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Jan. 21, 2019

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Festival singer Annual Gospel Fest Rescheduled
The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival will feature performances by some of the area's leading gospel groups on Monday, Feb. 18 – rescheduled from MLK Day due to weather.

book Burke Tackles Modern Racism in New Book

Fighting against racism requires more than simply ignoring race, as Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke explores in her book Colorblind Racism.

Naomi Oreskes Addresses Science in a Changing Climate

As the global climate changes, so too has the climate for science, according to internationally renowned geologist, science historian and author Naomi Oreskes, who spoke at Illinois Wesleyan's Founders' Day Convocation.

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Titan Athletics
  • Senior Brady Rose '19 is one of 100 players on the first watch list for the 2019 Bevo Francis Award, announced by Small College Basketball and honoring the finest men's players in the country who compete in levels below NCAA Division I.
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Titans In The News

Todd French ’93 is the founder of, the world’s largest and most active online wine forum.

Chicago Sun-Times

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at Illinois Wesleyan on Feb. 10, 1966 was recounted in recognition of the civil rights leader’s legacy in Illinois. More coverage from the (Jacksonville, Ill.) Journal-Courier.

WGLT Radio

IWU professor Diego Mendez-Carbajo weighed in on the local impact of the longest government shutdown in history.

Green Bay (Wis.) Press Gazette

IWU photographer/ videographer Jason Reblando opened his exhibit, “New Deal Utopias,” at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday.

Springfield (Ill.) Business Journal

Stephen Paul Antonacci ’90 was named president and CEO of Security Bank.

WGLT Radio

Charlene Carruthers ’07 spoke with WGLT ahead of her keynote address at IWU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In.

The Lobbying Show Podcast

P.J. Hoffman ’03, the director of regulatory affairs at Electronic Transaction Associations, talked about his past, present and future.

The Pantagraph

Internationally renowned geologist, science historian and author Naomi Oreskesdelivered the keynote address at the Founders’ Day Convocation; also see photos from The Pantagraph.

WGLT Radio

An exhibit at The Ames Library, “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” allows a comprehensive look into the lives of Native Americans, exploring the connections between wellness and cultural life.

WGLT Radio

Although recreational marijuana may become legal in Illinois, cannabis use on Illinois Wesleyan University property will remain against the Student Code of Conduct, said Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.

The Pantagraph

Faculty Grants Manager Shireen Schrock discussed the impact of the government shutdown on grants.



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Monday, Jan. 21


Charlene 1-4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In – Alumna and activist Charlene Carruthers ’07 will give the keynote address at this year's Teach-In, which centers on the theme "Gender and Social Justice."

POSTPONED — Due to inclement weather, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 18.



Tuesday, Jan. 22

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center –  TECHNOS International Week Info Session – Technos International Week is a two-week expenses paid cultural exchange visit to Japan. Students are invited to come and learn about an incredible opportunity to visit Japan this summer. Sponsored by the International Office.



Wednesday, Jan. 23


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.)

2 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Retirement Reception for Cathy Spitz – Faculty and staff are invited to a reception honoring Cathy Spitz, Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX coordinator, who is retiring from the University after 22 years of service.

4 p.m., Fellowship Hall (lower level), Evelyn Chapel – Dialogues Across the Disciplines – Assistant Professor of English Molly Robey will present "World Religions and the College Girl: Secularism and New Womanhood in Elizabeth W. Champney's Three Vassar Girls Series." Discussion led by student Abigail Kauerauf '19. Program sponsored by the Re-Centering the Humanities grant.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Touré Reed: The Conservative Implications of Liberal Race Reductionism – Professor of U.S. and African-American History at Illinois State University Touré Reed will discuss: In the era of the Black Lives Matter movement, activists, politicians, and even public intellectuals have coalesced around the contention that liberals have generally reduced racism to class exploitation. Sponsored by the IWU History Department.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at



Thursday, Jan. 24

4 p.m., Fellowship Hall (lower level), Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - Native American Religion and Christianity with Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin – Eastin, who is an ordained Methodist Minister and who is involved with interfaith dialogue throughout the country and around the world, represents Native Americans as part of a global interfaith alliance and council. She will be joined by her sister, Eliida Lakota Knoll, who is a retired occupational art therapist and who incorporated Native American concepts into her work treating young girls with eating disorders at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria for 30 years. Both will be on campus as part of events surrounding the Native Voices exhibit.


6:30 p.m.,  First Floor Rotunda, The Ames Library – 3D:  Lakota Medicine Wheel Teaching Experience – Join IWU Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Mafazy for an installation that recreates the Lakota medicine wheel, where participants will be guided through a set of craft-making activities to create  medicine bags containing traditional power objects. Presented in conjunction with the exhibit, “Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness,” 



Friday, Jan. 25

Through Sunday, Jan. 27, 102, State Farm Hall – 3 Day Startup – The Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Program will host a program to bring together students across all disciplines for a weekend full of collaboration, creativity, and transformative change. The group to present the most compelling pitch on the final day will receive $3,000 to help fund their startup.



Saturday, Jan. 26

10:15 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - Top Times Titan Open



Sunday, Jan. 27

1 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – Faculty and Guest Recital: ISO String Sextet



Monday, Jan. 28

12 p.m., CNS C101 – Strategic Planning Listening Session - Faculty/Staff – Hosted by Provost Mark Brodl, Associate Provost Lynda Duke, and Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Evaluation Michael Thompson.

More Events
  • Professor of Physics Linda French, currently Program Director/Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, gave a talk entitled "Explaining Algol: Spots or Eclipses" to a joint meeting of the British Society for the History of Science and the European Society for the History of Science in London, England, in September. In addition:
    • In October, French represented the National Science Foundation on a panel at the Division for Planetary Sciences in Knoxville,Tennessee.
    • The February issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, available at bookstores and The Ames Library, includes an article authored by French, "Explaining Algol."
    • The December newsletter of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society includes a piece authored by French on the naming of variable stars.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding gave an invited talk in Houston, Texas, on “Experiment-based Resources for Teaching Optics & Photonics, Applied Laser Physics & Imaging Science," at the national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, in a session entitled “The New Advanced Lab.”
    In addition, Spalding has assumed office as Director At Large of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

  • The Altered Sound Duo performed the world premiere of Shades of Play for soprano saxophone and percussion by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo on Jan. 11, as part of the Navy Band Symposium at George Mason University.
    In addition, Vayo's professional website was chosen recently for inclusion in the Library of Congress's Commissioned Composers Web Archive; his Signals was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundations in the Library of Congress in 1997.
Snow and Ice Procedures

PaulReminder — As the snow and ice season is upon us, 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.


At right: Paul Cope is one of the many grounds crew members working to keep campus paths clean and safe.

English as a Second Language Service

The English as a Second Language Service at IWU seeks to support the University's international students and their academic and professional needs by providing ESL instruction and help with academic writing, reading and speaking. Our primary goal is to enhance the learning experience of international students and support the University's community.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Teodora Nikolova at


We are located in the Writing Center, Ames 105B. 

Office hours: 
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Friday 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.


The Writing Center+ESL online scheduler is at

Welcome New Employees

Terri Beard started Jan. 2 as Administrative Specialist IV - Health Services/Counseling, replacing David Kistner, who retired.


Lara Davis started Jan. 9 as a part-time Campus Safety Officer.


David Tones started Jan. 10 as a part-time Campus Safety Officer, replacing George Guminski, who retired (position changed to two part-time positions).


Donald Gamble started Jan. 14 as a part-time Campus Safety Officer, also replacing George Guminski.


Matthew Campbell started Jan. 14 as Advancement Systems Analyst, replacing Steve Hempen.


Jose Roig started Jan. 21 as an Electrician in the Physical Plant, replacing Craig Riddle.

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