Campus Weekly
Jan. 25, 2016
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Campus News
Illinois Wesleyan Awarded $350,000 Grant
The Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to Illinois Wesleyan for a three-year initiative, Engaging Tomorrow's Students, to strengthen teaching and adapt to meet the intercultural needs of today's students.
Illinois Wesleyan Announces Fall 2015 Dean's List
The fall semester Dean's List includes 785 students from 24 states and 18 countries.
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Titan Athletics
The Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's swimming and diving teams won both ends of the double dual over North Central and Millikin on Friday night, Jan. 22, at Fort Natatorium.
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Monday, Jan. 25

**Due to a burst pipe in the Memorial Center, meetings scheduled for the Henning and Davidson Rooms and other rooms in the Memorial Center over the next few days are being relocated. Check with the sponsoring organization or the Memorial Center staff for the new meeting place.

Through Feb. 4, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries – Art Exhibits – “Den” by Asia Ward is in the Merwin Gallery and “Her Undulating Earth” by Jane Ryder is in the Wakeley Gallery.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Integrating MALANA and International Students – IWU has established pre-orientations for Multiracial, African-American, Latino-Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American (MALANA) and international students and for other students interested in conversations about diversity and social justice. Please join faculty and staff responsible for these orientations for a discussion on efforts to create stronger connections across these orientations and to help students from diverse backgrounds find community at IWU. We will discuss challenges we've faced and opportunities for deeper engagement. Presenters will be Brandon Common & Aric Faulkner from the Office of Diversity & Inclusion/MALANA pre-orientation; Meghan Burke from Sociology & Anthropology/Engaging Diversity pre-orientation; and Stacey Shimizu & Robyn Walter from the International Office/international student pre-orientation.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

1 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Training Staff to Respond to Racial Climate ChallengesSee details below


4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – IWU/Advocate CSA Kickoff – Interested in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? CSA is a system in which local farmers are supported by community members to cultivate and deliver fresh, healthy produce to members throughout the year. Come to learn about the program, sign up for shares and meet the farmers involved. Sponsored by IWU Wellness.


6 p.m., Northeast and Southeast classrooms, Shirk Center – Documentary: "The Hunting Ground" – Due to the intense and controversial nature of this film, a panel of IWU faculty members will be present afterward for discussion and questions. Sponsored by Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA) and Panhellenic Council.


8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist: Seth Keeton, Bass Baritone

Wednesday, Jan. 27

11 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Opening Session for the Spring Course Cluster – A "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event.


12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Time Management: Balancing Life and Academics  


4 p.m., Fellowship Hall (lower level), Evelyn Chapel – Realism in Thucydides and Joyce – Professor of Political Science James Simeone will speak as part of the Dialogues Across the Disciplines series, with a discussion led by students Sam Kasten '17 and Zoe Bouras '18. The Dialogues are inspired by the Re-Centering the Humanities grant.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Wheaton College – Live streaming video at


7 p.m., E106, CNS – Quiz Bowl First Practice – IWU Quiz Bowl is a fun, casual group of trivia enthusiasts who enjoy obscure facts and pressing buzzers. All are welcome!

Thursday, Jan. 28

4 p.m., Fellowship Area (basement), Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA – IWU Interfaith will host a follow-up discussion of the movie, "Words with Gods," which was shown last week.


7 p.m., C101, CNS – International Film Series – "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006, Spain) will be presented by Professor of Hispanic Studies Carmela Ferradans.


7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series: Environmental Justice – Join the Sustainability Educators and Office of Diversity and Inclusion for a night of conversation about the intersection of environmental sustainability and power imbalances that lead to injustice.

Friday, Jan. 29

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian D.J. Demers – If you’re into some stand-up comedy or are just having a bad day and need a good laugh, come on out to see award-winning stand-up comedian D.J. Demers. With performances on Conan, JFL42 comedy festival, NBC’s Stand-Up for Diversity, CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud and The Debaters, he is someone you do not want to miss. Free admission for all. Sponsored by Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Saturday, Jan. 30

10 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Top Times Titan Open

Sunday, Jan. 31

4 p.m., The Ames Library – Opening Reception for LGBT Legacy Wall Exhibit – Victor Salvo, the founder and executive director of the Legacy Project, will speak, along with IWU Provost Jonathan Green, Bloomington Mayor and IWU Professor of Political Science Tari Renner and the Rev. Kelley Becker, representing Not in Our Town, one of the sponsors of the exhibit.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty Recital: Vayo/ Plazak

Monday, Feb. 1

* The previously scheduled presentation, "On Middle Sexualities and Resisting Labels," has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 4, at 12:10 p.m. in the Davidson Room.


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

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Hart Career Center Programs for Students
Thursday, Jan. 28

Work That Matters: Alumni Making An Impact Through Their Careers
12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium
Join four dynamic IWU alumni, including three former Peace Fellows as they share how their careers are positively impacting our world:

  • Emily Coles '11 has worked with the World Health Organization in Geneva, the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, the Danish Refugee Council in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and at Praxis in Belgrade.
  • Jessica Meyer '11 has focused on improving living and working conditions in Detroit and now helps business, philanthropy, and civic institutions shape the future of the urban world.
  • Monica Shah '10 teaches at Brightwood Education Campus, a D.C. Public School. She has won scholarships to study peace and nonviolence in India and Mexico, compare schooling and education in Argentina and Turkey, and receive training on the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
  • Charlie Sell ’10 has worked for the Illinois Governor’s Office in Washington, D.C. as a Federal Liaison through the Dunn Fellowship Program and worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). While at IOM, he worked on the Emergency and Early Recovery Programme.


Extra Drop-In Hours
1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center
Bring your resume or cover letter for review. No appointment is needed to meet with one of our counselors for this quick resume review.

Friday, Jan. 29

North Central College, Naperville, Illinois
You needed to pre-register for this event. Taking the bus? Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center parking lot (behind the building at the corner of Park and University.)


Internships 101: For Your Future Friday Series
12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium
An internship is around the corner. Start getting prepared now! Join us for a quick internship overview…learn what they are, where to look for them, how to apply to them, whether you can get credit for them…and more! Pizza served. To reserve a spot, call (309) 556-3071 or email (If you forget to RSVP, come anyway!)


January Jump Start: Fridays at the Hart Career Center

LinkedIn Profile Photos
Stop by dressed in your professional best for a new head shot for your LinkedIn profile. Photos taken on a first come, first served basis. Check the website at or call (309) 556-3071 for specific times.

9-11:30 a.m. - Resume Reviews
Drop by to have your resume reviewed. No appointment needed; first come, first served.

Practice Interviews needed to be reserved in advance. If you would like to sign up for a future practice interview, visit Titan CareerLink.

Career Center
  • Physics major Simon Liu ’17 was selected to attend the undergraduate National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) at Harvard Jan. 21-23. Applications from students at colleges and universities around the country were reviewed competitively to select the final list of participants.

  • The vocal jazz ensemble Unlicensed Syncopation, conducted by Visiting Instructor of Music Education Andrew Dahan, was selected to perform at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. The group's performance is scheduled at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, room 405/406 at the Peoria Civic Center.

  • Penny Cooper '87 joined the faculty at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

  • Molly Lieberman '09 teaches violin and viola at the Academy of Performing Arts in Oak Creek & Franklin, Wisconsin.

  • John Schreiner '02 was promoted to partner at the law firm Perkins Coie. He is a member of the firm's Corporate Governance & Transactions practice in its Chicago office.
More Research & Creative Activity
Titans In The News
Medill Reports Chicago
After sharing her passion for bringing social justice to the stage as Artist-in-Residence at Halcyon Theatre, Allyce Torres '13 is now a company member starring in the title role of “Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen].”
Huffington Post
Associate Professor of Sociology Megan Burke offered analysis of a WalletHub study ranking racial progress in each state and D.C. Also quoted on Carbonated.TV.
The Pantagraph
Ed Brady '85 was named chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.
The Pantagraph

Economics professors Mike Seeborg and Diego Mendez-Carbajo discussed the decline in local home foreclosures.
Bristol, Va. Herald Courier
Abingdon residents listened to Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1966 speech at Illinois Wesleyan, and discussed progress in the 50 years since. Hear or read the speech.
The Fountain Hills (Ariz.) Times
Debby DeBernardi '76 left a nursing career to become an ordained minister and professor of religion. 
The Pantagraph
Professor of Physics Linda French shared her passion for hiking and recommended beautiful hiking locations in central Illinois.
WJBC Radio
The work of Martin Luther King Jr. was about more than a dream, a speaker told students at Illinois Wesleyan. Also reported in The Pantagraph, plus a photo gallery from the day's Gospel Festival.

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

Brooke Chilton '16 spoke at a press conference urging the state of Illinois to continue funding Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) scholarships. The event also was livestreamed (her remarks begin at 11m42s).
Tampa Bay Times
Doug Smith '91 has been named vice president and commercial relationship manager at the Bank of Tampa.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan students read to children during a Global Story Time event at the Bloomington Public Library. (Photo only)


More Titans in the News
BAS/Cigna Insurance Update

From Human Resources:


Now that we are a few weeks into using the new BAS Medical Insurance, we thought we would provide you with an update and a couple of reminders.

There was an error on the first set of BAS ID cards you received last month. The specialty copay for those on the Platinum and Silver plans was listed incorrectly. BAS has corrected their error and reissued new ID cards. The second set of cards correctly listed the specialty copay as $30 for Platinum and $50 for Silver.

The BAS ID cards only list the employee's name. When your dependents show the ID card for medical services, the provider will call BAS to verify coverage. BAS sent two cards to each employee. If you need additional cards for family members, you can request them by logging on to the BAS website at

If you are searching for a provider in our new network, please use the following link:

For more information about the new health insurance plans, please visit the HR insurance web page:

HR will be holding additional education sessions next month related to the three new plan options. Please watch for notifications regarding these meetings.

New Health Insurance Tax Form
Starting in 2015, the Affordable Care Act requires the University to offer health insurance coverage to full-time employees and their dependents. Starting in 2016, the University is also required to send a statement known as the 1095-C to both the IRS and all employees eligible for coverage. The 1095-C describes the insurance coverage that has been available and that you participated in the prior year. Please see Form 1095-C FAQ to find answers to some frequently asked questions.
Campus Room Reservations
Ever had a question about reserving a room on campus? Conference Services has a great new website with resources on how to make internal reservation requests including: R25 instructions, campus space descriptions, and photos! Check it out at
Responding to Racial Climate Changes

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1-2:30 p.m.
Welcome Center Auditorium (*note location change)
Professional development webinar: “Training Staff to Respond to Racial Climate Challenges.”


From Dean of Students Karla Carney Hall:
Dr. Jamie Washington is the presenter and has been a frequent guest on our campus. I hope you will consider this session as we expand our capacity to respond to campus racial issues.  Although staff appear to be the focus of this particular session, we welcome our faculty colleagues to attend as well. Our institutional response involves all of us as partners. This session is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the University Council on Diversity.



How do we train professional and para-professional staff to engage and respond to issues of diversity and inclusion, in a time when race relations are so charged on campus? This question continues to plague many campus professionals, as they seek to encourage respectful dialogue and engagement. Dr. Jamie Washington will share his insights and expertise during this webinar. 


What support do your professional staff members need, in order to ensure they can successfully support students?

What components are needed in your training efforts for professional staff? For para-professional staff?

How do your staff members respond swiftly when incidents do occur? What do you do to rebuild trust? To allow controversy with civility?


We’re at a crossroads in the area of civility and conduct within higher education. Our expert presenter, Dr. Jamie Washington, will provide strategies for training your professional and para-professional staff so you can best meet their needs, as well as the needs of your diverse student body. You’ll be able to educate on what constitutes racist speech and action, respond to incidents swiftly and effectively when they do occur, and build a community based on civility and trust. 


Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, Maryland, and the president and a founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. (See his full bio)

As a result of this webinar, you will take away:

  • The components of successful training efforts for professional and para-professional staff—educate your staff members on these hotbed issues so they have the confidence and skills to respond to students with respect and civility. 
  • Strategies for offering opportunities for intersection among students of different backgrounds on campus—and how you can help majority staff and students on campus understand that diversity is a topic that pertains to everyone.  
  • A framework for response, so you can avoid making broad-sweeping decisions that have negative consequences. 
  • Effective tools for educating students and staff on how they can be engaged citizens on topics of social justice.
Video of All Staff Meeting
See the video of the Jan. 15, 2016 All Staff Meeting.
International Office Newsletter
The January 2016 International Office Newsletter is available here or on the Study Abroad website.
Snow and Ice Procedures
As we have reached the snow and ice season, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into SchoolDude. Please call Physical Plant at 556-3066 during our regular hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Security at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.
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