News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


May 6, 2013


Monday, May 6

The DugOut and the Coffee Shoppe in the Memorial Center will be closed for remodeling work beginning today (May 6) and throughout the summer.

See May Term hours for campus facilities, including campus dining, The Ames Library and Shirk Center.

Wednesday, May 8

May Term classes begin

• 11:45 a.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center -- Opening May Term Event -- Provost Jonathan Green will speak.

Thursday, May 9

• 5 p.m., Jack Horenberger Field -- CCIW Baseball Tournament -- Games continue through Saturday, May 11. Watch live video at

• 12:10 p.m., McLean County Museum of History (200 N. Main St., Bloomington) -- Lunch and Learn -- Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau will present "Transatlantic Exchanges: The Rise of the Spanish Restaurant in the United States."

• 4 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art -- Gallery Talk and Opening Reception for Art Exhibition -- Exhibits by Brent Cole and Dane Sorenson will be on display. 

• 4 p.m., CLA 305 -- Study Abroad Exchange Programs Information Session -- Students are invited to learn more about studying abroad with one of IWU's overseas exchange partners: Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, Keio University in Tokyo or Lingnan University in Hong Kong.
• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- International Film Series on Women's Issues: Vanaja

Friday, May 10

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Indian Classical Dance Demonstration  -- Uma Kallakuri, Indian Classical Dance guru, will perform a demonstration concert with live musical accompaniment.

Saturday, May 11

• 8 a.m., CNS Atrium -- Seminar to Discuss the Creation of a Center for Human Rights and Social Justice -- Members of the campus community are invited to discuss the ways a proposed Center can support our University mission, goals for the Center and logistical questions involved in its future operations. For more information, contact

• 9 a.m., Memorial Center -- Poverty Simulation -- An interactive workshop, "Step Into Poverty," will enable participants to view poverty from different angles and discuss the potential for change within our community. Sign up here.

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

Monday, May 13

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Student Panel Presentation: Immigration -- Presented by Amanda Knezovich '13, Melissa Seeborg '13, Laura Hones '13 and Sylvia Rusin '13.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


• The School of Music's Summer Music Program --the Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Cello Camp, has received $1,500 in funding from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation to provide student scholarships.

This funding is provided by the foundation's Mirza Fund for Arts and Culture (the late Jerome Mirza was a 1960 Illinois Wesleyan alumnus), the Illinois Prairie Arts and Culture Endowed Fund, and the Hilfinger Endowed Fund for the Performing Arts.

Congratulations to Lisa Nelson, executive director of the Summer Music Program and Nina Gordon, the program's music director.

• The Rader Family Farms, owned by IWU Groundsman Adam Rader and his family, received the Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.

George Jones '77, lauded director of fine arts at the Garland (Texas) Independent School District and longtime leader of the Richardson Community Band, was honored with a community concert.

Mary (Hartwig) Winn '43 was named a 2013 Woman of Achievement by the Clinton, Iowa YWCA in the Civic/Community category.

Winn was a music teacher at Jefferson Elementary for 26 years and since has volunteered at Jefferson and Eagle Heights Elementary in Clinton, Iowa, for the past 29 years, focusing on enrichment subjects requested by the teaching staff.

"This 91 year-old exudes giving, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, creativeness, love of teaching, love of music, love of family and friends, love of life," a nominator wrote.

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


Dinner Hosts Sought for New International Students

From International Student/Scholar Advisor Reenie Bradley

The International Office is expecting a large number of new international students for the fall term. Each year at about this time, we start looking for people who might be interested in hosting new students in their home for dinner.

We are looking for individuals, families, partners, couples or friends who would like to host a "Welcome Dinner" on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Volunteers would host one or two students in their home (one time only): pick up the students at 5 p.m. for dinner; follow with a walk through your neighborhood, a drive around town, or ice cream at your favorite place; and return the student to campus at about 8 p.m. 

We have done this for a number of years and have found that a simple home dinner is truly memorable for our students. Some of our regular hosts enjoy having a small group of students and due to the large number we are expecting, I welcome your inquiry if you'd like to take on a few extras. Also, if you could host a student who chooses a vegetarian diet, please let me know. 

I realize that most personal calendars are not yet set. If this dinner opportunity interests you, please contact me and I will put your name on the "interested" list and we will check with you early in August to see if Aug. 18 is still a good date for you. 

Feel free to contact me if you have questions: ext. 3190 or

Campus News

Happy grads

Illinois Wesleyan Celebrates Class of 2013
Illinois Wesleyan honored graduates, who became the first to receive their diplomas on the new Kemp Commencement Plaza at State Farm Hall. See photos.


Snyder-Young Selected as Theatre Critic
Dani Snyder-Young, assistant professor of theatre arts, will be a theatre critic for the HowlRound journal as part of its NewCrit initiative.


Seniors Win Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award
Sarah Carlson '13 and Maria Klingele '13 received the inaugural Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award, celebrating student research.


Students Develop "Water for Wellness" Campaign
Millions of people around the globe lack access to clean water, and students in the Perspectives in International Health class are addressing this human rights issue.


• For the 10th time since 2001 and the 15th time overall, the Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team is the winner of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship.

• At the recent Tommy Awards on campus, the Illinois Wesleyan University men's and women's cross country teams received the Do Good Award for their volunteer work with the Lunch Buddy program at Sheridan Elementary School.

> Find highlights at

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
The tool-lending library founded by Matt LaLonde '14 has received a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant.

WJBC Radio

Dan Kelly '97, author of a new book on disgust, says we must fight the instinct to dehumanize behavior, objects and even people we find disgusting.

WGLT Radio
Don Widmer, who handcrafts books as art, is exhibiting at The Ames Library for the next month.

Moyers & Company
After serving 10 days of her 15-day sentence for trespassing during a protest against fracking, activist Sandra Steingraber '81 was released from jail.

WJBC Radio
Wesleyan's Mark Liffiton has created a new app that's intended to help teachers better connect with students.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Reminder: Good To Go Commuter Challenge

Consider participating in this year's Commuter Challenge on May 11-17, which 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.

You can join the Illinois Wesleyan team (we're listed as a participating organization).

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

Summer Activity Classes Begin Monday, May 13

IWU Wellness is pleased to offer a variety of activity classes for all levels of fitness. All Illinois Wesleyan employees, immediate family members (spouse & children) and retirees are welcome to participate at no cost.

Please remember that if you were registered for the spring session, you still need to register for the summer session.

Register here

You will need your IWU login ID and password to register. If you have an immediate family member(s) who would like to participate and they have not yet registered for fitness classes online, please have them contact


Welcome New Employee

Debra Stewart began April 29 as a custodian in the Physical Plant, replacing Jose Rodriguez, who retired.

In Sympathy

Dick Hishman, former associate professor in the School of Music who also chaired the IWU music education program, died on April 29.

He served Illinois Wesleyan for 26 years, retiring in 1992. Read an obituary.

Employee Recognition Photo Gallery

See photos of employees (viewable on-campus only) honored this year for milestone anniversaries and retirement.

Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $109.83 million

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