Campus Weekly

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April 27, 2015

Campus News

MargaretMcCarter '15 Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
The National Science Foundation has awarded Margaret McCarter '15 a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship – among the most competitive graduate fellowships nationwide.

Lydia Summer Research Pays Long-Term Dividends
Opportunities for students to engage in summer research through scholarships and fellowships lead to new personal discoveries – and often, invitations to present their work at conferences across the country.

KemiAdeleye'15 Receives 2015 Technos Award
Kemi Adeleye '15 won the Technos International Prize, recognizing her academic excellence and commitment to international awareness and understanding.

Fundraiser Global Health Students Raise Funds to Fight Malaria
Students raised enough funds to provide 100 nets for a community of 200 people by organizing a pick-up basketball tournament, a bake sale and other activities. 

Judge Robb Judge Robb to Speak at Commencement
Pioneering judge Elizabeth Robb '78, recently retired as chief judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, will give the address at Commencement on Sunday, May 3.

Young Scholars"Young Scholars" Camps Returning This Summer for Area Youth
Illinois Wesleyan will offer Young Scientist and Inventions/Innovations summer camps, offering elementary students a variety of opportunities for exploration and hands-on activities.

Find links to other summer camps offered at IWU.


• Senior Allie Boudreau set a school record with 6065 points in the heptathlon, getting a sixth place finish at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 23.

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Monday, April 27

Through Tuesday, April 28
 – Final examinations

5 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Elmhurst College (doubleheader)(Rescheduled from Saturday)

Tuesday, April 28

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

6 p.m., Horenberger Field  – Baseball vs. Rockford University

Wednesday, April 29

** See facility hours for Commencement Sunday and May Term Break **
(through Tuesday, May 5)

Friday, May 1

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

Sunday, May 3

1 p.m., Kemp Commencement Plaza at State Farm Hall – Commencement – The ceremony will be live streamed.

Monday, May 4

6 p.m., Horenberger Field  – Baseball vs. Concordia University Chicago

> Find more on the Events Calendar


• Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He and one of his students, Tung Nguyen '15, published "Construction of spline type orthogonal scaling functions and wavelets," Journal of Applied Functional Analysis, 10 (2015), No. 3-4, 189-203. 

Nguyen has been awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics.

• Ruomeng Zhang '17 won second prize for her research presentation at the Student Research Symposium at the Spring Meeting of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT). Her research focuses on coupled oscillating chemical reactions. 

• Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina received a research grant from the International Youth Library, Munich, Germany, the world's largest library for international children's and youth literature. She will spend four months working and researching materials for her new book on the history of Russian children's literature.

Balina also published two articles:

- "Overcoming the Past through Childhood Reminiscences in Contemporary Russian Autobiographical Prose" in AutobiografiЯ: Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture, v.3, Padova University Press, pp. 185-213.

- "Narrating Love in Soviet Adolescent Literature of the 1930s: Ruvim Fraerman's The Wild Dog Dingo; or A Tale about First Love," The Russian Review: 73 pp. 354-370.

Additionally, Balina will be presenting at the international symposium The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children, Princeton University, April 30-May3, 2015. Her talk is entitled "Stories of Little Brothers: Depicting Proletarian Internationalism in Soviet Children's Literature of the 1920s-1930s."

• University Librarian Karen Schmidt received the Multicultural Leadership Program's Community Service Award.

• "For Out of the Heart," a film by Mike Mayo '02, is being screened as part of the Illinois International Film Festival in Aurora at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Mayo's journey in making the film was featured in the Fall 2014 Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine.

> Find faculty publications and 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

The Pantagraph
Senior Web Developer Michael Gorman supports Bloomington's Bicycle Master Plan and says bicycling is increasingly common among millennials.

Inside Higher Ed
Among colleges launching new academic programs, Illinois Wesleyan is starting an undergraduate major in contemporary musicianship.

Chicago Tribune
Ryan Headley '97 is on the team of physicians at a Bariatrics and Weight Management Center opened by Elmhurst Hospital.

Media Milwaukee
Meghan Murphy-Lee teaches Vampires: From Slavic Village to Hollywood as part of the Foreign Languages and Literature Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is a senior lecturer.

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