News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


Oct. 29, 2012


• Through Thursday, Nov. 1, Merwin and Wakeley Art Galleries -- Paintings by Director of the School of Art Miles Bair and his son, Ryan Bair, are on display for the final week of their exhibition.

• Monday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center -- The campus community is invited to pick up free T-shirts to wear today for Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Pride Alliance.

Monday, Oct. 29, 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian and Director of International Studies Marina Balina, Chair of Sociology/Anthropology and Associate Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart and Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery will present a Faculty Non-Org, "Pussy Riot Against Vladimir Putin: Victory in Defeat."

Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., CNS C101 -- Dr. David Haskell, avian ecologist at Sewanee: the University of the South, will speak about "The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature."

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m. -- Ferguson/Munsell, Dolan, Pfieffer and Blackstock residence halls will host trick-or-treating for all faculty/staff children. Check in at the front desk or main lounge area of each hall for guidance to participating rooms.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- IWU a cappella group Silenceinterrupted will perform.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- As part of African Culture Week, members of the local Congolese community and the organization One Heart for Congo will discuss the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and share their experiences as refugees in the Midwest.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- As part of African Culture Week, Peter Magai Bul, Maketh Bul Mabior and John Dut Kuol will share their experiences as "Lost Boys" in a Kenyan refugee camp, as students and employees in Chicago, and as leaders of development organizations that assist their communities in the Republic of South Sudan.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Memorial Center Cabana -- The campus community is invited to join the Anthropology Club and the African Students Association for "African Drumming by Firelight," part of African Culture Week.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library --The film: God Grew Tired of Us will be followed by a question and answer session with "Lost Boys" Peter Magai Bul, Maketh Bul Mabior and John Dut Kuol. This event is part of African Culture Week.

Friday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Clarinetist Rossen Idealov will perform at a Faculty and Guest Recital.

 Sunday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- The Chamber Singers will perform.

 Sunday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- The African Students Association will present African Culture Night, concluding the week of "Explore Africa 2012" events.

Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Classics Club and Greek and Roman Studies will screen the film La Vita E Bella.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.

Campus News

Alum's Strategies Apply to Politics, Products and People

Alum's Strategies Apply to Politics, Products and People
Gretchen Grabowski's career has taken her from political campaigns to the inner workings of The Nielsen Company -- while relying on similar skills.

Kuzniar '13 Finds Perfect Fit as Director

Kuzniar '13 Finds Perfect Fit as Director
Kristyn Kuzniar '13 has learned to believe in herself and her decisions as director of the Lab Theatre production of The Memory of Water.

Mortar Board Chapter Receives Silver Torch Award

Mortar Board Chapter Receives Silver Torch Award
Wesleyan's chapter of the Mortar Board honor society has been recognized for its dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.


• For the first time in school history, the Illinois Wesleyan women's cross country team earned the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship title at the league championships on Saturday, Oct. 27.

• See Titan Athletics on Live Video by following the "watch" link when games are scheduled. Upcoming games include football vs. Augustana at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

> Find highlights at


Health Bites

IWU Wellness, in partnership with Wellness Coalition America, will offer a number of wellness tools coming in November 2012. 

Employees will have access to a secure wellness website with an online health risk assessment questionnaire. After completing this questionnaire, you will be provided with a scorecard regarding your health and recommendations regarding next steps you can take to improve your overall well-being.

In addition, you will have access to an online archive of wellness-related articles, videos and health calculators.     

This new wellness tool is intended to provide the IWU community with good information regarding health management and overall wellness goals. Please be assured that any of your health assessment information cannot be shared with your employer. HIPAA privacy laws are in place to ensure that your personal health information is protected and will be kept confidential.

As always, don't hesitate to contact Wellness at ext. 3334 or with any questions. 

More information about the program, and previews of the online health portal, will be offered during the annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 and 15.



Household Hazardous Waste Survey

As part of an Environmental Studies senior seminar project, a survey has been designed with the aim of understanding the Bloomington-Normal community's knowledge and awareness of household hazardous waste.

The responses collected will help determine what needs to be addressed regarding household hazardous waste in order to protect our health and the environment.

Please help by taking this survey.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Lincoln's Forgotten Friend, Leonard Swett, by the late Robert S. Eckley, former Illinois Wesleyan University president, has been published by Southern Illinois University Press. The book is available for purchase at the Illinois Wesleyan Bookstore.

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

Titans In The News

New York Observer
The Off Broadway play Falling, written by Deanna Jent '84, received a radiant review.

The New York Times
Adjunct faculty member Arturo García Osorio discussed the Day of the Dead rituals practiced in Mexico, in contrast with American celebrations of Halloween.

The Pantagraph

Students immersed themselves in the local community during an alternative fall break.

The Pearland (Texas) Journal
Kent Sollenberger '75 was selected as the juror for a Pearland Arts League juried art exhibition.

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


In Sympathy

• A memorial service for Professor Larry Stout will be Saturday, Nov. 3. Read an obituary.

Find current IWU job openings.


On-site Flu Shot Clinic

IWU will sponsor a clinic for seasonal flu shots for faculty, staff, retirees and dependents on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Faculty-Staff Lounge, Memorial Center.

As an employee participating in the IWU health insurance plan, the cost of the flu shot will be processed through the plan at no cost to you. Your dependents, age 18 years and older, are also eligible for a flu shot. If dependents are covered by the IWU health insurance plan, there is no cost.

If you or your dependents are not covered by the IWU health insurance plan, the cost is $25 and is payable by check or cash (must be exact change) at the time of the shot.

United Way Reminder

The deadline for this year's United Way Campaign is Wednesday, Oct. 31. We have reached about 45 percent of our goal. You still have time to turn in your pledge or gift to the Human Resources Office, 209 Holmes Hall.

Those who contribute $25 or more will be entered into a drawing on Oct. 31 for a $25 gift certificate to Gill Street Sports Bar & Restaurant. Those who contribute $50 or more will be entered into a drawing for a round of golf and cart for four people at Lakeside Country Club (a $140 value).


IWU Benefits Fair
Wednesday and Thursday,
Nov. 14 and Nov. 15

Representatives from our various benefit providers will be on hand for presentations and consultations.
* Health Alliance
* Humana
* Principal
* Emeriti
* BPC (Benefits Planning Consultants)

More information will be forthcoming.

Faculty/Staff Night Out

On Friday, Nov. 9 from 6-10 p.m., Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity will offer a night of free babysitting. Faculty and staff can have a night to themselves and drop off their little ones at Hansen Student Center, Room 200, to enjoy pizza, games and movies.

If you are interested, please respond to this survey by Friday, Nov. 2.

Please note: This will be a first-come, first-served event with a maximum of 15 children.
For additional information, contact Alex Lopez '13 at

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $ 103 million

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