Redbird Arena will be the setting for the Sixty Six Games Expo. Those attending the University Open House on October 11 will have free expo admission for the weekend.
Illinois State alum Allison Morgan ’21 has always loved science. Morgan has been apprenticing at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens near Louisville, Kentucky, since graduating in May with a degree in biology with a conservation biology sequence from Illinois State’s School of Biological Sciences. She had transferred to the University as a junior.
Illinois State University welcomed 3,374 freshmen to its student body for the 2021-2022 academic year. Total enrollment stands at 20,233.
After being away from campus for over a year, students officially came back for in-person learning on August 16. Students spent the 2020-2021 academic year distanced, virtual, and masked, but Redbirds are ready to return to a normal campus life moving forward.
Chris Chavez is proof that work ethic and common sense are qualities that know no age boundaries. He recently began his freshman year well-prepared for his new life as a college student. He had picked a major, toured campus, met with a faculty member, earned a scholarship, and even lined up a job—all before packing the car to move to Normal.
Before transferring to Illinois State, Lexi Turner was an art major hoping to pursue a career teaching art. Then Turner realized her true purpose in life: She wanted to teach deaf children and help them to communicate.
Miriam Zappa likes to build things. It’s in her DNA as her father, Mark ’85, has had his own construction company for decades. It’s no wonder then that her favorite experiences as a volunteer often involve constructing something.
Approximately 3,200 students participated in this year’s Preview activities. While the mandatory Preview sessions were moved online this year due to COVID-19, students also had the opportunity to attend one of 22 First Year Feature sessions on campus during the month of July for a half-day experience.
Growing up in a small town such as Downs, there were plenty of ways incoming freshman Jessie Jones could be a difference maker. She took that to heart and was the kind of person to never turn down an opportunity to make an impact.
At just 18, Austin Feaman doesn’t have much memory of a time in his young life when he wasn’t pitching in to help others. He said it was as if his mother, Jennifer, “planted a seed” that helped determine who he would grow up to be.