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April 1, 2013


Monday, April 1

 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Film: Pushing the Elephant -- Renegades for Peace will host this documentary screening, followed by a discussion.

Tuesday, April 2

 5 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Honors Research Project Performance -- Graduating theatre arts major Raven Stubbs will present a play based on her intensive social study of the Bloomington community.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Opera: Too Many Sopranos and The Beautiful Bridegroom.

Wednesday, April 3

• 11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel -- First Wednesday Chapel: "From Slavery to Freedom: The Story of Passover" -- Rabbi Lynn Goldstein and Cantor Hilary Bair from Moses Montefiore Congregation in Bloomington will present a musical and academic approach to Passover, including ways of social justice for today. Associate Professor of Music Nina Gordon also will perform. A free lunch will follow at 11:45 a.m. with Rabbi Goldstein in the Evelyn Chapel basement, hosted by the IWU Interfaith student organization and Evelyn Chapel.

• 7 p.m., CNS E103 -- The Streets of Laredo: Students Share their Experiences from Alternative Spring Break -- Participants in the 2013 Alternative Spring Break trip to Laredo, Texas will share pictures, talk about their experiences with the Habitat for Humanity staff and families, and discuss the cultural highlights and social justice dynamics of the trip.

Thursday, April 4

• 4 p.m., 205 CLA -- Sociology & Anthropology Student Panel -- A colloquium will feature student research to be presented at conferences.

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- History Department Colloquium: Women's Labor and Foot Binding in China -- Speaker Melissa Brown, a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute, will discuss the social and economic elements that affected and preserved foot binding in China. This event is sponsored by history honor society Phi Alpha Theta.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series -- Always: Sunset on Third Street, (2005, Japan), will be presented by Akiko Wilson, Japanese language instructor. In this third episode in the series, the residents on Third Street in the shadow of Tokyo Tower feel a great sense of pride in Japan's hosting the 1964 Summer Olympics.

• 8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Opera: Too Many Sopranos and The Beautiful Bridegroom.

Friday, April 5

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Religion Department Colloquium -- Sharon Pace of Marquette University will present, "Women of the Old Testament: Models of Transformation."

• 5:30 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center -- German Undergraduate Research Conference -- A poster session will be followed by a German dinner in the Joslin Atrium for registered conference participants. The conference language is German.

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Stand Up Against Cancer -- This is a free event, but donations will decide the winning student comedian, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Sponsored by the IWU chapter of Colleges Against Cancer.

• 7:30 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (600 N. East St., Bloomington) -- Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble Concert.

Saturday, April 6

• 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- German Undergraduate Research Conference -- Student presentations will range from East German fairy-tale films, to German-Turkish rap music, to the portrayal of women in select 19th century texts. Keynote speaker will be Vance Byrd of Grinnell College.

• 12:30 p.m. -- "Better Together" Interfaith Service Day – Volunteers will meet at Evelyn Chapel and then travel to the Islamic Center of Bloomington-Normal -- enjoying hospitality and learning about the meaning of service and social justice in various faiths and traditions -- then go to one of four sites for an afternoon of service: the IWU Peace Garden, Home Sweet Home Ministries, Habitat for Humanity's ReStore or Western Avenue Community Center. Transportation to all sites will be provided.

• 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Opera: Too Many Sopranos and The Beautiful Bridegroom.

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- The Asia Project -- An "aspiring novelist/astronaut/oil painter/brain surgeon/ninja," Asia is a spoken word artist.

Sunday, April 7

• 1 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- Memorial Concert for Tricia Green Ohmart -- The School of Music will host a celebration of the life of Tricia Green Ohmart, an adjunct instructor in music who died Nov. 3.

• 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall -- Opera: Too Many Sopranos and The Beautiful Bridegroom.

• 5:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center -- Global Health Gala -- Sponsored by FaceAIDs, Global Medical Brigades and Lamu Center of Preventative Health, the fifth annual gala will feature Big Band Era music by the IWU Jazz Ensemble, international cuisine, updates on projects conducted by sponsoring organizations, and a keynote address on global health. Tickets are free to students, otherwise $50 each, with proceeds helping these organizations deliver healthcare in under-served communities.

Monday, April 8

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Non-Org -- In a workshop on addressing discrimination in the classroom, Staff Counselor Grace Blocher will share a theoretical framework on how to respond to students' racist, sexist and homophobic attitudes/statements in a classroom setting. Faculty are invited to submit their experience with these situations via email ( before the presentation and these examples will be presented for discussion.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


Reminder: Nominations and Applications for Endowed Professorships Due Friday

Letters of application and nominations for endowed professorships are due to the President's Office by Friday,
April 5.

A description of the professorships, selection criteria and the procedure for appointments can be downloaded here.

Annual Credit Union Meeting

The IWU Federal Credit Union invites faculty and staff to the 47th Annual Meeting. Please join us! You're welcome whether you're a member or not.

The meeting is Thursday, April 4 at noon in the Davidson Room of the Memorial Center. Doors open for lunch at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is just $2.

Door prizes will be awarded.

Faculty/Staff Night Out

Saturday, April 13
6-10 p.m.
CNS E105

Enjoy a relaxing evening out, and students in Alpha Phi Omega will watch your kids.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 10 to Michelle Moon at Be sure to mention if your child has any allergies or any other information we should know.

Campus News


Economist Discusses Why Nations Fail
Speaking at the inaugural Eckley Lecture in Economics, Daron Acemoglu argued that human-made economic and political institutions explain why some nations are rich and others poor.

Bob Bray

Panel: Eckley's Book Important Contribution to Lincoln Scholarship
A panel of Abraham Lincoln scholars praised the late IWU President Robert S. Eckley's final book, the first biography of Lincoln's friend and fellow attorney Leonard Swett.

Narendra Jaggi

Jaggi to Address Honors Convocation
Professor of Physics Narendra Jaggi will present the keynote address, "Refracting Honor Through a Personal Prism," at the annual Honors Convocation on April 10.


IWU to Host Peacebuilding Workshop
Students from Macalester, Luther and Beloit Colleges will join Illinois Wesleyan students and faculty to discuss their independent research on human rights issues.

Cox and Halfpap

Alumni Couple Clerking for Federal Judges
Erin Cox and Rachel Halfpap – newlyweds and 2008 Wesleyan graduates – both landed highly sought federal clerkships in the Central District of Illinois.


• Senior Katie McHugh qualified for the championship finals and earned third place in school-record time in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships in Shenandoah, Texas, on March 22.

> Find highlights at


• Associate Professor of Biology William Jaeckle, with Richard Strathmann of the University of Washington, published "The anus as a second mouth: anal suspension feeding by an oral deposit-feeding sea cucumber" in Invertebrate Biology, Volume 132, Issue 1, pages 62–68, March 2013.

Their findings also were featured by National Geographic in "Weird and Wild."

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

Titans In The News

Beloit Daily News
Caitlin Ludwig '08 was named marketing specialist at Blackhawk Bank.

The (Alton) Telegraph
Casey Erin Clark '04 sang alongside the movie cast of Les Miserables at the 85th Academy Awards.

Google Developers Blog
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Mark Liffiton received a Google App Engine Education Award for developing a classroom-response system allowing students to provide instant feedback.

WGLT Radio
Prior to his lecture at IWU, economist Daron Acemoglu discussed his answer to the puzzle of why some nations fail.

The Pantagraph
The children of former IWU President Robert S. Eckley helped him complete his final book before his death.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

EV Cars at the Expo

Three different electric cars will be on display in the Shirk Activity Center during the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo ( on Saturday, April 13.

And remember, Illinois Wesleyan offers EV charging stations at the Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

Kids' Zone at the Expo

The Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo on Saturday, April 13 at the Shirk Center will feature a Kids' Zone for kids of all ages.

Activities will include:
- Make your own recycled paper (a fun and messy activity)
- Try a Hula Hoop
- Hop on the Energy Bike and see how much energy you can generate as you push the pedals
- Create a no-sew reusable bag from an old T-shirt
- Storytelling with Brian "Fox" Ellis


Welcome and Congratulations

Brenda Milcik
started March 28 as the senior office coordinator in Alumni Relations.

She replaces Natalie Schmidt, who became the senior administrative assistant in Advancement, replacing Adriane Powell.

Adriane Powell
became the assistant director of Alumni Relations, replacing Van Miller.

Van Miller became the assistant director of the Wesleyan Fund, replacing Carlo Robustelli.

Carlo Robustelli became the director of Grants and Foundation Relations, replacing Jo Porter, who retired.

> Find current IWU job openings.

Career Center

The Hart Career Center will host the following employer and program this week:

Friday, April 5 -- Marc Talutto '94, Founder and CEO of Fruition Partners, will be on campus interviewing for internships & full-time positions.

He will also give a presentation on cloud computing and its future impact,  "The Cloud and You" -- noon, Welcome Center Auditorium.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $107.8 million

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