Exploring the Nature of Illinois

October 2nd, 2014 by

Dr. Michael Jeffords and Ms. Susan Post
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7 pm
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101

Dr. Michael Jeffords and Ms Susan Post will present their explorations of the stunning landscapes of the prairies, lakesides, river bottoms, and woodlands of Illinois.  These findings were highlighted in their recently published book,Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State.  Dr. Jeffords is the retired education/outreach director for the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) and was staff photographer for The Illinois Steward magazine.  Ms. Post is a retired INHS research scientist and staff writer for The Illinois Steward magazine, and author of Hiking Illinois. They are co-authors of Illinois Wilds.
Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, the IWU Biology Department, and the IWU Environmental Studies Program.


People’s Climate March

September 26th, 2014 by

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m.
103, State Farm Hall

Join Professor of History Tom Lutze and local high school students Nate Jahiel and Christian Prenzler, who just returned from the People’s Climate March in NYC, the largest climate march in history — 400,000 strong! They will share their first-hand experiences, share photos and videos, have discussion about the political significance of this march, and compare the People’s Climate March to other massive demonstrations since the 1960s.

Sponsor: Sierra Student Coalition, Environmental Studies, and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

Bike Repair Station at Hansen

September 22nd, 2014 by

The Tool Library donated a bike repair stand, which has been installed outside the Hansen Student Center.

Bike Share Now at Ames

September 15th, 2014 by

Much like books in a library, 10 bikes are available for checkout for 24 hours at a time at the Help@Ames desk or the Hansen Student Center Information Desk by anyone with an Illinois Wesleyan ID card, free of charge.

A few helmets are also available for checkout at the Hansen desk.

Questions about the bike share program can be directed to Michael Gorman, IWU Bike Committee Chair, at mgorman@iwu.edu or 309-556-3262.

Campus Bicycling Survey 

August 25th, 2014 by

As part of its review process for possible designation as a Bicycle-Friendly University, the League of American Bicyclists asks Illinois Wesleyan to distribute this survey. Any students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members who are familiar with the bicycle programs and amenities on campus are invited to participate.

In addition to its use in the League’s award decision, the input received through this survey will be included (anonymously) in a feedback report to the IWU Bike Committee.

The 2014 Bicycle Friendly University awards will be publicly announced on Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 22.

Indoor Bike Storage

August 18th, 2014 by

Planning to bring a bike to campus, but don’t want to keep it outside? You’re in luck! We have a limited-access indoor bike storage room on the first floor of Harriett.

Signups are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and if you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll be given a key to the room so you can park your bike inside any time, day or night, all year long.

For more information, check the signup form or contact Bike Committee Chair Michael Gorman ’10.


Green Thumb? Volunteer at the IWU Peace Garden!

July 2nd, 2014 by

Have an interest in gardening? Ready to do some planting but don’t have the space? 

Consider volunteering at the IWU Peace Garden, located on Francis Street in Normal just west of the Immanuel Bible Foundation tower.

Visit the July volunteer calendar to sign up.

Reducing Printing (and Costs) on Campus 

June 9th, 2014 by

A print management solution called PaperCut is being deployed this summer to help reduce print costs and the environmental impact of printing. 

As a user prepares a print job, PaperCut shows the environmental impact of printing in three statistics – trees, greenhouse gases and energy. 

One of the primary aims of PaperCut is to reduce printing levels by reminding users to pay attention to their printing behavior. Giving individuals a tool to monitor and adjust their printing habits typically reduces printing by 10 percent. 

Options for filters and restrictions, such as stopping mistakes like printing a 100-page document instead of the one interesting page, and forcing double-sided printing, can reduce printing by another 10-30 percent.

Textile Recycling At IWU

May 21st, 2014 by

From Matthew J. Drat ’84
Development and Community Relations Manager,
Home Sweet Home Ministries

Even though May Term is not yet complete, Home Sweet Home Ministries is again pleased to share the results of our textile recycling program on the IWU campus. The program, in its third year, places collection containers at various locations on campus where students, faculty and staff can drop off their textiles (clothing, etc) and then Home Sweet Home’s HSHRenew program repurposes those items. The resource dollars generated by HSHRenew supports individuals struggling with homelessness and poverty via the services at Home Sweet Home Ministries.

For this school year, HSHRenew at Home Sweet Home Ministries collected nearly 5,000 pounds of textiles on the campus of IWU. That is a tremendous impact on the environment and on the men, women and children at Home Sweet Home. For example, the resources generated can help pay for any entire day of meals at our soup kitchen, meals that affect not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

As an alumnus of IWU (Class of ’84) I am particularly happy to see how my alma mater is engaging our local community AND changing lives of our neighbors.


Take Your Bike With You 

May 19th, 2014 by

Students should remember to take their bikes home with them after May Term, or sign up to use indoor storage available on campus. Be aware of the University’s policy regarding abandoned bikes. 

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