Campus Weekly

Illinois Wesleyan News for Prospective Students and Parents

Feb. 24, 2014

Campus News


Lacrosse Team Wins First-Ever Game
In the first lacrosse game in school history, the Illinois Wesleyan men's lacrosse team won against Milwaukee School of Engineering at Tucci Stadium on Feb. 22.


New Hispanic Studies Scholarship
The Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship is now available to qualified students who carry out Hispanic Studies research off campus in an IWU-affiliated program. The application deadline is March 3.


Nadeau Wins Grant to Explore 17th Century Spanish Cuisine
Wesleyan's Carolyn Nadeau will translate, analyze and prepare recipes from a 1611 cookbook, joining scholars who use food to examine the politics, economics and social issues of a culture.


• The men's basketball team claimed its second straight and 23rd outright men's basketball College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship – and the right to host the conference tournament next weekend – with a win at Wheaton on Saturday, Feb. 22.

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Hart Career Center Programs for Students

Monday, Feb. 24

4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Washington Semester Program at American University Information Session – Come learn about off-campus study and internship experiences in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, February 25

4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Get LinkedIn! – LinkedIn is the professional website of choice. You need to use this resource! Establish an online profile, connect with professionals in your field of interest, and search for jobs and internships.

• Employer Enterprise Rent-A-Car will be on campus for internship interviews.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Majors and Minors Fair – Have you declared a major? Are you looking for a minor to complement your chosen major? This is your opportunity to visit with faculty from departments across campus, in the convenience of one place and time.

Thursday, Feb. 27

• Employers Country Financial and McGladrey will be on campus for internship interviews.

Council for IWU Women 2014 Summit – A variety of activities will allow current IWU women students to network with and learn from IWU alumni. See more information below.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., ISU, Bone Student Center – ISU/IWU Education Career Fair – IWU students may attend from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with no fee.

Friday, Feb. 28

Council for IWU Women 2014 Summit will be hosting practice interviews.


Monday, Feb. 24

• 12-1 p.m., CNS Atrium and The Dugout, Memorial Center – Boost Yourself Week: Boost Your Self-Esteem with Confidence Cupcakes – Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA) will raise funds by selling cupcakes at $1-$3, which are homemade and contain special messages to encourage self-esteem. Co-sponsored by Jewel-Osco and Assistant Dean of Students Matthew Damschroder, this event is part of "Boost Yourself Week," a series of events promoting awareness of body image issues.

• 4 p.m., Room 105, CLA  – Sociology & Anthropology Colloquium – Vicente Diaz of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present "Canoe Crossings Illinois: Revitalizing Indigenous Oceanic and Native Great Lake Seafaring Traditions at Clinton Lake, Illinois." Diaz is an interdisciplinary historian, cultural critic, film maker, and student of traditional seafaring in the Micronesian Islands. He is a founder of the field of Native Pacific Cultural Studies and is a proponent of comparative Native and Ethnic studies and Indigenous political and cultural decolonization.

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library –
Faculty Roundtable Discussion: Les Misérables – "From the Social Thought of the French Enlightenment to the American Pop Culture Phenomenon: Moving Toward a Critical Understanding of 'Les Miz.'"

• 4 p.m., Room 205, CLA – Religion Department Colloquium – Matthew Schunke, assistant professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will present "Jean-Luc Marion and the Religious Self."

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Deadline for Spring Break Key Requests
– Last day for students to request a Spring Break key from the Office of Residential Life at no charge:

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

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Boost Yourself Week: Boost Your Self-Confidence with Guest Speaker, Kirsten Haglund – Guest speaker Kirsten Haglund served as Miss America in 2008 and is an advocate for increased awareness of body image as a public health priority. She will share her personal story and message of hope and healing as part of "Boost Yourself Week," a series of events promoting awareness of body image issues, sponsored by Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA), Illinois Wesleyan's Counseling & Consultation Services and the Council for IWU Women.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – New Music Cafe

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Dugout, Memorial Center – END7 Bake SaleCreativity for Change will host a bake sale in the Dugout at the counter during lunch (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and dinner (5-6 p.m.) All money raised will support END7 – an organization seeking to end seven neglected tropical diseases. Every 50 cents donated provides medication for a year to people who desperately need it.

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

12 p.m., Room 314, State Farm Hall – Using Media to Tell Your Story – The Action Research Center continues its Small Business Workshop series, exploring how small businesses in any industry can use media to convey a strong message or tell a story.

• 7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Boost Yourself Week: Boost Your Knowledge with a Panel Discussion on Body Image – Panelists will include professional health care providers who have counseled individuals with low self-image, as well as women who have struggled with body image issues, discussing how to overcome these issues.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Council for IWU Women Summit (through Saturday, March 1)
See details below

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Speaker Casey Harison: Social History Behind Les Misérables

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

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Enthiran" (2010, India, directed by S. Shankar) will be presented by Associate Professor of German and Eastern European Studies Sonja Fritzsche.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital: Concordance – A trio based in Chicago and Dubuque, Concordance will perform a concert of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Concordance's members are Bang Lang Do, piano, Wesley Luke, violin, and James Sherry, trumpet. They are joined in this concert by oboist/composer Patricia Morehead, a co-founder of CUBE, one of Chicago's most important new music ensembles.

Friday, Feb. 28

• Last day to drop a class

• 10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field CCIW Championships (Day 1)

• 4 p.m., C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquia Series – Brent Chandler of Illinois College will present "Efforts to Prepare Biologically Important Molecules," hosted by Associate Professor of Chemistry Brian Brennan.

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Re-centering the Humanities Lecture: Dr. Sebastiaan Faber – Professor of Spanish at Oberlin and Director of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive (ALBA) housed at Tamiment Library in New York University, Faber has published extensively on different aspects of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), mainly on the internationalization of the conflict and the legacy of the war in contemporary Spain. His lecture is sponsored by a Mellon Foundation grant and is part of the Unraveling Inequality Course Cluster.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball hosts the CCIW Tournament

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Cohesion Dance Company Annual Concert – Student dancers will perform a show featuring various styles of dance, such as jazz, ballet and hip hop. (A second performance will be on Saturday, same time and place.)

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble Concert

Saturday, March 1

• 10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field CCIW Championships (Day 2) – Live video at

• 1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty/Guest Recital: Chamber Music Recital

 7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball hosts the CCIW Tournament

Sunday, March 2

• 1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital: Svetlana Belsky, Piano

• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Recital

• 5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Junior Recital: Jennifer Burns, Soprano & Lauren Shafer, Soprano

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

Monday, March 3

• 12 a.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibitions – Exhibits by Michael Ferris and Cortney Boyd will be on display through April 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.


Council for IWU Women Summit

The Council for IWU Women Summit brings alumnae, along with IWU women from the faculty and staff, to campus to share their experiences, skills and knowledge with current students. The conference, entitled Lead Connected, will be a spirited exchange of information, life experiences and networking.

Women students, faculty and staff are invited to register by Feb. 25 at for any events, including:

Thursday, Feb. 27

• 6 p.m., Auditorium, Myers Welcome Center – "Miss Representation" Film Screening

Friday, Feb. 28

• 11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Council for IWU Women Summit Kickoff Luncheon – Keynote speaker will be Stephanie Whyte '91, chief health officer for Chicago Public Schools.

• 1 p.m., Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews with Council Alumnae – Students must pre-register on Titan CareerLink.

• 2 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Advocating for Social Justice: Make a Living Working for Change – Speakers will include:
Deb Adams '79, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare;
Molly McLay '06, assistant director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Women's Resource Center;
Ade Olayinka '11, Ph.D. student in the public policy program at Duke University;
Catherine Geehan '13, former intern at the Scholars at Risk Network at New York University.

• 3:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Career Connection Event - Meet & Greet – An opportunity to connect with alumnae members from a wide variety of career fields.

Saturday, March 1

• 9 a.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Council for IWU Women Summit Check-in & Welcome ReceptionLaura Jordan '96, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, will present "How to Command Authority."

• 10:30 a.m., Davidson and Cartwright Rooms, Memorial Center – Council for IWU Women Summit Break-Out Sessions – Participants may choose between the following presentations:
"Transitioning from Academic to Professional World" – Marilyn Graves '79, vice president at Fifth Third Bank; or
"Building & Sustaining Your Social Capital" – Elly Jones '91, division manager at State Farm.

• 11:30 a.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – "Cultural Competence - Both Personal and Professional" will be presented by Jessica Lothman '06, study abroad coordinator at Marquette University

• 12:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Council for IWU Women Summit Closing Reception and LuncheonCarlina Tapia-Ruano '77, immigration attorney at Tapia-Ruano & Gunn, will give the keynote address, and scholarship awards will be presented.

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
Alison Sweeney '01, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is among recipients of the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships for 2014.

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Stephanie Faracy '74 has appeared in dozens of well-known TV shows over the years, from "The Love Boat" to "Modern Family."

Tech Data Corporation has named Charles V. Dannewitz '77 senior vice president and chief financial officer, the Americas.

Kane County Chronicle
Lexi Baltes '14 was named an Academic All-American, days after she was one of 10 collegians named to the Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Teams.

Peru This Week
Peru's treasured Manu National Park is the world's top biodiversity hotspot for reptiles and amphibians, according to a survey co-authored by Wesleyan's Edgar Lehr.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan celebrated its new center dedicated to making human rights and social justice integral to students' liberal arts education.

The Pantagraph
Speaker Luma Mufleh told the Founders' Day audience to "surround yourself with the powerless, not the powerful."

The Pantagraph
A gift from an Illinois Wesleyan alumna has helped the University set a milestone for endowed department chairs and professorships.

> More Titans in the News


• Professor of English Kathleen O’Gorman’s project, “Ulysses: The Exam (Word and Image),” has been accepted for presentation at the symposium of the International James Joyce Foundation in Utrecht, in The Netherlands.

Orion, a composition for percussion, piano and voices by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo was performed by the University of Iowa's Center for New Music on Feb. 15 in Iowa City. The performance was part of the Iowa Composers Forum's Spring Festival.

• Congratulations to the 12 new participants in the Summer Enrichment Program, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs: Cristina Cervantes '16, Michelle Dominguez '15, Brigitta Jakob '17, Nitesh Kumar '16, Kimberly Mensah '16, Thalia Novoa '16, Ralph Pineda '15, Corin Sengsay '17, Sana Shafiuddin '17, Drake Sorensen '16, Ayethaw Tun '15 and Monica Villegas '16.

• Recent IWU Magazine feature subject, Maria Gonzales '08 made the top 10 in a national design competition at Now you can vote for her in the finals. The show she designed is called Rooster Chick; the site features a profile of her with the shoe.


Think Green

Nature Photographer Tom Ulrich

Wednesday, March 5
7 p.m.
C101, CNS

A renowned nature photographer, Ulrich's work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time, Audubon and many other publications. Originally from Illinois, Ulrich now resides outside Glacier National Park in Montana, but returns to Illinois each year on his photo tour. Every year he dazzles his audiences with amazing photographs, tips for photographers and humorous narration.

This year’s focus will be on the nature of Florida, Glacier National Park in Montana, and South Texas, and a special feature will include photographs from his travels to Rome, Greece and Turkey.

More upcoming events

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