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Envisioning possibilities

Dual alum and staff member Mboka Mwilambwe leads as Bloomington’s first Black mayor

Torrence Gardner

Chicago recognizes Juneteenth thanks to the efforts of Illinois State alum Torrence Gardner

Chicago made history this past fall when the city government officially recognized Juneteenth as a day of observance. The citywide acknowledgment was the result of a yearlong effort led by activists and Illinois State alum Torrence Gardner ’13.

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Spring study abroad applications now open

The Study Abroad team is thrilled to announce applications for participation in study abroad programming for the spring 2022 semester are now open!

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Obsidian awarded Amazon Literary Partnership Grant

Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora is the recipient of a grant awarded by the Amazon Literary Partnership Literary Magazine Fund and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.

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Inevitability and intersectionality

Rachel Sabella ’21 found inspiration through her Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor to re-examine one part of her family’s business: filing death certificates with the state.

Basheer Becerra stands in front of Harvard Medical School sign.

ISU prepares alum Basheer Becerra to star in Harvard graduate program

If Basheer Becerra had been told when he began his undergraduate career at Illinois State University’s School of Information Technology (IT) that one day he would attend Harvard University graduate school, he wouldn’t have believed it.

President Larry H. Dietz

Raising up Redbirds

Throughout his presidency, Dr. Larry Dietz often described Illinois State as strong and stable.



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Fertile ground: Ag program rooted in excellence

Illinois State’s Department of Agriculture used to attract students from family farms who grew up baling hay and showing cattle.

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Campus hero: Dr. Shamaine Bertrand

Dr. Shamaine Bertrand, an assistant professor of Elementary Education, is the campus hero for the spring issue of Redbird Impact magazine.

Dr. Aondover Tarhule

Research spotlight: Q&A with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Aondover Tarhule

In this #RedbirdScholar Q&A, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Aondover Tarhule talked about his academic background, research, and his plans for Illinois State.

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Summer 2021 Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts events

Illinois State University’s Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce a selection of events to be presented this summer.
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Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. speaks of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in light of the current crisis

Author and intellectual Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. placed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. within a nearly 400-year-old American tradition and pointed to his relevance in the present crisis.
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(Video) The State Show: Orientation Services

New student orientations introduce Redbirds to life on campus and help them find a home at Illinois State. And, contrary to our new laugh track, they are pretty serious.
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(Video) Bone Student Center tour

Check out a minitour of the Student Involvement Center and Dean of Students Office at the Bone Student Center.
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CURE Workshop presents cutting-edge research

The Cross-Institutional Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) workshop is currently being hosted by the Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance with nearly 40 students and 10 faculty members…