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Feb. 3, 2014

Campus News


Lehr's Study: Peru Boasts World's Highest Numbers of Amphibians, Reptiles
A new study, co-authored by Wesleyan's Edgar Lehr, reveals record biodiversity and new species of amphibians and reptiles in Peru's Manú National Park, as reported by National Geographic.


Breaking Bad - Ozymandias Premieres in New York
Sun Jin Hong '97 composed a "a heart-breaking work of staggering ingenuity," as performed by his One World Symphony -- aka New York's "hippest orchestra."


Seniors Andrew Ziemnik and Lexi Baltes have been elected to the first team of the Capital One Academic All-District 7 men's and women's basketball teams, respectively, and will be on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America Team, where first, second, and third-team All-America honorees will be elected next month.

> Find highlights at

Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Monday, Feb. 3

• 2-4 p.m., Hart Career Center – Resume Drop-in Blast
Stop in for a quick resume review before attending upcoming internship and job fairs.

• Illinois Weslyean's Summer Enrichment Program will be interviewing candidates for its 2014 program.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Interviewing for Introverts – Interviewing is anxiety-provoking and stressful for most of us. Introverts find this situation even more challenging.  Don't change who you are; let's use your strengths to help you put your best foot forward in an interview!

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

Wednesday, Feb. 5

• 4-7 p.m., Illinois State University, Bone Student Center – IWU/ISU Spring Internship Fair

• Employer Amica Mutual Insurance Company will be on campus for practice interviews.

Thursday, Feb. 6

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m., ISU, Bone Student Center – IWU/ISU Spring Job Fair

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

• Employer BKD will be on campus for internship interviews.

Friday, Feb. 7

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

• Employer Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company, will be on campus for job interviews.

Campus Events This Week

Monday, Feb. 3

• 12 p.m., First floor activity room (left of the main doors), 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 in Saint Louis, Mo., Feb. 19-22. Transportation and lodging expenses are paid for. This year we are representing Morocco!
• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

• 8 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Tributaries Release Party – The IWU community is invited to receive the most recent issue of the campus creative arts journal, hear contributors read from their work and celebrate their publication.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

• 12 p.m., E101 CNS – Academic Skills Series: Study Smart and Read Efficiently – Students are invited to a series of programs to develop or strengthen academic skills. Free Papa John's pizza will be provided for lunch.

• 4 p.m., 205, CLA  – Technos Program Information Session – Students are invited to learn about Technos International Week, an opportunity for first-year and sophomore students to enjoy cost-free travel while learning about Japan, its people, culture and history.

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

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Greek Growth Speaker Series: Making Relationships Matter with David Coleman – "The Dating Doctor" will discuss how to create and maintain healthy relationships, sponsored by the Fraternity & Sorority Programming Board.

Thursday, Feb. 6

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Speaker Sandra Babcock: "Global Politics, Morality, and the Declining Use of the Death Penalty" – Sandra Babcock, professor of law and clinical director at the Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law, will speak about capital punishment, hosted by the Political Science Department and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

• 4 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symposium of Contemporary Music Presentation — Guest composer John Daversa of the University of Miami will speak on "Career and Craft: Following Your Highest Excitement."

• 4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesPan's Labyrinth (2006, Spain, directed by Guillermo Del Toro) will be presented by Professor of Hispanic Studies Carmela Ferradans.

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center, Park Street – Speaker: Charlene Carruthers '07 on Community Activism

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symposium of Contemporary Music Concert – John Daversa, jazz composer and trumpeter, will perform with the IWU Jazz Ensemble.

Friday, Feb. 7

• 3:30 p.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field Keck Invitational Multi-Events

• 6 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming & Diving CCIW Diving Championships

• 7 & 10 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Movie: Hunger Games: Catching Fire, sponsored by Student Senate and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Saturday, Feb. 8

¡TU UNIVERSIDAD! – Admissions will host a program designed to help Latino students and their parents learn more about the University community, the admissions process and all financial aid resources.

• 10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field Keck Invitational

• 11 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming & Diving CCIW Diving Championships

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

• 5 & 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's and Men's Basketball vs. Elmhurst. Live video will be at For the seventh annual Pink Zone Game, there will be a silent auction and raffle prizes, including a flat screen TV, with all proceeds donated to the Normal Community Cancer Center.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital: Nick Fox, percussion & Trevor Saint, glockenspiel – As part of the New Music Series, the concert will include a performance of Growth Medium, composed for the duo by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo.

Sunday, Feb. 9

• 5-7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Lunar New Year Celebration – Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Asia Pacific Student Association and the Asian Studies Team of the International Studies Program. The celebration will feature a dinner with Asian food and entertainment, including a traditional Korean dance troupe, a K-pop number, a traditional Chinese pipa performance, and a short version of the Butterfly Lovers' Concerto on violin and piano. There will be activity tables representing China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Malaysia/Indonesia where guests can learn their names and try their hand at calligraphy – all while learning some of the different ways that the new year is observed in these different countries. 

• 6 p.m., Room 200, Hansen Student Center – Student Senate Meeting

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


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

Lincolnwood Review
Courtney Lee Adams '96 is the new director of technology for Lincolnwood School District 74.

WJBC Radio
Professor of History Mike Weis talks about the Beatles, 50 years after the British Invasion. Hear a podcast.

Oak Park-River Forest Patch
The Village of Oak Park named Kimberly Evans Shamley '90 as its new human resources director.

Downers Grove Patch
Randall Konstans '86, athletic director at South High School in Downers Grove, will be inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) Hall of Fame.

WGLT Radio
The McLean County Arts Center is featuring a new exhibition by Wesleyan's Kevin Strandberg that combines two art forms into one "monster" show.

> More Titans in the News


• Adjunct biology faculty member Bethany Evans '00 published, with Borowicz, V., "Verbesina alternifolia Tolerance to the Holoparasite Cuscuta gronovii and the Impact of Drought." Plants 2013, 2, 635-649.

This article is included in the Special Issue "Interaction Between Abiotic and Biotic Stresses in Plants."

• Work by students in Professor of Art Sherri McElroy's Graphic Design IV class is among the top 40 semifinalist entries in the Records for Life contest sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The students involved were seniors Rebeccah Erickson, Robert Frank III, William Frank, Audrey Ito and Tara Simpson.

The students submitted the prototype, using a design process with the following steps: research, empathy, ideation, design, feedback, re-design. In addition to reviewing hundreds of existing immunization records from around the world, they heard from community experts about their experience in third world healthcare and immunization – Drake Zimmerman, Munib S. Abdulrehman '02, and Trish Cleary. These community members were later part of a team that evaluated prototype designs.

Todd J. Koehl, a 1982 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan with a major in English and a recipient of secondary education certification, is a finalist for the position of superintendent of McLean County District Unit 5.

Currently superintendent at the O'Fallon School District 90, Koehl has held previous positions as assistant superintendent of finance and operations with the O'Fallon School District, high school principal at Blue Ridge Unit District 18 in Farmer City, assistant principal at Bloomington High School, District 87, and English teacher at Normal Community High School.

• Martin Kulak '98 has been nominated to receive the Teacher of the Year Award for 2013-2014 from the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Kulak teaches at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates and is the leader of the District 211 Physics Teacher Professional Learning Team. He has worked with a group of colleagues who created a featured application on the iTunes Store, Step2Step Physics: Mechanics, which now has close to 3,000 downloads.

In addition, a member of his team created a Physics iBook on iTunes U that includes Kulak's notes and lectures, which learners all over the world can download for free. Currently, there are more than 60,000 subscribers to the course.

The ISAAPT Award winner will be announced in March and will be presented during the fall meeting of the Section.

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


Think Green

Sustainability Report

The GREENetwork compiles an annual accounting of sustainability initiatives that have occurred on the IWU campus. While not an exhaustive review, it highlights some key actions by multiple campus groups.

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