Volume 15 • Number 4 • Spring 2015
Arriving at Illinois State in 2009, Brock Spack has transformed the Redbird program into a championship subdivision power that came tantalizingly close to its first national championship earlier this year in Frisco, Texas.
In the nation’s battle against obesity, fast food carries the title of public enemy No. 1. A former McDonald’s executive, Mike Donahue ’80 is challenging that reality with LYFE Kitchen.
Illinois State readers were asked in the November 2014 issue to answer the same set of questions about their time on campus. The response was overwhelming, allowing for a snapshot of specific eras.
Tell someone you work at the University and the same question is consistently asked: Do you teach? About 1,400 do at Illinois State, but many others are needed away from the classroom in jobs that are often unusual.
The Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives, housed in a large warehouse a few miles from campus, holds a trove of historical artifacts that paint a vivid portrait of the University since its founding.
This year Wib Leonard will celebrate his 45th year of teaching at ISU. He sat down to talk about his time at the University–from the changing face of campus, to why the fall still gives him a few butterflies.
While an undergraduate studying mathematics and economics at Illinois State, Virginia Owen ’62 never envisioned she would return as faculty and make the University her home for more than three decades.
Former baseball All-American and 1980 Percy Family Illinois State Athletics Hall of Fame honoree Dave Bergman ’78 died in February at the age of 61.
The campus community and residents of Bloomington-Normal came together during the spring semester to mourn the loss of seven men killed in a plane accident on April 7.
Don’t know of watch parties in your area? Contact Alumni Relations to see what is available now so you’re ready for the upcoming season.
Alumni are invited to the Alumni Association annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. on June 20 in the Alumni Center.
Illinois State alum Ryan Nuccio continues to chase his passion (sports nutrition) as a research and development scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.
Already the holder of Illinois State track and field records, Brittany Smith ’12 became the world leader in shot put earlier this year.
A career in public service that started while an Illinois State political science major continues for Adam Kinzinger ’00.
Trevor Steinbach didn’t lose his passion for history after completing his major in the subject and speech communications in 1975.
Toby (Ford) Atkinson ’05 is a wife, mom and working professional. As Mrs. Illinois, she is also the proud representative of other women who juggle multiple roles.
The odds of Sarah Frakes ’10 meeting Daniel Chavez ’07 were not great.
Jackie (Lacke) Froelich transferred to campus in 1986, never envisioning how many Redbirds would eventually fill her family’s tree.
Illinois State alumnus Gene Jontry pays attention to details. His meticulous form at the free throw line sealed a 94 percent free throw average, a Redbird record that still stands.