Campus Weekly
Feb. 1, 2016
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
IWU Ethics Bowl Team to Compete at Nationals
For the third time in five years, the Ethics Bowl team at Illinois Wesleyan has qualified for the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition.
Freeman Foundation Grant Supports Student Internships in Asia
Thanks to the success of 17 Illinois Wesleyan students interning in Asia last year, the Freeman Foundation has approved a two-year grant of $400,000 to provide the same opportunity to nearly double the number of students.
Physics Major Presents Research at Harvard Conference
Lunjun (Simon) Liu '17 presented his research on cosmic dust at a highly selective undergraduate research conference at Harvard University.
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Titan Athletics
Tommy Senior Mary Kate Schmidt was named to the first team of the sixth annual 2015 NCAA Division III All-American squads for women's soccer, announced on Jan. 25.
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Monday, Feb. 1

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.


Through Feb. 13, The Ames Library – LGBT Legacy Wall Exhibit


12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Transmitting Ideology through Image and Text: Soviet Era Children’s Picture Books, 1920s-1930s  – Isaac Funk Professor of German & Russian Marina Balina will discuss her research. Children’s literature was so important to the Soviet state that it created an elaborate superstructure consisting of writers, illustrators, critics, librarians, psychologists, publishers, and other professionals engaged in the business of developing, studying, and regulating Soviet childhood reading. From the very moment of its formation, Soviet children’s literature became preoccupied with the development of specific visual language aimed at children. A vehicle of ideology, the picture book for the young Soviet reader became an important cultural phenomenon, despite its perceived simplicity and often minimalist techniques. Major Soviet artists and writers contributed to this genre, creating a unique assemblage of sophisticated visual formats for the promotion of state socialism, thus developing an impressive dual verbal-visual representation of the communist imaginary.


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

Tuesday, Feb. 2

4 p.m., 103, State Farm Hall – Environmental Careers in the Non-profit and Public Sector – Join Jen Walling, lawyer and executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), for insights on environmental jobs, internships, and interest group work. Walling lobbies on behalf of the IEC's nearly 70 member organizations. She has guided passage of legislation such as Illinois' ban on microbeads in personal care products, funding legislation for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and numerous bills on recycling and composting, among many others. This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in public policy, making a difference, and learning about career options, please consider attending! You will also learn about April Lobby Days and ways to get involved in important environmental issues. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

11:30 a.m., School of Art Atrium – "Té con Lorca" - A Celebration of Lorca's Creative Genius – Music, poetry and art, sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies and SPAN 418 Modern Spanish Literature Class.

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Study Smart

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Millikin University – Live streaming video at

6 p.m., Room 218, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Award-Winning Ceramist to Give Stellaccio Lecture – Anders Ruhwald will speak as the Anthony E. Stellaccio Visiting Artist.

Thursday, Feb. 4

12 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Tri-Beta Blood Drive – Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive.

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – On Middle Sexualities and Resisting Labels – (Rescheduled from Feb. 1) Matthew Damschroder, assistant dean of students for campus life, will present on Middle Sexualities. Some argue that students today resist labels associated with sexual and gender identity. This is maybe a simplistic response to the increasingly complex ways that students identify as somewhere in the middle of gay/straight and male/female. If you have questions about what it means when students use terms like bi/pansexual, non-binary, queer, genderqueer and fluid, this is a safe space to learn more, get answers and become equipped to support students fully in pursuit of communities of respect and inclusion. Sponsored by IWU Safe Zone with the support of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

4 p.m., Fellowship Area (basement), Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Religious Diversity and Attitudes on IWU's Campus – In Spring 2015, IWU students were invited to take a Campus Religious and Spiritual Life Climate survey, administered by Interfaith Youth Core to more than 16,000 students at 61 colleges and universities. This survey assesses students' perceptions, attitudes, and experiences of worldview diversity and interfaith engagement. Come for a conversation about the results and share your stories. All students are invited.  

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series and Struggles for Freedom Series: "The Battle of Algiers" – Presented by Professor of Political Science Jim Simeone.

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – The Truth about Africa – During this panel, students from the African Student Association (ASA) will share factual information about Africa and address head-on some of the misplaced beliefs about this continent that have been fostered through media and other venues. This is a "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event, sponsored by the African Student Association and Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Friday, Feb. 5

3 p.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Keck Multi Events

6:30 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving - CCIW Diving Championships (day 1)


8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – 13th Annual Charity Drag Show – Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Sponsored by IWU Pride Alliance, hosted this year by Sharon Sharealike. A $5 donation is suggested at the door, with proceeds to benefit PFLAG of Bloomington/Normal.

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Lab Theatre: Klauzal Square (Performances continue at 8 p.m. nightly through Sunday, Feb. 7.)

Saturday, Feb. 6

10 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Keck D-III Select Meet (Seniors' Day) – Live streaming video at

10:30 a.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving - CCIW Diving Championships (day 2)

¡TU UNIVERSIDAD! – ¡Tu Universidad! is a program that allows Latino/a students and their families to explore Illinois Wesleyan in a bilingual setting. This event will enable prospective students to meet with current students, faculty and staff through networking activities, and will help them discover what other successful Latino/a student leaders have found helpful in navigating the college search process.

Monday, Feb. 8

12:10 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Campus Religious and Spiritual Life Climate Survey Results University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and Multifaith Ambassador Tess Kelley '16 will present findings from the IWU survey that focus on students' responses concerning classroom experiences, co-curricular offerings, and campus-wide climate.


Through Feb. 25, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries – Juried Student Art Exhibition

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Hart Career Center Programs for Students
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Work that Matters: Post Graduate Service Opportunities
11 a.m., Welcome Center Auditorium
Students interested in exploring career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State, Peace Corps, or City Year should join us for a panel presentation with representatives from these three organizations. Join Robert Neus, the U.S. State Department's diplomat in residence for the Midwest, Jessica Vig, regional recruiter - Peace Corps Midwest Regional Office, and Eric Barbour, City Year regional recruitment manager - Midwest. Our guests will share information about opportunities at each organization and specifics about the application process as part of a panel presentation from 11 a.m.-noon. This will be followed by lunch and information tables where you can interact directly with each participant.

KEB, LLP will host internship interviews on campus.
Thursday, Feb. 4
RSM US LLP Info Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., State Farm Hall Foyer
Stop by to chat and enjoy a snack with RSM (formerly McGladrey) representatives. We’ll be discussing winter/spring 2017 audit internship opportunities. Please bring an updated resume if interested in on-campus interviews, which will take place later in February.
Friday, Feb. 5
Ace Your Interview: For Your Future Friday Series
12 p.m., Hart Career Center
Interviews can make or break you. Can you give behavioral examples of your strengths? Do you know what questions to ask? This presentation will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to make every interview a great interview.

IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program Application Deadline
This opportunity is open to all students regardless of major who are interested in in-depth international experiential learning. There are also opportunities for students with skills in writing, photography, website development/management, business management, graphic arts design. Any IWU sophomore or junior student (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) can apply. See program information and application instruction.
Career Center
  • Associate Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke has been invited to give a keynote address, "Fostering Empathy in the Classroom: Teaching a Critical Race Perspective in a Climate of Anxiety" at the American Sociological Association Alpha Kappa Delta Workshop on Teaching and Learning, which will take place at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting in Chicago on March 23.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong will present a talk, “Comparative Cognition: What Animals Can Teach Us About our Minds,” on Feb. 12 at Illinois State University.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding gave an invited colloquium on Jan. 22 at the University of Dundee, “Spreading Information of the ‘3rd Age’ of Ultrafast Imaging.”

  • Denise Anderson '92 was named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University.

  • Brandon Fluegel ‘95 has been named chief strategy officer for Synchronicity Futures in its Detroit Office.
More Research & Creative Activity
Titans In The News
Information Nigeria
Babawande Afolabi '10 is the founder and CEO of Green Africa Airways, a new airline startup founded in Lagos.
(Danville) Commercial-News
Erick Henderson '12, a third-year optometry student at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, has been elected president of the American Optometric Student Association.
(Des Plaines) Journal & Topics
Sean Dwyer '10, a certified financial planner, was appointed to the Prospect Heights Water Committee.
The Pantagraph
The Legacy Wall, a traveling interactive exhibit celebrating contributions of LGBT people throughout history, is on display at IWU.
Chicago Tribune
Martin McLaughlin '87, Barrington Hills village president and a small businessman, is garnering support from local leaders in his bid for State Senate in the 26th District.
In light of city budget talks, Associate Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo discussed economic impacts of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. Also on WGLT Radio.
Huffington Post
MacArthur "genius" grant winner Juan Salgado '91 is profiled as a "visionary Chicago school leader."
(Decatur) Herald & Review
Professor of Physics and hiking enthusiast Linda French discussed her favorite trails in a "Lunch and Learn" presentation.
WGLT Radio
Illinois Wesleyan University has snagged a $350,000 grant to increase student engagement.
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