Redbird LegacyAn Illinois State University legacy is a student or alumnus/a who has a parent, guardian, grandparent, or sibling who is an Illinois State graduate.

Before the fall semester started, many Illinois State alumni had the chance to return to campus over Move-In week to get their new Redbirds settled in before the first day of classes. Coming back to campus as an alum and moving into a residence hall for the first time as a new student had many families smiling and hugging as they shared memories, advice, and how Illinois State will create a stronger bond within a legacy family.

One bond is that between proud Redbird Leah Walton ’88, M.S. ’92, and her son Aidan Walton. “I never pushed Aidan to choose Illinois State,” Leah Walton said. “I let him come to the decision on his own. Although after we went to an open house and he told me this is where I want to go, I did exclaim a huge YES! I was so overjoyed.”

Aidan, a freshman agribusiness major, feels that Redbird bond because he was involved with Illinois State for many years. “I’m comfortable here because of my mom. She took me to a lot of alumni events and introduced me to several Illinois State employees that I already have a connection others may not have.”

Leah stressed the importance of connections as she shared advice with Aidan that he should get to know his professors right away and realize that Illinois State is a family that will help him succeed. She also hopes he gets involved. He followed that advice quickly as he would head to practice with the Big Red Marching Machine (BRMM) where he will play trumpet. “Along with BRMM, I want to find other ways to be involved because there are so many groups around campus.”

So what is Leah looking forward to the most sharing this legacy? “It’s going to be amazing, after attending so many football games together as a family, that he will be out their performing with BRMM. This is our time to share in traditions and make new ones, and I look forward to that during his time here.”

Redbird Legacy Brunch

Illinois State wants to recognize all legacy families for their continued generational support with a special brunch over Family Weekend 2016. The brunch will spotlight Redbird families and help legacies stay connected to the University. The event will include brunch, a program featuring President Larry Dietz, and a legacy pinning ceremony exclusive for current families.

When: 9–11 a.m. Sunday, September 18
Where: Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Cost is $10 per person. Register by September 12 online or by calling Alumni Relations at (800) 366-4478.

Current students will have the opportunity to purchase a specially designed legacy stole during the event to wear during commencement. Those that cannot attend may purchase the stole anytime during the year through Alumni Relations.

3 thoughts on “What’s it mean to be a Redbird legacy? Special brunch planned

  1. Marilyn L. Gregory says:

    My name is Marilyn Levee Gregory. I am so pleased that my grandson, Joshua J. Pascoe, will be attending ISU this fall as a Junior. Joshua will have a hard time financially as his Dad had a stroke almost a year ago and cannot help him as he is permanently housed in a nursing home for the rest of his life. I hope that ISU will find some way to give Josh financial assistance.

    I attended ISU both as an undergraduate and as as a Graduate student, receiving my M.A. French. I also worked for ISU for two years assisting student teachers at their assignments in cities near Lake Zurich.

    Josh is not only an excellent student, but he also has the financial responsibility to take care of his whole family. Needless to say this is a huge responsibility for anyone, especially a young man trying to keep up with his college work. He recently had to sell the family home with all of the work that entails, and then to buy a much smaller place to live for his sister.

    Again, I would appreciate anything the university could do to help him financially. He is very worthy of your beneficence.

    1. Ryan Denham says:

      Hi Marilyn: Thanks for contacting us about this. I spoke to the Financial Aid Office. We have a Financial Aid counselor named Laura Rogers specifically assigned to Josh. You can reach out via our Contact page:

      1. Marilyn L. Gregory says:

        Thank you so much for the info above. I have forwarded this information to Joshua.

        Marilyn Gregory