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Brother captures Leah Marlene’s journey

ISU alum Shea Grehan ’20 supports his sister's American Idol rise through the viewfinder

Redbird baseball player Ryan Cermak connecting with a pitch

Redbird baseball star Ryan Cermak gains national attention as he swings for home run record

If you haven’t seen a pure hitter of the baseball up close and personal, the clock is ticking. Illinois State University outfielder Ryan Cermak has been on a tear with the bat all season long, but the regular season comes to an end with a three-game series against Southern Illinois beginning May 19 at Duffy Bass Field.

2021 youth camp participants pose on the Ewing stage following their final performance for family and friends

Registration now open for Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s 2022 summer camps and classes

The Festival has a wide variety of options, including four camps for youth and two online classes for adults.

Kwame Patterson

Making students’ voices heard: EAF Ph.D. candidate helps lead Multicultural Center

Kwame Patterson has yet to have a “slow day” after two years at Illinois State. He was hired as a coordinator for Diversity Advocacy on January 6, 2020. Two days later, the University greenlit the creation of its Multicultural Center.

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The return of in-person clinical visits

Over the last two years, the ISU National Center for Urban (NCUE) has continued to provide culturally relevant urban experiences to faculty and students via virtual platforms

group shot of the Illinois State women's Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Outdoor Championship team

Illinois State women secure fourth-straight MVC Outdoor title

For the fourth straight outdoor season and ninth time in program history, the Illinois State women were crowned Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Outdoor Champions after totaling 180 points in the team score, topping Indiana State’s 143 points.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Aondover Tarhule

What’s next? Dr. Aondover Tarhule answers key questions about Illinois State’s new College of Engineering

Dr. Aondover Tarhule, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, spoke about his vision for the College of Engineering and what Redbirds can expect to see next.



Christine Angela Aganon plays the piano.

College’s unique status gained with gift

A visionary goal set decades ago within the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and the School of Music has been achieved with ISU now designated an All-Steinway School. Criteria was met with the purchase of three Steinway concert grand pianos and 11 Steinway uprights.

Illustration of diverse super hero team.

ReggieCon: University offers alternative, unique vehicle to discuss social issues

Illinois State offers an alternative and unique vehicle to discuss social issues through the establishment of ReggieCon, ISU’s home-grown comic convention with a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion.

Rochele Gloor in art gallery

International graduate student perseveres, explores future of art

It was March 2021, and most businesses were closed amid another surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and deaths across Brazil. Gloor, however, was continuing her work as art director and costume designer for a five-part television documentary titled Tramas da Moda (FashionNet), about the storied history of fashion in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Matt Sears in graduation regalia in a hallway

Graduating Redbirds: Matt Sears is leaving ISU with 2 degrees and a wealth of memories

Two bachelor’s degrees in six years have left Matt Sears ’20 well educated, well experienced, and full of memories.
Dr. Byron Craig

New podcast explores EDI

A new podcast, Tapis Talk, seeks to explore issues surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) at Illinois State.
Samiat Solebo on ISU's Quad in graduation cap and gown

Graduating Redbirds: Campus involvement leads to a passion for justice

Graduating Redbird Samiat Solebo is gearing up to use her education and experiences at Illinois State as a launching pad to fight injustice.
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Illinois State podcast, Redbird Buzz, launches with first guest President Terri Goss Kinzy

Put your headphones on and head to your favorite podcast platform, because Illinois State has officially launched a university podcast.
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Amazon Prime Video to feature Illinois State students in The College Tour series

Ten Illinois State University students shared their experiences as Redbirds for a 30-minute episode of The College Tour, scheduled to stream on Amazon Prime Video this fall.