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Kernels of success: Brian Hane’s mastery of seasonal sales has turned his world upside down.

Volume 16 • Number 4 • Spring 2016

Brian Hanc tossing popcorn from tin

Tin man: Alum masters the art of seasonal sales

Brian Hanc lives in a business world few can imagine.

Mushrooms children's literature

ISU is trailblazer in children’s literature

The reading list looks deceptively simplistic for courses taught by Roberta Trites and Jan Susina in the Department of English.

Bruce Bergethon at GLT

GLT at 50: ISU’s radio station survives, thrives at 50

Illinois State’s National Public Radio-affiliated station, WGLT, at 89.1 and 103.5 FM bid adieu to longtime general manager Bruce Bergethon in December and marked its 50th anniversary in February.

Jamie Schumacher with kids

A heart for Haiti: Educator helps ‘the least of these’

Jamie Schumacher has made a connection to a place and its people that runs deep like an electric current, which is no small feat in an island nation where electricity can be pretty unreliable.

John Getz

Inside look: Printing Services

Printing Services is one of numerous campus units that function behind the scenes to support the University’s daily operation.

Building being demolished

End of an era: South campus residence halls demolished

The University’s landscape changed markedly during the spring semester with the ongoing removal of Atkin-Colby and Hamilton-Whitten residence halls, as well as the attached Feeney Dining Center.

Harold Boyd next to artwork

Where are they now: Harold Boyd

Harold Boyd didn’t pursue art until college, as he attended a technical high school in his home state of Iowa.

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Mail to the Editor: May 2016

Mail to the Illinois State magazine editor for May 2016:

Sue Daggett Miller and Dave Bergman

Two Redbird greats join MVC Hall of Fame

Former Illinois State baseball star Dave Bergman ’78 and cross country and track standout Sue Daggett Miller ’97 are two of six inductees in the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame 2016 class. Bergman is the first Redbird baseball player and Miller the third women’s track and field honoree chosen. Their inclusion brings ISU’s inductees to 10.

image of Redbird men's basketball

Second half comeback keys Redbird upset over Wichita State

Paris Lee scored a game-high 19 points and sank two free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining to ice a 58-53 victory as the Illinois State men’s basketball team defeated No. 21 Wichita State Saturday night on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena, handing the Shockers their first Missouri Valley Conference loss of the season. Find

Valerija Gercar playing tennis

Redbird earns spot on international ranking

Women’s tennis player Valerija Gercar was ranked during the spring semester by the International Tennis Association, which placed her at No. 114.


Women’s basketball excels in classroom

Members of Illinois State’s women’s basketball team posted an impressive academic performance during the fall semester. Three players maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Brock Spack

Football team gains 17 players

With back-to-back conference titles and playoff appearances, Illinois State’s football team is capturing players across the country.

collage of Chicago skyline and Illinois State bridge

Experience Illinois State in Chicago with this interactive event, June 22

Over 60,000 Redbirds call the Chicago area their home! That’s why Illinois State is bringing the Illinois State campus and its traditions to the Windy City at A Normal Tradition in Chicago.

Fans tailgate at Hancock

Plan for Homecoming, October 3-9

To continue the theme from the summer event in Chicago, this year’s Homecoming will be “A Normal Tradition.” Nominations are also being accepted for 2016 alumni king and queen and prince and princess.

Katie Gottesman and Adina Salah

College of Business alums work with White House on education initiative

Illinois State University alumnae Katie Gottesman ’01 and Adina Salah ’04 were at The White House in October for the #BetterMakeRoom campaign announcement by First Lady Michelle Obama.

A team of students learning under the direction of Bob Spagnoli ’87, center, made it to the final five of the contest in 2015.

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Congratulations to these four Redbird alumni who are doing well in their chosen careers.

The Lanier family includes, front row, from left, Gannon, Alexis, Logan, Alyse and Braxton. Back row, from left, Jeff and Rexie, John, Doug and Lauren.

Redbird legacy: Lanier family sends 2nd generation to ISU

Redbird pride runs deep in the Lanier family. A legacy that started with three brothers now extends to the second generation of their five children, all of whom were enrolled this past academic year. Jeff Lanier ’89 was the first to attend Illinois State. The oldest brother, he paid for his own education and chose

image of Rick Lewis

Thanks to you: Rick Lewis Inspiration Award gives opportunities to underrepresented

Rick Lewis arrived on campus in the 1980s as a graduate student, never expecting to make Illinois State his professional home.