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Campus Weekly
April 9, 2018
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TitansTitans "Think Bigger" During All In For Wesleyan
Embodying this year's All In For Wesleyan theme to "Think Bigger," a total of 2,193 donors teamed up to raise $714,533 during Illinois Wesleyan's one-day giving challenge on Tuesday, April 3.

Sharla and WendyKooken and Brown-Ajayi Earn Inaugural Inclusive Excellence Awards
Assistant Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken and Administrative Specialist in the Provost's Office Sharla Brown-Ajayi have been named 2018 recipients of the inaugural Faculty and Staff Awards for Inclusive Excellence at Illinois Wesleyan.

GrantUniversity Celebrates Employee Anniversaries, Retirements
Illinois Wesleyan honored retirees and celebrated employees with milestone anniversaries on Friday, April 6, during the annual Faculty-Staff Recognition Celebration.

logoLSMCE Partnership Aims to Advance Minority Students in STEM
Building upon a shared interest in broadening participation of underrepresented minority students in STEM fields, Illinois Wesleyan has partnered with the Louis Stokes Midwest Center for Excellence.
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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team finished first in its own invitational on Saturday, April 7.
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Titans In The News
WJBC Radio

Illinois Wesleyan alumni, parents and friends raised nearly $715,000 during All In For Wesleyan, a day of giving and celebrating the University. Also in The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph
On the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, King's visits to Illinois Wesleyan and his influence were recalled by former professors Pamela Muirhead and Paul Bushnell, and by University Archivist Meg Miner.
Broadway World

Nikki Savitt '90 is among the 2018 troupe of visiting professional theatre artists announced by Nettle Creek Players in Hagerstown, Indiana. 

The Pantagraph

Michael Gorman '10, now president of the board of directors for Green Top Grocery, discussed new strategies being implemented at the cooperatively owned business.

WJBC Radio
Anthony "Tony" Dulak has been named the next head women's soccer coach for the Titans. Also in The Pantagraph.
Sarasota Magazine

Lora Wey '88 has been appointed assistant vice president of strategic philanthropy at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Ryan Jumper '00 and his relatives paid tribute to the influence of his parents as he was sworn in as the newest associate judge in Madison County.

The Pantagraph
Theatre students are taking on the challenge of singing and dancing in roller skates for the upcoming production of the musical "Xanadu."
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Welcome New Employees
Derek Caughron started April 4 as an HVAC Technician, replacing Troy Steidinger. Troy Steidinger transferred to the Planner/Building Mechanic position, replacing Carl Gillis. Carl Gillis transferred to the Manager of Building Maintenance position, replacing George Wainwright, who retired.
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Monday, April 9

10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Also Tuesday, April 10), Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Cap and Gown Pick Up – For the class of 2018.

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - Oral Communication Faculty Survey: Results and Future Planning – Nancy Sultan, Mellon Foundation Mentor for Oral Communication and Professor & Director of Greek and Roman Studies, will lead a discussion of survey results and share ideas for Oral Communication pedagogical needs. Many faculty members have rubrics, assignments, and training modules to share; many others would like to have these available. Most faculty would like to have designated oral communications tutors. Provost Mark Brodl will attend to listen and help identify areas that can be funded.


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

5-8 p.m. (also Tuesday & Wednesday, April 10 &11), Room 145, The Ames Library – Finals Help at The Ames Library – Students are invited to get one-on-one help with final papers and projects. Librarians Sarah Lindenbaum and Karen Schmidt will be on hand to help find sources, refine research topics, search Ames Library databases, and manage citations for works cited and bibliographies. All that and a basket of snacks, too!



Tuesday, April 10

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Cap and Gown Pick Up

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Asian Studies Colloquium: "'Seek Truth from Facts': Mao Zedong and the Legacy of the Hunan Academics" – Visiting Professor Oliver Chen of Hunan's Xiangtan University will present a lecture exploring the origins of the concept "Seek Truth from Facts," a centerpiece of Chinese Communist political philosophy, in the centuries-old academic traditions of the Xiang School of Hunan Province. Sponsored by Asian Studies - International Studies Program and the Department of History.

5-8 p.m., Room 145, The Ames Library – Finals Help at The Ames Library

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist Chris Reyman - Improv with IWU Students

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: Xanadu



Wednesday, April 11

11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Honors Convocation

4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – NAMI Talks to Raise Awareness on Mental Illnesss

5-8 p.m., Room 145, The Ames Library – Finals Help at The Ames Library

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: Xanadu


Thursday, April 12

12:15 p.m., 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.

1-4:40 p.m., Hart Career Center, Myers Welcome Center – Practice Interviews with Marcfirst  – Nelly Read of Marcfirst will host practice interviews. Spots still available; sign up on Titan CareerLink. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

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

7 p.m., Auditorium, Myers Welcome Center – 2018 Legal Career Panel – Join the Hart Career Center for our 2018 Legal Career Panel with six IWU alumni in a wide variety of legal careers and current law students, presented by the Illinois Wesleyan Alumni Association Board of Directors. Students considering law school and/or a legal career will have the chance to meet former Titans as they share their experiences from top law schools and diverse practice areas.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: Xanadu


Friday, April 13

12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium, Myers Welcome Center – OCRAP – Seniors, are you still job hunting? Do you need to start job hunting? Now is the time to Optimize your Career Resilience And Persistence skills. Join this session we are calling the OCRAP club and learn the basics of the job search and how to get started. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

4:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Whittier College – Live streaming video at

4:30 p.m., Fat Jacks Bar, 511 N. Main St., Bloomington – Retirement Reception for Kevin Strandberg – The campus community is invited to a celebration honoring School of Art Professor Kevin Strandberg, who is retiring after 38 years at Illinois Wesleyan.

5 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Washington University - St. Louis

6 p.m., Shirk Center – Relay for Life – Hosted by IWU's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer.

7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra & Combined Choirs – Sponsored by the School of Music.

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: Xanadu



Saturday, April 14


Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Women's Golf - Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling (Day 1)

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

2 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carroll University (doubleheader) – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Inflatalympics – The IWU Residence Hall Association will host the annual Inflatalympics. Students are invited to come out for a fun night of inflatables, field games, and a chance to win prizes. Pre-register in the Dugout for a free T-shirt, or register the day of at Shirk.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – IWU Vocal Jazz – Sponsored by the School of Music

8 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: Xanadu


Sunday, April 15

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Women's Golf - Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling (Day 2)

12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carroll University

1 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. North Park University (doubleheader) – Live streaming video at

2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – Musical: Xanadu



Monday, April 16

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org - LGBQA and TGNC Identities: Setting the Foundation for 2018's Summer Reading Selection "Becoming Nicole" – Presented by Director of Academic Advising Chandra Shipley.

4 p.m., C101, CNS – Religion Colloquium: “In the Aftermath of the ‘Divine Winds’: Religious Responses to the Mongol Threat and the Medieval Re-imagining of Japan” – Presented by guest speaker Professor Jacqueline Stone; sponsored by the Religion Department.

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Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the IWU Federal Credit Union

Date:               Tuesday, April 17
Time:               11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.          
Location:         Bertholf Commons/Turfler Room in the IWU Memorial Center 
The luncheon is open to all current members and IWU employees who want to learn more about the credit union.


All-you-can-eat-lunch through the Commons for just $2. Tickets will be available at the bottom of the Commons' staircase starting at 11:45 a.m.

After you get your food, we will be gathering in the Turfler Room for lunch and the meeting.  

Please join us!

Reminder about 2017 Flexible Spending Submission Deadline

If you have a remaining balance in your 2017 Flexible Spending account, please remember the following deadline:


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.

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