Eckley Scholars

In July of 2013, five students were named Eckley Scholars, meaning they were granted a fellowship to stay on IWU’s campus over the summer and complete research under the guidance of a professor.  One of these five students was Xuewen “Maggie” Zhou ’14, a chemistry major.

Eckley Scholars and summer research students. Maggie Zhou '15 in chemistry lab.Maggie worked over the summer to design and synthesize molecular receptors to capture polyoxometalates. You can read more about Maggie’s summer research and the research of the other Eckley Scholars here.

27th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

On February 11, 2014, the 27th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opened in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art building.  The exhibition features the work of many students, including first year international student Naijun (Nancy) Qu and Keio exchange student Osamu Fujita.  The exhibition includes different types of art, such as paintings, drawings, printmaking, graphic design, photography, ceramics, sculpture and glass.  It will be open and free to the public through February 27.


Lunar New Year Celebration 2014

On Sunday, February 5, Illinois Wesleyan students celebrated the Year of the Horse with the Lunar New Year festival held in the Hansen Student Center. The festival included traditional food, cultural activities, and performances by students, faculty and the Chicago Korean Dance Company. Over 200 people attended the festival. See more photos on the IWU Facebook page here.


Performers from the Chicago Korean Dance Company


Vietnamese IWU students prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year















Photos by Cong Vu ’17

State Farm Hall

sfhThe 2013-2014 school year has been the first time Illinois Wesleyan University’s new classroom building, State Farm Hall, has been open for classes. The building, located on the north side of Eckley Quadrangle between the Center for Liberal Arts and Center for Natural Science Learning and Research, stands on the former location of Sheean Library, which was built in 1967.  State Farm Hall, which is 48,700 sq. feet, cost almost $16 million to build.  The building is named after State Farm Insurance, headquartered in Bloomington, which donated $10 million to the building’s construction.

sfh2Located at the front of State Farm Hall is the Glenn ’22 and Rozanne Parker Kemp ’27 Commencement Plaza, where the commencement ceremony will take place each spring.  The building consists of four floors with 19 classrooms, 24 faculty offices, study areas, and a research lab for economics students. New technology was also included in State Farm Hall, such as smart boards in the classrooms.


Dr. Spalding Wins Physics Award

There is big news in the IWU phys10-spalding-250ics department! Professor of Physics Gabriel C. Spalding will be the recipient of the Jonathan Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction from the American Physical Society (APS). Dr. Spalding is receiving the award in recognition of his work to increase laboratory instruction for undergraduates across the nation.

The APS, whose membership consists of more than 50,000 physicists from around the world, founded the award to honor high achievement in teaching, sustaining and enhancing an advanced undergraduate lab course or courses.  The award will be formally presented to Dr. Spalding in March.

You can read more about Dr. Spalding’s work and the award here.

Homecoming 2013

Indonesian student Brigitta Jakob '17 met alumnus Dr. Nurman Noor '08, also from Indonesia

Indonesian student Brigitta Jakob ’17 met alumnus Dr. Nurman Noor ’08, also from Indonesia

The weekend of October 11, 2013 was Homecoming weekend at Illinois Wesleyan.  Many events for students took place throughout the week, such as a Lip Sync competition, voting of Homecoming King and Queen, a pizza taste-off, and a Roaring ’20s-themed dance.  The weekend was full of events for returning alumni, including banquets and meetings, as well as the Captain Ryan Beaupre Memorial Scholarship 5k Run/Walk and the ribbon cutting and dedication of Fricke Hall, one of the new Gates apartment buildings.

The Homecoming football game took place against North Park University on Saturday.  The IWU Titans won 52-21 against the North Park Vikings.

For the first time, IWU ran a live Homecoming Twitter feed so that students, faculty, and alumni could share their memories and experiences of the weekend. Tweets about Homecoming 2013 can be found at @TitanPrideIWU or by using the hashtag #IWUHC13.

Honors Convocation 2013

April 10, 2013 was the annual Honors Convocation in Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall at Illinois Wesleyan.  The convocation recognizes the accomplishments of both students and faculty.  Rebecca Roesner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, was named the winner of the 2014 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.  This is the university’s highest honor for excellence in teaching.  The 2013 winner of the award was Narendra Jaggi, professor of physics.  He was presented with the award at the convocation by Nick Kemp of the Kemp Foundation.  Professor Jaggi was the keynote speaker at the convocation, giving an address entitled “Refracting Honor Through a Personal Prism.”  You can view Professor Jaggi’s speech here.

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Nick Kemp, Professor Narendra Jaggi, and University President Richard Wilson smile as Professor Jaggi is presented with the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.


Alternative Spring Break

Each year, IWU students have the option of spending spring break volunteering for charity.  This year, the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip was to Laredo, Texas, a town near the border of the US and Mexico.  International student Sophia Li (’15) went on the trip and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for those in need.

Sophia and the other students volunteering spend seven days on ASB, including a 24-hour bus ride to Texas and a fun day in San Antonio, Texas.  There were two work sites, and Sophia worked to cut insulation and build a home.  The students used power tools to accomplish this, and Sophia learned how to use a nail gun.  She says that when she has her own home, she will now know how to do home-improvement and renovations with the skills she acquired on ASB.  Sophia also met a boy helping to build the home since his family had also received a home from Habitat for Humanity.  In this way, the recipients become the volunteers, and everyone is connected through the program.

The trip was a combination of work and fun. At night, there were activities for the ASB students to have fun and get to know each other.  One night, a Mexican fiesta was held at a beach house, and the students were able to spend time with the family who would live in the house being built.

Sophia really enjoyed her experience with ASB.  She says it was an enriching experience, especially as an international student, and that she would recommend ASB to everyone!

Career Connections Features International Students

Each month, the Hart Career Center at IWU, which helps students with job, graduate school, and internship searches, releases a Career Connections newsletter with advice for after graduation.  The April 2013 issue features three international students, AmmarMalik, Yelei Kong, and Sijia Song, all from the class of 2013.  These students, along with other members of the graduating class, share their advice for current students and reflect on their time at IWU.

This issue, as well as past issues, of Career Connections, can be read in PDF format here.



Tung Nguyen Places 49th in Putnam Competition

Tung Nguyen ’15

On December 1, 2012, the 73rd annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition was held.  The competition, which is always held on the first Saturday in December, is known for its difficulty.  This year, 4,277 undergraduate students participated in the competition, which includes students from the United States and Canada. Illinois Wesleyan student Tung Nguyen (’15) participated in the Putnam Competition and placed 49th, earning a score of 50 out of 120 possible points, and an Honorable Mention. Congratulations to Tung!