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Fall 2018 Illinois State cover showing Col. David Rabb holding an American flag
From war to warrior: Colonel takes on the fight to help fellow veterans heal invisible wounds to their soul and spirit.

Volume 19 • Number 2 • Fall 2018

War wounds: Military alum’s mission brings salve to soldiers’ souls

Col. David Rabb ’83 is an expert in the hell that is war.

Ewing Manor

Yesteryear remembered: Ewing Manor remains historical treasure

Every family has a legacy, but few have the unique opportunity to celebrate generations of history in the way relatives of Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing did in September.

Dylan Brown swinging during his trip to South America.

Wandering Redbirds: Living life beyond the borders

Redbirds can be found from Africa to Asia, in South America and across Europe. They teach, coach, and help build communities. Not all left right after graduation, as some opted for encore careers after retirement. Lawrence Whittet ’78, for example, joined a team working in Dubai to build the world’s largest solar plant after a

Marlen Garcia under L tracks in Chicago holding newspaper

Immigrant tale: Sportswriter turned columnist becomes voice of underdog

The tears came abruptly. We had been discussing the University of Illinois men’s basketball team—whose run to the 2005 national title game she covered for the Chicago Tribune—when the woman across the table from me apologized. Then, she began to cry.

President Larry Dietz revealed the new Alumni Legacy Scholarship during his State of the University address in September.

Celebrating legacies: Scholarships expanded for incoming students of alumni

Legacy Families are celebrated at Illinois State in many ways, including with a new financial benefit announced this fall and set to begin in 2019.

WZND is a learning laboratory for students headed into a broadcasting career. The station began in 1965 as WILN.

WZND station earns top national honors

WZND Fuzed Radio, Illinois State’s student-run radio station, has been named the Broadcast Education Association’s 2018 National Signature Station.

Karen Stephens at ISU Child Care Center

Where are they now? Karen Stephens

Since her 2013 retirement, after 37 years at Illinois State University, every day is a Saturday for Karen Stephens.

Kristi Cirone holding trophy

Honoring excellence: Basketball standout alumna chosen for Valley Hall of Fame

Former Illinois State All-American women’s basketball player and all-time leading scorer Kristi Cirone ’09 has been selected for induction into the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Hall of Fame.

Redbird Baseball

Baseball, women’s golf welcome coaches

Steve Holm and Breanne Hall were named over the summer to lead Illinois State’s baseball and women’s golf programs, respectively.

fans cheering

ISU fans offered more through mobile app

A mobile app designed to enhance the game-day experience of Redbird fans is now available for download at no cost in both the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store by searching “Illinois State Redbirds.”

Duffy Bass Field

Valley chooses ISU for baseball tourney site

Illinois State has been chosen to host the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference baseball championship in the spring. Scheduled for May 21–25, the competition will take place at Duffy Bass Field.

On the final day of the 2018 MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Indiana State, the Illinois State women came away with their sixth Valley team title, totaling 191.5 points.

ISU takes conference program of the year

The Redbird track and field and cross-country team was named the 2017-2018 Missouri Valley Conference Program of the Year based on the performance of student-athletes in cross-country, indoor track and field, outdoor track, and outdoor field.

Margaret (Menne) and John Swalec standing in Alumni Center

A royal return: Proud Redbird couple chosen Homecoming king, queen

A‌‌sk 2018 Homecoming alumni ‌king and queen Margaret (Menne) and John Swalec ‌‌to sum up the University’s impact on their lives, and this is their answer. “The fondest memory we have is going to Illinois State. The friends, the experiences, the education, and our Redbird romance is because of ISU.”

People smile in front of table

Class celebration planned for April

Graduates from the Class of 1969 will celebrate their 50th class reunion on April 26 and 27 during the annual Half Century Club event.

two people suspended in air by hoop

Gamma Phi Circus to celebrate 90 years

To celebrate nine decades of performances and accomplishments, Gamma Phi Circus will hold a special reunion on Saturday, April 13, at the Hancock Stadium Club.

Connor walks the Quad

Refer a Redbird: Alert Admissions to prospective students

So often students credit their decision to attend Illinois State to family members or friends, a teacher, or graduates who recommended the University.

Pause for applause

We applaud these Illinois State alumni featured in the November 2018 issue.

Pam and Jerry McGreal

How we met: Pam and Jerry McGreal

Pam Franco ’68 was a freshman when her roommate, Linda Ohmart ’68, worked at convincing her to go to yet another Friday night campus mixer at the student union.

Asplund Redbird family members are, from left to right, Joy (Asplund) Dwyer ’76; Mary (Asplund) Orton ’74, M.S.’78; Ione (Asplund) Hesch ’69; and Roy Asplund ’65, M.S.’68.

Redbird legacy: Siblings started family’s longtime bond with ISU

A photo taken during the Christmas season of 1962 has special meaning to Mary (Asplund) Orton. She is pictured in it at age 9 with her parents, two sisters, and older brother Roy. The female siblings are wearing Illinois State sweatshirts that were gifts from Roy, who at the time was a freshman.

Professor Emeritus Charles Thompson and wife Karen

Couple’s bequest to support biology students’ research

When Professor Emeritus Charles “Charlie” Thompson joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1978, he wanted to have a lasting impact.

The Alumni Center bookshelf.

Reggie Reads: November 2018

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