Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Sept. 9, 2013


Monday, Sept. 9

• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Non-Org: May Term Travel Courses -- Previous May Term travel course leaders will share their experiences.

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center -- Faculty Meeting

• 4 p.m., Room 200, Hansen Student Center -- Free Skin Cancer Screenings -- Registration is required by calling the Community Cancer Center at 309-451-8500.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

• 9 a.m., International Office, CLA 322 -- One Big Day  -- All international students are asked to bring their I-20 form (for their F-1 visa) to the International Office to be signed.

• 4 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Panel: Should the United States Intervene in Syria? -- A panel discussion will feature IWU political science faculty Mike Weis, William Munro, Ky Ajayi and James Simeone.

• 7 p.m., Shirk Center -- Volleyball vs. University Of Chicago; the game will be live streamed.

Thursday, Sept. 12

• 12-6 p.m., Hansen Student Center, Center Court -- Blood Drive -- The American Red Cross and Tri-Beta biology honor society will host the first campus blood drive of the new school year.

• 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- Taking the Road Less Traveled -- Hear about studying abroad from students who have been abroad, sponsored by the International Studies Development Studies Team.

• 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library -- International Film Series: "Life for a Child" -- The documentary film "Life for a Child," which follows children with type 1 diabetes in Nepal, will be presented by Assistant Professor of Nursing Noel Kerr.

Friday, Sept. 13

• 3 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts -- Women's Tennis vs.  Carthage

• 4 p.m., CNS C103 -- Natural Science Colloquium -- Thomas Wenzel, Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry at Bates College, will present "The Use of NMR Spectroscopy for Chiral Differentiation," hosted by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera.

• 9 p.m., Hansen Student Center, Center Court -- Salt and Pepper Shaker -- The Black Student Union (BSU) will host a dance/mixer for IWU students that aims to unite people through music. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Sept. 14

• 9 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts -- Men's Tennis College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Fall Invitational

• 9 a.m., Ironwood Golf Course, Normal, Ill. -- Women's Golf Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic

• 1 p.m., Neis Field -- Women's Soccer vs. University Of Chicago; the game will be live streamed.

• 4, 7 & 10 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Movie: "Monsters University" -- Three showings are sponsored by Student Senate and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Sunday, Sept. 15

• 9 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts -- Men's Tennis CCIW Fall Invitational

• 9 a.m., Ironwood Golf Course, Normal, Ill. -- Women's Golf Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic

• 2 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts -- Women's Tennis vs. Elmhurst

• 7:30 p.m., Neis Field -- Men's Soccer vs. Benedictine

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Tuesday, Sept. 10

• 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center -- Get Cookin' on Your Internship & Job Search -- Don't get chopped! Learn the secret ingredients and recipe for success from seasoned "top chefs." A panel of HR professionals (from State Farm, Country Financial, The Baby Fold, Advocate Medical Center and Red Frog Events) will give tips for success to students on positive first impressions, resumes, job fairs, interviews and networking.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

• 4 p.m., Buck 202 -- Rockin' Resumes -- This workshop outlines how to write a great resume and explains what makes a resume stand out from the employer's perspective.

Thursday, Sept. 12

• 4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium -- Internships 101 -- Join the Hart Career Center for a quick internship overview – learn what they are, where to look for them, how to apply to them, whether you can get credit for them – and more.

• 6:30 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium -- Interviewing Success -- This conversation-style session will focus on some tips for success – and pitfalls to avoid – in the interview and job search process. Join current professionals from State Farm for this advice-filled session:
- Lauren Seidner '11, finance supervisor
- Dane Conaway, finance supervisor
- Vance Sawyer, finance analyst
- Audrey Hahn, senior financial auditor

Friday, Sept. 13

• 1:30-3 p.m., Hart Career Center -- Resume Drop-in Blast -- Stop by the Hart Career Center for a quick resume review before attending upcoming internship and job fairs.

> Find more IWU events on the Campus Calendar. Don't see your event? Submit the information online.


Learn About External Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, Sept. 10
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cartwright Room, Memorial Center

Interested in searching for external funding? Don't know where to start? IWU is a subscriber to InfoEd Global's SPIN grant search database, giving faculty, staff and students access to over 40,000 funding opportunities.

SPIN allows for filtering and personalization of funding searches for grants, fellowships and stipends. Come learn about SPIN and set up your own account with Shireen Schrock of the IWU Grants Office.

Workshops on Writing More Competitive Research and Curriculum Grants

Saturday, Sept. 14
• 9-11 a.m. -- Writing More Competitive NSF and NIH Research Grants
• 11:30-12:30 p.m. -- Writing More Competitive Curriculum Grants

State Farm Hall, 102 - Case Study Room

Dr. Thomas J. Wenzel, Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry at Bates College, will provide advice for writing more competitive research and curriculum grant proposals. Particular emphasis will be given to grant programs administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), although the advice offered in this workshop is applicable to research and curricular grant programs funded by other federal agencies and private foundations. See event poster.

RSVP by Monday, Sept. 9 by emailing or calling 309-556-3058.

Give Your Feedback About Campus Communication

The Engagement & Communications Strategic Planning Subcommittee is interested in feedback from faculty, staff and students about communication on the IWU campus. Please complete this online survey before Friday, Sept. 13.
The survey has 8 questions and should take no more than 10 minutes.


• Heather Olt '96 and Dellany Towne Peace, her partner in the Web series 2 Hopeful Spinsters, were featured entrepreneurs on the website Single-Minded Women.

• Jessica Beringer '15 is keeping a blog during her study abroad in Seville, Spain.

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

Campus News


NSF Funds Study of Cosmic Dust
Assistant Professor of Physics Thushara Perera will study the properties of cosmic dust through a National Science Foundation grant, which will support instruments and student research assistants.


Mohan Invested as Hess Professor of Chemistry
Ram Mohan was formally invested as the Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry during the annual President's Convocation on Sept. 4.


Students Experience Real World on AMC's The Pitch
Three IWU students were part of AMC's The Pitch during internships at Bee-line Communications, owned by Stacey (Jones) McClenathan '92. Their episode airs Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. Central.


The volleyball team is on a five-game winning streak, improving to 6-1 this season after wins over Illinois College and Bluffton in the Barker Classic I at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Sept. 7.

> Find highlights at

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Author Warren St. John told students to take risks and reach out to different kinds of people in his remarks at Illinois Wesleyan's President's Convocation.

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Kirk Players Jon Leslie Lynn '75 and Paddy Lynn '78 will perform "Love Letters" at the Outdoor Theatre of Loyola.

> More Titans in the News


Think Green

Local Co-Op Grocery

Green Top Grocery is a cooperative grocery store being organized in Bloomington-Normal, with the intent of supporting local farms, putting a focus on healthy people and a healthy environment, creating good jobs that pay fair wages, and keeping money in our community. Founding owners are welcome.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

Desk to 5K Program!

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Sept. 17- Nov. 7
12:10-12:40 p.m.
Shirk Center Indoor Track

If you have ever thought about running a 5K race but questioned your ability or resolve, here is your opportunity to train in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere. This program is designed for absolute beginners and is really more of a walk/jog program than a running program.

Our efforts will culminate in the Jingle Bell Run 5K race on Nov. 10 at Heartland Community College. Cost for race registration can be found on the Jingle Bell Run website.
There is no cost to join the training group and you are not required to register for the race in order to join. To register for the Desk to 5K program, please contact Wellness at 556-3334 or

Sixth Annual Saucy Salsa Throwdown!

Tuesday, Sept. 17
12-1 p.m.
Center Court,
Hansen Student Center

IWU Wellness and Multicultural Student Affairs are again teaming up to bring you a Saucy Salsa Throwdown. 

This year we are adding the element of a guest judge -- Chef Brian Bowman, once the personal chef to Willie Nelson -- who will add his vote to the mass votes of tasters.

To register your salsa, contact Wellness at  556-3334 or by Friday, Sept. 13.


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All In For Wesleyan:

2,500 alumni and friends of the University went "All In for Wesleyan" on July 17, raising $480,000 in the one-day giving challenge.

Among those donors,

302 alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and current students were making their first gift ever to IWU.

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Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Ann Aubry, assistant director for electronic communications. To submit items of interest, email