Volume 18 • Number 3 • Fall 2017
The mood at Illinois State this fall as students complete the academic routine of another semester is far more serene than what the University community experienced a century ago.
ISU has launched Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State. The campaign—which began in July 2013 and will continue through June 2020—has a $150 million goal. This is the University’s most ambitious campaign in its history.
Wearing red on Fridays, encouraging campus visits and communicating what it means to be a Redbird are just a few ways alumni can impact the decision of prospective students.
Professor Emeritus James Kirchner spent more than 30 years helping establish Illinois State’s geology program.
Former Illinois State baseball star Paul DeJong ’15 has already racked up a large number of accolades since being called up from the minor leagues to the St. Louis Cardinals in May.
Five alums were inducted into the ISU Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame and the inaugural Institutional Great Award presented at Homecoming.
One of the most celebrated players in Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) history while at ISU, Boomer Grigsby ’07 is now among 173 past collegiate players nominated for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame.
Legendary Redbird basketball player Doug Collins ’73 is actively involved in the NBA again with his new position as senior advisor of basketball operations for the Chicago Bulls. He coached the team for three seasons in the 1980s.
ISU is the largest preparer of teachers in Illinois.
Mike and Nancy (Johnson) Monken, this year’s Homecoming alumni king and queen, met at ISU.
Graduates from the Class of 1968 will celebrate their 50th class reunion on April 27 and 28 during the annual Half Century Club event.
A love for the game of basketball combined with a graduate degree in exercise physiology resulted in an amazing career opportunity for Kelsey Reynolds, M.S. ’16.
Tina (Fabley) ’79 and Mark Chase ’78 took a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, this year to mark their 40th wedding anniversary and to celebrate a romance that began on Illinois State’s campus.
With her mother a dual graduate of Illinois State and employed at the University, Katharine Woollen ’17 knew what to expect when she decided to attend ISU. She was so certain of her decision to be a Redbird that Katharine did not apply to any other university.
Illinois State University raised more than $21.4 million in private support during fiscal year 2017, marking the University’s third consecutive year surpassing $21 million in funds raised and the third best fundraising year on record at Illinois State.