Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Aug. 17, 2015

Campus News

Engaging Diversity Students Seek to 'Engage Diversity' in Record Numbers
Perhaps prompted in part by ongoing unrest from events in Ferguson and Baltimore, a record number of entering students enrolled in the Engaging Diversity program.

Janel and Arin Patterson '92 Creates New Social Networking Platform
Janel (Wolfe) Patterson '92 of St. Louis has created a new social networking platform that she hopes will stop cyberbullying and promote positive digital citizenship.

Patrick Andersen, Burke Intern at Branding Firm With Alum's Support
Two Titans interned this summer at the Chicago office of VSA Partners, a brand and marketing firm where Patrick Palmer '87 is Discipline Lead for Strategy and Analytics.


> Find highlights at


> Want your event included on the University's Events Calendar and Campus Weekly? Submit the information using our online form.

* Tommy's will be closed through lunch this week, Aug. 17-21, during Orientation activities.
Instead, the Faculty/Staff Lounge in the Memorial Center will be open Aug. 17-21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

See campus facility hours for summer.

 Through Aug. 27 – Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Summer Art Exhibits – The newly named director of Illinois Wesleyan's Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Ian T. Carey, is one of the artists exhibiting work in the galleries.
Carey's "Hoodwinked" is on view in the Merwin Gallery, while Neil Cole's photographs, "Scenes from Seoul and Kyoto," are in the Wakeley Gallery.
Summer gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12-3 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 17

Regular Campus Office Hours Resume
– Summer hours end; campus offices will be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

International Connections – Pre-orientation for roommates of international students

Final day for Pre-Orientation Programs International Student Orientation, MALANA Student Orientation and Engaging Diversity.

2 p.m., TV Lounge, Hansen Student Center – Faculty Course Cluster Meeting – Faculty interested in participating in the 2015-16 course cluster "Nation(s) Divided?" are encouraged to attend this brainstorming session.

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Through Sunday, Aug. 23 – Turning Titan (New Student Orientation and Registration)

• 3:30-6 p.m.,
Shirk Center parking lot (south end) – Peace Garden Farm Stand  Illinois Wesleyan's Peace Garden will sell fresh, organic, locally grown produce in the Shirk Center parking lot (corner of Fell and Emerson) every Tuesday from 3:30-6 p.m. or until produce runs out. If you have questions about what's available, contact Kahri Jung '16 ( or Rachel Shaffer '17 (

9:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Live Band Karaoke – Combining the silly fun of karaoke with the energy of a live rock band, Live Band Karaoke allows anyone to fulfill their rock and roll fantasy. Sponsored by the offices of Student Activities and Orientation Services.

Wednesday, Aug. 19

7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Shot of Reality – From the creators of Mission IMPROVable comes a new show that combines improv comedy, audience participation and education. "A Shot of Reality" provides an honest, engaging, humorous and sober new look at alcohol awareness on campus. Sponsored by the offices of Student Activities and Orientation Services.

9:15 p.m., Eckley Quad – Neon Run – The Black Light Neon Run is a unique event: Wear a white shirt and plan to run or walk the course set out on campus. Sponsored by the offices of Student Activities and Orientation Services.

Thursday, Aug. 20

9 p.m., Eckley Quad (Rain location: Hansen Student Center) – Movie on the Quad: "Pitch Perfect 2" – Movie on the Quad is like a Drive-In movie without the car. Bring a blanket to the Quad for a movie on a 40-foot movie screen. Sponsored by Student Senate.

Friday, Aug. 21

8 a.m., Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Faculty and Staff BreakfastSee details below
4 p.m., Entry Level, The Ames Library – Faculty Scholarship and Creative Arts Reception – This event will showcase our faculty's rich scholarly, artistic and creative productivity from 2014 and 2015.

6:15 p.m., Hansen Student Center – The Hook-Up – The Hook-Up engages audiences in a facilitated discussion about hooking up, sexual assault and bystander intervention. The Hook-Up begins with a discussion on how gender stereotypes contribute to rape culture and harm survivors. Next, the program unpacks the practice of hooking up, and identifies the differences between a healthy hook-up, a regretted hook-up and a sexual assault. Sponsored by the offices of Student Activities and Orientation Services.

9 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Frederick Winters – Everybody's favorite hypnotist is back to present a great show for students. Come early for the best seating, volunteer to go on stage, and prepare to be amazed. Sponsored by the offices of Student Activities and Orientation Services.

Saturday, Aug. 22

Returning Students Arrive

5-6:30 p.m., Egbers Quad – Welcome Back Faculty/Staff Picnic – IWU faculty and staff are invited to a picnic on Egbers Quad before the Titan Carnival. Please RSVP to by Tuesday, August 18.

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Carnival for IWU Families – At this year’s Titan Carnival, there will be fun for the entire family – face paint, rock climbing, a mechanical bull, zip line, laser tag and plenty of other interactive games for everyone to enjoy. IWU faculty and staff and their families are invited to come and enjoy the fun. All activities are FREE!
The event ends promptly at 7:45 p.m. when IWU students arrive.

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Carnival

Sunday, Aug. 23

2 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs. SLSG (exhibition)

Monday, Aug. 24

First day of classes

12 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Men's Soccer vs. Webster University (exhibition)


• At the conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation, B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding presented a laboratory instructor mentoring program established and funded by the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (ALPhA). Spalding co-chaired the conference committee as part of SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015 in San Diego, Aug. 9-13, San Diego.

Also at the conference, Spalding chaired sessions on "Near-Field Micromanipulation, Plasmonic, and Nanoparticle Trapping" and "Outreach and Education: International Year of Light," where he presented "Initiating optics immersions." With colleagues from the University of Dundee (Scotland), he co-presented "Low-cost optical manipulation using hanging droplets of PDMS."

Dr. Kate Cheng '04 was awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. To earn this prestigious honor, she completed 500 hours of dental continuing education, passed a comprehensive written exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD. Cheng is currently serving on active duty in the United States Navy Dental Corps. 

•  Jenn Oswald '15 is a Teaching Artist as part of the 2015-2016 Apprentice/Intern (A/I) Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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


Reminder: Faculty and Staff Breakfast

Friday, August 21
8 a.m.
Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center

A full breakfast buffet will be offered at 8 a.m. At 8:30, President Richard F. Wilson will report on University progress over the past year on important priorities, discuss some of the challenges for the coming year, and respond to questions. The Max L. Starkey Award winner also will be announced. R.S.V.P. to 556-3543 or by today (Monday, Aug. 17), to ensure enough food is prepared.

Hansen Parking Lot Reserved for Orientation

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 18), IWU will welcome incoming students for Turning Titan. Because of the Shirk Center renovations, student and family arrival and orientation check-in will take place this year in the Hansen Student Center. Therefore, the parking lot at Beecher and Park adjacent to the Hansen Student Center will be reserved for orientation use, and we ask that faculty and staff park their cars in alternate campus lots through 2 p.m. that day. Questions or concerns can be directed to

Road Closings for Campus Events –  Aug. 22 and 27

On Saturday, Aug. 22 from 3-11 p.m., the streets (Franklin and Beecher) that hug Hansen Student Center will be shut down for the Titan Carnival.

On Thursday, Aug. 27 from 1-6:30 p.m., the streets also will be shut down for the Registered Student Organization (RSO) Fair.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Chicago Citizen
Named one of the top black doctors in the U.S., Ansel Johnson '81 is cited as a success story from Head Start – which he attended in its inaugural year, 1965.

Chicago Tribune 

Steph AuBuchon '16 is researching impulse control in dogs. Also in the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald.

The Beverly Review
Incoming Titan Tommy Lyons was selected for the U19 Ireland national lacrosse team that will compete in the world championships in Canada next summer.

The Pantagraph
The recipient of a life-saving bone marrow transplant, Sam Birsa '15 and his family "paid it forward" by hosting a marrow registry event.

Belleville News-Democrat
Former Lindenwood University-Belleville head football coach Jeff Fisher '93 has been hired as a tight ends coach at Washington University in St. Louis.

(DeKalb) Daily Chronicle
An exhibit of prints by Dorothea Bilder '62 is on display at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center Galleries through Sept. 27.

> More Titans in the News


In Sympathy

Emeritus Trustee Hugh Henning died on Aug. 10. Henning served Illinois Wesleyan with distinction for thirty years, providing strong leadership as treasurer and subsequently as president of the Board of Trustees. Read an obituary.

Stay Connected

Subscribe to the Staff Forum (staforum) or Faculty Forum (facforum) listservs.

See campus job openings.

Facebook twitter Rebelmouse Linked In Storify instagram Pinterest Flickr YouTube

Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Ann Aubry, assistant director for electronic communications. To submit items of interest, email

All images and content