Illustrator & Author Anita Lobel to Speak
Award-winning children's book illustrator and author Anita Lobel will visit Illinois Wesleyan Feb. 24-25 and speak at two events in celebration of the University's founding.
Fusco '94 Wins Top Investigative Journalism Award
Chris Fusco '94 and two of his colleagues at the Chicago Sun-Times have won the George Polk Award for Local Reporting.
Students Receive State Farm Scholarships
The annual State Farm Scholars luncheon brought company representatives together with many of this year's 100 scholarship recipients supported by grants from the State Farm Companies Foundation.
Schoch '15 Named Outstanding Marketing Student
Michelle Schoch '15 has been recognized as Illinois Wesleyan's Outstanding Marketing Student of the year by the St. Louis professional chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Dennie Bridges Court Dedicated Saturday
Retiring Athletic Director Dennie Bridges, who coached the men's basketball team to 667 wins over a 36-year span, was honored with the dedication of "Dennie Bridges Court" in the Shirk Center performance gym.
In the first women's lacrosse game in school history, the Titans scored seven first half goals and went on to a 11-3 win over Cornell College at Tucci Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 21.
> Find highlights at www.iwusports.com.
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Monday, Feb. 23
• 11 a.m. & 3 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Presidential Search Consultant Open Forums – The Presidential Search consultant, Anne Coyle (Storbeck/Pimentel), will conduct two forums to learn more about what the campus community would like to see in the traits and skill sets of our next president.
• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "New Entrepreneurship Initiatives" – Three new initiatives have been in development for several months: three related programs that follow three very separate paths leading to the successful development of student entrepreneurs.
The first is an interdisciplinary major in design that capitalizes on our strengths as a liberal arts institution with strengths in the arts and sciences. An entrepreneurial minor and an entrepreneurial certificate are also in process. The external funding for these programs has prompted some faculty discussion regarding possible donor influence on IWU curriculum development. Pragmatic questions have arisen about the long-term funding of these initiatives in a period of diminishing resources. Members of the faculty have developed the proposals, and will be present to answer questions.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Alumna Allie Torres: Skin Deep – Not Your Mama's Eating Disorder Discussion
• 4 p.m., 122, State Farm Hall – Safe Zone Workshop – The IWU Safe Zone Program creates an opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan community members to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus. The workshop explores lesbian, gay and bisexual identity, culture, gender, gender identity and the experiences of transgender people. Prior to attending, participants should complete online certification for LGBTQ for students
and email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
• 4:30 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – The IDES of February Presentation – Professor and Director of Greek and Roman Studies Nancy Sultan will present, "Let Us Now Praise Wicked Men: Netflix Series House of Cards (2013-14) and the 'Fifth Age' of Television."
• 7 p.m., Merwin Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Lecture by Founders Day Speaker Anita Lobel, followed by a book signing.
Wednesday, Feb. 25
• 11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Founders Day Convocation – Award-winning children's book illustrator and author Anita Lobel will speak.
• 12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Understanding Faculty Expectations
• 7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. DePauw – Live video at https://www.iwu.edu/livesports
• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – 3D Series: Dicktations! – With a cast of seven IWU students and two staff members, Dicktations is an interactive program that uses monologues, skits and improvised scenes to call attention to manhood at the intersection of relationships, fatherhood, sexuality, brotherhood, and masculinity. Although these topics are addressed in a variety of ways, the overarching goal of Dicktations is to get the audience to think at a deeper and more critical level about a) what it means to be a man in this society, b) the implications behind men having to "fit" into a certain image, and c) how can men be their true authentic selves in a society filled with so many expectations.
• 7 p.m., 122, State Farm Hall – Safe Zone Workshop – The IWU Safe Zone Program creates an opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan community members to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus. The workshop explores lesbian, gay and bisexual identity, culture, gender, gender identity and the experiences of transgender people. Prior to attending, participants should complete online certification for LGBTQ for students
and email email@example.com to RSVP.
Thursday, Feb. 26
• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Faculty Convocation: "Copyright, Plagiarism and International Students" – Kevin Smith, director of the Office of Scholarly Communications at Duke University, will share his expertise on how copyright is practiced internationally, provide some tools to help faculty assist our students – especially those from other countries – to avoid plagiarism, and consider a couple of assignments that help underscore the concepts of copyright. Smith's visit is supported by the Mellon grant on Writing in the Disciplines and Information Literacy.
• 5:15 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Battle of the Chefs – It's time for students to express their inner chef! Two teams of students will compete for the title of "best chefs on campus." Winners will have their names on a trophy that will be displayed in the Memorial Center, and have their meal served to the student body at some point in March. Dave Nicholson ("Saga Dave") will emcee the event. Sponsored by Sodexo.
• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – F:EM Panel Discussion: Women in Academia: How Being a Woman Affects You in Your Field – Sponsored by Feminism: Equality Matters and the Council for IWU Women as part of its 2015 Summit, panel members will include IWU faculty/staff members:
- Chemistry Lab Supervisor Maria Mejia on science as a first language, English as a second language: Life as an international student;
- Assistant Professor of History Amanda Coles on the imposter syndrome;
- Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery on women's workload in male-dominated academic departments; and
- Council for IWU Women member Laura Ehrhart '84, president and CEO of Michelmann Steel Construction Company, on the glass ceiling for women in STEM fields.
• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert
Friday, Feb. 27
(Through Saturday, Feb. 28) Council for IWU Women Summit 2015 – A variety of activities are planned for current IWU women students to network with and learn from IWU alumni.
(Through Saturday, Feb. 28) Room 102, State Farm Hall – Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop – With a theme "Human Rights and Free Expression," this year's workshop will feature public lectures in State Farm Hall from a Scholar at Risk and an expert on hate speech and free expression.
• 7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra Concert - Concerto Aria – This year's soloists are Andrew Seidel '15, trombone; Zach Siegel '15, trombone; John Cossio '15, baritone; Andrew Smelser '15, clarinet; Jacklyn Klimczak '15, soprano; and Krystyna Lopez '17, violin.
Saturday, Feb. 28
• 1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Matthew Mason, piano
• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Senior Recital: Cathryn Volk, clarinet & piano
• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital: Mike Junokas and Edward Breitweiser – The School of Music will host a performance by this laptop-and-electronics improvisatory network band as part of its New Music Series.
Sunday, March 1
• 5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Zachary Taylor, trumpet
• 6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting
Monday, March 2
• 12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "The Paper Trail: Facts and Figures of Paper Consumption at IWU" – Presented by Associate Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo.
• 4 p.m., Davidson Room – Faculty Meeting
Hart Career Center Programs This Week
Tuesday, Feb. 24
• Employers PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and COUNTRY Financial will be providing internship interviews through the Hart Career Center.
• 4 p.m., State Farm Hall 106 – ACM Chicago Program Info Session – Interested in spending a semester in Chicago? Learn from recent grad Katie Rose Brosnan '13 about this program that IWU has approved for student participation in fall and spring semesters! Visit the Hart Career Center website for more information.
Wednesday, Feb. 25
• Employer E.C. Oritz & Co., LLP will be on campus for internship interviews.
Thursday, Feb. 26
• Employer McGladrey will be on campus for internship interviews.
Friday, Feb. 27
• Employer Ernest & Young will be on campus for internship interviews.
• 1 p.m., Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews with Council Alumnae – Practice interview opportunities will be offered as part of the Council for IWU Women's 2015 Summit. Council interviewers include: Claudia Brogan '77, Debra Burt-Frazier '75, Marilynn Graves '79, MarshaGuenzler-Stevens '78, Molly Rollings '99 and Carol Smith '73. Register at Titan CareerLink for this event.
• 3:30 - 5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Career Connections Event – Career networking with alumni from the Council for IWU Women: ALL students are welcome to drop by Hansen to meet and mingle with talented alums representing healthcare, business, law, marketing, entrepreneurship, education, non-profits, accounting ...and more! Sponsored by the Hart Career Center & Council for IWU Women.
Faculty/Staff Night Out
Alpha Phi Omega is hosting a free babysitting service here on campus on Friday, Feb. 27 from 6-10 p.m. at CNS E105. Members of Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity of IWU, will have games, fun activities, and snacks! If you are interested in this event, please email Stephanie Dizon at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of children that will be attending, age, and any allergies.
Reminder about 2014 Flexible Spending Submission Deadlines
If you have a remaining balance in your 2014 Flexible Spending account, there are some deadlines you will want to consider:
March 15, 2015 - Deadline to incur expenses to use towards your 2014 balance
April 30, 2015 - Deadline for BPC to receive your requests for reimbursement
You can check your balance by contacting BPC at 1-800-355-2350 or by logging on to your account at www.bpcinc.com.
All Flex requests for reimbursement should be submitted to BPC. Submissions can be made online through the BPC website or by mail. If you need a reimbursement form, an electronic form can be found on the BPC website and hard copies are available in the Human Resources Office.
Timekeeping and payroll training
Tuesday, Feb. 24
Henning Room, Memorial Center
The Human Resources Office and the Business Office will once again hold a training session that will cover topics related to timekeeping and payroll for exempt and non-exempt staff. This training will provide an overall refresher on accrual and usage of paid time off, recording and reporting time, and receiving and interpreting paychecks. Though the majority of the training is directed toward non-exempt staff, all staff and their supervisors are invited to attend. This training will be especially beneficial to new staff supervisors and new non-exempt staff who have not attended this training in the past.
If you are unable to attend and have questions related to this training, please contact Londa Dunlap at ext. 3373 or email@example.com.
English as a Second Language Service
The new English as a Second Language Service at IWU seeks to support the University's international students and their academic and professional needs by providing ESL instruction and help with academic writing, reading and speaking. Our primary goal is to enhance the learning experience of international students and support the University's community.
If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Teodora Nikolova at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (309) 556-3810.
As of Jan. 26, we are located in the Writing Center, Ames 105B.
Office hours are
Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Writing Center+ESL online scheduler is at iwu.mywconline.com.
See this week's menu for the Faculty-Staff Dining Room, or check out the News Scoop for this week's specials.
Titans In The News
Inside Higher Ed
Wesleyan's Joanne Diaz coauthored an essay on the future of university literary magazines.
The Madison-St. Clair Record
Attorney Sara Ingram '03 has been named a partner at Heyl Royster in its Edwardsville office.
"Where in the World Is Frank Sparrow?" received a rave review.
Scott Moreau '01 plays Johnny Cash in the national tour of the musical "Million Dollar Quartet," appearing at Portland (Maine) Ovations.
On Thank a Giver Day, students wrote thank you notes to donors whose support helps make their education possible.
John Ficca, emeritus professor, is still active in the local theater scene after nearly 60 years. He is currently directing the Heartland Theatre Company production of "Heroes," with performances through March 1.
The Grammy-winning King's Singers presented the world premiere of "Arise, My Dove," commissioned by the IWU Collegiate Choir.
The (Ottawa) Times
Nancy Mueller '72 performed as part of Pipe Dreams, a celebration of pipe organ music, the churches that house these instruments and the talents of local organists.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Dawn McDaniel '94 is directing the musical "How to Eat Like a Child" for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's Broadway Beginners program.
Paul Detterman '79 will give a Noon Organ Series concert in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
Wesleyan's Meghan Burke, author of "Race, Gender, and Class in the TEA Party," says the movement reflects much of America on these issues.
> More Titans in the News
• Korey Williams '12 has won the Colloquium Thesis Award for his master's thesis, titled The Harder Parts, in the University of Chicago Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. Colloquium editors devoted the most attention to Williams' work in their comments regarding the four Thesis Award winners.
Williams is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Cornell University.
• Ryan Simpson '10 accepted the position of director of education at the Spotlight Youth Theater in Cary, Illinois.
• Catherine Krahe '06 is now a senior fiction editor at the online magazine Strange Horizons.
> Find faculty publications and research and creative activity on the University website or Digital Commons @ IWU.
This semester the GREENetwork will meet at 12:15 p.m. on the third Tuesdays: March 17 and April 21 in the Titan Room, Memorial Center.
Interested students, faculty or staff are welcome to join us! Contact one of our co-chairs for more information.
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