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Fall 2017 alumni magazine cover showing an illustrated World War I soldier climbing a stack of books
A century ago: Patriotism rose across campus when the U.S. entered WWI in 1917. A roster of all from ISU who served is part of a collection that documents the Redbird response to the Great War.

Volume 18 • Number 3 • Fall 2017

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Lest we forget: Campus ties to WWI preserved, celebrated

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.

Illustration of a Redbird rising

Soaring higher: Redbirds Rising Campaign promises to lift ISU

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.

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Recruiting Redbirds: Alumni experiences encourage enrollment

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.

One triumphant moment for Jean Deeds while on the Appalachian Trail was hiking to the top of McAfee Knob in Virginia.

Healing soles: Alumna touches hearts hiking America’s trail

Not a single thing about the Appalachian Trail appealed to her. Jean (Lindner) Deeds ’64 had never hiked or camped.

Professor Emeritus James Kirchner

Where are they now? James Kirchner

Professor Emeritus James Kirchner spent more than 30 years helping establish Illinois State’s geology program.

bronze bust of Reggie Redbird

Mail to the editor: November 2017

Letters to the editor for November 2017

Paul DeJong takes lessons learned from ISU to big leagues

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.

Aisha Praught runs

ISU Hall of Fame 2017 inductees honored

Five alums were inducted into the ISU Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame and the inaugural Institutional Great Award presented at Homecoming.

Boomer Grigsby '07 playing football for Redbirds

Former football standout nominee for Hall of Fame

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. 

Doug Collins

Doug Collins back with Bulls

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.

Redbird-themed classroom supplies

Calling all teachers: Spread Redbird pride in your classrooms with ISU pack!

ISU is the largest preparer of teachers in Illinois.

Mike and Nancy Monken

Proud Redbird couple Homecoming royalty

Mike and Nancy (Johnson) Monken, this year’s Homecoming alumni king and queen, met at ISU.

Alumni Center

Class celebrations planned for April

Graduates from the Class of 1968 will celebrate their 50th class reunion on April 27 and 28 during the annual Half Century Club event.

Kelsey Reynolds, M.S. '16

Calling the shots: Alumna prepares for career as NBA/WNBA referee

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.

George Pruitt

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Please applaud these alumni accomplishments.

Tina (Fabley) and Mark Chase

How we met: Tina Fabley and Mark Chase

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.

Katharine ’17, left, and Susan Woollen, M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’15, are one of many Redbird legacy families that share a connection to Illinois State.

Redbird legacy: Daughter follows in mom’s footsteps

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.

image of Cook Hall on the Quad of Illinois State University

Illinois State University private gift support over $21.4 million in FY17

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.

The Alumni Center bookshelf.

Reggie Reads: November 2017

Illinois State is proud to be able to acknowledge the work of graduates who are successful authors.