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Campus Weekly

June 11, 2018

Published biweekly in the summer months

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Campus News

Freeman interns Freeman Asia Program Sends Largest Group of Interns Abroad
A group of 36 Freeman Asia interns – the most in the program's four-year history at IWU – will spend the summer working at 16 internship sites in four countries.

Lisa Music Mashup by Mishra '15 Goes Viral
Fans of Bollywood and beyond are falling in love with the voice of Illinois Wesleyan alum Lisa Mishra '15, whose recent viral music mashup has earned international acclaim.

Zoe and RaymondBolton and Bouras Earn Phi Beta Kappa Award for Research
Raymond Bolton '18 and Zoe Bouras '18 won this year's Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award at Illinois Wesleyan, recognizing undergraduate research that “engages, translates, and bridges academic disciplines and/or crosses traditional academic boundaries.”

Luis Leal Calderon and Milcik Awarded Luis Leal Scholarship
Yesenia Martinez Calderon '20 and Nicholas Milcik '20 are this year's recipients of the IWU Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship to support their respective research in Chile and Spain.

jazz IPCF Grant Funds Community Music Programming
A grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will support the School of Music’s Chamber Music Festival and Camp and Jazz Festival at Illinois Wesleyan.

More News
Titan Athletics
  • Women's track and field standout Amelia Glueck '18 has been elected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® 7 Division III Women's Track and Field Team and will be on the ballot for the Academic All-America Team, where first- and second-team honorees will be elected next month.

  • Illinois Wesleyan University finished No. 14 (of 329 ranked schools) in the final set of rankings of the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
More Highlights
Titans In The News
Elle India

Lisa Mishra ’15 became an overnight Bollywood sensation, thanks to a mashup she posted on YouTube. Mishra's viral success was also featured in The Times of India.


McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers ’93 has been named a circuit judge by the Illinois Supreme Court. Additional coverage from The Pantagraph and WJBC Radio.


Raymond Bolton ’18 and Zoe Bouras ’18 were named winners of Illinois Wesleyan’s Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award.

The Pantagraph

Mackenzie Marquis ’18 received a marriage proposal from boyfriend Kurtis Hoekstra after an IWU softball practice this spring, highlighted in Bill Flick’s weekly column.


Former IWU basketball standout Pat Sodemann ’15 has joined the Truman State University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach.

The (Russelville, Ark.) Courier
Fresh off the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament’s championship game, IWU assistant coach Denise Prather has been named the head softball coach at the University of the Ozarks.
WJBC Radio

Illinois Wesleyan finished 14th out of 329 ranked schools in the final standings of the Learfield Sports Directors Cup.





More Titans in the News
Welcome New Employees

Patrick Zajac, a class of 2018 graduate, started May 29 as Career Technology & Recruitment Specialist in the Career Center. He replaces Monica Wong, who transferred to the Administrative Specialist IV - Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students position, replacing Pat Rosenbaum, who passed away.



Kyle Griffith '07 begins today, June 11, as the new Director of Residential Life, a position resulting from a department reorganization after Kelli Perkins departed IWU.


Kyle Griffith previously served as a Complex Director in the Office of Residence Life at Emory University, where he facilitated interdisciplinary theme communities related to exploration, the liberal arts, and sustainability.


Griffith also co-directed the Second Year at Emory program and served as a Title IX Investigator for Students and an Open Expression Observer for Emory University. He was the recipient of the 2013 Campus Life Award of Service for New Professionals and a 2013 Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Award from the Emory University Office of Sustainability Initiatives.


Prior to arriving at Emory in 2011, Kyle worked at the University of Delaware and Oberlin College and Conservatory. He received his Juris Master degree from the School of Law at Emory University in 2015, a Master of Arts in Counseling in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Practice from the University of Delaware in 2011, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2007.

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Saturday, June 23

Parent Orientation – We will welcome to campus parents of students in the Class of 2022! Sponsored by Student Affairs, the event offers information about IWU, services and success strategies for the college transition.



Summer Camps and Conferences

As students leave for the summer, we welcome our summer camps and conferences to campus. During the month of June, the following groups will hold overnight sessions at Illinois Wesleyan:

  • June 11-29 – NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers – Illinois Wesleyan will host this Courtly Lyric in the Medieval Tradition seminar, made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Project directors are Christopher Callahan, professor of French, and William Hudson, assistant professor and associate interim director of the School of Music.
  • June 12-16: Shriners All-Star Football will be on campus for a camp held at Shirk, and will have meals in the Memorial Center.
  • June 14-15: Students from an Illinois high school will visit campus to meet with Admissions representatives and staying overnight for a preview of the college experience.
  • June 14-17: The Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar will be utilizing the Memorial Center, the Quad (listen for those cheers), the Hansen Student Center, CNS, and State Farm Hall. In addition to hosting the seminar, Illinois Wesleyan will offer a $1,000 scholarship to any HOBY alumni who applies, is accepted, and attends IWU starting in the fall of 2019. Learn more.
  • June 16-18: Athletes competing in the Special Olympics of Illinois will be staying on campus for housing and meals.
  • June 17-19: Area high school football players will stay on campus for instruction and coaching by Coach Norm Eash.
  • June 17-23: The School of Music hosts the annual Summer Music Composition Institute/Camp.
  • June 19-22: High school dance teams will be using spaces in the Memorial Center.
  • June 20-22: High school lacrosse players will stay on campus for instruction and coaching by Coach Lindsey Kellar.
  • June 23-24: Coach Ron Rose will host an overnight high school basketball tournament at the Shirk Center.
  • June 23-30: Science faculty will host incoming first-year students for a one-week introduction to science courses at IWU.

If you have any questions about these groups, please contact the Conference Services office at (309) 556-3100 or


Among Illinois Wesleyan sports camps, there will be day camps held at the Shirk Center; please contact the Shirk staff with any questions regarding those camps.

More Events
  • Elsevier has just published Physical Chemistry of Gas-Liquid Interfaces, with Jennifer A. Faust '10, and Scholar in Residence James E. House as co-editors of the volume. It is the first volume in the series Developments in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, for which House is the Series Editor. After graduation, Faust completed a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and did postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto. She is currently assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Wooster (Ohio). After spending 32 years in teaching and administration at Illinois State University, House has been adjunct professor of chemistry at IWU for almost 20 years.

  • Blake Beehler '16, who is a medical student in the Department of Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical College in Chicago, co-authored an article, "Prevalence and Impact of Left-Handedness in Neurosurgery," World Neurosurgery, Vol. 114, e323–e328 Published online: March 30, 2018.

  • Danielle (Blomarz) Kays '01, of the Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw, was among the organizers of a summit on employment law in Normal, Illinois, in April. Kays, who often represents employers, told radio station WGLT that the worldwide #MeToo movement “has made these claims public and it’s important to talk about these issues.” Related topics were explored at the summit by the McLean County Bar Association, McLean County Chamber of Commerce and the Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council.

  • Charles Edward Stuckey '77 has been accepted as a new member among America's Top Lawyers by the American Law Society Board.

  • Emeritus Associate Professor of Physics Ray Wilson was a keynote speaker at the 2018 annual meeting of the Canadian Peace Research Association on May 30 with his presentation, "Nuclear War: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and A Workable Moral Strategy for Achieving and Preserving World Peace." The meeting was part of Congress 2018, Canada’s largest annual gathering of academics, at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. The University hosted more than 5,000 distinguished academics, policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners at this 87th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences; nearly 70 academic associations were represented.

  • Yvonne C. Jones, former IWU staff member, was named the Rotary Club of Chicago Woman of the Year in a reception on May 22.

Do You Bike to Work?

Over the next few weeks, Campus Safety will be collecting bikes around campus that they believe have been abandoned. If you find a tag hanging from your handlebars, visit and enter the info from your handlebar tag to let them know your bike is still loved.


As long as you claim your bike before Monday, June 25, you should be all set! Bikes that are not claimed by then will be removed and held by Campus Safety until mid-September before being donated. You can read the complete abandoned bike policy on the website, or contact Bike Committee Chair Michael Gorman '10 at or ext. 3262 if you have any questions or concerns.

Changes to the IWU Bike Share

Starting next week, IWU bikes will be available for checkout at The Ames Library, but no longer at the Hansen Student Center. This change is expected to improve the Bike Share program by concentrating the bikes at one location, making it more likely for participants to find a bike when needed. The library has proven the most popular checkout location, and Ames’ Circulation Desk is open more hours each week than the Hansen Information Desk.

The Town of Normal’s Bike Share 309 will continue to operate in the Hansen parking lot.


In other IWU Bike Share news, a long-term rental pilot program is being introduced. Rather than having to return a bike every 24 hours, participants will be able to keep a bike for a full semester for just $30. This pilot will be capped at five people; contact Bike Committee Chair Michael Gorman at for more information.

Both of these updates are based on feedback from a user survey this spring.

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

Thursday, June 28
3:30‐5 p.m.


Faculty and staff are invited to join the Faculty/Staff Recognition Committee at Tommy’s for
Lime‐a‐Ritas‐Beer‐Wine‐Soft Drinks. 

Department offices may close so all staff have the opportunity to attend. We ask that you keep your office open if you do not attend.


Please RSVP by June 25 to or 556‐3540 for two drink coupons, given at the door on the day of the event, per person.

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