Volume 17 • Number 1 • Summer 2016
Bloomberg Politics videographer Griffin Hammond ’07, M.S. ’09, has seen it all.
August is the month when colleges and universities across the country welcome incoming freshmen to campus.
Most of us can appreciate that there was an America we knew before September 11, 2001, versus the country we know now. Two different places separated by a few short, horrific hours that changed everything.
Not a terribly popular thing to say around a table of foster parents. Meyer’s next sentence was even more powerful: If they were looking for someone to transform the U.S. child welfare system—starting with their Midwestern nonprofit—she could do it. Fifteen years later, Meyer has stayed true to her word as CEO of Anu Family
Two time capsules were unearthed by demolition crews tearing down Hamilton-Whitten and Atkin-Colby residence halls.
Spending by Illinois State University, its employees, and its students directly contributes more than $550 million to the McLean County economy.
Larry Quane ’66 became a faculty member in the Department of Industrial Technology in 1967. Returning to campus one year after he earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics, Quane taught safety courses while completing his doctorate at Michigan State University.
Illinois State men’s basketball great Doug Collins ’73 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.
This year’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) report by the NCAA shows that 11 of Illinois State’s 19 sports equaled or exceeded the national average for public universities in their sport.
Junior Jaelyn Keene has been selected to train as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
Trent Wallace had a memorable freshman year on the ISU men’s golf team.
Senior student-athletes were recognized in the spring. The 73 helped secure more than 580 victories, seven regular-season conference championships, six conference tournament championships and 12 postseason appearances during their time at ISU.
Wearing red on Fridays, encouraging campus visits and communicating what it means to be a Redbird are just a few ways alumni can impact the decision of prospective students.
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.
There is new leadership within the Alumni Association following the annual meeting in June.
Lecturing to about 700 students on subtropical deserts, when many of them have just rolled out of bed, is a tough assignment. But Bill Shields ’99, M.S. ’01, has done it 32 semesters in a row, waking mostly freshmen with his stories of growing up in the 1800s and hammering shoes on mules. Some of
Each year Education Week profiles innovative school district leaders. Among the 13 chosen in 2016 is ISU College of Education graduate Julio Cesar Contreras ’01, who overcame obstacles to soar in education.
Accounting alum Justin Dearborn ’91 took on a new challenge this year as CEO of the Tribune Publishing Company, which owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and nine other major daily newspapers.
Christine Mitchell-Endsley, Ph.D. ’03, earned the 2016 Illinois School Psychologists Association Ted Smith Practitioner of the Year award.
Education major Sam Alex ’07 has felt comfortable behind a microphone since his days as a public address announcer for ISU Athletics.
So often the reason for choosing a college is a familial one. Raul Rodriguez ’10, already knew Illinois State pretty well because his brother was an alum.
Laura Simonton is a two-time alum of Illinois State University. She graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in history and then earned another bachelor’s in 2011 in history education.