Author Archives: Meg Miner

Information on the Coronavirus


Today, Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall and Interim Executive Director of Health/Counseling Vickie Folse distributed the message copied below about staying safe and healthy during Spring Break. You may also consult this resource guide on the Coronavirus for sources about this disease.

Click on the image below to get a halfsheet-sized poster you can put in your room or office for others to see!Covid-19_stop-spread

[copied message]

Students, faculty, and staff,
As we look forward to Spring Break which typically brings some travel, we want to remind you to stay healthy and take preventative precautions. Between flu season and ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus, we want to be mindful and vigilant about public health. We have many confirmed instances of flu on campus, but no cases of Coronavirus at IWU or in the Bloomington/Normal community. Our study abroad partners are monitoring the spread of Coronavirus in Italy and other areas of the world. If you are abroad now or scheduled to study abroad in May, summer or other international travel, you will receive a separate update from the International Office.

While we believe our campus risk remains low, we will continue to monitor this global health crisis. Please note the following preventative strategies:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use antibacterial hand solution when available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and avoid public contact.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • If you are traveling out of the US, research health advisories for your travel area. Review the ‘CDC Travelers’ Health website: ( to learn how to stay healthy during your trip.
  • Monitor the CDC website for updated information.

We want to be mindful of our students from highly impacted areas around the world – our support and care go out to you as your home communities respond to the virus. We encourage all members of our campus community to be inclusive and respectful in supporting each other through this difficult global crisis.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we will continue to monitor updates from state, federal and international health organizations. Please contact Arnold Health Services with any questions or concerns.

Karla C. Carney-Hall, Dean of Students
Vickie Folse, Interim Executive Director of Health/Counseling

Getting the Cold-Weather Blues? Library Has Light Boxes for SAD!

Thanks to the Counseling Center, the library has Sunbox lamps to assist with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). One is installed on the 3rd floor West side’s living room (in the center of the wing’s outer edge) and the other is on the 4th floor on the East side’s living room.

Just 20–30 minutes with the Sunbox can boost energy and improve your mood. Detailed information regarding the use of the Sunbox is posted by each lamp.

(Images are courtesy this infographic from Yellowbrick.)

Exhibit Opportunities and Student Learning

La guerra civil en el arte y el cine -Photo credit: Carmela Ferradans

In November, the four exhibit cases and interactive wall in the library’s entry level showcased research done by students in SPAN 314: Iberian Culture & Civilization (follow link for more images). The focus of the exhibit was on four aspects related to The Legacy of the Spanish Civil War.

Exhibits are listed among the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) high-impact practices. This is a creative process, involving a deep understanding of one’s subject in order to distill it to brief but informative elements.

On December 2nd, students in ENGL 243: Survey of English Poetry, 1500-1700 will be installing an exhibit on the practice of Commonplace books.

Anyone in IWU’s community may use these spaces to promote student work, class
projects, guest speakers, organizations, events, achievements or any topic of interest you’d like
to share with the campus community. Contact Meg Miner ( or x1538) to reserve a space!

Viewing The Saint John’s Bible at IWU

Ruth and Naomi
Ruth and Naomi

Ruth and Naomi, Suzanne Moore, Copyright 2010, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Through May 2018, IWU will have the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible Gospel and Acts on campus.  From June – December 2018, we will have the Pentateuch Heritage Edition.

Public viewings of Gospel and Acts Heritage Edition are available in the First Floor Rotunda, The Ames Library on Mondays 12-1 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. through February 26th.

During these times, docents will be available to guide your viewing of the beautiful illuminations and calligraphy and to answer questions about the making of this hand-written, hand-illuminated manuscript.

For more information, including a calendar of other events, visit

To learn more about the Heritage Edition Program or to schedule a visit of The Saint John’s Bible for your campus organization, class, civic organization, school, or faith community, please contact University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at 309-556-3179 or email her at


Additions to Special Collections

Awadagin's 1997 recital
Awadagin's 1997 recital

Awadagin Pratt’s 1997 recital poster

Over a decade ago, Dr. Mildred Pratt designated IWU as the repository for her son Awadagin’s performance materials. Several times since then, we’ve received additional primary sources related to both of Awadagin’s parents and his sister Menah. An archives blog post contains a detailed analysis of The Pratt Family Collection that is available for use in Tate Archives & Special Collections, located on the Ames Library’s fourth floor.

The Pratt family’s impact on Bloomington-Normal includes the Pratt Music Foundation, established in the memory of T.A.E.C. Pratt in 1996, that provides scholarships for lessons at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Music Preparatory Program. In addition, Dr. Mildred Pratt established the Mildred Pratt Student Assistance Fund at Illinois State University.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at IWU

View of Fieldhouse crowd from behind Dr. King
View of Fieldhouse crowd from behind Dr. King

Dr. King at IWU February 10, 1966

This image shows the kind of crowd drawn to Dr. King on his second visit to our campus. Visit the University Archives’ blog to learn more about these events, including the role IWU students played in bringing him here.

IWU Professor Emily Dunn Dale and the ERA

The death of famed conservative activist and constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly brought to mind an IWU connection from the 1970s. The University Archives contains a recording of a faculty member rebutting a position Schlafly took on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Read a post from the University Archives to find out what this cartoon and former Anthropology & Sociology Professor Emily Dunn Dale have in common!

February 12, 1982 Argus p. 3

February 12, 1982 Argus p. 3


Everybody wants to get the word out! (a note on posting flyers in the library)


Posters and flyers are a great way to share news of your activities, and good citizens of The Ames Library should know about our policy on posting so that your creativity and hard work will be seen by others (and your expenses won’t be wasted).

Our rules are tailored to the library specifically but we also ask that you follow the Dean of Students’ Office Campus Posting Policy. So no matter where you are advertising on campus, make sure to check them out, too!

holiday-kwanzaaIn brief, use the library bulletin boards NOT stairwells’ or other walls and elevators to promote activities of RSOs…Homecoming 2014

and campus offices that have clear dates of completion…



but postings for personal parties or community-sponsored activities that are not affiliated with campus are NOT permitted. In order to promote these kinds of events on library bulletin boards, the posting must be approved (and stamped) by the Dean of Students office.8198029058_71f1a6b326

For more information, or for clarification regarding any of the posting policies, please contact Meg Miner, Library Exhibits Team convener, x1538, room 401D, The Ames Library.


What does IWU’s archives collect?

This image is part of a brief overview on how you can help your archivist save your history for the future.

Follow the link or click on the image to read more about it!

portal to a brief slide show on what IWU's university archives collects


More Pembroke windows (sort of)

pembroke closeup   Check out the latest news on the amazing
stained glass pieces in The Ames Library’s
4th floor!