Rudy Morr talking excitedly with another student in a classroom in the State Farm Hall of Business.

Day in the life

Big Red Marching Machine drum captain has love for music and math

graduate on stage with diploma

Winter 2021 Commencement

Illinois State University will award approximately 956 baccalaureate degrees and 240 graduate degrees at the Winter 2021 Commencement, December 9-11.

Dr. Tony Marinello stands next to a student. The student is wearing a VR headset and both of them are holding up a conducting baton.

School of Music professors unite conducting and virtual reality with RibbonsVR

In 2018 Dr. Roy D. Magnuson completed a user-friendly version of solsticeVR, a virtual reality tool that enables users to compose music. While his work on the “musical sandbox” proved to be a success, just one year later, development on an offshoot of this project began: a virtual reality tool conducting.

Two people standing and smiling with trees in the background

EDI ISU: New wordmark encapsulates equity with intentionality

The new EDI ISU wordmark, or a logo created mainly from text, was developed as a way to show unity throughout campus for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.

The Bowling and Billiards Center

Bowling and Billiards Center closes for construction

The Bowling and Billiards Center will close for construction of the new Redbird Esports project beginning Saturday, November 20. The facility is projected to reopen in the fall of 2022.


Image of Research submissions deadline December 3

Students are asked to create or capture one compelling, static image of their research with a narrative for the 2022 Image of Research competition.

headshot of Dr. Erin Mikulec and Dr. Dawn Beichner

New book explores schools dismissing young girls as a distraction

Dr. Erin Mikulec and Dr. Dawn Beichner bring together scholars to discuss the ways in which girls are sexualized through school practices for the book Distraction: Girls, School, and Sexuality.



Morgan Day

Redbird Trivia: Summer 2021

On April 25, Illinois State softball pitcher Morgan Day struck out 11 batters in a 1-0 win at the University of Evansville.

Victor Ventura (right), William Restis, and Anna Raymond use electric drills to attach the sheets of tin-roof to the house as Tri-Cities Home Repair grant compliance coordinator Caroline Nowak (far left) keeps the sheet lined up with the previous panel.

Students reach new heights on Alternative Break service trips

Thirty Illinois State students and trip leaders traveled to five different locations in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Michigan to serve communities in need May 9-15 for Illinois State’s annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service trips.

Dr. David Lane

Behind the needle: Professor explores the world of tattoo artists

Dr. David Lane’s new book, The Other End of the Needle: Continuity and Change among Tattoo Workers, focuses on how tattoo artists sustain their world.

Dr. Jennifer J. Parker speaking

Dr. Jennifer J. Parker ’04 takes road less traveled to success

Dr. Jennifer J. Parker ’04 has a message for Redbirds: It’s OK to take a nontraditional path to success.
ICC Consulting Team Recycling Project

Civic Engagement Grants open for in-course, RSO projects

Civic Engagement Grant Awards, co-sponsored by Senior Professionals and the State Farm Foundation, are available.
Makiah Watson with a podcasting microphone and laptop.

New podcast elevates voices of first-generation students at Illinois State

The First Generation Triumph Podcast’s purpose is to elevate the voices of first-generation students at Illinois State University by offering them a space to share their lived experiences.

Career Services launches new web site strategy

Career Services and Interactive Web and Communications collaborated on a new web site that allows Career Services to increase its digital engagement with its constituencies.
students sitting around parade float

Flashback: Gamma Phi Circus stars in Macy’s Parade

Flashback to November 2019 when Gamma Phi Circus performed in front of millions of people at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.