This Month at Illinois Wesleyan

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Emily Dickinson wrote: “March is the month of expectation,” and that was true of our March as well. We looked forward to a well-earned spring break mid-month, and we eagerly anticipated the first day of spring. When classes resumed after spring break, we expected the rest of the month to be a rush of events, activities and preparations as we moved toward the end of the academic year. 

This has been our March.


Ames Library by Crystal Boyce

Assistant Professor of Library Sciences Crystal Boyce captured this early-morning view as she made her way to work at The Ames Library. 

Julia Lennon '19

Nursing major Julia Lennon ’19 tests samples for the MRSA bacterium in the lab component of the course “The Microbial World” taught by Assistant Professor of Biology Loralyn Cozy. The course focuses on human health issues and the roles of microbes in the environment. Lennon and her classmates collected their own samples from several locations including the Shirk Center. (Photo by Cong Vu ’16)

CoChoir to leave on Spring Tour

A spring break tradition: the Collegiate Choir departs campus on its annual spring tour. This year the choir performed in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. The tour also marked Professor J. Scott Ferguson’s 20th anniversary directing the choir.

Men's Lacrosse vs Adrian College. James Maibuecher '18

Midfielder James Maibuecher ’18 attacks in the Titans’ record-setting win over Adrian College on March 12. Maibuecher scored two of the team’s 29 goals in the win. (Photo by Robert Frank III ’14)

Dance Marathon

Students stayed on their feet for 12 hours and raised more than $7,700 for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois during the Dance Marathon. Even though it was her third year to participate, Valerie Voce ’16 told the Pantagraph newspaper that the Dance Marathon is the “best 12 hours you never want to do again.” 

Professor of the Year Scott Sheridan

In Student Senate’s annual election, Associate Professor of French and Italian Scott Sheridan was elected “Professor of the Year.” Sheridan also serves as Director of International Studies and has taught over 30 different courses in seven different departments or programs in his 18 years at IWU. “IWU students always amaze me in their intellectual curiosity,” he says, “and many days I leave the classroom thinking, ‘wow, that was like magic!’” (Photo by Makenna Merritt ’17)

Tung Nguyen '17 and Selena Greising

One wheelbarrow at a time, Tung Nguyen ’17, Selena Greising ’16 (far left) and 18 other students moved 30 tons of gravel at an Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity site in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, through Alternative Spring Break. Accompanied by University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and Senior Administrative Assistant Patti Henderson, the students spent five days working on homes in the White Sulphur Springs area. 

Career Immersion Excursion

Moyo Ajayi ’17 captures the wall of doodles with a selfie at the Chicago office of Google. Ajayi and 20 other students visited about 10 marketing and public relations firms and other businesses on the inaugural Career Immersion Excursion over spring break. The visits were arranged by or hosted by more than 30 IWU alumni. The inaugural Career Immersion Excursion was made possible by the support of the family of Cathy Carswell ’65 and led by Hart Career Center staff and business faculty. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)

Mark Genrich "Instrument" Exhibition

A close-up view of “Flip Screen,” a mixed-media work by installation artist Mark Genrich ’83, which was part of his exhibit entitled “Instrument” at the Merwin Gallery. In an interview last year with The Argus, Genrich said “an installation is like walking into a piece of art. It’s a new environment that takes you out of the ordinary world and creates a place for a new kind of interaction.” (Photo by Robert Frank III ’14)

Bobby Castillo '13 during Titan Weekend

Tour guides Mehgan Keeley’16 (from left), Paige Seitz ’19 and Skylar Mihalik ’16 get silly with Admissions Counselor Bobby Castillo ’13, Tommy Titan and some photo props during Titan Weekend, an overnight college visit opportunity for admitted students.

Michael Webb '19 helps prepare salad

With a desire to do more than the ubiquitous splashy, one-time fundraising event, Acacia Philanthropy Chair Brian Yager ’17 organized “Seven Days of Service" for fraternity members. The men of Acacia contributed a combined total of 103 hours of service over seven consecutive days to five local nonprofits, including Home Sweet Home Ministries, where Michael Webb ’19 helps prepare salad to be served for dinner.

Indoor Track Nationals

Nia Joiner ’16 (top row center, holding top of trophy) set a new Division III record in winning the 60 meter dash and the IWU women’s team earned a second place finish at the 2016 NCAA Division III National Indoor Track and Field Championships. Head Coach Chris Schumacher (front) captures the moment with a joyful selfie. (Photo by Ryan Coleman/

Samba Gadjigo

Samba Gadjigo, co-writer and co-director of the Sundance and Cannes festival documentary Sembene! screened the film on campus. The self-taught Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene has been called "the father of African film," and the story of his life and work is told in Gadjigo's documentary. Gadjigo attended a luncheon with the Scholars at Risk Advocacy Seminar students during his visit to campus. (Photo by Robert Frank III ’14)

Juan Salgado '91

During Student Senate's "Do Good" speaker presentation, MacArthur Foundation Fellow Juan Salgado '91 told the audience that doing good is "about now, not later.. while you have that energy and enthusiasm and vitality, while you have everything to give and absolutely nothing to lose. When you are doing action research or volunteerism or opening the doors for others, you're really opening the doors for yourself in so many different ways." Salgado is president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that creates educational and workforce opportunities for Latino communities in Chicago. (Photo by Lori Ann Cook-Neisler)

IWU First Dog, Calvin

In his first official photo shoot as “IWU First Dog,” Calvin, the canine companion of President and Mrs. Jensen, strikes an obedient pose alongside the statue of Minor Myers, jr. (Photo by Robert Frank III ’14)