QUESTION: “Hello. I’m planning a vacation to San Diego this summer, and a fellow alum reminded me that one of our mutual friends from ISU moved there some time back. But, we both lost track of her. I would LOVE to try to look her up while I’m there. Can you help me find her?” — Joyce (Owens) Reider ’95, Decatur, Illinois

ANSWER: Joyce, yours is one of the most common questions we get from alumni and one we love to answer! Though for confidentiality reasons we don’t give out direct contact information – a fact we’re sure most alums appreciate! – we offer you two options.

First, our Web site allows you, once registered, to browse for the individual in our Online Directory. If s/he has an e-mail address on file, you will be able to send a “blind” e-mail — that is, you won’t see the address, but you can still reach the person. This service is not available to the public but only to registered alumni and former students.

Secondly, we offer an “Alumni Locator Service” in which we will, if possible, contact the alum on your behalf and ask him/her to contact you.

You can access both of these services from the Alumni Web site “Find a Friend” page.
QUESTION: “Could you please tell me what the dates are for Homecoming 2004?” — Robyn (Schlieben) Becker ’85, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

ANSWER: Gladly, Robyn! You should save the week of Saturday, October 23rd for Homecoming 2004. This year’s theme is “Redbird Roundup,” so we’re looking forward to a yee-hawing, rootin’-tootin’ good time!

This year’s Homecoming Reunion classes are 1964, 1959, and – our newest “Half Century” class – 1954. If you are a member of one of these classes, please start calling your friends today! Information and a message board for each class are available at the Reunions Web page.

A growing listing of campus-wide Homecoming activities will become available on the University Web site after May 1st. Stay tuned for more details, pardners! Yee haw!