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Edwards Hall

Location:
Edwards Hall 110 S. University Street
Normal, IL

Edwards Hall is home to the Mennonite College of Nursing and to Capen Auditorium, where the Capen Cinema movie lineup is shown weekly during the fall and spring semesters.

Edwards Hall was opened in 1920 and renovated in the 1960’s. The building is named after Richard Edwards, the second President of our University from 1862–1876. He was originally hired as a math instructor in 1861. Edwards coined the term "Grandest of Enterprises" for the teaching profession.

Capen Auditorium was named after Charles L. Capen in 1928. He attended Harvard and was on the Normal School Board.

Past Events

September 2016

Terrorism On Screen Film Series

Date:
Thursday, September 1st 2016
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and in light of recent events worldwide, this film series asks: Who is a terrorist, and why? How can cinema help us reflect on terrorism in contemporary times? Screenings include a brief introduction by a faculty member and time for discussion afterward to promote understanding and dialogue around one of the most troubling issues of our time. Thursday, September 1: The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1966, 120 minutes) All showings start…

Terrorism On Screen Film Series

Date:
Friday, September 2nd 2016
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and in light of recent events worldwide, this film series asks: Who is a terrorist, and why? How can cinema help us reflect on terrorism in contemporary times? Screenings include a brief introduction by a faculty member and time for discussion afterward to promote understanding and dialogue around one of the most troubling issues of our time. Friday, September 2: The Terrorist (Sivan, 1998, 95 minutes) All showings start at 7…

Terrorism On Screen Film Series

Date:
Saturday, September 3rd 2016
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and in light of recent events worldwide, this film series asks: Who is a terrorist, and why? How can cinema help us reflect on terrorism in contemporary times? Screenings include a brief introduction by a faculty member and time for discussion afterward to promote understanding and dialogue around one of the most troubling issues of our time. Saturday, September 3: Paradise Now (Abu-Assad, 2005, 90 minutes) All showings start at 7…

Terrorism On Screen Film Series

Date:
Sunday, September 4th 2016
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and in light of recent events worldwide, this film series asks: Who is a terrorist, and why? How can cinema help us reflect on terrorism in contemporary times? Screenings include a brief introduction by a faculty member and time for discussion afterward to promote understanding and dialogue around one of the most troubling issues of our time. Sunday, September 4: Bear Story (Osorio, 2014, 11 minutes) I Wonder What You Will…

January 2017

SWAT Wellness Gazebo – Edwards Hall: First Floor

Date:
Wednesday, January 25th 2017
Time:
10:30 am - 2:30 pm

The Wellness Gazebo travels to various locations around campus each week to provide wellness information, resources, condoms, and fun giveaways.

February 2017

Dissertation Defense for: Melissa Jarvill; NUR

Date:
Thursday, February 16th 2017
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Melissa Jarvill will defend her dissertation.

Hypnotist: David Hall

Date:
Friday, February 17th 2017
Time:
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Be entertained by the very talented hypnotist, David Hall. Students will get the chance to volunteer to be hypnotized, with the audience members choosing what the volunteers do!

March 2017

A Night of Comedy with Eric O’Shea

Date:
Wednesday, March 1st 2017
Time:
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Eric O'Shea is an outstanding comedian who has toured colleges around the country. His high energy comedy and over the top jokes will have you laughing nonstop and wanting more from this talented comedian.

Free Screening of Netflix Documentary 13th with discussion

Date:
Wednesday, March 29th 2017
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free showing of the award-winning Netflix documentary 13th, with panel discussion following.

April 2017

Major! Documentary Screening and Q&A with Major Griffin-Gracy

Date:
Wednesday, April 5th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join ISU Pride and the University Program Board for a free screening of Major!  Following the screening a brief Q&A session will be held with Major herself!  Please also join us tomorrow for a keynote address with Major Griffin-Gracy. Major is a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and was incarcerated at Attica months after the 1971 Uprising. Miss Major’s extraordinary life and personal story is one of resilience and celebration that has been historically traumatized and marginalized . Over…

Miss Major Documentary Screening

Date:
Thursday, April 6th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The University Program Board and ISU's Pride bring will screen the documentary Major!

Miss Major Speaking Event

Date:
Thursday, April 6th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Get a first-hand account of the Stonewall Riots, a turning point in the LGBTQ community. Miss Major will speak about her experiences in the Stonewall Riots, LGBTQ issues, her activism, and more.

Major Griffin-Gracy – Keynote Address

Date:
Thursday, April 6th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join ISU Pride and the University Program Board for a keynote address with Major Griffin-Gracy. Major is a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and was incarcerated at Attica months after the 1971 Uprising. Miss Major’s extraordinary life and personal story is one of resilience and celebration that has been historically traumatized and marginalized . Over the past four decades, Miss Major has been emotionally invested in activism that centers transgender civil rights, mobile outreach, AIDS prevention, and fighting the…

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

Date:
Wednesday, April 19th 2017
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences is hosting James Duane, a criminal law professor from Regent Law School, who is the author of “You Have the Right to Remain Innocent.”

September 2017

Mennonite College of Nursing M.E.N. Group Meeting

Date:
Tuesday, September 5th 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The MCN M.E.N. Group is open to any male students on or off campus. Please join us, even if you can't stay for the entire meeting!

Dissertation Defense for: Theresa Adelman-Mullally; NUR

Date:
Wednesday, September 27th 2017
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Dissertation title:  UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP OF WORKING THE 12-STEPS AND SELF-EFFICACY IN MEMBERS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Dissertation committee:  Cindy Kerber, MyounJin Kim, O. Ed Reitz, Caroline Mallory

October 2017

Mennonite College of Nursing M.E.N. Group Meeting

Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The MCN M.E.N. Group is open to any male students on or off campus. Please join us, even if you can't stay for the entire meeting!

Dissertation Defense for: Sheryl Emmerling; NUR

Date:
Tuesday, October 17th 2017
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sheryl Emmerling to defend dissertation.

Dissertation Defense for: Joe Degitz; NUR

Date:
Tuesday, October 24th 2017
Time:
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Robert Degitz to defend dissertation.

International Education Week: Mennonite College of Nursing Presentation – Study Abroad Experience in Brazil and Russia

Date:
Thursday, October 26th 2017
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Two Mennonite College of Nursing students who traveled abroad summer 2017 will be available from 2:00PM-3:00PM to present posters and speak about their trans-cultural nursing experiences.  Kelly Fiedler will be available to speak about her experience in Londrina, Brazil.  Sarah Wortman will be available to speak about her experience in Vladimir, Russia.  

November 2017

Mennonite College of Nursing M.E.N. Group Meeting

Date:
Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The MCN M.E.N. Group is open to any male students on or off campus. Please join us, even if you can't stay for the entire meeting!

Dissertation Defense for: Michele Shropshire; NUR

Date:
Tuesday, November 28th 2017
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Michele Shropshire to defend dissertation.

December 2017

Mennonite College of Nursing M.E.N. Group Meeting

Date:
Tuesday, December 5th 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The MCN M.E.N. Group is open to any male students on or off campus. Please join us, even if you can't stay for the entire meeting!

March 2018

Dissertation Defense for: Amanda Lambie; NUR

Date:
Tuesday, March 6th 2018
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Amanda Lambie to defend dissertation.

Xi Pi Spring Induction Ceremony

Date:
Thursday, March 22nd 2018
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Nursing students who are invited to join Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and their families are invited to attend the Induction Ceremony. Please register online by March 16.

May 2018

Candlelighting Ceremony

Date:
Thursday, May 3rd 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join administration, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to celebrate nursing students who will be graduating in May. 

Accreditation Celebration

Date:
Thursday, May 10th 2018
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Mennonite College of Nursing to celebrate our 10 years of accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)! The support we received from our alumni, university and community partners helped us achieve this status, and we hope you will be able to attend this celebration. Dean Neubrander will make some brief remarks at 4 p.m. on the 3rd Floor in Room 306. Register online by May 3.

July 2018

Dissertation Defense for: Pamela Laskowski; NUR

Date:
Monday, July 9th 2018
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pamela Laskowski to defend dissertation.

August 2018

#DiversityAtState Induction 2018

Date:
Saturday, August 18th 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Rep your identity with PRIDE! Be affirmed in your identity with PASSION! Connect your identity with PURPOSE! This event will empower you to be confident, bold, and authentically you at Illinois State. Expect to make critical connections with students, faculty, and cultural organizations to enrich your journey at Illinois State. Bring your smartphone and wear a combination of red, black, and white. For more information about Welcome Week activities, check out WelcomeWeek.IllinoisState.edu or follow Student Activities and Involvement on Facebook, Twitter,…

October 2018

Sigma, Xi Pi Chapter Induction Ceremony

Date:
Sunday, October 28th 2018
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the induction of students, faculty, and community members into the Sigma Nursing Honor Society - Xi Pi Chapter. Please register by Monday, October 22 to attend this event. 

March 2019

Dissertation Defense for: Julie Anna Kennedy; NUR

Date:
Tuesday, March 5th 2019
Time:
11:10 am - 1:00 pm

Dissertation defense by Julie Anna Kennedy.

Dissertation Defense for: Amy Grugan; NUR

Date:
Wednesday, March 6th 2019
Time:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dissertation defense by Amy Grugan.

Dissertation Defense for: Annette Moore Hubbell; NUR

Date:
Monday, March 25th 2019
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dissertation defense by Annette Moore Hubbell.

May 2019

The Anonymous People movie screening

Date:
Friday, May 3rd 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The screening is free and presented in partnership between Sober Redbirds, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) and McLean County's Recovery Community.

Nuestros Logros Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Date:
Sunday, May 5th 2019
Time:
11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Nuestros Logros is a graduation recognition ceremony to celebrate Latinx students. For more information, please visit the Nuestros Logros Facebook page. The registration deadline to be guaranteed a graduation stole and signed certificate has passed, but students are welcome to register online to participate in the celebration. Please contant Cecilia Montesdeoco with any questions. Sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students

October 2019

Xi Pi Induction Ceremony

Date:
Saturday, October 5th 2019
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Sigma Global Nursing Excellence, Xi Pi Chapter, will hold the fall Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 5. A reception will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the ceremony at 10 a.m. Both events will take place in Edwards Hall, Capen Auditorium.

Dissertation Defense for: Kristine Rose; NUR

Date:
Monday, October 14th 2019
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dissertation defense by Kristine Rose.

January 2020

Children’s Studies Minor Series Speaker: Chelsea M. E. Johnson, Ph.D.

Date:
Thursday, January 23rd
Time:
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology along with the Department of Psychology will present a talk titled, “Global Movements, Local Meanings: Black Girls” with Chelsea M. E. Johnson, Ph.D., from 11:00a.m. – 12:15p.m. Thursday, January 23, in 235 Edwards Hall. Johnson is a User Experience Research at LinkedIn. This event is part of the Children's Studies Minor Speaker Series.

February 2020

Dissertation Defense for: John Blakeman; NUR

Date:
Monday, February 24th
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dissertation defense by John Blakeman.

April 2020

Virtual Format – Xi Pi Induction Ceremony

Date:
Saturday, April 18th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am

This event will be offered in a Virtual Format and will NOT be held on campus. The Xi Pi board will be emailing participants more information. Join us to celebrate the induction of students, faculty, and community members into the Sigma Nursing Honor Society - Xi Pi Chapter. Contact Amy Irving for more information.