Campus Weekly

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Feb. 9, 2015

Campus News

Pembroke Three IWU Students Studying at Oxford's Pembroke College
Michael Hennel '16, Steph McAtee '16 and Jonas Wightman '16 are studying in England through the Pembroke Visiting Student Programme.

ARC Tank Alumnus Funds Student Entrepreneurs
In the entrepreneurial spirit of never giving up, the victor of the "ARC tank" and winner of this year's Zoellick Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship is an idea that didn't win last year.

Book Burke Sheds Light on Tea Party in New Book
The Tea Party movement is more complex – and in some ways more mainstream – than is reflected in popular depictions, according to research published in a new book by Wesleyan's Meghan Burke.

Seal Presidential Search Committee Named
A 19-member search committee, including members of the board of trustees, faculty, staff and students, has been formed to find a successor to President Richard F. Wilson, who is retiring.



The Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's divers finished second in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships, held Saturday, Feb. 7 at Fort Natatorium.

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Monday, Feb. 9

Through March 31
, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Gallery Exhibitions –  The Merwin Gallery: Anita Lobel, illustration, All the World's A Stage; The Wakeley Gallery: Katherine Paulson, sculpture, Multiflora.

12 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Text Talks at Evelyn Chapel – Text Talks are a weekly gathering led by the University Chaplain for any students interested in reflection on and dialogue with interesting, inspiring, difficult and/or demanding biblical texts. During the month of February we are looking at various passages regarding women in ministry and society in the letters of Paul and the Pauline tradition. Join us!

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "Confidential Searches for Chief Academic Officers" – With the upcoming presidential search making their topic particularly relevant to campus, Associate Professor of English Mike Theune and Professor of Computer Science & Director of Cognitive Science Joerg Tiede will report on a survey regarding the prevalence of confidential searches – searches in which there are no open fora for finalists on campus – for chief academic officers at liberal arts colleges.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Bloomington City Council Debate – The IWU College Democrats, College Republicans and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) will host a debate for Bloomington City Council candidates in Ward 4. Students and faculty who live east of Park Street likely live in Ward 4. Five candidates will compete in a primary on Feb. 24 and the two candidates with the most votes will advance to an April 7 general election. Come hear from your potential alderman before you vote! Live tweets at #Blm4.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Chinese Music Yesterday and Today:  A Special Chapel Hour with Musicians from the Teachers' College of Beijing Union University – Join Provost Jonathan Green and the delegation of musicians from Beijing Union University for an introduction to Chinese music as well as select performances and conversations with our student and faculty guests.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Enhancing Note and Test Taking

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – A Reading by Brandi Reissenweber – Visiting Assistant Professor of English Brandi Reissenweber will read from her current fiction manuscript, "Where We Found the Girls," and discuss the relationship between research and imagination in the fiction writing process.

4:15 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Lecture and Reception for Art Exhibition – Glass artist Katherine Paulson will present a gallery talk on her Wakeley Gallery exhibit, "Multiflora," followed by a reception.

6 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Meet, Greet & Eat: Chill with Student Senate over Ice Cream!

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Augustana  – Live video at

Thursday, Feb. 12

12:10 p.m., Fifer Courtroom, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington – Lunch and Learn: Prof. James Plath on the Updike Home

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – This week, IWU Interfaith and the Secular Student Alliance host ReligiosiTEA in honor of Darwin Day. We will discuss more expansive ways to talk about science and religion that go beyond the creationism vs. evolution debates. All are welcome for an open, honest and fun conversation! Check out the Facebook Group for more information on this and every week's ReligiosiTEA.

6 p.m., The home of Melinda Baur – Wellness Workshop: DIY Chocolate Truffle Class  – Register by today (Monday, Feb. 9). See details under Wellness at right.

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series: America Behind the Color Line: Race to the Top – Part of the 3D Series: Diversity, Dignity and Dialogue.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "No Man's Land" (2001, Bosnia and Herzegovina), presented by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery.

Friday, Feb. 13

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library  – Lecture: "The Voting Rights Act and the Problem of Race in American Politics" – Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of political science at University of Notre Dame, will speak as part of the Perspectives on Civil Rights and Race Lecture Series.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symphonic Winds & University Choir

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian: Christopher James

Sunday, Feb. 15

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. University of Illinois Club Team (Exhibition)

1:30-5 p.m.,  – Diversity and Engagement Weekend (DEW) – Hosted by Admissions, DEW is designed to help students and their parents learn more about the University community, the admissions process, campus diversity and all financial aid resources.

2 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Guest Recital: Avanti Guitar Trio

6 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Lunar New Year Celebration 

Monday, Feb. 16

12:10 a.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: May Term Report – The May Term Advisory Committee (MTAC) is seeking feedback on the May Term Report that was shared at the end of fall semester. MTAC plans to bring recommendations regarding May Term to the April 6 General Faculty Meeting and we would like as much input as possible from our colleagues as we think about the future of May Term. A brief overview of the report and draft recommendations will be discussed by Associate Dean of Curricular and Faculty Development Lynda Duke.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Brass Day – Hosted by Admissions and the School of Music.

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Monday, Feb. 9

• 11 - 1 p.m.,
Dugout – One Stop Shop – Stop by the table in the Dugout to learn more about the Career Center, ask questions, make appointments, get your Titan CareerLink set up, and more.

• 7 p.m.,
SFH 203 – State Farm Info Session – This event is open to sophomore accounting, finance, business and economics majors.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

• 7 p.m.,
Welcome Center Auditorium – Alumni Speaker Series:  Environmental Panel – A panel of professionals will share insights about their professions and advice on how to make yourself a more competitive candidate. See details under GREENetwork at right.

• 4 - 7 p.m.,
ISU, Bone Student Center – Illinois State University Internship Fair – Visit the Illinois State University web page for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Employer Enterprise will be on campus for practice interviews.

Thursday, Feb. 12

Employer Worldwide Express will be on campus for practice interviews.

Friday, Feb. 13

Employer Hy-Vee will be on campus for practice interviews.

• 9 - 11 a.m., SFH Entry – Muffins with McGladrey – McGladrey welcomes you to stop by their "Muffins with McGladrey" table in the entryway of State Farm Hall. Enjoy a quick breakfast treat and speak with a McGladrey recruiter about Winter 2016 audit internships. Please feel free to bring your resume, as McGladrey will be selecting potential candidates to interview on Feb. 26.


Mitel Phone Training

ITS invites all faculty and staff to a Mitel phone training session on Thursday, Feb.19. These interactive sessions led by a Mitel trainer will feature demonstrations of advanced phone functions like programmable buttons, personalized menus, and voicemail distribution lists. We can even show you how to turn on "Do Not Disturb" with one button. Your office phone may not have a touch screen, but it's still pretty smart!

We will hold four, 50-minute sessions from 8 a.m. to noon in Ames 129. Use this Google form to RSVP for the session of your choice:

Timekeeping and payroll training

Tuesday, Feb. 24
10-11 a.m.   
Henning Room, Memorial Center

The Human Resources Office and the Business Office will once again hold a training session that will cover topics related to timekeeping and payroll for exempt and non-exempt staff. This training will provide an overall refresher on accrual and usage of paid time off, recording and reporting time, and receiving and interpreting paychecks. Though the majority of the training is directed toward non-exempt staff, all staff and their supervisors are invited to attend. This training will be especially beneficial to new staff supervisors and new non-exempt staff who have not attended this training in the past. 

If you are unable to attend and have questions related to this training, please contact Londa Dunlap at ext. 3373 or

Date Change – Faculty/Staff Bible Study

The IWU Faculty/Staff Bible Study will now be meeting every Thursday in the lower level of Evelyn Chapel from 12:10-12:50 p.m. It is an interdenominational study in its 10th year here at Illinois Wesleyan and open to people of all faiths. 

We are a small group, and together we read through the Bible a chapter a week and then have an informal discussion that centers on life application of the readings to our own lives. 

If you are interested in joining, please email David Kistner at

English as a Second Language Service

The new English as a Second Language Service at IWU seeks to support the University's international students and their academic and professional needs by providing ESL instruction and help with academic writing, reading and speaking. Our primary goal is to enhance the learning experience of international students and support the University's community.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Teodora Nikolova at or call (309) 556-3810.

We are located in the Writing Center, Ames 105B.
Office hours are
Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday,  11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Writing Center+ESL online scheduler is at

Lavender Graduation

Thursday, April 2
7 p.m.
Turfler Room, Memorial Center

Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes graduating students' contributions to IWU and the LGBTQ+ community. Lavender Graduation is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of IWU LGBTQA graduates, while providing a space for graduates to recognize the significant people in their lives who have helped them achieve their goals.

Graduating students should use the online form to indicate their plans to participate.

All students, faculty, staff and campus community members are invited to attend and celebrate our LGBTQA+ graduates.  


See this week's menu for the Faculty-Staff Dining Room.

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Titans In The News

OnStage Blog
Illinois Wesleyan's School of Theatre Arts is listed among the best theatre design and technology programs in the country.

Chicago Tribune
Juan Salgado '91 was named among community college grads whose later success – including admission to his top choice school, Illinois Wesleyan – shows the promise of such institutions. Salgado gave Illinois Wesleyan's Commencement address in 2013.

The Pantagraph

Kansas City Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews '66 signed a four-year extension that will carry through his 50th season with the team.

The Pantagraph
Jean Baird '80, a longtime senior executive with State Farm Insurance Cos., will lead the presidential search committee at Illinois Wesleyan. Also reported by WJBC Radio.

Paxton Record
Evan Tammen '09, a doctoral student and principal oboist for the Urbana Pops Orchestra, will perform a recital in Urbana.

> More Titans in the News


• Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr, with Catenazzi, A and Vargas, V. published "A new species of Telmatobius (Amphibia, Anura, Telmatobiidae) from the Pacific slopes of the Andes, Peru." ZooKeys 480: 81–95.

The Earth Times reported on the discovery of this species, which is threatened with extinction.

• Joerg Tiede will speak on "To Make Collective Action Possible," during the American Association of University Professors Centennial Celebration, hosted by the Connecticut State Conference of the AAUP, on Feb. 14 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

• Benjamin R. Wellenreiter, adjunct instructor in the Department of Educational Studies, serves as a member of the Illinois K-12 Social Studies Standards revision task force.

Led by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, this task force will make recommendations to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The group consists of teachers representing various grades, as well as representatives from the disciplines of education, civics, economics, geography, history and sociology.

The 42 members of the task force are reviewing the current Illinois Social Studies standards and the College, Career, and Civic (C3) framework, published by the National Council for the Social Studies. The review of the social studies standards represents the ISBE's work to update student learning benchmarks.

• Thomas E. Howard '02 was named to Illinois Super Lawyers and Illinois Rising Stars as a result of a survey by Law & Politics Media, Inc. Selected through a process which included peer evaluation and independent research, only five percent of the attorneys in Illinois were named to the Super Lawyers list and two and one half percent to Rising Stars.

• The First Folio Theatre production of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, directed by Alison Vesely '79, features cast members Hayley L. Rice '04 and Wayne Temple '98.

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


Think Green

Hear from Alumni About Environmental Careers

Tuesday, Feb. 10
7 p.m.
Welcome Center Auditorium

As part of the Hart Career Center's Alumni Speaker Series, professionals will share insights and advice about their work in environmental and conservation areas:

- Greenhouse manager & curator at ISU, Bethany Evans '01
- Digital advocacy specialist at Environmental Law & Policy Center, J. Katie Coleman '04
- Grants manager/development associate at The Wetlands Initiative, Vera Leopold '05
- Environmental program coordinator at American Lung Association, Ellen Cornelius '14.

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Health Bites

Wellness Workshop:
D.I.Y Chocolate Truffle Class

Date: Thursday, Feb. 12
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Where: home of Melinda Baur
Fee: $10 (covers chocolate and supplies)

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Melinda Baur and Chemistry & Biology Stockroom Manager Cindy Honegger will teach the basics of chocolate confectionery by making chocolate truffles.

This two-hour class will cover types of chocolate, basic molding techniques, ganache fillings, and chocolate tempering plus a little chocolate history and some chocolate chemistry!

Participants will take home 10-12 truffles (for themselves or perhaps a special Valentine) and a mold for making more delicious chocolate morsels.

Please register by Feb. 9. Detailed location information will be given after registration.

To register, call 556-3334 or email


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