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Campus Weekly
Feb. 26, 2018
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BookFitzharris ’04 Earns PEN America Award
Illinois Wesleyan history alum Lindsey Fitzharris '04 has earned the prestigious PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing for her book, The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine.

NursingNursing Fellowship to Inspire Student-Faculty Collaboration
Nursing faculty members Ann Eckhardt and Amanda Hopkins have a passion for research, and they can further pursue that passion with their students, thanks to funding from the Illinois Board of Higher Education's 2018 Nurse Educator Fellowship.
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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament championship on Saturday, Feb. 24, qualifying for the NCAA Division III tournament – their second straight and 11th overall national tournament appearance.
  • Saturday's point leader Rebekah Ehresman '18 also has been elected to the Academic All-District® 7 Division III women's basketball team, and will be on the ballot for the Academic All-America® Team.
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Titans In The News
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After decades fulfilling her wish to "make a difference in my community," Lisa Pieper '77 is retiring as regional vice president at Children's Home & Aid.

Rantoul Press

Gloria "Peggy" (Storey) Usher '64, who died Feb. 11, was remembered as a formative influence on students at J.W. Eater Junior High School.

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Students wrote thank-you cards and enjoyed cookies illustrating scholarship support during Illinois Wesleyan's annual Thank a Giver Day.

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Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution discussed the revolutionary impact of Hamilton: The Musical during Illinois Wesleyan's Founders' Day Convocation.





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Monday, Feb. 26


Through March, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibits – Works by artists Aaron Wolf-Boze and Helen Tegeler will be featured in a dual exhibit, “transitions/transformations,” in the Merwin Gallery, while an exhibit by Justin Kronewetter '62, “Seen While Looking,” will be in the Wakeley Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 12-4 p.m., Tuesday evenings 7-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.


11 a.m., Merwin Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Artist's Talk – Aaron Wolf-Boze and Justin Kronewetter '62 will discuss their work in conjunction with the opening of their exhibits, "transitions/transformations" and "Seen While Looking."

11 a.m., 102, State Farm Hall – IES Salamanca Psychology Program Info Session – Learn about this program in Spain, open to psychology majors or minors. IES offers psych courses in English, Spanish language courses, and General Education courses.


12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Diversity Pre-Orientation Programs – Diversity-driven pre-orientation programs are available to all incoming IWU students, as a reflection of the university's mission and as highlighted in the recently announced President's Initiative on Inclusive Excellence. Come to learn more about these first few days that our students spend on our campus doing diversity work as first-year students, and how you can help to support these programs and share the institutional ownership of diversity. Presented by Meghan Burke, associate professor and chair of Sociology and Anthropology; Office of Diversity and Inclusion Director Greta Franklin and Assistant Director Hanna Mesouani; and Robyn Walter, International Student & Scholar Advisor.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Danielle Evans Masterclass and Fiction Reading


Tuesday, Feb. 27

Hart Career Center – On-Campus Interview Program - Caterpillar – Recruiters for Caterpillar will be on campus to host interviews for full time and internship positions. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Guest Ensemble Recital - Millikin University Guitar Ensemble – Sponsored by the School of Music.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: Rhinoceros

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Hidden Figures: Movie Showing – The Math Club will sponsor a free showing of the movie Hidden Figures for the campus community.


Wednesday, Feb. 28

7 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Monmouth College – Live streaming video at


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Kolya – Presented by Professor and Chair of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: Rhinoceros


Thursday, March 1

Hart Career Center – On-Campus Interview Program - KPMG – Recruiters from KPMG will be on campus to host interviews for internships. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.


12:15-12:45 p.m., (each Thursday through April 19, except March 15 and 29), Multifaith Meditation Room, 2nd floor Memorial Center – Multifaith Prayers for Action, Peace and Justice – Prayers and readings from various traditions will be shared that speak to the spiritual and moral issues on our campus and of our time. Visit for a complete schedule. All are welcome. Please contact Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger with questions or concerns.

4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Religion and Progressive Activism – Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Fuist will lead a discussion of some of the trends in progressive religious movements in the U.S. today. He will share insights from his own research and book, Religion and Progressive Activism, and invite participants to share what they are seeing and experiencing in their communities.


7:30 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Women of Change: Breaking the Silence - A Discussion Surrounding #metoo – Part of the Council for IWU Women Summit; all are welcome.

7:30 p.m.,  C101, CNS – Speaker: The Current Crisis and the Long History of U.S. Counterrevolution in Korea – Guest speaker Christine Hong, Associate Professor of Literature and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Hong has served as the guest co-editor of Reframing North Human Rights, a two-part thematic issue of Critical Asian Studies, and The Unending Korean War, a special issue of positions: asia critique. She serves on the board of directors of the Korea Policy Institute, an independent research and educational institute, and on the steering committee of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Price of Inclusion: Race, Militarism, and the Pax Americana in Cold War Asia and the Pacific. She also co-directed the "Legacies of the Korean War" oral history project. As a former steering committee member of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, she helped launch the three-year Teaching Initiative to End the Korean War. Her visit is sponsored by the Diplomatic Studies Team and the Asian Studies Team of the International Studies Program, and by the Department of History.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: Rhinoceros


Friday, March 2

Various locations – Council for IWU Women Summit


12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – For Your Future Friday Series: Job Search – Students are invited to come get some lunch and find out steps to take to search for a job. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.


1:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Practice Interviews – Alumnae with the Council for IWU Women will host practice interviews as part of the Council for IWU Women Summit. Sign up on Titan CareerLink.

4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Colorado College – Live streaming video at

4 p.m., Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Faculty-Staff TGIF – Faculty and staff are invited to chat with colleagues over hors d'oeurvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, provided by Sodexo.

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – She Speaks – Part of the Council for IWU Women Summit, SHE SPEAKS is an event powered by PechaKucha, a format of 20 slides in 20 seconds each, which allows presenters only 6 minutes and 40 seconds each to strut their stuff.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symphonic Winds & Combined Choirs

8 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Alpha Gamma Delta Casino Night – Join the women of Alpha Gamma Delta for their annual philanthropy event benefiting the AGD national philanthropy, Fighting Hunger America.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: Rhinoceros



Saturday, March 3

Various locations – Council for IWU Women Summit

8:30 a.m.-4p.m. –  Spring Open House – Sponsored by Admissions for prospective students.

3 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Escape Room – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – First Annual Unity Gala – The campus community is invited to join in a night of celebration, music, and dancing at the First Annual Unity Gala. The evening is co-sponsored by IWU's Black Faculty Staff Association, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and cultural RSOs, and serves as an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and alumni to come together. Dress code: formal. Please RSVP here. Questions? Contact Hannah Mesouani,, or Sharla Brown-Ajayi,

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: Rhinoceros



Sunday, March 4

10 a.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Rhodes College – Live streaming video at

12 p.m., Shirk Center – Kappa Kappa Gamma 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for Susan G. Komen – Join Kappa Kappa Gamma for their inaugural 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting Susan G. Komen. Register or find more information here.

2 p.m., State Farm Hall – Body Project Session 2 – Part two of a peer-led, voluntary discussion on body image and the appearance ideal for any female-identifying individuals.
Please email Jillian Runyon with any questions or interest in the program.
Sponsored by the Body Project RSO.

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Play: Rhinoceros

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Tuba / Euphonium Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music.

7-9 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Circle K Trivia Night – IWU Circle K will host their second annual Trivia Night to benefit Prairie State Legal Services, an organization that offers free legal services for low income persons and for those aged 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. Register here or by emailing



Monday, March 5

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Inclusive Classrooms – Presented by Assistant Professor of Nursing Amanda Hopkins.

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

More Events
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Fuist published "Lifestyle Movements as Social Networks: The Connections between Everyday Politics and Larger Collective Action in an Indian Feminist Movement" in Sociological Perspectives.

  • Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr published an article in PeerJ, with Rudolf von May and Daniel L. Rabosky: "Evolutionary radiation of earless frogs in the Andes: molecular phylogenetics and habitat shifts in high-elevation terrestrial breeding frogs."

  • Professor of Anthropology Chuck Springwood published "Armed Angels: Defying Demons with Guns," as part of a debate on mass shootings in HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.
Reminder about 2017 Flexible Spending Submission Deadlines

If you have a remaining balance in your 2017 Flexible Spending account, there are some deadlines you will want to consider:

March 15, 2018 - Deadline to incur expenses to use toward your 2017 balance

April 30, 2018 - Deadline for BPC to receive your requests for reimbursement

You can check your balance by contacting BPC at 1-800-355-2350 or by logging on to your account at

All Flex requests for reimbursement should be submitted to BPC. Submissions can be made by mail, online through the BPC website or by using the BPC phone app. If you need a reimbursement form, an electronic form can be found on the BPC website and hard copies are available in the Human Resources Office.

Campus Residence Access for Spring Break
All IWU residence halls and fraternities will be closing for the 2018 Spring Recess on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m., and will not reopen until Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.
If you need to stay in your hall or to have access to it during the break, you must request access as soon as possible. 
  • You will need approval to receive break access to the building
  • For Spring Recess you should make that request online at the link below before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6 to avoid charges
  • More information about approved reasons for staying and requesting break access is available at
  • If you live in a residence hall and have questions, please contact your residence director
  • If you live in a fraternity and have any questions, please contact Alanna Hill at
Save the Date - Recognition Celebration
The 2018 Faculty-Staff Recognition Celebration is planned for April 6 from 12-1:30 p.m. Please be sure to save the date! An RSVP announcement will follow.
Welcome New Employees

Stephanie Iskra started Feb. 16 as Student Employment Program Coordinator in Financial Aid. She replaces Tammy Baker, who transferred to the Information Technology Service Desk Specialist position, replacing Lisa Caughron, who retired.


Katrina Harper started Feb. 19 as a Custodian in the Physical Plant, replacing Scott Campbell, who retired.


Jason Reblando started Feb. 19 as the Photographer/Videographer in the Office of Communications, replacing Amy Young.

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