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Illinois State arriving in mailboxes

Magazine features a revitalized look.

If you have not yet received your February issue of the alumni magazine, it will be arriving soon and with a new look. After a decade with the same format, the entire publication has been revitalized.

Alums will especially be interested in the feature about Campus Dining Services, which has also undergone a transformation. Expansive and improved dishes are served in an atmosphere that resembles a restaurant. Significant upgrades have resulted in a more environmentally friendly operation that now more than ever is a plus in recruiting students.

The other features include the work of Eric Rohmann ’80, M.S. ’85, whose extraordinary talent has earned him the highest national honor awarded for children’s literature. The illustrations in his children’s picture books are so mesmerizing that he captivates young and old readers alike.

There’s also the story of Jay Blunk ’86, who left his Chicago Cubs vice president position to work at rebuilding a hockey team Windy City fans had nearly forgotten. That goal was accomplished as the Blackhawks captured the Stanley Cup with a 2010 season considered “the most remarkable turnaround in the history of sports in the U.S.”

The fourth feature is on Christian Stoinev, who started performing as a boy in his family’s circus. He acquired international fame before joining ISU’s Gamma Phi Circus. Now a sophomore, Stoinev wows audiences with his ability to complete complicated contortions with one hand, all while balancing his pet dog, Scooby.