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Campus Summer

Aug. 7, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
LydiaBertschi Named Emerging Nurse Leader
Assistant Professor of Nursing Lydia Bertschi has been selected among 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders by the Illinois Nurses Foundation.
FrogLehr Team Discovers 3 New Species of Tiny Frogs in Peru
Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr and his colleagues have discovered three more frog species in the Peruvian Andes, raising his total to 95 species. Their latest discoveries were featured in National Geographic.
CarlTeichman Named Normal Citizen of the Year
Carl Teichman, a 1980 alumnus and director of government and community relations at Illinois Wesleyan, was named Citizen of the Year by the Town of Normal. Also reported by WJBC and WGLT Radio.
BookNew Students Reading Between the World and Me
As a complement to our annual intellectual theme, The Evolution of Revolution, the University community is reading Ta-Nehisi Coates' award-winning book for its Summer Reading Program. Coates calls for a revolution of thought in the social discourse surrounding the concept of race.
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Titan Athletics

  TommyAcademic honors keep pouring in for Titan athletes:

  • A total of 106 Illinois Wesleyan student-athletes were chosen as recipients of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Academic All-Conference honors from the winter and spring seasons, announced July 14.
  • The men's basketball team has been recognized for the fourth annual Team Academic Excellence Awards for academic achievement by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). In addition, three Titans were named as members of the 2016-17 NABC Honors Court.
  • The women's lacrosse team and junior midfielder Heather Grimmer earned academic honors for the 2017 season from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
  • The men's golf team is one of only 36 Division III teams to earn All-Academic Team recognition from the Golf Coaches Association of America. 
  • Both men's and women's track teams and four individual student-athletes were among those honored for academics for the 2016-17 NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Welcome New Employees

Carly Floyd '17 started July 5 as an Admissions Counselor, replacing Toney Howell.


Kwame Patterson started July 5 as a Residence Director in the Office of Residential Life, replacing Glenn Herring.


Melanie Conde started July 10 as a Residence Director in the Office of Residential Life, replacing Aaron White.


Nicholas Fink started July 10 as a Residence Director in the Office of Residential Life, replacing Jacob Deters.

John Fegan '17 started July 25 as an Admissions Counselor, replacing Bobby Castillo '13.

Kasey Evans '12 started July 31 as an Admissions Counselor, replacing Vicky Johnson '09.

Fond Farewell

After 10 years at the Hart Career Center, Laurie Diekhoff departed IWU this month. We appreciate her years of outstanding service to Illinois Wesleyan and wish her well on her next chapter.

Diekhoff told colleagues, "I spent 10 great years at the Career Center, enjoying my work, my colleagues, and the many relationships I have made on campus and in the community as a result of this position. Assisting students with their career development plans, helping employers fulfill their hiring needs, developing new programs, and contributing to the ongoing success of the Hart Career Center has been quite rewarding!"


Until her replacement joins IWU later this month, questions can be addressed by Beth Madigan,, ext. 1337.

In Celebration

The Titan community is invited to celebrate with former professor D. Paul Miller in honor of his 100th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 2-4 p.m. at the Social Hall at Westminster Village, 2025 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington.

In Sympathy

Dr. Lynn Bertholf Westcot, a faculty member in the School of Nursing from 1969-1978 and the daughter of former IWU president the late Lloyd Bertholf, died on July 31. Read an obituary. A memorial service is planned on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 1:30 p.m. at Evelyn Chapel.

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See campus job openings

See Summer Hours for The Ames Library, Shirk Center, Fort Natatorium,
and Sodexo dining locations


Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, Aug. 9

2-3:30 p.m.
Dugout, Memorial Center



Faculty and Staff Breakfast

Friday, Aug. 25

8-9:30 a.m.
Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center


A full breakfast buffet will be offered at 8 a.m. in the Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center.  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.  


We will conclude around 9:30 a.m. as the Fall Faculty Conference is scheduled to begin at 9:30 in the Center for Natural Sciences, Room C101.  


Department offices may close so all faculty and staff have the opportunity to attend.  We ask that you keep your office open if you do not attend.  


Please RSVP to 556-3540 or by August 18 so that we can make sure we have the right amount of food. Please leave a message with any dietary restrictions you may have when responding.

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Titans In The News

WGLT Radio

In the wake of news outlets deciding whether or not to report vulgarity verbatim from fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Wesleyan's James Plath said journalism is at a turning point.
The Pantagraph

New Provost Mark Brodl said Illinois Wesleyan University has “creative minds” and “reserve potential” that can help it be a leader in the 21st century.

Chicago Tribune

Actress Mariann Mayberry '87, whose work "embodied the city's ensemble ethos and whose emotional intensity on stage seared many a Chicago heart," died Aug. 1 at age 52 after a long battle with cancer. Also in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Washington Post

Wesleyan's Greg Shaw co-authored a blog post on evolving public support for the Affordable Care Act, which has come to be seen for its provisions over the politics.
Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press

Daniel Parod '88 was appointed president of St. Vincent's Southwest Region, providing leadership and guidance to the more than 750 physicians and 3,500 associates in the region.

The (Lincoln, Ill.) Courier

Bill Reichle '80 was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band “Hampton Road."

The Pantagraph

Makenzie Kelley '17, who is bound for the University of Illinois law school this fall, was the women's overall winner in a Spartan obstacle course race in Richmond.
Chicago Tribune

Catherine Mojsiewicz '19 is starring as Mrs. Lovett in the Schaumburg Summer Theatre production of "Sweeney Todd."

Chicago Tribune

Mundelein coach Ethan Karolczak '99 has stepped into the administrative ranks to become athletic director at Larkin High School.

U.S. News & World Report

LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Illinois Wesleyan, discussed common reasons college applications may be rejected.
Insurance News Net

CNO Financial Group announced the promotion of Matt Mikulcik '97 to vice president of product marketing. 

Milwaukee Business News

Bob Zanotti '85 has been hired as president at GO Riteway Transportation Group, the first non-family member to lead the company.

More Titans in the News

  • Rui Cao '18 co-authored, with former IWU faculty member Pavel Naumov, "Budget-Constrained Dynamics in Multiagent Systems,” which has been accepted at the 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia, Aug. 19-25.
    Naumov noted that the title of the paper comes as no surprise, given that Rui is a computer science and accounting double major. Naumov said IJCAI is a premier event in the field of Artificial Intelligence, assigned the highest ranking in each year that CORE rankings of computer science conferences have been published. Out of this year's 2,540 submissions for the conference, only 660 were accepted.

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor Chemistry Kathleen A. House and Scholar in Residence J. E. House have published "Thermodynamics of Dissolution of Urea in Water, Alcohols, and their Mixtures" in The Journal of Molecular Liquids, 2017, Vol. 242, 428-432.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding gave a talk on July 24 at the national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, about Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs), calling for shared dialogue regarding their promise for use in the undergraduate physics curriculum.
    This week, Spalding chairs the annual conference on Optical Trapping & Optical Micromanipulation, where coverage ranges from a special tutorial session on optomechanics (toward, or in, the quantum limit), to sessions on the fundamental limits of information, thermodynamics and the statistical mechanics of small systems.
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