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50 years of Title IX

Title IX Celebration Banquet marks end of year-long festivities

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Obsidian named winner of the CLMP Firecracker Award

Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora was named the winner of the 2022 Firecracker Award for Independently Published Literature from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.

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Women’s athletics pioneer Chris Voelz ’70 joins Redbird Buzz

Chris Voelz ’70 joins the Redbird Buzz podcast to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX and to share her experiences as a physical education major, four-sport Redbird student-athlete, and women’s athletics pioneer.

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Concerts on the Quad 2022

Illinois State University’s Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and School of Music, in conjunction with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, present the 2022 Concerts on the Quad series beginning July 4.

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Volunteer to help with Move-In 2022

Move-In week at Illinois State University will be Monday, August 15-Sunday, August 21. To help Move-In run smoothly, University Housing is asking students, faculty, and staff members to help welcome the newest Redbirds by volunteering.

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Pell Grants: Making an impact for 50 years

The federal Pell Grant celebrates its golden anniversary this year. For students pursuing higher education, the grants are worth their weight in gold.  

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Hope Chicago agreement to provide debt-free education for CPS students

Illinois State University announced an agreement with Hope Chicago, opening the door for Chicago Public School students and their parents to pursue debt-free higher education. 



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Rewriting the narrative: Redbirds blazed trail for women before Title IX

Born nearly 30 years before Title IX—legislation passed in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities—Dr. Jill Hutchison is among a revolutionary cohort of trailblazing women from Illinois State who dedicated themselves to rewriting the national narrative of women’s athletics.

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Collaboration leads to cookware program supporting local students

A new cookware program, a collaboration between the School Street Food Pantry, Illinois State University, and Molina Healthcare, will provide students with a kitchen starter set and knowledge about nutritional information.

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Headstrong: ISU researcher Dr. Nikki Hoffman is leading expert on sleep and concussion recovery

Dr. Nikki Hoffman is conducting innovative sleep studies at a new clinic on campus in order to help patients recover faster from concussions.

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Jim Bennett ’87 joins Redbird Buzz to share his story of service and leadership

Jim Bennett ’87, Illinois Department for Human Rights director, joins Redbird Buzz to talk about becoming an activist, a voice for civil rights, a storyteller, and a trailblazer.
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Record-setting #RedbirdImpact Day of Service connects civically engaged alumni

More than 70 Redbirds teamed up to make a difference in Bloomington-Normal during Illinois State University’s fourth #RedbirdImpact Day of Service, Saturday, June 11.
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Redbird Buzz podcast celebrates Title IX with Jill Hutchison and Linda Herman

Dr. Jill Hutchison, M.S. ’69 and Dr. Linda Herman, M.S. ’72, Ed.D. ’83 join Redbird Buzz during the 50th anniversary of Title IX.
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CJS alum, J.J. Thompson ’93: Lawyer, leader, and U.S. Army brigadier general

In December, it was announced—after a presidential nomination and confirmation by the United States Senate—that Jackie Thompson Jr. ’93 had been confirmed for the rank of brigadier general.
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Redbird on the red carpet: Q&A with Forbes entertainment journalist, ISU alum Jeff Conway

From interviewing movie stars to meeting pop culture icons on the red carpet, every day on the job is different for Redbird alum Jeff Conway ‘08.