Happy National Bike Month!

May 7th, 2015 by
Have you signed up for the National Bike Challenge? You totally should. Log your miles directly on their website or through one of their partner apps (Map My Ride, Endomondo, or – new this year! – Strava) and help Bike BloNo do even better than our sixth-in-the-country spot last year! nationalbikechallenge.org/

Sign up for the IWU team by selecting Illinois Wesleyan University as your workplace.

Questions?
Michael Gorman
Bike Committee Chair
556-3262 / mgorman@iwu.edu
Or
Jeremy Spencer
Director of Wellness
556-3334 / jspence2@iwu.edu

National Bike Challenge 2015

April 27th, 2015 by

May – September

NBC

Sign up and join Illinois Wesleyan University’s team!  If you sign up for the IWU team (by selecting Illinois Wesleyan University as your workplace) and accumulate 100 points between May 1st and the end of the day on May 15th, you are eligible to win free prizes–like free bike tune-ups donated by the three local bike shops – Bloomington Cycle & Fitness, Vitesse Cycle, and Wilson’s Cycle! Students who accumulate 100 points by that same time are also eligible to win one of five Bike BloNo memberships, which includes a free T-shirt and discounted registration at Bike BloNo events. The event goes all the way through September, though, so don’t stop peddling after IWU’s contest is over!

Points are accumulated by riding a bike. Every mile you ride counts as one point, and every day you ride at least one mile counts as 20 points. So, in theory, you can reach that 100-point threshold by riding one mile a day for five days, or four five-mile days, or three 15-mile days, or two 30-mile days, or one 80-mile day. Just about everyone can find a way to make it happen!

Last year, McLean County came in sixth in the country, per capita! Help us build on that and make it an ever bigger success!

 

April 22 is Earth Day

April 20th, 2015 by

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, whose year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide.

In light of Earth Day and its commitment to sustainability, Student Senate arranged to have trees planted on the Eckley Quad and organized a tree planting picnic on April 19. Rain moved the picnic indoors, but the picnic menu was catered in the Joslin Atrium – burgers, hot dogs, chips, brownies, lemonade, and potato salad.

Campus Wide Yard Sale

April 13th, 2015 by

Sunday, April 19
1 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle

SELLING
All selling procedures are the seller’s responsibility. Masking tape and markers will be provided. Feel free to come and go as you please. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

People will be available to help move your things.

WHAT SHOULD I SELL?
Furniture, Electronics, Fridges, Microwaves, Lamps, School Supplies, Books, Clothing, Accessories, Video Games, so many things….

YOU CAN DONATE TOO.
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling or if your items don’t sell and you don’t want to haul them back, feel free to donate any of the above listed things. We will also take broken or outdated electronics for safe disposal (please specify if broken).

Donations will go to Home Sweet Home Ministries.

Sponsored by Senior Committee, Office of Student Activities, and Sustainability Educators.

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

April 7th, 2015 by

Saturday, April 11
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shirk Center

More at islwe.org and from IWU News.

A Celebration of Life for Anne Weston McGowan ’76

April 6th, 2015 by

Sunday, April 12
11:30 a.m.
Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center


A service will be followed by a reception for family and friends. McGowan died March 7 after a brief illness. Read her obituary.

Award Renamed in Honor of Anne McGowan ’76

March 25th, 2015 by

The Ecology Action Center has renamed its annual Making a Difference Award to recognize its former director, 1976 IWU alumna Anne McGowan, who died earlier this month.

Read The Pantagraph article.

Renewable Fashion Challenge

March 16th, 2015 by

The Ecology Action Center is looking for creative shoppers to participate in this year’s Renewable Fashion Challenge, which will take place at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo on April 11 at the Shirk Center.

Challenge co-sponsors Ecology Action Center and Home Sweet Home Mission Mart will launch the 2015 Renewable Fashion Challenge at a kick-off event onThursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Mission Mart, 301 E. Oakland, Bloomington. Designers will receive discounts at the Mission Mart, have opportunities to win prizes and learn more about the challenge.

Pre-registration is not required for the kick-off event, and attendance is not required to participate in the challenge. The deadline for submitting final entries is April 2.

Learn more.

The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Project: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature and People

March 13th, 2015 by
Tuesday, March 17
7 p.m.
C101, CNS
The 6,600-acre Emiquon preserve was once among the biologically richest wetlands in North America. In the 20th century, the lakes and wetlands were converted into farmland, isolating the area from the Illinois River. In spring 2007, after 7 years of science-based planning, The Nature Conservancy turned off the pumps that had dried out the land since the 1920s. Within months water reappeared in the historic lakebeds and native plants returned from their seeds that had lain dormant for years. Emiquon is the premiere demonstration site for The Nature Conservancy’s work within the Upper Mississippi River system, and will help guide large floodplain river restoration efforts around the world. The next phase of restoration at Emiquon will be the installation of a water management structure that will provide a connection between the wetland and the Illinois River, facilitating the water control needed to sustain these high-quality habitats long term.
Doug Blodgett, director of river conservation for the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, will give a presentation on the Emiquon Preserve and discuss the science behind the planned reconnection of the Illinois River.
Sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and IWU Biology Department.

Nature Photographer Tom Ulrich

March 10th, 2015 by

Tuesday, March 24
7 p.m.
C101, CNS

Nature photographer Tom Ulrich will present a photographic journey in the life of a wildlife photographer. This year’s focus will include the birds of Ecuador, bird migration in Texas, and the spectacular wildlife and landscapes of Glacier National Park in Montana.

He dazzles his audiences with amazing photographs, tips for photographers and humorous narration. Ulrich’s work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time, Audubon, and many other publications.

Admission is free for IWU students with their University ID card. Sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program and IWU Biology Department. See details on admission fees for other attendees.

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