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Check out Illinois State online

The May issue of the University’s alumni magazine, Illinois State, has delivered and is now available online.

Check out the story behind Jane Lynch, the star of Glee who graduated with a theatre degree in 1982.

Other stories in this issue include a look at the recently opened Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall; the creation of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre by two alums; and an ongoing project to capture the history of ISU’s first building, Old Main.

You’ll find many Web extras online, including the Reggie Reads column that showcases books authored by alumni. Take a minute to blog about the articles or to complete the online survey.

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Rita Kohn [MS 1968] captured second place in the National Federation of Press Women's 2011 Communications Contest for her book, "True Brew: a guide to craft beer in Indiana." Kohn writes the weekly beer column for Nuvo, the Indianapolis alternative newsweekly. She won in the category of non-fiction book, general.

Her book came in first in the Woman's Press Club of Indiana communications contest and was sent on to the national competition. WPCI is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. Kohn's book competed with first-place winners from 26 other NFPW affiliates for the national award. It will be presented at the NFPW national conference Sept. 8-10 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb.