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President Dr. Larry H. Dietz spring cover image at table
Time to reflect: As he approaches retirement, President Larry Dietz exudes an attitude of gratitude for opportunities to serve at Illinois State. His career in higher education spanned 50 years.

Volume 21 • Number 3 • Spring 2021

President Larry H. Dietz

Raising up Redbirds

Throughout his presidency, Dr. Larry Dietz often described Illinois State as strong and stable.

Collage photo of the sources in the "It's time to talk" feature story

It’s time to talk

Change begins with a conversation. Let’s get started.

Sandy Shelton, regional manager for Barnes & Noble College.

Retail redux: Alum embraces the shift in shopping

Sandy Shelton would seem to have reason to worry. The 1990 Family and Consumer Sciences graduate has built her career in retail operations, gaining expertise in marketing, profit and loss management, and operations while overseeing millions in merchandise for some of the nation’s most successful retail chains.

An ewe and her sheep inside a barn.

Fertile ground: Ag program rooted in excellence

Illinois State’s Department of Agriculture used to attract students from family farms who grew up baling hay and showing cattle.

In This Issue


President Dr. Larry H. Dietz spring cover image at table

Spring 2021

Volume 21 • Number 3 • Spring 2021

Illinois State alumni magazine cover image of illustrated Brett Gillan

Fall 2020

Volume 21 • Number 2 • Fall 2020