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March 2, 2020

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PaytonLetko '19 Chosen as First Ambassador in Asia for DK Eyewitness Books
After five months living and working in Tokyo, Japan, Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Payton Letko '19 was chosen as the first overseas ambassador in Asia for DK Eyewitness, a global publishing company.

LindaFrench Honored in First Class of American Astronomical Society Fellows
Illinois Wesleyan Professor of Physics Linda French has been named to the inaugural class of American Astronomical Society Fellows in recognition of her contributions toward enhancing and sharing humanity's scientific understanding of the universe.

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Kamryn Roane, a senior at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, is among students selected for full-tuition Posse Foundation scholarships to attend Illinois Wesleyan.

The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune

A pair of Chalmette High School seniors will attend Illinois Wesleyan as Posse scholars.

The Pantagraph

Director of the Small Business Development Center Karen Bussone stressed the importance of content marketing in her guest column.

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Bookstore Partner update:  Illinois Wesleyan University has entered contract negotiations with The Follett Higher Education Group to assume management and operations of our bookstore in May of 2020. There are many changes that will come with the partnership and most will benefit our students, our faculty and the IWU community. As we identify changes we will communicate those with the campus community. This includes upcoming training sessions for faculty on a new next book adoptions process. 


Employee Discounts at the Bookstore: Currently faculty, staff and departments enjoy a 40% discount. After the bookstore transition takes place the departmental discount will be 20% and faculty/ staff discount will be 10%. Until then, the bookstore is offering departments, faculty and staff a 50% STOREWIDE discount on everything except textbooks. Please stop by the bookstore to get your Wesleyan merchandise.


Summer Term

Resulting from the efforts of the Certification and Community Education Work Group of our Strategic Planning process, a pilot summer term will be launched on campus this June and July. Courses will be offered in two four-week sessions.


Details on the courses and schedule are available at Registration opens April 6 to IWU students and the broader community.


The opportunity for a focused, immersive experience, along with Illinois Wesleyan's smaller class sizes and quality instruction, are expected to make IWU summer courses competitive with other local options. 


For this pilot term, a limited selection of courses were identified based on student demand. The program will be evaluated based on enrollment and overall student experience, to determine if a summer term will continue to be offered in future years. If the program grows, resources will be reassessed to ensure we are able to provide necessary support services.



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Tuesday, March 3

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Bone Student Center, 200 N. University St., Normal – ISU Education Fair – IWU education students are welcome & encouraged to attend this event. Take the opportunity to make contacts at this event just down the street.

6 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. John Carroll – Live streaming video at


Wednesday, March 4

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.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saga Stairs, Memorial Center – Spring Break Safety – As spring break approaches, stop by the tabling event at the stairs of SAGA for some helpful hints on how to make good choices for your health and safety during Spring Break. Vacations are meant to be fun, so don't let a couple of bad decisions make your Spring Break a nightmare.  There will be some free give-aways and a pledge card to sign if you like.  So stop by to help your Spring Break be a safe one! Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services and Arnold Health Services.

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. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement and IWU Interfaith RSO.



Thursday, March 5

7 p.m., Hart Career Center – Titan Career Chat: Careers with the FBI – Supervisor Special Agent W. David Crawford II '99 has had a long and distinguished career with the FBI. He will share information on his experience in law enforcement and opportunities in the field. After graduating from the FBI Academy, David was assigned to the Indianapolis Safe Streets Gang Task Force, where he investigated gang, drug, and violent crime matters. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Division SWAT Team. In 2016, David was promoted to his current position of Chief of the FBI Internal Policy Office, where he oversees the creation and revision of all operational and administrative FBI policy. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.


Monday, March 9

Spring Break Holiday – Campus offices will be closed Monday for a staff holiday.

Through Monday, March 16 – Spring Break


Tuesday, March 10

Through Friday, March 13 – Four O'Clock Hours during Spring Break – Campus offices may close at 4 p.m. daily.


Thursday, March 12

12:10 p.m., Gov. Fifer Courtroom (2nd floor), McLean County Museum of History, North Main Street, Bloomington – Lunch & Learn: Professor Emeritus Marcia Thomas will speak on the life of Harriet Emma Dean Powell.


Monday, March 16
4 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Faculty Meeting

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  • Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong and Sydney Rowley '20 were invited to a dog workshop at Yale University on Feb. 15-16. They presented research on dog cognition along with two IWU alumni: Ellen Stumph '19, lab coordinator at the Canine Cognition Center at Yale, and Zach Silver '18, current graduate student at Yale.

    Stumph and Silver work with Laurie Santos, Director of Yale's Comparative Cognition Laboratory and of Yale's Canine Cognition Lab, and former post doctoral advisor to Furlong. Illinois Wesleyan participants represented 20% of the presentations at the workshop. 

  • The work of Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Knoll and co-authors including Victoria Drake '18 titled Randomized Controlled Trial of a Prefeeding Oral Motor Therapy and Its Effect on Feeding Improvement in a Thai NICU  (JOGNN, 48, 176-188) was nominated for the 2020 Best of JOGNN Writing Award. Criteria include originality of the work, clarity and scholarliness of the writing, potential to significantly affect the care of women, infants and/or childbearing families, and the interdisciplinary importance of the work. Knoll, founder and author of an oral motor therapy program for preterm infants, has also recently launched a new website for scholars and providers of neonatal oral motor therapy at (designed by, 2020).

  • On March 14 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present a concert that features the principal woodwind and brass members of the orchestra in a work for winds, the Octet for Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinksy. Assistant Professor of Music Roger Garrett will be playing the solo/principal clarinet part in this opening work. The concert will also feature Chicago Symphony Orchestra Cellist Richard Hirschl in performances of the Korngold Cello Concerto and the Tchaikovsky Rocco Variations. 

SBDC Event at Hansen on Wednesday Morning


On Wednesday, March 4, the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan will hold a "Business Before Hours" event in conjunction with the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. The event is from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and will be held on Center Court of the Hansen Center. If your usual parking spot in the Hansen lot is taken, additional parking spaces can be found in the lot behind the Theta Chi fraternity, which you can access off of Horenberger Drive.



Election Day Parking


Just after Spring Break, on Tuesday, March 17, the State of Illinois will hold a Primary Election and the Hansen Student Center will serve as a polling place. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To accommodate voters, we have been asked to set aside a section of the Hansen Student Center lot for election parking. As an alternative place to park, spaces should be available in the lots at the Welcome Center, Evelyn Chapel, Shirk Center and the lot behind the Theta Chi fraternity, which you can enter off of Horenberger Drive.


We make Hansen Student Center available as a polling place not only for the community, but also for our students, faculty and staff who are registered to vote in Bloomington. If you live in precincts 1, 4 or 41, the Hansen Student Center will be your polling place.


Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations, at



Peoria Rivermen Tickets


Illinois Wesleyan and the Peoria Rivermen would like to offer all IWU faculty and staff a special discounted premium ticket for any of the three biggest nights remaining on the Rivermen schedule. Visit this link for tickets to as many of the three games as you'd like.

The drop-down boxes give you choices of games, # of tickets, seat location, etc. Your tickets will be at will call under your name. Feel free to share this link with family and friends. Contact Mark Thompson with questions: (309) 680-3763,



Reminder about 2019 Flexible Spending Submission Deadlines

If you have a remaining balance in your 2019 Flexible Spending account, there are some deadlines you will want to consider:

March 15, 2020 - Deadline to incur expenses to use toward your 2019 balance
April 30, 2020 - 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, fax, 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 the Human Resources web page.
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