The Division of Student Affairs wrapped up another great semester and we look forward to exciting new opportunities for our alumni, students, and staff this spring!

As we ended 2017, we participated in another phenomenal Giving Tuesday at Illinois State University. We challenged our alumni, friends, students, and staff to support the Division and put on a one-of-a-kind Lip Sync Battle! I am so thankful for over 230 gifts from our generous donors, including current students who used Giving Tuesday as a catalyst to start their legacy of giving before they graduate. Also, in December, we honored this year’s Neal R. Gamsky Quality of Student Life Award recipient, Barb Dallinger. Barb has influenced generations of students during her time at ISU and we congratulate her on this great honor.

As we look forward to 2018, we are excited to see our Redbirds giving back to communities, near and far. Over 50 students recently participated in the MLK Jr. Day of Service in the Bloomington-Normal Community, and we look forward to sending hundreds of students across the country for our 18th year of Alternative Breaks at Illinois State.

We have numerous opportunities for students and alumni to get involved on campus and are excited for many upcoming programs this semester, as well as the continued progress made towards the Bone Student Center revitalization. I hope you stay up–to-date with what is happening on campus and at alumni events in your area by visiting News.IllinoisState.edu, following our social media pages, and reading this quarterly newsletter.

Go Birds!

Levester “LJ” Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs

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Giving Tuesday 2017 was a great success for Illinois State University and the Division of Student Affairs.

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The Neal R. Gamsky Quality of Student Life Award was presented to Barb Dallinger. She will also be honored at the Founders Day Convocation.

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For the 18th year, Alternative Breaks (AB) will send hundreds of students across the country to partner with local community agencies to aid in their missions. This year, AB is connecting with alumni in the communities they are visiting too.

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Nyle DiMarco, the winner of Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Top Model and an ambassador for the deaf community, will give a talk March 29.

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Over 50 students participated in the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning’s MLK Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, January 20.

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The Bone Student Center, known as the University's "living room" is beginning a much-needed revitalization. Groundbreaking will be September 15.

The Student Affairs Alumni and Friends Newsletter is an opportunity for both our alumni and supporters to keep up-to-date on news within the Division of Student Affairs. Student Affairs alumni are unique and not easily defined. While they didn’t technically graduate from the Division of Student Affairs, they did have an impactful experience in one or more of the twelve departments of the Division as a student. From being a RA, to Alternative Breaks participants, to campus dining staff, to sports club members, they are alumni of Student Affairs and our supporters help these programs continue to thrive. So let’s connect! Share your stories, keep in touch, and remember you are all part of the Student Affairs family.