Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics Robert (Bob) Leekley passed away on Tuesday, Jan.1. Prof. Leekley started teaching at Illinois Wesleyan in 1974, and from his first year to his 44th, his commitment to IWU and our students remained unchanged. His positive impact on generations of students and colleagues will not be forgotten. Read an obituary. A service will be held in the IWU Evelyn Chapel from 11-12 on Wednesday, January 9th.
Jane Brue, 84, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 18, in Evelyn Chapel, with a visitation prior to the service from 9-10 a.m. in the Chapel.
Today is All In for Wesleyan at IWU. Dr. Randy Reed ’73 has offered to give $500 for each class year with 30 donors today, and an additional $500 for each class with 60 donors. Seriously – every dollar counts! Help the class of 1998 meet this Challenge. Click this link to donate https://www.iwu.edu/all-in You can also see how 1998 is doing in the challenge.
You can see All In on campus by clicking here.
Martin Kulak has been nominated to receive the Teacher of the Year Award for 2013-2014 from the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Kulak teaches at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates and is the leader of the District 211 Physics Teacher Professional Learning Team. He has worked with a group of colleagues who created a featured application on the iTunes Store, Step2Step Physics: Mechanics, which now has close to 3,000 downloads.
In addition, a member of his team created a Physics iBook on iTunes U that includes Kulak’s notes and lectures, which learners all over the world can download for free. Currently, there are more than 60,000 subscribers to the course.
The ISAAPT Award winner will be announced in March and will be presented during the fall meeting of the Section.
We Gotta Get Out of This Place (feature film produced by alumni Brian Udovich) made it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and followed up by winning the Audience Award at AFI Fest in Los Angeles in November. The film will be released theatrically in 2014. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2873214/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Meg Rincker published an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor about the election in Pakistan. Previously a visiting instructor at IWU, Rincker is now assistant professor of political science at Purdue University Calumet. She presented her book, What Wome Want: Global Decentraliztion and Democratization, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Her book uses interviews with women’s organization leaders in the United Kingdom, Poland, and Pakistan to show that women have diverse policy priorities in these countries.
Julie Bayer embraces two very different sides of performing — a classically trained opera singer, or an edgy actress at the Chicago Fringe Festival.