Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Nov. 23, 2015

Campus News

Chicago Inaugural Career Immersion Spring Break Trip Heading to Chicago
Students will have the opportunity to visit nearly a dozen Chicago employers and network with alumni and other professionals on the Career Immersion Excursion to Chicago.

Shannon O'Rourke '07 Awarded Rotary Peace Fellowship
Shannon O'Rourke '07 received a Rotary Peace Fellowship to study at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Book Sheridan Translates Italian Bestseller
Language professor Scott Sheridan recently translated The Guardians of History by Italian author Elisabetta Cametti, his second translation of a novel for AmazonCrossing.


• Senior Erin McCarey became the second Titan ever to earn All-American status in women's cross country, finishing 21st at the NCAA Division III national championships in Winneconne, Wisconsin, on Saturday, Nov. 21.

• The women's soccer team ended their season at the NCAA Division III Sectional with a loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater – and with a single-season school record 20 wins.

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Monday, Nov. 23

11 a.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – ROTC Informational Lunch – Illinois Wesleyan students in ROTC invite all students, faculty and staff to ask questions and learn more about the Army ROTC program and its benefits. Grab your lunch in the Commons and come join us in the Turfler Room (attached to the Commons on the west side, near the tray return area.)

12 p.m., Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Text Talks: A Focus on Ancient Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Psalms – The campus community is invited to a discussion of what this collection of ancient hymns, prayers, and laments tell us about the nature of human suffering and the capacity to live authentically through it. RSVP to Chaplain Elyse Nelson-Winger at to join us for lunch. This event is offered in connection with the Wakeley Gallery exhibit "Pursuing the Ephemeral, Painting the Enduring: Alzheimer's and the Artwork of William Utermohlen," made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, please contact Dr. Noel Kerr at ext. 3672 or

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "Life as a Visiting Scholar in Hong Kong: Teaching a Summer Session at Lingnan University" – Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr will talk about his teaching experiences and challenges during the 6 weeks he spent in Hong Kong this summer. He will also report on tours and activities available while on an academic mission there.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29

Thanksgiving Recess – All IWU residence halls will close on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m., and will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.

> See Thanksgiving Break Hours for the Shirk Center and Fort Natatorium and The Ames Library, and find Sodexo hours and specials in the News Scoop.

Saturday, Nov. 28

3 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Ohio Wesleyan University – Live streaming video at

Sunday, Nov. 29

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

Monday, Nov. 30

11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Also on Tuesday, Dec. 1), Dugout, Memorial Center – Thanksgiving Clothes Drive – When you go home for Thanksgiving, bring back with you the clothes that have overstayed their welcome in your closet. Those who donate will get candy canes, and he or she with the angstiest high school apparel will be publicized. Sponsored by the Philanthropy Committee of Phi Mu Alpha.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "On Reading University Financial Reports" – Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy Mark Criley will discuss how to read university financial reports, including audited financial statements and IPEDs data. He will share his experience from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Summer Institute sessions on the topic and what he learned about IWU's data.


2016 Health Insurance Enrollment

The first deadline date to enroll in the BAS (Benefit Administrative Systems) health insurance plan is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 24. If you enroll in the health insurance plan no later than Nov. 24, BAS has guaranteed us that all enrollment processing will be completed and you will receive your enrollment card(s) no later than Jan. 1. Find the BAS Enrollment Form.

Enrollment papers received after Nov. 24 and no later than Dec. 31 will be processed as soon as possible. You will have coverage effective Jan. 1, but you may not have your health insurance card prior to Jan. 1.

You may not enroll in one of the three new health insurance plans after Dec. 31 for coverage effective during the 2016 calendar year, unless you have a qualifying change in status.

Planned Technology Outage

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, ITS staff members are performing maintenance on the blade server that supports the majority of computing services we use on campus. Email will be available, but most other services will be unavailable or unreliable throughout the day. We suggest baking a pie or cookies instead of trying to get any work done.

Nation(s) Divided? Spring Event Reminder

Please submit Spring Nation(s) Divided? events to Please include title, time, date, location, and contact/sponsor.

#TGOE Winter is Coming

Josh and Kirstyn

Order your Titan hats and scarves here.

Need a gift? Homecoming shirts are for sale at reduced prices in the Alumni Office by Subway.

Snow and Ice Procedures

As we are approaching the snow and ice season, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. 

Please do not put those requests into SchoolDude. Please call us at Physical Plant at 556-3066 during our regular hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After hours, please call Security at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.

Homecoming Speakers on Video

Videos are now online for the Homecoming Alumni Luncheon
and Back to College Classes:

- Korey Coon - Staying Balanced In An "Always On" World

- Chris Sweet - History of Bicycling in Illinois

- Stephanie Whyte '91 - Perseverance and Faith

- Given Harper - Biodiversity And Conservation In Costa Rica

- Mike Wagner - Integration & Collaboration of Athletics & Academics

Winter Break Information for Students 
Needing to Stay in the Residence Halls

All IWU residence halls will be closing for the 2015 Winter Recess on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., and will not reopen until Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m.

If you need to stay in your hall or have access to it during the break, you must request access as soon as possible.

  • You will need a special break key in order to access the building; your regular exterior key will not work.
  • For Winter Recess, you should make that request online at the link below before Thursday, Dec. 3 to avoid charges.
  • More information about approved reasons for staying & requesting a break key is available at
  • If you have any questions, please ask your Residence Hall Director.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan's President Eric Jensen sat down for a Q & A after a few weeks on the job.

The Pantagraph
Evan Kasprzak '10 starred for three years on Broadway in "Newsies," after placing third on the fifth season of "So You Think You Can Dance." He returned to his alma mater to choreograph the musical drama "Giant" in its first post-NYC production.

Illinois Wesleyan students held a gathering for peace after the Paris attacks. Also reported by WEEK/WHOI TV and The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph
The sports information director’s office has been named in honor of former director Ed Elsene, thanks to an anonymous donation from an IWU alumnus.

WGLT Radio
An exhibit at Illinois Wesleyan's Ames School of Art shows the work of William Utermohlen, who continued painting after the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Bureau County Republican
Pianist and organist Charles Gebeck '83 performed at the opening reception for the sixth annual Christmas Mini-Tree Festival at the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan University will mark the holiday season with a number of cultural events.

> More Titans in the News


• Technology Trainer Kate Browne presented a webcast about Universal Design on Higher Ed Special Edition. She has also written about the topic for the OmniUpdate Blog.

•  Cynthia (Donath) Cale '00 published "Could Secondary DNA Transfer Falsely Place Someone at the Scene of a Crime?" in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Results from this study were presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Feb. 17-22, 2014, in Seattle, Washington.

Cale also wrote an opinion piece related to this research project for Nature in the op-ed column, World View, which appeared in the Oct. 29, 2015 issue.

• Laura Hones ’13 was selected for the 2015-16 SAGA Fellowship program in Chicago. SAGA Fellows serve as full-time, in-school professional math tutors in Chicago or New York City public schools for one school year.

• Dave Kindred '63 was selected by the PEN Literary Awards Committee as a judge for the prestigious 2016 PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing.

"PEN Awards judges represent some of the most distinguished voices in literature, and we are therefore thrilled to have Dave Kindred as one of our panelists this year," a PEN representative wrote.

• Anthropology major and 2015 graduate Sneha Subramanian is now assistant manager of internal communications at Earth Hour.

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


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