College of Arts and Sciences
Martinez to Headline Latino Cultural Dinner

photo of JR MartinezArmy veteran, speaker, actor and author J.R. Martinez will headline the Latino Cultural Dinner at Illinois State University.

Martinez will present The Unique Story of Latino Veterans: How We Can Face Adversity with Optimism and Resilience at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.

In honor of Martinez’s Salvadorian roots, the event will feature elements of Salvadorian cuisine and music.

Tickets will be available Wednesday, Sept. 24. Ticket sales will be open until Monday, Oct. 20, or until they are sold out. Visit to purchase tickets. Ticket prices will be $20 for anyone without an Illinois State meal plan, or one swipe for meal plan participants.

In 2002, Martinez joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq. Less than a month into his service, he suffered severe burns to 34 percent of his body after his Humvee tire hit a roadside bomb. During the 34 months he spent in recovery, he inspired other burn patients to embrace life with all its challenges.

Martinez has been honored with the Unsung Hero Award and the 2012 National Disabled American Veteran of the Year. He is also known for his TV appearances as a character on the ABC daytime drama All My Children and winning the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars.

This event is sponsored by University Housing Services. Co-sponsors are Illinois State’s Campus Dining Services, Association of Residence Halls, Watterson Area Government, Watterson Diversity Coalition, MECCPAC (A Dean of Students’ Diversity Initiative) and the Latin American and Latino/a Studies program.

News from the College

Departments to Host Alumni

Homecoming theme: Rally the RedbirdsDepartments across the College of Arts and Sciences will be hosting alumni on Friday, October 3, which is Alumni Day at Illinois State University. The Department of Philosophy will be hosting a reception and round-table discussion with its Alumni Day guests from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 140, Stevenson Hall. Everyone is invited to attend and visit with Jim Jacobs ’73, Adriane Powell ’08, and Devon Hartwig ’14. “It’s very helpful to our current students to meet and visit with alumni who have established successful careers after graduating from Illinois State University,” said Dr. Tom Buller, chair of the Department of Philosophy. “I appreciate their willingness to share their valuable experiences with all of us.” (more…)

WGS to Hold The Clothesline Project

CLothesline project photoThe Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program and the Feminist Lead Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E.) will be holding The Clothesline Project (CLP), a bi-annual event to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence, on the Illinois State University Quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8.  T-shirts made by survivors will be available for viewing. The Clothesline Project is a program that was started on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. (more…)

Rives Award Nominations Sought

cas emblemNominations are being sought for the Stan and Sandy Rives Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award.

The award is given to a member of the Illinois State University community who holds a faculty, academic professional or civil service position to recognize their outstanding teaching or significant contribution to the undergraduate experience, with special attention given to the first-year experience. Candidates for this award must have been at Illinois State for a minimum of three years, and be nominated by an Illinois State employee. Nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Strand Award Nominations Available
photo of David Strand

President David Strand

Nominations are being sought for the Strand Diversity Achievement Award.

This award recognizes a current Illinois State University faculty or staff member who is instrumental in extraordinary curricular or program activities that assist the University in responding to its core value to diversity as outlined in Educating Illinois. Nominations will be accepted from now through Friday, Nov. 14.

Nominations forms are available here. (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

October 1 – International Studies Seminar, Dr. Catherine Cocks, University of Iowa Press, “Urbana Tourism and the Rising Trend of World Citizenship,” First Floor West Lounge, Bone Student Center, noon.

October 1 – Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honorary Society), Film, “Aqui y Alla,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m.

October 2 – School of Biological Sciences Seminar, Dr. Joe Casto, Illinois State University, “From Arrested Development to Singing in the Brain: Environmental Influences on Hatchling Phenotypes and the Neural Substrates of Adult Social Behavior,” Room 210, Moulton Hall. 4 p.m.

October 3 – Department of Psychology Alumni Day Colloquium, Dr. Jamie Hughes, “Judgements about Moral Agents,” Room 306, DeGarmo Hall, 10:30 a.m.

October 3 – Department of Psychology Alumni Day Panel, Dr. Rivka Olley, Room 551, DeGarmo Hall, 10:30 a.m.

October 3 – Department of Physics Alumni Day Panel, Mr. Joseph Amedeo, Ms. Lisa C. Logan, Daniel L. Russell, Room 214, Moulton Hall, 3 p.m. Refreshments served at 4 p.m. in Room 311, Moulton Hall.

October 4 – LGBTQA Homecoming Open House, Professional Development Annex, 205 S. Main Street, Normal, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

October 4 – Homecoming Parade steps off at the corner of College Avenue and University Street, 10 a.m.