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Illinois State spring 2018 cover image of the love bench
To those who fell in love at ISU

Volume 18 • Number 4 • Spring 2018

Lisa Rinkenberger and Matt Walsh memorialized their campus romance with the ISU love bench.

Redbird romance: The story behind ISU’s love bench

Here are the story behind ISU’s love bench and the stories of many alumni who fell in love on campus.

President Larry Dietz with Anna Wei, M.S. ’73, and her husband, C.P. Koa.

Across continents: Chinese alumni still appreciate ISU’s open door

Nearly two dozen alumni from Taiwan met in President Larry Dietz’s conference room to recount their collegiate days and also presented a check for $100,000 to fund a new scholarship.

A student sews at Fix It Friday.

Sewing problems: Students offer free clothing repairs to community

An elderly man approached a couple of students sitting in front of a sewing machine in the Coffee Hound and asked what they were doing. Repairing clothes, they told him, and noticing a large rip in his jacket, suggested he get it fixed.

Needles floating in red background with blue and white dots

Saving the world: One class project at a time

Two School of Social Work students are helping to save the lives of overdose victims in Peoria through a project they created in class.

Owen Strength and Conditioning Center

Inside Look: Owen Strength and Conditioning Center

On Redbird Arena’s lower level, tucked behind the stands just paces from the hardwood so familiar to basketball fans, sits the Owen Strength and Conditioning Center.

artwork of trainer surrounded by performing polar bears

More than 250,000 items added to Circus Collection

A dedicated circus fan has donated more than 250,000 items to Illinois State University’s Circus and Allied Arts Collection at Milner Library.

Al Bowman at wedding

State higher ed board picks President Bowman as leader

Illinois State University President Emeritus Al Bowman has been named executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

headshot of Kris Harding

Harding named executive director of Alumni Engagement

Illinois State University announced the appointment of Kris Harding as the new executive director of Alumni Engagement.

Psychology Professor Emeritus Doug Lamb in front of shelves of books

Where are they now? Doug Lamb

In 1970 as a young Ph.D. graduate, Doug Lamb’s hope was to have a university faculty position in psychology that also offered the opportunity to do clinical work.

Craig Bouchard head shot

Entrepreneur chosen for 2018 honorary degree

Craig Bouchard ’75, M.S. ’77, received an honorary degree at Founders Day in February.

Carlin Trammel '98 standing in front of the sign he hung at TV-10 back in 1996: "The power of teamwork overcomes all."

Mail to the editor: April 2018

Mail to the editor for April 2018

Rachel Root

Celebrating excellence: Two Redbirds honored as superior athletes and scholars

Rachel Root ’17 and Wes Ward ’17 were recognized last fall as the top student-athletes at the Reggie’s, the annual Athletics academic excellence awards ceremony sponsored by State Farm Insurance Company.

College World Series poster with information about the tournament

Valley recognizes three ISU legends

The Missouri Valley Conference is celebrating throughout 2018 the 25th anniversary of women sports in the league and the 45th year of Title IX.

Bill Dickson

Softball team mourns volunteer coach

Athletics lost longtime volunteer assistant softball coach Bill Dickson ’54, M.S. ’57, last fall at the age of 85. A member of the Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame, he was an educator, softball player and coach for more than 50 years.

Dan Muller

Muller contract extended

Head men’s basketball coach Dan Muller ’98 has agreed to a contract extension that keeps him at Illinois State at least through the 2023–2024 season.

Steve Adams, the "voice of the Redbirds," with director of athletics, Larry Lyons

Conference picks Adam to receive courage award

Steve Adams received the 2017 MVC Most Courageous Award, which honors individuals who demonstrate unusual courage when faced with an illness or tragedy. Adams is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Alumni Center

2018 Alumni Awards recipients

Illinois State University’s Alumni Association honored six award recipients at Founders Day celebrations on February 15, as well as during a dinner program. Nominations are now being sought for the 2019 Alumni Awards.

Doris Groves

Always a Redbird: Retiring alumni director still ISU’s cheerleader

From her student days to working as the executive director of alumni engagement, Doris (Liefer) Groves ’81 has personified the joy of being a Redbird.

two people waving from car in parade

Nominate Homecoming 2018 Royalty

Nominations being sought for the 2018 Homecoming alumni king and queen and prince and princess.

Three copies of Illinois State alumni magazine with type showing A Century Ago

Illinois State publication now three issues annually

The publication schedule for Illinois State has changed.

A painted frame from the film Loving Vincent.

Illinois State alumna key contributor to Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated animated film

Psychology alumna Dena Peterson ’84, M.S. ’88, had critical role in nominated film Loving Vincent.

Caress Brown '08 head shot

Pause for applause

Please applaud these alumni accomplishments

Stefani Rudd and Bryan Concannon in wedding attire at Illinois State

How we met: Stefani Rudd and Bryan Concannon

It was because of siblings that Bryan Concannon ’14 and Stefani Rudd ’13 met in 2010.

The Simios family includes, from left, Connor, Logan, Erica, and Dylan.

Redbird legacy: Simios family forges strong ties to College of Business

Logan Simios ’84 and John Rigas ’81 are cousins. A College of Business student when Logan finished high school, John suggested to Logan that he attend Illinois State.

Carson and Iris Varner standing in the State farm Hall of Business

Largest faculty cash gift in ISU history to support international business education

Longtime faculty members Carson and Iris Varner are donating $1 million to the College of Business International Business Institute.

The Alumni Center bookshelf.

Reggie Reads: April 2018

Illinois State is proud to be able to acknowledge the work of graduates who are successful authors.