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May 26, 2015

Campus News

Asia interns Students to Intern in Asia in Record Numbers
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation, 17 Illinois Wesleyan students are headed to Asia for internship opportunities this summer and fall.

AutumnAmerson '17 Wins "Emerging Leader" Scholarship
Autumn Amerson '17, a leader of the IWU Pride Alliance, was awarded a scholarship from the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Seal Illinois Wesleyan Announces Spring 2015 Dean's List
The Dean's List for the spring semester at Illinois Wesleyan includes students from 26 states and 13 countries.

Banners New Illinois Wesleyan Trustees Named, Officers Elected
Alumni Deon Hornsby '97, Stephen L. Ondra '80 and Jill E. York '85 have been elected to Illinois Wesleyan's Board of Trustees.


• Senior Allie Boudreau has been elected to the Capital One Academic All-District® 7 Women's Track & Field/Cross Country team and will be on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America® Team.

• The Illinois Wesleyan women's track and field team finished in fourth place at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track Championships at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., on Saturday, May 23.

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** See campus facility hours for May Term, including May Term closing hours for Sodexo **

Through Friday, May 29 – Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Gallery Exhibitions – Works by Thomas Berenz and Carolina Rodriguez are on display. 

Wednesday, May 27

10-11 a.m., Room 001, State Farm Hall – Panel Discussion with Community Action, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and PATH – May Term participants are invited to a panel discussion, hosted by the Educational Studies class Family and Community Engagement.

9 p.m., Eckley Quad – Festival of Dionysia – A re-creation of the ancient religious festival the Great Dionysia will be staged by students in the May Term courses Greek & Roman Comedy (taught by Professor and Director of Greek and Roman Studies Nancy Sultan) and Blood Rites and Mystery Cults (taught by Assistant Professor of History Amy Coles). To re-enact the "eisagoge," in which the statue of Dionysos is processed from his temple into the Theatre of Dionysos, students will process around the Quad with torches and a statue of Dionysos.

Thursday, May 28

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Eckley Quad (Rain location: Memorial Center) – Festival of Dionysia – Students will celebrate the Dionysia with a procession, prayers, animal "sacrifice," and hymns to Dionysos.

3-5 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Scene Painting Retrospective – Director of the School of Theatre Arts and Professor of Theatre Arts Curtis Trout and his students in Theatre 318: Scene Painting invite the campus community to view a retrospective of work created during May Term.

4 p.m., McPherson Beach (Rain location: Evelyn Chapel) – Festival of Dionysia - Staged Reading of the Comedy Birds by Aristophanes – Students will perform a staged reading, in costume, of the comedy Birds by Aristophanes (originally produced at the Dionysia in 414 BCE at the Theatre of Dionysos).

4 p.m., Entry level, The Ames Library – May Term Closing Reception & Student Work Exhibits – Come celebrate the end of May Term and see what students have been working on. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, May 29

May Term Final Examinations

> Find more on the University's Events Calendar


Business Brigade to Honduras 

brigades IWU students are planning their first Business Brigade to Honduras Dec. 12-19. This service trip will focus on business-oriented, sustainable work and allow students to experience a new culture, serve the needs of the community, and gain more experience in business in a hands-on setting. Those interested can contact (Pictured above are students on last year's Medical Brigade to Honduras.)



• Assistant Professor of Political Science Min-hyung Kim published an article "Why Provoke? The Sino-U.S. Competition in East Asia and North Korea's Strategic Choice," in Journal of Strategic Studies, published online first, 11 May 2015.

He also gave invited talks at Seoul National University, South Korea on May 1 and Kyung Hee University, South Korea on May 7. His talk was titled, "International Relations Theory and East Asia International Relations: What Should Be Done for a Better Fit?"

• Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry Ram Mohan, with current student Joshua S. Yoo '16 and recent alumni Thomas J. Laughlin '14 and Joseph J. Krob '14, published "Bismuth(III) bromide catalyzed synthesis of polyhydroquinoline derivatives via the Hantzsch reaction," Tetrahedron Letters, available online 11 May 2015.

Mohan also published, with Onsen, L. T., "Isolation of Thymol from Carom Seeds." The Chemical Educator 2015, 20, 72-73.


• Eric Bieber, MD '82 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Premier, Inc.

• As curator of collections of historic Edwards Place in Springfield, Illinois, Erika Rozinek Holst '01 recently oversaw the complete restoration of the first floor of this mansion to its 1858 appearance. Her book, Edwards Place: A Springfield Treasure, was published in conjunction with this restoration by the Springfield Art Association in April. (Her work with the project was previously featured in the Illinois Times.)

Gautham Narayan '05 was featured on the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast discussing two types of supernova and dark energy, and again on supernova.

•  Patrick Spangler '03 was elected shareholder of Vedder Price P.C. in Chicago in April 2015. Patrick continues to practice labor, employment and employee benefits law at the firm.

> 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

WMUK Radio

Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke discussed her latest book and what can be learned from listening to the Tea Party.

Business Insider
Bloomington, Illinois is ranked among the 10 best small cities for recent college graduates.

The Pantagraph
After a one-year exhibit on the Eckley Quad, five sculptures are headed to Rockford – but "Family with Dog" will stay on campus. Also reported by the Rockford Register Star.

The (Pomeroy, Ohio) Daily Sentinel
Dr. Anthony Peterson '95 will offer a workshop on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for those involved with public service through fire, EMS, police or military.

Pana News-Palladium
Kenneth Moore '11 received his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Pantagraph
Now entering its fourth growing season, the IWU Peace Garden brings students together in providing a local food source.

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After more than two decades as a fixture in uptown Normal, Brian Simpson '79 is selling Babbitt's Books – which will reopen under the same name.

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After cycling helped her regain strength from a battle with cancer, Barb (Short) Brown '77 is organizing a program to help the elderly and people with disabilities enjoy the outdoors.

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