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Oct. 22, 2018

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Lauren Ostrowski '05 Joins IES Abroad as Program Dean
IES Abroad, a non-profit study abroad program which partners with dozens of IWU students every year, has welcomed Lauren Ostrowski '05 as a program dean.

David Priess '93 Focuses on Attempts to Remove Former U.S. Presidents in New Book
Former CIA intelligence officer David Priess '93 has authored a new book on past attempts to disempower the U.S. president.

Seal New Illinois Wesleyan Trustees Named, Officers Elected
Five new members – Rick Hanna '81, Martha Henderson '83, Nancy J. Hutson '71, Colleen L. Kannaday and Dr. Laura Randolph '92 – have been named to the IWU Board of Trustees.

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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan men’s basketball team will face the University of Illinois in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at U of I. You can purchase your tickets here.

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Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed her research exploring people's fascination with true crime stories.
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AMB Sports and Entertainment has elevated Karl Pierburg '98 to vice president, technology, data and analytics to lead all day-to-day technology and analytic operations across the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of Major League Soccer, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


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Amy McCabe ’01 will return to Bloomington-Normal on Friday, Oct. 26, as a member of the President’s Own United States Marine Band, playing at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center as part of the group’s 100th concert tour.

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Academy Award nominated film actor and DeKalb native Richard Jenkins '69 will appear at DeKalb's Egyptian Theater on Oct. 30 for the theater's career retrospective of his work.


A new movie project, "Knock Out Blessing," by Nollywood filmmaker Dare Olaitan '13, comes on the heels of his award-nominated "Ojukokoro."

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Illinois Wesleyan President Eric Jensen narrated lyrics of “Lincoln’s Portrait” in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert Friday at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. 
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Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State’s joint Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will team up on Halloween to raise money for charitable causes.
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Illinois Wesleyan University announced five new members of its Board of Trustees.

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At 91, the Rev. Art Runyon '51 is still playing golf – well, religiously.
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Monday, Oct. 22


11 a.m., Merwin Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Artist Talk - Dorothea Bilder ’62 – Internationally celebrated painter and lithographer Dorothea Bilder ’62 will present an artist talk in connection with her exhibit, on display through Oct. 25.


11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Daily through Friday, Oct. 26), Dugout, Memorial Center – Annual Equal Pay Bake Sale – F:EM is hosting their Annual Equal Pay Bake Sale. Come by the Dugout and pay what YOU make to the white man's dollar.

4 p.m., 202, State Farm Hall – Anthropology Colloquium - Queering Heavy Metal – Presented by Amber Clifford-Napoleone, author of Queerness in Heavy Metal Music: Metal Bent and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Nance Collections at the University of Central Missouri; sponsored by the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Women's and Gender Studies and Department of History.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Film: Generation Zapped – Our modern exposures from wireless technologies are a shocking 100,000 times greater than past decades, yet safety standards are outdated. Are these smart devices making us sick and who's responsible? This documentary explores the true cost of living in the wireless age. Free and open to the public; sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and presented by students from ENST 240: Health and the Environment.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Economist, Rapper Andrew DoughertyAndrew Dougherty is a Hong-Kong based equity investment analyst for Capital Group, covering Asia Pacific real estate and hotel companies. Previously, he was based in Beijing for 8 years, where he helped open Capital Group’s China office, and served as a China economist and research director for Capital’s global macro research team.



Tuesday, Oct. 23
8 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Heinavanker Ensemble



Wednesday, Oct. 24

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., C101, CNS – Faculty/Staff Town Hall – There will be a faculty/staff town hall the Wednesday following each Board meeting. We will report on the final budget, begin broad conversations about strategic planning, and look forward to hearing other concerns that attendees may bring.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Also Thursday, Oct. 25), Eckley Quadrangle – Alcohol Awareness Week – Join Counseling and Consultation Services and SOCA as we bring awareness across campus about issues surrounding alcohol use, responsible drinking patterns, alcohol facts and being safe if you choose to use alcohol. Try the beer goggles, take a ride in the "Cash Cab," and learn what it means to "pour a drink." Come get a ribbon, some candy and other giveaways to show your support.

4 p.m., Room 202, SFH – Gendered Communication Workshop – Mellon Grant Oral Communications Fellow Nancy Sultan invites IWU faculty and staff to participate in a workshop sponsored by the "Engaging Tomorrow's Students" Mellon Grant. (RSVP was requested by Oct. 19)

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



Thursday, Oct. 25

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - Baha'i Civic Engagement: How to Maneuver in America's Divisive Political Landscape – A prelude presentation for the Global Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto in November, presented by Multifaith Ambassador Jean Muza '19.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Series - Amy Funk - "Discussing the Nuances of Racism Through the Power of Story" – The Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series is a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Lecture in Economics: Amir Jina - “Climate and Society: Our Past, Present, and Future” – Amir Jina is an environmental and developmental economist who studies how environmental change shapes how societies develop in both rich and poor counties.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (The Final Days) – Presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Jamie Zelechowski.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert



Friday, Oct. 26

12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium, Welcome Center – Career Immersion Excursion Information Session #2 – The next Career Immersion Excursion will be heading to Chicago during Spring Break to meet with alumni in the healthcare industry.

5 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving  – Men vs. Lewis University; women vs. Lewis and Illinois State University.

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

8 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Movie Screening - "A Silent Voice"  – Free screening hosted by the Awareness Events Commission of Student Senate for national bullying prevention month. Sponsored by AEC, NAMI.



Saturday, Oct. 27

10 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University – Live streaming video at

1 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's Swimming and Diving - Illinois Wesleyan Halloween Invitational

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

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Halloween Jazz Concert & Costume Contest



Sunday, Oct. 28


3 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – “Illuminating Justice, Inspiring Music: An Afternoon with The Saint John's Bible”: Religion, Music, and the Humanities Series – The program will feature projected illuminations from The Saint John's Bible, a talk by Jonathan Homrighausen, author of Illuminating Justice: The Ethical Imagination of The Saint John's Bible, and an offering of Christian and Jewish music performed by Cantus Novus Chorale. An opportunity to view the Heritage Edition of the Pentateuch of The Saint John's Bible will also be offered before and after the concert. The Bible, which is the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible produced in over 500 years, is at once a retrieval of medieval techniques and a marvelous example of 21st century technology, theology, and ethics. 


Monday, Oct. 29

3 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Q& A with Stevenson Lecture Speaker Theresa Payton – Theresa Payton, one of the nation's leading experts in cyber security and IT strategy, will offer a Q & A for Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State students. Payton will deliver more formal remarks as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center on the Illinois State University campus. The title of her remarks is “Hype or Reality? Your Workplace and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & the Internet of Things.”


Through Dec. 10, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Exhibits "Strata" and "City and Empire" –  The work of artists Heather Brammeier, Kathleen Gerber, Lindy Ihrman, Lori Nix and Leslie Speicher will be on display.

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  • Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke spent Oct. 3-5 at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, as the sociology department's Distinguished Alumnus in Residence, which included giving a research talk titled "From Tea to Trump: Racism in the Mainstream and the Margins."

  • Sportscasters Talent Agency of America has named Joe Musso '13, currently lead sports anchor/reporter at KOVR-TV in Sacramento, to its 2018 "30 Under 30" — the top 30 Sports Broadcasters in the U.S. under 30 years old.
Reminder - Upcoming Benefits Fair

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.

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