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Nov. 11, 2019

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IanCoulter-Buford '12 Returns to Co-Choreograph Upcoming Musical
Ian Coulter-Buford '12 returned to campus from his professional career in New York City to mentor current students while co-choreographing the School of Theatre Arts musical, The Life.

wreathCampus Invited to Observe Veterans Day
The Chapel bells will ring at 12:10 p.m. today (Monday, Nov. 11) and a ceremony will begin at 12:15 p.m. at the flag pole on Eckley Quad. Members of our ROTC program, Cadets Max Bousky '21 and Gretchen Cox '23 will lay a wreath, and ROTC Cadet Mia Mac and Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger will offer commentary.

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Titan Athletics
  • Illinois Wesleyan University women's soccer team defeated Augustana College to claim the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Titans secured their eighth straight NCAA Tournament berth and their second consecutive CCIW Tournament Championship.
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WGLT Radio

Professor Emeritus Marcia Thomas will speak at an event marking the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell's historic expedition.

Dariya News

Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry Ram Mohan discussed environmentally friendly organic synthesis at an international conference at Lovely Professional University in Punjab, India.

The Pantagraph

Former IWU faculty member Dottie Frank was featured in a story highlighting the 40th anniversary of Bloomington's Westminster Village.

Medill Reports Chicago

Amanda Macuiba '16 is training for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in February.

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Monday, Nov. 11


Through Friday, Nov. 15, Memorial Center – International Education Week (IEW) 2019 Poster Exhibit – The International Office will display a poster exhibit on the east wall of the Memorial Center featuring the experiences of our international students.


Through Friday, Nov. 15, Memorial Center – African Student Association: Myths and Facts about Africa Interactive Exhibit – Across from the International Education Week 2019 display, the African Student Association, the African Studies Team, and the Anthropology Department will create an interactive display.


8 a.m.-6 p.m. (daily through Nov. 22), BUCK 203 - Buck Global Library, Buck Memorial Library – La Ruta | A Word-Image Exhibit – La Ruta: Walter Benjamin's Last Passage. Poems by Associate Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz and photographs by Jason Reblando. Sponsored by World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

12:10 p.m., Vinyard Room (former Davidson Room), Memorial Center – IEW 2019: How To Pronounce Chinese Names  – This workshop is useful for all faculty and staff who have even casual interaction with our Chinese students, who frequently prefer to use their Chinese names, involving sounds and intonation with which English speakers aren't experienced. Alumna Stella Wang '17 will offer a brief beginners' workshop on the significance of names in China and why it's important and respectful to honor students' names, with the opportunity to practice basic Chinese names.


12:15 p.m., Flag Pole, Eckley Quad (rain location: Nell Eckley Lounge, Memorial Center)Veterans Day Observance


5:30 p.m., Meet at Campus Safety – Campus Safety Walk – Please join Student Affairs for the annual Campus Safety Walk where we walk campus with an eye to any safety concerns (lighting, landscaping, sidewalk/trip hazards, etc). We welcome students, faculty and staff to join us or to send problem area descriptions to If you send a description, please be specific (location, issue; feel free to include a photo). We look forward to this safety assessment of our campus grounds.

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 for more information. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.



Tuesday, Nov. 12

11:30 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – IEW 2019: International Food and Culture Fair – International culture RSOs and the International Office will be hosting a food and culture fair in the Dugout.

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

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – "Made in L.A." - Film Screening and Q&A with Director Almudena Carracedo – Sponsored by the English Department.



Wednesday, Nov. 13

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Nursing Career Fair – Nursing majors of all years should attend this fair to meet healthcare recruiters interested in sharing information about employment opportunities, internships, externships, and more!

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.

12 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Academic Skills Series: Procrastination: Getting Started on Getting Started – 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.

12 p.m., 202, State Farm Hall – Writing Workshop for Sociology & Anthropology Classes – Come and learn the skills to succeed in your sociology & anthropology course papers. Pizza will be provided, so please RSVP to Professor Burke: Co-sponsored by the Sociology & Anthropology Department and the Writing Center.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Documenting Religion On-Screen: A Conversation with Filmmaker Almudena Carracedo – Join the Office of Multifaith Engagement for a special ReligiosiTEA with activist & filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who is visiting campus and conducting Q&A sessions along with screenings of her films. We will discuss how the religious practices and beliefs of her subjects have influenced her filmmaking and activism work.

6 p.m., Memorial Center – IEW 2019: African Drum Jam & S'mores – The International Office and African Student Association will cosponsor an African Drum performance and fresh s'mores.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library  – "The Silence of Others" - Film Screening and Q&A with Director Almudena Carracedo – Sponsored by the English Department.



Thursday, Nov. 14

12 p.m., Vinyard Room (former Davidson Room), Memorial Center – Meditation and Mindfulness Class

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Model Minority Myth – Meghan Burke, IWU Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology, will address the socially constructed myths around different marginalized identities in American society. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – IEW 2019: International Film Series: "Brooklyn" – The International Office and International Studies department will cosponsor a screening of the film, "Brooklyn," for International Education Week 2019.



Friday, Nov. 15

5:30 p.m., Multicultural House, 1405 N. Park St, Bloomington – IEW 2019: Dumplings by the Chinese Culture & Communication Club – The International Office and Chinese Culture & Communication Club will host a dumpling event for International Education Week 2019.

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Calvin College – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St, Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra Concert – A reception following the concert will celebrate Associate Professor of Music Vadim Mazo.



Saturday, Nov. 16

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at

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

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Taste of Summer – Come out and reminisce your favorite summer memories at Taste of Summer! There will be various foods/drinks & activities that'll "take you back" to summer. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, Nov. 17

12 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Harvesting Help – Please join us for a community service food repackaging event. We will be repackaging rice to donate to the School Street Pantry, and we will have an exciting guest speaker. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost. Repackaging is easy, fun, and right on campus. Spend an early afternoon giving back to your community. Sign up here. Sponsored by IWU Interfaith and the Office of Multifaith Engagement.

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Lab and Combos Concert

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, Nov. 18

7 p.m., Multifaith Meditation Room (2nd Floor), Memorial Center – Self Care Meditation – Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.

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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 2020, enrollment forms are available at the Human Resource Office (Holmes Hall 209) or on the Human Resources website.


We will need your completed enrollment form returned to Human Resources no later than Dec. 6 in order to guarantee that you have ID cards by Jan. 1, 2020.


If you have questions about the 2020 medical plan options through Blue Cross Blue Shield, please contact Marie at or Londa at


The Human Resources website has been updated to include information regarding the 2020 insurance benefits.



An Update on Campus Snow and Ice Removal

It has always been our first and foremost priority to provide safe walking surfaces for the campus community. Given the extremes of conditions in a Midwestern winter, and the large number of variables in conditions and forecasts, the decision-making process can be complicated. Last year in particular was exceptionally difficult, with a higher than usual incidence of rain/snow, followed by freezing rain and plummeting temperatures. Bare pavement followed by freezing rain is by far the worst-case scenario that we encounter.


Clean, dry pavement is always our end goal, and over the years we have worked to be as efficient as possible in achieving that goal. This year we are experimenting with brine application on campus sidewalks, which should prove to be a useful tool in managing snow and ice. We are hopeful that it will speed up application time and provide us a preferable option to granular salt when conditions allow. It also has the benefit of being a bit more ecologically sound. Regardless of what equipment and procedures we utilize, it still takes five employees several hours to cover the 16 miles of walks that connect our campus.


As we move into the winter season, we would encourage a cautious mindset and appropriate footwear. We would also recommend a heightened awareness, not only of conditions, but also of the machines that are out clearing the walks.



Snow and Ice Procedures


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 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.



Access to Campus Housing During Thanksgiving Break

All IWU residence halls and fraternities will be closing for the 2019 Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m., and will not reopen until Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m.


Students, if you need to stay in your hall or have access to it during the break, you must request access as soon as possible. 

  • You will need approval to receive break access to the building.

  • For Thanksgiving Recess, you should submit your request by completing the appropriate break access application in your MyHousing portal by 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, to avoid charges.

  • More information about approved reasons for staying and requesting break access is available at Break Access/Illinois Wesleyan.

  • If you live in a residence hall and have questions, please contact your area director.

  • If you live in a fraternity and have any questions, please contact Kasie Thompson at or Kevin Carey at

More Events
  • Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke gave a talk and workshop on colorblind racism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota on Nov. 7.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music John Orfe is a founding member and core keyboardist of Alarm Will Sound (AWS), a critically acclaimed new music ensemble.
    Orfe's recent performances and recognitions include:
    • Sept. 7 – "Re:Re: Rewrite" concert (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), guest pianist for music of Reich, Cerrone, Muhly, Frank, Pärt, Ligeti, Radiohead.
    • Sept. 13 – Honorable Mention, Freudig Singers (Buffalo, New York) Choral Composition Competition for original setting of "Fire!" By Langston Hughes.
    • Sept. 14-21 – AWS East Coast tour: Princeton University (New Jersey); Merkin Hall (New York, New York); Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (Boston, Massachusetts). AWS performed Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger, coinciding with its release on the Nonesuch label.
    • Sept. 25 – World Chess Hall of Fame (St. Louis, Missouri) solo recital:  Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variations.
    • Sept. 29 – Trinity Lutheran Church Concert Series (Peoria) solo recital:  J. S. Bach, Goldberg Variations.
    • Oct. 2 – Faculty Recital, IWU:  J. S. Bach, Goldberg Variations.
    • Oct. 4-13 – São Paolo Contemporary Composers Festival, São Paolo, Brazil, featured composer and pianist: performance of J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and lecture; piano masterclasses at the Souza Lima Conservatory, São Paolo, and University of Brazil - Campinas.
    • Oct. 30 –  Illinois Chamber Music Festival fall concert with IWU Assistant Professor Lisa Nelson, viola; Anna Cromwell, violin; Mira Frisch, cello: Gabriel Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15.
    • Nov. 1-2 – Illinois State Music Teachers Association Annual Conference at Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) Clinician:  "J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations as Comprehensive 'Keyboard Practice.'"
    • Nov. 6-9 – Alarm Will Sound performed at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) music of Tyshawn Sorey, José Martinez, and Aphex Twin, arr. Stefan Freund.

  • Professor Emeritus Marcia Thomas will speak at a celebration as the Illinois State University Horticulture Center marks the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell's expedition through the Grand Canyon. The event will be Friday, Nov. 15, from 5-7 p.m. at the ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal.
    Among resources for the event was a collection of Powell's activities by Elmo Scott Watson, published by IWU in The Professor goes West: Illinois Wesleyan University reports of Major John Wesley Powell's explorations, 1867-1874.
Welcome New Employees

Jim Groth started Oct. 27 as a Custodian for Physical Plant, replacing John Taylor, who transferred to the Grounds Crew.


Ethan Lubin started Nov. 4 as a Digital & Graphic Designer.


Derek Micheau started Nov. 4 as the League of Legends Head Coach, Esports Specialist, a new position.

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