Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Jan. 7, 2015

Campus News

Best Value Illinois Wesleyan Moves Up In Kiplinger's Best College Values
Illinois Wesleyan moved up to 58th among the nation's private liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger's "Best Value Rankings."

Orion Chereck '04 Part of Team that Built Orion Spacecraft
Andrew Chereck '04 is a senior systems engineer at Lockheed Martin and worked on the Orion spacecraft, NASA's new deep space exploration capsule.

Alan Google Internship Leads to Job Offer
Computer science major Alan Russian '15 has accepted a job offer from Google, after completing an internship in the company's Los Angeles office last summer.

beam Acoustic Tractor Beam Named a Top 10 Physics Breakthrough
Creation of the first acoustic tractor beam by a team including Patrick Dahl '12 and Prof. Gabe Spalding was named among the top 10 breakthroughs in physics in 2014.

Maggie Kendall '99 Wins Grant for Therapeutic Riding Facility
Maggie Kendall '99 is one of five winners of the Thank a Million Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge, for her dream of building Chicago's first therapeutic indoor riding facility.


Nursing and Hispanic Studies major Mary Kate Schmidt '16 was named to the second team of the 2014 NSCAA Scholar All-American squads chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, recognizing select collegiate student-athletes for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

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> Find more on the University's Events Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 7

First day of classes

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs Wheaton – Live video at

Thursday, Jan. 8

8 a.m. - noon, Memorial Center – Bloomington-Normal Sexual Assault Prevention Summit

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film SeriesMadame Bovary (1991, France) will be presented by Associate Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures and Co-Director of International Studies Scott Sheridan.

Saturday, Jan. 10

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Carthage College – Live video at

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

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Concert: Eh440 – This Toronto-based a cappella group has wowed audiences across the U.S. and Canada.

Sunday, Jan. 11

1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Screening of "Shortchanged: Unjailing the Mentally Ill"

Monday, Jan. 12

• Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – 28th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition


• Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli was invited by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to be trained as a national Foreign Language Education Program Reviewer. In this position, she will examine reports and data submitted by universities seeking ACTFL/CAEP recognition for their foreign language teacher education programs.

• Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies César Valverde presented a paper on Mario Vargas Llosa's 2010 novel The Dream of the Celt titled "Colonization, exploitation and sexuality in The Dream of the Celt" at the IV International Conference Of Modern Languages. Costa Rica, December 15, 2014.

• Assistant Director for Communications Kim Hill received a Star Award from the Association for Women in Communications, recognizing her contributions to the Bloomington-Normal Chapter.

• Artwork by Mel Keiser '07 will be featured in an exhibition, Self is a River, in the Armstrong Gallery at the McLean County Arts Center Jan. 9-Feb. 28.

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


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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

(Decatur) Herald & Review
Rohini Roy '11 joined the law firm of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson & Sly, LLP as an associate attorney.

Broadway World
The world premiere of YOUARENOWHERE by Andrew Schneider '03 will be part of the COIL festival in New York City.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Huffington Post
In contrast with the images of violence from Ferguson, Mo., Charlene Carruthers '07 is named among organizers who have become faces of peaceful, organized action.

The Pantagraph
Counseling & Consultation Services Director Annorah Moorman offered advice for parents of college students facing anxiety.

(Jacksonville) Journal-Courier
Professor of History Michael Weis, who traveled with IWU students to Cuba in 2004, discussed U.S.-Cuba relations. Also in The Pantagraph.

WJBC Radio
Illinois Wesleyan's Action Research Center teamed up with State Farm Bank to issue $2,500 grants to nonprofit groups to foster long-term planning. Also reported by The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph
Chief Circuit Judge Elizabeth Robb '78, who is retiring, made strides for justice beyond what happens in the courtroom.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Access to Bus Transportation

The Sierra Student Coalition and GREENetwork have been investigating the feasibility of universal access to bus transportation for IWU students, a sustainable alternative to car-based transportation. This was also the topic of an Environmental Studies Senior Seminar paper written by Liz Kuehn '14. Her work is posted on Digital Commons.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


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