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Oscar Stanton DePriest, member of the United States House of Representatives.

Illinois Congressman Oscar DePriest focus of talk by Dr. Calvin White

Oscar Stanton DePriest, who became a national political figure during his three terms in Congress, is the focus of the February 26 event.

Coronavirus disease and flu outbreak or coronaviruses influenza background as dangerous viral strain case as a pandemic medical health risk concept with dangerous cells as a 3D render

12MonthsIn6words project looks to capture essence of pandemic for history

A new community project seeks to commemorate the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 invading McLean County. The #12MonthsIn6Words effort looks to record reflections from the community on the past year.

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 of the official end of slavery in the United States was the result of a yearlong effort led by activists and Illinois State alum Torrence Gardner ’13.

Staff and students from the Dean of Students Office taking their photo for Birds Give Back.

Illinois State University launches third annual Birds Give Back event 

Scheduled for February 25, the event encourages individuals to support their passion on campus.  The goal is to raise 2,021 gifts to correspond with the start of 2021.   

drawing of woman in yoga pose

Sustainability and the Soul events explore wellness

“Sustainability and the Soul” will feature vegan cookbook author Afya Ibomu and yoga with alumna Radiance Campbell.

Kristin Duffield won first place at the Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis Competition, February 25

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) is an academic competition that challenges Illinois State University students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience.



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.

Model house in a model landscape

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.
Man in black and white photo playing hockey

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.
Student playing video games in computer lab

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.