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Campus Weekly

August 22, 2016

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News

SEP groupPopular Summer Program Develops Student Leaders
The diverse students in Illinois Wesleyan's Summer Enrichment Program complete a paid internship, learn at training workshops and work together on a service project. See photos of their celebratory gathering with alumni at the Network Annual Picnic.

Juntian and AllisonTitan Volunteer Rubs Shoulders with Olympians
At the world's biggest sports stage, Illinois Wesleyan student Juntian Wei '19 has taken selfies with Olympic gold medalists and witnessed the performance of a trailblazer from his home country. 
UpdikeUpdike Interviews Collected in New Plath Book
Wesleyan's James Plath has compiled a collection of John Updike interviews into a new book that helps explain the author's bond with Pennsylvania, the setting of much of his early fiction.
OperaMusic Alumni Selected for New York Lyric Opera Theatre
Two young School of Music alumni spent part of their summers singing on some of the world's most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.
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Titan Athletics
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Monday, Aug. 22

Regular Office Hours Resume – Four o'clock summer hours end; University offices will be open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays.


Through Sept. 1 – Merwin & Wakeley Galleries – Exhibit “Alpha and Omega” is on display.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Through Sunday, Aug. 28 – Turning Titan: New Student OrientationSee the full schedule.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

3 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Illinois College (Exhibition)

6 p.m., varied campus locations – Turning Titan Summer Reading Discussions – Incoming students will discuss The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg.

7 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Aurora University (Exhibition)

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Mentalist Chris Carter – Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Friday, Aug. 26

8 a.m., Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Faculty and Staff Breakfast – A full breakfast buffet will be offered at 8 a.m. At 8:30, President Eric Jensen will report on our progress over the past year on important priorities, discuss some of the challenges for the coming year, and respond to your questions. The Max L. Starkey Award winner will also be announced.

9:30 a.m., C101, CNS – Fall Faculty Conference: “Growing Stronger Together: Building Inclusion in our Campus Community"

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Hypnotist Frederick Winters – Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Saturday, Aug. 27

1 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Naperville Soccer FC (Exhibition)

5 p.m., Egbers North Quad – Welcome Back Faculty/Staff Family Picnic – Faculty and staff are invited to a picnic on Egbers North Quad before the Titan Carnival. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, Aug. 24.

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Carnival – IWU faculty and staff and their families are invited to enjoy the free fun before the Carnival opens to students.

Monday, Aug. 29

First Day of Classes  

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Introducing IWU's Peace Corps Prep Program – Deborah Halperin, director of the Action Research Center, will discuss the new Peace Corps Prep Program at Illinois Wesleyan.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Meet the Class of 2020 – Bob Murray, Dean of Admissions, will provide an overview of the academic profile and demographics of our first-year students; Chandra Shipley, Director of Academic Advising/Coordinator of Disability Services, will discuss advising tips to meet the needs of our new students; Annorah Moorman, Assistant Dean and Director of Counseling Services, will focus on the psychological and emotional aspect of these students; Stacey Shimizu, Director of the International Office, will discuss specific areas of opportunities and concerns of our incoming international students in the University's history; and Brandon Common, Assistant Dean of Students, will discuss specific areas of opportunities and concerns of our domestic diversity students. This event is sponsored by the Mellon Center and CETAL (Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning).

More Events
Titans In The News
WJBC Radio
The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council is working with Illinois Wesleyan to relaunch the small business development center on the IWU campus.
Best College Reviews
Illinois Wesleyan is among the 50 Best Colleges for Greek Life – schools where participation is high, criminal offenses are low, and current Greeks are satisfied with their experience.
The Pantagraph

Alexandria "Ali" Stevenson, a 2015 School of Nursing graduate and a nurse at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Aug. 15. She was remembered for going "above and beyond" for patients. Also on WJBC Radio and in The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times.

The State Journal-Register
Theatre arts major Ryan Fisher '17 chose to go beyond the princely stereotype in his starring role in The Muni production of "The Little Mermaid."
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan offers counseling to students in distress, and encourages students to develop coping skills for constructively coping with stress.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Ready or not, Tom and Natalie Lessaris are sending their fifth and youngest child off to college at Illinois Wesleyan. Sam follows older brother Steven, a 2012 alum.

The Pantagraph
Among local Olympic connections, swimmer Ryan Held, who famously cried after winning gold with the 4x100 freestyle relay team, is the younger brother of former IWU swimmer Kendall Held, a 2011 grad.


More Titans in the News
  • Irv Epstein, the Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice, recently co-authored the piece, “The Unintended Consequences of edTPA” on the Phi Delta Kappa International "Learning on the Edge” blog.

  • Christina Isabelli, Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies, gave an invited lecture titled "Origins of Spanish in/of the United States" as part of the Middlebury College Round Table panel, "Spanish in the U.S.: Myths and Realities," on Aug. 9.
More Research & Creative Activity
Reminder - Opportunity to Comment

Every four and ten years, Illinois Wesleyan University undergoes a comprehensive review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA), the University’s accrediting body. Last accredited in 2012, the University is once again taking part in the process, which involves the writing of an Assurance Argument by IWU and a visit to campus by a team of evaluators from the HLC-NCA, on Oct. 3-4, 2016. IWU’s Assurance Argument is available via this link.


The Commission invites comments from the public on IWU’s qualifications for accreditation. The comments must be written, signed, and sent by Sept. 1, 2016. Find more information, including a mailing address for comments, on the IWU accreditation website, or file comments electronically.

Fort Natatorium Pool Reopens

Renovations continue, but enough progress has been made for the pool at Fort Natatorium to reopen.

Pool Hours this week (Aug. 22-28)

10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday

Also 4:45-7 p.m. Monday - Friday

Closed Sunday


Pool Hours for Academic Year

11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

7 - 9 a.m. & 12 - 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

7:15-9:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday

6:15 - 8 p.m. Friday

1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Welcome New Employees

Loreto Delgado '16 started Aug. 15 as admissions counselor, replacing Cristen Monson.


Glenn Herring started Aug. 18 as residence director in the Office of Residential Life, replacing Jacob Deter, who transferred to the area director position on June 13, replacing Liz Vales.


Liz Vales became the interim director of the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. She replaced Colin Stewart, who became associate dean for student involvement at Fresno State University in June.

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