News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community


May 13, 2013


Monday, May 13

Campus offices will close at 4 p.m. today and through Aug. 16.

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Student Panel Presentation on Immigration – See poster (pdf). The following seniors will present:
- Laura Hones:  "Serving Local Immigrants from an Intern's Perspective."
- Amanda Knezovitch: "Gaman: Enduring the Seemingly Unbearable with Dignity. Exploring the lives of Japanese-Americans, Highlighting the Internment Camps during WWII"
- Laura Rusin: "Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Understanding the Daily Life of Undocumented Latino Youth"
- Melissa Seeborg: "Transmitting Occupational Niches from First to Second Generation Immigrants: Are there Earnings Consequences from Being the 'Copycat' Generation?"

Tuesday, May 14

• 4 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center -- Mini Course on Community Action -- This two-part workshop led by successful community action leaders Bruce Knoll (Pekin landfill) and Sony Garcia (immigration) is designed to teach participants the practical aspects of organizing a successful community action plan, including how to overcome a variety of obstacles and red tape, and motivate supporters to make the desired change. Poster (pdf).

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series on Women's Issues: "Viva Laldjerie" – Poster (pdf).

Wednesday, May 15

• 2 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center -- Retirement Reception -- The campus community is invited to join the Registrar's Office in a celebration for Leanne Cox and Gaye Bailey. Poster (pdf)

• 4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center -- Poetry Reading with Katy Didden -- Poet Katy Didden will read from The Glacier's Wake, her new collection of poems.

Thursday, May 16

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series on Women's Issues: "Faat Kine." Poster (pdf).

Friday, May 17

• 2 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center -- Retirement Party for Warren Johnson -- The campus community is invited to celebrate the retirement of Assistant Manager of Maintenance Services Warren Johnson.

• 4 p.m., CNS Atrium -- Philippine Cultural Festival -- The Festival will feature exhibits of cultural artifacts collected from all over the Philippines, a replica of a Mom and Pop "Sarisari" store, a "Carinderia" (small eatery) where students will serve some native Philippine snacks and sweets and "lechon" (roast pig), and from 3 to 4 p.m., there will be native games open to visitors. Poster (pdf).

• 8 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Comedian Marcus will entertain.

Saturday, May 18

• 9 a.m.,  -- Titan2Titan Volunteer Day -- Students have the opportunity to visit the home of an older alum and help with various tasks around the house. Poster (pdf).

Sunday, May 19

• 3:30 p.m., Home Sweet Home (303 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington) -- Adopt-A-Meal at Home Sweet Home -- To sign up, email no later than May 15.  Poster (pdf).

Find May Term hours for dining, Shirk Center, The Ames Library and other facilities.

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


Holmes Hall 15-Minute Parking Space

At the suggestion of Staff Council, we now have one 15-minute loading zone parking space at Holmes Hall to assist you with quick administrative business in Holmes. 

Please honor that this space is for short-term use, such as loading boxes or dropping off Business Office or Human Resources forms. 

Questions? Please contact Dan Klotzbach, vice president for business and finance or Karla Carney-Hall, vice president for student affairs.

Remember: ITS Will Never Ask for Your Personal Login Information Via Email — And You Should Never Give It!

Representatives of Information Technology Services at Illinois Wesleyan will never request your user name and password combination via email for any reason. Disregard any email phishing schemes that request your username, password, or personal information. Always keep your username and password private and secure and do not share your NetID/password combination with anyone.

If you do happen to reply to a phishing scheme, or feel your account has been compromised, it is important to secure your account by changing your password. A compromised account can result in mail from the University's servers being blocked as spam, so more is at stake than your personal account.

To change your IWU password, go to and follow the password change instructions. 

For more information on this and other campus technology alerts, visit the ITS @ IWU blog.

Campus News


May Term Strives to Make Human Rights Real
A variety of events are planned around the May Term theme of "Making Human Rights Real." See Provost Jonathan Green's May Term kick-off remarks.

Happy grads

Graduates, Families Go Social
Illinois Wesleyan graduates, alumni and loved ones took to social media to celebrate the Class of 2013 Commencement. Follow the link above to see highlights on Storify.

Heather and Christina

Olt '96 Creates Comedy Web Series About Being Single
Heather Olt '96, a Los Angeles-based actress and writer, is the co-creator, co-producer and star of an upcoming comedic Web series, "2 Hopeful Spinsters."


Football Team to Compete in Finland
The Illinois Wesleyan football team will travel to Finland in June to face the Finnish national team in Helsinki. The football team has previously visited Germany, Italy, France and Austria.


The softball team's season ended with a 32-11 record after losses on Saturday, May 11, at the NCAA Division III Regional in Whitewater, Wis. It was the team's 12th NCAA tournament appearance, the second in a row.

The baseball team awaits the NCAA selections announcement this morning (Monday, May 13) to see their postseason fate after losing to Augustana in Sunday's College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin tournament championship game.

> Find highlights at

Titans In The News

Shorewood (Ill.) Patch
As principal at Troy Middle School, Mike Portwood '99 started a social and emotional outreach program aimed at empowering bystanders.

The Pantagraph
Dan Kelly '97 has received mainstream attention for his academic work exploring disgust.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan graduates are ready for a new beginning.

The State Journal-Register
A former student of the late John "Jack" Emerson '62 delivered a heartfelt holiday gift for his wife, Shirley Emerson '67.

> More Titans in the News


• Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke published "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Tea Party Organizers' Continuum of Knowledge in a Racialized Social System" in Race, Gender, Class 20(1-2): 93-109.

• Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt joins Associate Professor of Business Administration Elisabeta Pana and students in a travel course focused on the 27-member European Union. Read Hoyt's blog.

 Jeanette Wyneken '78 has edited The Biology of Sea Turtles, Volume III (CRC Press). This is the third book she has edited, and her second as lead editor. See a 2009 IWU Magazine story about Wyneken's work.

• Meg Rincker '99 published an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor about the election in Pakistan. Previously a visiting instructor at IWU, Rincker is now assistant professor of political science at Purdue University Calumet.

• Jim Brown '62 received a proclamation from the city of Norfolk, Va. regarding his service in the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps began in 1961, and Brown was one of its first volunteers, spending his first stint in Africa in 1962. Watch a video of the proclamation.

• Christopher A. Baron '95 published Timaeus of Tauromenium and Hellenistic Historiography (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Baron is assistant professor of classics at the University of Notre Dame.

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


Think Green

Peace Garden Volunteer Opportunity

Faculty and staff are invited to assist in the Peace Garden during the coming month. Find times and sign up here.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


New Director of Physical Plant

James Blumberg, currently director of the physical plant at Monroe County Community College (MCCC) in Monroe, Mich., will be Illinois Wesleyan's new director of the physical plant starting June 24.

Blumberg earned a B.S. in chemical engineering at the University of Toledo in 1994, and is a Certified Plant Engineer (CPE). He worked in various positions with Washington Gas in Virginia and Maryland for 10 years, beginning in 1995, before joining MCCC in 2005.

Director of the Physical Plant Bud Jorgenson, who has served Illinois Wesleyan for 30 years, will retire on May 31.

Find current IWU job openings.

Transforming Lives Campaign

Goal: $125 million
Progress: $109.83 million

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