Campus Weekly

Illinois Wesleyan University News for Students and Parents

June 27, 2014

Turning Titan – Next Steps


Greetings to the Incoming Class of 2018! 

From now until the New Student Orientation, we will bring you news, highlights from various departments, and important action items from the Orientation Checklist. If you have any questions, please contact Orientation Services at or (309) 556-3749. We are excited to help you Turn Titan!

Pre-Orientation Programs

Orientation Services is proud to partner with departments across campus for our three Pre-Orientation events: MALANA Pre-O, Engaging Diversity, and International Student Orientation. We hope you are able to join us on campus early for one of these exciting programs.

Parent Orientation

We would like to thank all of the families who were able to attend our Parent Orientation on Saturday, June 21. Whether or not you were able to attend, we invite you to complete our program survey. Your responses will provide valuable information as to how we can improve Parent Orientation in the future. Presentation materials and handouts from the event are available on our Parent Orientation handout page.

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Checklist Items

Housing Application 

Whether you plan to live in a residence hall or commute from home, make sure you have completed your housing application. Students complete their My Student Body essentials courses, then log into MyHousing to complete the application. Don't delay! The third and final round of roommate matching and room assignments will begin on July 24.


The Orientation Guidebook is ready for download. Guidebook is a mobile app designed to bring the most important information, updates and schedules for Orientation straight to your phone, without having to search the IWU web pages. Download now and get connected!

Campus News


Parham '07 on Broadway in Tony Award-Winning Musical
Alumna Bryonha Parham is currently appearing in the Tony Award-winning musical After Midnight, and performed (her second time) at the awards program.


Seibring '14 Selected as Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow
New graduate Kathryn (Katy) Seibring '14 was selected for a highly competitive fellowship program aimed at sending STEM teachers to high-need secondary schools.


Stevens Places Second in Brass Competition
Samantha Stevens '16 placed second in a recent tenor trombone soloist competition at the International Women's Brass Conference at Northern Kentucky University.


Kobrina '12 Embarks on Vegan Travel Adventure
Katya Kobrina '12 is sharing a six-month, 20-country travel adventure from London to South Africa to spread a positive message about veganism.


Titans Reading Madonnas of Echo Park
The Summer Reading Program will engage incoming students with faculty, staff and alumni in discussing a novel about Mexican Americans, with themes related to diversity and social justice in a global society.


Harding Retires From Alumni Relations
After decades of service to Illinois Wesleyan, Ann Harding retired this month as director of Alumni Relations.

French Horn

Wesleyan to Host Chamber Music Festival
IWU will host the Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp in July, offering instruction for junior high through college-age musicians, and a 12-concert series featuring both students and faculty.


Lexi Baltes '14 was named the 2014 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Woman of the Year.

• The Illinois Wesleyan athletic program finished No. 26 (of the 326 Division III schools earning points) in the final 2013-14 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports – nine women's and nine men's.

> Find more highlights at


> See Summer Facility Hours for The Ames Library, the Shirk Center, Fort Natatorium and campus dining.

Continuing through July 25
in the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building Summer Art Exhibitions – Glass models of plant and animal life ("Lifeforms") and paintings by local artist Mary Jungels-Goodyear ("Layered Landscapes") are on display.

Sunday, July 6

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival The first in a series of faculty and guest artist performances will feature the Rachmaninoff Piano Trio, Sauget Sonatine for Piano and Oboe, and the Suk Piano Quartet

> Find more on the Events Calendar


• The 10-Minute Play Festival at Heartland Theatre Company in Normal presents winning 10-minute plays, selected from 225 entered in this year's contest. Six of the eight plays being presented have directors with ties to IWU.

Titans involved include the following:

- Ron Emmons, Gateway and School of Theatre Arts adjunct faculty member – play judging, director of two plays, and general director of the festival;

- Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts John Ficca – director of two plays; and

- Christen Monson, School of Theatre Arts recruiting coordinator – director of two plays.

Performances continue through the month of June on Thursday through Saturday evenings and matinees on Sunday. More information at

• A book edited by Associate Professor of German and Eastern European Studies Sonja Fritzsche, The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, has been released in the Science Fiction Texts and Studies series (no. 47) with Liverpool University Press.

• Director of the International Office Stacey Shimizu participated in a panel presentation, "Experiences of International Education Administrators Leading Programs Abroad," at the NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego (May 30, 2014). Co-presenters were Emily Gorlewski (Western Illinois University), Sherif Barsoum (Vanderbilt), and Timothy Elliott (Brigham Young University).

• Library Technology and Resources Director Suzanne Wilson has been appointed to the statewide I-Share Next Task Force by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Board of Directors. The group will be selecting the next generation of the online catalog and I-Share system.

Janice Bonneville '90 is the new director of benefits in Human Resources at Illinois State University.

• English major Kathy Tun '16 is writing for the Bureau County Republican based in Princeton, Ill.

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

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Titans In The News

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal
Gina Franco '15 participated in a two-day United States-China Student Summit in Beijing, which focused on economic cooperation between the world powers.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan is hosting a summer camp for young scholars interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Also on WMBD TV.

The Pantagraph
Researchers in IWU's Comparative Cognition Lab are working toward developing computer games for dogs.

Illinois Wesleyan has implemented all-gender restrooms on campus.

The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times
Streator native Kate Tombaugh '07, who has performed at Carnegie Hall, will be featured in the "Good Old Summertime Series" in her hometown.

(Tinley Park) Southtown Star
Well-rounded Jacquelyn Schirmacher, who plans to join IWU's Class of 2018 this fall, has raced in Australia and is a musician and artist contemplating a major in psychology.

The Madison-St. Clair Record
Troy Bozarth '92 was installed as President Elect of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Phill Wilson '77, who heads the Black AIDS Institute, reflected on the message of HBO's "The Normal Heart."

Chronicle of Higher Education
Illinois Wesleyan faculty members discussed their decision to keep a candidate search open, despite a consultant's recommendations otherwise.

Providence (R.I.) Journal
Sharon and Richard Jenkins, both 1969 graduates, received the Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

Digital Journal
Josh Slevin '13 has joined LKCS as a sales and marketing assistant.

The Pantagraph

Wesleyan's Stew Salowitz '76was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America for 25 years of service.

The Choice Blog
Nicknamed "Play Term," May Term takes students outside of the classroom for a learning experience unlike any other.

> More Titans in the News


Welcome New Employees

Brandon Common
began June 16 as the director of Multicultural Student Affairs, replacing George Jackson.

David Horine began June 16 as the piano technician in the School of Music, replacing George Krippenstapel, who retired.

In Sympathy

Emeritus trustee Roger Joslin died June 15. Joslin served on the IWU Board of Trustees from 1999-2008 and was elected emeritus trustee in 2008. A gift from Joslin and his wife, Stevie, enabled construction of the Joslin Atrium of the Memorial Center.

Read an obituary.


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