College of Arts and Sciences
Family Science Day Offers New Challenge

Bottle_Challenge_FlyerThis year Family Science Day has a new challenge for individuals of all ages: the Bottle Challenge. Coca-Cola recently launched a campaign to make practical use of empty Coke bottles. Persons are invited to reinvent recycling by collecting bottles and creating new things from them!

Entries can be submitted into one of the following three categories:

  • Work: creation is purposeful, built for accomplishing a task (ex. Dumbwaiter system, food dispenser)
  • Play: creation is interactive, built for amusement (ex. Bottle drum set, toy rattle)
  • Art: creation is visual, built for aesthetics (ex. Sculpture made of bottles, plastic dress or hat)

Each entry category will be divided into individual and group submissions. There is no limit to the number of bottles, the size of the creation, or the size of the group submission.

Submissions will be accepted at the Bloomington Public Library or the Normal Public Library from February 1 – March 1, 2015. Entries must include the completed entry form, which can be printed from the website:, or can be filled out at either library when the entry is submitted.

The public can vote. A panel of judges will select the top 5 works from each category. These submissions will be displayed at the libraries and at Family Science Day and be available for public voting on the following days:

  • Bloomington Public Library: Saturday, March 28th, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Normal Public Library: Sunday, March 29th, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Family Science Day: Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All votes from all locations will be tallied at Family Science Day, and one “people’s choice” winner will be chosen from each category, as well as an overall winner selected by the panel of experts. All winners will receive a prize package at the event.

For more information and the entry form, visit the website:

To see the Coke campaign, go to

News from the College

Film Series Kicks off

cas emblemThe Department of Sociology and Anthropology is sponsoring an ethnographic film series this semester. A different feature will be shown each week on Mondays at 6 p.m. in Room 138 in Schroeder Hall. There will be a short introduction to each film as well as a discussion afterward. Films on the list include To Be and to Have, Forest of Bliss, Nollywood Babylon, Tango With Me, as well as others. Please click here to view the complete schedule.

Anyone having questions should contact Professor Liv Stone at or, for more information, visit

Psychology Alum to Deliver Talk
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David Vinson

The Department of Psychology and the CBS (cognitive and behavioral sciences) Colloquium Series will present a talk, titled “Language Use Under Social and Cognitive Constraints,” by Illinois State alumnus David W. Vinson ’10, M.S. ’12, Friday, January 23, at 2 p.m. in Room 48, DeGarmo Hall.

Vinson is a Ph.D. student in cognitive and information sciences at the University of California, Merced. He holds a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy. His focus lies at the intersection of cognition and computational social science with an emphasis on using natural data sets to develop tools for natural language processing and network theory. (more…)

Speaker to Define ‘Global Learning’
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Kevin Hovland

Kevin Hovland from St. Cloud State University will explore global learning and assessment for the first installment of the Spring 2015 International Seminar Series. His talk, Global Learning and Assessment, will be at noon Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

Hovland is the senior director for academic programs for the National Association of Foreign Student Administrators (NAFSA). He is director of global initiatives and curricular change at the Association for American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), working in the office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives. He is responsible for the Shared Futures initiative, with current projects funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Hovland is the author of Shared Futures: Global Learning and Liberal Education.


CASNews Intern Completes Assignment

005Megan Lalich, a junior public relations major, completed a fall semester internship in the CASNews office. Working under the direction of Assistant Dean Deb Fox, Megan wrote and edited articles for fifteen issues of CASNews! “I’m very grateful for Megan’s excellent work this past semester,” said Fox, “and I wish her well in future endeavors.” Lalich, who is a graduate of Resurrection College Preparatory High School in Chicago, is on track to graduate from Illinois State University in 2016.

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

Jan. 19 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “Nanook of the North,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 23 – Department of Psychology Colloquium, David W. Vinson, University of California, Merced, “Language Use Under Social and Cognitive Constraints,” Room 48, DeGarmo Hall, 2 p.m.