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Proud Redbird couple Homecoming royalty

Mike and Nancy Monken

Mike and Nancy Monken

Mike and Nancy (Johnson) Monken, this year’s Homecoming alumni king and queen, met at ISU.

Nancy ’62 studied English. An honor’s resident, she was heavily involved with the class advisory board and the women’s club. She taught English for many years, retiring as a college counselor in Illinois District 210.

Mike ’61, M.S. ’66, studied physical education as an undergraduate. He earned a master’s in health, physical education and recreation. On the ISU football team four years, he was captain as a senior. He taught shop, physical education, health, and driver’s education for more than 30 years. He excelled in coaching high school football, and has been inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Both are very involved on ISU’s Half Century Club committee and stay busy with family activities. They have three children and many grandchildren they visit often.

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