Campus Weekly

Illinois Wesleyan University News for Students and Parents

Aug. 4, 2014


Turning Titan – Next Steps


Introducing Your TOLs

Meet your 2014 Titan Orientation Leaders (TOLs)! New students will be assigned to groups that are led by TOLs, to get to know students on campus and assist with orientation. You can also view the TOL profiles on your Guidebook mobile app.

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Follow Orientation Services on Twitter @IWUOrientation or #TurningTitan14, or find us on Facebook. If you have any questions, please contact or (309) 556-3749. We are happy to help you Turn Titan!

Checklist Items

Mission Day Pre-Registration

Don't forget to Pre-Register for Mission Day, a one-day event during orientation for students to participate in activities that encourage commitment to the IWU mission. To learn more about these commitments, which include community engagement, diversity, globalization, social justice and sustainability, please read more.

Register for Family Weekend

IWU Family Weekend is Sept. 19-21. Register now for this fun-filled family event!

Health Insurance Waiver

Participation in the student insurance plan is required unless a waiver form is completed prior to Aug. 30. Learn more about the IWU health plan here.

Emergency Contact Information

Log in to MyIWU and set your emergency contact information. Watch this video for instructions. Adding additional phone numbers and text messaging options are available.

IWU Gmail Account

Checking your IWU Gmail account is vital to successful communication with faculty, staff and students at IWU. Gmail at IWU offers more than free Google accounts, with a free storage capacity of 25GB. Consider forwarding your personal email to your IWU account so you only have one place to check your email.

Campus News

Karnev Karnev '15 Interning at World's Largest Asset Management Firm
Nikolay Karnev worked in London this summer as a financial analyst intern for BlackRock, a company that manages more than $4.5 trillion in assets.

 DeHarak DeHarak Receives NSF Grant for Research on Electron Scattering
Supported by a three-year grant, physicist Bruno deHarak and 12 student research assistants will experiment with laser-scattered electrons.

Buck Eckley Winners Spend Summers in Research
Five students who were named the 2014 Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists are pursuing independent research on topics that inspired their passion (listed below).

Stauch Stauch '15 Studies Dogs' Reactions to Human Motives
As an Eckley Summer Scholar and Artist, Kiri Stauch '15 investigating what domestic dogs understand about human intentions.

Simmons Simmons '15 Aims to Improve Online Security
Thomas Simmons '15 is spending his summer studying ways to improve computer security with a mathematical function used in cryptography, thanks to an Eckley Scholar award.

Nelson Nelson'16 Studies Successful Aging
Inspired by her grandfather, Eckley scholar Niccole Nelson '16 set out to discover why some people age better than others.

Kistner Kistner '15 Studying Polarization in State Government
Michael Kistner '15 is spending his summer examining polarization's effects on the productivity of state legislatures as an Eckley Summer Scholar and Artist.

Hoijer Hoijer '15 Studies Correlations Between Math, Music
Eckley scholar Natalie Hoijer '15 is bridging her academic majors to investigate relationships between mathematical symmetries and classical music.


AaronAaron Smith '14 completed an Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho on June 29. The Titan athlete – three-time letter winner in cross country and four-time letter winner for track – represented Wesleyan by wearing his IWU Track & Field jersey during the Ironman.

• The Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team along with both the men's and women's track teams have been honored by their respective national associations for academic excellence in the 2013-14 school year.

• Five Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball players have been selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) "Honors Court," recognizing collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2013-14 season.

> Find more highlights at


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

Friday-Monday, Aug. 15-18 International Student Orientation

Saturday-Monday, Aug. 16-18MALANA Orientation

Saturday-Monday, Aug. 16-18Engaging Diversity

> Find more on the Events Calendar


Faculty & Staff

• A poster presentation on Assistant Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen's current research project in a Neonatal intensive care unit in Pennsylvania has been accepted to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in November. This is her first presentation accepted in a national non-nursing association, and represents her work as an interdisciplinary program involving both nursing and speech language pathologists in the oral motor development of preterm infants to improve feeding. 

In addition, Lessen has been appointed to the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Community Board, starting her tenure in July. Lessen has worked closely with the hospital staff for several years as a nursing instructor for IWU students in clinical experiences and internships. She has close professional ties to OSF both in Peoria and Bloomington, and is a long-term member of the community.

• Rick Lindquist '99
was promoted to Instructional Technologist at Illinois Wesleyan on Aug. 1. Rick has worked in Information Technology Services in various roles since 2000. He replaces the former Instructional Technologist, Patrick McLane, who retired in May.

• Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry Ram Mohan discussed various aspects of green chemistry during a three-day Faculty Development Program at Lovely Professional University in Punjab, India.

• The Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Lisa Nelson, executive director of IWU's Summer Music Program, received a Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant. The $1,000 grant provided for costs associated with performances at local churches, retirement homes and a public children's concert.

Nelson is also visiting professor of viola, violin and string pedagogy and coordinator of the IWU String Preparatory Department.

• Scholarly Communications Librarian/Associate Professor Stephanie Davis-Kahl will present an Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Webinar, "Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom" on Aug. 5.


 Dr. Laura Randolph '92, an Illinois Wesleyan trustee, was featured in Pastelle Magazine along with her fellow surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery.

• Janie Wallace '05 has rejoined the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Montana for a fourth season, this year with dual roles as director and choreographer.

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

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
For students, an internship can mean valuable experience, while employers benefit from fresh ideas and a close look at potential future employees.

Benjamin Butler '98 has joined Alliant Insurance Services' Tribal First group as First Vice President.

Mundelein Review
Ethan Karolczak '99 has joined Mundelein High School as a social studies teacher.

Tim Lambert '90 has been named general counsel of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company.

Insurance Journal
Dwight Zivo '86 has been named vice president of marketing for Chicago-based Parr Insurance Brokerage.

The (Ottawa) Times
Dr. Jill Palko '06 has joined the Aishling OB/GYN medical staff.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Harrison Freeland '14 has been hired as senior associate in the Champaign office of Murray Wise Associates.

The Pantagraph
Kathy Steadman '78 and her husband Dan were named Normal's Citizens of the Year.

Quad-City Times
"Phenomenal" actress Jenna Haimes '14 stars in the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre production of "Wonderful Town."

Library Journal
Scholarly Communications Librarian/Associate Professor Stephanie Davis-Kahl, one of the Journal's 2014 Movers & Shakers, maintains a digital storehouse of faculty and student work.

Paxton Record
University organist and adjunct faculty member Susan Klotzbach is directing the sixth annual Hymn Festival, sponsored by Gibson Area Music Foundation.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Indoor Bike Storage

Planning to bring a bike to campus, but don't want to keep it outside? You're in luck! We have a limited-access indoor bike storage room on the first floor of Harriett.

Signups are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and if you're one of the lucky few, you'll be given a key to the room so you can park your bike inside any time, day or night, all year long.

For more information, check the signup form or contact Bike Committee Chair Michael Gorman '10.

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