Campus Weekly

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Dec. 14, 2015

Campus News

Matts Celebrating the Season
See photo highlights from a sampling of campus events celebrating the spirit of the season with various interfaith and multicultural traditions.

Matts Sawada '19 Brings Abacus Skills to Community Youth
As a community outreach project, Shinnosuke (Shin) Sawada '19 is teaching local children how to use an abacus, and to build their own.



Illinois Wesleyan University is tied for No. 42 (of 170 schools) in the second set of fall rankings in the Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

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> See facility hours for Winter Break (library, dining, fitness)

Monday, Dec. 14

4 O'Clock Hours Begin – Offices will close at 4 p.m. daily until the Winter Break.

Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 3

Campus Offices closed for Winter Break.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Thomas More College

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Orientation and registration of new students.

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Spring semester classes begin.


winners• Three vocalists from IWU placed in the finals of the Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition last month, competing against more than 350 singers from three states.

Austin Rupert '18 and Celia Williams '17 are students of Professor of Music Linda Farquharson and Megan Callison '16 is a student of Assistant Professor of Music William Hudson. These three finalists are now eligible to compete at the 2016 National NATS Conference and Competition in Chicago.

Six other IWU students competed and all progressed to the semi-final round: Phillip Duda '19, Jonathan Lange '19, Ellen Losey '16, Kelsey Maka '17, Kate Masson '18, and Blake Miller '18.

• A student at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Madison Dong, wrote movingly in the student newspaper about her experience studying cello with Illinois Wesleyan Associate Professor of Music Nina Gordon, “inarguably one of the best teachers one could ever meet.”

•  Posts by International Studies major Boryana Borisova ’17 about her study abroad in Russia are featured on the Gilman Global Experience Blog. Boryana is a recipient of the Gilman International Scholarship.

•  Chris Seps '07, an attorney in Chicago with the law firm Ulmer & Berne LLP, self-published his first book, How To Be A Good Baby: Tips From The Dog.

Thomas Tropp ’96 was named a winner of the 2014 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

•  The cover story of this fall's Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly features the historic Xi Chapter house at Illinois Wesleyan and recent renovations.

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


2016 Insurance Enrollment

If you have not yet signed up for health insurance, the sooner you fill out the enrollment form, the sooner you will receive your insurance card. Because the first deadline has passed, BAS (Benefit Administrative Systems) cannot guarantee that all enrollment processing will be completed for you to receive your enrollment card(s) by Jan. 1.

Enrollment forms received no later than Dec. 31 will be processed by BAS as soon as possible. You will have coverage effective Jan. 1, but you may not have your health insurance card prior to Jan. 1. You may not enroll in one of the three new health insurance plans after Dec. 31 for coverage effective during the 2016 calendar year, unless you have a qualifying change in status.

2016 Flex Enrollment 

Please remember to return your Flex form to the Human Resources Office. Even if you do not wish to participate in Flex, the forms still need to be returned to HR. If you have questions or need help completing your form, please contact Marie Giusti at 556-3971.

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Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune
During his winter break, Timothy Foszcz ’18 is starring in the new Parker Playhouse production of "All I Want for Christmas is Broadway" in Barrington.

WJBC Radio
Morning show host Scott Laughlin caught up with President Eric Jensen after his first few weeks on the job.

The Pantagraph
As students coped with finals, counselors staffed a table in The Ames Library with snacks, squishy balls and other stress relievers.

The (Joliet) Herald-News
Randall Fletcher '91 has been named vice president of academic affairs at Joliet Junior College, which also reported his appointment.

The Pantagraph
The campus chapter of Amnesty International organized a Write for Rights event, with volunteers writing more than 100 letters on behalf of people they believe are being denied their rights.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Barbara Ford '68, who has enjoyed a distinguished career in international librarianship, credits a summer abroad program while a student at Illinois Wesleyan with sparking her interest in global affairs.

TEDx Talks (YouTube)
In her talk at TEDx Normal, Wesleyan's Action Research Center Director Deborah Halperin gave examples of students who have been able to "Get Stuff Done" without waiting until they graduate.

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Think Green

An Open Letter to the Paris UN Climate Convention

University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger, who is also associate director of the IWU Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, joined other interfaith leaders in U.S. higher education in endorsing a call to action on climate change.

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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 See an archive of past editions.

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