February greetings! This week, the campus experienced the massive, multi-day snowfall that prompted the cancellation of classes on Wednesday and Thursday. Reportedly most students appreciated the classic snow days and a chance to catch up on reading and assignments. That said, photos of snow football games on the Quad and snow figures of all types are popping-up throughout social media.
You have likely already heard the good news about the recent gift commitment that will help Athletics begin work on a new indoor practice facility. Our thanks go out to Dee Miller; Sheila Marshall-Miller; and their business partner NFL player, BJ Bello, for their commitment of $3 million dollars. The generosity of these Redbirds will help our student-athletes in numerous ways — from off-season practice to recruiting.
February 18, 1857, marked the founding of Illinois State Normal University as the state’s first public university. This year we celebrate that historic event with Founding Celebration activities on February 16 and 17. We welcome you to take part in honoring esteemed alumnus Andrew Purnell ’57, who will receive a posthumous honorary degree during the 10 a.m. bell-ringing ceremony. The event is open to the public and is also available via livestream. The Alumni Awards dinner will begin at 6 p.m. If you would like to attend, contact Alumni Engagement at (309) 438-2495.
Our monthly fundraising production report, cash receipts report, and unit production report have been updated for your review.
On February 24, Annual Giving will launch ISU’s annual day of giving, Birds Give Back. It occurs during Redbird Philanthropy Week set for February 21-25. Please help us spread the word and highlight opportunities for philanthropy at Illinois State.
Our Foundation board meeting begins at 3 p.m. the next day, February 25, at the Alumni Center. As a reminder, there will be a tour of the Mennonite College of Nursing Simulation Lab right before our meeting at __. (Linda, can you add a line/info here as appropriate?)
Thank you for your ongoing support of our institution and these activities that bolster giving at Illinois State. I look forward to seeing you soon.
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