Redbird alumna’s memories are ‘golden’

woman smiling while holding award banner

The lessons Sharon Ponder-Ballard ’86 learned as a political science major helped to mold her into a powerful educator who would go on to win the prestigious 2022 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Javier Evelyn: Turning an allergy into Alerje Inc.

Man standing in front of Alerje sign

When Javier Evelyn ’06 was a student at Illinois State University, he at times felt left out when dining with fellow students on campus. Still, this adversity would later motivate him to launch Alerje Inc., a Michigan-based food allergy management innovation team.