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A new era begins: Timothy J. Flanagan is ready to serve as Illinois State University’s 18th president

Volume 14 • Number 1 • Summer 2013

Timothy J. Flanagan on the Quad

New era begins with President Timothy J. Flanagan

New Illinois State University President Timothy J. Flanagan readily knows and shares the rich legacy that sets apart higher education institutions established to teach the next generation of teachers.

Ewing Manor

Historic Ewing Manor remains a community gem

To many it may look like a castle. Others may see a mansion. The European-style home at the Bloomington corner of Emerson Street and Towanda Avenue is neither.

Flinn in a classroom

Graduate equips nation’s science teachers

Alum Larry Flinn III is the chairman and principal owner of Flinn Scientific Inc., which sells essential teaching materials to almost every school district in the country.

Brendan Reilly in his VR simulator

Alums score big in the business of sports

Illinois State’s sports pantheon is larger than Doug Collins, or any other student-athlete. Here’s a look at Illinois State’s all-star roster of alums who’ve found off-the-field success in sports.

Carl Thacker in his shop

Photos: Inside Look at ISU instrument repair shop

While such moments are often devastating to musicians and band directors, they cause no panic for Carl Thacker, who runs Illinois State’s instrument repair shop.

Pat Quinn at podium

Governor Quinn announces $54 million for new Fine Arts Complex

Governor Pat Quinn announced a $54 million capital investment to build a Fine Arts Complex that will strengthen Illinois State University’s renowned arts programs and create 775 construction jobs.

Rodger and Carol Anita Tarr

Where are they now? Rodger and Carol Anita Tarr

Rodger and Carol Anita Tarr, combined, taught more than 50 years at Illinois State University.

President Bone at a bill signing

Mail to the Editor: August 2013

Mail to the Illinois State magazine editor for August 2013.

Barb Smith with a basketball

New women’s hoops coach brings experience, energy to ISU

A former player and 26-year veteran of Division I college coaching, Barb Smith was welcomed to campus in April as the head women’s basketball coach.

Redbird softball coach Melinda Fischer cheers

Alum coach Melinda Fischer adds to legacy with 900th ISU win

Redbird softball coach Melinda Fischer is proud of her 900th win at ISU, and is grateful to have the one thing many college coaches do not—longevity.

Redbird Vintage promo

Redbird Vintage line offers items with logos from years past

Alums can now purchase items from their student era through the Redbird Vintage line of merchandise, which features throwback logos.

Students at Watterson Dining Commons

Redbird Recipe Contest entries sought

Think you have a recipe that can win over the hearts and stomachs of students at Illinois State? Alumni, faculty, staff, current students and their parents are invited to enter their favorite dish in Campus Dining’s 5th Annual Redbird Recipe Contest. Submit recipes from August 19 through September 6 online at Campus Dining’s culinary

Alumni Association executive board 2013

Alumni Association directors elected

There is new leadership within the Alumni Association following the annual meeting in June.

The Alumni Center at Illinois State

Encourage students to explore alumni scholarships

The Alumni Association and the groups that work in conjunction with the Association provide scholarship opportunities for current and future ISU students.

Chris Phillips and his partners

Alum builds apps that make learning fun for kids

Graphic design alum Chris Phillips and his colleagues knew the iPad was a game-changer the moment they touched it. Here was this device that even a child could navigate with ease.

Identity Thief scene

COB alum’s story becomes movie Identity Thief

Alum Jerry Eeten had a love for the movies, even dreaming of writing one while completing a marketing degree at Illinois State.

Annemarie Kill headshot

Grad among ‘Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers’ again

Alumna Annemarie Kill has a winning record as a lawyer, and that includes outside the courtroom.

Michael Keane

Accounting grad helps lead sustainable chemicals company

Michael Keane is an accounting graduate now helping transform the chemical industry.

John Schumacher

Alum librarian serves on Newbery Medal selection panel

John Schumacher has been chosen as the only school librarian to serve on the 16-person committee that will decide the 2014 Newbery Medal winner.

The Pellum family poses

How we met: Jim Pellum and Christine Gekas

The long walk back from central campus to the residence halls was the start of a fast friendship for alums Jim Pellum and Christine Gekas.

Duncans pose at Redbird Arena

Redbird legacy: Mom joins children back in school at ISU

Juliana Duncan has been moving toward commencement for 15 years, raising four children along the way and working multiple jobs as a single mom.

Duffy Bass Field

Schuster steps up to the plate

If Illinois State University had allowed students to major in baseball, Andy Schuster would have been the first to sign up.