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Sept. 24, 2018

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Students Illinois Wesleyan New-Student Enrollment Up 30 Percent
Illinois Wesleyan welcomed to campus its largest incoming class in five years, and its most diverse class in University history, for the 2018-19 academic year.

Calculator New Online Tool Demonstrates Affordability of IWU Education
By spending three minutes answering six simple questions, prospective students and their families can easily discover how an Illinois Wesleyan education may be a realistic financial fit.

Sara Ghadiri '10 Authors Law to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors
Chicago attorney and IWU alum Sara Ghadiri '10 expanded protections for survivors of domestic abuse and stalking by revising current laws surrounding legal name changes.

Acacia Acacia Fraternity Honored for Philanthropy and Service
Illinois Wesleyan's chapter of Acacia has received the fraternity's biennial Excellence in Human Service Planning award, in recognition of its many on-campus philanthropy events.

Book Isani '11 Authors Book on Muslims and International Government
IWU alum Mujtaba Ali Isani '11 delves into Muslim attitudes toward the legitimacy of global government in his book, Muslim Public Opinion Toward the International Order.

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Titan Athletics
  • No. 18-ranked Titan volleyball rallied to defeat No. 6 Trinity (Texas) on Friday, Sept. 21, then won both Saturday matches in the Holiday Inn Express Classic II at the Shirk Center.
More Highlights
Titans In The News
New York Times

Illinois Wesleyan is among universities now offering the MyinTuition calculator, which quickly demonstrates for prospective students and their families that a high-quality college education is more affordable than they might think.

Broadway World

Amber Robinson '08 is the director, translator and adapter of the

TUTA Theatre Chicago production of RADIO CULTURE.

The Pantagraph

New student enrollment jumped 30 percent at Illinois Wesleyan University this fall, while overall enrollment saw an increase of about 2.7 percent.

WGLT Radio

Josie Blumberg ’19 was the lead organizer of Illinois Wesleyan’s inaugural International Day of Peace Conference. Also covered in The Pantagraph.

Chicago Inno

Adam Lavitola ’17, the founder of Clubhouse Athletic, was featured in Chicago Inno’s 25 Under 25, highlighting 25 rising entrepreneurs and technologists under the age of 25.  

The Pantagraph

Former White House Chief Information Officer Theresa Payton and environmental activist Vandana Shiva will visit as guest speakers for the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series.


The "Arrive Alive Tour," designed to raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, stopped by Illinois Wesleyan as part of Campus Safety Awareness Week.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

As a senior and student council president at Oakwood High School, Lane Warren '22 spearheaded a project to paint positive messages in the school restrooms.



More Titans in the News

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Monday, Sept. 24


1 p.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) will develop a diversity action plan to assist our positive momentum in creating an inclusive campus community. This last in a series of workshops is for anyone interested, and is designed specifically to assist departmental leaders as they develop their action plan.

(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 for students 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.



Tuesday, Sept. 25

7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Award-winning Poet and Performer Denice Frohman 



Wednesday, Sept. 26

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.)

1 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center. – Student Travel Webinar – 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 primarily, so is 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.

4 p.m., 205, CLA – IWU London Program Info Session – Students are invited to learn more about our London Study Abroad Program. Sponsored by IWU Study Abroad.

4:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Millikin University

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



Thursday, Sept. 27

4 p.m., Room 206, State Farm Hall – Encountering Climate Change on the Ground: What Students Learned in Vietnam and South Africa this Summer – What happens when a global city runs out of water? What happens when sea-level rise and drought lead to significant crop losses in a country’s primary agricultural base? And what happens when rapid urbanization and climate change converge to overwhelm a city’s infrastructure? In May 2018, two IWU May Term classes confronted these and related questions when they came face to face with climate change on the ground in two developing countries: Vietnam and South Africa. The classes were:

  • ENST 375: Vietnam Today: Addressing the Challenges of Sustainable Development; (led by professors Abigail Jahiel and Aaron Wilson)
  • PSCI 217: South Africa: Spaces of Citizenship (led by professors William Munro and Ilaria Ossella-Durbal)

Join students from these classes for a joint presentation/discussion on their experiences and what they learned. All are welcome. There will be snacks! This event is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and the IWU Political Science Department.

4 p.m., Room 102, State Farm Hall – ArcGIS Online Workshop – Associate Professor of History and Director of Greek and Roman Studies Amy Coles will offer a brief overview of making maps in ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems) Online. The workshop will consist of step-by-step instructions and a demonstration of how to set up and import data, symbolize the data, add a base map, add a title and legend, and export the map to PDF or ArcGIS Story Maps. After a brief introduction, participants can work at their own pace (using a provided Excel data set or one of their own) or follow along with the demonstration. Bring your own laptop with internet access. Open to IWU students, staff, and faculty. RSVP by Sept. 25 at noon to Sponsored by the History Department.


4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – This week, our theme is "Tackling Tough Conversations." Multifaith Ambassador and Interfaith Leadership Institute participant Isaac Simmons '20 will facilitate an interactive hour on how to engage in meaningful dialogue about challenging topics related to religious and spiritual diversity on campus. All are welcome to join the conversation.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Tambien la lluvia" (Even the Rain) – Presented by Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies Carmela Ferradans.



Friday, Sept. 28

12 p.m., Myers Welcome Center – Career Fair Success – You have the resume, you have the outfit. Now you need to learn how to mingle and network, so you can be successful at the job fairs. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – IWU Swing Dance Exchange - Lesson and Dance
A lesson at 7:30 p.m. will be followed by dance at 8 p.m., featuring a live jazz band from Chicago and a dance competition and lip sync battle. Free and open to the public, this is a collaborative event between the ISU Swing Dance Club, the IWU Swing Dance Club, and the Campus Activities Board.



Saturday, Sept. 29

1 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Wheaton College  – Live streaming video at

3:30 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton College  – Live streaming video at



Monday, Oct. 1

4 p.m., Shirk Center – IWU Career Fair – Find out what great opportunities exist for IWU students at the Hart Career Center's on-campus event for all majors. Employers will be available to talk about jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences. Students are encouraged to practice networking, make valuable connections, and learn about community resources.

More Events
  • Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He recently published four journal articles and presented three invited talks.
    Journal articles:
    • "A unified approach for the Catalan matrices by using Riordan arrays,'' (With S.-L. Yang, Y.-N. Dong, and Y.-X. Xu) Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 558 (2018), 25-43. 
    • ''Sequence characterizations of double Riordan arrays and their compressions,'' Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 549 (2018), 176-202. 
    • ''Matrix representation of recursive sequences of order 3 and its applications,'' (With Jeff H.-C. Liao and Peter J.-S. Shiue) Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 38 (2018), no. 3, 221--235. 
    • ''On the primality of the generalized Fuss-Catalan numbers,'' (With Wun-Seng Chou and Peter J.-S.  Shiue), Journal of Integer Sequences, 21 (2018), no. 2, Art. 18.2.1, 8 pp.
    Invited Talks:
    • Generalization of Stirling Numbers and Functions II, Asymptotic, Applied Algebra and Optimization Research Center Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea, June 20.
    • From the First Fundamental Theorem of Riordan arrays to Faa di Bruno’s Formula and the Centralizers of Bell and Lagrange Riordan Arrays, The Fifth International Symposium on Riordan Arrays and Related Topics, Pusan, Korea, June 22.
    • Generalization of Stirling Numbers and Stirling Functions, Department of Mathematical and Statistics, Auburn University, Alabama, April 6.
  • Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Scholar in Residence James E. House has been elected to the Southern Illinois University Chemistry Alumni Hall of Fame. He received B.S. and M.A. degrees at SIU and the Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. After a career spanning 32 years at Illinois State University, House joined the ranks of emeritus professors. He has been an adjunct professor at IWU almost continuously for 20 years, and he was elected Student Senate Professor of the Year in 2011. House is also heavily involved in chemistry publications as the Series Editor for the research volumes Developments in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry published by Elsevier.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Town Hall Meetings
Blue Cross/Blue Shield was on campus Sept. 12 & 13 for informational sessions regarding our insurance change, which is effective Jan. 1, 2019. One of the sessions was taped and can be viewed here.
IWU Benefits Fair - Save the Date
The IWU Benefits Fair will be Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16 in the Memorial Center.

Benefit representatives will be available for consultations from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. both days.
* Blue Cross/Blue Shield of IL - Medical Insurance
* Principal - Dental Insurance
* BPC (Benefit Planning Consultants) - Flex and Notional Accounts
* EAP - Employee Assistance Program
* Emeriti - Retiree Health Accounts
* TIAA - Retirement Accounts

Watch for more information about the fair, including a schedule of benefit presentations.
New Speech Lab

The Writing Center is now offering tutorial help with oral performances. The Speech Lab – currently also housed in Ames 105B with the Writing Center – is staffed by three specially trained Writing Center tutors who will help in pre-performance planning and then coach students through rehearsals, using The Ames Library's new One Button Studio for painless video recording.


Online appointments can be made through the Writing Center or through the Speech Lab's web page.


Hours: Tuesday – 1-3 p.m.
            Thursday – 1-4 p.m.
            Sunday – 1-3 p.m.

Welcome New Employees
Anfernee Roberts '16 started Sept. 19 as an Admissions Counselor, replacing Loreto Delgado '16.

Diane Hansen starts today, Sept. 24, as Campus Visit Coordinator in Admissions, replacing Donna Haas, who transferred to Educational Studies as Administrative Specialist IV, replacing MacKenzy Shriver.

Kyle Pingel starts today, Sept. 24, as Costume Production Coordinator in the School of Theatre Arts, a new position due to department reorganization.
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