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OrionChereck '04 Part of Team that Built Orion Spacecraft
Andrew Chereck '04 is a senior systems engineer at Lockheed Martin and worked on the Orion spacecraft, which completed its first test flight on Dec. 5.

Alan Google Search Yields Results for Student Intern
Computer science major Alan Russian '15 has accepted a job offer from Google, after completing an internship in the company's Los Angeles office last summer.


The women's soccer team ended their record-breaking season with a loss in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

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Monday, Dec. 8

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Ames Library – Stress Free Tabling Event – Students: Feeling stressed?!? Don't crack under the pressure! Take a break and take care of yourself! To help reduce your stress level during finals week, counselors from Counseling & Consultation Services will be at The Ames Library on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 offering giveaways. They will have snacks, water, Biodots, stress balls and other information to help you manage your stress level. Please stop by to get some of the tools you may need to reduce your stress.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – To Meet the Faces: A Performance of Slam Poems – Come watch the students of English 109: Poetry Through Performance perform their SLAM poems. Refreshments will be served.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Tributaries Release Party – The Fall 2014 issue of Tributaries is here! Students are invited to come get a copy, and writers published in the issue are welcome to participate in a reading to share their work.

10-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Late Night Breakfast – Sodexo invites students to take a break from studying and enjoy a free late night breakfast. The IWU administration will serve eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, pastries and other foods.

Tuesday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 12

Final examinations

Thursday, Dec. 11

12:10 p.m., McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington – Lunch and Learn: "Private Corporations vs. the Sheriff's Office: Does it Matter Who Manages Your Foreclosure?" – Presented by Associate Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo. Free and open to the public, the Lunch and Learn series is held in collaboration with Illinois Wesleyan University, McLean County Museum of History and Collaborative Solutions Institute.

Friday, Dec. 12

11:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Faculty-Staff Holiday Luncheon – RSVP to or 556-3540. For food, please RSVP by today (Monday, Dec. 8). You will sign up at the event for the gift drawing.

Monday, Dec. 15

6 p.m., Bloomington, Ill. – Women's Basketball vs. Lindenwood University-Belleville – Live video at


Flexible Spending Accounts - Election for 2015

Please remember to return your Flex form to the Human Resources Office by Wednesday, Dec. 10. Even if you don't wish to participate in Flex, the forms still need to be returned to HR. If you have questions or need help completing your form, please contact Marie Giusti at 556-3971.

Fan Bus to Titan Basketball Games

Interested in attending the Titan basketball away games? There are a limited number of seats available on the Titan Fan Bus for the games listed here at $35 per person.

For more information, contact Gene Schmidt (309) 663-1224,

Holiday Luncheon Donations and Contributions

We will continue our IWU tradition of accepting contributions of food or cash to donate to organizations that help fulfill the needs of others during the holiday luncheon on Friday, Dec. 12.

Food Donations: Clare House

Local food pantries such as the Clare House are sometimes the only method for people in our community to feed their families. Some items on their "wish list" include: stamps, large cans of soup, tuna, baked beans, baggies, trash bags, paper plates, powered drink mix, baby food, formula, diapers and paper towels. For more information visit:

Cash Donations: Western Avenue Community Center

The Western Avenue Community Center (WACC) serves more than 1,000 families per year in the community. WACC offers an after school program, a food pantry, Hispanic outreach, youth programs, summer camps, and senior programs. Your donation will help support these programs in our community. For more information visit:

Acacia Christmas Party

From Brian Yager
Chapter Relations Chairman, Acacia Fraternity

Dear Illinois Wesleyan faculty and staff,

On behalf of the gentlemen in my fraternity, I would like to cordially invite you to our Faculty Christmas Party this year. We will be celebrating on Reading Day, Monday, Dec. 8 from 3-5:30 p.m. This serves as an opportunity for our faculty and staff to get to know the men from Acacia as well as our organization as a whole, but primarily gives us a chance to reach out and meet all the faculty and staff that play such an important role in our IWU experience.

In light of the holidays, we will have Acacia (Adams Hall) festively decorated to welcome in the holiday season while closing yet another academic semester. We will be celebrating with warm drinks, fresh-baked sweets compliments of our chapter advisor's wife, and perhaps we can convince the musically-inclined Acacians to perform a few festive tunes throughout the course of the party.

Whether you know a member of Acacia or not, please stop by any time you have a chance from 3-5:30 p.m. Feel free to stay the entire duration or only for a few minutes, as we know you are just as busy as us this time of year.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. We thank you for and appreciate everything you do for Acacia and the Illinois Wesleyan community. We hope to see you on Monday the 8th!

Brian Yager,

The Acacia House, Adams Hall (1401 N. Main St.), is across from the Munsell-Ferguson dormitories on the corner of Main and Beecher Streets.

Dec. 8, 2014

Illinois Wesleyan University


In this issue:

- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Titan Fan Bus
- Holiday Donations
- Acacia Christmas Party

Titans in the News

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan celebrated the holiday season with a sing-along presentation of Handel's "Messiah."

The Pantagraph
With a boost from a Startup Weekend for college students in California and inspiration from squirrels on the Eckley Quadrangle, a trio of students are planning to launch a business to help fellow students buy and sell books from each other.

Broadway World
As part of the COIL festival in New York City, Performance Space 122 and The Invisible Dog Art Center will present the world premiere of YOUARENOWHERE by Andrew Schneider '03.

(Decatur) Herald & Review
Grant Bullock '63 is chairman of the Decatur SCORE chapter, a national organization that provides free mentoring to new and existing businesses.

The Foothills Focus (Ariz.)
Artwork by Judy Bruce '68 is part of the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, and will be on view at the Desert Foothills Library for the Small Works Show.

Huffington Post
Contrary to the images of violence from Ferguson, Missouri, there are organizers who have become faces of peaceful, organized action – and Charlene Carruthers '07 is a prime example.

WGLT Radio
The final segment of the Dec. 2 Sound Ideas program features discussion of the David Davis papers and a digital database created as part of an internship project by Elissa Ledvort '13, with guidance from University Archivist Meg Miner.

Lincoln Daily News

John Dreusicke '74, who retired from Ameren after 33 years, has accepted a sales executive position with Dynegy.

> More Titans in the News


• Professor of Anthropology Chuck Springwood published "Gun Concealment, Display, and Other Magical Habits of the Body," Critique of Anthropology, December 2014.

Kevin Carey '13, graduate assistant in Greek Life at Ball State University, won first place in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition at the Association of Fraternity/ Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting. The competition provides graduate members with an opportunity to use their problem solving skills to address an issue related to the work of a fraternity/sorority professional.

• Attorney Adam Law '11 has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as an associate in the firm's Indianapolis office.

Christopher Brooks '10 has self-published the novella, The Gertrude Threshold. Brooks works at the Chicago headquarters of Edelman, a public relations firm.

Wayne Messmer '72 performed with the Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra (AKO) at its Love and Peace of Christmas Show at the Copernicus Center on Dec. 6.

> Find more scholarly activity at Digital Commons @ IWU.


In Sympathy

David King, groundsman with Physical Plant who worked at Illinois Wesleyan for 32 years, died on Dec. 4. Read an obituary.

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