The College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at Illinois State University is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! This series, CAST 50×50, is designed to highlight 50 faculty, staff, students, alumni, and organizations within CAST that make the college special. These notable people will tell you that every day in CAST is a great day to be a Redbird!

Today #CAST50 visits with Erin Kennedy ’99, M.S. ’11, a two-time alumna from the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.

What was your major and when did you graduate from Illinois State University?

I graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Over 10 years of working my ideal job, I went back to get my master’s degree in exercise physiology. I love what I do and am proud to be an ISU Redbird!

What do you miss most about ISU?

The environment, of course! The opportunity to learn, the camaraderie of my ISU peers, and the vast amount of activities offered everyday on campus! Oh the good ol’ days!

What is your favorite holiday and why?

My favorite holiday is Christmasa celebration of Jesus! This holiday season offers so much: family, friends, prayer, forgiveness, and gratitude. It is great for the soul. Another favorite holiday of mine is Independence Day I get goose bumps thinking about our U.S.A. family defending our Constitution, fighting for our safety, and placing their lives in danger for all of America. Thank you to those who have and are serving!

Favorite television show?

Criminal Minds is the best show; I watch every week! There is something intriguing about solving a crime in 60 minutesha!

Advice for current students?

My advice for current students is to “be” your community. Stay connected to the needs of your community, the resources you can enhance, and volunteer your time. Share your expertise as a mentor to others and surround yourself with mentors to help you grow personally and professionally.

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