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Campus Weekly
Jan. 10, 2018
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
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JimMLK Teach-In to Examine Housing Equity as a Civil Right
The evolution of access to quality affordable housing as a civil rights issue is the theme of this year's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In on Monday, Jan. 15.
FestGospel Festival to Honor King's Legacy
Leading area gospel groups will perform at Illinois Wesleyan on Monday, Jan. 15 at the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival.
RichardStudent Organization Fills Shoeboxes with Joy of Holiday Season
Packing shoeboxes with gifts for children around the world, Illinois Wesleyan University's Circle K International showed that it only takes a little bit of love – along with a few toys – to give back during the holiday season.
GlobalFour Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad
The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has awarded study abroad scholarships to four Illinois Wesleyan students.
HerbVogel '68 Discusses Journalism Credibility with Ethics Bowl Team
Steve Vogel '68 returned to his alma mater to speak with members of the Ethics Bowl Team about the credibility of journalism in today's society.
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Titans In The News

Illinois Wesleyan University is named in the top 50 liberal arts colleges on Kiplinger's Best College Values rankings for 2018.

Chicago Tribune
Jake and Jack Moran, both members of the class of '21, started a winter clothing drive while they were students at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, and their younger sister is continuing the tradition.
WGLT Radio

Golden Globe nominee Richard Jenkins '69 credits his IWU mentors for launching his career.

The Pantagraph / Associated Press

"First Dog" Calvin fulfills many important roles on Illinois Wesleyan's campus. Also featured in The Seattle Times and the Miami Herald, among many others, and cheered in a Pantagraph editorial.

The Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus
Previously chief operating officer for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Brian Baxter '07 will be the next executive director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.
WGLT Radio

A new poetry collection by Wesleyan's James Plath chronicles his time as a Fulbright teaching fellow on the island of Barbados in 1995.

The Pantagraph

While IWU December graduates may miss the formal commencement ceremony in May, they get their own special send-off with a personal touch.

Shelf Understanding Podcast
Bloomington Public Library featured Illinois Wesleyan’s new Esports program, in podcast conversation with IWU staff members Callum Fletcher and Andrew Reddington.
The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Praised for his devotion to sacred music and choral direction, Charles Thatcher '76 received the Pro Ecclessia et Pontifice medal from Pope Francis himself.

The Pantagraph

Now in her 20th season coaching IWU women's basketball, Mia Smith has been selected for induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times
Already elected into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Gary Vicini '76 will be inducted into the Ottawa High School Hall of Fame.
WGLT Radio

True crime podcast Suspect Convictions and WGLT examined a 1998 murder case, joined by Wesleyan social psychologist Amanda Vicary.

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Wednesday, Jan. 10

Happy first day of classes!


Thursday, Jan. 11

4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Weekly Interfaith Dialogue


Friday, Jan. 12

6 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving vs. Wabash College

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Louis Ramey - Comedy Show – Hosted by the Campus Activities Board (CAB)


Sunday, Jan. 14

Through Monday, Jan. 15 – Admissions Diversity and Inclusion Program – Eligible prospective students have the opportunity to stay overnight with a current student in a residence hall, observe a class, tour the campus, meet with faculty/staff/students, and attend our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In.


Monday, Jan. 15

Through Feb. 22 – Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art –  Gallery Exhibits to Feature Sculptures and Women’s Rights Posters – “Women's Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination” and “Line Drawings” by Claire Hedden will be on display.


12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Reading at IWU: Results from a Campus-wide Survey – Presented by Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Pennie Gray.

1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – MLK Teach-In: The Evolution of Housing Equity as a Civil Right

4 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – 28th Annual MLK Gospel Festival

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  • Irv Epstein, the Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice and Chair of the Educational Studies Department, has had his 1991 edited volume, Chinese Education: Problems, Policies, and Prospects, reissued by Routledge Publishing, as part of the Routledge Library Editions Education in Asia series. The series “examines education in Asia from a variety of different angles” and “collects some key texts by a set of original thinkers.” 

  • Associate Professor of Psychology Mandy Vicary offered her expertise in the field of social psychology during an episode of Married with Secrets, originally airing Dec. 22 on Investigation Discovery and viewable on demand.

  • The Butchering Art by Lindsey A. Fitzharris ’04 has been named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017.
Snow and Ice Procedures

As we have entered the snow and ice season, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into School Dude. Please call us at the Physical Plant at 556-3066 during our regular hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Security at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.  

Holiday Giving - Thank You

Thank you for your generosity at the Faculty-Staff Holiday Luncheon. We collected $25 and over two large containers of canned food donations for Home Sweet Home Mission, and $634 for Midwest Food Bank.

You’re Invited: Posse Plus Retreat, Feb. 16-18

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Illinois Wesleyan's first annual Posse Plus Retreat. Every year, the Posse Foundation leads national conversations about current social justice topics. The goal of the Posse Plus Retreat is to shape the national, local and campus conversations around critical issues. This year’s theme is Hope, Hate and Race in the United States.  This topic will be discussed at 55 colleges and universities across the country with over 6,000 college students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Our retreat will be held Feb. 16-18 at the Lake Williamson Conference Center in Carlinville, Illinois. We hope you will join our Posse scholars, campus student leaders, faculty, staff, Trustees and alumni in this important opportunity to voice ideas and experiences around our racial climate in the U.S., Illinois, Bloomington, and on campus.


Please register your participation no later than Jan. 20, so that we can confirm all event accommodations. Participation is limited to 100 participants; registration will be on a first-come basis.


If you have any questions, contact Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall at

United Way Reminder

From the IWU United Way Committee:

Please consider making a contribution or pledge to the United Way of McLean County.  

You can choose to make your donation as a payroll deduction or by credit card. You can also designate a specific United Way partner agency to receive your contribution.


For faculty and exempt staff who are paid monthly, please select the following link to contribute electronically:

For nonexempt staff who are paid biweekly, please select the following link to contribute electronically:


You can also contribute using the traditional pledge form. Please return completed pledge forms to Human Resources Representative Marie Giusti, who is serving as our United Way liaison. Thank you!

Manager of Maintenance Services

Carl Gillis has been named Manager of Maintenance Services. He replaces George Wainwright, who recently retired. Carl has been at the University for 26 years.
Please join us in congratulating Carl on his new position!

Welcome New Employees

Steven Hempen started Jan. 2 as the Advancement Systems Analyst, replacing Tim McKeown.

Jennifer Jordan started Jan. 2 as the Administrative Specialist II in the Career Center, replacing Beth Madigan. Beth Madigan transferred to the Publications Coordinator position in Enrollment & Marketing.

Kristi Hammons started Dec. 11 as the Talent Acquisition Specialist in Human Resources, replacing Terri Knapp. Terri Knapp transferred to the position of Administrative Specialist II - Office of Residential Life/Fraternity & Sorority Life, replacing Sarah Finley Ashenbremer in Fraternity & Sorority Life, who transferred to Campus Safety as Communications Assistant/Dispatcher PT, and replacing Mary Bible in the Office of Residential Life.

Matt Wing started Dec. 11 as the Communications Strategist/Magazine Editor, replacing Tim Obermiller.

Elise Henricks started Dec. 15 as the Administrative Specialist III - Hispanic Studies/French & Italian/German, Russian & Asian Languages, replacing Trisha Thompson.

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