image of a Redbird bust

A bust of the Redbird will be unveiled at the Redbird Plaza dedication, May 11.

Illinois State University will dedicate the new Redbird Plaza at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the outdoor space between DeGarmo and Fell halls.

Ten years in the making, the plaza will provide a new gathering space on campus. The centerpiece of the plaza will contain a bronze bust of the Illinois State Redbird, designed by local artist Rick Harney. President Dietz will officially unveil the new bust at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

“Reggie has always been a symbol of unity for students and alumni,” said Danielle Miller-Schuster of the Division of Student Affairs. “We hope this new plaza will become another landmark on campus for Redbirds to showcase their pride in and loyalty to Illinois State.”

The dedication will also include time to honor Judith “Jude” Boyer, who retired as a vice president of Student Affairs from Illinois State in 2000. Upon her death in 2012, she bequeathed a gift to the University which is being honored in this collaborative project with the Student Government Association. “Jude was a fervent supporter of student leadership opportunities, and her passion for elevating the student voice in shared governance is legendary,” said Dietz.

The Student Government Association (SGA) advocated strongly for Redbird Plaza. “We believe it will be a place where students flock to gather as a community, celebrate major events, and to get pictures taken,” said Patrick Kelly, former vice president of SGA and graduating senior.

The entire Redbird community is invited to the dedication, especially graduating seniors for photo opportunities with Reggie in cap and gown.

For additional information, contact the Division of Student Affairs at (309) 438-5451.