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March 19, 2018
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ChicagoIllinois Wesleyan Launches First-Year Experience Program
Incoming Illinois Wesleyan students who are excited about exploring ideas – and their implications – have the opportunity to participate in IWU's new First-Year Experience (FYE) program.

New YorkStudents Blog Three Spring Break Opportunities
IIllinois Wesleyan students Vi Kakares ’20, Rachel McCarthy ’21 and Teagan Potter ’19 shared their experiences participating in three unique Spring Break trips.

workshopStudents Showcase Research at IWU Human Rights Workshop
Four Illinois Wesleyan University students were among 10 undergraduate presenters at the sixth annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop hosted by Illinois Wesleyan.

ZoeBouras '18 Presents at National Research Conference
"Anti-elite sentiment is a phenomena that is prevalent everywhere," according to Zoe Bouras '18, who presented her related findings at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Research Conference in Washington, D.C.

laptopWinners of Gateway Essay Contest Announced
The Illinois Wesleyan University Writing Committee announced the winners of the 2016-17 Best Gateway Essay Contest: Aaron Manuel, Kalen Gray, and Haley Steward.

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Titan Athletics
  • Senior Rebekah Ehresman has been elected to the second team of the Division III Women's Basketball Academic All-America® Team, bringing Illinois Wesleyan's total to 126 Academic All-Americans since the program began in 1970.

  • Senior Amelia Glueck is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track Championship.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Lindsey Fitzharris '04, who has a YouTube following for her series "Under the Knife," received the 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing for her book "The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine."

Business Insider

Chris Haran '05 is joining Midwest Real Estate Data as its Chief Technology Officer, previously serving as Vice President of Field Operations for real estate franchise Coldwell Banker.

The State Journal-Register

Olivia Lett '12, who played on Illinois Wesleyan's 2012 national championship women's basketball team, has been named the new women's basketball coach at Millikin University. Also in the (Decatur) Herald & Review.

Brown Girl Magazine

Described as "a name we should get used to hearing in the music industry," Lisa Mishra '15 collaborated on the theme song for the Emmy-nominated web series, “Brown Girls.”

The Pantagraph

Central Catholic High School senior Lucas Smith is a fan and team favorite as the public address announcer for Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball.

The Pantagraph

Danielle Ponsot '20 organized with fellow students to stage a "die-in" calling for awareness and action against gun violence.

Commercial Property Executive

Steve Groetsema '07, partner, Midwest Region, at Bridge Development Partners, is recognized among "Stars to Watch" – one of the industry’s top 10 professionals under 40.

The (Galesburg) Register-Mail

With Sara Yemm '14 joining the business four years ago, the auto dealership owned by her father, Rick Yemm '78, has been in the family for 56 years and counting.

Barcelona (Spain) Metropolitan

Ambika Kumar '96 founded Barcelona Wine Tastings, which has expanded into a multifaceted business covering wine list development for hotels, restaurants and private collections, events, winery marketing and distribution.

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Monday, March 19


11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Daily through Friday, March 23), Dugout Counter, Memorial Center – Equal Pay Bake Sale – To raise awareness of the persistent wage gap, Feminism: Equality Matters (F:EM) will sell homemade baked goods, with prices based on your own self-identified race and gender as statistically compared to a white man's dollar.

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Assessment Committee - "Can Assessment at IWU be More Faculty-Friendly?" – Faculty members Molly Robey, Thushara Perera, Becky Roesner and Zaria Drici will present proposed revisions to the assessment process. Faculty are invited to share experiences with our current system and impressions of the new system that the Assessment Committee plans to recommend for faculty endorsement in the fall.


1:30-3:30 p.m. (Every Weekday), Hart Career Center – Drop-In Hours – The Hart Career Center has added drop-in hours every day of the week. Students, if you are in need of a resume or have a quick question related to your career goals, stop by to consult with a counselor or a trained peer advisor for help with career counseling, personal statement writing or job search.



Tuesday, March 20

6 p.m., Room 218, Art Building – Stellaccio Lecture: Artist Beth Lo – Artist Beth Lo will give a lecture on her ceramics work featuring family, culture and language.



Wednesday, March 21


11 a.m., Myers Welcome Center Auditorium – Interests, Skills, Values... Oh My! – Don't know what to major in or what to do with a major you already have? This workshop will explore the self-assessment process, suggest ways to gather information about career fields and fond experiences that will help you confidently and successfully map out your career plans. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

4 p.m., Room 203, State Farm Hall – Amanda Recupido '07: Careers in Writing and Public Relations – Class of 2007 alumna Amanda Recupido, author of Anthony Rizzo is a Good Italian Boy, will speak. She has worked in public relations for the past 11 years for organizations such as New York's 92nd Street Y, Chicago's Goodman Theatre and Time Out Chicago magazine.  Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and the Colwell Endowed Chair of English.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Sociology Research Colloquium: Negotiating Parenthood in Chinese Lesbian and Gay Households: The Impact of Family-Centered Cultural Legacy – Dr. Wei Wei, author of Going Public: The Production and Transformation of Queer Spaces in Contemporary Chengdu, China (2012) and Queering Chinese Society: Urban Space, Popular Culture and Social Policy (2015) will present a sociology research colloquium, co-sponsored by the Asian Studies team and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.



Thursday, March 22


8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews – Taylor Ingram of Country Financial will conduct practice interviews. Time slots still available; sign up on Titan CareerLink.

12:15 p.m., Multifaith Meditation Room, 2nd floor Memorial Center – Multifaith Prayers for Action, Peace, and Justice – Prayers and readings from various traditions will be shared that speak to the spiritual and moral issues on our campus and of our time. Visit for a complete schedule. All are welcome. Please contact Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger with questions or concerns.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Puerto Rico After María – In her talk "Puerto Rico After María: Tales From Canaries in the Coal Mine," Brenda L. Martínez Quiñones (a LEED certified architect, sustainability consultant, and Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico) will discuss lessons from Puerto Rico, Hurricane María, and environmental injustice that showcase the impending vulnerability of every nation in the face of climate change. This 3D Series event is free and open to the public; sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, Hispanic Studies Department and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., State Farm Hall – Body Project Session 3 – A peer-led, voluntary discussion on body image and the appearance ideal for female-identifying individuals. Please email Jillian Runyon with any questions or interest in the program; sponsored by the Body Project RSO.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artists:  Craig Hultgren & Lawrence Axelrod – Craig Hultgren, a former mainstay of the Alabama new-music scene who recently relocated to Decorah, Iowa, to become a "farmer-cellist," will share the stage with Chicago-based composer/pianist Lawrence Axelrod.  The IWU concert, one of four performances on the duo's Midwestern tour, includes two Axelrod compositions, a free improvisation by Hultgren, and a performance of IWU Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo's Wings



Friday, March 23


12 p.m., Myers Welcome Center Auditorium – For Your Future Friday (FYFF) Series: International Student Internship and Job Search Strategies – This presentation will cover the information international students need to know to be successful in their internship and job search. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

Valerie 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Revolutionary Love: An IWU Interfaith Summit – Keynote – The Evelyn Chapel and its Multifaith Ambassador Program invites the campus community to its first-ever IWU Interfaith Summit. Kicking off the summit, keynote speaker Valarie Kaur is an American documentary filmmaker, civil rights activist, and Sikh interfaith leader.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Lab / Combos



Saturday, March 24


9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Revolutionary Love: An IWU Interfaith Summit

3:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Aurora University

5 p.m., Hansen Student Center  – Escape: Wesleyan – Drowning in mid-terms? Come “escape” your stress at this 30-minute mobile escape room in Hansen. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, March 25

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artists: Piano Duo Hye-Jung Hong & Wei-Han Su

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate General Assembly



Monday, March 26

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Brainstorming the 2019-20 Annual Theme - Fact or Fiction? – Led by Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.

8:30 p.m., Room 102, CNS – IWU NAfME Chapter Presents Trivia Night – Ever find yourself bored on a Monday night? Then make your way over to CNS for the first ever NAfME Trivia Night. Trivia will span from common knowledge, crazy fun facts, and even IWU history. Trivia Night is a fundraiser to support the IWU NAfME Chapter (National Association for Music Education) as we prepare to attend a music advocacy conference this summer. Anyone from students to faculty are welcome to start a team of 3-5 members or go solo. Teams or individuals can sign up the week of March 19th in the Dugout or the Pit (Presser Hall) or at the door for $10 a team or $3 for individuals, by cash, check or Venmo.

More Events
  • Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr published findings on two new species of frogs discovered in Peru: with Catenazzi, A. (2018): Pristimantis antisuyu sp. n. and Pristimantis erythroinguinis sp. n., two new species of terrestrial-breeding frogs (Anura, Strabomantidae) from the eastern slopes of the Andes in Manu National Park, Peru. Zootaxa 4394(2):185-200. 

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding has co-authored a paper just published in the open-access journal Optics Express, placing limits upon the “weirdness" of "quantum ghost imaging.” Here, the term “ghost” is a reference to Einstein’s concern over what he considered to be “spooky action at a distance” in quantum physics. This new work experimentally explores “Ghost Imaging," which uses quantum-mechanically entangled photon pairs, where the photons incident upon the detecting camera have never interacted with the object imaged. It sounds fantastical, but comes down to exploiting correlations that are required by simple principles: conservation of energy and conservation of momentum. 

  • Deanna Jent '84, author of the acclaimed off-Broadway play Falling, will direct this summer's production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

  • Luke Tripodi '02 has been appointed senior vice president and business development officer for PNC Business Credit, with responsibilities for private equity and direct origination in the Minnesota and Chicago markets. Tripodi joins the organization from BMO Harris Bank where he spent the last 10 years, most recently serving as vice president for BMO’s asset-based lending group.
Posse Mentor Informational Lunch

The Posse program provides opportunities to serve as a faculty mentor for a Posse cohort.  Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke serves as our faculty mentor for Posse 1 and Assistant Professor of Nursing Amanda Hopkins will serve as the mentor for Posse 2 next year. If you are interested in learning more about serving as a future Posse mentor, please join us on Friday, March 23, at noon in the Davidson Room.


Feel free to bring your lunch or grab a complimentary lunch in the faculty/staff dining room.  Please RSVP to Vice President for Student Affairs Karla Carney-Hall if you’d like the complimentary lunch.


Regina Bain, Assistant Vice President for The Posse Foundation, will join us to share her perspective on this opportunity. Questions? Contact Karla Carney-Hall,

Inclusive Excellence Awards

Please remember that nominations for the faculty and staff Inclusive Excellence Awards are due by Tuesday, March 20. Alumni, students, staff and/or faculty may submit nominations by Qualtrics Survey and a letter of nomination (either within Qualtrics or separately to

Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the IWU Federal Credit Union

Date:               Tuesday, April 17
Time:               11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.          
Location:         Bertholf Commons/Turfler Room in the IWU Memorial Center 
The luncheon is open to all current members and IWU employees who want to learn more about the credit union.


All-you-can-eat-lunch through the Commons for just $2. Tickets will be available at the bottom of the Commons' staircase starting at 11:45 a.m.

After you get your food, we will be gathering in the Turfler Room for lunch and the meeting.  

Please join us!

Election Day Parking at Hansen Student Center

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20, is a primary election day for the City of Bloomington and once again the Hansen Student Center will be a polling place. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To accommodate voters, we have been asked to set aside a section of Hansen Student Center lot for election parking. As an alternative place to park, spaces should be available in the lots at the Welcome Center, Evelyn Chapel, Shirk Center and the lot behind the Theta Chi fraternity, which you can enter off of Horenberger Drive.


We make Hansen Student Center available as a polling place not only for the community, but also for our students, faculty and staff who are registered to vote in Bloomington. If you live in precincts 1, 4 or 41, the Hansen Student Center will be your polling place.


Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations, at

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