Volume 22 • Number 3 • Spring 2022
Born nearly 30 years before Title IX—legislation passed in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities—Dr. Jill Hutchison is among a revolutionary cohort of trailblazing women from Illinois State who dedicated themselves to rewriting the national narrative of women’s athletics.
Dr. J. Michael Durnil ’83, M.S. ’84, was surprised by the response to The E.W. Scripps Company announcing he would serve as the executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee last spring. He was soon interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on National Public Radio.
William Shakespeare wrote that the world is a stage, and all humans are actors on it. Elisabeth Good ’15 became convinced at an early age that some have only been invited as spectators, specifically individuals with a disability.
By the time this issue of State arrives, the campus community will be busy preparing for spring commencement ceremonies.
A visionary goal set decades ago within the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and the School of Music has been achieved with ISU now designated an All-Steinway School. Criteria was met with the purchase of three Steinway concert grand pianos and 11 Steinway uprights.
For the fourth straight year, Illinois State completed the mission of Birds Give Back, a day where Redbirds come together to celebrate the University. Thanks to our donors, $958,944 was raised from 2,919 gifts, making this year’s edition the University’s second-best giving day ever following last year’s record-setting show of support.
Illinois State University President Terri Goss Kinzy will chair a national committee examining the long-term impact of the pandemic on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers for women.
Illinois State University Provost Aondover Tarhule announced the appointment of Dr. Heather Dillaway as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 16.
Illinois State University is once again ranked among the top public universities in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges rankings.
A thousand 4-by-6-inch flags lined Illinois State University’s Quad for 24 hours, beginning November 1, for a striking art installation honoring National Immigrants Day.
The Office of the Provost announced Dr. Brent Teasdale has been named University Professor for Illinois State University.
Redbird Esports is set to move into a new home next fall.
Plans are underway for Homecoming 2022: Celebrating Red happening October 10-16.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has recognized Illinois State University with the organization’s 2021 Excellence and Innovation Award for Civic Learning and Community Engagement.
Alumni are invited to the Alumni Association annual meeting to elect board members and vote to amend the Association’s constitution.
This edition of “Where are they now?” features Distinguished Professor Emerita Dr. Lucia Cordell Getsi.
Facing the World Series of his own life challenges, Illinois State pitcher Trey Krause needed to dream. With some of his most basic life functions suddenly taken from him, he envisioned one day gripping the ball again and letting go of a sweeping curveball coming out of his left hand.
An indoor practice facility for all Redbird teams was approved by the Board of Trustees in December. A month later, a $3 million gift commitment that allows construction of the $11.5 million project to go forward was received.
The women’s basketball team extended its season and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 14 years by capturing the Missouri Valley Conference championship in March. The NCAA appearance was the sixth overall for the women’s basketball program, with the most recent occurring in 2008.
Josh Tolentino ’17 finished his first NFL season covering the Philadelphia Eagles for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Try to guess the right answer for the Spring 2022 edition of Redbird Trivia.
Horton Field House was the first major campus building dedicated to practice and events for student-athletes.
Please join us in applauding these accomplished Illinois State University alumni.
Sustainability is a commitment exemplified at ISU through initiatives students undertake with staff to make campus increasingly eco-friendly. The University is elevated as students gain leadership skills through civic engagement.
The Alumni Association recognizes nine individuals and their outstanding achievements and contributions.
When Redbird Gale (Marr) Myers ’77 returned from a trip to Japan to find that her husband had purchased 10 Japanese maple trees, she had no idea that number would increase to 4,000.
There was never a doubt in the Caffey brothers’ minds. After high school, they would go to college.
Keep up with what fellow alumni are doing by reading our class notes for the spring 2022 alumni magazine issue.
In memory of Illinois State University alumni, faculty, and staff who have passed away.
Thanks to you: Charley and Preethy Edamala support underserved students through Redbird Esports scholarship
Charley Edamala, associate vice president and chief information officer of Illinois State’s Office of Technology Solutions, did not set out to champion Redbird Esports.