Nancy (Daley) Myatt ’58 lived on a Central Illinois farm while in high school. She finished at the top of her class with dreams of teaching, but lacked the dollars to pursue a degree.
Jackie (Lacke) Froelich transferred to campus in 1986, never envisioning how many Redbirds would eventually fill her family’s tree.
Lisa (Finch) Obery ’84 followed her older sister Sandra (Finch) Linn ’81 to Illinois State University, not knowing the decision would start a legacy that has created a special family bond.
Katherine Williams arrived this fall as a freshman elementary education major already feeling at home. With generations of Redbirds on both sides of her family, she easily transitioned to campus.
Alan Meyer ’56 has two Illinois State legacies. One is scoring 50 points in a basketball game, creating a record broken by Doug Collins ’73. The other? He is patriarch of three generations with ISU ties.
Growing up in the small Illinois community of Bartlett, the Taylor sisters wanted a warm campus where they could easily transition to college life. All three found that and so much more at ISU.
While Anna Riederer chose to attend the school because the University had the program she was looking for, she also knew that her mother and grandmother were proud to have another Redbird in the family.
It’s fair to say the members of the Sampson and Stephens families swelled with pride when Andrew Sampson graduated from Illinois State in 2013, as he represents the fourth generation of Redbirds.
Juliana Duncan has been moving toward commencement for 15 years, raising four children along the way and working multiple jobs as a single mom.
Decades later, after each had lost their partner to cancer, they married to create a blended family with deep Redbird roots.