Jonathan D. Green
The text of Provost Green's remarks are available for viewing below and may be downloaded above. A photograph of Dr. Green is also linked here.
Poem for the Inauguration: The Spirit Line
Joanne Diaz and Michael Theune
The text of this poem is available for viewing below and may be downloaded above. A photo of Drs. Diaz and Theune is also available here.
Invocation for President Jensen’s Inauguration
Elyse Nelson Winger
These remarks are available for viewing below and may be downloaded above. A photograph of University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger is also linked here.
Introduction of the President
George A. Vinyard
These remarks are available for viewing below and may be downloaded above. A photograph of Dr. Vinyard is also linked here.
Illinois Wesleyan University
The program is available for viewing below and may be downloaded above. A diagram of the platform seating arrangements and photograph of the Platform Party are also linked here. The platform party was comprised of:
George A. Vinyard ’71 Chair, Board of Trustees
Jean M. Baird ’80 Secretary, Board of Trustees and Chair of Presidential Search Committee
Eric R. Jensen President of the University
Lane Bennett ’18 President of Student Senate
R. Kent Cook Professor of Music and Co-Chair of the Inaugural Steering Committee
Joanne Diaz Associate Professor of English
Linda French Professor of Physics
Jonathan D. Green Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Eric Gordon 2015 Max Starkey Service Award recipient
Vaughn Hoﬀman Board of Trustees and Senior Minister Wesley United Methodist Church
Deon Hornsby ’97 Board of Trustees
Elly L. Jones ’91 Board of Trustees and President of the Alumni Association
Jamie-Rose Guarrine ’00 Vocalist and Assistant Professor of Voice, UMass Amherst
Michael Theune Professor of English
Richard F. Wilson President Emeritus
Elyse Nelson Winger University Chaplain
Michael B. Young Robert W. Harrington Endowed Professor of History
A video of the ceremony is available at https://youtu.be/p4tqbmQALeQ?t=20m59s
Inaugural Address: The Liberal Arts in the 21st Century: Spotlight on Collaborative Engagement
Eric R. Jensen
The text of this talk is available for viewing below and may be downloaded above. A photograph of President Jensen is also linked here.
Calls to Leadership
Deon Hornsby, Class of 1997; Richard F. Wilson; Elly Jones, Class of 1991; Michael B. Young; Eric Gordon; and Lane Bennett, Class of 2018
Below is a document containing the combined remarks delivered by the following representatives from across the Illinois Wesleyan community:
From the Board – Deon Hornsby ’97, Board of Trustees
From a Presidential Perspective – Richard F. Wilson, President Emeritus
From Alumni – Elly Jones ’91, President of the Alumni Association
From Faculty – Michael B. Young, Robert W. Harrington Endowed Professor of History
From Staff – Eric Gordon, 2015 Max Starkey Service Award recipient
From Students – Lane Bennett ’18, President of Student Senate
The speakers' photographs and their remarks are also available for download here. A video of the ceremony is available at https://youtu.be/p4tqbmQALeQ?t=20m59s
These remarks are available for viewing below and may be downloaded above. A photograph of Rev. Hoffman is also linked here.
Artistic and Scholarly Sessions Program
Illinois Wesleyan University
The theme for these artistic and scholarly sessions was "The Liberal Arts in the 21st Century: A Spotlight on Collaborative Engagement."
These sessions focused on how the collaborative process adds value to an Illinois Wesleyan liberal arts experience.
The program for this two-day series of events is available for viewing below and may be downloaded above.
Artistic and Scholarly Sessions: LGBTQ+ Identity at IWU: Measuring and Enhancing a Climate of Inclusion
Tim Reardanz, Class of 2015; Matthew Damschroder; Avery Amerson, Class of 2017; and Paige Buschman, Class of 2017
April 1, 2016; 3:45–4:15 pm
Illinois Wesleyan aspires to be a campus that fully embraces diversity to further its educational mission and purpose. Strides have been made in recent years to more fully embrace lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer (LGBQ+) and others marginalized around sexual orientation, and transgender and gender nonconforming people (TGNC) and those marginalized around gender identity. This process gained traction with a climate survey of LGBT identity and experience that was administered in Spring 2013 and developed through a student–staff collaboration. This session will explore that collaboration and the ways it opened the doors to a period of significant change on campus.
Presenters: Tim Reardanz ’15, Graduate Hall Director at Bowling Green State University
Matthew Damschroder, Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life Student
Respondents: Avery Amerson ’17, Psychology major
Paige Buschman ’17, Sociology major
Artistic and Scholarly Sessions: IWU on the Westside: A Partnership with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project
Deborah Halperin; Karen Schmidt; Kirsten Slaughter, Class of 2016; and Julie Lewis, Class of 2016
April 1, 2016; 2:45–3:15 pm
Illinois Wesleyan plays an active role in neighborhood revitalization through a longtime partnership with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. Successful results of this collaborative eﬀort include the Book Bike, the Veggie Oasis, the Tool Library, the Allin Street mural, and the Porch Project. This partnership puts the IWU mission into action.
Presenters: Deborah Halperin, Director, Action Research Center
Karen Schmidt, University Librarian
Student Respondents: Kirsten Slaughter ’16, Environmental Studies major
Julie Lewis ’16, sociology and Hispanic studies double major
Artistic and Scholarly Sessions: High Voltage Poetry: On the Poetic Turn
Michael Theune; Dan Smart, Class of 2006; Kristina Dehlin, Class of 2016; and Jake Morris, Class of 2018
April 1, 2016; 3:15–3:45 pm
Like plot twists in novels and movies, the poetic turn—sometimes called the “volta”— contributes significantly to the power of great poetry. Strangely, attention to the turn has been sporadic rather than systematic. In this session, we will attend closely to the turn and its surprises. And, surprise: you’ll never read a poem the same way again.
Presenters: Michael Theune, Professor of English and Writing Program Director
Dan Smart ’06, author of the blog “Rhythm Is the Instrument”
Student Respondents: Kristina Dehlin ’16, English-Writing and Philosophy double major
Jake Morris ’18, Environmental Studies major
Artistic and Scholarly Sessions: Good, Better, Best: How ARC, State Farm, and Local Non-Profits Empower Students to “Get Stuﬀ Done” in the Community Partnership Program
Bevin Cowie, Class of 2010; Adam Garcia, Class of 2016; Brianna Piro, Class of 2017; and Tia Patsavas, Class of 2016
April 2, 2016; 9:30–10 am
The Action Research Center and State Farm have partnered with non-profts for the past 10 years to provide a unique and innovative dual internship experience for Illinois Wesleyan students. The Community Partnership Program (CPP) puts students at the intersection of corporations, non-profts, and the community, leading to innovative community development.
Presenters: Bevin Cowie ’10, Action Research Center Coordinator
Adam Garcia ’16, CPP 2015 Intern and State Farm Employee
Student Respondents: Brianna Piro ’17, psychology & sociology double major
Tia Patsavas ’16, English-writing major
The presentation slides are available for viewing below and may be downloaded above. The students' responses will be linked here when possible. A video of the presentation is available at https://youtu.be/ZRuSUUKImUE?list=PLiP9aNdnuG5V6X5QHlYT_Tzp1VdFioLfq
Artistic and Scholarly Sessions: Can a Multicellular Bacterium Prepare Students for Multiple Career Paths?
Loralyn Cozy; Rachel Ende, Class of 2016; Megan Smeets, Class of 2017; and Christina Khouri, Class of 2016
April 2, 2016; 10–10:30 am
How do I support students pursuing their own unique professional goals using my discipline as a backdrop? This, for me, is the defining question for mentorship at a liberal arts institution. Three students and I will consider how collaboration in one discipline, microbiology, can shape a variety of professional trajectories.
Presenters: Loralyn Cozy, Assistant Professor of Biology
Rachel Ende ’16, Biology major
Student Respondents: Megan Smeets ’17, Biology & Psychology double major
Christina Khouri ’16, Biology & Hispanic Studies double major
Artistic and Scholarly Sessions: Blending the Liberal Arts and Nursing: Creating a Portrait for the 21st Century
Wendy Kooken; Noël Kerr; Morgan Hussey, Class of 2018; and Anissa Ortiz, Class of 2016
April 2, 2016; 9–9:30 am
This presentation highlights interdisciplinary collaboration between liberal arts and School of Nursing faculty. An exhibit of William Utermohlen’s paintings, depicting changes as his Alzheimer’s disease progressed, was showcased. Nine discrete on-campus events facilitated exploration of the disease from interdisciplinary perspectives, using the exhibit as a backdrop for rich discussion.
Presenters: Wendy Kooken, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Noël Kerr, Assistant Professor of Nursing Student
Respondents: Morgan Hussey ’18, Nursing major
Anissa Ortiz ’16, Art major
Artistic and Scholarly Sessions: At the Crossroads: Anthropology, Interfaith, and Experiential Learning
Rebecca Gearhart; Elyse Nelson Winger; Sana Shafiuddin, Class of 2017; and Lisa Mishra, Class of 2015
April 2, 2016; 10:30–11 am
Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and Professor Rebecca Gearhart will offer a shared program on how anthropology intersects with Evelyn Chapel’s commitment to multifaith engagement. They will focus on an Alternative Spring Break to Rosebud Reservation and Sinte Gleska University in March 2014, and the 2015-2016 on-campus series Intersections: A Walking Exploration of Contemporary Religious Practices.
Presenters: Rebecca Gearhart, Professor of Anthropology & Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Elyse Nelson Winger, University Chaplain
Student Respondents: Sana Shafiuddin ’17, Nursing major
Lisa Mishra ’15, Economics & Religion double major
Artistic and Scholarly Session: A Thirty-seven Year Collaboration: Mark Genrich and Kevin Strandberg
Mark Genrich, Class of 1983; Kevin Strandberg; Michael Kelly, Class of 2016; and Michelle Wong, Class of 2016
April 1, 2016; 2:15–2:45 pm
These two talks will detail a long-term artistic collaboration between an art professor and an art student, touching base through the years and informing each other’s work. Now things have come full circle as the alumnus begins a teaching career in the University’s new Design, Technology & Entrepreneurship program.
Presenters: Kevin Strandberg, Director, Ames School of Art
Mark Genrich ’83
Student Respondents: Michael Kelly ’16,Computer Science major
Michelle Wong ’16,English–Writing major
Kevin Dunn, Class of 1977; Carlina Tapia-Ruano, Class of 1977; Dave Kindred, Class of 1963; Demetria Kalodimos, Class of 1981; Marcus Dunlop, Class of 2008; and Stephen Ondra, Class of 1980
Below is a document containing the combined remarks delivered by six Illinois Wesleyan alumni about their experiences with collaborative engagement and the liberal arts.
Martha Aguirre, Class of 2017, created this transcript, based on outlines provided by some of the speakers and the recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FptKx2P9oVg
The speakers' photographs and this transcript are also available for download here.
Speeches, documents and media related to President Eric R. Jensen's inauguration ceremony and other celebratory activities are linked from this page. Additional information is available through the University Archives in Tate Archives and Special Collections.
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