Campus Weekly

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Sept. 14, 2015

Campus News

SealPresidential Announcement This Morning
Illinois Wesleyan will introduce its 19th president at 11:30 a.m. today (Sept. 14) at Hansen Student Center. The event will be streamed live and viewable afterward at this link.

GardenTitan Community Service Improves Lives
Titans gave 42,775 community engagement hours in the 2014-15 academic year. If you put a dollar value on the hours, that’s more than $1 million worth of service to the community.

Pride Illinois Wesleyan Receives High Rating for Efforts to Create Inclusive Community
Illinois Wesleyan University earned a 4-star rating on the Campus Pride Index for its inclusion efforts around sexual and gender identity. 

Family Family Weekend is Sept. 18-20
Illinois Wesleyan will welcome parents and families for the opportunity to learn first-hand about campus life.

Mohamed Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohamed ElBaradei to Present Master Class
As part of the Stevenson Lecture Series, Mohamed ElBaradei will give a master class at Illinois Wesleyan on Sept. 30 before speaking that evening at Illinois State University.

Stephanie Alumni to be Honored During Homecoming
Stephanie Whyte '91, Korey Coon '00 and Jim Mullins '03 will be honored during Homecoming activities on Oct. 10.


Titan football and volleyball teams won their home openers over the weekend.

> Find highlights at


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Through Oct. 1 –
Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Exhibits by Multimedia Artists Zachary Cahill and Emily Stokes

Monday, Sept. 14

•  11:30 a.m., Hansen Student Center – Presidential Announcement – The campus community is invited to a special meeting to introduce the University’s 19th president. So that all campus employees can attend, offices will close at 11:15 a.m. and reopen after the noon hour. For our alumni and those on campus unable to attend, the introduction of the president-elect will be streamed live and available following the event at this link.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: IWU and the Higher Learning Commission: Transitioning from the 10-Year Self-Study Process to the New Continuous Pathways Model – Lead by Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Evaluation Michael Thompson and Institutional Effectiveness Specialist Jenny Hand.

• 3:30-5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Campus Reception to Meet the 19th President and his Family

Wednesday, Sept. 16

11 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Course Cluster Opening Lunch Workshop – For students and faculty participating in the course cluster around the year's intellectual theme, "Nation(s) Divided?"

12 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Saucy Salsa Throwdown – The campus community is invited to come, taste and vote!
Sponsored by the Wellness Program, Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series - Time Management: Balancing Life and Academics – Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.

4 p.m., Fellowship Hall (lower level), Evelyn Chapel – Dialogues Across the Disciplines - "What Do the Prophets Mean Today? Abraham Joshua Heschel and the God of Pathos" – Presented by Associate Professor of Religion Robert Erlewine with a discussion led by students Rosa Zapata '18 and Cayley Rydzinski '18. The "Dialogues" are supported by the Re-Centering the Humanities grant.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. University of Chicago – Live video at

Thursday, Sept. 17

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.

•  4:30 p.m., Starts at Hansen Student Center – Color Run – Participants are doused in color as they cross the finish line on the Eckley Quad. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

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

7 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Documentary and Discussion: "God Loves Uganda" –  Part of the Queer Lives Speaker and Performer Series, this "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event is co-hosted by the International Film Series and Evelyn Chapel.

logo7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series: Constitution Day – In honor of Constitution Day, we will discuss "What does the Constitution mean to you? Is the Constitution the same to everyone?"

Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 20

Family Weekend

Friday, Sept. 18

3:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Aurora University – Live video at

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Franklin College – Live video at

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – A capella Group Kazual – Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Saturday, Sept. 19

10 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Grinnell College

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. Simpson College – Live video at

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Anderson University

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Magician Nash Fung – Sponsored by Student Senate.

Sunday, Sept. 20

10 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Elmhurst College

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

Monday, Sept. 21

9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.  – Brass Day – Young musicians are invited to spend a day with the students and faculty of Illinois Wesleyan's Brass Department, sponsored by the School of Music.

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: The Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Proposal – The proposal for a new Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship major has been submitted to Curriculum Council for review, and will probably be coming to the faculty for approval soon. A discussion of the proposal will be lead by Associate Professor of Physics Bruno deHarak.

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Tuesday, Sept. 15,
Wednesday, Sept. 16
& Thursday, Sept. 17
4 p.m.
(each day), Ames 129 – Your Connection to Jobs and Internships – Titan CareerLink is the Hart Career Center’s online search tool for jobs and internships which allows you to apply for jobs and internships, sign up for interviews and more. Come learn how to set up an account and use this tool for your job search.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

4-7 p.m., Bone Student Center, Illinois State University – ISU Internship Fair – Get a head start on your summer internship search! All majors welcome.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Alum Dave Moravec '84 with Integrity Data will be on campus for practice interviews.

Friday, Sept. 18

12 p.m.
, Hart Career Center – Jump Start Your Job Search - For Your Future Friday Series – Learn the many ways the Hart Career Center can help you in your job and internship search, from on-campus interviews to career fairs to online tools. Pizza served.


Health Insurance Program Meetings

Employee Meeting Reminder

As announced previously, we will be offering several Health Insurance Symposia during mid to late September. These meetings will provide more in-depth information than the New Health Insurance Introductory Meetings. The meetings will primarily focus on how the different health insurance plans pay for your health care needs. There will also be a demonstration on how to use the BAS website.

Tuesday, Sept. 15: All meetings will be held in Hansen 200
• 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
• 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
• 5 - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 16:
• 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. – Hansen 200
• 9 - 10 a.m. – Hansen 200
• Noon - 1 p.m. – Beckman Auditorium (The Ames Library)
• 2 - 3 p.m. – Hansen 200

Thursday, Sept. 17: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Turfler
Tuesday, Sept. 22: 3 - 4 p.m. – Henning
Wednesday, Sept. 23: 3 - 4 p.m. – Henning
Friday, Sept. 25: 10 - 11 a.m. – Henning

Retiree Meeting Reminder

We will also hold a retiree-specific session for those retirees covered by the IWU health plans:

• Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 3 - 4 p.m. in Hansen 200

We look forward to seeing you at these meetings.

Campus Sidewalk Chalking: Policy Reminder

Chalking sidewalks is a popular activity at Illinois Wesleyan, and new sidewalk messages greet us almost daily. As we begin a new academic year, it seems appropriate to remind everyone about our chalking policy.

Illinois Wesleyan University directs significant resources toward and takes great pride in the campus grounds and physical facilities. The University provides kiosks and bulletin boards for posting of notices and also numerous campus media to allow free expression and communication. IWU removes graffiti from all buildings and other facilities. Because chalking has become a popular method to advertise events and ideas, the following guidelines were established a few years ago:

  • Chalking is restricted to sidewalk areas only.
  • Only chalk that is water-soluble is permitted.
  • Chalking and posters will be removed from walls, benches, posts and other surfaces. Costs for labor to remove errant material or damage caused by inappropriately postings may be billed to the sponsoring group or individual(s).
  • Because of the nature of the site, chalking is removed immediately from the entrance to Evelyn Chapel.
  • Community members can report offensive chalkings to the Dean of Students Office.
  • Please be respectful of the needs of many RSOs and departments to use sidewalk space to promote activities or express ideas. 

As a new tradition established this year, students, faculty and staff are being encouraged to use the sidewalk space around the Aspiration sculpture to chalk their goals, hopes and dreams for the future. The Egbers Quad sidewalk space surrounding Aspiration is reserved for statements about personal goals (rather than event announcements or RSO promotions). However, we ask that you refrain from chalking the fountain ledge and wall. 

Sign Posting Service Shifts to Student Activities

A special thanks to Student Activities for taking on the campus sign posting responsibilities from the Dean of Students office. Student Activities student employees will post signs on weekdays when school is in session. Offices and student organizations may bring posters to Student Activities or the Main Desk to be posted, effective immediately. We recommend that you post signs at least 5-7 days before an event to ensure adequate publicity. 

Questions? Contact Colin Stewart, director, Student Activities and Leadership Programs, ext. 3850.

Display Space Available at The Ames Library

Do you have a collection you’d like to share? Have you created a scholarly or artistic work? Are you involved with a campus group or sponsoring an event you want others to know about? The Ames Library Exhibit Team invites staff to contact us about utilizing display space in the library. There are several exhibit spaces in the library to promote guest speakers, organizations, events, achievements or topics of interest that you’d like to share with the campus community.

If you are interested in scheduling a display, please contact Meg Miner at or ext. 1538.


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in This Issue

- Reminder: New Health Insurance Meetings
- Campus Sidewalk Chalking
- Sign Posting Service
- Display Space at Ames

Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune
As the Tribune reports, Chicago is full of first-rate actors waiting for a juicy film role, and Elizabeth Laidlaw '93 just found one.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan rose from 73 to 72 among national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of “2016 Best Colleges.”

The Quad-City Times
Mike Firth '12 is the girls swimming and diving coach at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa.

The Pantagraph
At the President's Convocation, summer reading author Kevin Roose urged students to "run toward your discomfort, not away from it." Also on WMBD/WYZZ TV.

WGLT Radio
Astronomers are nearly giddy with the revelations coming from the 10-year mission to Pluto, and Professor of Physics Linda French is one of them.

WJBC Radio
Wesleyan's Michael Gorman '10 was interviewed about the community's third annual Light the Night event, aimed at making sure everyone has lights on their bike. Also on WGLT Radio and in The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph
In a series marking the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam, David Johnson '63 shared his memories as a U.S. Air Force veteran.

> More Titans in the News


•  While in France to present a paper on his sabbatical topic on the history of bicycles in Illinois, Information Literacy Librarian / Associate Professor Chris Sweet competed in the Ironman Vichy. He finished first among pro competitors from the United States, and 10th among male pros overall.

Stephen Bentivenga ’86, a biology professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, received the University's Sniffen Faculty Governance Service Award, which recognizes faculty members who have exceptional University service records.

•  Lynsey Sloan '06 has been named director of clinical and placement services at ChildServ, a child and family services non-profit organization based in Chicago. She joined the organization in 2014, serving as a foster care & clinical program manager.

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


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