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March 27, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
DiegoEconomics Students Top Leaderboard in Forecasting Game
Chris Collins '18, Ling Zheng ’19 and John Collins ’17 are among the top 10 “All Time” players in FREDcast, an economics forecasting game from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
ClaudiaAthlete Scores Entrepreneurial Fellowship to Launch Apparel Company
Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship, Claudia Richman ’19 has created 1890 Lacrosse, a company providing casual lacrosse-themed apparel.
ASB groupStudents Find 'Joyful Purpose' on Alternative Spring Break
Rosa Zapata '16 gives a first-person account of this year's Alternative Spring Break trip to assist Arkansas Valley Habitat for Humanity in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
CarolynStudent Senate Honors Jarvis, Kistner, Burke
Professor of Nursing Carolyn Jarvis was elected Student Senate Professor of the Year by the Illinois Wesleyan student body, while Warren Kistner and Meghan Burke won honors as Staff Member and Academic Advisor of the Year.
winnersStudent Research, Creative Works to be Showcased at Research Conference
At the annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference, keynote speaker Susan Stryker will speak on "What Transpires Now: Transgender History and the Future We Need."
More News
Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's lacrosse team won their third consecutive contest on March 23, defeating Carroll University and improving to 6-2 overall.
  • The women's lacrosse team defeated Adrian College on March 25 and are 5-4 overall.
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Monday, March 27

Through Friday, March 31 – Academic Advising for Fall 2017


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: An Introduction to eSports – Associate Director of Financial Aid Drew Reddington, Director of Student Activities & Leadership Programs Liz Vales, and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall will discuss our eSports future at Illinois Wesleyan.


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.


7 p.m., 103, State Farm Hall – Environmental Studies Internship Panel – Students, do you need an internship? Do you want to gain real-world experience? Are you wondering what types of internship options are available? Come hear more about internships in the environmental field, how to find and apply for different positions, and how to get class credit. Students will share their first-hand experiences at various internships, giving more insight into local opportunities and taking any questions you may have to help you find a good fit. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program.

Tuesday, March 28

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Many Voices, Many Sounds: A Concert for Tolerance and Compassion – This concert will feature performances by students and faculty that illuminate our common humanity, affirm our religious and secular diversity, and celebrate our shared values of tolerance, compassion, peace, and justice. A reception will follow.

This concert is a part of Evelyn Chapel’s Religion, Music and the Humanities Series.

Wednesday, March 29

4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Aurora University – Live streaming video at

4 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Monmouth College (doubleheader)

4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Roberta Trites: “Embodied Women, Power, and Young Adult Dystopias”  – Roberta Trites, distinguished professor of English at Illinois State University, will speak in a Women's Power, Women's Justice theme event. Trites is an expert on feminism and narrative theory in children's and adolescent literature. In her writing, she expounds on the role of power in young adult literature as well as portraying the growth, maturation and potential to empower adolescent readers.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Cornelius Eady: Poetry ReadingTributaries, Sigma Tau Delta, Lyrical Graffiti & the English Department will sponsor a reading by award-winning poet Cornelius Eady.


7 p.m., Room 102, CNS – Kristin Kitchen, Owner of Former Underground Railroad Safe House, to Speak

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

Thursday, March 30

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Ides Lecture: "The Roman Wife: Ideology Meets Reality" – Serena Witzke of the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign will speak as part of the Ides Lecture and Performance Series, sponsored by Greek & Roman Studies.

4 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Cornelius Eady: On Fostering Literary Communities – Cornelius Eady, poet and cofounder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poets and poetry, will give a talk on fostering literary communities.

7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D - Culture Shift: Rethinking the Deficit Perspective Toward Students of Color – Much of the discourse surrounding students of color, in particular African American and Latino students in higher education, operate from a deficit perspective highlighting what these students are lacking in their educational journeys. Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Campus Life Brandon Common will discuss existing literature on African American and Latino(a) students in higher education and share frameworks that challenge deficit thinking toward these groups.

Friday, March 31

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Cohesion Dance Company Annual Concert – Cohesion Dance Company will perform their annual dance concert, including a variety of styles choreographed by students and alumni.

4 p.m., C101, CNS – Visual Representation of Gender and Class in a Changing China – Wang Zheng, Professor of Women's Studies and History at the University of Michigan, who was a well-known film actress in China in the 1970s, will speak and present photos covering a span of 60 years of the People's Republic of China. Sponsored by the Department of History.


5-6:15 p.m., 202, State Farm Hall – 6th German Undergraduate Research Conference - Poster Session – All presentations in German. Sponsored by the German Program and German Club.

7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Wind Ensemble: "Godzilla Eats Euphonium"

Saturday, April 1

9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 201, State Farm Hall – 6th German Undergraduate Research Conference - Paper Sessions – All presentations in German.


10 a.m.-3 p.m.  – Scholars Day – Students who are admitted to Illinois Wesleyan are invited to participate in our Scholars Day program, an opportunity to learn more about the distinctive ways in which IWU will enhance their educational experience.

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Alma College – Live streaming video at

1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage College (doubleheader)


1 p.m., 201, State Farm Hall – 6th German Undergraduate Research Conference - Keynote Address (in German) by Christiane Steckenbiller, assistant professor at Colorado College, "Immer bunter. Willokommenskultur, Einwanderungsland, und koloniales Vermächtnis." ("Ever More Colorful: Immigrant-Friendly, Land of Immigration, and Colonial Legacy."

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


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Cohesion Dance Company Annual Concert

Sunday, April 2

12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage College – Live streaming video at

2 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Lavender Graduation – Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes graduating students' contributions to IWU and the LGBTQ+ community. Lavender Graduation is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of Illinois Wesleyan's LGBTQ+ graduates, and for graduates to recognize the significant people in their lives who have helped them achieve their goals.

3 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Augustana College

5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Wesleyan Consort  – Wesleyan Consort is Illinois Wesleyan University's student-organized ensemble for historically informed performance of Baroque, Renaissance, and Medieval music.

Monday, April 3

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - ESL at IWU – Presented by English as a Second Language specialist Cristina Sanchez-Martin.

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

More Events
Hart Career Center
Tuesday, March 28

7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – 10 Ways to Jump Start Your Net Worth

This is a real-life crash course into what college students can be thinking about to get started well financially as they leave college. Presenter Kevin Kuebler, CPA, CFP® has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, corporate accounting, accounting systems consulting and financial planning services.

Wednesday, March 29

12 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Health Professions Luncheon

Join local health professionals for lunch, as they share insights about their professions and advice for students on how to make yourself a more competitive candidate. Advance registration was required for this event.

Friday, March 31

12 p.m., Hart Career Center – OCRAP (Optimizing your Career Resilience And Persistence)

Seniors, still job hunting? Need to start job hunting? Now is the time to Optimize your Career Resilience And Persistence skills. Forgive yourself for procrastinating and come learn job search basics and how to get started.

Career Center
Titans In The News
(Peoria) Journal Star
The "musician's life" for Diane Wuthrich '05 began in sixth grade and continues today as teacher, performer and principal violist for the Heartland Festival Orchestra.
The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan’s Wind Ensemble, whose upcoming concert is called “Godzilla Eats the Euphonium,” has won the American Prize in the band/wind ensemble performance category in the college/university division.
The (Kankakee) Daily Journal
Matt Maxwell '07, currently an assistant principal at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, has been named principal of Grant Park High School and Middle School.
Round Rock (Texas) Patch

Brooke Bailey '04 has been named the new principal of Pond Springs Elementary School, where she has spent her career as a teacher and, since 2013, as assistant principal.

WJBC Radio
Normal’s new Zagster bike share program includes bikes available on the Illinois Wesleyan campus.
More Titans in the News

  • Christina Isabelli, chair and professor of the Department of Hispanic Studies, and Stephanie Davis-Kahl, scholarly communications librarian and professor, will share how they use the Expert Gallery via a free webinar, sponsored by bepress, titled "Engaging the Liberal Arts campus through the new Expert Gallery Suite,"
    Thursday, March 30, at 1-2 p.m. CDT.
    Liberal Arts schools are under increasing pressure to showcase the faculty and student achievements that set them apart. By showing off faculty expertise, mentored projects, and the campus’s national and global reach, Liberal Arts institutions can foster greater engagement between faculty and students—and support campus-wide recruitment goals.

  • Beth Madigan, office coordinator in the Hart Career Center, is one of six finalists for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Top Administrative Professional (TAP) Award, and will be recognized at the Chamber's Administrative Professionals Lunch on April 26.

"Welcome Home Drive" to Collect Donations for Syrian Refugees

The campus community is invited to welcome Syrian refugees to Chicago with donations, in partnership with RefugeeOne, IWU Muslim Student Association, IWU Interfaith and the Multifaith Ambassadors.


Donations will be collected at the RSO exhibit space in the Dugout, Memorial Center, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 28-30 and April 3-4.


Suggested donations to create welcome kits for refugees include pots and pans, mixing bowls, baking pans, rice cookers and box fans.

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.


See this week's menu and specials in the Sodexo News Scoop.

Welcome Prospective Titans

If you see these potential Titans on campus this week, give them a warm hello!

The following students are scheduled to visit:


Monday, March 27 – Holly Bender; Jacey Birkenmeyer, biochemistry, biology, engineering; Riley Brovelli, nursing; Ian Carter, undecided; Emily Chamernik, undecided; Elizabeth Cortez, nursing; Sierra Eidsmoe, English - Literature, pre-medical, undecided; Brianna Fleury, biochemistry; Madison Fulte, pre-medical; Claire Geier, nursing; Sierra Hartmann, nursing; Jennifer Hooks, nursing; Justin Jimenez, pre-medical; Shannon Johnson, pre-medical; Rachel Kim, undecided; Katrina Krebasch, music education, physical education, physical therapy; Meghan Lehmann, nursing; Lauren Limpin, physical therapy; Jenny Ly, nursing; Blaine McShea, Spanish; Emily Misener, nursing; Hannah Mueller, biology; Jennifer Nash, nursing; Tori Olomon, nursing; Megan O'Loughlin; John Phillip, pre-medical; Matthew Rashid, pre-medical; Kendra Rees, physical therapy; Renee Reisner, biology; Stephanie Schrager, nursing, pre-medical; Breanna Soto, nursing; Jarod Speiden, biology, computer science; Timothy Stirrat, nursing; Madison Stoltz, business; Ashley Tortorich, nursing and Clara Wagner, biology.


Tuesday, March 28 – Caramia Alberga; Riley Alexander, economics; Myles Birkhead, education - secondary, environmental studies, health, pre-law; Jacob Botica, education - secondary, history; Saffron Bruno, art, music performance; Avalon Bruno, anthropology, sociology, Spanish, women's studies; Sarah Buchmann, education - secondary, English - Writing, music composition, music education; Alana Cervera, nursing; Ethan Colangelo, history; Tyler Dunn; Gracelyn Fortman, nursing; Amy Gourley, pre-law; Arturo Gutiu; Rachel Hartley, education - secondary, mathematics; Matilda Hilarides, pre-medical; Julia Hilt, music; Jeremy Johnston, art, business administration; Nicholas Koutris, business, music performance; Patrick Koutris, computer science, Other; Anna Koutris, education - elementary, education - secondary; Emma Michalski, veterinary medicine; Rayquan Minor, business; John Morrissey, computer science; Jamie Porter, art, English - Writing; Rose Quinn, biology; Talia Rawitz, undecided; Grace Schwandner, education - elementary; Mya Trager; Anna Walker; Adam Ward, computer science, Mathematics/computer science, music performance, physics; Claire Weseman, psychology; and Sarah Ziwiski, mathematics.


Wednesday, March 29 Emily Baker, art; Julia Behrens, psychology; Jacob Berlinger, biology, pre-medical; Mark Burger, education - secondary, history, physics; Alexis Cramer, pre-medical; Justin Doellman, biology, veterinary medicine; Drew Doellman, engineering; William Fay, business; Cassidy Gillespie-Dipinto, psychology; Andrew Goger, English - Literature, English - Writing; Megan Guardi, undecided; Katelyn Kaefring, nursing; Lindsey Kalble, nursing; Madison Kerber, biology, business administration, French, psychology; Alison Laper, education - secondary; Micheal McGarrity; Annika Perez, Spanish; Faith-Alysce Robertson, education - secondary, French, history; Sarah Speizman, engineering; Elizabeth Spyratos, accounting, biology, chemistry, dance, pre-medical, pre-optometry; and Katherine Watson, biochemistry, biology.


Thursday, March 30 Ian Balestrieri; Benjamin Corcelles, engineering; Katherine Daumen, pre-law, psychology, Spanish, undecided; Kylee DeCapp, nursing, pre-medical; Christopher Gergits, education - elementary; Madeline Kotowske; Melissa Lacroix, psychology; Jocelyn Mendez, business, undecided; Alanna Naftzger, nursing; Allison Plourde, undecided; Emma Tecktiel, psychology; and Melanie Wiltjer, nursing.


Friday, March 31 Leah Bieniak, environmental studies; Ayana Blair, pre-medical; Ariel Byerly, biochemistry; Jenna Carnazzola, business; Jenna Castelluccio, art; Colette Castelluccio; Joelle Castelluccio, undecided; Nicholas Castelluccio; Eric Catania, pre-medical; Matthew Fecko, music theatre; Abigail Grafe, education - elementary; Carlos Hernandez, education - secondary, international studies, political science; Nikos Konstans; Matthew Kreis, undecided; Drew Metschuleit, undecided; Teah Mirabelli, education - secondary, theatre arts; Joshua Rios, engineering; and Samuel Rutherford. 

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