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July 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Published monthly during the summer

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LaurenceFreeman Asia Interns Share Experiences in Blogs, Images
"I know that I am in the midst of a life-changing experience," senior Laurence Henderson wrote after his first days in the Philippines, as one of 34 Illinois Wesleyan students interning throughout Asia and blogging about their experiences.
AmeliaStudent Athletes Bring IWU's Academic All-Americans Tally to 125
With the selections last month of Meg Stanley, Eric Rydell and Amelia Glueck to Academic All-American teams, Illinois Wesleyan has reached 125 student-athletes achieving this honor since the program began – in the top 25 among U.S. colleges and universities across all NCAA divisions.
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See Summer Hours for
The Ames Library, Shirk Center, Fort Natatorium, and Sodexo dining locations

Sunday, July 9 through Saturday, July 29

Illinois Chamber Music Festival – all concerts are in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall and are free and open to the public:

Sunday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. – (opening night) Faculty and Guest Artist Performance

Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. – Faculty and Guest Artist Performance

Sunday, July 16, 3 p.m. – Student Concert

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. – Faculty and Guest Artist Performance

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. – Student Concert

Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. – Student Concert

Saturday, July 22, 3 p.m. – Children’s Concert

Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m. – Faculty and Guest Artist Performance

Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 p.m. – Student Concert

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. – Faculty/Student Joint Concert

Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. – Student Concert

Saturday, July 29, 3 p.m. – Final Faculty/Student Joint Concert

Monday, July 17

IWU Wellness Golf Tournament, El Paso Golf Club, 2860 County Road 600 N., El Paso – IWU faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, students, spouses, family & friends are welcome; must pre-register by July 10. All proceeds from this tournament go to support the Wellness Scholarship Fund.

Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21

Language School for Kids Summer 2017 Camp – 1-4 p.m. daily, Buck Memorial Library

Fridays, July 21 and Aug. 4

Summer Preview Days – 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. (Last tour goes out at 2 p.m.) – Prospective students and families have the opportunity to learn what makes IWU distinctive, see our beautiful campus, and chat with representatives from various campus departments in an informal setting.

Monday, July 24

ARC Fellows & Interns Capstone Presentations – 1 p.m., West Bloomington Revitalization Project/Tool Library, 801 W. Washington St., Bloomington – IWU's Action Research Center will host a wrap-up event at the new WBRP Building, showcasing the work of summer interns and fellows.

Monday, July 31

Titan Athletics Golf Outing, El Paso Golf Club, 2860 County Road 600 N., El Paso – All proceeds support Illinois Wesleyan athletic teams.

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Titans In The News

Chicago Tribune

Teacher and coach John Camardella '03 helped draft guidelines, published by the National Council for the Social Studies, for teaching about world religions as part of the social studies curriculum.
Publishers Weekly

Todd Stocke '93, vice president and editorial director of Sourcebooks, discussed the success of their Jabberwocky imprint, through which Sourcebooks became the 16th largest children’s publisher in the U.S.

Chicago Tribune

Incoming student Carolay Alvarado won the AAUW Elmhurst Area Branch 2017 Dare to Dream: Get Educated! Scholarship.

Crystal Lake Patch
Ken Hommowun '09 was named the new assistant principal at North Elementary School in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times

Kate Tombaugh '07 chose her native Streator as the site to launch a new music festival.

The Pantagraph
A "Sea Gal" for the Seattle Seahawks who also works for a division of Blue Shield, Jessica Scharf '13 gave tribute to the influence of an internship manager while she was enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan.

WGLT Radio

Illinois Wesleyan's Given Harper serves on a nocturnal observation team, making an official count of area owl populations.
Chicago Tribune

(From the Community)
Brittany Childs '12 received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2016, and has joined the West Suburban Veterinary Associates as an associate veterinarian.

Business Wire
School of Nursing alumna Cheryl Reinking '87, who is Chief Nursing Officer of El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif., discussed the family-centered approach to care that led to the hospital's designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital.

The Pantagraph

Hud Venerable '77 was named the new athletic director at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington.
Black Mountain (N.C.) News

Performing as part of July 4th festivities, the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band is under the musical direction of David Wilken '92, an instructor of music at Western Carolina University and music director and lead trombonist of the Asheville Jazz Orchestra.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Dan and Gay Crede, class of 1979 alumni who met at Illinois Wesleyan, were featured among clergy couples with husbands and wives serving as faith leaders of different congregations.

The Pantagraph

On Father's Day and beyond, Hal Graff '69 honors his father, the late Dean Graff '44, whose footsteps he followed to Illinois Wesleyan and onto the baseball field.

WJBC Radio


Craig Hart, the former president of Illinois Wesleyan's Board of Trustees for whom the Hart Career Center was named, was among local "history makers" honored by the McLean County Museum of History.

(Terre Haute, Ind.) Tribune Star
English alumnus Richard House '94 has been named head of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
More Titans in the News
  • Scholar in Residence James E. House published:
    • "Thermodynamics of Dissolution with Applications to Urea in Solvents Composed of Water and 2-Propanol" in The Chemical Educator, 2017, 22, 108-111.
    • with Rebekah M. Nulty '19, "Thermodynamics of Dissolution of Ferrocene in Commercial Mixed Solvents Containing Water and 2-Propanol" in Polyhedron, 2017, 134, 173-176.

  • Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr was selected as Research Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the 2017-18 academic year. His duties will be to spread the word about research and study in Germany, and to foster among colleagues and students a deeper understanding of the country, its people, and the academic opportunities it offers.

  • IWU Admissions Counselor Melissa Ramirez ’14 wrote a blog post for the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling on the Motivate Me! conference that promotes college awareness and preparation.

  • BN Advantage, a community initiative promoting Bloomington-Normal, produced a video with highlights including the Small Business Development Center now hosted at Illinois Wesleyan, and the local bike share program, whose organizers included Wesleyan's Senior Web Developer Michael Gorman '10.

    Also chair of Illinois Wesleyan's Bike Committee, Gorman wrote a guest commentary for The Pantagraph, arguing that communities should think beyond cars as the only viable transportation choice.

  • D. Paul Miller, a professor at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1960 to 1982, captured four gold medals and set a record in his 100-104 age group at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala., in June.

    Miller's competition with another centenarian in the discus throw made ESPN's 'Top 10' list. Also see The Pantagraph report.

Summer Conferences and Camps

Conference Services will welcome the following overnight groups this July:

  • July 9-12: A camp of around 600 youth wrestlers will be on campus staying in a majority of our residence halls and using the Shirk Center.
  • July 9-29: The Illinois Chamber Music Festival, coordinated by Professors Lisa Nelson and Nina Gordon, will consist of about 20 students staying in Blackstock, using Presser Hall and dining with us in the Commons.
  • July 16-21: An adult banking group will use spaces in CNS and the Memorial Center for classes, followed by a graduation ceremony at the end of their stay.
  • July 16-19: Head Football Coach Norm Eash will host a large number of football teams from high schools in the state to prepare for college football in the future.
  • July 18-20: Head Volleyball Coach Kim Nelson Brown will host high school volleyball players to enable practice time with some of her current players and to explore our campus.
  • July 19-21: Coach Eash will host another round of football teams to work with him and his coaching staff.
  • July 24-30: Youth basketball players will be on campus for a skills camp, using the Shirk Center and enjoying meals in the Commons.
  • July 26-28: Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Lindsey Kellar will host a group of players for an overnight camp focused on developing skills, knowledge, and passion.
If you have questions about these groups, please contact the Conference Services office at 309-556-3100 or There will be additional day camps held at the Shirk Center; please find information online or contact Shirk staff with any questions about those camps.

IWU Family Night at Fairview Aquatic Center


IWU Family Night at Fairview Aquatic Center 

800 N. Main St., Normal

Thursday, July 27
8:30-10:30 p.m.


The Faculty & Staff Recognition Committee and Office of Alumni Engagement invites faculty, staff, alumni and their families to enjoy the Fairview Family Aquatic Center, which we have reserved from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the night of July 27. The park is closed to the general public at this time, so only IWU families will get to enjoy the facilities together.


Admission for IWU faculty, staff, alumni and their immediate families is FREE. And yes, grandchildren count. No outside food or drink is permitted, but the concession stand will be open during this time as a service to IWU families. Bags and giant-sized Jenga, checkers, and Connect Four games will be available.


Fairview has four pool areas, a one-meter diving board, and a total of five slides, including a tube slide, body slide, and a fast-speed slide that drops from a height of 35 feet. Minimum height for using the water slides is 42”. Young children can enjoy the spray toy area or zero-depth activity pool.


See Aquatic Facility Rules

PLEASE RSVP to or 556-3540 by July 20 so the park knows how many staff need to be on hand.


Top Reasons You Need Titan Socks

  1. So everyone knows you’re a proud Titan

  2. To start conversations with prospective students about IWU

  3. To provide current and future students with the opportunities and experiences you had

Show your love for IWU and make a minimum gift of $25 today. When you make your gift before July 31 you will receive an exclusive pair of Titan socks. Be sure to share a photo with us using #TitanSocks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Welcome New Employees

Patrick Shaver started June 5 as Associate Director of Utility Operations & Engineering in the Physical Plant, a new position.

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