News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


Dec. 10, 2012


Monday, Dec. 10

Reading Day (no classes)

3:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Beam Signing and Reception for The Gates -- The first residents of The Gates at Wesleyan will gather to sign their names to the final roof truss. The addition of this truss to the construction project will mark the completion of the frame structure and a significant milestone in the project. President Richard F. Wilson and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall will offer remarks to those gathered, and a hot chocolate and cookies study break will follow.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Poetry Reading: "Bloody Merry, Bloody Merry, Bloody Merry" -- Associate Professor Mike Theune's Stand-Up Poetry Class will perform a reading. Come for love of science, serial-killing countesses, and Terkla's beard.

Tuesday, Dec. 11-Friday, Dec. 14
-- Final Examinations

Friday, Dec. 14

11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center -- Holiday Luncheon -- Sponsored by the Faculty-Staff Recognition Committee.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


Printable Campus Directory

The campus directory is published online and is no longer printed for campuswide distribution. A printable version of the 2012-13 directory is now available, on-campus only, at

Flexible Spending Accounts -- Election for 2013

Please remember that your Flexible Spending Account Election form is due to the Human Resources Office. If you have already returned the form, thank you. If you have questions or need help completing the form, please contact Marie Giusti at ext. 3971.

United Way -- Thank You!

Thank you to all who participated in the 2012 United Way Campaign. IWU employees and retirees contributed $18,664 to the campaign this year. Those helped by your contributions will be greatly appreciative. Since the total was short of our $23,000 goal, if you would still like to make a contribution, please contact Marie Giusti in the Human Resources Office at ext. 3971. Thank you!

The IWU United Way Committee

Campus News

Ethics Bowl Team to Compete at Nationals

Ethics Bowl Team to Compete at Nationals
Illinois Wesleyan's Ethics Bowl Team will enter the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Tournament in San Antonio, Texas in February.


• Titan football player Parker Carroll '13 has been added to the Team Stars & Stripes squad to complete a 48-man roster that will play in the Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) at La Fortaleza Azul (The Blue Fortress) against the CONADEIP All-Stars in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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Sodexo Plans

Pending plans for the renovation of the Dugout area in the Memorial Center will offer more sustainable options, including trayless serving, as already incorporated in the Bertholf Commons.

Plans include more easily accessible hydration stations for refilling reusable water bottles, and juice served in cups to reduce single-use plastic bottles. 

Renovation plans also will incorporate more effective ways of dealing with waste, including single-stream recycling and composting.

In other sustainability initiatives, Sodexo recently served a meal featuring potatoes and herbs from the inaugural growing season at the IWU Peace Garden

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.

Health Bites


Tips for Holiday Fitness

Fitness Coordinator Jeremy Spencer offers tips for staying fit and moving around during colder weather and the hectic holiday season. Read more.


• Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke gave a research talk titled "Racing Left and Right: How Color-Blind Narratives Impact Activists Across the Political Spectrum" at Augustana College on Dec. 5.  Her talk was sponsored by the Augustana Center for Study of Pluralism and the Civil Sphere.

• Professor of Mathematics Tian-Xiao He published "A Unified Approach to Generalized Stirling Functions," Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 32 (2012), No. 6,  631-646.

• A proposal by University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor Meg Miner has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in New Orleans in August 2013.

Miner will be joined by her colleague, Lynne Thomas of Northern Illinois University, who serves as principal investigator on an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant focused on digital curation strategies for small and medium-sized institutions. They will share results of their survey that looks at the current landscape of strategies that campuses use to manage the proliferating content found on hard drives, CDs, etc.

The SAA is the oldest and largest organization serving the needs of professional archivists in North America.

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

Titans In The News

• Los Angeles Times
Reinhold Weege, who created the popular Emmy-winning sitcom "Night Court," died on Dec. 1. He attended Illinois Wesleyan with the class of 1972 and received an honorary degree in 1993.

The Pantagraph 
An Off-Broadway play by Deanna Jent '84 has a heartland lineage.

• My Suburban Life
Elmhurst native Geena Barry '15 is part of the Illinois Wesleyan Ethics Bowl Team headed to national competition in Texas.

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


Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $ 105 million

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