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Illinois Wesleyan University News for Students and Parents

Published biweekly during the summer

July 14, 2015

Turning Titan – Next Steps


Housing Applications and Placements

The Office of Residential Life has completed the first two rounds of roommate matching and room placements. If you completed your housing contract and roommate matching questionnaire prior to June 18 and have not received your placement email, please contact the Office of Residential Life at or (309) 556-3113. The deadline to complete your housing contract for inclusion in the third and final round of roommate matching is July 23. If you do not complete your housing contract and roommate matching questionnaire prior to this date, you will be randomly placed.

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Academic, Housing or Meal Plan Accommodations

Students with needs for support services, academic accommodations, or special housing or dining needs should file requests through the Disability Services Office. Students can learn more about available housing accommodations on the ORL website. Please download and submit the appropriate forms to your physician before you arrive on campus.


The Registrar's Office has sent an email to all students with information about class registration for fall. Please complete this Pre-Registration Form for confirmation of your major and Gateway course preferences by Friday, July 17.

New Student Survey 

All incoming students will receive an email with a link to a national survey about incoming college students. This online test helps IWU faculty measure student readiness to conduct college-level library research. To take the test, follow this link and enter the personalized student identifier number and administration code found in the email.

Summer Reading
The Summer Reading program is an opportunity for new students to engage with faculty, staff, current students and alumni through shared conversations about a common text. This year, we've selected The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose.

Make sure to purchase your copy now and complete your guided reading questions for a group discussion at Turning Titan!

Campus News

Brendan Pre-Med Student Studying Alligators
As a marine biomedicine and environmental sciences intern at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston this summer, Brendan Finnell '16 is determining the levels of PFCs in American alligator populations.

Madz Student Combines Ecology, Music Interests in Coral Reef Research
Music and ecology double major Madz Negro '16 conducted research on the soundscape of coral reefs during her study abroad in Panama.

Brigitta Jakob '17 Interning at International Business Network
For economics major Brigitta Jakob '17, meeting major figures in the field of international trade is a highlight of her internship at the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce in New York.

Pluto IWU Astronomer Eager for Probe's Flyby of Pluto
Wesleyan's Linda French, whose research explores similar questions as the New Horizons space probe, is eager for its new observations of Pluto.

Aspiration Quadrangle Dedicated in Honor of Egbers Family
The redeveloped quadrangle north of State Farm Hall, which includes a stainless steel water sculpture entitled Aspiration, has been named Egbers Quadrangle.


• Go, Titan fans! According to the NCAA, the Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team was sixth in average attendance among all Division III schools for the 2014-15 season.

• For their performances in the classroom as well as the pool, four Illinois Wesleyan women's swimmers were among those achieving Scholar All-American honors, as selected by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America: juniors Lauren Dineen-Griffin and Kirsten Slaughter and sophomores Baylee Hoecker and Meg Stanley.

• For the third straight season, Amy Seter '16 was named as an All-American Scholar by the Women's Golf Coaches Association.

> Find more highlights at


Ongoing: A variety of summer camps for youth are offered on the IWU campus.

 Through Aug. 27 – Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Summer Art Exhibits – The newly named director of Illinois Wesleyan's Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Ian T. Carey, is one of the artists exhibiting work in the galleries.
Carey's "Hoodwinked" is on view in the Merwin Gallery, while Neil Cole's photographs, "Scenes from Seoul and Kyoto," are in the Wakeley Gallery.
Summer gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12-3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14

• 3:30-6 p.m.,
Shirk Center parking lot (south end) – Peace Garden Farm Stand  Illinois Wesleyan's Peace Garden will sell fresh, organic, locally grown produce in the Shirk Center parking lot (corner of Fell and Emerson) every Tuesday from 3:30-6 p.m. or until produce runs out. As the summer heats up, the garden will be providing more and more options for purchase. If you have questions about what's available, contact Kahri Jung '16 ( or Rachel Shaffer '17 ( and they can let you know. Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, July 15

8:30-10 p.m., Fairview Aquatic Center, 800 N. Main St., Normal – IWU Family Night at Fairview Aquatic Center – The Fairview Family Aquatic Center will be closed to the general public at this time, so only IWU families will get to enjoy the facilities together. Admission for IWU faculty, staff, and their immediate families is free. No outside food or drink is permitted, but the concession stand will be open as a service to IWU families.

Thursday, July 16

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty and Guest Artist Concert

Friday, July 17

Admissions Preview Day – Prospective students and families have the opportunity to meet with members of the IWU staff, tour the campus, and learn about financial aid and student life.

Saturday, July 18

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival Student Concert

Sunday, July 19

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty and Guest Artist Concert

Monday, July 20

Wellness Golf Tournament – Open to IWU faculty/staff, students, spouses, family and friends; any level golfer can play. The deadline to register was extended through July 13.

Tuesday, July 21

10:30 a.m.-noon, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Hansen Student Center – Welcome Reception for New Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Alanna Hill

(Tuesdays throughout the summer)
• 3:30-6 p.m.,
Shirk Center parking lot (south end) – Peace Garden Farm Stand

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival Student Concert

Thursday, July 23

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty and Guest Artist Concert

Friday, July 24

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival Student Concert

Saturday, July 25

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival Children's Concert

Sunday, July 26

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty and Guest Artist Concert

> Find 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

Crain's Chicago Business
Trissa Babrowski '98 is a vascular surgeon spearheading a campaign to reduce amputations through preventative care at University of Chicago Medicine. (Free digital subscription may be required.)

The Kansas City Star
Living her dream of a Broadway career, Lisa Karlin '05 is visiting her native state this summer in the cast of a national tour company's production of "Pippin."

Springfield Business Journal
Erika Holst '01 and Karen Carlson '97 were named among the region's 40 Under 40 outstanding young professionals.

Chicago Tribune 
Hayley Rice '04 is co-directing "A Winter's Tale" at Oak Brook's First Folio Theatre with her mother and fellow IWU alumna, First Folio Artistic Director Alison Vesely '79. (Free digital subscription may be required.)

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Jennifer Oswald '15 will talk about her experiences at Good Hope School in Tanzania through A Broader View Volunteers.

Chicago Tribune
Wesleyan's Michael Weis will talk about Beatlemania and the cultural revolution of the 1960s at the Ella Johnson Library in Hampshire. (Free digital subscription may be required.)

The (Ottawa) Times
Jazz pianist and composer Sean Parsons '01, assistant professor of jazz studies and music theory at Ohio University, will present a jazz master class and a benefit concert. Also in the LaSalle News-Tribune.

The Pantagraph
"Aspiration" is the name of a water feature in the newly dedicated Egbers Quadrangle at Illinois Wesleyan – and our wish for students: to have aspirations to reach as high as they can.

Bolingbrook Patch
K9 handler Jason O'Hara '05 is a 9-year veteran of the Bolingbrook Police Department.

> More Titans in the News


In Sympathy

William White
, University Chaplain from 1963-1996, died on June 28. Read an obituary.

Welcome New Employees

Grant Bailey
began June 29 as a custodian in the Physical Plant, replacing Bryan Moore.

Nickos Gray
began June 22 as a custodian in the Physical Plant, replacing Ranardo Harries, who retired.

Carolyn Hanks began today (July 13) as accounts payable specialist in the Business Office, replacing Pam Randol.

Alanna Hill
began July 6 as the director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, replacing Blake Bradley.

Sarah Roberts began today (July 13) as office coordinator II in Multi Programs, replacing Christine Horner, who became the operations coordinator for Educational Studies on June 15, replacing Moreena Tiede.

Lorraine Sczrpia began June 22 as a custodian in the Physical Plant, replacing Larry Claycomb, who retired.


Natalie Weimer '16 is conducting summer research in the University at Buffalo School of Nursing through the Institute for the Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED). She is reviewing client-centered therapy under the guidance of a nursing faculty member.

SarahSarah Lewis '07 graduated summa cum laude and as salutatorian with an engineering degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. (Pictured left, shaking the hand of Sen. Elizabeth Warren after her graduation.) She will work on nuclear submarines in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Prior to enrolling at the academy, she received a commission with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps as an ensign and sailed as a third mate on their research vessels.

• Edenfall, a debut fiction novella by Janna Y. Strain '13, will be released this week by Ceti Publishing. Ceti Publishing is an independent publishing project established by fellow IWU alum Chris Francis '13, assisted by Tia Sprengel '14.

Strain notes the initial drafts of the story were written for an upper-level fiction class with Visiting Assistant Professor of English Brandi Reissenweber, who encouraged its development further than the classroom. It is available at

Ceti will also release The Street Flattener by Patrick Cavanaugh '14 this fall.

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


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