Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Spaulding graduated from John Marshall High School in 2012. She earned her B.A in psychology with a minor in child advocacy studies at Winona State University in Minnesota. While at Winona State, Spaulding was a member of the psychology club and played intramural volleyball. She graduated cum laude and was honored with the Winona State University Psychology department’s outstanding graduate award in December 2015.
Donald F. McHenry ’57, a United States Ambassador to the United Nations, participated in many student activities during his time at Illinois State. He was a member of the student chapter of the NAACP and the student radio station and participated in theater productions. In 1956 he captained the debate team and also was named Outstanding Debater at Illinois State and in the United States. McHenry attributed much of his success as a diplomat to these and other experiences at Illinois State that helped him strengthened his communication skills and deepened his understanding of the great issues that helped him so ably serve in his role as ambassador.