Volume 17 • Number 4 • Spring 2017
On May 19, 1970, the Illinois State University campus reached a boiling point leading to what has become known as the “flagpole incident.”
As a transfer student, LaCrisha McAllister ’14 was struggling.
Illinois State alumna Zara Griswold is in the business of creating families. The agency Griswold created with Staci Swiderski helps couples who cannot physically reproduce their own child navigate the expensive and legally complicated process of using gestational surrogacy with egg and sperm donation to have a baby.
The Illinois State University Alumni Association honored seven award recipients at Founders Day celebrations on February 16, as well as during a dinner program.
The largest grant in the history of Milner Library at Illinois State University will ensure a wealth of circus history will be preserved.
Marie DiGiammarino always envisioned teaching, but never anticipated making Illinois State her professional home for nearly 30 years.
After leading the Redbirds to a regular-season championship for the first time in nearly two decades, head men’s basketball coach Dan Muller was named the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. Senior Paris Lee also captured top honors when named the MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year.
Former ISU basketball star and Olympian Charlotte Lewis ’78, ’01, is a 2017 inductee into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame. A Redbird student-athlete from 1974 to 1978, she died of a heart attack at the age of 52 in 200
Derrius Rodgers made Illinois State University history as the first 60-meter runner to ever qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships held during the spring semester.
Sandi (Platta) ’67 and Steve Adams received the 2017 Joseph F. Warner Golden Redbird Award.
The strength of ISU’s volleyball roster was proven during the spring semester, when five team members were chosen to participate in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held in Colorado.
Be a part of this free book club to enhance professional skills, leadership abilities, and network with other Redbirds.
Illinois State is celebrating its many legacies this year at Homecoming 2017. Plans are underway for the fall celebration that is set for October 16-22.
Alumni are invited to the Alumni Association annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. on June 24 in the Alumni Center.
Agriculture classes that would prepare him for farming are what drew Ivan Maras ’52 to the University seven decades ago.
Kelsey Wallace and Alex Nagyivan, both 2009 graduates, completed a management and quantitative methods class together their junior year. But that’s not when their romance started.
Barbara (Dunn) Raycraft finished high school in 1953 and chose teaching over nursing and secretarial work—which were the career options for young women at the time.