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Oct. 21 2019

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KathleenEnglish Professor's Mission to Document, Improve Lives of Incarcerated Migrant Children Profiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education
Professor of English Kathleen O'Gorman worked along with a team of lawyers and interpreters interviewing migrant children in government custody to document the conditions of their detention.

esportsEsports Program Adds Four Teams for 2020-21

Illinois Wesleyan's nationally recognized esports program is adding four teams for the 2020-21 academic year: Hearthstone, Overwatch, Rocket League and Super Smash Bros. The expansion will increase Illinois Wesleyan's esports program to six teams, including League of Legends and Fortnite.

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Titan Athletics
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  • After the men's golf team wrapped up the fall portion of its schedule with its fourth tournament win of the year at the Golfweek NCAA Division III Fall Preview, the Titans moved back into the number one spot in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.
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Titans In The News
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Bryonha Parham '07 performed in the ensemble of The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage!, filmed for TV in front of a live theater audience.

 
WJBC-Radio

Professor Kathleen O'Gorman shared her experience as a caseworker for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, working with children in detention facilities at the U.S. Border.

 
The Pantagraph

A plaque recognizing the late Thelma Breen '27 for her years of service was dedicated at Bloomington Public Library.

WAND-TV

Photos, articles and artifacts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s two visits to Illinois Wesleyan are preserved in The Ames Library.

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Monday, Oct. 21

 

Through Dec. 8, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibits: "Uprock" and "Invisible Distance" – "Uprock" by Malcolm Mobutu Smith, 2019 Stellaccio Lecturer, will be on display in the Merwin Gallery, and Monika Meler's "Invisible Distance" is in the Wakeley Gallery. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 12-4 p.m., Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1-4 p.m.


4 p.m., Room 205, CLA – Info Session: IWU London Program – Offered during the fall semester of each year and led by an IWU faculty member, the IWU London Program allows IWU students to live and study in London for a semester, taking IWU courses taught by British faculty who are specialists in their knowledge of London and in their academic field.


7 p.m., Multifaith Meditation Room (2nd Floor), Memorial Center – Self Care Meditation – Enjoy a relaxing time with stories, music, and meditation. Students from all spiritual, religious, and secular backgrounds are encouraged to join. The Multifaith Meditation Room, located up the stairs from Campus Safety and Young Main Lounge, is open any time for students seeking a quiet place to meditate, pray, or just relax in silence. Contact Sharuyam@iwu.edu for more information. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 22


12-1 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Health Plan Open Forum – Human Resources and EIIA are hosting a Health Plan Forum for faculty and staff. (There will be some tables set up if you want to bring and eat your lunch.)

Alison Danta from EIIA will explain and answer questions about the health plan changes which will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – The Effects of Marijuana on Physical and Mental Health – Come get the facts on how marijuana impacts the body and brain. Dr. Ryan Patel, a psychiatrist at The Ohio State University Life Counseling and Consultation Service, will present information on how marijuana affects mental health (depression and anxiety), academic performance and physical health, based on his experience in working with students that use marijuana. There will be a question and answer session after his presentation. This is an opportunity to get your questions answered regarding marijuana use, sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Wheaton College – Live streaming video at www.iwu.edu/livesports.

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 23


10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Walk-In Wednesdays – Bring your resume or cover letter and have a Hart Career Center staff member review it. Have a quick question about Handshake? Need help preparing for an upcoming interview? We're here to help!


11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Also Thursday), Memorial Center  – Alcohol Awareness Week – Help Counseling and Consultation Services and SOCA (Students Organizing Campus Awareness) bring awareness across campus about issues surrounding alcohol use, responsible drinking patterns, alcohol facts and being safe if you use alcohol. Try the beer goggles, take a ride in the "Cash Cab," learn what it means to "pour a drink." Come get a ribbon, some candy and other give-aways to show your support.


11 a.m., 305, CLA – IWU Pembroke Program Information Session – Spend your junior year studying at Oxford. Since fall of 1996, a select group of Illinois Wesleyan students has had the opportunity to study for the year at Pembroke College, Oxford University, as part of the Pembroke Visiting Student Program. Pembroke, with a total undergraduate enrollment of just over 400, accepts approximately 40 visiting students annually from a select group of U.S. colleges and universities. Among these schools are Barnard, Columbia, Brown, Penn, Cornell, Harvard, Bryn Mawr, Tufts, Duke, Georgetown, Vassar, and George Washington.


12 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Academic Skills Series: Understanding Faculty Expectations – The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs collaborate each semester to present the Academic Skills Series, a series of programs designed to assist students in the development or strengthening of academic skills (in and out of the classroom) needed to be successful at IWU.


4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – Associate Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken will present on the idea of spirituality and religion as a holistic part of every person. Drawing from real life examples, nursing practice, and other resources, we will explore the intersection of health, religion, and medicine.


7 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Augustana College – Live streaming video at www.iwu.edu/livesports.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jeff Brown Piano Recital

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 24


12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Career Immersion Excursion Information Session – What are you doing for Spring Break 2020?  Hart Career Center invites you to consider the fifth annual Career Immersion Excursion. Targeted to students with an interest in business, finance, accounting and technology, we will be traveling to Dallas, Texas to network with alumni and key employers.


4:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – 3D: Environmental Facts & Fictions Workshop – This dinner workshop will explore how climate change is affecting people, plants, and animals around the world, how species loss is impacting the planet, and what steps we can take to raise awareness and be part of the solution. Participants will attend short, interactive sessions, discuss what they learned in conversation over dinner, and share concerns and strategies for moving forward in large group discussion. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the IWU Environmental Studies Program. Open to all in the IWU community. RSVP HERE to reserve your spot.

 

 

Friday, Oct. 25


7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Live streaming video at www.iwu.edu/livesports.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall  – Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Halloween Concert


7:30 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Miss Julie by Arthur Strindberg & The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco – Double show bill presented by the School of Theatre Arts.


8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Hansen Friday Flicks: Hocus Pocus  – Come watch a Halloween favorite on the big screen in Hansen, sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 26


10 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Live streaming video at www.iwu.edu/livesports.


1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. Washington University in St. Louis – Live streaming video at www.iwu.edu/livesports.


3 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – Live streaming video at www.iwu.edu/livesports.

 

5:30 p.m., Meet at Evelyn Chapel — Islamic Center Visit — Join the Office of Multifaith Engagement for a visit to the new McLean County Islamic Center. We'll participate in the sunset prayer (Maghrib) and speak with leaders at the Center. Sign up here.


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Arcade Night – Enjoy the night with your friends as you play fun and awesome arcade games at Arcade Night. There will be soda and small snacks, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall  – Student Composition Concert


7:30 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Miss Julie by Arthur Strindberg & The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco – Double show bill presented by the School of Theatre Arts.

 

Sunday, Oct. 27


2 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre –– Miss Julie by Arthur Strindberg & The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco – Double show bill presented by the School of Theatre Arts.

 

3 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington — Fall Choral Concert — Sponsored by the School of Music.


6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting – All students are welcome to attend the General Assembly meetings for Student Senate. As a student, this is the space for you to bring up issues you believe need to be discussed.

 

 

Monday, Oct. 28


4 p.m., 202, State Farm Hall – Sociology Research Colloquium: Rock and Rolls: Exploring Body Positivity at Girls Rock Camp


7 p.m., Multifaith Meditation Room (2nd Floor), Memorial Center – Self Care Meditation – Enjoy a relaxing time with stories, music, and meditation. Students from all spiritual, religious, and secular backgrounds are encouraged to join. The Multifaith Meditation Room, located up the stairs from Campus Safety and Young Main Lounge, is open any time for students seeking a quiet place to meditate, pray, or just relax in silence. Contact Sharuyam@iwu.edu for more information. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.

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Kudos
  • The Chicago Composers Orchestra will premiere a piece for soprano and full orchestra, written by composer Eric Malmquist '07, with Ariana Strahl '07 as the featured soloist, on Oct. 26. The Chicago Composers Orchestra was founded by Brian Baxter '07, now executive director of the Quad Cities Symphony, and is celebrating its 10th season.

Announcements
 

Shirk Center Steps

From Matt Bierman, Vice President for Business and Finance:

 

On behalf of the Physical Plant, I wanted to update you on the replacement of the Shirk Center steps. The contractors have made good progress and we expect that the entrance will reopen on Oct. 25. The steps were part of a larger project this past summer to improve the entrance and address the declining concrete. As a part of that project, the steps were not installed correctly and the contractor is correcting the issue at no cost to the University. We regret any inconvenience caused by the construction.

 

 

Trees by Holmes Hall

From Ken Detloff, Assistant Manager of Grounds Services:


There has been a row of trees edging the sidewalk from Hansen to Holmes for the last 37 years, providing an incredible floral display every spring, and even sometimes graciously coinciding with graduation. They are a crabapple variety known as "Profusion," and they have certainly lived up to that name. You may have noticed these trees doing a not-so-graceful decline in the last few years. Crabapples are plagued by quite a few insects and diseases, but typically are hardy enough to overcome, especially the cultivars brought out in the last few years. But these seem to be at the end of a long, colorful life.

 

This row of trees, all planted at the same time originally, now require some action. Replanting the same species as individual trees are lost is not an option, because apple varieties in particular seem to deplete the soil over time, requiring soil replacement if you intend to plant the same species in the same spot. In light of that, the grounds crew is looking at removing them, and then replanting that general area with a variety of new trees, with an eye to increasing plant diversity and providing shade and beauty to the area.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE - Benefits Fair

 

The IWU Benefits Fair has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4 and Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the Memorial Center. Benefit Representatives will be available for consultations from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days:

* EIIA

* 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

* HSA Bank - Health Savings Accounts

* TIAA - Retirement Accounts

* Wellness with Advocate Bromenn

 

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

 

 

Trick-or-Treat for Change


Sign-up now to participate in Trick-or-Treat for Change, a Halloween fundraiser with Habitat for Humanity. Come have some fun in the community while also raising money for a great cause. Both individuals and teams (3-4 students) are encouraged to sign up. Event starts at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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Colleagues
Welcome New Employees

Sarah Fleming started Oct. 8 as the Assistant Manager of Custodial Services for 1st Shift.


Angelica Patino started Oct. 13 as a Custodian for 3rd Shift.

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