Volume 15 • Number 1 • Summer 2014
From a childhood spent working on the family farm to his career in public higher education as a professor and administrator, Larry Dietz has made a lifelong commitment to facilitating growth.
The glaring lack of minority attorneys in the United States is a big, complicated problem, one that critics say has created a justice system that’s not so just for clients of color.
Illinois State recognized long ago the desirability of bridging the gap between college students preparing to enter the workplace and individuals on the other end of the spectrum.
The night became known as the beer riot, and it’s still one of Illinois State’s most embarrassing episodes. It’s been 30 years, but it feels more like 300 given today’s thriving town-gown relationship.
Entertainers who grace the stages of Braden Auditorium leave their mark in the dressing room by signing their names to the walls, ceiling, and even the clock.
Jack Chizmar arrived at ISU in 1971, having completed his doctorate at Boston College. A native of Pennsylvania, he headed to the Midwest because Illinois State was the best of five job offers.
Head football coach Brock Spack has reason to eagerly anticipate the upcoming football season. He and his staff brought to Illinois State the top recruiting class in the nation in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Illinois State alum James Ford was recently named North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year, a remarkable achievement that punctuates Ford’s anything-but-straight path to the classroom.
Graduates are now able to connect with Milner Library research databases at no cost through the Alumni Association.
There is new leadership within the Alumni Association following the annual meeting in June.
For decades, School of Social Work graduate Kat Griffith has been an advocate bringing light to the intersection between HIV and women in abusive relationships.
Interested in the Air Force since high school, Dean Peebels ’83 began serving in the military branch shortly after graduating with a degree in business administration and finance.
Have you ever been to one of Cirque du Soleil’s big shows in Las Vegas, where performers land impossibly precise stunts? For ISU alum Christopher Ries, that’s now just another day at the office.
Darlene Kluka ’72, M.A. ’76, is recognized by several national and global organizations as a scholar and leader in the fields of sport science and women in sports.
Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent Brett Rovey, B.S./M.P.A. ’09, was recognized February 27 by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, of the Southern District of Texas, at the 2014 United States Attorney’s Awards Ceremony held in Houston.
In 1943, Illinois State welcomed the U.S. Navy V-12 program to campus. University High School graduate Harlan Bliss decided to enlist and as a result, met the love of his life.
Alan Meyer ’56 has two Illinois State legacies. One is scoring 50 points in a basketball game, creating a record broken by Doug Collins ’73. The other? He is patriarch of three generations with ISU ties.
Before crossing the commencement stage and becoming Illinois State’s newest alumni, graduating seniors take part in one final tradition: Senior Campaign.