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Feb. 10, 2020

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HannahMesouani to Direct Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Hannah Mesouani has been promoted to director of Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). She served as assistant director of ODI since May of 2017 and is also on the board of local and global nonprofit For a Better Tomorrow.

JohnnyStudents Present at MUSE Humanities Conference
Undergraduate students from colleges across Illinois – including Illinois Wesleyan – presented creative work and original research during the MUSE Undergraduate Humanities Conference at IWU.

baseballFaculty Research Investigates Psychology of Baseball
Chair and Professor of Psychology Jason Themanson's article, "The Psychology of Walks and Singles," is one of five national finalists for the SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards in the Contemporary Baseball Analysis category.

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Rachel Grimes '13 will participate in an industry staged reading of the new comedy The Red Wool in New York City.

The (Southern Pines, N.C.) Pilot

Scott Moreau '01 is returning to Sandhills Repertory Theatre in Southern Pines, North Carolina, to reprise Late and Alone: An Intimate Portrait of Johnny Cash.

(Bangalore, India) Deccan Herald

Spotify revealed that true crime podcast listening is high among women, and cited research by Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary about the psychology behind this interest.

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Monday, Feb. 10


TAG Day heartCNS & State Farm Hall from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Dugout from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. – Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day)TAG Day provides our campus community with the opportunity to thank donors who support Illinois Wesleyan. We celebrate each year in mid-February because it marks the symbolic point during the academic year – about 70% of the way through – when tuition dollars run out and we rely on support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants.


Please make time to stop by one of the TAG Day tables to write a note to one or more donors who help make an IWU experience possible. Also, please share your gratitude on social media using #IWUThanks.


Wednesday, Feb. 12

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 Hart Career Center staff review it. Have a quick question about Handshake? Need help preparing for an upcoming interview? We're here to help.

4 p.m., CNS C102 – Eugenia Cheng IWU Talk: The Art of Logic – Taking a careful scalpel to politics, privilege, sexism and dozens of other real-world situations, guest speaker Eugenia Cheng will show that math is not just about numbers and equations, but is about thinking better, and that it can help us clarify without losing nuance. This event complements the University's annual theme, Fact or Fiction.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Dialogues Across the Disciplines: "The Vanishing Inquisition: An Inquisitor's Visit and its Repercussions in Seventeenth-Century Brazil" – Sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – ReligiosiTEA is a weekly gathering that celebrates religious and worldview diversity, builds up interfaith literacy, engages important topics ranging from faith practices to politics, and fosters interfaith dialogue and community on our campus. All are welcome for tea, coffee, treats and great discussion! 

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


Thursday, Feb. 13

12:10 p.m., Gov. Fifer Courtroom (2nd floor), McLean County Museum of History, North Main Street, Bloomington – Lunch & Learn: Karen Bussone – Karen Bussone, Director of the McLean County Small Business Development Center at IWU, will present "What We Do at the SBDC of McLean County and IWU." The presentation will include a brief history of SBDCs; services the center provides; who provides the funding; performance parameters; and preparing for client appointments. The Lunch & Learn Series is co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan and the McLean County Museum of History.



Friday, Feb. 14

Through Sunday, Feb. 16, State Farm Hall – Human Rights Undergraduate Research Conference – The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice at Illinois Wesleyan will sponsor its 8th annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop. This year's theme, Facts and Fictions: Human Rights and the Search for Truth(s), emphasizes the way in which human rights discourse has evolved and responded to contemporary political, social, and economic challenges. It especially invites exploration regarding the relationship between the spreading of false information and its repercussions for the undermining of basic rights. 
This two-day event will gather undergraduate students from liberal arts institutions to present their independent research related to this theme. In the spirit of the workshop setting, presentations will be informal and there will be ample room for dialogue among all participants. Faculty mentors are encouraged to attend. This event complements the University's annual theme, Fact or Fiction.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Valentine Swing Dance – Learn and enjoy swing dancing at the Valentines Swing Dance! Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble



Saturday, Feb. 15

Admitted Student Day I – Admitted students are invited to visit campus, hear from current students, faculty and alumni, and participate in breakout sessions focused on planning, study abroad, research, student life and more.

12:30 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving - CCIW Diving Championships

5-11 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Barrio Fiesta – Join the Spanish and Latinx Student Association (SALSA) for free food, music and dancing as we celebrate four Hispanic countries (Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica & Guatemala).



Sunday, Feb. 16

12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Rhodes – Live streaming video at

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symphonic Winds – Sponsored by the School of Music.


Monday, Feb. 17

4 p.m., 205, CLA – IWU London Info Session – The International Officer has some exciting news about the 2020 IWU London Program: The University has reduced the program fee to $5,500 — $1,000 less than expected. That program fee goes to cover round-trip airfare from Chicago to London, provides an unlimited pass for all public transportation in London, all the theater tickets for the Shakespeare & Others (LIT) course, an extended trip to Liverpool with Prof. Mike Weis's "The Beatles and Their World" class, and all course-related activities. The application deadline is March 1, but we encourage students to complete the paperwork sooner.

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  • Susie L. High, IWU Costume Shop Supervisor and Instructor of Costume Technology and Construction, received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Honorable Mention in the Theatrical Design Excellence category, Region 3 in Madison, Wisconsin, on Jan. 11. This recognition was received for her costume design of Sweat produced at Illinois State University in fall 2019. The production was Susie's final thesis piece in completion of her M.F.A. in Costume Design, and as runner-up for the national award her costume design placed as one of the top 16 designs recognized throughout the nation by KCACTF.  

  • Assistant Professor of Music Roger Garret, as principal clarinetist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, will perform in the Concerto for Clarinet, Viola, and Orchestra Op. 88 by Max Bruch at the orchestra's Romance concert on Feb. 15.

New Biweekly Timesheet Available


An updated timesheet for non-exempt employees is available to download on the Business Office website under Payroll Forms. This new timesheet should be used with the pay period that began on Feb. 2.



Reminder - Annual Senior Leadership Awards

Annual Senior Leadership Awards provide important recognition to graduating seniors who have made significant leadership contributions during their time at IWU (both December 2019 grads and May 2020 grads) in the areas of service to campus life, service to the community, service through university employment, intellectual leadership, and cultural leadership.


Please submit your letters of nomination for seniors who have excelled in one (or more) of these categories to Karla Carney-Hall or Monica Wong at no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6.



The University Award for Inclusive Excellence 


The University Council on Diversity is seeking nominations for The University Award for Inclusive Excellence. Candidates will be sought in two categories: full-time faculty (must be tenured or tenure-track), and full-time staff, must be members of the campus community for a minimum of three years and should be engaged in meaningful diversity activities that go above and beyond their primary responsibilities at the University. Nominations are welcome from any member of the University community. Nominees are eligible to receive the award once.  

Potential recipients of the University Leadership Award for Inclusive Excellence exemplify inclusive excellence by embodying the following attributes:

  • Intentional attention to diversity and the value that it adds to the community.
  • Creating a welcoming community that engages all of its differences in the service of students and organizational learning.
  • A focus on intellectual and social development through teaching, advising, service, and mentoring of underrepresented or marginalized students.
  • Purposeful development and utilization of learning environments and resources to foster inclusive student growth and learning.

All nominations stay active from year to year; therefore, last year's nominations will be reviewed again for this year's awards. You are welcome to update your previous nomination if you would like. A complete packet will include:

  • The nominator statement:  Please complete this Qualtrics Survey and provide a statement of nomination (either within Qualtrics or separately to by February 17. 
  • An impact statement:  Please ask a constituent (student, alumni, colleague) who has been directly impacted by the nominee's work to write a nomination in support. The same Qualtrics survey will provide the venue for the impact statement.
  • Supervisor statement:  In order to ensure comparable materials are submitted for all nominees, the UCD will solicit supervisor/department chair letters of support via email.  As the nominator, you need not worry about this step. 
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