Della Mae Burns never went to college, or even high school. But what she taught her daughter about the value of education will resonate for generations of Illinois State students.
Crissy Jimenez’s path to nursing began with a car accident in Mexico. It was the care she received in the hospital that inspired her to care for others and enroll in the Mennonite College of Nursing.
Alumna Ann White came to Illinois State to become a teacher. But it is the lessons learned outside her major that continue to shape her life now as a retiree.
When Kate Oeser started at Illinois State as a freshman, she didn’t know what she wanted to major in. Luckily, one of Kate’s new friends convinced her to give speech language pathology a try. She was immediately hooked.
When Jerry Gilmore graduated from Illinois State University in 1974, he left with more than a degree. He left with confidence—in his new career choice, and in himself.
Time is scarce between classes, studying, and extracurricular activities. But Kristen Faucon savors every second of her busy days, time she wouldn’t have without the support of donors who saw the impact in supporting a student like her.
Brett Arseneault, a College of Business alumnus, started his own business when he discovered a passion for photography. Here’s why Brett, who is also a loan review officer at a bank, gives back to his alma mater, in his own words.
Adrienne Boni came to Illinois State because of the University’s outstanding music therapy program, and because of the welcoming feeling she got when she visited campus.
After Illinois State alumna Susan Bock’s son graduated from college, she decided that it was time for her to go back to pursue her passion for music. Here’s Why My Gift Matters, in Bock’s own words.
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.