News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Monday, Dec. 9
Reading Day (NO CLASSES)
• Note: The previously scheduled Madrigal Dinner has been canceled
• 12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Author Chat with Quintin Overocker – Join author and Associate Registrar Quintin Overocker as he reads a selection from his self-published novel, Bad Ground. Then join us for questions and conversation about the work, the author's choices around characterization and plotting, and what it all means.
There will be cookies!
• 10-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Late Night Breakfast – Refuel for Finals: Members of the IWU administration will serve students a late night breakfast, courtesy of IWU Dining Services.
Tuesday, Dec. 10-Friday, Dec. 13
Thursday, Dec. 12
• 12:10 p.m., McLean County Museum of History (200 N. Main St., Bloomington) – Lunch and Learn – Mayor of Bloomington and Professor of Political Science Tari Renner will speak on "Mayor of Bloomington: Full-time job, part-time pay and no honeymoon."
• 4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel basement – ReligiosiTEA
• 5:30 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Dinner for December Graduates with President Wilson.
Friday, Dec. 13
• 11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Holiday Luncheon for Faculty and Staff – RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 3540 by today (Monday, Dec. 9). Your RSVP will automatically enter you in the gift drawing.
During the luncheon, we will continue our tradition of accepting contributions of food or cash to donate to organizations that help fulfill the needs of others. Learn more about this year's donations and contributions.
> Find more IWU events on the Campus Calendar.
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Flexible Spending Accounts - Election for 2014
Please remember to return your Flexible Spending Account Election form to the Human Resources Office by Tuesday, Dec. 10. If you have questions or need help completing your form, please contact Marie Giusti at ext. 3971.
Remember the Archives!
If you're cleaning through semester files, stop and think of future generations. If you're uncertain about what items should be preserved for posterity, University Archivist Meg Miner has created a slideshow overview to help clarify what types of materials are of interest to the University Archives.
Snow and Ice Procedures
As we are approaching the snow and ice season, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting ice and snow removal work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into SchoolDude. Please call us at the Physical Plant at 556-3066 during our regular hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Security at 556-1111 for an emergency, and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.
An essay by Associate Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine, "Reason within the Bounds of Religion: Assmann, Cohen, and the Possibilities of Monotheism," has been published as a chapter in Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology, eds. Randi Rashkover and Martin Kavka (Bloomington, Ind.: University of Indiana Press, 2013).
• Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He has published:
- "Characterization of (c)-Riordan arrays, Gegenbauer-Humbert-Type polynomial sequences, and (c)-Bell polynomials.'' (With Henry W. Gould), Journal Mathematical Research and Applications 33 (2013), No.5, 505-527.
- "Schröder matrix as inverse of Delannoy matrix.'' (With S.-L. Yang, S.-N. Zheng, and S.-P. Yuan), Linear Algebra and Its Applcations, 439 (2013), 3605-3614.
• On Dec. 1, Growth Medium by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo (Music) was premiered at Northern Illinois University. Performers were glockenspiel soloist Trevor Saint and percussionist Nick Fox. The duo will perform the piece at Illinois Wesleyan during the spring semester.
• Paul Klein, contributor to Huffington Post, writer and distributor of ArtLetter and the director of Klein Artist Works, will join artist Renee McGinnis '84 in an afternoon of discussion about her current work on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1-2 p.m. at the Packer Schopf Gallery (942 West Lake St., Chicago). Audience dialogue is encouraged. This event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
> Find faculty publications and research and creative activity on the University website or Digital Commons @ IWU.
National Physics Association Honors Spalding
Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding will receive the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to the American Association of Physics Teachers for his contributions to laboratory education.
> Find highlights at
Titans In The News
Inside Higher Ed
Professor of Computer Science and Director of Cognitive Science Hans-Joerg Tiede discussed efforts by the American Association of University Professors to update its protection of academic freedom to keep up with advances in technology.
Kane County Chronicle
Justin Ahrens '94 has launched a charity, Wheels4Water, and will bike 1,000 miles next year, hoping to raise funds for a clean water project in Uganda.
Sulphur Springs (Texas) News-Telegram
Beth Crutcher '09 has "fit in perfectly" as the Sulphur Springs High School choir director.
Wesleyan's Teddy Amoloza joined members of the Bloomington-Normal Filipino-American Community in hosting a fundraiser for typhoon Haiyan relief.
While helping with tornado cleanup in Washington, Wesleyan's Kathy Niepagen took on a cause of helping a survivor track down precious keepsakes.
Los Angeles Times
Bill Damaschke '85 was photographed with President Obama during a visit to DreamWorks, which Obama praised as an "economic engine."
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Environmental Studies Senior Seminar –
Environmental Studies seniors have worked all semester individually developing and conducting research related to an aspect of environmental sustainability – in consultation with a local community partner – and have prepared a presentation on their findings.
Community briefings conclude today (Monday, Dec. 9). More information.
> Visit the GREENetwork blog.
Welcome New Employee
Molly Munson-Dryer began Dec. 3 as the executive assistant to the president, replacing Susan Bassi, who is retiring.
Explore Wesleyan in Videos
Goal: $125 million
Progress: $118.5 million
Updated November 2013
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