News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


Oct. 15, 2012


• Monday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Mike Vasta '07, Ph.D. candidate in ancient history at Indiana University, will speak on "O Tempora, O Mores! Re-Examining Roman Decline in Post 9/11 America" as part of the Ides Lecture and Performance Series sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- The film Dear Mandela will be shown, followed by a Q&A with director Dara Kell and activists Zodwa Nsibande and Mnikelo Ndabankulu. More information.

• Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., CNS C102 -- Safe Zone Level 1 training will be offered to students, faculty and staff to help the campus community understand the needs of students who are struggling with issues of living a gay, bisexual, transgender or lesbian lifestyle. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the IWU Safe Zone Committee.

• Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m., Bates-Merwin Reading Room, The Ames Library -- October's Third Wednesday Conversation, "Fairy Tales and Bean Stalks - A Discussion of Two Faculty-Student Collaborations," will be presented by Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Jim Simeone, Danny Kenny '13 and Rachel Branson '14.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30-9 a.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center -- Fall Health Screenings will be offered for faculty and staff who have reserved a space.

• Friday, Oct. 19 -- Fall Break Day (no classes).

• Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m., Holiday Inn & Suites (3202 E. Empire St., Bloomington) -- Illinois Wesleyan's SAVVI is partnering with the Family and Community Resource Center in the 3rd annual "Fashion for a Cause" event to promote domestic violence awareness.

Monday, Oct. 22, 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Professor of Political Science William Munro, Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke, and International Office Director Stacey Shimizu will present details on their summer IES seminars at the Faculty Non-Org.

Monday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m., CLA 205 -- Jill Wightman of Bradley University will present the Religion Department Colloquium, "Healing the Nation: Pentecostal Conversion and Social Change in Bolivia."

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


Community Halloween Fair

Saturday, Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m.
Shirk Center

On behalf of IWU Black Student Union, Center for Youth and Family Solutions, and ISU Alpha Phi Omega, faculty and staff and their families are invited to a fun-filled Saturday of Halloween activities for kids.

Attractions include a kids' costume contest, a bounce house, crafts, games and other hands-on activities. The event is free for children ages 1-14; adults are asked to donate one canned food item per adult admission.

For more information, contact Raven Stubbs (

Employers on Campus This Week

The Hart Career Center will host the following employers on campus this week for internship/full-time position interviews and practice interview sessions with students:

Caterpillar, Inc. (Monday, Oct. 15)
BKD (Monday, Oct. 15)
Dimond Brothers Insurance (Tuesday, Oct. 16)
Enterprise (Wednesday, Oct. 17)
State Farm Insurance (Wednesday, Oct. 17)
Kimberly Clark (Thursday, Oct. 18)

Wellness Programs

Understanding Scoliosis: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Natural Intervention
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 12-1 p.m.
Davidson Room, Memorial Center

Chili Cook-Off and Pumpkin Carving Contest
Thursday, Oct. 25, 12-1 p.m.
Hansen Student Center
Register to participate by Friday, Oct. 19

Campus News

Homecoming Highlights

Homecoming Highlights
Spirits were high despite the weather during Homecoming.

Students Honored for Community Involvement

Students Honored for Community Involvement
Based on their commitment to service, five Illinois Wesleyan students were recognized as "Extraordinary Ordinary Men."

Sweeney '01 Wins Bartholomew Award

Sweeney '01 Wins Bartholomew Award
Alison Sweeney '01 received the Bartholomew Award from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, for distinguished contributions to the field.

Gateway Essay Winners Announced

Gateway Essay Winners Announced
Illinois Wesleyan's Writing Program has announced winners of its inaugural Best Gateway Essay contest, including first place honors to Casey Plach '15.


• In a game fueled with emotion after the passing of former teammate Andrew Weishar, the Illinois Wesleyan football team topped Carthage 45-7 in a Homecoming win at Tucci Stadium. 

• See Titan Athletics on Live Video by following the "watch" link when games are scheduled. Upcoming games include:
- Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., volleyball vs. Elmhurst
- Saturday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m., women's soccer vs. Wheaton
- Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., men's soccer vs. Wheaton

> Find highlights at



Got Compost?

Over the past few months several off-campus students have approached Peace Garden leaders with an interest in donating their compost to the IWU Peace Garden. The garden could benefit from additional compost and the Peace Garden Registered Student Organization is in full support of the idea.

However, setting up a campus compost collection takes time and planning, so organizers would first like to gauge the level of interest in a compost program.

Faculty and staff who would like to see a program like this put into place are encouraged to send an email to or

Talk: "Bringing Nature Home"

Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium, Heartland Community College

Dr. Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware will discuss the important ecological roles of native plants in our landscapes. More information.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


• Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr has described two new species of frogs. With Anahí Oróz, he published "Two New Species of Phrynopus (Anura: Strabomantidae) from the Cordillera
de Carpish in Central Peru (Departamento de Huánuco)." Zootaxa 3512: 53–63.

• Professor of Mathematics Tian-Xiao He published, "The Characterization of Riordan Arrays and Sheffer-Type Polynomial Sequences." 24th MCCCC. Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, 82 (2012), 249–268.

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

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Wesleyan alumni and students braved the weather for Homecoming.


Students at Illinois Wesleyan are campaigning to reduce the use of plastic water bottles on campus. Also reported by WJBC Radio.
A recent internship fair at Illinois Wesleyan highlights the importance of these opportunities to both students and employers.

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


In Sympathy

Former student and football player Andrew Weishar died Friday, Oct. 12 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $ 103 million

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