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Kudos to coach: Brock Spack’s plan and patience have elevated Redbird football.

Volume 15 • Number 4 • Spring 2015

Brock Spack

Coach Spack’s plan and patience elevate Redbird football

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.

Mike Donahue

Alum on a mission to change the future of fast food

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.

Now and Then Quiz results

Alumni magazine’s Then and Now Quiz results

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.

Fran Kaufmann

Talent beyond teaching: Campus jobs outside the classroom

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.

April Anderson in the archives

Inside Look: Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives

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.

image of Wib Leonard

Tackling 45 years of teaching

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.

Virginia Owen

Where are they now: Virginia Owen

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.

Fred Walk digs

Mail to the Editor: May 2015

Mail to the Illinois State magazine editor for May 2015.

Dave Bergman swings a bat

Redbird community mourns loss of baseball’s Dave Bergman

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.

memorial event at Redbird Arena

A season of sorrow

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.

Redbird watch party in Colorado

Football season unites alumni cheering across the country

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.

Illinois State University Alumni Center

Alumni Association annual meeting set for June 20

Alumni are invited to the Alumni Association annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. on June 20 in the Alumni Center.

Ryan Nuccio

Alum chases dream all the way to Gatorade research hub

Illinois State alum Ryan Nuccio continues to chase his passion (sports nutrition) as a research and development scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

Brittany Smith.

Redbird Brittany Smith becomes world leader in shot put

Already the holder of Illinois State track and field records, Brittany Smith ’12 became the world leader in shot put earlier this year.

Adam Kinzinger speaks

ISU alum goes from county board to Congress

A career in public service that started while an Illinois State political science major continues for Adam Kinzinger ’00.

Trevor Steinbach and Cathy Steinbach

Alum becomes nationally recognized Civil War reenactor

Trevor Steinbach didn’t lose his passion for history after completing his major in the subject and speech communications in 1975.

Toby Atkinson

Alumna to represent Illinois at Mrs. United States competition

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.

Wedding party poses for photo

How we met: Sarah Frakes and Daniel Chavez

The odds of Sarah Frakes ’10 meeting Daniel Chavez ’07 were not great.

Froelich family poses for photo

Redbird legacy: ‘Our home is definitely an ISU house’

Jackie (Lacke) Froelich transferred to campus in 1986, never envisioning how many Redbirds would eventually fill her family’s tree.

Gene and Diane Jontry

Thanks to you: Focused on ISU’s people and programs

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.