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Campus Weekly

Aug. 21, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News
SEP gradsSEP: Deciding Who You Will Be
Selected Illinois Wesleyan students completed a Summer Enrichment Program this summer, remaining on campus for workshops, speakers, service projects, and an internship at a local business or non-profit organization.
Jelani CobbAuthor on Complexity of Race to Speak at President's Convocation
Award-winning author Jelani Cobb will give remarks on "The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today" at Illinois Wesleyan's President's Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
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Titan Athletics


  • Two veteran tennis instructors who are members of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association have been added to the Illinois Wesleyan University coaching staff: Matt Runyan and Greg Lumb.

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Beginning today, regular hours resume for Campus Offices (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)


The Ames Library Hours this week:

• Monday-Friday:  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Saturday:  12-5 p.m.

• Sunday:  5-10 p.m.

Pre-Orientation & Turning Titan

As Pre-Orientation programs wrap up today, the full Class of 2021 arrives tomorrow, Aug. 22, for a week of Turning Titan: New Student Orientation events.


Classes begin Monday, Aug. 28.

Titan Carnival Kid Zone

Saturday, Aug. 26, 6-7:45 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Carnival Kid Zone – On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring your kids or grandkids for a fun evening at IWU. Entertaining inflatable games and carnival activities are appropriate for kids 3 years old or older. We look forward to seeing you at this amazing, traditional event on campus.

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Parking On Move-In Day

The parking lot at Beecher and Park streets adjacent to the Hansen Student Center will be reserved for Orientation use on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Faculty and staff are asked to park their cars in alternate campus lots through 2 p.m. that day.  

Also, in preparation for Move-in Day on Tuesday, Aug. 22, Campus Safety has blocked off the east row of parking, nearest the residence halls, for the Munsell and Ferguson parking lot. This parking will remain reserved until noon that day.

Tech Thursday LIVE!

Thursday, Sept. 14
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Ames Library, various locations


Save the date for Tech Thursday LIVE! Information Technology Services and The Ames Library will present this kick-off event featuring workshops, speakers, and special guests. More information and a full program schedule is forthcoming. 

Community Bike Share

Tommy Bike Share 309 is Normal-Bloomington’s new public bike sharing system powered by Zagster. Bike Share 309 gives you the opportunity to easily explore our community with a quick touch of your phone.

With Bike Share 309, you have access to 47 bikes across 9 stations, including the bikes you'll see by Hansen Student Center. Ride hourly for $3/hour or take advantage of the discounted $25 annual membership offered only to university students, staff, and faculty. Just enter your email in the app and follow instructions. For more information, visit

You can try Bike Share 309 for a free hour by entering the promo code, “Bike309Hour.”

Campus Trees

GREENetworkFrom Eric Nelson
Manager of Grounds Services


As you return to campus from the summer break, you will undoubtedly notice that the chainsaws have been at work. Six large trees were removed from the Quad, along with several more at various locations around campus.


The decision to remove trees is not made lightly, and in these cases the choice was clear cut – pardon the pun. The Emerald Ash Borer made its unwelcome arrival in our community five or six years ago and continues to devastate Ash populations; three of the removed trees were Ashes. Two Austrian Pines were also removed. This species of tree is susceptible to a variety of non-treatable fungal diseases and is therefore no longer recommended for landscape use in the Midwest. Several red and white pines were also removed. Their definitive cause of death is unknown, but most likely repeated cycles of drought and heat the last few years on these shallow-rooted trees were a contributing factor.


While it is always sad to lose members of our woody community, our landscape is a living – and, unfortunately, dying – environment that is always growing and changing. The University has an active tree replacement program through the Grounds department and through the generosity of alumni donors. Questions regarding campus landscaping are always welcomed by the Grounds staff or may be directed to us through the GREENetwork.

Titans In The News

Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Bulletin

Mark Brodl joined Illinois Wesleyan as provost and dean of faculty this summer.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A 90-minute opera penned by Sam Mullooly '16 while he was a student at Illinois Wesleyan was staged for production at the Pius Black Box Theater in Milwaukee.

The Great Concavity (Podcast)

Wesleyan's James Plath discussed the life and legacy of David Foster Wallace during a live taping at the fourth annual DFW conference at Illinois State University.

The (DeKalb) MidWeek

DeKalb Municipal Band will present “A Star Gazing Event” concert featuring soprano Karen Manley-Kahler '91.
Neighbors Magazines


Benjamin Nau '03 has been named director of marketing at Naper Settlement, an outdoor history museum in Naperville, Illinois. 

Rye Brook (N.Y.) Hamlet Hub

An exhibit by Emily Stedman '69, titled "A Place to Remember," will be on view in the Oresman Gallery at the Larchmont (N.Y.) Public Library Sept. 6-29.

(Des Plaines) Journal & Topics


Reggie Lara '09, a Glenbrook South High School social studies teacher, has been named the school's new boys soccer coach
WGLT Radio

Not for the first time, Wesleyan's Edgar Lehr has discovered three new species of frog on a mountain high in the Andes.




More Titans in the News

  • Nathaniel P. Murphy '13 has been awarded a National Research Service Award of $200,000 over five years from the National Institutes of Health, to support his research project, "Defining Novel Mechanisms Underlying Human Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy." Murphy is completing a Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at The Ohio State University. Murphy did undergraduate research in chemistry with professors Ram Mohan and James House while a student at IWU.

  • Assistant Professor of Biology Loralyn Cozy gave a talk Aug. 8 at the Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting at the University of Wisconsin. The talk was entitled "Regulation of cell division during terminal differentiation."

  • Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr published, with D. Rodríguez: Two new species of Andes Frogs (Craugastoridae: Phrynopus) from the Cordillera de Carpish in central Peru. pp. 327-338, in Salamandra (German Journal of Herpatology).

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding chaired, along with Kishan Dholakia of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), the largest conference in their field, Optical Trapping & Optical Micromanipulation, Aug. 6-10 in San Diego. As part of the larger meeting on Optics & Photonics, professors Spalding and Dholakia presented their own research, on "Rotational dynamics and heating of trapped nanovaterite particles,” and oversaw 126 other research presentations. A few were highlighted by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, on its website.
Welcome New Employees

Robert Fulton started Aug. 15 as Stage Electrician in the School of Theatre Arts, replacing Ryan High.


Lee Waldrep started Aug. 17 as Assistant Director for Career Engagement in the Career Center, replacing Abby Reel. Abby Reel and Becky Mentzer are filling the Associate Director for Career Development position, replacing Laurie Diekhoff, who retired.

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