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Profession in pieces: Print journalists are left with one question. What’s next?

Volume 14 • Number 2 • Fall 2013

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Print journalists left with one question: What’s next?

In the last two decades, hundreds of newspapers across the United States have closed, newspaper jobs have been shed, and readers have disappeared.

Oil rig at sunset

Resurgent oil and gas industry keeps alums busy around the world

Many Illinois State alumni have seen their careers bolstered by a resurgence of U.S. oil and gas production. It’s meant more digging for the geologists, more number-crunching for the financial analysts, and more lobbying for the policy experts.

ISU overpass with fall leaves

Private funding opens doors across campus

An undergraduate degree is an automatic step for myriad high school students, who never question that they will walk from the commencement stage directly to a college campus. Others have the same desire but lack the means.

Richard Roeper in a studio

Roeper reviewed: Silver screen critic scripted own success

Illinois State alum Richard Roeper has his dream job—all three of them. With a regular column in the Chicago Sun-Times, a gig as a national movie critic, and a radio show on WLS, this media giant is living his dreams.

Casey Patton

After cancer, nurse finds her way at Illinois State

A brain tumor robbed Mennonite College of Nursing student Casey Patton of her late teenage years. Treatment almost derailed her nursing career.

Brandon Jeralds

When family illness strikes, a little means a lot

Tuition, food, a place to sleep, books, incidentals, gas and pocket money—from the big expenses to the little ones, higher education takes planning. Unfortunately, the best laid plans can be upset in the blink of an eye.

Paul Baker

Fellowship bolsters research on real-life school problems

Sometimes all it takes is one person, passion for a cause, and the desire to make a difference. There’s no predicting how many lives will be transformed as a result.

Tyler Sutton

Setting the stage for new fine arts complex

Illinois State has a world-class performance space with the CPA, but lacks the top-notch instructional and rehearsal space to match.

McHenry at a podium

Alum Donald McHenry to fund visiting professor with $3 million gift

Alum Donald McHenry, a former U.S. diplomat who was the top envoy to the UN during the Iranian hostage crisis, has made a $3 million gift to the university to fund a visiting professor of diplomacy and international affairs.

Sally Bulkley Pancrazio

Where Are They Now: Sally Bulkley Pancrazio

After graduate school and 18 years at the Illinois State Board of Education, I had the privilege of returning to ISU in 1990 as Educational Administration and Foundations chair before serving as the College of Education dean.

Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing with horses

Mail to the Editor: November 2013

Mail to the Illinois State magazine editor for November 2013.

Larry Lyons

Alum takes the reins as Illinois State athletics director

Larry Lyons took over as Illinois State athletics director July 1, leading the department after 26 years as one of its most effective role players. Now, the longtime Redbird is plotting his own renaissance.

Linda Herman

Linda Herman to be inducted into MVC Athletics Hall of Fame

Former Illinois State administrator and coach Linda Herman, M.S. ’72, Ed.D. ’83, was selected as a member of the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Athletics Hall of Fame induction class.

Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame

2013 Athletics Hall of Fame class announced

The 2013 Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame class was officially announced in June. Here are the five new inductees.

Students in the TV10 studio

TV-10 marks 40th anniversary with reunion plans

Currently housed in the lower level of Fell Hall, TV-10 has given students hands-on training for 40 years. The station is hosting a reunion on campus March 21-22, 2014.

Homecoming 2013 royalty

Two alums honored as Homecoming royalty

This year’s Homecoming marked the end of the Alumni Association’s 150th celebration, which made the opportunity to serve as king and queen even more meaningful for Andrew Purnell and Lois Young.

Alumni Center exterior

Alumni Association offers student scholarships

Alumni are the University’s best ambassadors, sharing with prospective students Illinois State’s excellence. As you encourage others to attend, mention scholarships available through the Alumni Association.

Bowmans with Steve Adams

Bowmans appreciate send-off from alumni

Graduates from across generations and states responded to a call for words of thanks that were shared with President Emeritus Al Bowman at a retirement dinner held in July.

Reggie Reads submissions from May 2012

Are you an author? Send in your book

If you’ve written a book that has been released by a publishing house within the past decade, submit it for review by Professor Emerita of English JoAnna Stephens Mink.

Jonathan Feipel at the ICC

Illinois State leads to top regulatory job for alum

Alumnus Jonathan Feipel was faced with an unusual choice after finishing his bachelor’s degree. It was a fork in the road of life that led Feipel to Illinois State and later, the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Teresa Valerio

Assistant Professor Teresa Valerio honored with nursing award

Teresa Valerio has been honored with the Marie Lindsey Spirit of Advanced Practice Nursing Award by the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Anthony Lattimore shows off muscle

Tony the Marine becomes fitness superstar

Anthony Lattimore has created a following of healthy fans since graduating with a kinesiology and recreation degree.

Lisa (Anderson) Waller

Business alumna’s company gets White House exports honor

The efforts of College of Business alum Lisa (Anderson) Waller to improve American exports has been applauded by the White House.

Tom Chiola

Former judge pursues his passion for theatre

Tom Chiola served for 15 years as a Chicago circuit court judge, becoming the first openly gay candidate elected to public office in Illinois. Now retired, he pursues his passion for theatre.

Rose Gassner and Joe Grimm

How we met: Rose Gassner and Joe Grimm

Rose Gassner and Joe Grimm, both 2011 alums, were freshmen when they met at Milner Library, unaware that their study session was a set-up by mutual friends.

Redbird Legacy family Nov 2013

Redbird legacy: A fourth generation of Redbirds

It’s fair to say the members of the Sampson and Stephens families swelled with pride when Andrew Sampson graduated from Illinois State in 2013, as he represents the fourth generation of Redbirds.

Gordon and Carol Schroeder

Thanks to you: Loyalty Circle alums show their appreciation

The goal in giving was never to become one of the leaders in ISU’s Loyalty Circle, but rather to show appreciation for the education and memories tied to the University.