and national level.

• Adam Benovic '14 is now an NFL contributing writer on, focusing on the Chicago Bears.

Natalie Cummings '10 won District and Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and advances to Semi-Finals on March 23.

• Meg Galus '00, executive pastry chef at Park Hyatt Chicago and NoMI restaurant in Chicago, is appearing on the third season of the Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition, a web series.

Jacklynn Lesniak '86 has been named chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern).

• Dr. Ann Stroink '76 has been named medical director of neurosurgery for Advocate Health Care. In this role, Stroink will provide leadership for neurosurgical activities across the Advocate system.

• A review by Diego Baez '07 on Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's book, Autobiography of a Corpse, was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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


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