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Dec. 3, 2018

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Team Ethics Bowl Team Qualifies for Nationals
For the fourth time in the past six years, Illinois Wesleyan's Ethics Bowl team qualified for Nationals at the Upper Midwest Regional competition, finishing among the top four teams amid contenders that included Carleton College, DePauw University and Northwestern University.

tree Homefield Energy Helps Replace Campus Trees Lost to Emerald Ash Borer
Homefield Energy is donating 12 trees to help replace campus trees lost due to the spread of the emerald ash borer.

Museum Faculty to Present "Lunch and Learn" Talks
IWU faculty members Eva Ferguson, Abigail Kerr, Tyler Schwend and Ray Wilson will host presentations in the local community, discussing topics in their areas of study.

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Retired judge Elizabeth Robb '78 was named to Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker’s Restorative Justice and Safe Communities Committee, focused on criminal justice reform and public safety. More coverage from WJBC Radio

The Pantagraph

Homefield Energy donated 12 trees to Illinois Wesleyan to address losses caused by the emerald ash borer.

Big Ten News

The Big Ten Conference announced the hiring of Katie Stankiewicz ’09 as assistant director of sports administration.

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Monday, Dec. 3

4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting



Tuesday, Dec. 4

4 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – Climate Change and Water Quality in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City: Lecture and Reception – Dr. Thị Vân Hà Nguyễn will talk about the impacts and challenges of climate change to water quality in Vietnam and Ho Chi Min City (Saigon), specifically. She is an associate professor and dean of the Department of the Environment at Ho Chi Minh University of Natural Resources and Environment. A reception with delicious food will follow her lecture. This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public; sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and the Asian Studies Team of the International Studies Program.



Wednesday, Dec. 5

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.-1p.m., The Ames Library – Course Cluster Open House – Participants in courses related to the annual theme, Changing Climates, will discuss their work.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton College – Live streaming video at



Thursday, Dec. 6

6 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Light the Night: A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light

7 p.m., 102, State Farm Hall – Environmental Studies Signature Project Presentations  –
Environmental Studies students in the Senior Seminar: Creating a Sustainable Society will present collaborative research for their Signature Experience projects with Vietnamese guests from Ho Chi Mihn City University of Natural Resources and Environment (HCMUNRE).

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Women from the Lake of Scented Souls – Presented by Professor of History Tom Lutze.



Friday, Dec. 7


10 a.m.-6 p.m., Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – School of Art Holiday Sale! – Just in time for anyone in search of a unique holiday gift, artwork handmade by Illinois Wesleyan University students and faculty will be available for purchase.

4 p.m., Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Faculty/Staff TGIF – Faculty and staff are invited for food, drink, and conversation.

8 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – De-stress in December – Students are welcome for a fun time to de-stress before finals while also getting excited about the winter season. There will be a cookie decorating contest, a hot chocolate bar, and fun holiday music playing. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Monday, Dec. 10
Reading Day (NO CLASSES)


12 p.m., Lower level, Evelyn Chapel – IWU Fighting Hunger: A Reading Day Service Project – Come for an hour of fun and service as we re-package several hundred pounds of oats for local food pantries, followed by pizza! Hosted by IWU Interfaith. For more information, contact

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  • Mathematical Physics in Theoretical Chemistry has been published by Elsevier under the co-editorship of Adjunct Professor and Scholar in Residence James E. House. This is the second in the series of reference volumes Developments in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry, for which House is the Series Editor.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding gave an invited talk at the Illinois State University Physics Colloquium on Nov. 27, entitled, “Time in experiments on Quantum Entanglement …and beyond."

  • Sarah Bockel ’10 will perform at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State as part of the national tour of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.”

  • Patrick McGrath '93 maintains a popular blog Don’t Try Harder, Try Different, on Psychology Today's web platform. McGrath is assistant vice president of the Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center, clinical director of the AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital’s Center for Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program, and president of OCD-Midwest, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. He has been featured on the Discovery Health Channel’s documentary Anxious and on The Learning Channel’s Hoarding: Buried Alive.
Holiday Luncheon

Friday, Dec. 14

11:45 a.m.

Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center

Faculty and staff are invited to the 2018 annual Holiday Luncheon.


Please RSVP at or call 556-3540. Please indicate special dietary needs when you RSVP. Your RSVP will enter you in a gift drawing. If you wish not to be included in the drawing, also note that when you RSVP.

Snow and Ice Procedures

From Physical Plant:


As we have already had our first hit of the snow and ice season, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into School Dude. Please call us at the Physical Plant at 556-3066 during our regular hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Campus Safety at 556-1111 for an emergency, and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.

Acacia Holiday Invitation

From Acacia Fraternity:


All faculty and staff are invited to a Holiday Party hosted by the Acacia Fraternity on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m. at Adams Hall (Acacia). There will be food and beverages provided. We hope to see you all there!

United Way Reminder

From the IWU United Way Committee:


Please consider making a contribution or pledge to the United Way of McLean County this year. You can choose to make a donation as a payroll deduction or by credit card. You can also designate a specific United Way partner agency to receive your contribution.


You can contribute with a pledge card — contact Marie Giusti at if you need a card. Or you can contribute by using the electronic method:

For faculty and exempt staff who are paid monthly, please select the following link to contribute electronically:

For nonexempt staff who are paid biweekly, please select the following link to contribute electronically:


Thank you!

Holiday Gift Drive for Boys & Girls Club

From The Ames Library:


In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, The Ames Library is gathering presents for the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal. Our local Club is hosting a Family Holiday Shopping opportunity for income-qualified families. Your gifts will help make this event possible.

If you would like to contribute, please bring unwrapped items to the Library Services Desk where we have a bin for donations. We are accepting gifts through Friday, Dec. 21. 


Suggestions for gifts have been provided by the Boys & Girls Club team:

Ages 0 – 12:
Popular asks this year include: Lego sets, Lego Friends sets, LOL Surprise, Shopkins, Hatchimals, art kits (Slime is a very popular item, friendship bracelets), unicorn-themed items, play sets (like Melissa and Doug food, kitchen, construction), Littlest Pet Shop, dress-up kits, nail kits, science construction & experiment kits, drones, putty, bath bombs, Hot Wheels, Kinetic Sand, WWE characters, remote-control cars, dolls (baby and Barbie)

Teens 12 – 18 (overlooked population this year):

Headphones, earbuds, speakers, basketball (compression) socks, basketballs, hair product and accessories (our girls love the fat cloth headbands), flat irons, gift cards (Wal-Mart, Foot Locker, Rue 21, etc), large soft (furry) pillows, throw blankets (fun)

Needs for all ages:

- socks, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, deodorant, body wash (Axe, Old Spice, Bath and Body, etc), lotions (for boys & girls)

- board and card games

- puzzles (from 24 pieces to 1000 pieces)

Volunteering? Report Your Civic Engagement

The Give A Day Campaign is in full swing! As you plan your volunteer service for the holiday season, don't forget to report all of your civic engagement here. Questions? Contact Bevin,

Flexible Spending Enrollment Reminder

Please remember to return your Flex form to the Human Resources Office by Wednesday, Dec. 12. Even if you do not wish to participate in Flex, the form still needs to be returned to HR.


If you have questions or need help completing your form, please contact Marie at ext. 3971.

Benefits Choice/Open Enrollment Reminder

If you would like to change your health insurance plan option or enroll yourself or a dependent(s) in the insurance plan for 2019, enrollment forms are available at the Human Resources Office in Holmes Hall 209. We would be happy to send you an enrollment form if you contact Marie at We will need your completed enrollment form returned to Human Resources no later than Wednesday, Dec. 5 in order to guarantee that all of the necessary processing steps to effectuate your change(s) will be in place by Jan. 1, 2019.

If you have questions about the medical plan options through Blue Cross Blue Shield, please contact Marie at or Londa at .

Welcome New Employees

Carrie Robinson started Nov. 26 as Administrative Specialist II - Registrar's Office/Academic Advising, replacing Nathalie Arbuckle.

Nathalie Arbuckle transferred to the Administrative Specialist III - Registrar's Office position on Oct. 15, replacing Anne Niepagen, who transferred to the Data Information Coordinator - Registrar's Office position on Aug. 1, replacing Christina Rutledge, who transferred to the new Assistant Registrar for Transfer Articulation and Programs position.

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