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April 29, 2013


Monday, April 29

Final Examinations continue through Tuesday, April 30.

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Non-Org -- Mental Health Counselor Bob Rogers and Associate Dean of Student Affairs Darcy Greder will discuss the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey and the culture surrounding alcohol use at Illinois Wesleyan. In addition, they will explain a Social Norms poster campaign used to address perceptions surrounding alcohol use on campus.

Tuesday, April 30

• 12 a.m., The Ames Library (entry level) -- Paper and Book Art Exhibit -- An exhibit of paper and book art by Chicago artist Don Widmer will be on display through May 31.

Wednesday, May 1

• 10 a.m.  -- Senior Volunteer Day -- Seniors, who started their time at IWU with volunteer activities through Turning Titan, will have the opportunity to mark their next transition with a final day of service before graduation.

• 5:30 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle -- Senior Picnic -- The Class of 2013 will enjoy dinner on the Quad as part of Senior Weekactivities.

Friday, May 3

• 7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Hypnotist Frederick Winters

Saturday, May 4

• 8 p.m., Young Main Lounge and Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center -- Senior Night of Talent -- Students, friends, family, faculty and staff are invited to join together for a night of informal entertainment from the graduating class. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, May 5

• 1 p.m., Kemp Commencement Plaza (rain location: Shirk Center) -- Commencement 2013 -- Juan Salgado '91, president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, will give the address.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


• Professor of English James Plath edited a volume of essays on short story writer Raymond Carver. Critical Insights: Raymond Carver is part of the Critical Insights series published by Salem Press. Plath also contributed two essays, "On Raymond Carver," on Carver's career and influence, and a contextual essay, "The Carver Triangle: Lost in an Edward Hopper World."

• Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Dani Snyder-Young has been selected to be a theatre critic by the HowlRound journal as part of its NewCrit initiative.

• Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding gave an invited talk at a meeting of the Optical Society of America on the big island in Hawaii. His talk was entitled, "Tailoring Acoustic Beam Momentum and Angular Momentum."

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


Interim Break & May Term Facility Hours

The DugOut and the Coffee Shoppe in the Memorial Center will be closed for remodeling work beginning May 6.

See hours for campus facilities during the interim break and May Term.

International Students Seeking Donations of Scrap Fabric

International students and friends are seeking donations of scrap fabric for a May Term craft project. They will be making owl character "welcome pillows" for incoming international students. The plan is to have one of these in each new international student's room as they move in this August.

They are looking for clean, bright-colored cotton fabric. The pieces need not be large. If you have some to donate, and/or are interested in helping with this project, contact International Advisor Reenie Bradley at ext. 3190 or

Step Into Poverty: A Simulation and Social Justice Experience

Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. - Noon
Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center


Want to better understand what it means to live in poverty? Looking for ways to deepen your compassion for those in need? This poverty simulation workshop, facilitated by University of Illinois Extension, is a powerful vehicle for understanding the real-world obstacles to families who are working to maintain shelter and food security. You'll leave this experience with new insights and resources for getting involved on campus and in the Bloomington-Normal community. Sponsored by Evelyn Chapel, the May Term program, First Presbyterian Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal.

Additionally, volunteer opportunities are available in the community on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.
Learn more.

Campus News

Undergraduate Research Shines at Illinois Wesleyan Conference

Undergraduate Research Shines at John Wesley Powell Conference
A record number of students showcased scholarly and creative work from a variety of disciplines, reflecting the key roles of research and student-faculty collaboration at Illinois Wesleyan.

Employees Honored for Years of Service

Employees Honored for Years of Service
Illinois Wesleyan University honored employees who are retiring and those celebrating milestone anniversaries.


• The baseball team clinched their 24th College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) title and will host the 2013 CCIW Baseball Tournament on May 9-11.

Senior Tara Clemens set a Drake Relays record and new school record in winning the 800 meter run in a time of 2:06.60 in the University/College Division on April 25 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

> Find highlights at

Titans In The News

Toronto Star
Practicing civil disobedience, Sandra Steingraber '81 was jailed for her protest of fracking in New York. She discussed her stance with Bill Moyers.

The Pantagraph
Aspiring museum curator Kate Scott '13 has helped unpuzzle the mystery of a collection of arrowheads found in a basement at Illinois Wesleyan.

Chicago Sun-Times
Described as a "perennial D-III baseball power," Illinois Wesleyan hopes to win another title this year.

The Pantagraph
John Baines '98 will be the next head basketball coach at Elmhurst College.

The Pantagraph
Notable in local scouting lore, the area's first Eagle Scout was blind IWU student Albert Barnhard, who graduated in 1924.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Give-N-Go Time Again

As students move out of the residence halls, their textiles and household items will be collected to benefit Home Sweet Home Ministries.

This program was initiated in spring 2012 by Leadership McLean County. A similar collection during move-in days in the fall collected and recycled more than 700 pounds of cardboard.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

Good To Go Commuter Challenge

IWU Wellness encourages members of the campus community to consider participating in this year's Commuter Challenge, a program of WGLT Radio and Illinois State University's Office of Sustainability.

The challenge encourages the use of sustainable transportation for personal and environmental health and well-being. Anyone who logs at least one sustainable commute during the week is eligible for a $200 Visa gift card drawing.

For more information, visit

You can sign up as an individual, or join the Illinois Wesleyan team (we're listed as a participating organization). Register here.

Any type of sustainable transportation can be applied during the challenge, which runs May 11-17.

If you have additional questions, contact Wellness Program Director Missy Smock at ext. 3334 or


New Faces, New Places

Moreena Tiede began April 15 as operations coordinator in Educational Studies.

She replaces Julie Lappin, who became administrative assistant in the Mellon Center, replacing Rebekah Fehr, who left IWU.

Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $109.66 million

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