Artist's representation of Brett Gillan in front of Nashville skyline.

Healing on a high note

Brett Gillan ’02, MBA ’08 talks about his experience at Illinois State and how it formed a unique path for his future.
Pelletier and Chicago office window.

Prescribed intervention

Mark Pelletier anticipated a rewarding career helping others in health care when he left Mennonite College of Nursing as one of few male graduates in 1981.
Former provost Jan Murphy and provost Aondover Tarhule.

Power of the provost

The academic component of the University experience is the most essential as it leads to graduation, yet it is rarely contemplated beyond the micro level.
News reporter microphone illustration

Fulfilling a dream

When Sandra Torres '06 was 13 and spoke no English, her family packed up their life in their native Colombia and immigrated to the Chicago area for new opportunities.
President Larry Dietz

Reason to celebrate

Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State succeeded in elevating the University, transforming support for its already lofty educational standards into life-changing opportunities.
The Emergency Operations Center

Crisis response: How the campus community managed COVID-19

Collaboration is one of Illinois State’s core values. Never before has it been more apparent or vital than with the planning required to continue the University’s learning and teaching in the...
Tristen Sharp ‘20

Setback to comeback: Message of perseverance defines Class of 2020

It would have been poetic for Tristen Sharp to go from not knowing if she’d ever be able to put one foot in front of the other again to walking across the stage at Redbird Arena.
Angel Pulido in mask and nurse scrubs

On the virus front lines: Alums caring for most vulnerable

For months, the nation has been bombarded with details of how the coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought heartache to families as loved ones perished.
Professor with graduate students

Weed wizard: Professor alters plant genes to create wonder crop

Dr. John Sedbrook's genetically mutated plant could create a positive force for the environment as well as provide additional income for farmers.
Man interviewing another man

Trust through truth: Alum tackles tough metro assignments by building relationships

Illinois State alum and WDAF FOX4 reporter Zac Summers '11 discusses the current news industry and his past working at Illinois State's TV-10.