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March 4, 2019

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Ram Mohan Receives Second Fulbright Award
Ram Mohan, IWU's Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry, has been named a recipient of the United States' Fulbright-Nehru Award to India, in support of his work to promote green chemistry at Indian undergraduate colleges and universities.

Ethics Bowl Ethics Bowl Team Competes at Nationals
In preparation for competition at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, the Illinois Wesleyan Ethics Bowl team called upon alumni, friends of the University, faculty and staff to judge practice rounds leading up to Nationals, held March 2-3 in Baltimore.


Interfaith Summit Aims for 'Common Ground'
Illinois Wesleyan’s 2019 Interfaith Summit will feature Chris Stedman, author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, as keynote speaker and workshop leader for the second-annual event.

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Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary researches the psychology behind the popularity of true crime stories.

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Olivia Ruff ’19 is one of the organizers of a “Not in Our School” event that will recognize area school employees working to end bullying, hosted at IWU's Hansen Student Center. Additional coverage from The Pantagraph.

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Ben Nielsen ’19 helped win grant funding for a new West Bloomington Revitalization Project workspace.

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Columnist Bill Flick gave tribute to the legendary oak, which fell last fall on Illinois Wesleyan's Quad.


The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan is helping small business owners in McLean County.

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James (Jim) R. Brown '77 has qualified for Court of the Table membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable, an international, independent association of leading life insurance producers.

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Monday, March 4


12 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – A Gathering of Solidarity and Support – Members of the campus community are invited to a service of solidarity with, and support for, LGBTQ+ members of The United Methodist Church.


7 p.m., C101, CNS – Former White House Advisor to Discuss "Containing Climate Change"


7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center –  Jae Nichelle – The Campus Activities Board and Women of Color RSO will kick off Women of Color week with a performance by spoken word poet Jae Nichelle.



Tuesday, March 5

12 p.m. at Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center and 4 p.m. at C101, CNS – Campus Update – Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend an important budget update meeting. The same information will be provided at both meetings. Supervisors are asked to grant flexibility for employee lunch hours for those who plan to attend the noon session, and tables will be set up for any who wish to bring their lunch.



Wednesday, March 6


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., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting


11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Ash Wednesday: An Ecumenical Service – All are welcome for Evelyn Chapel's annual Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service, led by Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and Fr. Doug Hennessy, as well as students from Titan Catholic and the Multifaith Ambassador Team.


4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Wittenberg University – Live streaming video at



Thursday, March 7


4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue - Pizza and a Movie! – The campus community is invited to a screening and discussion of a 55-minute documentary entitled "Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story." Thurman was a Christian mystic, interfaith pioneer, and civil rights leader and mentor to many. Pizza will be served.


6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Women of Color – The Women of Color RSO will lead a discussion on current challenges and social justice issues faced by women of color in America today. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series.


6-8:30 p.m., C101, CNS – NWS Skywarn Storm Spotter Training – NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Grand Hotel" – Presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Jamie Zelechowski.


8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – New Music Cafe





Friday, March 8 (5 p.m.) through Monday, March 18 (8 a.m.)


Monday, March 11


Staff Holiday - Spring Break – Campus Offices will be closed on the first day of Spring Break for a staff holiday.

For the remainder of the week, March 12-15, 4 o'clock office hours will be observed.


Thursday, March 14


12:10 p.m., Fifer Courtroom (2nd floor), McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington – Lunch and Learn: Assistant Professor of Biology Tyler Schwend

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  • With a victory against the University of Cincinnati on March 2, the Illinois Wesleyan Esports team has advanced to the North Conference playoffs. Illinois Wesleyan is one of 10 teams, out of 85, to qualify.

  • Doug Stewart '73 was recognized for his community involvement with the Robert H. Michel Award, presented at the 121st annual George Washington Banquet on Feb. 25 at the Peoria Civic Center. The event, sponsored by the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria, featured guest speaker Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and former governor of Indiana. Stewart has played active roles in several community groups and events, including the Bielfeldt Foundation, OSF Healthcare System, Peoria Riverfront Museum, CEO Council and Heart of Illinois United Way. He has also served both his community and alma mater by hosting Illinois Wesleyan Peoria Connection alumni events for several years.
Intercultural Fluency Reading Discussion

At recent campus workshops on cultural humility and worldview diversity, some participants voiced a desire to delve more deeply into questions around whiteness and white identities. In response, the Intercultural Fluency Committee is inviting faculty and staff colleagues to participate in reading and discussing an article or two on these themes during the remainder of this academic year. If you are interested in joining this discussion, please contact Meghan Burke ( or Kyle Griffith ( by today (Monday, March 4) so that we can email you the short article, time, and location for our first hour-long gathering. Please note that, while there is no requirement to attend each session in the series, we do hope faculty and staff join us for the full hour.

2018 Flexible Spending Submission Deadlines

If you have a remaining balance in your 2018 Flexible Spending account, there are some deadlines you will want to consider:

  • March 15, 2019 - Deadline to incur expenses to use toward your 2018 balance
  • April 30, 2019 - Deadline for BPC to receive your requests for reimbursement

You can check your balance by contacting BPC at 1-800-355-2350 or by logging on to your account at


All Flex requests for reimbursement should be submitted to BPC. Submissions can be made by mail, online through the BPC website or by using the BPC phone app. If you need a reimbursement form, an electronic form can be found on the BPC website and hard copies are available in the Human Resources Office.

Save the Date – 2019 Recognition Celebration

The 2019 Faculty-Staff Recognition Celebration is planned for April 5 from 12-1:30 p.m. Please be sure to save the date! An RSVP announcement will follow.

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