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Campus Weekly

March 20, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
frogLehr's Team First to Name Amphibian After BBC's Attenborough
Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr and his research partner have named their newly discovered frog species after the famed British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
EnsembleWind Ensemble Wins National Band Performance Competition
The Illinois Wesleyan Wind Ensemble has been selected as the national winner of The American Prize in Band Performance competition in the performing arts in the college/university division.
CalderonFormer President of Mexico to Deliver Stevenson Lecture
Felipe Calderón, recognized for leading Mexico's economic recovery and providing international leadership in sustainable development, will speak on "Better Growth or Better Climate: Do We Need to Choose?" on March 23, as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series.
winnersCouncil for IWU Women Awards Four Scholarships
At the 2017 Council for IWU Women Summit, four scholarships were awarded to students who exhibit personal and professional passion, communication skills, empowerment and leadership.
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Titan Athletics
  • Senior Meg Stanley became Illinois Wesleyan's first-ever national swimming champion when she won the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Division III Championships on March 15 in Shenandoah, Texas. She then finished third in the 1650 freestyle event on March 18.
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Monday, March 20

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., DugOut, Memorial Center (Also on Wednesday, March 22) Connect Transit on Campus – Representatives from Connect Transit will offer information about bus routes and answer questions about its service. Student Senate and Connect Transit are performing a trial run this semester allowing IWU students free ridership with their student ID. Depending on the number of students who use this service, Student Senate may decide to make this a permanent feature. Students, if you have been looking for additional transportation options, now is your opportunity to show Student Senate that this is something that can benefit campus life.

Tuesday, March 21

1 p.m. through Wednesday, March 22, 11 a.m. – Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship Visit Day – Admitted students with any interest in business, engineering or art are invited to get a first-hand look into our DTE major.

8 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Collegiate Choir Home Concert

Wednesday, March 22

Through Friday, March 31 – Academic Advising for Fall 2017

12 p.m., E103, CNS – Academic Skills Series: Advising 101: Meeting Your Graduation Requirements – Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.

12 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Circle K Blood Drive

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poli-Talks: Health Care – Chair and Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw will facilitate a discussion as part of a bi-weekly series sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Political Science Department to address current political issues and the overall political climate. Members of the campus community are invited to share their thoughts and feelings regarding the current political landscape. Multiple perspectives and viewpoints are welcome and encouraged for these discussions.

4:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Concordia University (Wis.) – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. University of Dubuque – Live streaming video at

Thursday, March 23

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D - The History of Multicultural and Panhellenic Council Greek Organizations – A discussion will be facilitated by Alanna Hill, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, as part of the 3D Series, a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Good Bye Lenin! – (2003, Germany) Presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis.


Calderon 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Stevenson Lecture: Felipe Calderón – Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico, will speak on sustainable development as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series.


Friday, March 24

8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Play: Ladyish – The comedy Ladyish flows back and forth in time between fictionalized Kardashian sisters chasing the dream of their own reality show, and fictionalized Bronte sisters pursuing the dream of an advantageous marriage.

Saturday, March 25

3 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Adrian College – Live streaming video at

4 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Concordia University

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Undercover 30 – Students will battle it out on stage for the title of Undercover champion with Nelly's Echo as host, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.


8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Play: Ladyish

Sunday, March 26

1 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Lake Forest College (doubleheader) – Live streaming video at


8 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Play: Ladyish

Monday, March 27

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.Spring Into Nursing! – Admitted nursing majors are invited to take an in-depth look at our nursing program. The event will include the opportunity to attend nursing classes, have lunch with current students, meet faculty, tour our newly renovated lab facilities, and more.


12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: eSports – Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall will present information about the potential for campus eSports, which are organized team competitions based on video games.


4:05 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Strategic Investment Plan Presentation for faculty and staff.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – NAMI On Campus: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) On Campus will host a screening and discussion about the negative mental health stigma portrayed in the movie.

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Hart Career Center
Friday, March 24

Career Counseling Workshop

12-1 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium
Are you having trouble deciding on classes to take in the fall semester? Are you unsure of your choice of major? Or what to do with your major now that you’ve chosen one? Still undecided and need direction? This session is for you! Join us – your future self will thank you! Lunch will be available; bring your own water bottle.

Career Center
Titans In The News
(London) Daily Mail

new species of frog discovered in South America by Wesleyan's Edgar Lehr and his research partner is the first amphibian to be named after Sir David Attenborough. International coverage included, Science Daily, LiveScience, The Independent, The Sun, Express, derstandard (in German), The HinduNDTV and local WGLT Radio.


See up-to-date metrics on coverage of Lehr's study.

Chicago Tribune
Juan Salgado '91 was named the new chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago. Also in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Daily North Shore
In a "Sunday Breakfast" profile, the multi-faceted Wayne Messmer '72 says he lives "in the moment with eyes wide open.”
Chicago Tribune
Dana Smith '98 has been named superintendent of Flossmoor School District 161. Also reported in the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle.
WGLT Radio
Political Science Professor Greg Shaw, who has written extensively on health care policy, weighed in on the GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.
The (Ottawa) Times
Amy Sipovic '08, a Streator High School social studies teacher, has been appointed to the Illinois Valley Community College board.
Chicago Tribune - from the community

Cara Spitzner '03, a fourth grade teacher at Ogden Avenue School in La Grange, is a finalist in the 2017 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership.

WGLT Radio
To Open Windows, the latest exhibition from artist Bill Conger, is on view at Merwin Gallery.
The Pantagraph
Former Mexican president Felipe Calderón will speak on March 23 at Illinois Wesleyan University on “Better Growth or Better Climate: Do We Need to Choose?”
More Titans in the News

  • Technology Trainer Kate Browne successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation, "Body Composition: Reading, Writing and Resisting Weight Loss Autobiography as Biopolitical Pedagogy" through the Department of English at Illinois State University.

  • Madelyn E. Dulin '19, Jaclyn M. Dziewior '19, and Scholar in Residence James E. House published "Potassium Hydrogen Tartrate as a Candidate for Green Chemistry Solution Studies" in The Chemical Educator, 2017, 22, 47-50. 

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding will present "Science Fiction Made Into Science Reality" at a meeting of the Great Burr Oak Science Club at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, inside the Ear in the Envelope Art Studio, 820 SW Adams, Peoria.


Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the IWU Federal Credit Union

Thursday, April 13
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.         
Bertholf Commons/Turfler Room, Memorial Center

The luncheon is open to all current members and IWU employees who want to learn more about the credit union.


All-you-can-eat lunch through the Commons for just $2. Tickets will be available at the bottom of the Commons' staircase starting at 11:45 a.m.

After you get your food, we will be gathering in the Turfler Room for lunch and the meeting. Please join us!

The Give A Day Campaign & Annual Civic Engagement Banquet

Faculty, staff and students have reported nearly 18,250 hours for the Give A Day Campaign this school year. Report your hours at All members of the campus community who report 24 hours or more before the end of March will be invited to the Annual Civic Engagement Banquet on Tuesday, April 4.
“What counts for Give A Day?”
Volunteer service, philanthropy (special event planning and staffing), non-profit internships (paid and unpaid), board membership, and civic/elected position work (i.e. City Council).

Save the Date - 2017 Recognition Celebration

The 2017 Recognition Celebration for faculty and staff is planned for April 24 from 12-1:30 p.m. Please be sure to save the date and watch for an RSVP announcement.

Welcome New Employees

Karen Ortery began March 7 as a custodian for Physical Plant, replacing Vincent Davidson

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