College of Arts and Sciences
Ostaszewski Named University Professor
Krzysztof Ostaszewski

Krzysztof Ostaszewski

Professor of Mathematics Krzysztof Ostaszewski has been named a University Professor at Illinois State University. The honor will be officially bestowed at Illinois State’s Founders Day Convocation at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 18.

The designation of University Professor honors individual faculty members or administrators who hold the rank of full professor and who have achieved national recognition for scholarly research, creative production, or leadership in creative or scholarly activities. Recipients hold the title throughout their years of service at the University.

Ostaszewski joined Illinois State in 2000 as a faculty member and Actuarial Program director. Under his direction, the program has achieved the status of a Center of Actuarial Excellence, one of only 16 such programs in the United States. Ostaszewski has embraced the teacher/scholar model and has used his expertise in effectively revising curriculum and ensuring student success. He has fostered partnerships with the College of Business through the Katie School of Insurance which has brought students from Ghana to study actuarial science at the graduate level. Other collaborations include securing student scholarships from State Farm Insurance Company, Country Financial, and other companies. Ostaszewski, together with a team from the Department of Mathematics and the Katie School, runs a one-of-a-kind weeklong summer academy for underrepresented high school scholars.

Ostaszewski was the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished College Lecturer in 2010. He has also been a Fulbright Research Fellow and Fulbright Specialist. Active in professional organizations, he is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Singapore Actuarial Society, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has served as a consulting research director for life insurance and pensions at the Geneva Association: The International Association for Study of Insurance Economics in Switzerland, an insurance industry think tank.

Ostaszewski has authored more than 200 publications and has conducted research funded by a number of organizations. A sought-after speaker, he has presented at conferences and universities in Germany, France, China, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Belgium, Turkey, and Poland. He is also a published Polish poet and political commentator.

News from the College

Jennifer Friberg Wins Chizmar-Ostrosky Award
Jennifer Friberg

Jennifer Friberg

Jennifer Friberg, associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is the recipient of the Dr. John Chizmar and Dr. Anthony Ostrosky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award. She will be honored at the Founders Day Convocation on February 18. (more…)

Dean Hosts Brownbags

TCollege of Arts and Sciences sealhis month Dean Simpson is hosting a series of Brown Bag lunches to give faculty and staff opportunities to speak directly to him about any issues that might be of concern to them. The first Brown Bag was held on February 2. Brown Bags are also scheduled for noon on Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 19 in Room 401, Stevenson Hall. “I realize that the lack of a state budget is causing many people to wonder about how that might impact our College, and I wanted to give people the opportunity to speak directly with me about specific questions they might have,” said Dean Simpson. “However, I’m also happy to discuss any other issues that people want to explore.” Persons wishing to attend either Brown Bag should RSVP to Val Ilyukhina at and bring their lunches to the sessions. Although invitations to each Brown Bag session were sent to specific categories of employees, everyone is welcome to attend either session.

Live Broadcast Celebrates GLT’s 50th Anniversary
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R.C. McBride, Ben Paxton, Greg Simpson, Bruce Bergethon

Public radio station WGLT celebrated its 50th anniversary live from the first floor of Hovey Hall on Friday, February 5. Dean Simpson, along with campus and community dignitaries, participated in the festivities. Mr. Ben Paxton, the first general manager of WGLT; Mr. Bruce Bergethon, longtime former general manager, and the current interim general manager, Mr. R. C. McBride, were all on hand. State Senator Jason Barickman and State representative Dan Brady were also present to bring official greetings. “This kind of turnout is an indication of WGLT’s value to—and impact on—our community,” said McBride. “We’re looking forward to building on that tradition in our next fifty years.” (more…)

Talk Will Explore What Animals Can Teach Us about our Minds
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Ellen Furlong

The Department of Psychology and the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences (CBS) Colloquium Series will present a talk, titled “Comparative Cognition: What Animals Can Teach Us about our Minds,” with Ellen Furlong, Ph.D., Friday, February 12, at 2 p.m. in 48 DeGarmo Hall. Furlong is an assistant professor of psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University. This event is free and open to the public. (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

Feb. 9 – School of Biological Sciences Integrative Biology Seminar, Rebekka Darner Gougis (ISU), “Project EDDIE: Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration as a Means to Teach the Nature of Science,” Stein Lab, Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch provided and free and open to the public.

Feb. 9 – Department of Physics Colloquium Series, Professor Andrew Alleyne (UIUC), “Electrohydrodynamic jet printing; manufacturing at the micro -scale,” Moulton Hall, Room 214, 4 p.m. refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior in adjoining hallway or in the room and free and open to the public.

Feb. 10 – International Studies Seminar Series, Katherine Bissell Cordova, Chicago Fair Trade, and Ben Anderson, from Causegear in Chicago, “Fair Trade: A Global Movement for Economic and Environmental Justice That You Can Actively Support Every Day,” Prairie Room Center, Bone Student Center, Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch Provided. Free and open to the public.’

Feb. 10 – President’s Speaker Series, Hamou Amirouche, “The Making of an Algerian Freedom Fighter,” Schroeder Hall, Room 242, free and open to the public.

Feb. 11 – Seminar in Biological Sciences, Bill Kemp, “John Wesley Powell, Stephen Alfred Forbes, and the Illinois Natural History Society at Illinois State (Normal) University,” Moulton Hall, Room 214, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Hosted by Capparella Lab.