April 5, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
All In for Wesleyan is Thursday, April 8, 2021, and the challenge is on to make it another million dollar day. Titans everywhere are invited to show their IWU pride through a day of giving.
Evaluating factors that contribute to economic volatility in low and middle income countries, Thao "Jenny" Le '21 hopes to influence the focus of current literature surrounding growth of developing countries.
Music education major Lindsay Ring '21 is a finalist in a new international competition for musicians of all ages, after winning first place in the Young Adult category for Wind and Brass at the semifinal competition.
Titan Athletics
Men's Volleyball finished its inaugural season with a win over Millikin University at the Shirk Center
Women's Golf won the Carthage Spring Invitational, with four Titans finishing in the top-10 individually
Softball swept North Park with a breakout offensive performance
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
Monica (Cheek) Hall ’90 was one of three local nursing professors to earn a $10,000 Nurse Educator Fellowship awarded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
The Athletic
Longtime Kansas City Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews ’66 returned to the broadcast booth after a year of calling games remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Subscription required)
The Pantagraph
Writing for a special section marking a year of the pandemic, President S. Georgia Nugent celebrated Illinois Wesleyan's resilience against many challenges.
The (Mattoon) Journal Gazette & Times-Courier
Dr. William Havlik ’76 retired from Hastings & Havlik Family Dentistry on April 1, after more than 41 years of service.
Pontiac Daily Leader
William Dwyer ’08 joined current and former members of the IWU Collegiate Choir to support the St. Joseph Church of Chenoa and St. Mary Church of Lexington at a joint Easter Vigil Mass.
Chicago Tribune
Sarah (Brown) Smith ’04 was named associate principal for curriculum and instruction at Andrew High School in Tinley Park.
Want your event listed on the University Events Calendar and Campus App?
Submit the information using our online form; you can provide virtual event details in the description.
School of Music: Links will be posted throughout the semester for performances as they premiere: www.iwu.edu/music/events/.
Monday, April 5
Through April 21, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – 34th Annual Student Art Exhibition


4 p.m., Virtual – The Trouble with My Name: A One-Man Show – Javier Ávila's nationally acclaimed one-man show, The Trouble with My Name, blends storytelling, comedy, and poetry to shed light on the American Latino experience. Culturally rich and profoundly educational, the presentation provides audiences with an excellent platform for a continued conversation on equity, diversity, inclusion and antiracism. Sponsored by World Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Student Senate; and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


4 p.m., Zoom – Discussion with Author Stacee Reicherzer – Faculty and staff are invited to a discussion with the author of The Healing Otherness Handbook: Overcome the Trauma of Identity-Based Bullying and Find Power in Your Difference. A Zoom link will be sent out to those who sign up here.


6 p.m., ZoomFinishing the Semester Strong & Finals Tips: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Callwww.iwu.edu/academics/skills/ - Sponsored by the Action Research Center.


7:30 p.m., Zoom – Titan Career Chat: Burke Nihill '00 - "From the IWU Titans to the Tennessee Titans: My Journey to President/CEO of a NFL Franchise" – Students are invited to connect with an IWU alumnus and hear his advice on leadership, crisis management, careers, and other questions. Nihill obtained his law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law and worked in corporate and software law before his time in the NFL. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/titans-nfl and we will send you the Zoom link. This event is co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan's Hart Career Center and the SportsBiz Club.
Tuesday, April 6
2-4 p.m., outside the Memorial Center – Red Sand Project – A participatory form of artwork demonstrated by pouring red sand into pavement cracks to represent the millions of men, women, and children who often “fall through the cracks” and are exploited daily for commercial sex or forced labor. The event is free and we encourage active participation in spreading the sand near Memorial Center, but “to-go” bags of sand are also available to spread throughout the campus and community. Also scheduled:
  • Wednesday, April 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 8, 4-6 p.m. 
Sponsored by Student Senate, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Dean of Students Office.


6 p.m., Zoom – The Mars Perseverance Rover & Beyond: A Discussion with Leading NASA Engineers – Students are invited to this live, virtual event. Associate Professor and Chair of Physics Thushara Perera will host a conversation with Rob Manning, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA Chief Engineer, and Chuck Manning, Process Engineer at JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory. Rob Manning was a key part of the JPL team largely responsible for successfully landing five Rovers onto the surface of Mars (Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, Curiosity and Perseverance), a celebrated team which includes his twin brother Chuck Manning. Register here.


6 p.m., Zoom Room (email ascanlon@iwu.edu for link and password) – Personal Statements for PreHealth: Polishing Your Prose – Part 3 of 3 (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops): This workshop assists students with tips about how to edit your personal statement, offering ideas for common pitfalls writers step into and ways to avoid them. Sponsored by the Writing Center.
Wednesday, April 7
Weibring Golf Club, 800 Gregory St., Normal – Men's Golf - CCIW Preview 


11 a.m., Virtual – Faculty Meeting


5:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Elmhurst Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at www.iwusports.com/watch/


7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. North Central Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at www.iwusports.com/watch/


8:15 p.m., Virtual – Symposium of Contemporary Music - Concert of Works by Featured Guest Composer Jiyoun Chung – Links to view the performance will be posted at www.iwu.edu/music/events/.
Thursday, April 8
All In for Wesleyan – This is an all day, all around the world event to show support for Illinois Wesleyan University.


4 p.m., Virtual – Symposium of Contemporary Music - Convocation Presentation – Links to view the event will be posted at www.iwu.edu/music/events/.
Saturday, April 10
Through Sunday, April 11, Virtual – John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference – The conference will be held in Digital Commons.


Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Women's Golf - Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling 


10 a.m., Bloomington, Ill. – Men's Tennis vs. Carthage 


1 p.m., ZoomReception and Awards Ceremony for 34th Annual Student Art Exhibition – Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m., as part of the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference.


1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Carthage Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at www.iwusports.com/watch/


6 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. North Park – Streaming video at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Sunday, April 11
Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Women's Golf - Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling 


10 a.m., Bloomington, Ill. – Men's Tennis vs. Carroll 


11 a.m., Virtual – Multicultural Graduation – The campus community is invited to join this annual spring event, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of our graduating students of color.


1 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. Augustana - Senior DayHome Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at www.iwusports.com/watch/


3 and 7:30 p.m., Virtual – Opera Performance – Links will be posted for performances as they premiere: www.iwu.edu/music/events/.


3 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. Augustana - Senior Day Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at www.iwusports.com/watch/


6 p.m., Virtual – Student Senate General Assembly Meeting 
Monday, April 12
7 p.m., Virtual – Student Involvement Awards – The Office of Student Involvement invites the campus community to join in recognizing the achievements of student leaders and student organizations. The ceremony will be live-streamed via Zoom.
Share Your Items for a COVID Time Capsule
First-Year Experience Citizen Scholars are assembling a COVID Time Capsule for IWU. If you have items (flyers, stickers, masks, directional signs, printed emails) or photos (classes in tents, students standing in a socially distant line, virtual class screenshots) to contribute, please email to arc@iwu.edu or send via campus mail to Deborah Halperin, ARC Ames Library #114. Help us take a snapshot of how our community came together during the pandemic. This COVID Time Capsule will be stored with the IWU Archives and opened at a future homecoming. The FYE Citizen Scholars will host a dedication event on Wednesday, April 14 from Noon - 12:30 p.m. on the first floor of Ames Library. All are welcome.
Do Your Part for Earth Day
Do you like trees? Want to offer a helping hand to restore the earth as we lead up to Earth Day 2021? GREENetwork has some suggestions: Our wonderful local Ecology Action Center (EAC) is raising funds to plant 10,000 trees in McLean County in its new TreeCorps initiative. Want to help?


Donate (by April 10)! A group of Illinois Wesleyan colleagues who are also runners – "Tipple Clowns" teammates preparing for a Ragnar relay race – have their own EAC fundraising page and could use your help to meet (and surpass) their goal. Donations in any amount are welcome to help this spirited team.


Help Plant (April 10 or 11)! Volunteer help is needed this weekend to plant 4,200 native trees at the ParkLands Foundation Mohr Tract. Work is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, and Sunday, April 11, depending on good weather. Find more details and sign up at the link above.
IWU Federal Credit Union Annual Meeting Update
To faculty and staff:
We hope you’ve been well since we last met in person. As you know, the IWU Federal Credit Union ordinarily has its annual meeting in April. However, last year, COVID-19 caused us to delay the meeting until August and to hold it via Zoom.


Since in-person meeting restrictions are beginning to ease, the credit union Board of Directors has decided to delay this year's annual meeting for a few months, with the expectation that we’ll be able to meet in person. Please watch for a meeting invitation in early fall and then plan to join us for our usual lunch meeting with generous door prizes.


In the meantime, please contact Manager Marlene Gordon (mgordon@iwu.edu, ext. 3475, Holmes Hall 109) if you wish to take advantage of our attractive loan rates and saving opportunities.


David Marvin
IWU FCU President
Optional COVID-19 Testing
Signups for optional COVID-19 testing are available each week. This is open to students, faculty and staff only, with a cap of 20 participants. The signup deadline is each Tuesday at noon for testing that Wednesday: www.iwu.edu/updates/coronavirus/cases.html#opt-in
Stay Connected
Access the Staff Forum (now staff-forum@iwu.edu) or Faculty Forum (facforum) listservs.
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