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Fall 2017 Illinois State magazine cover showing Cultural Anthropology artifacts stored in the Smithsonian's Musuem Support Center's (MSC) Pod 1, showing only a tiny fraction of the Anthropology Department's collections.
National treasure

Volume 17 • Number 2 • Fall 2016

Deborah Hull-Walski stands at one of the exhibits inside Q?rius.

History in her hands: Alumna collects, protects national treasures

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s mission is succinct: Understanding the natural world and our place in it. The complication comes in putting this far from simplistic plan into practice, as Deborah Hull-Walski knows all too well.

Mac Condill holding a pumpkin

Pum-King: Passionate pursuit reaps rewards

To say Mac Condill’s life’s work started with a seed would be trite but true.

Donna Bessant

Power of one: Alumna invests in future generation

Much has changed in education since Donna Bessant received her elementary ed degree from Illinois State Normal University in 1962.

Arafat Kabir pictured with his host families

Far from home: ISU through the eyes of an international student

Arafat Kabir, a 26-year-old who graduated in May with a master’s in political science, writes about his time at Illinois State University.

Meat lab

Inside look: Meat science lab

A lab in the Ropp Agriculture Building processes meat for the purpose of research and teaching, according to Justin Rickard, assistant professor of animal and meat science.

A rendering of a proposed solar-energy gathering site at the top of the Center for Performing Arts.

Students making pathways to solar future

A student-led initiative, known as Solar Pathways Project, is exploring possible sites for solar panels to be installed at Illinois State.

Dianne Ashby with turtle

Where are they now? Dianne Ashby

Dianne Ashby arrived at Illinois State in 1992 as a seasoned educator ready to lead.

Mail to the Editor: November 2016

Letters to the alumni magazine editor for November 2016.

Ashley Rosch in action with the Illinois State volleyball team

National contender: Volleyball graduate nominee for top NCAA honor

Ashley Rosch completed four stellar years on ISU’s volleyball team last fall. Over the summer she learned that she was one of 231 student-athletes nominated for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year Award at the Division I level.

Aisha Praught runs

Redbird runner Aisha Praught makes Olympic debut

Illinois State alum Aisha Praught, who is a dual citizen because of her Jamaican roots, will make her Olympic debut at the Summer Games in Rio with Team Jamaica.

Three new Hall of Famers performing

ISU Hall of Fame 2016 inductees honored

Illinois State Athletics welcomed three former student-athletes into the ISU Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame during Homecoming, while also honoring a volunteer with the Stretch Miller Award.

Larry Lyons

Fund drive underway

A “One for One” membership drive to boost the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund continues through 2016.

Owen Miller throwing baseball

Freshman standout in national spotlight

Owen Miller had such an amazing first season as Illinois State’s shortstop that he was selected to Baseball America’s Freshman All-American Second Team.

Members of Illinois State's Seattle alumni network

Connecting Redbirds: Become involved with an alumni network

Nothing matches the excitement of filling Hancock Stadium or a packed Redbird Arena.


Loyal Redbird couple Homecoming royalty

Parker and Sharon (Morton) Lawlis of Normal, this year’s Homecoming alumni king and queen, are the epitome of what it means to be Redbird proud.

Group of people with President Dietz

Deadline nears for scholarship search

The deadline for these scholarships for 2017-2018 is December 16.

Larry Ernat poses in store

Business alum employs his education, passions at Alamo II

Illinois State business alum Larry Ernat ’94 has managed The Alamo II for almost a decade. His passions and his business philosophies stem back to his days studying in the College of Business.

Tricia (Thomas) Griffith

Pause for applause

Here we recognize the achievements of our Illinois State alumni.

Ada Klopfenstein and Jerry Christensen

How we met: Ada Klopfenstein and Jerry Christensen

Ada Klopfenstein and Jerry Christensen grew up eight miles apart in the farming communities of Gridley and Chenoa, respectively, but did not know each other until they met at the start of their freshman year.

Green siblings Caitlin, Ross, and Alison

Redbird legacy: 3 siblings create family tradition at ISU

Three siblings have created a strong Green family Illinois State connection. Each became a School of Communication graduate with an interest in TV news that began inside Fell Hall.

Actors performing in old West show

Shakespeare scholarship helps ISU student work toward dream

Junior acting major Thomas Russell transferred to Illinois State after one year at an acting conservancy in New York.