Redbird Impact is a biannual publication devoted to celebrating civic engagement at Illinois State University. The magazine promotes the service activities and projects of Illinois State’s faculty, students, and staff, and highlights civic engagement opportunities available to the campus community. Redbird Impact intends to show the positive impact Illinois State is having on Bloomington-Normal and beyond.

Print editions of Redbird Impact are published in February and October (to coincide with the Founding Celebration and Homecoming, respectively), and the content is posted online at Print copies are available near the entrances to Milner Library and Hovey Hall, at the front desk in the Alumni Center, and inside the Bone Student Center and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Your feedback is welcome. Send letters to the editor, comments, suggestions, story ideas, and announcements for upcoming civic engagement opportunities to Redbird Impact Editor-in-Chief Kevin Bersett at or by mail to Campus Box 3420, Normal, Il, 61790-3420. Bersett can also be reached by phone at (309) 438-4329.

Material may be reprinted with prior approval, provided no commercial endorsement is implied and credit is given to the author, to Illinois State University, and to the Redbird Impact.

Redbird Impact is a collaborative effort of the Center for Civic Engagement and University Marketing and Communications.

Magazine staff

Dr. Katy Strzepek
Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

Kevin Bersett, MBA ’17

Lead designer
Sean Thornton ’00, M.S. ’17

Jeff Higgerson ’92
Dave Jorgensen, M.S. ’03
Lawrence Lair
Michael Mahle
Evan Walles ’06

Michelle Hassel
Lyndsie Schlink ’04

Production coordinator
Tracy Widergren ’03, M.S. ’15

Kate Arthur
Hannah Byrne
Nick Erickson
John Moody
Emily Nafziger ’99

Copy editor
Emily Nafziger ’99