Campus Weekly

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Feb. 16, 2015

Campus News

Pembroke Thank a Giver Day
Thank A Giver Day (TAG Day) is an opportunity to thank the donors who support our school – support which symbolically kicks in 70 percent through the school year, when tuition funding "runs out." 

Frank Underwood Sultan Compares House of Cards Trickster to Odysseus
Wesleyan's Nancy Sultan examines why we're drawn to modern protagonists who break the mold of hero as "good guy," such as Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood.

Kevin Sullivan Edits Book Honoring Oxford Theologian
Wesleyan's Kevin Sullivan is co-editor of The Open Mind: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowland, a collection of academic essays honoring the innovative British scholar.

pillars Faculty Promotions, Tenure Announced
The Board of Trustees has approved tenure for 10 faculty members and advancement in rank for 15, recognizing progress and achievement in their professional development.

Weir Fellows Five Students Named as 2015 Weir Fellows
Illinois Wesleyan's Action Research Center named five students as winners of the Elizabeth Weir Fellowship, rewarding them for projects with community impact.

Colleen Council for IWU Women Summit Seeks to Inspire Confidence
The Council for IWU Women, created to instill confidence in female students with the help of successful alumnae as mentors and as resources, will host its annual summit.

Frankenstein Gateway Essay Contest Winners Announced
Winners in the annual Best Gateway Essay contest include Faith Borland '17 for "Leave Creation to the Creator: The Corrupt Creator in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein."



The Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's cross country teams were chosen for Division III All-Academic honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2014 cross country season.

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Monday, Feb. 16

Thank a Giver Day – Thank A Giver Day (TAG Day) provides our campus community with the opportunity to thank the donors who support our school. Tables will be set up for students to write thank you messages to donors at:
CNS Atrium (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
The Dugout (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
State Farm Hall (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

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

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.

12:10 p.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.

4 p.m., Room 205, CLA – Religion Colloquium – Associate Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine will present, "Shifting Allegiances: Islam's Place in Modern Jewish Thought."

Tuesday, Feb. 17

6 p.m., Room 218, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Visiting Artist Lecture: Julia GallowayGalloway will speak as part of the Anthony E. Stellaccio Visiting Artist and Lecture Series. Galloway is a utilitarian potter and professor at the University of Montana, Missoula.

8 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Play: "Where in the World is Frank Sparrow?"  – Performances continue nightly through Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – An Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service – Join Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger, Titan Catholic, and student musicians for a service signaling the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Msgr. Doug Hennessy will preach, and a free lunch will follow in the basement of Evelyn Chapel.

11:45 a.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – State Farm Scholars Luncheon – Students selected to receive a scholarship from the State Farm Companies Foundation will be honored.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Procrastination: Getting Started on Getting Started 

4 p.m., Merwin Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Carole Maso Reading: The Bay of Angels

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Tu Bishvat Dinner – Come have free dinner and celebrate trees and the environment in this event hosted by the Hillel (the Jewish organization on campus). Everyone is welcome. Any donations will be sent to the Jewish National Fund, which is an organization that plants trees in Israel.

7 p.m., Tommy's, Hansen Student Center – Slam Poet Ebony Stewart will perform, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Thursday, Feb. 19

4 p.m., Room 004, State Farm Hall – Spring 2015 English Colloquium – Professor Kathleen O'Gorman will give a presentation on a collection of her short fiction, titled "Field Reports." Senior Joe Ruskey will present his paper, "Masquerade of Secrets," which examines the relationship between Don Pedro and Claudio in Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – Come and learn about a design for new interfaith prayer space on campus and share your thoughts and hopes for this new, inclusive space for diverse practices of meditation and prayer. Information about a March Spiritual and Religious Campus Climate Survey also will be shared.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series – "Good Bye Lenin!" (2003, Germany), presented by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery.

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series:  A Talk about the Civil Rights Movement – Presented by Professor of History Tom Lutze.

8 p.m., Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington – The King's Singers with the Collegiate Choir

Friday, Feb. 20

 6:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Barrio Fiesta – Join the Spanish and Latino Student Association for our biggest event of the semester. This year we will be celebrating the rich culture of Costa Rica, Paraguay, Bolivia and Dominican Republic. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and food will start at 7 p.m. We will have delicious food from each of the represented countries. (Food is first come, first served and free.) We will have several dancing performances and some lessons so you may dance the night away.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Philm Series: "Into the Abyss" – Following primarily Michael Perry, a Texas man convicted of triple homicide, the great Werner Herzog's 2011 film "Into the Abyss" offers a provocative and at times disturbing look at the institution of capital punishment and much more. Sponsored by the Society of Philosophical Inquiry and Exploration (SPIE); there will be refreshments.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble Concert

Saturday, Feb. 21

Faculty Open House – Hosted by Admissions for prospective students and families.

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium  – Women's Lacrosse vs. Cornell College

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Elmhurst – Live video at

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

Sunday, Feb. 22

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Junior Recital: Michelle Riechers, trumpet

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting

Monday, Feb. 23

12 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Text Talks at Evelyn Chapel

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: "New Entrepreneurship Initiatives"

COMING SOON: Award-winning children's book illustrator and author Anita Lobel will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Illinois Wesleyan's Founders Day Convocation.

Hart Career Center Programs This Week

Monday, Feb. 16

• Employer KPMG, LLP will be on campus for internship interviews.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

• Employer BKD will be on campus for internship interviews.

• 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.,
NIU, Convocation Center – Northern Illinois University Internship Fair – Visit the Northern Illinois University web page for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

• Employer Deloitte, LLP will be on campus for internship interviews.

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

• 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., NIU, Convocation Center – Northern Illinois University Job Fair – Visit the Northern Illinois University web page for more information.

• 7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Health Professionals Panel – A panel of professionals will share insights about their professions and advice on how to make yourself a more competitive candidate. Co-sponsored by Tri-Beta and the Hart Career Center.

Thursday, Feb. 19

• Employers CliftonLarsonAllen LLP and State Farm Insurance will be on campus for internship interviews.

• 7 p.m.,
Welcome Center Auditorium – Alumni Speaker Series:  User Experience (UX) Design – The inquisitive, diligent, self-starting, open-minded way of thinking that IWU students typically absorb over their four years is the very same approach encouraged, even required, in the field of User Experience (UX) Design. Learn about UX Design, who's doing it, and what liberal arts students bring to it that others typically don't from IWU class of 2011 alumnus, Brandon Dorn.

Friday, Feb. 20

• Employer BDO will be on campus for internship interviews.

• 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
Marriott Hotel, Normal – Illinois State University Sports Management Symposium – Pre-registration was required for this event.


Battle of the Chefs

Thursday, Feb. 26
5:15 p.m.
Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center

It's time for students to express their inner chef! Two teams of students will compete for the title "best chefs on campus." Winners will have their names on a trophy that will always be on display in the Memorial Center, and have their meal served to the student body at some point in March.

Three judges from the community will be selected, and Dave Nicholson ("Saga Dave") will emcee the event! Sponsored by Sodexo.

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

Save the Date: Author Joshua Ferris

Critically acclaimed author Joshua Ferris will visit Illinois Wesleyan on March 18 to give a reading from his latest novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. The reading will be in Hansen Student Center at 7 p.m., followed by a Q & A and book signing. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of his book are at the IWU bookstore and will be available at the reading as well.

Ferris is the bestselling author of three novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" writers in 2010. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories.

Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, Lyrical Graffiti, Tributaries and the English Department.


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Titans In The News

La Bricoleuse Blog
Costumer Leah Pelz '09, the inaugural winner of the Barbara Matera Award for Costume Making, is now based in New York City, where she works as a first hand for the renowned production house Tricorne LLC, and as a wardrobe swing for the long-running Broadway show, The Lion King.

Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer
Assistant Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke discussed the path to writing her latest book, about the Tea Party and race.

Burke also discussed her work on WJBC Radio.

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• Director of the Hart Career Center Warren Kistner co-authored an article, "Your Professional Profile: Getting Noticed on Paper," in the Spring 2015 Kappa Delta Pi New Teacher Advocate. Kappa Delta Pi is the international honor society in education. 

•  Hispanic Studies major Ethan Szpara '14 presented his research titled, "Is all 'Spanglish' the same? An analysis of code switching in Hispanic bilinguals of Colombian, Cuban and Mexican origin," at the XIV Simposio Internacional de Comunicación Social (14th International Symposium on Social Communication), held at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba in January 2015.

Peter Asaro '94 was appointed a visiting fellow at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy, where he is spending his sabbatical from his faculty position in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

Asaro is co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition of NGOs. His research focuses on the ethical, legal and policy implications of robotic systems. He is currently working on a book that examines agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to the design and use of consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, autonomous vehicles, UAV drones, and military robots.

• David A. Petreman '70, professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Wright State University, has published a book in Chile. El témpano de Coloane is a series of essays, interviews and poetry about the work and life of Chilean writer Francisco Coloane.

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


Think Green

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

Saturday, April 11
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shirk Center

More at

> Visit the GREENetwork blog.


Professor G.L. Story died on Feb. 11. Story joined Illinois Wesleyan's Department of Religion in 1966, where he taught courses on the New Testament. He also served as the University's Chaplain before retiring in 1998. Read an obituary.

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