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Several first-generation college students at Illinois State were traversing down uncharted paths when unexpected roadblocks hit. These Redbirds didn’t let unforeseen circumstances derail their ambitions. Among them are three students who remained on track with a helping hand from the College of Applied Science and Technology.

Julissa Navarrete '19, a graduate student in animal sciences, ractices using the ultrasound while Assistant Professor Dr. Drew Lugar and classmates observe.

Illinois agriculture remains rooted in tradition, but emerging technologies are continually advancing the industry. For students in Illinois State’s Agriculture Department, hands-on learning opportunities are essential for merging the past and present with classroom theory and current best practices.

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Dr. Christina Soyoung Song, an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, focuses on research projects that are future-forward.

Traci Carte in her office.

Dr. Traci Carte is an award-winning researcher and teacher who joined CAST as the Director of the School of Information Technology over a year ago. Carte earned her Ph.D. in Information Systems (IS) from the University of Georgia, spent 15 years as a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma, and served as the chair of the IS department at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

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“Contact tracing” is a term that the average person might not have been familiar with before 2020 and the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, students in the Department of Health Sciences at Illinois State University study it every year and were in a unique position to offer assistance as the need for additional contact tracers arose.