Alum and artist Jason Mack stands before his 31-foot glass Christmas tree.

Alum Jason Mack creates the world’s largest glass Christmas tree

Illinois State Wonsook Kim School of Art alum and glass artist Jason Mack ’08 has been building the world's largest Christmas tree made of glass.
Artistic blood-splattered white rose behind prison bars.

The Crossroads Project presents winning play of the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative, October 28

The Crossroads Project presents a staged reading of the new play "Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes" by Franky D. Gonzalez, winner of the 2020 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative.
set of Hoda & Jenna show with Jane Lynch appearing

Weakest Link host Jane Lynch and fellow Redbird to appear on Hoda & Jenna show

Retired Illinois State employee and three-time alum Dr. Sally Pyne ’78, M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’99, will make her national television debut Friday morning on Today With Hoda & Jenna as one of...
Man stands with statue

Capturing a soul: Alum creates sculpture of civil rights icon John Lewis for Atlanta park

Gregory Johnson '77, M.A. '80 was selected to create John Lewis’ statue that will reside in Atlanta’s Rodney Mims Cook Sr. Park, land dedicated to Georgia leadership that has shaped the world.
Image of School of Theatre and Dance professor John Stark with Leslie Ann Sheppard after her performance in Sheepdog.

School of Theatre and Dance alumni nominated for 2020 Equity Jeff Awards

Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance alumni received nominations in multiple categories for the 2020 Equity Jeff Awards.
Angel Pulido in mask and nurse scrubs

On the virus front lines: Alums caring for most vulnerable

For months, the nation has been bombarded with details of how the coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought heartache to families as loved ones perished.
Artist Dr. Lorenzo Pace laughing in front of his work Triumph of the Human Spirit

Doctoral alum’s monument is at the center of the movement for racial equality in NYC

As modern-day foot soldiers march in the biggest city of a nation they believe has not always delivered the same promises to certain groups of people, they often gather at the site created by an...
Vicky Nyder photo by Ramona Boston

Impact of the Will to Succeed Award on future orchestra teacher

The Will to Succeed Scholarship is helping Vicky Nyder with her hopes to become an orchestra teacher.
York Walker

Redbird alum’s voice and passions earn him inaugural Colman Domingo Award

In finding his passions and following his dreams, York Walker '09 was named the first recipient of the Colman Domingo Award.
Headshot for alumna Christina Leineke

Practicum problem solvers: How guest speakers enriched theatre education during COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, practicum hours along with in-person classes and productions in the School of Theatre and Dance were suspended in March. Theatre practitioners, however, are known for their...