News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


Jan. 14, 2013


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 he gained from the annual NSF Conference that may be of interest to those thinking about applying for NSF funds.

• 7-8 p.m.,
Titan Room, Memorial Center -- Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) Information Session -- Students are invited to come and learn more about SEP, which provides MALANA students with an opportunity to enjoy paid internships, free summer housing, learning opportunities and cultural activities, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 25.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

 4 p.m., CNS C101 -- Action Research Center talk -- Thomas Marlow, class of 2011, will speak on "Working for the National Park Service: A Post-Graduate Experience."

Thursday, Jan. 17

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Asian Studies Colloquium -- Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr and student participants will describe their experiences during the 2012 Technos International Week trip to Japan.

4-6 p.m., DugOut, Memorial Center -- Study Abroad Fair -- Students are invited to learn about study abroad options at IWU.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series -- The campus community is invited to see Oscar contender Beasts of the Southern Wild and participate in a discussion afterward. The film will be introduced by Associate Professor of French & Italian Scott Sheridan and Max Polisky '13, president of the IWU Film Society, a newly formed Registered Student Organization.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium -- Music and poetry recital -- A faculty recital will feature Professor R. Kent Cook on piano, performing with guest musicians on violin and oboe, and poetry recited by Associate Professor of English Mike Theune.

Friday, Jan. 18

• 8:30-10 a.m.
, Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center -- All Staff Meeting -- hosted by IWU Staff Council.

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Student Activities program -- Nelly's Echo, whose musical talents were featured on season three of NBC's "The Voice," will perform.

Saturday, Jan. 19

12:45 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Jazz concert -- As part of the annual Jazz Festival for high school and middle school ensembles, the IWU Jazz Ensemble will perform with guest artist Greg Gisbert.

Monday, Jan. 21

The University will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

1-4 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In

3-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- The 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Gospel Festival

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


• Professor of Educational Studies Irv Epstein has published the book chapter, "Childhood, Youth, and Globalization: Some Theoretical Perspectives with Reflections on China," in Education and Cultural Dialogue: A Tribute to Ruth Hayhoe, Karen Mundy and Qiang Zha, eds. New York: Palgrave: Macmillan, 2012, pp. 205-225.

• "The Polls -- Trends: American Public Opinion on Economic Inequality, Taxes, and Mobility: 1990–2011," coauthored by Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw and Laura Gaffey '12, was published in the September 2012 Public Opinion Quarterly. Their work was featured by Journalist's Resource, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative that curates scholarly studies and reports.

• Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt is participating in a Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Program in Indonesia from Jan. 2-13, 2013. Read his blog.

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

Campus News

Students' Study Habits Prompt Changes at Ames

Students' Study Habits Prompt Changes at Ames
A study of how Illinois college students use academic libraries prompted changes at The Ames Library, coaching students to refine their digital searches -- and to seek librarians' help.

Springwood's Book on Global Gun Culture Newly Relevant

Springwood's Book on Global Gun Culture Newly Relevant
In light of the current public debate on gun control, Anthropology Professor Charles F. Springwood's book examining the social, political and symbolic significance of guns is more relevant than ever.

2012 in Photos

2012 in Photos
With the spring semester beginning, we take a look back at the first days of the Class of 2016 and life on campus so far this academic year.


• The Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team remains undefeated in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin after winning over Carthage Saturday at the Shirk Center.

• See Titan Athletics on Live Video by following the "watch" link when events are scheduled. Upcoming events include:
- Women's basketball vs. North Central at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
- Swimming and diving vs. DePauw at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19
> Find highlights at



Bike Buddies

Let's start preparing now for a better Illinois Wesleyan showing in this year's Good to Go Commuter Challenge, May 11-17, 2013.

If you're intimidated at the prospect of commuting by bike, consider registering for the Bike Buddies program. You'll be paired with an experienced bike commuter to guide you.

Check out Good to Go online for other helpful resources to reduce the impact of your transportation habits year-round.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.

Health Bites


Random Acts of Kindness

IWU Wellness will assist with bestowing Random Acts of Kindness the week of Feb. 14, 2013. This year, not only will our anonymous gifts tantalize taste buds, but a second option will provide a happy memory long after Random Acts of Kindness day has passed.

Bestow a random act of kindness to friends and colleagues on campus with delicious chocolate treats, or send a small succulent plant -- or send both! More information coming soon. Watch for an order form in campus mail.

Titans In The News

Library Journal INFOdocket
The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University made changes based on a grant-funded study of student library use.

> More Titans in the News


Guitar Lessons

The Illinois Wesleyan University String Preparatory Department is offering guitar lessons Feb. 6-April 19.


Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $106 million

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