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May 28, 2013


Tuesday, May 28

• 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Tunnel of Oppression -- This interactive experience highlights the contemporary issues of oppression, privilege, and power. Continues 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.

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

Thursday, May 30

• 11 a.m., Eckley Quadrangle -- Re-enactment of the Roman Festival of the Great Mother (Ludi Megalenses) -- Students in the course Greek & Roman Comedy will re-create the procession of worshippers and some of the rituals associated with the worship of the goddess Cybele, including a "sacrifice" of a heifer and prayers to her statue. The ancient festival was held in Rome and included games (ludi) of all sorts, including theatre performances. Spectators are welcome.

• 4 p.m., The Ames Library -- May Term Closing Event: Reception and Student Exhibit -- An interactive wall and student exhibit will showcase student work completed during May Term.  Poster (pdf).

• 4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel -- Staged Reading of Plautus' Comedy "Pseudolus" ("The Liar") -- Students in the course Greek & Roman Comedy will present the play "Pseudolus," which was the inspiration for the Broadway comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The play was written and performed in April 191 BC for the dedication of the temple of Cybele in Rome.

Friday, May 31

May Term
Final Examinations

Find more events on the Campus Calendar.


• Several alumni working in the European Union have met with students in a May Term travel course, including Karin Churchey '93 (at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin); George Kambouroglou '93 (a software supervisor in Brussels); Miranda Crispin '00 (who has started both a travel company and a musical theatre group in Paris); and Chris Wheatley '10 (at Citi London). Read more in the May Term blog by Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt.

• Since his Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Visitor in 2009, Richard Jenkins '69 has been difficult to keep up with.

The latest digest of his upcoming movie roles includes
- "As I Lay Dying," also starring James Franco; 
- "God's Pocket," with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro;
- "White House Down," starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx; 
- "Bone Tomahawk," starring Timothy Olyphant, Jennifer Carpenter and Kurt Russell;
- "One Square Mile," starring Cameron Bright; 
- "Lullaby," starring Amy Adams; and
- the HBO mini-series "Olive Kitteridge" with Frances McDormand.

Jenkins will also appear in this summer's "Turbo" from DreamWorks Animation -- where fellow IWU alum and Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke '85 described the cast as "all-star voice talent."

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

Campus News


New Grad Bilek Named Coach at Division I Columbia
Former Illinois Wesleyan basketball player Melissa Bilek '13 has been named Director of Basketball Operations at Division I Columbia University in New York City.


Illinois Wesleyan Honors Shirk Family
The University recently paid tribute to the Shirk family and the Shirk Foundation for their generous support of the Shirk Center and Shirk Athletic Complex. Watch a video.


• See results for the eight Titans competing in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at

Titans In The News

The Washington Post
Dawn Upshaw '82 is impressed critics by "expanding the canon" in her performance at the Kennedy Center with Ireland's Crash Ensemble.

The Pantagraph
Sara (Kummer) Mayer '99 has been named public information officer for the Bloomington Police Department.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan is seeking to turn the section of Beecher Street by State Farm Hall into permanent pedestrian-only space.

The Pantagraph
A class of Illinois Wesleyan business students developed a marketing plan to help the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal.

Illinois Times
Sandra Steingraber '81 testified May 21 at an Illinois House committee hearing against a bill allowing "fracking." She appeared in Normal to speak against the controversial drilling method on May 20, as reported in The Pantagraph.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Recycling Beyond the Bin: Vehicles

The nonprofit Wheels For Wishes works with Make-A-Wish Illinois to tow away and recycle or auction off old and broken down vehicles for charity, at no charge to individuals. Learn more at

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

Reminder: Walking Poker

Wednesday, May 29
Any time between 12-1 p.m. Shirk Indoor Track

Take a break with Walking Poker and discover the joy of moving! As added incentive, there will be raffle prizes throughout the walk.

More information.


Find current IWU job openings.


Goal: $125 million
Progress: $113.87 million

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