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Stevenson Center celebrates 25 years with “ADLAI Week”


Many students know Stevenson Hall, the four-story brick building on the southeast side of Illinois State University’s campus. Those seeking careers for the greater good may also know the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, housed on the fourth floor. Both are named for Adlai E. Stevenson II, a distinguished Bloomington-Normal resident who highly valued public service and global understanding.

Beverly Beyer and Frank Beck. The Stevenson Center team also includes Katie Hake and Dawn DuBois, along with undergraduate interns Shaylin Quaid, and Alexis Swanson.

Tune in to a WGLT interview with Director Frank Beck and Senior Associate Director Beverly Beyer on the Stevenson Center’s growth since 1994, and how it continues to cultivate leaders in public service. Among other programs and projects, the Stevenson Center coordinates an interdisciplinary graduate sequence with the departments of economics, politics and government, and sociology and anthropology, as well as the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.

With gratitude to countless students, alumni, faculty, and partners near and far, the Stevenson Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with “ADLAI Week” from September 27–October 2. Join in the events below, either in person or virtually. Follow the Stevenson Center‘s social media, or email with questions.


On Friday, September 27, the Stevenson Center will acknowledge political science Professor Emeritus and Stevenson Center Founder Robert Hunt for his induction into the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

Students and friends of the Stevenson Center will join volunteers from Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Heartland Community College in a day of service at the Midwest Food Bank.

Help the Stevenson Center recognize its 25th anniversary by raising $2,500 that will go toward cultivating leaders for the next 25 years. Give now!ACED Fellows and Peace Corps Fellows are at the heart of the Stevenson Center’s work. Hear directly from 2019 graduates on what the Stevenson Center means to them. Catch the debut of a brand-new season of student-produced podcasts on September 30. Domestic and international service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps are critical to supporting communities around the globe. You can advocate for the continuation of these vital programs. Learn more about Voices for National Service and the National Peace Corps Association. In addition to the academic and administrative offices at Illinois State that provide critical support, the Stevenson Center simply could not exist without dedicated partners who strengthen communities and encourage Fellows. Thank you to our partners!