If you have not yet received your May issue of the alumni magazine, it will be arriving soon. It is already available online at IllinoisState.edu/magazine.

This issue tells the story of Pierre Woods ’04, who jumpstarted his career with a modeling competition while at ISU. Experiences as an undergrad fueled his tenacity. He worked a runway in Italy after graduation, which resulted in contracts with top designers. Now a representative for Ralph Lauren, Woods is praised as the next super model in the making.

The inspirational story of Greg Gardner ’91 is also shared. Wrestling was a passion for Gardner ’91, who was a nationally ranked Redbird. He taught and coached until paralyzed in 2005. Today he inspires others through a foundation he created to help the disabled. He moves forward with the support of his alumna spouse and ISU wrestling teammates.

Hollywood sensation Sean Hayes tells of his journey from campus to the bright lights of Broadway and Los Angeles. The star of Will & Grace has gone on to produce two current television shows.

The remaining two features address the issues of Occupy Wall Street and the nation’s economy. Allison Kilkenny ’05 followed the New York City OWS movement as a reporter who counters the conservative media. She is a bold voice for her generation as she covers America’s mounting financial woes, which are not easily understood. Economics Professor Emeritus Neil Skaggs explains how the U.S. spiraled into financial turmoil, and why Americans are increasingly frustrated with Wall Street.