News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


Sept. 10, 2012


Monday, Sept. 10, 12 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center -- May Term travel course leaders will share their experiences at the Faculty Non-Org.

• Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- The Ecotopian Short Film Festival will present three recent films that reflect ecological issues and complement the International Studies theme "Migration/Displacement/Belonging" and the human rights focus on campus.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., CNS C102 -- Illinois Wesleyan will host a panel discussion on immigration policy and immigrant rights, the second in a series on "Making Human Rights Real."

• Wednesday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Rebecca Skloot, author of the Summer Reading Program selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will speak at the President's Convocation.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 12 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Wellness and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host the 4th annual Saucy Salsa Throwdown. Taste them all and vote for your favorite.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host Salsa Magic Dance Party.

Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Classics Club and Greek and Roman Studies will screen "I, Claudius," the first in its Roman Movie Extravaganza.

Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Justin Vickers, tenor, and Professor of Music R. Kent Cook, piano, will perform a guest/faculty recital.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m., Constitution Trail -- The Fun Run, Walk and Roll will celebration the U.S. Constitution. Those interested in participating should meet at the Hansen Student Center prior to start time.

• Saturday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Male a cappella group Overboard, whose members include Donovan Davis '07, will perform.

Monday, Sept. 17, 12 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center -- Chair and Associate Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo will present the Faculty Non-Org, "Salary Inversion in the Public University System in Illinois."

Monday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Students who have studied abroad in developing countries will present "Taking the Road Less Traveled," sponsored by the Development Studies Team of the International Studies Program.

• Monday, Sept. 17, 4 & 7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Volunteer training sessions will be offered in connection with the upcoming registration event for the Deferred Action Status for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, to be hosted by The Immigration Project on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 21 & 22 at the Shirk Center. Interested members of the IWU community are invited to register online for one of the training sessions.

Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., CNS C101 -- Traci Barkley, water resources scientist for Prairie Rivers Network, will talk about "Bridging Science and Policy to Advocate for Healthy River Systems." See details below.

Find more events on the new Campus Calendar.


Update Your Calendars for Founders' Day 2013

Founders' Day Convocation will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 (not Feb. 20 as originally planned). Guest speaker Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

IWU Seal Name Badges

Order magnetic or pin name badges with the IWU seal for $15.50 each. Orders of 10 or more will be produced at a discounted cost, $3 off each badge.

Display Space Available at The Ames Library

Do you have a collection you'd like to share?  Have you published an article or paper? 

The Ames Library Exhibit Team invites any group on campus to contact us about utilizing display space in the library. There are several exhibit spaces in the library to promote student work, class projects, guest speakers, organizations, events, achievements or any topic of interest you'd like to share with the campus community.

If your group is interested in scheduling a display, please contact Meg Miner at or ext. 1538.

Campus News

French Leads Study of Asteroids

French Leads Study of Asteroids
Chair and Professor of Physics Linda M. French will lead a National Science Foundation-funded study of asteroids sharing Jupiter's orbit around the sun.

NSF Funds Spectrometer for Chemistry Research

NSF Funds Spectrometer for Chemistry Research
The National Science Foundation has awarded Illinois Wesleyan a $248,000 grant to purchase a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer.

Homecoming 2012: Broadcasting Titan Pride

Homecoming 2012: Broadcasting Titan Pride
Illinois Wesleyan will celebrate Homecoming with the theme "Broadcasting Titan Pride" on Oct. 12-14.

Zenk '95 to be Named Distinguished Nursing Alumna

Zenk '95 to be Named Distinguished Nursing Alumna
Professor, researcher and award-winning nurse Shannon N. Zenk '95 will be honored during this year's Homecoming activities.

Alumni to be Recognized at Homecoming

Alumni to be Recognized at Homecoming
Three alumni -- the honorable Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb '78, Karl Pierburg '98 and Coyner Smith '54 -- will be honored during Homecoming activities.

Pratt to Perform at Benefit Concert

Pratt to Perform at Benefit Concert
Acclaimed pianist and 2012 Commencement speaker Awadagin Pratt will return to campus to perform a benefit concert on Saturday, Sept. 22.


• Winning 12 of 13 sets, the Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team swept all four of its matches in the Barker Classic I tournament.

• The Titan football team improved to 2-0 with a home win over Alma College Sept. 8 at Tucci Stadium.

> Find highlights at



Bridging Science and Policy to Advocate for Healthy River Systems

Monday, Sept.17, 7 p.m., CNS C101

Traci Barkley, water resources scientist for Prairie Rivers Network, will discuss how Prairie Rivers Network has used scientific findings to advocate for state and federal policy reform in areas including water quality standards, agricultural and industrial pollution and habitat protection.

Prairie Rivers Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers and streams throughout Illinois.

This talk is co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and John Wesley Powell Audubon.

> Visit the
GREENetwork blog.


• "Climb," a composition by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo, was released this summer on the Summit label. The CD recording features trombonist Mark Hetzler and percussionist Anthony DiSanza, both of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

• Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies César Valverde recently published two articles:
- "Modelos masculinos y violencia en Sanctuary y Crónica de una muerte anunciada." Káñina: Revista de Artes y Letras de la Universidad de Costa Rica 35.2 (2011): 89-100. and
- "Sacrificio, violencia y nación en Lituma en los Andes." Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura 17 (2012): 88-98.

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

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
A McLean County circuit judge is among three Illinois Wesleyan alumni who will be recognized during Homecoming festivities in October.

WJBC Radio
Diabetes can't slow down Titan linebacker Connor Klein '15. Also reported in The Pantagraph.

> See more media reports about Illinois Wesleyan and its students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Welcome New Employees

• Lisa Alvis began Sept. 4 as applications data processing coordinator in Admissions, replacing Margaret Anderson, who retired.

• Trina McCarty began Sept. 4 as part-time counselor in Counseling and Consultation Services, replacing Jamie Laurson.

Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $ 103 million

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