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Old school: Memories from the era of the one-room schoolhouse

Volume 14 • Number 3 • Winter 2014

Ruth Ryder and Roy Schilling at Eyestone school

Old school: Reflections of one-room schoolhouse teachers

Illinois State alumni who taught in one-room schoolhouses vividly recall the enormous workload, and are equally quick to speak of the reward.

Misner talks to his patient

Alum uses cutting-edge stem cell treatment to restore man’s leg

Illinois State alum Spence Misner ’73 has already received requests worldwide for findings on his procedure, as well as several requests from patients with similar precarious conditions.

Students on the Illinois State Normal University Quad in 1959

50 years later, fight over ISNU name change resonates

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Illinois State’s name change, from ISNU to ISU, a formative moment to reflect upon as campus celebrates Founders Day this month.

Neal throws off mound

Former Redbird star makes unlikely return to the big leagues

Neal Cotts’ recent return to the major leagues was as unlikely as his arrival. He didn’t think he had a shot at the pros until his junior year at Illinois State.

Players hang out in locker room

Photos: Inside Look at Redbird locker room

More than just a place to change into their uniforms and receive pep talks before games, the locker room is a key part to the Illinois State student-athletes’ success on the court and off the court.

2012 graduate waves

For alums, ISU’s rising graduation rates worth bragging about

Just this month, ISU announced that 71.5 percent of those 2007 freshmen graduated within six years–the highest on record, and among the top 10 percent of all U.S. universities.

Max Rexroad

Where Are They Now: Max Rexroad

Max Rexroad joined the faculty in 1969 at the age of 27, expecting to remain until completing his dissertation at the University of Illinois. Plans changed when he realized the potential to help shape ISU’s program.

Oil rig at sunset

Mail to the Editor: February 2014

Mail to the Illinois State magazine editor for February 2014.

Jon Belsaas on the job

New men’s basketball PA announcer takes the reins

With the departure of longtime public address (PA) announcer Steve Adams, men’s basketball fans have been hearing a new voice, one that may already be familiar to many local Redbirds.

Athletics mourns loss of two key contributors

The University community lost a pair of dedicated Redbird supporters and employees in the fall.

Paris Lee celebrates

Time to plan for MVC basketball tournaments

The Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournaments will again be in the St. Louis area during the first two weekends of March.

Illinois State University Alumni Center

Illinois State graduates appreciate Alumni Center

After waiting decades to have a campus home for graduates, the University opened an Alumni Center in the summer of 2008.

Half Century Club people gather

Alumni return for milestone anniversary

Graduates from the Class of 1964 will celebrate their 50th class reunion on May 2 and 3 during the annual Half Century Club event.

Chi Omega chapter celebrates campus legacy

Students involved in ISU’s Greek community remember March for a much different reason than basketball.

Jim Walters with Reggie

Vintage photo contest ends with two alum winners

Many graduates who still have photos of themselves wearing the dated look of yesteryear shared their pictures during a contest that ended in January.

Deadline approaches for 2014 awards nomination

The deadline to nominate someone as a 2014 recipient is approaching, with all submissions required by the end of May.

Matthew Clifford with students

Alumnus joins students in outreach to Uganda

Matthew Clifford has a passion for giving back and an interest in global events, which is not surprising given his work as an international studies teacher.

Lora John

Alum now American Physical Therapy Association ambassador

Lora John ’11 is getting a leg up in her career as an ambassador for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for the current academic year.

Dan Rutherford

Redbird Dan Rutherford running for governor

Illinoisans participating in the primary election next month will find a Redbird on the ballot, as Dan Rutherford ’78 is in the running for governor.

LaVerne Council

M.B.A. grad turns community leader, role model

LaVerne Council has been honored as an outstanding corporate and community leader, role model, mom and inspiration to the African-American community

Brad Melzer and Lauren Leggett

How we met: Brad Melzer and Lauren Leggett

They both love reflecting on their time at ISU, realizing that if they had not each chosen to attend the University, their childhood bond would not have been rekindled.

Redbird Legacy mom and daughter at commencement

Redbird legacy: Making mom and grandma proud

While Anna Riederer chose to attend the school because the University had the program she was looking for, she also knew that her mother and grandmother were proud to have another Redbird in the family.

Darius Ardison outside SFHOB

Your Gift Matters: Scholarships add up for accounting major

Darius Ardison received the Livingston Family Endowed Scholarship and the College of Business Diversity Scholarship as a freshman. They have been renewed every year since. Here is Why Your Gift Matters, in Ardison’s own words.