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High note: Sweat. Repetition. Fatigue and fantastic memories. Just another day in the Big Red Marching Machine.

Volume 16 • Number 1 • Summer 2015

Ethan performs at night

Sound off: One season with the Big Red Marching Machine

Members of the Big Red Marching Machine are among the University’s best ambassadors, instilling pride and sparking collegiate memories every time they take up their instruments.

Students in fraternities and sororities pose

What it means to be Greek at Illinois State

Having been accepted on campus four decades ago, Illinois State’s Greek life is in its infancy compared to many other universities, but it is rapidly growing.

EOC video wall

Beyond 9-1-1: ISU working to be ready for emergencies

At Illinois State, the blueprint has evolved over several years to now include nearly 100 people with diverse expertise and experience from across the University.

Mike Zimmer at sunset

Alum Mike Zimmer tackles role as NFL’s Vikings coach

Mike Zimmer reached the coaching summit last year when he was named head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, making him the first Redbird to become a head coach in the NFL.

image of Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Laying the foundation for study abroad in Israel

Associate Professor Michael Gizzi traveled to Israel for two weeks in February to help lay the groundwork for a possible study abroad trip for Illinois State students to Israel and Palestine.

Floyd Hoelting with a cow

Where are they now: Floyd Hoelting

Floyd Hoelting’s team-oriented attitude has brought him success from Oklahoma to Illinois and back to his home state of Texas.

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Mail to the Editor: August 2015

Mail to the Illinois State magazine editor for August 2015:

memorial event at Redbird Arena

A season of sorrow

The campus community and residents of Bloomington-Normal came together during the spring semester to mourn the loss of seven men killed in a plane accident on April 7.

Victory Bell at Hancock Stadium

Where did Illinois State’s Victory Bell come from?

One of Illinois State’s oldest Athletics traditions is the Victory Bell, a traveling icon that leads the football team onto field before kickoff and is rung after each touchdown and victory.

Alumni state heat map

Redbirds scattered far across the country

With an alumni base of more than 200,000, it’s not surprising that graduates have settled in just about every state of the nation.

Illinois State University Alumni Center

Directors chosen for Alumni Association

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

ISU alumni pose at Marlowe school

16 Illinois State alumni working in one school

At Marlowe Middle School in Lake in the Hills, northwest of Chicago, there are 16 Illinois State University alumni on staff. You might as well call it DeGarmo Hall North.

Rocco Claps

ISU alum leads Illinois Department of Human Rights

A public service career continues for Rocco Claps ’83, who was reappointed as director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

Jim Voss

ISU grad makes a splash as champion swim coach

Jim Voss ’64 didn’t leave the pool after serving as co-captain of Illinois State’s 1964 swim team.

Amy and Travis at their wedding

How we met: Amy Mills and Travis Pons

The two stayed in touch following graduation, yet neither one imagined the amazing journey they would share long after leaving campus.

Myatt family poses

Redbird legacy: Scholarship sparks long line of Redbirds

Nancy (Daley) Myatt ’58 lived on a Central Illinois farm while in high school. She finished at the top of her class with dreams of teaching, but lacked the dollars to pursue a degree.