It is hard to believe the 2017-2018 academic year has come and gone! We experienced many great accomplishments in the Division of Student Affairs this year and made significant progress towards several of our initiatives. I hope you will take a few minutes to read about some of our updates in this quarter’s newsletter.
This spring was certainly exciting for the division. Not only did we welcome three new inductees to the Steve and Sandi Adams Legacy Hall of Fame and celebrate the 5th anniversary of the ceremony, but we also held various end-of-year ceremonies and cultural graduation celebrations. Student elections were held in April, ushering in new student leadership for the next academic year. You can learn more about our incoming student trustee, Sarah Aguilar, in the story below.
Illinois State and the Division of Student Affairs was also proud to announce a major gift commitment to Fraternity and Sorority Life from generous alumni, Eric and Karin Burwell. Their gift is part of the University’s $150 million comprehensive campaign, Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State. The Burwells’ gift creates a new fund, Greek Areté, and contributes to the goal of raising $500,000 in support of Fraternity and Sorority Life. We look forward to further strengthening the Greek experience for thousands of students and alumni through this gift and future contributions.
As we look to the summer, we are already gearing up to welcome our new class of Redbirds. The fall semester will be here before we know it! Be sure you save the date for our Homecoming tailgate on October 13! In the meantime, we hope you will continue connecting with us on our award winning social media platforms to stay updated with what is happening on campus and in the division.
Wishing you an enjoyable and relaxing summer!
Dr. Levester “LJ” Johnson
Vice President for Student Affairs