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Sept. 17, 2018

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Ellen Student Internships Open a World of Opportunities
From a packed stadium in California to a research institute in the Philippines, IWU students spent the summer gaining hands-on experience by interning at diverse places.

Sean International Office Launches New Study Abroad Website
With over half of IWU students traveling abroad to study, work, or conduct research, the International Office has streamlined the process of finding and applying for opportunities.

Loralyn Tiny Earth Network Builds Student Researchers in Antibiotics
Illinois Wesleyan is joining with Tiny Earth Network to prepare student researchers to address the modern-day public health crisis of antibiotic resistance.

Alumni Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming 2018
Dr. Steve Doran '79, Debo Olaosebikan '06, and John '57 and Pat '59 (Lashbrook) Jordan will be recognized at the annual Alumni Awards Reception on Friday, Oct. 5.

Susan Okuno-Jones '86 Named Distinguished Nursing Alumna
Susan Okuno-Jones '86 will be honored with the Illinois Wesleyan School of Nursing's Distinguished Alumna Award for Excellence in Nursing during Homecoming 2018 festivities.

Yale Sultan Attends Yale University NEH Seminar
Professor and Director of Greek and Roman Studies Nancy Sultan was one of 16 educators nationwide who attended Yale University's NEH Summer Seminar, gaining deeper understanding of the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita to share with her students.

Shante Williams '18 to Serve in Peace Corps
After a semester studying abroad in Amsterdam in her junior year, Shante Williams '18 knew she wanted to serve and to immerse herself in more time abroad. She will spend 27 months teaching in Zambia as a member of the Peace Corps.

Denice Poet and Activist Denice Frohman to Perform
Award-winning viral poet Denice Frohman will perform at Illinois Wesleyan on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center.

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Alison Sweeney '01, a biophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania, studies giant glowing clams, whose ability to turn sunshine and algae into fuel could have many technological applications.


On the anniversary of 9/11, David Priess ’93 was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition about the importance of the President’s Daily Briefing; also carried by local affiliate WGLT.

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Illinois Wesleyan maintained a strong position in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.

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Katherine James ’73 is currently starring in The Gin Game at the Sierra Madre (Calif.) Playhouse, through Oct. 6.





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Monday, Sept. 17


10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Campus Safety Awareness Week - DUI/Texting Seminar – The Arrive Alive Tour will be on campus with the DUI/Texting Simulator. Students can challenge themselves in the simulator and test their skills. Sponsored by: NCAA CHOICES Grant and IWU Campus Safety.

Alcohol Awareness – also from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Quad, Illinois Wesleyan’s Counseling and Consultation Services will be providing information on alcohol awareness for college students.

New for Campus Safety Week this year: Campus Safety will be raffling off a $100 gift certificate from the IWU bookstore. Each student can receive a ticket for going to each event. In addition, a student can  receive a ticket for every question they ask at the event. Drawing will be done at the Campus Safety office on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 3 pm. Winner will be notified via email or phone call.

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Active and Engaged Learning Task Force – This Non-Org will focus on the outcomes of the Active and Engaged Learning survey and the contributions collected from conversations at the Fall All-Campus Conference, as well as insights about how departments can prepare their Active and Engaged Learning plans.

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.



Tuesday, Sept. 18

1 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Campus Safety Awareness Week - Sextortion – The Normal Police Department will speak on the danger of online dating and social networking sites, and the precautions students should take to protect themselves.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – September IDES: Summer Research Showcase – Students from across campus, including Eckley Scholars, will present the results or progress of their summer projects. All are welcome to come support your peers and learn what opportunities IWU offers for independent research. Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – "Pay It No Mind" (Documentary Screening) – Feminism: Equality Matters will host a showing of the (short!) documentary "Pay It No Mind" (2012) detailing the life of Marsha P. Johnson, the prolific black trans activist. Join us!

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Handshake Your Way to Success – Guest speaker Drew Butts and our very own Brian (The Job) Richardson ’09 will help students kick off the new year with the Hart Career Center.

7 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Changing Climates Bible Study at the Chapel – Sponsored by the Evelyn Chapel, the study's theme this fall is Changing Climates. In September, all are welcome for an exploration of texts in Genesis and Revelation regarding environmental stewardship and justice.



Wednesday, Sept. 19

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 for lunch from 12-1 p.m.)

11 a.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Diversity Action Planning Workshop – As part of the President’s Leadership Initiative on Inclusive Excellence, each campus 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.

1 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Campus Safety Awareness Week - Suicide and Mental Wellness: What You Need to Know – The Crisis Program Manager for McLean County Center for Human Services will present on suicide and mental health awareness for students.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Poli-Talks: Are National Parks Evil? Exploring Environmental Advocacy in Southeast Asia – Tera Wilson '20 will present as part of the Poli-Talks Series, an ongoing opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to discuss current political and cultural issues. Multiple perspectives and viewpoints are welcome.

4 p.m., E 104, CNS – Study Abroad 101 Workshop – Come learn about the new study abroad online application process, talk to the study abroad advisor and hear true-life stories from returned abroaders. Sponsored by the International Office.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Elmhurst College – Live streaming video at



Thursday, Sept. 20


12-5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Blood Drive – Blood drive cancellations in the path of Hurricane Florence make it critical that donors from around the country step up and give blood. Please sign up at Tri Beta's sign-up tables in the Memorial Center during meal hours and in CNS Atrium between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

1 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Campus Safety Awareness Week - Revenge Porn: What Is It? The Answer May Surprise You – The McLean County State's Attorney Office will discuss the Revenge Porn Law in Illinois, what is revenge porn, the consequences and laws, and how to protect yourself.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – This week, our theme is "Interfaith Abroad." Students will share their experiences of interfaith encounter, challenge, and transformation during global study and internship experiences this past semester and summer. All are invited to join the conversation and share your stories, too. Sponsored by the Evelyn Chapel and IWU Interfaith.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Changing Climates through the Diversity Progress Report – The campus community is invited to join members of the University Council on Diversity for a discussion forum about the 2017-18 Diversity Progress Report.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "They Are We" – Presented by Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Daynali Flores-Rodriguez.



Friday, Sept. 21


Through Sunday, Sept. 23  – Family Weekend

Through Saturday, Sept. 22 – International Day of Peace Conference

12 p.m., Myers Welcome Center – Interviewing 101 – Your resume and cover letter worked. Now they called and you have an interview. Do you know what to do or wear? The Hart Career Center can give you the "dos" and "do nots" for your interview.

6:30 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Panel on the Lessons from the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict and Japan – An introduction to the challenges of peacebuilding through discussion with activists engaged in the field. The panel will look at two organizations with exchange programs, one of many approaches to peacebuilding. There will be dinner for the first 15 people. Part of the International Day of Peace Conference.

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Trinity University (Texas) – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symposium of Contemporary Music - Featured Guest Composer Pamela Z in Concert – Pamela Z, a composer and classically trained vocalist who works extensively with digital audio and video, will perform a program of her music.

8 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Family Weekend: Pop Culture Clash Trivia Game Show – Kicking off the start to Family Weekend, students are encouraged to bring their parents and test their pop culture knowledge. This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Saturday, Sept. 22


10:30 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Texas Lutheran University – Live streaming video at

10:30 a.m., Westbrook  Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symposium of Contemporary Music: The Extended Musician – Guest composer Pamela Z will present "The Extended Performer," on her technical setup and how it enhances her capabilities as a performer.

1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Panel on Understanding the Complexities of Peacebuilding  – Peace activists from Asia, the Middle East and Africa will speak on their work in the field of peacebuilding. Part of the International Day of Peace Conference.

3:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Williams College – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Family Weekend: A Cappella – Students are encouraged to bring their families to hear one of our own a cappella groups open for the group Musae. Musae is an all-female a cappella group, devoted to creating amazing covers for audiences to enjoy. This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, Sept. 23


3 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Knox College



Monday, Sept. 24

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., 102 (Case Study Room), State Farm Hall – Interested in "Taking the Road Less Traveled?" – Come hear stories from students who have recently studied abroad in a developing country, showing how they not only survived, but thrived while abroad. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your view of the world – and how you might engage with it!

The lineup of student presenters this year is:

  • Ann Crumbaugh – Uganda (SIT)
  • Kyle Fahsl – Argentina (SIT)
  • Lorren Pack – South Africa (SIT)
  • Lindsey Peters – Ecuador (IES)
  • Ellen Stumph – Ecuador (IES)
  • Megan Zsorey – Vietnam (SIT)

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Co-sponsored by the IWU International Studies Program and the International Office.

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Student Travel Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m.
Davidson Room, Memorial Center

All faculty and staff are invited to attend a webinar on student travel, liability and risk. The focus of this webinar is on domestic travel and provides a great opportunity for faculty and staff considering class, departmental or RSO-related travel. If you are unable to attend, a DVD will be available. Please contact Monica Wong in Student Affairs to arrange a time to view the video.

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Ken Johnson started Sept. 10 as Scene Shop Supervisor/Carpenter - School of Theatre Arts, replacing Connor Norton.
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