Snow covers the Old Main Bell on the ISU quad

Dear merge(“FIRST_NAME”),

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.  


Here are some of the most recent Illinois State stories that may be of interest to you. 

Person spraying snow all over on the Quad (Photograph by Lucy Comins)

A winter storm that began Tuesday night and continued well into Thursday transformed Illinois State’s campus into something resembling the setting of the Hoth sequence in Star Wars or the animated film Frozen, depending on your movie metaphor of choice.

faculty and students in lab

Undergraduate physics students are making a big impact in the nanomaterials lab of Dr. Mahua Biswas.

Six students standing in a line singing into shared microphones in front of them.

It’s a Thursday night in December, and members of the Interdenominational Youth Choir (IYC) are huddled together in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center. After a quick prayer and a scripture reading, the choir begins to sing in worship.

Holly Filsinger

Second-year graduate student Holly Filsinger’s virtual lecture series, “Experiencing Images: How the Visual Shapes Our World,” has given her a unique opportunity to share her natural curiosity and passion for research with the Redbird community.

Senior Shaniece Cole, right, and sophomore Nikki Zavondy, left, work to rake and bag leaves from the playgrounds at Hope House.

Get an inside look at Illinois State University’s 2022 Alternative Winter Break trip to Memphis, Tennessee.

part of a cover from the book Black, Brown, and Bruised

Dr. Ebony Omotola McGee will present “Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation” via Zoom.

A headshot portrait of a girl smiling

Sara Butcher is currently a student in the online RN to BSN dual enrollment program, graduating this year. This program allows students pursuing their associate degree in nursing at one of Mennonite College of Nursing’s partner colleges to begin working on their bachelor’s degree in nursing at Illinois State University before they graduate with their ADN.