Campus Weekly

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Aug. 31, 2015

Campus News

banners Mellon Scholars Spend Summer in Humanities Research
Through a Mellon Foundation grant, three students were awarded stipends allowing them to conduct research over the summer under the guidance of faculty mentors. 

Anna Lowenthal ’16 Investigates Masculine Identity in “Gangsta Rap”
First interested in black identity through representations of slavery in American novels, Mellon Scholar Anna Lowenthal '16 is exploring the contrasting influence of rap artists.

Lydia Hartlaub ’16 Enters Charles Dickens “Universe”
A Mellon Scholar award enabled Lydia Hartlaub '16 to dive deep into her fascination with the literature of Charles Dickens, and attend the Dickens Universe in California.

meditation Berardelli ’16 Connects East and West
As a Mellon Scholar, Nicholas Berardelli ’16 examined the Western reception of Eastern meditation practices.

meditation Illinois Wesleyan Dedicates Multifaith Space 'Open to All'
A new Multifaith Meditation Room was described as "a concrete example of what it means to be diverse and inclusive."

Roose Summer Reading Author to Speak at President's Convocation
Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University, will speak on Sept. 9.


Senior Maisie Cox was named to the 2015 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll.

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Monday, Aug. 31

Box Agoraphobia Galleries to Display Exhibits by Multimedia Artists
Works by Zachary Cahill and Emily Stokes will be on display in the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries through Oct. 1.

12 p.m., Pillsbury Room, Memorial Center – Text Talks in the Pillsbury Room – 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.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: "AAUP presents..." – Presented by the IWU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors to discuss issues scheduled on the agenda of the upcoming faculty meeting.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 1

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Study Abroad Fair – Students can learn about their semester and summer study abroad options, and get information on 2016 May Term travel course options. Representatives from our partner programs will be on hand to answer questions, and returned study abroad students will be there to share their experiences. Sponsored by the International Office.

4:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Knox College

5:30 p.m., Maxwell Park, Normal – Men's and Women's Cross Country - Titan Opener

7 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Live video at

Wednesday, Sept. 2

11 a.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Discussion of the Diversity Progress Report – Members of the University Council on Diversity will discuss the IWU 2020: Diversity progress report. This report outlines successes from 2014-15 and goals for 2015-16. The entire campus community is invited to review and discuss our campus diversity commitments and initiatives.

8 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – Model UN Informational Meeting – This informational meeting, open to all students, will kick off the 2015-16 school year for Model UN. We'll go over what the club does, conferences we plan to attend or host, and everything affiliated with the club.

Thursday, Sept. 3

10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Also Friday, Sept. 4), Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poster Sale – Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

4 p.m., Basement / Fellowship Area, Evelyn Chapel  – ReligiosiTEA – Come to Evelyn Chapel for late afternoon coffee, cookies, and conversation about spiritual life and your questions about life and faith along with students from various religious and non-religious traditions.

4 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Artist's Talk and Opening Reception for Art Exhibits – An artist's talk by Zachary Cahill at 4 p.m. will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 4

5 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs. Calvin College – Live video at

Saturday, Sept. 5

5 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs. Kalamazoo College

Sunday, Sept. 6

Crestwicke Country Club, Bloomington – Men's Golf vs. Millikin University (dual, day 2)

Monday, Sept. 7

Labor Day (NO CLASSES)


•  Assistant Professor of Nursing Amanda Hopkins was selected among 40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders in Illinois, and will be recognized at an award event on Sept. 17. The award is sponsored by the Illinois Nurses Foundation and the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition.

• Nick Brazis '02 was honored among "40 Leaders Under Forty" in the Peoria area.

Max Briggs '12 won the Tuba Artist Division at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

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


Save the Dates

President Wilson approved the adoption of three Cigna health care options (platinum, gold, and silver plans in the language of the Affordable Care Act) to replace our current Health Alliance and Humana plans beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

On Sept. 10 and 11, Human Resources will be introducing these three new plans. More details to follow!

Faculty/Staff Portrait Photo Session

If you'd like a new professional photo taken for the campus directory, sign up for a photo session on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Campus Photography

Speaking of photos – you may be aware Illinois Wesleyan no longer employs a full-time campus photographer. If you have photography needs, you can submit a request to the Communications Office.

Watch the New Student Convocation

If you missed the convocation on Aug. 18 – one in a series of "lasts" for retiring President Richard F. Wilson – you can see a video.

Rally for Recovery

IWU's Counseling and Consultation Services is a co-sponsor of the Rally for Recovery at the Cornbelters baseball game on Wednesday, Sept 2. Volunteers will be handing out educational material on mental health issues and treatment.

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Titans In The News
The Illinois Wesleyan business program is ranked the #3 undergraduate business program in the nation, based on salary potential for business majors.

The Pantagraph
As Illinois Wesleyan started classes Aug. 24, it was the last first day for President Richard F. Wilson.

(Danville) Commercial News
Ryan Schonert '16 gets to stump his professors with questions in his Eckley Scholar research into the unknown nature of interstellar dust.

(LaSalle) News Tribune
Aaron Guenther ’14 is now the girls tennis coach at LaSalle-Peru Township High School.

FlipSide PA
"Paul Saberin: A Retrospective Exhibit,” with works by the 1960 IWU alum, will be on display through Oct. 30 in the gallery at Council for the Arts of Chambersburg, Pa.

The Pantagraph
Affected by kindness during a difficult childhood, Dijon Duncan Schroff '00 gives back by restoring and giving away bicycles.

WGLT Radio
Associate Professor of Economics Diego Mendez Carbajo discussed a study done at Illinois Wesleyan, showing the economic impact of performing and fine arts in the local community.

InterBusiness Issues
A large water sculpture named Aspiration on the new Egbers Quadrangle is part of a campus beautification effort, made possible by the Egbers family after the construction of State Farm Hall.

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In Sympathy

Dorothy L. Claus, who formerly taught child development and directed a related laboratory preschool at Illinois Wesleyan, died on Aug. 21. Read an obituary.

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