Volume 22 • Number 1 • Summer 2021
There are numerous ways to introduce Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy.
Oh the drama. A roomful of second graders are writing their own opera and are stuck on a script about alien cows. What do you do?
Everything seemed to be trending in a certain direction leading up to November 8, 2016—election night in the United States.
The challenge for every student is applying knowledge learned through lectures and gleaned from textbooks to the working world each will enter upon graduation.
Just over four decades ago this fall, I began my undergraduate degree at the University of Akron.
Other than commencement, there is nothing on campus with as rich a tradition as Homecoming. This fall marks the 100th year since the celebration that brings alumni back to ISU each fall began.
Records were broken for the third consecutive year during Birds Give Back, a day where Redbirds come together to celebrate Illinois State.
Last November, a cross-disciplinary group of undergraduate students and faculty became the first Illinois State research team in 25 years to publish a paper in the American Journal of Physics (AJP). The journal is one of the most selective physics publications in the country, with an acceptance rate for reviewed articles hovering around 35 percent.
A $500,000 gift from Barbara Efaw ’59 and family was honored with action by the Board of Trustees on Friday, May 7. In recognition of the family’s generosity, the College of Education’s new student success center will be named the Barbara and Larry Efaw Center for Educator Excellence. The center is scheduled to open spring semester 2022 and will be housed in Degarmo Hall.
Susan Almeida left her Chicago home in 1969 to study elementary education at Illinois State as an undergraduate.
Illinois State University recognized as 2nd best online bachelor’s degree program in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report
Illinois State University has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs” as the second-best program in Illinois and the 14th-best program in the United States.
The Office of the Provost announced Dr. Jeffrey Kahn has been named a Distinguished Professor at Illinois State University.
The Illinois State University Alumni Association is honored to announce the newly established Andrew Purnell Jr. Trailblazer Alumni Award as a part of the Alumni Award program.
Meet the newest elected members of the Alumni Association board of directors.
Illinois State University’s commitment to AmeriCorps alumni through the Stevenson Center earned the institution a new honor: the university is now a School of National Service.
The Department of Special Education was recognized by College Factual as the number one school on the lists of Best Colleges for Special Education in both Illinois and the United States.
The odds of becoming an Olympian, according to past president and co-founder of the International Society of Olympic Historians Bill Mallon, is roughly 1 in 500,000.
Former Bone Scholar Kate Del Fava ’20 may attend veterinary school someday, just as she intended to do after graduating in May 2020 as a pre-veterinarian medicine and animal sciences double major. But the new Kansas City team of the National Women’s Soccer League is glad those plans are on hold for now.
On April 3, Illinois State gymnast Angelica Labat became the first person in program history to qualify for the NCAA national meet.
On April 25, Illinois State softball pitcher Morgan Day struck out 11 batters in a 1-0 win at the University of Evansville.
The Illinois State volleyball team punched its ticket to a third-straight NCAA tournament after securing the MVC tournament championship on April 3, when the Redbirds beat Loyola Chicago in four sets at Redbird Arena.
Illinois State men’s golfer David Perkins ’21 earned his second consecutive Missouri Valley Conference golfer of the year honor.
For the first time in more than three decades, Illinois State earned back to-back Missouri Valley Conference All-Sports Championships.
Illinois State’s student newspaper has been housed in multiple locations since its start in 1888.
Take a moment to applaud these outstanding Illinois State University alumni.
Whether studying over breakfast, meeting classmates for lunch, or reconnecting with friends at dinner, the University’s dining centers are an integral part of daily ISU life.
If Basheer Becerra had been told when he began his undergraduate career at Illinois State University’s School of Information Technology (IT) that one day he would attend Harvard University graduate school, he wouldn’t have believed it.
Liz Flores ’12 has always had a creative heart and mind. Her passion for art has led her to become a successful young painter and muralist in Chicago—a dream come true.
Keep up with what fellow alumni are doing by reading our class notes for the summer 2021 alumni magazine issue.
Dr. Mary Ryder, M.A. ’81, has a unique bond to the University. Her family connection began 110 years ago and spans four generations.
In memory of Illinois State University alumni, faculty, and staff who have passed away.
Tony Nicolalde has to pause a Zoom meeting to help his mom make an appointment. That’s because he is hearing and his parents, both immigrants from Ecuador, are Deaf. Nicolalde is a pro at straddling dual identities. He is hearing and Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA). A first-generation American of Latino heritage, he is fluent in Spanish, English, and American Sign Language (ASL).