One of the College of Applied Science and Technology’s (CAST) hallmarks is the opportunity for experiential learning. Not all of this learning happens on campus, however, and a lot of it would not happen at all without committed partnerships. When GROWMARK approached the School of Information Technology (IT) about a new internship opportunity, it was consequently an easy ‘yes.’
CAST Dean Dr. Todd McLoda announced the establishment of a college-level diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion (DEBI) committee in the fall of 2021. Members include faculty and staff representatives from all college schools and departments. The committee’s charge is to monitor existing and future DEBI initiatives and advance an anti-racist culture in CAST. Committee members, appointed by their department chairs or school directors, will serve a two-year term. The new committee has several goals including fostering a community of practice dedicated to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion; and assisting the dean in promoting and implementing the college’s diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion goals.
As a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation (KNR), Dr. Emily Jones is finding new ways to get to know the student body through her research. She focuses on the concept of belonging when it comes to recruitment and retention of students in the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) major.
David Tsurusaki ’82 did not become a Redbird accidentally and, in fact, he set foot on campus well before most potential students. His sister, Patricia Tsurusaki ’71, played an integral role in making sure her brother spent time on campus during the annual Siblings Weekend when he was just nine years old.
The College of Applied Sciences and Technology (CAST) sends its graduates out to the world prepared to hit the ground running and leave their mark.
Tamekia Bailey serves as director for CAST Connections, the College’s new student-level success center.
Choosing Recreation and Park Administration (RPA) as a major was easy for Alex Harrison ’20. “I knew I wanted to be in a field that catered to giving people of all ages, walks of life, and backgrounds the best experiences that this world has to offer.”
The newly established Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education is a glowing addition to the University and School of Information Technology. The initiative was launched in early August 2021 under the direction of Dr. Shaoen Wu, who was named State Farm Endowed Chair of Cybersecurity in 2020. The prestigious chair was established by State Farm Insurance Companies as part of a $3 million investment committed in 2016.
Clint Smith has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Herb Sanders Award for Outstanding Academic Advisement.
The Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection (LJHCC) in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State University invites the public to the collection’s new exhibition, Broadway, Baby: Fashion on Stage, running through January 28, 2022.