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March 16, 2015

Campus News

ASB Students Brave Rain, Interfaith Challenges on Alternative Spring Break
Faculty and staff leaders and 21 students spent Spring Break volunteering with the Appalachian Service Project in Chavies, Kentucky. Julia Savich '16 gives a first-person account.

Ferris Best-selling Novelist to Give Reading
Acclaimed author Joshua Ferris will visit campus and read from his latest work, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, on Wednesday, March 18.

Amigo Filmmaker Sayles, Producer Renzi to Visit IWU
Independent filmmaker, screenwriter and author John Sayles and his longtime collaborator Maggie Renzi will visit Illinois Wesleyan to cap off a weeklong festival of Sayles' films.

Raines Broadway Legends to Conduct Master Class
Wesleyan's Saundra DeAthos is producing "Legends of Broadway" at the Peoria Civic Center, and arranged for the show's stars – Ron Raines and Don Pippin – to offer a master class for music theatre students.

Scholarship winners Council for IWU Women Awards Scholarships
At the 2015 Council for IWU Women Summit, four scholarships were awarded to female students who exhibit passion, communication skills, empowerment and leadership.

Chefs Student Senate Team Wins "Battle of the Chefs"
Student teams took over the Sodexo kitchen and faced off in a cooking competition with elements from Food Network programs like "Chopped" and "Iron Chef America."

Video: Founders Day Speaker Anita Lobel
In her Founders Day address, author and artist Anita Lobel said she is more than a Holocaust survivor. In the decades since, she said she has faced "many walls that rose in front of me and many bridges, which I crossed."


Illinois Wesleyan's Chris Schumacher, in his 17th year as the Titans' head track and field coach, was selected as the Midwest Region "Women's Track Coach of the Year" for the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season. The women's track team finished third in the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, held March 13-14 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

> Find more highlights at

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Monday, March 16

• 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Dugout – One Stop Shop – Stop by the table in the Dugout to learn more about the Career Center. Ask questions, make appointments, get your Titan CareerLink set up, and more.

Wednesday, March 18

• 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Majors and Minors Fair – Considering adding a minor? Looking for a major that fits your interests? Come to the Majors and Minors Fair for details about course requirements, internships, research opportunities and career options for each field of study.

• Employer VSA Partners will be on campus for Internship interviews.

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Careers for the Eternally Curious – Liberal arts students are bright, curious, superior writers and thinkers, and connected with the world. But channeling these characteristics into a satisfying career isn't always easy. One potential direction is in creative fields such as advertising, design, marketing, communications, public relations, media and digital, where demand for innovative thinkers has never been higher. Entering these exciting, fast-growing fields after graduation from IWU requires preparation long before your last semester.

After a series of wrong turns, poor choices, and outright disasters, Patrick Palmer '87 ultimately translated his degree in history into a successful 25-year career in advertising and marketing. Formerly executive vice president and global director of strategy for Leo Burnett, one of the largest and best-known advertising agencies in the world, he is now partner and head of strategy & analytics for VSA Partners, a branding and marketing agency in Chicago. His firm works with blue-chip clients including Harley-Davidson, IBM, Kraft Foods, Anheuser-Busch, GE, Nike, and Kimberly-Clark.

This talk is for anyone who is curious about a creative career, or students who love their liberal arts majors but are unsure in their career directions.

Thursday, March 19

• 2 - 6 p.m., Illinois State University, Bone Student Center – Spring Career Fair

• Employer Aerotek will be on campus for interviews.

Friday, March 20

• Employers Enterprise, CDW and Worldwide Express will be on campus for interviews.


Monday, March 16

4 p.m., First floor near circulation desk, The Ames Library – Opening Reception for "Atze and Mosaik: History and Politics in East German Comics: 1914-1989" – Come see this compelling presentation of history and politics from an East German perspective as portrayed in two of the country's most popular comic book series. The exhibit of twenty posters begins with World War I and finishes with an analysis of the portrayal of race and colonialism in the comic books. Other topics include the image of the Soviet Union, the Spanish Civil War, German history of the 20th century, the influence of East German cinema, Sputnik and the space race, educational policy, and the image of Vietnam. The posters are part of a larger exhibit that was shown in Berlin and Cottbus, Germany in the summer of 2014.
All of the German text of the original exhibit was translated into English by German students at Illinois Wesleyan with the help of our IES exchange student, Eva Strittmatter, and German Studies faculty members.

Tuesday, March 17

4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Carroll University – Live video at

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Lecture: "Translating the Oresteia: The Theory of What Translation Should Be" – Alan Shapiro of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will speak, sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies with support from a Mellon Re-Centering the Humanities Grant.
At 7 p.m., a poetry reading is also scheduled in Beckman Auditorium.

7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Illinois Institute of Technology – Live video at

7 p.m., C101, CNS – The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Project: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature and People

8 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – John Sayles Film Festival: "Lone Star"

8 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington – Collegiate Choir Tour Home Concert

Wednesday, March 18

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Writing 101: Crafting Strong Papers

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – John Sayles Film Festival: "Matewan"

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Reading by Acclaimed Author Joshua Ferris

Thursday, March 19

Through Friday, March 20 – Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symposium of Contemporary Music

4 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (doubleheader)

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Forum on 2016-17 Intellectual Theme – Interested faculty and staff are invited to a brainstorming forum on the intellectual theme, which will focus on women for 2016-17. McFee Professor of Religion and Director of Women's and Gender Studies Carole Myscofski and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall will facilitate the discussion, aimed at choosing a title for the theme and finalizing the theme direction. Ideas for the potential direction include medicine, health, autonomy/taking control, war, politics and madness.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – John Sayles Film Festival: "Casa de los Babys"

4 p.m., Room 102, State Farm Hall – Lecture: "White Attitudes Toward Racial Preferences in College Admissions: Studies in Persuasion" – Part of the Perspectives on Civil Rights and Race Lecture Series sponsored by the Political Science Department, this lecture will be presented by James Glaser, professor of political science, Tufts University.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Offside" (2006, Iran), presented by Associate Professor of English Alison Sainsbury.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – 3D Series: #HereatIWU

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Play: Float(performances continue nightly through Saturday)

Friday, March 20

Through Saturday, March 21 Titan Weekend – This event is an opportunity for prospective students to experience life as an Illinois Wesleyan student.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symposium of Contemporary Music: 5th House Ensemble – The Chicago-based chamber music group will premiere IWU faculty compositions.

Saturday, March 21

1 p.m. through 1 a.m. Sunday, Hansen Student Center – Dance Marathon – The IWU Dance Marathon will raise money for the Children's Miracle Network while participants remain on their feet for 12 hours straight, "dancing for those who can't." Since students first brought this event to campus two years ago, they have raised over $20,000 for the Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.

1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jennings Recital: Clara Ehrhart

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Ethan Berg, Composition

5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Ainsley Klug, Soprano

Sunday, March 22

1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Olivia Hoff, Piano

3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Performance and Reflection on "St. Matthew Passion: Drama, Religion, and the Baroque"

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

Monday, March 23

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Religion Department Colloquium 2014-2015 – Zachary Braiterman, associate professor of religion at Syracuse University, will give the keynote remarks, "Image not Idol: Reconsidering Judaism and Art."

4 p.m., Room 202, State Farm Hall – Sociology Research Colloquium: "I'm Not That Person No More": Narratives of Personal Transformation in Women's Post-Incarceration Experiences – Presented by Cesraea Rumpf '01, assistant professor, Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University.

7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Cornell College – Live video at

> See more on the University's Events Calendar

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

Marshall County (Tenn.) Tribune
Chase Miller '12 is directing "Footloose" at the Dixie Theatre in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
Assistant Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong will discuss moral reasoning in dogs at Eastern Kentucky University's Living With Animals conference.

Paxton Record
Senior Dylan Overstreet is one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Jostens Trophy, recognizing the outstanding student-athlete in NCAA Division III men's basketball. Also in The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph
ROTC cadet Ashton Butler '16 worked to help raise funds and awareness for a veterans-helping-veterans organization that seeks to combat homelessness, unemployment and suicide among vets.

The Pantagraph
George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology Given Harper discussed local nesting sites for bald eagles.

> More Titans in the News


• A panel on school violence, proposed by Professor and Chair of Educational Studies and Director of the Center for Human Rights Irv Epstein and Professor of Anthropology Chuck Springwood, was part of the 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, March 8-13 in Washington, D.C.

Panelists included Geoffrey Grimm '11, who recently finished his M.A. in social science at the University of Chicago. Grimm's presentation examined violence in Brazilian schools.

Epstein also participated in several additional conference sessions:
- Discussant on the panel, "Youth views, aspirations, and the role of education in promoting conflict or peace";
- Presenter on the roundtable, "Teaching Comparative Education – Special Interest Group Highlighted Session: Trends and issues informing practice";
- Presenter on a special session, "Speed Mentoring";
- Chair of the panel, "Curricular issues involving the teaching of comparative education at the undergraduate level";
- Discussant on the session, "Post-foundational Approaches to Comparative Education – Special Interest Group Highlighted Session: Theorizing comparison"; and
- Presenter on the session, "Protecting Scholars and Preserving Academic Freedom: The Role of Academic Institutions Worldwide."

• Assistant Professor of Music Joseph Plazak presented "The size code: Affective interactions of musical pitch and timbre" on March 12 at BRAMS, the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research in Outremont, Quebec, Canada.

• Assistant Professor of Economics Craig Broadbent will present "Water Leasing Markets Using Futures Contracts to Address Seasonal Uncertainty" at Illinois State University on Friday, March 20. See event details.

• Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery will present a series on "Eastern Europe: A Century of Unfinished Business" as part of the Academy of Seniors, an adult enrichment program for community members.

• Professor and Director of Greek and Roman Studies Nancy Sultan was interviewed by the Danish magazine Politiken regarding her research on modern protagonists such as Frank Underwood in the Netflix political drama, House of Cards. ( Published in Danish; imperfect translation may be available, depending on your web browser.)

• Mathematics major and ROTC cadet Cameron Ward '17 was awarded a 2.5-year Dedicated Army National Guard Scholarship. He was selected from candidates at over 40 other Universities in the region, based on his academic performance and leadership potential.

Brock Cooper '00 was named a winner of the Horror Writers Association's Richard Laymon President's Award for Service.

Still Life Reflections, an exhibit of watercolors by Peggy Flora Zalucha '72, opens March 18 in the Illinois Central College art galleries.

Dr. Scott Zeller '82 was named Doctor of the Year by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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


Think Green

Renewable Fashion Challenge

The Ecology Action Center is looking for creative shoppers to participate in this year's Renewable Fashion Challenge, which will take place at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo on April 11 at the Shirk Center.

Challenge co-sponsors Ecology Action Center and Home Sweet Home Mission Mart will launch the 2015 Renewable Fashion Challenge at a kick-off event on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Mission Mart, 301 E. Oakland, Bloomington. Designers will receive discounts at the Mission Mart, have opportunities to win prizes and learn more about the challenge.

Pre-registration is not required for the kick-off event, and attendance is not required to participate in the challenge. The deadline for submitting final entries is April 2.

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