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Campus Weekly
Jan. 15, 2018
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Campus News
FestIllinois Wesleyan Among Top 50 in Kiplinger’s 'Best College Values'
Illinois Wesleyan is listed 50th among the nation's liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best College Values," marking the 11th straight year that IWU has been among national leaders in this ranking of academic quality and affordability.
JimReminder: Today's MLK 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.
FestReminder: Today's Gospel Festival Honors King's Legacy
Leading area gospel groups will perform at the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival.
EdenIllinois Wesleyan to Host a Year with Saint John's Bible
A heritage edition of the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible since the invention of the printing press will be displayed at Illinois Wesleyan for a year.
PosterGalleries 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 in the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries through Feb. 22.
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Titan Athletics
  • Women's and men's swimming and diving teams racked up 13 first-place finishes in a dual meet at Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Jan. 13.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Theatre alum Richard Jenkins '69, drawing acclaim for his role in The Shape of Water during the current awards season, credits career encouragement from his faculty mentor at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Pantagraph
"The Evolution of Housing Equity as a Civil Right" is the theme of the annual MLK teach-in at Illinois Wesleyan, to be followed by the annual Gospel Festival.
The Pantagraph

Wesleyan's Daynali Flores-Rodriguez and Krista Cardona will be among presenters at a teach-in to raise awareness about the effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Charleston Business Magazine

Jerry Chang '96 has been named to SCBIO’s board of directors, where he will serve South Carolina’s economic development organization focused on advancing the life sciences industry in the state.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan will host a heritage edition of the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned in the western world in more than 500 years.

Illinois Wesleyan University improved to 50th among the nation's liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger's Personal Finance Best Value Rankings. Also in The Pantagraph.

WJBC Radio

Assistant professor of psychology Ellen Furlong has been leading a study that highlights the intelligence of dogs.

The Pantagraph
In "sadly right" timing, an exhibit at Merwin Gallery explores "Women's Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination."

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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


12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Reading at IWU: Results from a Campus-wide Survey – Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Pennie Gray will discuss what students tell us about their engagement with course texts and what we might be able to do about it.

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

5-8:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – 28th Annual MLK Gospel Festival


Tuesday, Jan. 16


4 p.m., Myers Welcome Center – Freeman Asia Information Session – Students are invited to an information session for the 2018 IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Career Center Kick-Off Event –  Jaynanne Calaway-Habeck '99 was a triple major at Illinois Wesleyan. She'll discuss how she balances her important executive position – as VP of People Ops for Panera Bread – with a young family and community involvement.


Wednesday, Jan. 17

1 p.m., Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Artist's Talk – Artist Claire Hedden, whose "Line Drawings" are on display through Feb. 22, will host a public reception and talk.


4 p.m., Merwin Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Faculty Book Launch – The English Department will celebrate recent books by faculty: We Need to Talk: A New Method for Evaluating Poetry (New Writing Viewpoints), co-authored by Professor of English Michael Thuene, and Everything Shapes Itself to the Sea by James Plath, R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair of English and Professor of English.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Millikin University – Live streaming video at


Thursday, Jan. 18

11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Ecumenical Blessing of The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible – All are welcome for a service of reflection and song as local clergy from Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations participate in a blessing of the Gospel and Acts volume of The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Study Abroad Fair  – Explore the possibilities and get inspired! Think outside your borders and show how fearless Titans are! Meet with a study abroad advisor, program representatives, and peer study abroad ambassadors to find your perfect program. Sponsored by the International Office.

4 p.m., Lower level, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: The Interfaith Power of The Saint John's Bible – Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John's Bible at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota will share the ways the Bible was informed by multifaith and multidisciplinary conversation, art and scholarship. Various illuminations will be discussed that demonstrate this artistic and theological commitment to the shared values of hospitality and justice.

6:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – A Revolution in Illumination and Imagination: Introducing The St. John's Bible – Campus and community members are welcome for this special kick-off event for Illinois Wesleyan's "Year with the St. John's Bible."


Friday, Jan. 19

8:30 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – All Staff Meeting – Sponsored by Staff Council, this year's meeting will feature a presentation from Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing LeAnn Hughes, Director of Marketing Andy Kreiss, and Director of Communications Ann Aubry concerning our new branding and marketing initiatives.

There will be an open mic that morning for further questions and dialogue. The purpose of this meeting is to bring us together at the beginning of the year and to enhance open communication for all staff employees of IWU. A continental breakfast will be provided.

12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – For Your Future Fridays Series - Rockin' Resumes – Create a resume that employers will notice. Bring your water bottle and have lunch on us while you learn how to write a good resume and cover letter and what makes a resume stand out from the employer's perspective. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

4 p.m., Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Faculty-Staff TGIF – Provost Mark Brodl will sponsor hors d'oeurvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, provided by Sodexo.


Saturday, Jan. 20

Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - I-55 Triangular


Monday, Jan. 22

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Bias Incidence Reporting at IWU – Presented by Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke.

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

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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

IWU Faculty/Staff Bible Study

The IWU Faculty/Staff Bible Study will begin a new study on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Evelyn Chapel in the lower level Fellowship Hall from 12:10-12:50 p.m. The new study will be focused on living a life of joy and peace. This is an interdenominational study in its 14th year here at Illinois Wesleyan and open to people of all faiths. We are a small group, and we read one chapter of the Bible each week and focus on life application of the readings to our own lives. If you are interested in joining, email David Kistner at

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