Graduating Redbirds: Presidential Scholar finds purpose in preserving the planet

Emmi Chambers in graduation gown

In every field—be it medicine, business, sports, the arts, etc.—someone has to lead the way. Emmi Chambers, while proud of a Redbird lineage that dates back three generations, has charted her own precedent-setting path as the first Illinois State University student to commit to the curriculum of the new environmental systems science and sustainability (ESSS) major.

Student impact: Susan and Stephen Kern advance Illinois State

Donors Susan and Stephen Kern M.B.A. '80

Dr. Susan Kern’s 31-year career at Illinois State—from teaching in Illinois State’s former Department of Home Economics to leading the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign—is proof she welcomes any opportunity to make an impact.

Icing on the cake: Pursuing passions through education

Abbey Testin

For many students, coming to college is about learning brand new skills, managing a budget, and maintaining a living space all on their own. For senior family and consumer science (FCS) teacher education major Abbey Testin, those skills are what shaped her future career and led to a fulfilling journey making her mark at Illinois State.