Campus Weekly

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Oct. 26, 2015

Campus News

Jesse Actor Jesse Eisenberg to Discuss His Debut Book at Illinois Wesleyan
Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg will speak about his debut story collection at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 26) at Hansen Student Center. The event will be live-streamed.

Dick and Pat Campus Says Farewell to Dick and Pat Wilson
The campus community gathered to wish President Richard F. Wilson and Pat Wilson farewell as they near the end of the Wilson presidency.

Cashews Munro Part of NSF-Funded Team Studying Food Security in Africa
A $480,000 grant to a team of five researchers, including Wesleyan's William Munro, also provides support for the active participation of undergraduate students.

Alumni Board Alumni Association Welcomes New Board Members, Execs
The Illinois Wesleyan Alumni Association has announced their new executive committee and board of directors.



• Head women's soccer coach David Barrett reached his 200th career win in a victory over Millikin at IWU's Neis Field on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The team secured a share of the 2015 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title with a victory over Elmhurst at Neis Field on Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Through Friday, Oct. 30
Academic Advising for Spring 2016 and May Term

Monday, Oct. 26

10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Also Tuesday, Oct. 27), Hansen Student Center – Faculty and Staff: IWU Benefits Fair & Flu Shots

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

12:15 p.m., Hansen Student Center – African Culture Week: "The Public Memory of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade" – Presented by Tony Adezde of the Department of History at Illinois State University. This event is part of African Culture Week sponsored by the African Studies Team, African Students Association, Latin American Studies, Western European Studies, Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA), International Studies and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Actor Jesse Eisenberg to Speak – Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg will speak about his debut story collection, Bream Gives Me Hiccups in a presentation entitled “A Conversation with Jesse Eisenberg: Depicting Social Justice in a Subversive Way,” sponsored by the IWU Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz will serve as moderator for a question and answer session following Eisenberg’s presentation.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

11 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Intersections: Walking the Red Road – Intersections is a four-part series that engages contemporary religious and spiritual traditions of walking. This Wednesday, learn about the Native American concept of the Red Road and other walking practices; enjoy a lunch of specially prepared Native American recipes and an interactive presentation, stations, and projects facilitated by invited guests Carol Lakota Eastin and Eliida Lakota. Participation is limited to the first 50 registrations, so register online or by emailing Chair of Sociology/Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Gearhart or Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger.

11 a.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Sophomore Class: Preparing for Junior and Senior Year – Sophomores are invited to come hear from the heads of Academic Advising, the Study Abroad Office and the Hart Career Center on how to plan your classes in order to graduate on time while having room to intern (maybe several times) and study abroad.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series - Writing 101: Crafting Strong Papers

3-5 p.m., Eckley Quad, near Joslin Atrium – IWU Peace Garden Market – (Weather permitting) Selling a variety of fresh produce from the IWU Peace Garden.

4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – African Culture Week: Legacies of Africa Symposium: "Lessons from the Haitian Revolution: Between Transit and Exile" – Presented by Nadege Veldwachter, associate professor of Francophone Literature and chair of the Department of French at Purdue University, as part of the symposium, "Legacies of Africa: Divided Nations and Diasporic Identities."

5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – African Culture Week: Legacies of Africa Symposium: "Cannes-Brulees/Canboulay/St. Domingue/New Orleans, 1791-1812" – Presented by IWU Professor Emeritus Robert Bray.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – African Culture Week: Film Screening: "Black Orpheus" – The 1959 film by Marcel Camus will be hosted by Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA) as part of the symposium, "Legacies of Africa: Divided Nations and Diasporic Identities."

Thursday, Oct. 29

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – African Culture Week: Legacies of Africa Symposium: "Race, the Black Nation(s), and the Gendering of the Black Aesthetic in the Diaspora" – Presented by Joseph Jordan, director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as part of the Symposium, "Legacies of Africa: Divided Nations and Diasporic Identities."
Followed at 5:30 by a reception hosted by the African Students Association.

4 p.m., Basement / Fellowship Area, Evelyn Chapel  – ReligiosiTEA - Halloween! – All are welcome to join IWU Interfaith to paint mini-pumpkins, locate the religious and non-religious roots of today's Halloween practices, and then discuss how diverse religious and spiritual traditions honor and remember those who have died. 

5:30 p.m., Pfeiffer and Munsell Halls  – Campus Trick-or-TreatingDetails below.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Filmmaker Kuwornu will Discuss his Immigration Documentary, “18 IUs Soli"

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center  – "You Look Like a Freak!" with JAC Stringer – Hosted by IWU Pride Alliance, this workshop evaluates the cultural concept of normalcy and how it affects members of the queer, trans and genderqueer community.

Friday, Oct. 30

9 a.m., Room 103, State Farm Hall – African Culture Week: Q & A with Lost Boys of Sudan, Peter Magai Bul & Seenaa Jimjimo

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

7:30 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – String Trio Recital

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Lab Theatre: Pluto Was a PlanetPerformances nightly through Sunday, Nov. 1.

Saturday, Oct. 31

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

1 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving - Halloween Invite

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

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

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Hauntin' Halloween Party – The campus community is invited to join Cross-Cultural Connections for their second annual Halloween Party, featuring Halloween food representative of different cultures, a sign-up table for a costume contest, pumpkin decorating and dancing.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Ensemble & Unlicensed Syncopation Halloween Concert

Sunday, Nov. 1

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

6:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Concluding African Culture Week: African Culture Night: African Food & Entertainment – The African Student Association will host their annual African Culture Night, featuring master drummer Moussa Bolokada Conde. The event aims to educate members of the community about Africa and expose them to the culture of African countries through dance performances, fashion and food.

Monday, Nov. 2

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

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Sexual Assault Initiatives Update:  A Campus Climate Survey Report – Presented by Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall. In Spring 2015, IWU conducted the Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey developed by the Higher Education Data Sharing group (HEDS). This non-org will present the results of the climate survey, benchmark information (with 54 peer institutions also participating in the survey) and the implications for future campus education and response. 

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

7 p.m., C101, CNS – "New Rules for Climate Protection: Student and Citizen Action to Change the Future" – Details under GREENetwork news at right.

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Monday, Oct. 26

4 p.m., E101, CNS – Interviewing for Medical School – Pre-med students, join us for this session on medical school interviews presented by an IWU alum. Trissa A. Babrowski '98, M.D., is a board-certified vascular surgeon at the University of Chicago who specializes in limb preservation. Since her appointment, Dr. Babrowski has been instrumental in spearheading the innovative UChAmPP (University of Chicago Amputation Prevention Program) to afford patients an opportunity to save their limbs in the face of aggressive peripheral vascular disease. Her work has earned national media coverage.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

State Farm Insurance will be on campus for practice interviews.


Campus Trick-or-Treating

Mummies, werewolves, ghosts! Oh My! Come join the spooky students of Illinois Wesleyan for some Halloween fun! 

On Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to come to campus for trick-or-treating throughout two of our Residence Halls: Pfeiffer Hall and Munsell Hall. Come join us for an extra night of candy collecting that is indoors, warm, dry, early, and safe. Pfeiffer Hall will also have some fun Halloween themed activities in the lounge.

If you have any questions, contact Liz Hinderks, IWU Residence Director at

IWU Benefits Fair

Stop by the 2016 Benefits Fair – Monday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Hansen Student Center. Benefit representatives will be available for consultations from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days. There will also be various informational sessions about the upcoming insurance changes. See the full schedule of presentations in Hansen 200.

United Way Reminder

From the IWU United Way Committee:

The deadline for this year's United Way Campaign is Friday, Oct. 30. At this point, we have reached about 35 percent of our goal.  You still have time to turn in your pledge or gift to the Human Resources Office, 209 Holmes Hall.

Thank you for your support.

Focus Group on Outdoor Meditation Garden

Thursday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m.
Evelyn Chapel Basement

The feasibility for implementing an outdoor meditation garden that incorporates native plant species is being explored as part of a Senior Seminar project run by Nicole Chlebek '16.

A focus group will be held to share ideas and opinions about the possibility of building a meditation garden on IWU's campus. All are welcome, including students, staff, and faculty. Dinner will be provided. However, space is limited, so please RSVP to by Wednesday, Oct. 28.


Check out this week's specials or see the menu for the Faculty/Staff Lounge.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

The Pantagraph
Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg will be at Illinois Wesleyan University Monday to discuss his new short story collection, Bream Gives Me Hiccups.

Inside Higher Ed
Professor of Computer Science Hans-Joerg Tiede discussed his new book tracing the creation of the American Association of University Professors – a professional group which quickly saw the need to defend academic freedom.

Inside Higher Ed

Wesleyan's Hans-Joerg Tiede weighed in on an Inside Higher Ed survey of faculty workplace engagement.

Glenview Patch
"The Cubs may have disappointed fans on the field Tuesday night, but the Wrigley Field faithful were at least treated to a spectacular performance of the National Anthem" by Wayne Messmer '72.

The Pantagraph
Students at Illinois Wesleyan University reached out to their classmates for Alcohol Awareness Week, trying to dispel myths and misinformation about alcohol use.

Oak Lawn Patch
Jayne (Anderson) Saniat '88 will be inducted into the Oak Lawn Community High School Alumni Hall of Fame. She is a partner in ScribbleMonster, a children’s book and music series introducing kids to the joy of creating.

The Daily Dot
Discussing the world premiere opera Hannibal with creator Sung Jin Hong '97 opened topics of cultural anthropology, genderqueerness, community engagement and our current zeitgeist.

> More Titans in the News


• Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz will give a talk and present readings in two events at Illinois State University on Friday, Nov. 6, together with author Ian Morris, her co-editor of the collection The Little Magazine in Contemporary America. Learn more.

• Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr gave two invited seminars: “Herping in the Mist: In search of Amphibians and Reptiles in Cloud Forests and Andean Grasslands in Central Peru” at the Department of Zoology, Charles University and at the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic on Oct. 13 and 15, respectively.

• Digital POWRR (Preserving (Digital) Objects With Restricted Resources) has received the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Award in the category of Organizations. Illinois Wesleyan is a sponsoring member of POWRR, and University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian and Associate Professor Meg Miner serves on the leadership team.

Digital POWRR is being recognized for offering standalone advice for implementing a digital preservation program on a need-based spectrum ranging from no funds or technical assistance, up through all-in-one preservation and dissemination systems.

Miner's work with POWRR has included research, conference presentations and training sessions to enable academic institutions to capture and preserve our digital content and history.

• Erin Moll '08 and Bill Dwyer '08 are performing in the regional premiere of Mohammed Fairouz's opera Sumeida's Song at Prop Thtr in Chicago through Nov. 8.

In addition, Moll's Opera on Tap Chicago has been selected as a featured organization in Chicago Artists Month. Their project, New Brew, is a recital of songs by local composers on the theme "Chicago in Song." Moll will sing selections from Eric Malmquist '07 at the Nov. 2 event.

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


Welcome New Employees

Allecia Correll started Oct. 19 as student loan coordinator in Financial Aid, replacing Kristine Brent.

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Think Green

“New Rules for Climate Protection: Student and Citizen Action to Change the Future”

Monday, Nov. 2
7 p.m.
C101, CNS

Eban Goodstein, director of Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy and of Bard’s MBA in sustainability and the initiator of the Power Dialog, will speak.

The Power Dialog is an effort to support 10,000 students in all 50 states to engage in dialog with state regulators in charge of implementation planning for the Clean Power Plan in April 2016. It is intended as an effective and fun way for students to be involved in a serious and critical policy conversation.

In his talk, Goodstein will discuss the upcoming climate conferences in Paris, the U.S. Clean Power Plan, and the Power Dialog. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies program.

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