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Sept. 10, 2018

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Esports Game On: State-of-the-Art IWU Esports Arena Opens
President Eric Jensen cut the ribbon to officially open Illinois Wesleyan's state-of-the-art Esports Arena, offering a space for the Esports team and others on campus with similar interests to gather.

Amy Author Empowers IWU Students to be the Messengers of Change
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Amy Ellis Nutt urged students to fight ignorance – and prejudice – with knowledge and truth during her address at the President's Convocation.

Speakers Cybersecurity Authority and Agricultural Advocate to Present Stevenson Lectures
Former White House CIO Theresa Payton and international environmental activist Vandana Shiva will visit Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities to speak on the changing workplace amid technology and the future of food, respectively.

Handshake Career Center Rolls Out Platform for Jobs and Internships
Hart Career Center has implemented Handshake, an online career services management system that gives students a one-stop source for job and internship resources.

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Titan Athletics
  • Illinois Wesleyan track and field athlete Amelia Glueck '18 has been selected as one of the final 30 honorees in contention for NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan’s state-of-the-art Esports Arena was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. Coverage also included WGLT Radio and broadcasts from WEEK/WHOI TV and WMBD TV.

WGLT Radio

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Amy Ellis Nutt addressed students at the annual President’s Convocation. More coverage from The Pantagraph.


Illinois Wesleyan is among McLean County schools experiencing an increase in enrollment this fall.

WGLT Radio

The Coalescence Theater Project produced "A Dying Breed," a play by Ianne Fields Stewart '15, in the Normal Theater.





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Monday, Sept. 10

8:30 a.m., Weibring Golf Club, 800 Gregory St., Normal – Women's Golf at Redbird Invitational (day 2)

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: New Bloomberg Terminal at The Ames Library – Illinois Wesleyan is investing in a world-class economic database called Bloomberg. Bloomberg may be famous for its economic and financial information, but it also contains biographies and news article clusters of many influential people and events happening all over the world; a database of pharmaceuticals that includes their patent dates, pricing, number of scripts and maker; and an entire section of news dedicated to corporate social responsibility. Additionally, it is a firehose of current event information, generated from hundreds of staff writers. Assistant Professor of Accounting & Finance Jaime Peters will present a demonstration of this database's capabilities and how it could become a source of information for students and faculty.

Daily This Week, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center, Welcome Center – Hart Career Center Extra Walk-in Hours – Hart Career Center will offer extra walk-in hours all this week. Bring your resume (electronic or paper) and have our staff review it, ask a quick question about Handshake, or get help setting up your profile.

4 p.m., CNS C102 – Faculty Meeting



Tuesday, Sept. 11

Through Sunday, Sept. 16 – Sorority Recruitment – Events throughout the week are free and open to all students interested in joining a sorority. See the week's full schedule and register to attend.

Through Sunday, Sept. 16Fraternity Recruitment – Events throughout the week are free and open to all students interested in joining a fraternity. See the week's full schedule and register to attend.


7 p.m., Evelyn Chapel Basement – University Chaplain's Bible Study – With a theme this fall of Changing Climates, participants will look at texts in Genesis and Revelation regarding environmental stewardship and justice. All are welcome. For more information, email Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at


4-6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Study Abroad Fair – Students are invited to learn more about semester, year-long, and summer study abroad programs.


4 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium, Welcome Center – Handshake Orientation – The Hart Career Center will host Handshake Orientation, showing students the features offered by this new platform for connecting with internships and job opportunities.



Wednesday, Sept. 12

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center, Welcome Center – Hart Career Center Walk-In Wednesday – Bring your resume (electronic or paper) and have Hart Career Center staff review it, ask a quick question about Handshake or get help setting up your profile. (Closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch.)

11 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Course Cluster Kick Off – All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend for an overview of the theme, dynamic video clips and small group discussions about Changing Climates. Participants are invited to pick up lunch in The Commons and then go the Main Lounge. Students with meal plans will use their meal plans. Faculty, staff or non-meal plan students should pick up a ticket at Campus Safety for lunch and present it to Sodexo at the Commons door. Lunch is provided by Student Affairs.

11 a.m., Room 129, The Ames Library – Handshake Orientation

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library – Faculty and Staff Health Insurance Town Hall –  See details below.



Thursday, Sept. 13

9:30 a.m., Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library – Faculty and Staff Health Insurance Town Hall – See details below.

4:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Human Rights Workshop – All are welcome to join faculty, staff, students, and community members for the annual human rights workshop, sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, where small group case study discussion and large group conversation will consider various local, national, and global environmental issues through the framework of human rights and social justice. Come for learning and great conversation, a free dinner, and an opportunity to network with campus and community environmental leaders and activists. Participants may register here by midnight tonight (Monday, Sept. 10 ).

7 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Benedictine University – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Girl Rising – Presented by Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, Chair of German, & Asian Languages, and Director of International Studies Scott Sheridan.



Friday, Sept. 14

12 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – For Your Future Friday Series: Beyond the GPA and Test Scores – What can you do to stand out from the crowd? This Hart Career Center workshop for students will explore volunteer opportunities and clubs you can participate in to help your resume stand out. Lunch will be provided.

4 p.m., CNS C102 and Ames Art Atrium – Faculty Colloquium & Reception  – Presented by Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw.

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian: Jen Kober – Jen Kober is an energetic comedian who commands an audience with her original blend of stand-up and rock-n-roll. Come and check out this hilarious comedian at this free event at Hansen, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Saturday, Sept. 15

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Women's Golf - IWU Fall Classic (Day 1)

10 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis v. North Park University

6 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. Wheaton College  – Live streaming video at



Sunday, Sept. 16

Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Women's Golf - IWU Fall Classic (Day 2)



Monday, Sept. 17

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Active and Engaged Learning Task Force

7 p.m., C101, Center for Natural Science – Coping with a Changing Climate, Jeff Walk – Dr. Jeff Walk is the lead author of a report that assessed the vulnerability to climate change of “Species in Greatest Need of Conservation” designated in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan. He will discuss The Nature Conservancy's “Conserving Nature’s Stage” initiative, which focuses conservation efforts on the physical factors (such as landform, bedrock, soil and topography) that actually create biodiversity, giving species and natural communities the best chance to rearrange themselves as the climate changes. In addition, Walk will discuss a wind energy siting tool that will be used in Illinois and 18 other states this fall.

This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public, co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, the IWU Biology Department and the John Wesley Powell Audubon Society.

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  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding co-authored a new paper on the "Experimental Limits of Ghost Diffraction: Popper’s Thought Experiment,” published as an open access article in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.
Health Insurance Town Halls

On Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 12 and 13, representatives from Human Resources, EIIA (IWU’s health care trust), and Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL (BCBS-IL) will hold town hall meetings in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library to discuss IWU’s transition from BAS-CIGNA to BCBS-IL at the end of 2018.


All employees are encouraged to attend, whether currently enrolled in IWU’s health insurance program or not. Topics to be discussed include an introduction to BCBS-IL, anticipated improvements in customer service, and online tools now available for employees to determine which providers and facilities are in the BCBS-IL network.


There will be time for questions and answers toward the end of each session.


Meeting dates and location:

Wednesday, Sept. 12: 4-5:30 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library.

Thursday, Sept. 13: 9:30-11 a.m. in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library.

Campus Bicycling Survey 
As part of its review process for possible designation as a Bicycle-Friendly University, the League of American Bicyclists asks Illinois Wesleyan to distribute this survey. Any students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members who are familiar with the bicycle programs and amenities on campus are invited to participate.

In addition to its use in the League's award decision, the input received through this survey will be included (anonymously) in a feedback report to the IWU Bike Committee.
Diversity Action Planning Workshop: 

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.
Davidson Room, Memorial Center


As part of the President’s Leadership Initiative on Inclusive Excellence, each department (academic and administrative) must develop a diversity action plan to assist our positive momentum in creating an inclusive campus community. This workshop is for anyone interested, and is designed specifically to assist departmental leaders as they develop their action plan. 

Display Space Available at The Ames Library

Do you have a collection you’d like to share? Have you created a scholarly or artistic work? Are you involved with a campus group or sponsoring an event that you want others to know about?

The Ames Library Exhibit Team invites staff to contact us about utilizing display space in the library. There are several exhibit spaces in the library to promote guest speakers, organizations, events, achievements or topics of interest that you’d like to share with the campus community.
If you are interested in scheduling a display, please contact Meg Miner at or ext. 1538.

Welcome New Employees

Jasmine Hackney started Aug. 27 as the Student Activities Coordinator, a new position.

Margaret Schroeder started Sept. 4 as an Area Director - Office of Residential Life, replacing Nick Fink.

Jon Krapivkin starts today, Sept. 10, as an Area Director - Office of Residential Life, replacing Kwame Patterson, who was promoted to Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

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