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Jan. 19, 2015

Campus News

Aaron Woodstein '15 Pens, Produces Play
Theatre design and technology major Aaron Harris Woodstein '15 has gone from playwright to producer to stage his autobiographical play Turn That Thing Around.

Remember Today –

King at IWU Teach-In on Voting Rights and Social Justice
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In will examine voting rights, including a debate between College Republicans and College Democrats on a voter ID law for Illinois.

Praise Dancers Gospel Fest to Honor King's Legacy
Illinois Wesleyan will host the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival.



The Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's track teams claimed seven first place finishes in the IWU Invitational, held at the Shirk Center on Jan. 17.

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Monday, Jan. 19

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "Formal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning" – Assistant Professors of Mathematics Andrew Shallue and Dan Roberts will discuss the definitions, similarities, and differences of Formal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

1-4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In on Voting Rights and Social Justice

4-9 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival

Tuesday, Jan. 20

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library  – Lecture: "From Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address to the March on Washington" – Part of the Perspectives on Civil Rights and Race Lecture Series sponsored by the Political Science Department, this lecture will be presented by Vernon Burton, professor of history, sociology and computer science at Clemson University. These lectures are made possible through grants provided by the Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowment Fund, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

4 p.m., 122, State Farm Hall – Safe Zone Workshop – The IWU Safe Zone Program creates an opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan community members to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus. The workshop explores lesbian, gay and bisexual identity, culture, gender, gender identity and the experiences of transgender people.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – SWEAT – Come to Hansen dressed ready to SWEAT. Beatrice Koka '16 and Fitness Instructor Sarah Rundle will lead a cardio and core fitness class open to all IWU students, faculty and staff, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

7 p.m., Steps of Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – "Je suis Charlie" Vigil – The community is invited to join French and Francophone Studies in honoring the victims of the tragic attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Augustana  – Live video will be at

Thursday, Jan. 22

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Man of Iron" (1981, Poland) will be presented by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery.

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7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series: Dispelling Myths, Mars and Venus: Inertia and Gender Roles

8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Concert: Composers from IWU's Past

Friday, Jan. 23

Through Saturday, Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Festival – Featuring guest trombonist Marshall Gilkes.

7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Choreographed Dance Concert – SCDC is a student directed, choreographed, and produced dance concert held every year at IWU. Also Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 24

10 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - I-55 Triangular 

Sunday, Jan. 25

5 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner – Presentation: Celebrating 25 Years of Keeping Dr. King's Dream Alive, co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan and the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal.

Monday, Jan. 26

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Automation – Presented by Assistant Professor of Music Joseph Plazak.

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, (Jan. 19, 21 and 23)
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Hart Career Center's One Stop Shop – Stop by the table in the Dugout to learn more about the Hart Career Center, ask questions, make appointments, get your Titan CareerLink set up, and more.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Career Fair Success – Planning to attend the upcoming job and internship fairs? Join us to learn what you can expect, how you should prepare and how to make the most of your limited time with employers.

Thursday, Jan. 22

4 p.m., Ames 129 – Rockin' Resumes – Create a resume that employers will notice. This workshop outlines how to write a great resume and explains what makes a resume stand out from the employer's perspective.

•Employer COUNTRY Financial will be on campus for practice interviews.

Friday, Jan. 23

4 p.m., Hart Career Center – Deadline for CareerFest Registration – Register at the Hart Career Center and upload your resume to



See this week's menu for the Faculty-Staff Dining Room, and check out the News Scoop for this week's campus specials from Sodexo.

Seeking "Dog Scientists"

From Ellen Furlong, Assistant Professor of Psychology:
My lab, the comparative cognition lab (psychology), is seeking "dog scientists" for some work on campus. Our research with dogs explores questions of basic cognition and decision-making – this semester we are studying moral reasoning, cognitive dissonance, and social cognition.

We use many different methods to ask our questions, including watching dogs interact with objects, giving dogs choices, and even sometimes simply recording how long they watch different events. Our research is voluntary – if the dog doesn't want to participate, s/he doesn't have to. However, we find that most dogs seem to enjoy our studies.

Before opening up to the public, we would like to start "in the family" and are therefore looking for volunteers from the campus community.

We will schedule dogs for 30-minute sessions, though some of our studies will take less than 5 minutes and others will take 10 or 15. We ask that you bring your dog, stay and wait with him/her and then take him/her at the end of the session so we can prepare for our next dog. Evening and weekend appointments will be available.

In addition to these appointments I am also teaching a lab course on Thursdays from 1-4 and will be looking for dogs who can come in and hang out for the afternoon. They will be compensated for their time with hugs and treats and should be good and tired when they head home. If you're interested in volunteering for the Thursday afternoon labs, please send me an email and I can give you more information.

There are no prerequisites – your dog just has to be a dog. S/he doesn't have to be particularly smart, well-trained, young, or even interested in treats. We do ask, however, that if you have a dog with a history of aggression toward people that you not register him/her. We are not worried about aggression toward dogs, since we will schedule only one dog at a time.

Interested in signing your dog(s) up? Looking for more information? Visit my website. You can also find more information on our Facebook page.

Have questions? Email or call me (ext. 3415).

Thanks much! Looking forward to meeting your dogs!


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Titans In The News

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Professor of Physics Linda French discussed Comet Lovejoy, which has been putting on a nice show for skywatchers.

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A music teacher who later entered seminary, Matthew Schneider '02 will be the new pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Greencastle.

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Daniel Maurer '12 is program assistant/mentoring coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois through AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). He invites IWU faculty and staff to participate in a Poverty Simulation that Big Brothers Big Sisters will host at Union Park in Bloomington on Thursday, Jan. 29. Get more information or sign up.

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


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Environmentally Friendly Snow and Ice Removal

The salt products used for ice and snow removal on campus property are coated with a corn-based product. This increases the residual effectiveness of the product, resulting in a reduced need to reapply and, therefore, less product use. Salt is bought in bulk, resulting in the reduction of packaging waste to be disposed of, and a smaller environmental footprint.

Read more campus efforts in the Report on Sustainability at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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