person speaking into a microphone as another person records with a camera

Fulfilling a dream

Broadcast Hall of Famer is now bilingual reporter in Chicago market

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Commencement ceremonies available December 12

Illinois State will present the ceremonies online to celebrate the achievements of the 2020 winter graduates. The recorded ceremonies will be available on the Commencement website by December 12.


Weekly update, December 3

This week’s update includes guidance for COVID-19 testing for the remainder of the Fall term, entry testing for on-campus students, and guidance for on-campus COVID-19 testing.

Hillary Campos in graduation regalia

In their words: Hillary Campos reflects on graduating during the pandemic

This is the first story in a series in which students set to graduate in December reflect on how their final semester at Illinois State University has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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.

Larry Dietz at a wood podium with banners for Illinois State University in the background.

President Larry Dietz announces plans to retire

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz announced Friday he will retire as the University’s 19th president on June 30, 2021, capping a higher education career surpassing 50 years.

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All in on democracy: Illinois State makes major effort to engage students in 2020 election

Civic engagement is a core value at Illinois State, and the University has made a concerted effort to ensure students are more represented at polls, in policymaking, and in community building.



Former provost Jan Murphy and provost Aondover Tarhule.

Power of the provost

The academic component of the University experience is the most essential as it leads to graduation, yet it is rarely contemplated beyond the micro level.

Dr. Katy Strzepek, Ph.D. '18, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, head shot

Spotlight: Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning plans for the future

With a new director, a new strategic plan, and a new designation from the Carnegie Foundation, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning has big plans for the future of civic engagement at Illinois State University.

View of Mount Merbabu in Indonesia.

The Q&A with Shelby Putt: Piecing together human evolution and communication through stone tools

This issue’s Q&A is with Dr. Shelby Putt, a biological anthropologist, in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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First-generation professionals recognized

In honor of the 2020 First Generation Celebration, organizers recognized 20 first-generation professionals at Illinois State with a LEGACY Award.
Music therapy graduate student Taylor Stengren conducting a telehealth session from a Centennial West classroom.

Music therapy students care for clients through telehealth

Although music therapy students are now completing their clinical hours through telehealth sessions, they have continued to deliver compassionate care.
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Job negotiation tips for Redbirds entering the workforce

Career Services provides several tips to help students be successful when negotiating job offers.
Illinois State University seniors Guido Calcagno and Shea Boston have been serving as contact tracers for the McLean County Health Department.

Redbirds assist McLean County Health Department with contact tracing

The Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) and the Department of Health Sciences have teamed up with the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) to facilitate contact tracing to help slow the spread of…
Installation view at University Galleries of Jen Bervin and Charlotte Lagarde, "Su Hui's Picture of the Turning Sphere," 2016-2020

University Galleries offers virtual tours, programs, and online resources

University Galleries staff is available to conduct virtual tours or programs related to the exhibition Jen Bervin: Shift Rotate Reflect Selected Works (1997-2020).