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Redbird Impact is a biannual publication devoted to celebrating community engagement and service learning 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 Founders Day 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 desks in the Alumni Center and the residence halls, and inside the Bone Student Center (near the information desk on the first floor).

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 Community Engagement and Service Learning and University Marketing and Communications.

Magazine staff

Harriett Steinbach
Interim director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

Kevin Bersett, MBA ’17

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

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

Lyndsie Schlink ’04

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

Kate Arthur
Rachel Hatch
Rachel Kobus ’09, M.S. ’11
John Moody

Copy editors
Maggie McReynolds
Emily Nafziger ’99