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March 30, 2015

Campus News

music School of Music to Offer New Degree in Contemporary Musicianship
A unique new degree program at Illinois Wesleyan is designed to better prepare students for today's professional music world.

Pembroke Two Students Accepted into Pembroke Program at Oxford
Sophomores Sophie Popovich and Duc Nguyen have been accepted to study next year at Pembroke College, Oxford University.

Lincoln Bray's New Lincoln Play Coming to IWU
Lincoln in Limbo, by Professor Emeritus Robert Bray, will be performed on campus Monday evening, April 6, with the director and cast on hand for a discussion that afternoon.

Striking a Chord Striking a Chord
In a volunteer program spearheaded by Courtney Balk ’13, Illinois Wesleyan students offer free music lessons to area youth at the Boys & Girls Club.

Robb Judge Robb to Speak at Commencement
Pioneering judge Elizabeth Robb '78 will present the address during the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015 on Sunday, May 3.


The men's lacrosse team remains undefeated at home this season, and the women's lacrosse team, now in its first season, won their first-ever College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin match over Carroll University at Tucci Stadium on Saturday, March 28.

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Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Wednesday, April 1

11 a.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Hart Career Center Program: State Department Career and Internship Opportunities – Lunch and Learn with Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, the Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Thursday, April 2

4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Alumni Speaker Series: Capitalizing on the Complexity of the Advertising Field – Chad Maxwell ‘02, senior vice president at Starcom, is a cultural anthropologist with a passion for people and their relationships with technology and media. He has been in the advertising field for over 10 years. 


Monday, March 30

Through Friday, April 3
– Academic Advising for Fall 2015

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Thinking About Health Insurance Costs at IWU and Across the Nation – Presented by Chair and Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw and Assistant Professor of Business Administration Darryl Brown.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – "People’s Republic of China,1949-1989-2029-?: The Place of the 1989 Tiananmen Protests in Modern Chinese History" – This is the first of two lectures to be presented during a campus visit by Li Minqi, an economist from the University of Utah. In 1989, Li was a student at Peking University who participated in the Tiananmen protests; he was later arrested for his activism and spent two years in prison.

Tuesday, March 31

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – "China, Peak Oil, Climate Change, and the 21st Century Crisis" – The second of two lectures to be delivered by Li Mingi, an economist from the University of Utah.

5 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Fraternity & Sorority Programming Board Business Etiquette Dinner – Dinner & presentation on dining, business social and social media etiquette, followed at 7 p.m. by an opportunity to network with local professionals.

7 p.m., E106, CNS – Quiz Bowl Intramurals

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Alumni Recital: Josh Biere, tuba

Wednesday, April 1

11 a.m., 305 CLA – Study Abroad Informational Meeting on Spain – Pizza will be provided.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: The Ames Advantage: Research Skills for Success

4 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Monmouth College (doubleheader) – Live video at

5 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Fontbonne University

Thursday, April 2

4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Faculty Convocation - "Copyright, Plagiarism and International Students" – (Rescheduled from Feb. 26) Kevin Smith, director of the Office of Scholarly Communications at Duke University, will share his expertise on how copyright is practiced internationally, provide some tools to help faculty assist our students – especially those from other countries – to avoid plagiarism, and consider a couple of assignments that help underscore the concepts of copyright.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Shall We Dance?" (1996, Japan), presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Ikuko Yuasa.

7 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Lavender Graduation – Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes graduating students' contributions to IWU and the LGBTQ+ community.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Samantha Stevens, trombone & Maya Abboud, viola

Friday, April 3

• Ironwood Golf Course, Normal, Ill. – Men's Golf - Illinois Wesleyan Invitational Day 1

5 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Central College – Live video at

Saturday, April 4

• Ironwood Golf Course, Normal, Ill. – Men's Golf - Illinois Wesleyan Invitational Day 2

11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Grace Ellen Losey, soprano & Kimberly Wenger Diller, saxophone

12 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Augustana (doubleheader) – Live video at

1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Hannah Eby, flute

2 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Concordia University (Wis.)

2 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Concordia University

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Michael Olsen, tuba & Jonathan Novak, saxophone

5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Zach Siegel, trombone

5 & 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Movie: Big Hero 6 – There will be movie theatre popcorn.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: John Cossio, baritone

Monday, April 6

(Through April 15) Registration for Fall 2015

(Through April 21) Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibitions

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "IWU AAUP Presents..."

2 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – “Representations of Lincoln's Assassination” - Discussion With "Lincoln in Limbo" Author and Cast

4 p.m., Davidson Room – Faculty Meeting

7 p.m., the Normal Theater, 209 W. North Street, Normal – "Speaking in Tongues” – A free showing of the film "Speaking in Tongues," about four children on a journey to become bilingual, will be co-sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies. This is a follow-up to the October 2014 "Dual Language Education Summit" town meeting on dual immersion in our local schools held at Illinois Wesleyan. The event aims to promote a community-wide conversation about the potential benefits of dual language education for Bloomington/Normal.

7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Lincoln in Limbo – The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, an equity company, will perform the play written by Professor Emeritus Bob Bray, directed by Peter Garino.

Kemp Award winner, Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery will give the keynote address, “Reflections of an Accidental Political Scientist,” at Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 8.

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar.

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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

Nerd Wallet
Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke was named among "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire."

The Pantagraph
Students from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities spent the night sleeping in cars to get a better understanding of what homelessness is like.

Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise
Voice-over actor (aka "storyteller") Marjorie Kouns '79 is part of the Gulf Coast's Hollywood South movement.

The Pantagraph
Some Illinois Wesleyan students spent their Spring Break volunteering with the Appalachian Service Project.

Broadway came to Bloomington, as IWU students had the opportunity to learn from legendary performer Ron Raines and director Don Pippin.

WGLT Radio
Broadway legend Ron Raines discussed the acting and singing tips he would share with IWU theatre students in a master class.

WGLT Radio
Film producer Maggie Renzi discussed changes in the independent film scene – as did her long-time collaborator, director John Sayles. Both were visiting IWU's campus.

WGLT Radio
Retiring Athletic Director Dennie Bridges reflects on the half-century of moments and people who helped shape his long career.

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• Professor and Chair of Educational Studies and Director of the Center for Human Rights Irv Epstein will deliver a talk related to his work on global youth protest, social and electronic media, and comparative education, hosted by the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program at Loyola University Chicago on April 1.

• "The Voice of Wrigley Field" Wayne Messmer '72 shared his first memory of performing for a large audience – during his student days at Illinois Wesleyan – in an interview with the Chicago History blog.

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


Think Green

Anne McGowan '76 Honored

The Ecology Action Center has renamed its annual Making a Difference Award to recognize its former director, 1976 IWU alumna Anne McGowan, who died earlier this month. Read The Pantagraph article.

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