College of Arts and Sciences
Mock Trial Team Dominates at Lewis

photo of mock trial teamThe Redbirds took home 40% of the team trophies and 20% of the individual awards at the Lewis University Fantastic Flyer Invitational held in Romeoville November 22-23.

Illinois State squad 1081 captured second place with a 6-2 record. Squad 1082 was the fourth place team, garnering a 5-2-1 record.

Four Illinois State competitors won individual awards. Freshman Myles McLean was awarded “Outstanding Witness” for his portrayal of an expert witness. Veterans Madeline Herrman, Khandi Wright, and Kelly Franklin were named outstanding attorneys. Franklin earned a perfect score of 20. This was the second time McLean, Herrman, and Wright received awards this season. This was third time this fall Franklin was recognized for her outstanding performance.
Seventeen teams participated in this annual competition. The tournament was won by Loyola University. Northwestern University took third place, and North Central College finished fifth. The only ballot lost by the first place team was to ISU.

The team accepted an invitation to compete at Indiana University’s tournament early next year and expects to participate at a regional tournament in February in St. Louis.

News from the College

Women’s and Gender Studies Calls for Papers
College of Arts and Sciences sealUndergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are invited to submit papers and detailed descriptions of other types of presentations (e.g. short performance pieces and artist’s talks) for the 21st Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium. Papers and presentations are welcome on any topic related to the study of women and/or gender, and its intersections with race, sexuality, ability, class/caste, and colonizing among other social categories. Students must have a faculty sponsor.
Students Demonstrate Civic Engagement
photo of ISU students assisting at the Festival of Trees

ISU students assisting at the Festival of Trees

Professor Sherri Replogle’s Politics and Governance class partnered with the Baby Fold in the week before Thanksgiving to assist in their annual fundraising event, The Festival of Trees. The Baby Fold is a local organization that provides critical services to children in need. Students set up and decorated Christmas trees and other holiday displays, set up and worked shifts in the gift shop, and did general clean up and take down as well.

Several students commented that it was a great experience and that they will likely continue volunteering for the event in the future.

Students Find an International Family

image of international studentsThis Thanksgiving, families across the nation gathered to prepare food and make memories. Yet for some Illinois State students, home is thousands of miles away, and Thanksgiving is a foreign concept.

Enter Lindsay Ziegenhorn and her family. For the third year in a row, the Ziegenhorns opened their home to students for a Thanksgiving feast. It is just one of many days the Ziegenhorns celebrate with international students.

“Many of the students think of us as their ‘American family,’” said Ziegenhorn. “And we love that feeling.” (more…)

New Faculty Profile: Nathan Mortimer
photo of Nathan Mortimer

Nathan Mortimer

Dr. Nathan Mortimer joins the Illinois State faculty as an assistant professor of cellular immunology in the School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Mortimer holds a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from Emory University and a B.S. in biology with highest honors from Emory University. Previously, he was a visiting scientist at the University of Denver. (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

Nov. 30 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Festival, “Confusion Na Wa,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m.  Due to copyright restrictions, this film is open only to members of the Illinois State University community with valid university ID.

Nov. 30 – Department of Psychology Brown Bag Series, Sabine Knoner, Humboldt University/Berlin, “The ‘Balance of Nature’ Metaphor in Ecosystem Dynamics: Investigating Confirmatory Strategies that Hinder Conceptual Change,” Room 551, DeGarmo Hall, Noon – 1 p.m.