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CEFCU presents the GLT Summer Concert

GLT Summer ConcertPublic radio station WGLT announces the 2015 lineup for its annual outdoor, free concert on Saturday, June 13. “CEFCU presents the GLT Summer Concert” offers an eclectic high-energy lineup with the rockabilly piano of headliner Jason D. Williams, swing jazz band The Hot Sardines, and blues guitarist/storyteller Doug MacLeod.

To imagine a Jason Williams performance, think Jerry Lee Lewis amped up a couple more notches. Williams has recorded for RCA and Sun Records, and has been performing professionally since he began playing with Sleepy LaBeef at the tender age of 16. After decades of putting his honky-tonk country and Memphis rock ‘n’ roll spin on the songs of others, he’s added songwriting to his repertoire.

Williams also performed all Dennis Quaid’s hand shots for the movie “Great Balls of Fire” and was featured in “The War Room” film documenting Bill Clinton’s race for the White House.

The Hot Sardines, from New York City, combine sizzling brass, stride piano, and a percussion section that includes a tap dancer. Front woman Miz Elizabeth has a voice from another era. The band gives an electrifying performance of the hot jazz of the 20s, 30s, and 40s with a 21st century approach.

Opener Doug MacLeod is a prolific singer, songwriter, storyteller, and guitarist born in the blues and rooted in the American tradition. He was named 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards Male Artist of the Year.

“CEFCU presents GLT Summer Concert” is a free, family-friendly street party held on the museum square in downtown Bloomington at the corner of Jefferson and Center Streets. Grounds open at 3:30pm, music starts at 5:00pm. There are food vendors and a walk-around beer/wine garden. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets for street or lawn seating. There are two parking garages within blocks of the concert site – one next to the Law & Justice Center on Front Street, the other on the corner of Market and Madison Streets.

No outside alcohol is allowed on the grounds. No coolers or pets are allowed.

The concert is always FREE, thanks to chief sponsor CEFCU. Lead sponsors include: Ronda Glenn Law Offices, Specs Around Town, Fox & Hounds Day Spa, and Maguire’s Pub & Grill. WGLT also thanks the City of Bloomington, Downtown Bloomington Association, and Bud Johnson for their contributing sponsorships.

WGLT public radio is licensed to Illinois State University and heard at 89.1 and 103.5 FM. GLT offers news and music programming, including an all-blues channel, an all-news channel, an all-jazz channel, and an all-acoustic channel available for streaming at As an NPR affiliate, WGLT airs Morning Edition®, All Things Considered®, and Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!® along with other signature public radio programs such as This American Life®. WGLT is a department of the ISU School of Communication.

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GLT News Department Wins Top Honors
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Judy Valente and Willis Kern

The Radio Television Digital News Association has recognized the WGLT News Department with its prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow award for overall journalistic excellence. GLT News also won the coveted News Series award for the group of investigative reports, “Police and Race in the Twin Cities.” That also took honors in the Investigative Reporting category. Since 2005, WGLT has won twenty-nine regional and three national Edward R. Murrow Awards. (more…)

Burningham Interviewed on NPR
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Bruce Burningham

Professor Bruce Burningham, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, was recently interviewed for the National Public Radio science program Radiolab. The episode aired on local station WGLT at noon on May 10 but may be viewed at

The first half of the full episode (“Get Real”) focuses on theatricality versus authenticity in professional wrestling; the second half (“The Real Don Quixote”) focuses on Cervantes’s exploration of “authenticity” in Don Quixote, along with his invention of so much of what we now call postmodern metanarrativity. (more…)

New Faculty Profile: Amin Bahmanian
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Amin Bahmanian

Amin Bahmanian joins the Illinois State University Department of Mathematics as an assistant professor. His areas of expertise include Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. Dr. Bahmanian earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics from Auburn University (Alabama). He also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Shiraz University (Iran) and an M.S. in Pure Mathematics from Sharif University of Technology (Iran). He also was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa.


New Faculty Profile: Aimee Miller-Ott
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Aimee Miller-Ott

Aimee Miller-Ott joins the Illinois State University School of Communication as an assistant professor. Her areas of expertise include Interpersonal Communication and Family Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a B.S. in Speech Communication from Northern Arizona University and an M.A. in Speech Communication from California State University, Fullerton.


Interns Complete Assignment
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Quinn Connelly and Alex Passett

This semester CASNews was written and edited by two undergraduate students in the Department of English, Quinn Connelly and Alex Passett. They completed the work as part of the course requirements for English 398 – Professional Practice: Internship in English, taught by Dr. James Kalmbach. “I’m very grateful for the excellent work that Quinn and Alex did this semester,” said Assistant Dean Deb Fox, who supervised the students. (more…)

More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

May 12 – Department of Philosophy, “Consider the Conversation,” Normal Theater, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.