Welcome to Illinois State magazine’s new blog, STATEside!

We have a lot of stories to tell here at Illinois State University – about our people, our history and what’s happening on campus every single day. You read about them in our magazine and in other Illinois State publications, but those stories multiply with each incoming freshman and outgoing graduate.

What we’ll do on STATEside is build a bridge that reconnects our alumni with everyday life on campus. But like every bridge, it’s a two-way street. We’ll also use this space to tell today’s campus community about notable work, philanthropy and personal accomplishments from our Illinois State alumni.

We’ll do this with original content, updated every day or so, including photos, video and social media. We’ll talk to professors about current events. We’ll look back at history through old photos and newspaper clippings. We’ll curate and collate tweets and Facebook posts during big events on campus.

The goal is to engage you, the reader, in a conversation about today’s Illinois State University.

We hope you like it.

Ryan Denham can be reached at rmdenha@ilstu.edu.