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Against all odds: Redbird Tristen Sharp lives and learns despite extensive brain trauma

Volume 19 • Number 1 • Summer 2018

Tristen Sharp

From bleak to blessed: Student rebuilds life after twice defying death

Like every young child, Tristen Sharp went through that toddler phase of incessantly asking ‘why.’ Now as a young woman, the question is one she has every reason to ponder.

Michael Thomas

The power of one: A story of mentorship

A tough hallway conversation made all the difference for Michael Thomas.

Sarah (Dran) Hallberg

Food fight: Battle diabetes with diet

Sarah (Dran) Hallberg is a physician on a mission to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She is convinced it can be done without using medicine—read insulin—to treat what she terms “a food problem.”

bitcoin symbol illustration

Mystery money: A beginner’s lesson in cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are increasingly researched, debated, used for purchases, and considered an investment option internationally.

President Larry Dietz and his wife, Marlene, are now the residents of the the University Residence.

Inside look: University Residence

The University Residence is more than just the house where Illinois State University presidents live.

President Larry Dietz (second from left) and the Board of Trustees at the spring meeting where the board approved the University's new strategic plan.

Educate Connect Elevate: Campus moving forward with new strategic plan

Educate • Connect • Elevate: Illinois State-The Strategic Plan for Illinois’ First Public University 2018-2023 articulates the University’s mission to serve citizens of Illinois and beyond.

Illinois State was the perfect academic home for Distinguished Professor of Psychology Laura Berk. next to Redbird head statue

Where are they now? Laura Berk

Illinois State was the perfect academic home for Distinguished Professor of Psychology Laura Berk.

The Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University has achieved designation as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Play and protect: Golf club gains prestigious environmental status

The Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University has achieved designation as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, making it one of 897 golf courses internationally to earn the designation. Endorsed by the United States Golf Association, the Audubon program for golf courses helps preserve and enhance wildlife habitat.

women's volleyball players huddled up ISU

Redbirds end season with classroom win

Student-athletes set a new semester departmental grade point average (GPA) record of 3.24 during the spring 2018 semester. Three 2018 teams tied or beat their previous team GPA records. In addition, 295 of ISU’s 410 student-athletes were named to the AFNI Honor Roll. Every member of the women’s golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams earned

Tim Glover throws javelin

ISU Hall of Fame 2018 inductees chosen

Four alums will be inducted into the Illinois State Athletics Percy Hall of Fame during Homecoming. They are Tim Glover ’14, Brittany Smith ’14, Kevin Tokarski ’12, and Julie Morgan, M.S. ’94.

Hancock Stadium

Turf replacement completed

Having withstood a decade of practices and game-day competition, the playing field at Hancock Stadium was replaced during the spring semester.

Zeke Upshaw

Heart attack on court takes former Redbird

Zeke Upshaw, who played ISU basketball from 2010 to 2013, died in March of cardiac arrest.

Kristin “Kris” (Meseth) Harding (front row, far left) began as executive director of the University’s Office of Alumni Engagement in the spring following the retirement of Doris (Liefer) Groves ’81. Harding leads a staff of nine.

Working for you: Alumna Kris Harding leading Alumni Engagement

Kristin “Kris” (Meseth) Harding began as executive director in the spring following the retirement of Doris (Liefer) Groves ’81.

Alumni Center

Alums join board

Five alumni were elected to three-year terms on the Alumni Association board of directors.

The Simios family includes, from left, Connor, Logan, Erica, and Dylan.

Legacy families recognized

Anyone whose sibling, parent, or grandparent attended ISU is in a legacy family.

Monique (Witkowski) and Tristan Borzick and family

A mother’s love: Alumna’s breast milk nourishes premature newborns

Ten thousand ounces of milk. That’s what Monique (Witkowski) Borzick ’06 provided to premature newborns as a result of pumping for 10 months following the birth of her third child.

Laurie Metcalf

Pause for applause: Summer 2018

Pause to applaud these alumni accomplishments.

Mike and Norma Caringello

How we met: Mike and Norma Caringello

Nothing about Mike Caringello’s Illinois State Normal University experience was anticipated.

The Hynd sisters include, from left, Mary Schrock ’82, Eileen Saksa ’84, Patricia Scott ’86, Karen Fitzgerald ’88, and Janet Gibson ’91. Seated is Patricia’s son, Alex, beginning his sophomore year. Not included are Cliff Schrock ’81 and Christopher Saksa ’16.

Redbird legacy: Five sisters forge decades-long bond with ISU

Mary (Hynd) Schrock ’82 grew up in Moline with five sisters. Four of them followed her to Illinois State, creating a strong family legacy that deepened further when two of their children also chose to attend the University. Accepted at two Iowa universities, Mary ultimately decided to study in Illinois. ISU rose to the top,

Larry and Patricia (Hunkler) Stagen

A legacy of generosity

Larry and Patricia (Hunkler) Stagen were committed to education throughout their lives. Even now, when both Larry and Patricia are deceased, their legacy continues through the Hunkler-Stagen Teaching Scholarship, originally established within the College of Education in 2008.