Illinois College News https://www.ic.edu/ en Library, IC team up to help homeless https://www.ic.edu/news/01-20-2020/library-ic-team-help-homeless <span>Library, IC team up to help homeless</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/10068" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rosalind.essig</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/20/2020 - 15:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.20.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>IC sociology students Marissa Casteel ’20, Corinne Monroe ’21, and Alyssa Olagbegi ’21 are conducting a study to help the Jacksonville Public Library determine how best to serve its homeless and housing insecure patrons.</h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/postcard-6134.jpg?itok=2BR34m7F" width="1201" height="620" alt="Jacksonville Public Library" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Library-IC-team-up-to-help-homeless-14989026.php"><strong>Library, IC team up to help homeless</strong></a>, by Rochelle Eiselt, Journal-Courier</p> <p>Jacksonville Public Library is teaming up with Illinois College students to look at how the library can help ease the challenges of homelessness.</p> <p>After New Directions Warming and Cooling Center recently reverted to be closed during the day following several years of 24-hour accessibility, the library saw an influx of homeless individuals and families using the library for extended hours during the day.</p> <p>“In our community, we have definitely seen an uptick in homelessness at the library this past winter,” said <strong>Sarah Snyder</strong>, Adult Services librarian.</p> <p>The increase led the library to seek help in figuring out how best to support its visitors, which led to a partnership with Illinois College sociology students to study how the library can better serve those experiencing homelessness or in need of other assistance.</p> <p>Snyder asked <strong>Jaclyn Tabor</strong>, an IC sociology assistant professor, to help her determine what services the library can provide to be more useful to the homeless.</p> <p>Tabor’s sociology students <strong>Marissa Casteel ’20</strong>, <strong>Corinne Monroe ’21</strong>, and <strong>Alyssa Olagbegi ’21</strong> are conducting the study as part of a senior capstone course.</p> <p>The students will survey homeless people visiting the library and then analyze the data for class.</p> <p>“I think I have really good students who are well trained and sensitive,” Tabor said. “The project is aimed at assessing the services and resources available for low-income and housing-insecure folks” at the library.</p> <p>The students will benefit from learning the study methods and gaining field experience while collecting data this month and in February. They then will compile the data and present their findings to their class and Snyder in April.</p> <p>The library also brings in each semester a social work student intern from MacMurray College who is able to offer library patrons help with searching and applying for unemployment benefits or social service benefits; providing resources and support for people to advocate for themselves in matters of employment, housing and personal safety; providing referrals to social service agencies, if needed; and providing emotional support.</p> <p>“While the library does as much as it can with the resources available, it always helps to focus on what is actually needed by asking those that are experiencing homelessness rather than trying to come up with programs that no one actually needs or wants,” Snyder said.</p> <p>Patrons are welcome to stay at the library during its regular business hours as long as all policies are being followed, Snyder said, adding that the library is a welcoming space for all.</p> <p>Like any other library patron, those experiencing homelessness are welcome to make use of any of the library’s in-house resources, including online databases, computer access, wireless internet and print resources, she said.</p> <p>They also are free to attend any of the programs in the library’s meeting spaces, including movie screenings, career training programs, technology training, and recreational programs such as crafting or lectures.</p> <p>“I would say the most important thing the library does is offer a community space for those experiencing homelessness,” Snyder said. “Libraries are about the only place in society where a person can just ‘be’ without any expectation of spending money.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">In the News</div> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:30:42 +0000 rosalind.essig 14138 at https://www.ic.edu French film festival returns to IC for seventh year https://www.ic.edu/news/01-20-2020/french-film-festival-returns-ic-seventh-year <span>French film festival returns to IC for seventh year</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/10068" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rosalind.essig</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.20.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>The Tournées Film Festival will transport the Illinois College community to French-speaking countries through cinema in February.</h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/THEWILDBOYS_03web.jpg?itok=Qz8LcK0c" width="1201" height="620" alt="The Wild Boys" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The seventh year of the festival was made possible by a competitive grant from the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation. The festival, which is open to the public, is an opportunity for both IC’s campus and the Jacksonville community to see French-language films that are not widely available, said <strong>Devin Bryson</strong>, associate professor of world languages and cultures, French.</p> <p>“I have selected six films that show the variety of cinema from Francophone countries — documentary, abstract collage film, satire, mystery thriller — as well as the diversity of Francophone cultures. We have films that depict aspects of France, Morocco and the Ivory Coast. Taking in all, or at least some, of the festival’s films will give viewers the chance to reflect on their own place in the world — on how their culture and identity relates to those depicted in the movies,” Bryson said. “I hope that those who come to the festival will learn as much about themselves as about cinema and culture of the Francophone world.”</p> <p>The film festival is free and open to the public. All screenings are in the Kirby Learning Center Room 6 at 7 p.m. </p> <p><strong>Feb. 4 - <a href="https://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/wild-boys/">Wild Boys</a></strong><br /> Shot on 35 mm black and white film with bursts of color, Wild Boys is the story of five teens sent on a boat journey with a mysterious captain who has promised to bring them back as obedient boys — or not at all. Self-described queer filmmaker <strong>Bertrand Mandico</strong> cast five of France’s most talented young actresses to play the boys and immersed them in a seamless blend of luxuriant island locations and unabashedly artificial sets.</p> <p><strong>Feb. 6 - <a href="https://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/mrs-hyde/">Mrs. Hyde</a></strong><br /> This loose adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde transplants <strong>Robert Louis Stevenson</strong>’s classic tale to a high school in a tough Paris suburb and infuses it with a surprising mix of B-movie chills, dry humor, and contemporary reality.</p> <p><strong>Feb. 11 - <a href="https://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/tazzeka/">Tazzeka</a></strong><br /> Elias works at a tiny convenience store in the rural Moroccan village of Tazzeka, making couscous for the locals and the occasional tourist, while dreaming of preparing lobster and rack of lamb in Paris, the international capital of gastronomy. It seems that all he needs to make his dream come true is to get himself to France, but when he gets there things are nothing like what he imagined.</p> <p><strong>Feb. 20 - <a href="https://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/vivre-riche/">Vivre riche</a></strong><br /> This documentary raises questions about the European colonial legacy and the moral compass of a young generation with few opportunities as it follows young men in the Ivory Coast from the stripped-down rooms where they operate scams to their family homes to the nightclubs of Abidjan. </p> <p><strong>Feb. 25 - <a href="https://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/the-image-book/">The Image Book</a></strong><br /> For those who know <strong>Jean-Luc Godard</strong>’s work, The Image Book begins on familiar ground, with breathtaking associations between images from classic films and news footage creating a vision of a world in crisis and a meditation on cinema’s relationship to history. Godard then goes where we have never seen him go before, editing together dozens of clips from films made in the Arab world to depict this region, so often plagued by reductive or sensationalistic reporting, not as a hell on Earth but as a paradise lost.</p> <p><strong>Feb. 27 - <a href="https://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/the-raven/">The Raven</a></strong><br /> One of the most influential films in the history of French cinema, Le Corbeau describes the breakdown of civic order in a small town when a rash of poison pen letters spreads suspicion among the residents. Made under the German occupation, Le Corbeau was a tremendous public success upon its release, but its coal-black depiction of French life — and its not-so-subtle reference to the culture of denunciation under the Nazis — proved highly controversial after the Liberation.</p> <p>For more information, contact Devin Bryson at 217.245.3439 or at <a href="mailto:devin.bryson@ic.edu">devin.bryson@ic.edu</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">On Campus</div> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:55:07 +0000 rosalind.essig 14137 at https://www.ic.edu Buffalo Wild Wings partners with Illinois College to offer game-day promotions https://www.ic.edu/news/01-17-2020/buffalo-wild-wings-partners-illinois-college-offer-game-day-promotions <span>Buffalo Wild Wings partners with Illinois College to offer game-day promotions</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/10068" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rosalind.essig</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.17.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>IC fans haven’t missed their chance to get a taste of the College’s partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, which will return with winter and spring sports promotions.</h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/BWW4web.jpg?h=bebe6b2f&amp;itok=XDN-jj_T" width="1201" height="620" alt="Buffalo Wild Wings" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The locally owned franchise is offering promotions throughout the 2019-2020 athletic season, bringing even more students and fans out to support IC’s nearly 500 student athletes. Past one-time sponsorships grew into a more formal relationship that kicked off during the fall football and volleyball seasons, owner <strong>Dustin Crews</strong> said.</p> <p>Blazin' Wing Eating, field-goal kicking and punt, pass and kick contests had gift certificates and coupons on the line for participants — and sometimes all fans in attendance — at some home football games. A volleyball serving contest was also held at the Set, Serve and Rally for the Cure match against MacMurray College. <strong>Katie Carls</strong>, director of business development and campus events, plans  to bring the promotions to basketball games and other varsity sports this year. The partnership has been “such a positive addition” to IC, she added.</p> <p>“It has helped increase attendance and generated a lot of excitement during our home games,” Carls said. “The leadership staff at Buffalo Wild Wings has been great to work with and created some fun promotions that IC students and fans in attendance can participate in or enjoy watching from the stands. It's also been fun seeing the support from the Blue Crew as they cheer on our teams and also having the chance to participate in the Buffalo Wild Wings promotions."</p> <p>The Blue Crew, a new student organization and cheering section, launched in the fall semester alongside an expanded IC Varsity Club, a similar group for alumni and fans. Blue Crew and IC Varsity Club members support Illinois College Athletics through annual membership gifts and by cheering on student-athletes during home games. The growth of these groups and new partnerships with local businesses and organizations, including Buffalo Wild Wings, has strengthened IC athletic programs. </p> <p>Buffalo Wild Wings will continue to offer promotions during basketball, baseball and softball games coming up this season. Working with IC came naturally for the Jacksonville business. Despite having a national name, Crews, who is a Triopia High School graduate, said his business has a hometown focus.</p> <p>"We're a national brand that's locally owned and locally vested,” Crews said. “That's why, when you look around the restaurant, you'll see the Bears, the Cubs and the Cardinals, but outside of that everything that's on the wall is local. So, with Illinois College, it just makes sense to support the folks that support you.”</p> <p>To learn more about partnership opportunities with Illinois College for your business or organization, contact Katie Carls at 217.245.3112 or <a href="mailto:katie.carls@ic.edu">katie.carls@ic.edu</a>.<br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Athletics</div> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:14:55 +0000 rosalind.essig 14133 at https://www.ic.edu IC to host National Girls and Women in Sports Day Camp https://www.ic.edu/news/01-17-2020/ic-host-national-girls-and-women-sports-day-camp <span>IC to host National Girls and Women in Sports Day Camp</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3013" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.jones</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:07</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.17.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>The Illinois College Athletics Department will hold its third annual Sport Skills Camp on Saturday, Feb. 15, to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. </h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/Women%20in%20sports.jpg?h=628fc502&amp;itok=4p8C9gv0" width="1201" height="620" alt="campers " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The free camp is open to all girls from kindergarten through eighth grade and nearly every women's sport offered by IC will be represented.F</p> <p>The day begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. in the Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center Concourse. Campers will meet the student-athletes and coaches of Illinois College and begin the camp at 10 a.m. Under the direction of various Illinois College coaches and student-athletes, campers will gain instruction in a number of sports offered by IC. Following that, everyone will cross the street to Cummings Dining Hall for lunch with the Lady Blues from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.</p> <p>Following their meal, campers and their families are welcome to stay for the Midwest Conference basketball doubleheader between Illinois College and Lake Forest College which begins with the men's contest at 3 p.m. The women's game will follow at 5 p.m. There is free admission for all registered campers and their families.</p> <p>Sign-up is open from now through the day of the camp and all participants will receive a free gift. <strong>If you register by Feb. 7, you will also receive a free camp T-shirt.</strong></p> <p>If you have any questions, contact Illinois College Head Volleyball Coach <strong>Kristy Duncan</strong> at 217-245-3403 or by email at <strong><a href="mailto:kristy.duncan@ic.edu">kristy.duncan@ic.edu</a></strong>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Athletics</div> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:07:02 +0000 amy.jones 14136 at https://www.ic.edu Accomplished alumna joins IC leadership team https://www.ic.edu/news/01-17-2020/accomplished-alumna-joins-ic-leadership-team <span>Accomplished alumna joins IC leadership team </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3013" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.jones</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/17/2020 - 08:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.17.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>Illinois College welcomed Kris Williams Houser ’91 as executive director of development and alumni relations in December. </h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/Houser.jpg?h=19572477&amp;itok=7MkSPnbI" width="1201" height="620" alt="Houser on campus " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><blockquote class="quote"> <q> I am thrilled to be in a position now to give back to an institution that has been such an important part of my life. </q> <div class="field field--name-field-quote-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Kris Williams Houser &#039;91, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations</div> </blockquote></div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In her new role, Houser will broadly engage alumni, manage the office’s financial resources and day-to-day operations, strengthen fundraising efforts and advance the initiatives of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She will also serve on IC’s leadership team which develops the College's strategic plan to ensure student success, realize strategic growth and achieve sustainable foundations. </p> <p>“Illinois College was a pivotal springboard for me. I fell in love with this campus atmosphere from day one and that feeling continues today,” Houser said. “I am thrilled to be in a position now to give back to an institution that has been such an important part of my life.”</p> <p>According to <strong>Stephanie Elpers Chipman</strong>, vice president of external relations, Houser joins Illinois College during an exciting time for the College, with the recent launch of the public phase of <strong><a href="http://www.ic.edu/campaign"><em>Inspiring Achievement: The Campaign for Illinois College</em></a></strong>, several summer campus renovations including the new <a href="https://www.ic.edu/news/12-18-2019/auditorium-named-honor-campaign-chairs-family"><strong>Del ’72 and Lisa Dunham Auditorium</strong></a> and the announcement of IC’s highest ever enrollment in the fall. </p> <p>“As an alumna, Kris understands the history and unique strengths of Illinois College,” Chipman said. “I am confident that her leadership, experience and dedication will help the College continue its tradition of excellence and reach new heights of community engagement.”   </p> <p>Houser holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Illinois College and a Master of Arts in public relations and journalism from the University of Iowa. She brings expertise in communication and marketing with decades of experience in both the education and corporate sectors, notably serving as chief communications officer for one of the largest school districts in Illinois. </p> <p>For the past 10 years, Houser has enjoyed a successful career at Springfield-based Bunn-O-Matic Corporation. BUNN is a leading manufacturer of dispensed beverage equipment which partners with restaurants worldwide. In her most recent role as vice president of brand marketing and creative services, Houser’s achievements include increasing brand awareness and improving customer support. She says she looks forward to applying the skills she has honed throughout her career to benefit her alma mater.</p> <p>“As a student, I relied heavily on the generous giving spirit of others in the form of scholarships, internships and grants. Frankly, getting an undergraduate degree would have been a pretty difficult hill to climb without that support,” she said. “I plan to use my professional experience to guide implementation of best-in-class processes for our philanthropy initiatives and continually cultivate life-long loyalty to the College. If my efforts benefit even one student in the way that I benefitted, I will feel like I’ve made a significant contribution.”</p> <p>Houser adds: “I hope that all alumni who visit the campus will stop by their Alumni House and say hello.”</p> <p>To learn more about the Office of Alumni and Development at Illinois College, visit <a href="http://www.ic.edu/alumni"><strong>www.ic.edu/alumni</strong></a>. <br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Alumni</div> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:33:18 +0000 amy.jones 14132 at https://www.ic.edu Student who studied in Puerto Rico says residents need support https://www.ic.edu/news/01-13-2020/student-who-studied-puerto-rico-says-residents-need-support <span>Student who studied in Puerto Rico says residents need support</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/10068" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rosalind.essig</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/13/2020 - 10:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.13.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>Stacy Bile ’20 traveled to Puerto Rico twice in 2019 — on a BreakAway and as an exchange student.</h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/20180719_IC_interns_NewSalem_41.JPG?h=49cfaa91&amp;itok=yrWDr1vq" width="1201" height="620" alt="Stacy Bile" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Student-who-studied-in-Puerto-Rico-says-residents-14964508.php"><strong>Student who studied in Puerto Rico says residents need support</strong></a>, by Marco Cartolano, Journal-Courier</p> <p>An Illinois College student who studied in Puerto Rico said friends are struggling with electricity after an earthquake struck the island on Tuesday.</p> <p>Illinois College senior <strong>Stacy Bile ’20</strong> first went to Puerto Rico as part of a BreakAway trip in March with her Spanish class. During the March trip, Bile participated in service projects that included helping to build homes for Puerto Ricans who were affected by Hurricane Maria hitting the island in 2017.</p> <p>In 2018, the Puerto Rico Planning Board reported that Hurricane Maria had an economic impact of approximately $43 billion on the U.S. territory — a significant cost for an island already dealing with an economic crisis. Thousands of Puerto Ricans were displaced. Anger over the Puerto Rican government’s response to the crisis partially fueled last year’s movement that successfully demanded that Puerto Rican Governor <strong>Ricardo Rosselló</strong> resign.</p> <p>Seeing Puerto Ricans who still were struggling after the hurricane made the tragedy they experienced feel more personal to Bile.</p> <p>“In Spanish class we watched videos about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico,” Bile said. “But being there and seeing them felt more personal than watching something on the internet.”</p> <p>Bile fell in love with Puerto Rico on her first trip and chose to spend the fall semester studying as an exchange student at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan.</p> <p>She finished her term in Puerto Rico in December; it wasn’t long after she returned home that she heard from friends on Puerto Rico that she left at the right time. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake had rocked the island and a series of aftershocks also hit Puerto Rico. One man died in the quake and dozens of homes crumbled.</p> <p>Bile said she was hearing from friends who had to watch how long they talked to her because they had lost electricity. As of Wednesday, two-thirds of Puerto Ricans still were without power. Access to running water also is an issue for thousands of Puerto Ricans.</p> <p>The tragedy is especially sad, according to Bile, because of the kindness that Puerto Ricans showed her during her time on the island.</p> <p>“The thing about Puerto Ricans is that they are so nice,” Bile said. “It’s so sad that such kind people have to go through this.”</p> <p>For Jacksonville residents interested in helping Puerto Ricans, Bile said they should consider donating to charities and shelters that work to help people affected by natural disasters. She recommended the World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides food in the wake of natural disasters.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">In the News</div> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:24:22 +0000 rosalind.essig 14125 at https://www.ic.edu Recent IC grad to present at humanities conference https://www.ic.edu/news/01-10-2020/recent-ic-grad-present-humanities-conference <span>Recent IC grad to present at humanities conference</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/10068" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rosalind.essig</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/10/2020 - 09:54</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.10.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>Cressie Halberg ’20 finished her Illinois College degree last month, but she has some unfinished business from her undergraduate career.</h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/1708ic0551.jpg?h=ada5a8b5&amp;itok=lBHmdLHs" width="1201" height="620" alt="Cressie Halberg" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Halberg will present her senior seminar paper "Society's Role in Guilty Moms: The Perfect Mother vs. The Disabled Mother" at an Illinois Wesleyan University humanities conference this month. Halberg’s degree is in English with a concentration in editing and publishing and two minors — Spanish and entrepreneurship. Her paper was inspired by her interest in women’s health.</p> <p>“It is about the way that the image of the perfect mother that society promotes is damaging to mothers, especially those who are disabled or struggle with mental illness,” she said. “My paper also concludes that the perfect mother is a myth. My research included reading four primary texts written by disabled mothers and researching the main ideals of mothering that society promotes.”</p> <p>MUSE: An Undergraduate Humanities+ Conference is a day-long conference Jan. 25 organized by Illinois Wesleyan University’s humanities fellows and the university’s chapters of Sigma Tau Delta and Sigma Delta Pi honor societies. More than 40 presentations by undergraduate students from across the region will cover a variety of topics in the humanities, creative writing, poetry, fiction and drama. Additionally, panel discussions will be held on professions in the humanities and the process of having a book published and a keynote address will be given by Professor <strong>Andrew Delbanco</strong> of Columbia University.</p> <p>Halberg wrapped up her IC career in December. Outside of the classroom, she participated in the cheer team and theatre performances; was an officer for the English Club and Environmentalists of Illinois College; held on-campus jobs working with the English Department and the College's grant writer, <strong>Melissa Pantier</strong>; and traveled to Cuba during summer 2018 BreakAway. </p> <p>Halberg plans to pursue a career in publishing by beginning with a position as a medical scribe, which she said will bring her love of reading and writing together with her interest in women’s health. In January, she begins training to become a certified doula.</p> <p>To learn more about the English Department at Illinois College, visit <a href="http://www.ic.edu/english">www.ic.edu/english</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Student Achievements</div> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:54:10 +0000 rosalind.essig 14124 at https://www.ic.edu IC basketball to play for INAD Awareness on Saturday https://www.ic.edu/news/01-8-2020/ic-basketball-play-inad-awareness-saturday <span>IC basketball to play for INAD Awareness on Saturday</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3013" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.jones</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:44</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.08.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>Hillsboro native Carly Cameron &#039;20 and her Illinois College women&#039;s basketball teammates will have a special guest in the house when the Blueboys and Lady Blues take on Beloit College in a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 11, starting at 1 p.m.</h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/Cameron.jpg?h=6ba37663&amp;itok=qciXJS6T" width="1201" height="620" alt="cameron" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Illinois College women's basketball team will be hosting a "Grace-Filled Journey" INAD Awareness game that Saturday in honor of eight-year-old <strong>Grace Herschelman</strong> of Hillsboro, who is battling the rare genetic disorder. In lieu of admission fees on Saturday, a donation box will be placed at the front of the Bruner Center for anyone who wants to donate to help the Herschelman family and those affected by the disease.</p> <p>"Carly has been one of Grace's biggest supporters since we found out about Grace's diagnosis in 2014," said <strong>Kyle Herschelman</strong>, Grace's father. "We really appreciate Carly, Coach Jennifer McCormick and the Illinois College basketball family in making this opportunity happen."</p> <p>Cameron was involved in several "Grace games" during her high school career, with the Hillsboro volleyball, basketball and softball teams.</p> <p>"I mentioned having a Grace game and everyone on the team loved the idea," Cameron said. "It's been something I've wanted to do for some time."</p> <p>"We appreciate the opportunity to share Grace's story with a new group of people," Grace's mom, Mary Herschelman said. "The more people who know about her story, the better the chances are that we find a cure someday."</p> <p>In November 2014, Grace was diagnosed with Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy or INAD. The rare genetic disorder affects about 100 children worldwide. The symptoms of the disorder include loss of motor skills, muscle tone, the ability to sit or stand without assistance and the loss of the ability to speak. While most children with INAD do not live much past the age of 10, Grace's joy and passion for life is contagious.</p> <p>Grace, her family and several other families whose children have INAD have helped fund a research study at Washington University looking for treatments for this terrible disease, as well as other research initiatives looking for a cure through the INAD Cure Foundation.</p> <p>For more information on Grace's journey, go to <a href="http://agracefilledjourney.com"><strong>agracefilledjourney.com</strong></a> or follow "A Grace Filled Journey" on Facebook. To make a donation online, go to inadcure.org.</p> <p>Fans in attendance are encouraged to use the hashtag #BeatINAD when posting pictures from the game to social media. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Athletics</div> Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:44:21 +0000 amy.jones 14122 at https://www.ic.edu IC online to launch accounting degree program https://www.ic.edu/news/01-8-2020/ic-online-launch-accounting-degree-program <span>IC online to launch accounting degree program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3013" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.jones</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/08/2020 - 16:10</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">1.08.2020</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>Illinois College will offer an online version of its popular accounting program this spring.<br /> </h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2020-01/online-option.jpg?h=818d3182&amp;itok=P3bvuSQ_" width="1201" height="620" alt="online " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The new online degree incorporates several strengths of the on-campus accounting program, including guidance from experienced professors, a focus on developing professional skills and comprehensive CPA exam preparation available to all students.  </p> <p>According to <strong>Nick Capo</strong>, director of online programs, the online accounting degree is designed for students who want to earn a degree on their own schedule, while reaping the benefits of an Illinois College education. </p> <p>“Many of our online students need a flexible class schedule that allows them to balance other responsibilities, while still making their education a priority,” Capo said. “These students are looking for value and results — IC’s online programs can help advance their career in a short time.”  </p> <p>The number of accounting jobs that require degrees in the United States is growing, along with the need for new industry professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the accounting industry is steadily expanding at a rate of 6% per year and is expected to create thousands of new positions by 2028. Students in IC’s online accounting program can finish a bachelor’s degree in as little as 15 months, with an average cost of $12,100. </p> <p><strong>John Rush</strong>, associate professor of accounting, has taught on campus at Illinois College for 22 years. He has recently started teaching online courses for the College and looks forward to expanding the accounting program to offer opportunities to a new group of students. </p> <p>“IC’s innovative approach to academics will help online students develop the professional skills that today’s employers value,” Rush said. “Graduates of this program will know how to analyze data, solve problems and think critically. They will be prepared to launch successful accounting careers.”   </p> <p>Graduates of the program will be prepared for positions as staff accountants, staff auditors and financial analysts. Recent Illinois College accounting graduates have received job offers at Archer Daniels Midland Co., Caterpillar Inc., Dot Foods, Sikich LLP and the Illinois Auditor General. Those who wish to continue their education with an advanced degree will be well prepared for the challenges of graduate school. </p> <p>Accounting courses begin on May 5. For information on admission requirements, financial aid options and a list of courses, visit <a href="http://online.ic.edu/online-degrees/accredited-ba-accounting-illinois. " target="_blank"><strong>online.ic.edu/online-degrees/accredited-ba-accounting-illinois. </strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">IC Online</div> Wed, 08 Jan 2020 22:10:04 +0000 amy.jones 14123 at https://www.ic.edu Expanded exchange agreement with Ecuadorian university signed https://www.ic.edu/news/12-20-2019/expanded-exchange-agreement-ecuadorian-university-signed <span>Expanded exchange agreement with Ecuadorian university signed</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/10068" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rosalind.essig</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/20/2019 - 11:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">12.20.2019</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>A delegation of Illinois College faculty and administrators traveled to Ecuador in October to finalize expanded agreements between the College and the University of Cuenca.</h3></div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/highlights_large/public/2019-12/748719ED-E7CE-4821-984F-91C757BF996E.jpeg?h=fc702716&amp;itok=__2SX4TJ" width="1201" height="620" alt="Signing" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-continue-reading field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-area paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-textarea field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The new agreements lay the groundwork for greater collaboration and student and faculty exchanges, said <strong>Steven Gardner</strong>, Francis McReynolds Smith Professor of International Understanding and professor of world languages and cultures (Spanish). Gardner was accompanied by <strong>Lawrence Zettler</strong>, professor of biology; <strong>Laura Corey</strong>, associate professor of biology; and <strong>Adam Porter</strong>, professor of religion and dean of faculty, on the trip to the South American country for the signing.</p> <p>The new agreements build upon a 2013 document that provided for the two institutions to collaborate on orchid research and conservation, Gardner said. Several IC students have traveled to Ecuador to do research in the university’s orchid lab since. The relationship began organically, like the College’s relationship with Cuba, having been built on a foundation of collaborative research already taking place between faculty from the two institutions. It now is expanding to incorporate new areas of cooperation. By nurturing and expanding such relationships, he said, IC students on campus and studying abroad have more opportunities to engage with new cultures and to enhance their academic experience through learning and research.<br />  <br /> "Building bridges by developing relationships and connecting Illinois College students and faculty to people in other countries is the goal of these collaborations, something that is desperately needed in today’s world," he said.</p> <p>Cuenca is a beautiful Spanish colonial city with a rich history and culture situated in a valley between two ranges of the Andes mountains, Gardner said. It has been called “the land of eternal spring” because its altitude and proximity to the equator mean temperatures are in the 60s and 70s year round. Ecuador’s unique geography also makes it an orchid hotspot: It is possible to travel from the coast to the Amazon basin in five hours.</p> <p>"Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet," Gardner said.</p> <p>Conservation efforts are key in the country, which has high rates of deforestation, he added. By deepening and expanding the College’s collaboration with Cuenca, a new research plan was formed between the institutions that will strengthen orchid conservation efforts. As early as the fall of 2020, students from Cuenca will be on IC’s campus to do orchid research for a semester.</p> <p>The new agreements also detail student and faculty exchanges that are not limited to the orchid program. Gardner said the university has an international office to provide assistance, such as language support, that will help IC students successfully study in Cuenca. Faculty from both institutions will have the opportunity to teach or do research on the campus of their counterparts.</p> <p>"There are many different fields that I think could benefit from this,” Gardner said. “Everything from healthcare to ecology to different branches of the social sciences, such as sociology and psychology. Cuenca is not a huge university, but they have a very wide variety of programs."</p> <p>To learn more about international and intercultural learning at Illinois College, visit <a href="http://www.ic.edu/CenterForGlobalStudies">www.ic.edu/CenterForGlobalStudies</a>. To learn more about the College’s Orchid Recovery Program, visit <a href="http://www.ic.edu/biology/orchidrecovery">www.ic.edu/biology/orchidrecovery</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">In the World</div> Fri, 20 Dec 2019 17:09:03 +0000 rosalind.essig 14109 at https://www.ic.edu