News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


Jan. 7, 2013


Tuesday, Jan. 8

Orientation and registration of new students.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

Spring semester classes begin.

Thursday, Jan. 10

4-6 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries -- The opening reception for new art exhibits will include a lecture by The Post Family at 4:15 p.m.

• 4 p.m., CNS C101 -- Biology Seminar -- Prof. Mats Hansson of Carlsberg Laboratory, Copenhagen, Denmark, a research collaborator with Chair and Associate Professor of Biology Dave Bollivar, will present "Barley mutants, gene hunting and concerns about global climate change in a large international enterprise."

Friday, Jan. 11

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Comedian Chad Daniels will entertain.

Monday, Jan. 14

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Non-Org -- Director of Grants and Foundation Relations Carlo Robustelli will provide an update on the National Science Foundation's new merit review process and changes effective today (Jan. 14, 2013). Also, he will provide key takeaways from the annual NSF Conference he attended this past October that may be of interest to those thinking about applying for NSF funds.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


• Associate Professor of German and Eastern European Studies Sonja Fritzsche was elected in December to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) for the term of January 2013 to January 2016.

• Two faculty members have been awarded grants:

-- Professor of Educational Studies Irv Epstein was awarded a grant by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) to sponsor a workshop for undergraduate students who are pursuing independent research involving food security and conflict, post-conflict reconciliation and peace building.

During the workshop, students will present their initial findings based on their research interests, and receive feedback from professors and fellow students with expertise and interest in their areas of inquiry. Also, a keynote speaker who is a Scholar at Risk will be invited to give a lecture, open to all members of the campus and surrounding communities.

-- Assistant Professor of Computer Science Mark Liffiton received a grant from Google, Inc. as part of the Google App Engine Education Awards program. This program works to assist in and inspire knowledge exploration by offering access to the Google App Engine infrastructure to higher education faculty and students for coursework and student projects.

Liffiton proposed to develop and run a simple classroom-response system on the Google App Engine infrastructure. The tool is web-based, accessible from any computer or mobile device with a web browser, and allows students to give instant, anonymous feedback to teachers about how well they are understanding a lecture or discussion. Its aim is to ease the feedback process, making students more likely to provide it, and giving teachers a quick, simple view of how the class is going.  The application is free to use for anyone in the world, accessible at

• A poem by Janna Strain '13, "I'd Like to See You at Thanksgiving," has been published in the online journal The Morning News.

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

Campus News

Art Exhibits

New Art Exhibit to Feature Blackmon's Work
Artwork by IWU Biology Laboratory Coordinator Nisa Blackmon will be displayed in the Wakeley Gallery, joining an exhibition by The Post Family in the Merwin Gallery.


• The men's and women's basketball teams each defeated Elmhurst at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Jan. 5.

• See Titan Athletics on Live Video by following the "watch" link when events are scheduled. Upcoming events include:
- Men's basketball vs. Augustana at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9
- Women's basketball vs. Carthage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
- Men's basketball vs. Carthage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
> Find highlights at



Textile Recycling Expanded

Based on campus response, textile recycling has been expanded to include collection at the Hansen Student Center, at the front desk of the Memorial Center, and at residence hall desks, in addition to the collection bin at Wellness. Donations benefit Home Sweet Home Ministries (HSHM).

This is a convenient way to drop off unwanted clothing, textiles and shoes. These items will go back to HSHM to be sorted. Usable items will be sold at the Mission Mart, and items past their useful life will be recycled into new textiles and goods. All the proceeds from these efforts go to assist the homeless members of our community.

The Mission is unable to provide a receipt for items dropped off in campus bins. If you need a receipt for your donation, you can take your items to the Mission Mart at 303 E. Oakland Ave., or the Warehouse at 1700 W. Washington in Bloomington.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.

Health Bites


Aqua Classes, Anyone?

There has been recent interest in reviving the aqua fitness classes that were offered in the past. New classes might include deep-water aerobics, shallow water conditioning, and swimming lessons for various ages and skill levels. 

However, before we offer any new aqua classes, we would like to gauge the interest of those we serve. Please email us at if you are interested in any of the options listed above, or if you have further suggestions. There may be opportunities for noon-hour classes and classes at 6:15 p.m. on specific nights of the week. If you have a preference for noon or evening please let us know, as well as the day(s) of the week you would prefer.


January All Staff Meeting

The IWU Staff Council will host the annual All Staff Meeting on Friday, Jan. 18 from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. 

This is an excellent opportunity to get your questions answered or express a concern and have it addressed by the appropriate Cabinet member. The purpose of this meeting is to bring us together at the beginning of the year and enhance open communication for all staff employees of IWU.

Titans In The News

Ithaca (N.Y.) Independent
Ecologist Sandra Steingraber '81 was named the 2012 Person of the Year by the sustainability website Treehugger.

> 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: $106 million

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