College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy to Host Undergraduate Conference
Julia Driver

Julia Driver

The Department of Philosophy will be presenting its first Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference  on April 25 and 26 in Room 148 of the State Farm Hall of Business at Illinois State University. Julia Driver, professor at Washington University in St. Louis and the keynote speaker, will be presenting “Love and Special Obligations” on Friday at 4 p.m. Undergraduate paper presentations will begin on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and will resume Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

This conference is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit




News from the College

French Studies to be Topic of Talk

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell will present the next seminar for the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Her talk, The Musings of a Francophoniste: Reevaluating French and Francophone Studies at American Public Universities, will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Stevenson Hall, room 202. It is free and open to the public.


The Message Lies Within

Franks_casket_01Splotches of ink, random letters facing the wrong way, odd sketches in the margins. These can be a slip of the press, perhaps a reader’s wayward hand, or they could be ciphers – messages embedded into text meant to carry secrets.

Ciphers have had their role in secrets and intelligence since the earliest days of writing. Two English faculty members are spearheading a renewal of interest in ciphers, which reaches into a surprising number of disciplines.


Model UN Team Named Distinguished Delegation


pic1The ISU Model United Nations team was recognized as a “Distinguished Delegation” at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) on April 17, 2014 at the end of the week long annual conference. This is the first time that an ISU team received the coveted recognition.  A group of twelve Politics and Government students led by faculty advisor Noha Shawki participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City April 13 – April 17. The students who participated in the Model UN program this year are: Caleb Albo, Shawna Davis, Nick Daws, Jessica Garber, Assumpta Iheaso, Peter Kwon, Patrick Moore, Tim Motz, Nick Mullins, Stuart Palmer, Ben Schaufele, and Michelle Suhi.


Geography Students Complete Field-Based Course
RJ Rowley and ISU students

From left to right: Mahnker Danweih, Alice Cleary, Emily Schultz, Courtney Tyler, and Patrick Morgan, with RJ Rowley in front of Alice at the Cadillac Ranch on Route 66.

Over Spring Break, five geography majors completed their first field-based course under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Geography RJ Rowley. The course was a section of GEO 306.15 Regional and Area Studies: West Texas and New Mexico.  The students traveled to many different parts of Texas and New Mexico, including: El Paso (Texas), Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument, Roswell, and Mescalero Apache Homeland, a Native American reservation (New Mexico).


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

April 23 – School of Biological Sciences – Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series – Sarah Marrochello will present a seminar on maternal antibody transfer in the Red Eared Slider (Trachemysscripta). Shawn Sternisha will also present a seminar on the effects of Rose Bengal on Leishmania cells. Room 121, SBL, noon.

April 25 – Department of Chemistry – Cassie Goodman of Illinois State University will present a research seminar. Room 225, Julian Hall, 3:00 p.m.

April 25 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology – Professor Joan Brehm from Illinois State University will present this week’s colloquium. Room 133, Felmley Hall of Science, 3 p.m.

April 25 –  Department of Physics – Professor Gregory Simpson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will present “Cognitive Processing of Visual Language (or Confessions of a Word nerd).” Room 309, Moulton Hall, noon.

April 25 – Women’s and Gender Studies – 19th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium – Susan J. Douglas will present “Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done.” Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, 1-3 p.m.

April 26 – College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Breakfast and Induction Ceremony. Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, 8:30 a.m.  Reservations required. Contact Deb Fox at 309-438-2021 for additional information.

April 26 – Pre-Law Awards Banquet. Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, 6 p.m.  Reservations required. Contact Deb Fox at 309-438-2021 for additional information.