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On the road: Alum goes nationwide after landing his dream job in the car industry.

Volume 17 • Number 3 • Winter 2017

Dave Magers

Full speed ahead: Alumnus trades boardroom for car lot

All Dave Magers ever wanted to be was a car salesman. He loved classic and exotic cars and didn’t really care if he sold any.

Vickie Lannie sitting at table

Alumna fulfills life mission creating hospice care

As a young nurse, she didn’t understand why dying patients were kept at the end of the hallway with their doors closed.

Athlete holding bat

ISU’s ‘shoulder guy’ finds second home in major leagues

Illinois State shoulder expert Kevin Laudner is a hit with Major League Baseball.

Kim (Behrens) Kaufman

Alumna rises to top in global speech competition

Kim (Behrens) Kaufman has mastered what most dread: public speaking. The 2008 School of Communication graduate competed in the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking in 2016, finishing in the top 10.


Ask a Redbird Scholar: What other species show up in human genome?

I understand that nearly everyone has Neanderthal DNA, but are there other traces of species of early humans that are found in the human genome?

Artist illustration of events on the sun changing the conditions in Near-Earth space. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Ask a Redbird Scholar: Is there weather in space?

Why don’t we have weather in space?

Monarch butterfly on aster

Ask a Redbird Scholar: Is the monarch butterfly population rebounding?

I seem to have noticed more monarch butterflies recently than in years past. Is the population rebounding, or is it just my imagination?

image of Antony Joseph

Joseph part of study on blast-related hearing loss for military

Antony Joseph is part of a team studying the long-term impact of blast-related injuries on soldiers, sailors, and Marines.

Professor Emeritus Robert Bradley on golf course with clubs

Where are they now? Robert Bradley

Since his retirement in 2012 from the Department of Politics and Government, Professor Emeritus Robert Bradley has continued his interest in civic education with media interviews and presentations.

Jamie Schumacher with kids

Mail to the Editor: February 2017

Mail to the editor for the February 2017 issue.

Darell Garretson

Redbird referee inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

The late Darell Garretson, a Redbird athlete credited with shaping collegiate basketball officiating, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during the fall.

Women soccer players celebrating

Redbird Soccer historic season comes to an end

The Illinois State soccer team’s historic season came to an end Friday, November 18, in Durham, North Carolina.

Redbird softball coach Melinda Fischer cheers

Redbird softball coach inducted into college Hall of Fame

Melinda Fischer, head softball coach and the winningest coach in ISU history, has been inducted into the College of Applied Science and Technology Hall of Fame.

Jill Hutchison presents Ashley Rosch with the Jill Hutchison Female Athlete of the Year award.

Athletes take top honors

The success of student-athletes during the 2015-2016 academic year was celebrated during the annual academic excellence awards ceremony sponsored by State Farm.

Marian Kneer Softball Stadium

ISU to host four MVC Championships in 2016-2017

Illinois State will serve as host for four Missouri Valley Conference Championships during the 2016-17 school year.

Keith Habersberger talks to a student on camera

Entertainment alumni part of campus promotion

A‌dd marketing efforts to the long ‌list of what’s different from ‌yes‌teryear at ISU.

Half Century Club

Alumni to return for milestone anniversary

Graduates from the Class of 1967 will celebrate their 50th class reunion on April 28 and 29 during the annual Half Century Club event.

Jay Blunk at podium

Deadline approaches for alumni awards nomination

The Alumni Association honors individuals during Founders Day celebrations.

Marvin Russell

Pause for applause

Pause to applause these illustrious Illinois State alumni.

Elise Boni and Ryan Forner with Reggie Redbird

How we met: Elise Boni and Ryan Forner

Most couples have years before facing the “for worse” years in marriage. For Elise Boni and Ryan Forner, both 2012 education graduates, the hard times hit before the wedding.

Barbara Ryba, Elise and Sonnie Blocki

Redbird legacy: 3 generations made ISU their collegiate home

Three generations of women made ISU their collegiate home, beginning with Barbara (Wellner) Ryba ’67.

Man in clown clothes sitting on suitcase

A love of clowning leads to endowment for Milner Library

For Bruce “Charlie” Johnson, clowning is serious business. “The art of clowning tends to be underrepresented in academic research and circus archives,” said Johnson, a clown historian who is a member of the Circus Fan Associations and Circus Historical Society. “While clowns are frequently the most popular part of the circus with the general audience,

The Alumni Center bookshelf.

Reggie Reads: Februrary 2017

Illinois State is proud to be able to acknowledge the work of graduates who are successful authors.