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12 Months In 6 words

Collaborative project looks to capture essence of pandemic for posterity

Amani Wise

Psychology student Amani Wise wins Three Minute Thesis competition

Department of Psychology master’s student Amani Wise won first place at the Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for her presentation about white privilege.

Kiara Rodriguez (left) and Cam Hinman outside of Uptown Gifts and Accessories, where they provided digital marketing assistance.

Marketing students apply course skills to assist small businesses in Normal

Illinois State College of Business students have been helping small businesses in Normal that have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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CRCC Spring Institute: Registration open for event featuring Dr. Tyrone Howard

Education scholars and practitioners will lead Illinois State University’s CRCC Spring Institute. Registration is now open.

Weekly update, February 25, 2021 

This message includes updated information about Phase 1B Part II of Phase 1B eligibility, vaccine distribution and FAQs, sign-up for on-campus vaccination clinics, and COVID-19 testing availability.    

logo of the multimedia platform Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora

Obsidian awarded NEA GAP funding

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded $15,000 in Grants for Arts Projects funding to support the work of Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora.

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A message from President Dietz, February 24, 2021

As we look ahead to the 2021-22 academic year, Illinois State University is planning for a more traditional campus experience and will offer as many face-to-face courses as possible.



Artist's representation of Brett Gillan in front of Nashville skyline.

Healing on a high note

Brett Gillan ’02, MBA ’08 talks about his experience at Illinois State and how it formed a unique path for his future.

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Building up young minds

Dr. Brad Christensen—a STEM specialist with Illinois State’s Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology—has been collaborating with Rose Mabwa, a senior manager with The Community Builders, to engage Chicago youth in STEM projects.

Elderly people hold smartphones and are meant to be tweeting on Twitter.

Tweeting into the Golden Years

On the first day the #GoldenTweets program was offered, a man walked in saying he was there to learn about birdcalls.

Watterson Dining Commons

(Video) The State Show: Housing and Dining

Tune into The State Show to learn how Illinois State University becomes our students’ home away from home.
Tashaunna Divers is a manager at Marketplace at Linkins.

Day in the life: Tashaunna Divers, nutrition major and dining employee, continues to thrive in class and at work

Earlier this month, University Marketing and Communications photographer Michelle Hassel followed Tashaunna Divers through a typical day in her life as a Redbird student, intern, and student worker.
Kelly Murphy ’18 working on her thesis at the Bone Student Center.

Graduate student researches pro sports teams’ social media messaging during pandemic

Illinois State graduate student Kelly Murphy ’18 has been researching how professional sports teams have been communicating with their fans on social media during the past 10 months.
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Molding a mentor: Sociology graduate and first Black hockey player at ISU paid it forward with Black youth

Dennis B. Holmes ’76, ISU’s first Black ice hockey player, has become a mentor for generations of Black youth in Chicago.
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Marine veteran chosen as first student coach for Redbird Esports’ Overwatch team

Ashley Marku’s years of service in the armed forces gave her a unique skill set that made her a natural choice to serve as Redbird Esports Varsity Overwatch team’s first student coach.