The art of softball

woman holding a painting of a sunflower

The crossover between picking up a paintbrush and holding a softball in a glove is a very similar feeling for softball standout Morgan Day.

Two student-athletes selected as 2020-21 Bone Scholars

Illinois State track & field and cross country senior Jake Gillum and women’s basketball redshirt sophomore Mary Crompton were announced as two of 14 Illinois State University students selected as a Robert G. Bone Scholar for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Four Redbirds named 2020 Preseason All-Americans by HERO Sports

A quartet of Illinois State football senior standouts head into their final year with preseason accolades, as Drew Himmelman, Romeo McKnight, Devin Taylor and Christian Uphoff were each named to the 2020 HERO Sports FCS Preseason All-America Team announced Thursday.

Athletics department GPA record topped once again

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Illinois State student-athletes set a new semester departmental grade-point average (GPA) record of 3.61 during the Spring 2020 semester, topping the previous mark of 3.31 set during the Spring 2019 semester, and all but two teams beat their previous team GPA records in the latest grade report announced by Assistant Athletics Director for Academics and Life Skills Joe Klausner.

Athletics: Academic progress perseveres

Last May, Illinois State student-athletes set a semester departmental grade-point average (GPA) record of 3.31 during the Spring 2019 semester, topping the previous mark of 3.24 set during the previous two semesters, and five teams tied or beat their previous team GPA records.

RB4L Spotlight: Facing teaching like a student-athlete

Redbird women's basketball players

“Jill [Hutchison] used to always say to us that the sun’s going to come up tomorrow. We’re going to get back to work, and we’re going to fix what we can fix,” said Ellen McGrew. “I used to hate when she said that after a loss, but it’s something that has definitely stuck with me after all these years.”

Redbird Response: Mental well-being a priority during pandemic

Sam Kurkjian with students

The life of Division I collegiate student-athletes is not a typical one. Not only do they have the same demands as any regular student on campus, but they also have a litany of responsibilities outside of having to maintain a good grade point average.