Volume 21 • Number 2 • Fall 2020
Brett Gillan ’02, MBA ’08 talks about his experience at Illinois State and how it formed a unique path for his future.
When Sandra Torres ’06 was 13 and spoke no English, her family packed up their life in their native Colombia and immigrated to the Chicago area for new opportunities.
Mark Pelletier anticipated a rewarding career helping others in health care when he left Mennonite College of Nursing as one of few male graduates in 1981.
We are entering the holiday season, which is a time for gatherings and reflection as the year ends.
Illinois State University welcomed 3,353 freshmen to its student body for the 2020-2021 academic year. Total enrollment stands at 20,720.
The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University approved a contract with Reditus Laboratories for COVID-19 testing.
Gene A. Budig, the 12th president of Illinois State University, died September 8.
Illinois State University’s Willy Hunter is leading a multi-state team that received a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to assist mathematics and science teachers in high-needs schools.
Open forums held during the fall semester provided campus input about the addition of engineering programs.
Provost Jan Murphy announced Dallas Long has been named dean of the University’s Milner Library. Long has served as an associate dean at the library since 2014.
A $1.4 million gift from the estate of James Ronald Beales ’54, M.S. ’59, will support the programs, services, and initiatives of Illinois State University’s Alumni Engagement department. In recognition of Ron and Mary Beales’ generosity, the Alumni Engagement offices in the Alumni Center have been renamed the Ron and Mary Kathleen Beales Alumni Engagement Suite.
ISU’s TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS) program will receive a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help more first-generation students graduate.
Miltonette Craig has been nationally recognized as a 2020 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
For nearly two decades, Illinois State University has graduated athletic trainers from the undergraduate and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited athletic training program.
Elizabeth (Betty) Chapman came to ISU in 1983 as dean of the College of Applied Science.
$1.23 million Department of Education grant to assist future teachers of infants and toddlers who are deaf or blind
Under the direction of Maribeth Lartz and Mindy Ely, the funds will help develop the LIMITLESS program, leading cohorts in integrating special education and speech language pathology coursework into their training.
For a college basketball player, there’s no better month than March. It’s when all the hard work culminates, and tickets to the hallowed NCAA championships are punched.
Neal Cotts was on track to graduate when Major League Baseball came calling during the 2001 draft, where the Oakland Athletics selected him the second round with the 69th overall pick.
Illinois State Director of Athletics Larry Lyons announced that he plans to retire near the end of the calendar year, closing the book on a distinguished 33-year run as an athletics administrator at ISU.
James O’Shaughnessy and James Robinson will both start for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.
Kierston Farley-Sepe was the 2020 Missouri Valley Conference swimmer of the year, the first Redbird student-athlete to earn the award since 2004.
The Redbird men’s golf team earned the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Presidents Special Recognition honor, which goes to a team finishing its season with a GPA of 3.5 and above. Illinois State was one of 56 schools to reach that prestigious level.
The in-state football showdown between ISU and the University of Illinois has been pushed back from 2020 to 2028. The contest slated for September 4 of this year was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Bone Student Center opened in October 1973 and quickly became a hub of campus activity.
Those who founded ISU’s sorority and fraternity community more than 50 years ago would be proud of the 2,500 affiliated students today.
Illinois State University concluded its largest fundraising campaign on June 30, raising $180.9 million during Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State. The historic campaign was supported by 56,143 donors.
Mennonite College of Nursing prepares students to deal with the unexpected, as has been proven by graduates in hospitals across the country.
Keep up with what fellow alumni are doing by reading our class notes for the fall 2020 alumni magazine issue.
hose who founded ISU’s sorority and fraternity community more than 50 years ago would be proud of the 2,500 affiliated students today, as they find meaningful ways to live their organization’s values.
A shift in the way Redbirds can engage with Illinois State University has occurred over the past several months as a result of the coronavirus.