Volume 18 • Number 1 • Summer 2017
Glass artist Dean Allison sees a lot in a human face. He sees what has been trapped on the skin. He sees the person’s facial expression, wrinkles, and pores. He sees a life lived as he attempts to capture a moment.
There’s a new gathering place on campus: Redbird Plaza. Ten years in the making, the landmark has quickly become a popular space for conversation and events.
Nancy Svoboda is a coach’s kid from Joliet. Working in sports would consequently seem like a good fit, which it definitely is, yet it was never her career goal. It’s just sort of the way the ball bounced. In her case, that ball was a football.
Months before graduation, Ben Bradley ’17 already had a cybersecurity job lined up as an analyst searching for threats to his employer’s computer network.
In a place like the prop shop, located on the lower level of Centennial East, things aren’t always as they appear.
In the 1970s, the skeletal remains of about 120 Native Americans were retrieved from an ancient mound complex on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River valley in Western Illinois.
What he likes to do now is fish. But for 26 years, Bill Semlak enjoyed teaching students to talk to each other, debate, and navigate through France.
ISU’s public radio station is now under the leadership of R.C. McBride ’99, who has been named general manager.
The success of Illinois State’s 2017 softball season will long be remembered, as the team earned a share of the MVC title for the first time since 2011.
Kristen Gillespie has been named the eighth women’s head basketball coach. She replaces Barb Smith, who led the Redbirds four seasons.
Men’s basketball head coach Dan Muller ’98 has been named an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division I Coach of the Year.
Sophomore standout Trent Wallace became the first men’s golfer to compete in the NCAA Division I championship since the ISU team qualified in 1975 under the leadership of D.A. Weibring ’75.
The Missouri Valley Conference has added Valparaiso University to the league following the departure of Wichita State.
See photos and hear from students who traveled to Ireland with Illinois State University’s Big Red Marching Machine band over spring break 2017.
All Redbirds share the common bond of enjoying their collegiate years on the University campus. For some, the tie is made even stronger by a family connection.
There is new leadership within the Alumni Association following the annual meeting in June. Four alumni were elected to three-year terms on the board of directors.
Illinois State alums Sarah Miller ’05 and Laura Dawson ’13 are living in a fantasy world. The two now work at the Wrigleyville-based video game developer NetherRealm Studios.
For Lonny King ’72 and Mary Ellen Moehle ’71, it was an evening marked by more than political discussions.
For sisters Tina Durnil ’90 and Debbie Convey ’87, M.S. ’88, Illinois State University has become a family affair.