College of Arts and Sciences
Planetarium to Host Two Unique Events
Improv Mofia

ISU’s Improv Mafia

The Illinois State University Planetarium will host two unique events this week, each consisting of three separate dates. The first is an improvisational musical titled “Dudesical Equinox,” presented by ISU’s award-winning Improv Mafia, which will be offered from April 17-19. The second will be evenings of poetry and drama on April 14, 16, and 18.

Show times for “Dudesical Equinox” in the Planetarium are: April 17 at 7:30 p.m., April 18 at 2 p.m., and April 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will also be an outdoor performance at the Golden Circle, located behind ISU’s Center for the Performing Arts, on April 18 at 7:30 p.m..“Dudesical Equinox” is a musical event unlike any other and differs every time  it is performed. The audience decides the theme for the musical and a hilarious hour of songs and dance is sure to follow!

RSO FREESTAGE will entertain guests with three evenings of poetry and drama at the Planetarium.  If you love the spoken word than this memorable event is for you!

Performance times for this event are:

April 14th
5:30 – 6:50 p.m.: Mass
7:00 – 7:20 p.m. : First Date
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. : Playing With Fire: Game. Set. Match

April 16th
5:30 – 6:50 p.m. : Mass
7:00 – 7:20 p.m.: First Date
7:30 –  8:00 p.m.: Playing With Fire: Game. Set. Match

April 18th
5:30 -6:00 p.m.: Playing With Fire: Game. Set. Match
6:10 -6:30 p.m.: First Date
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Mass

“Playing With Fire: Game. Set. Match” weaves a message that the greatest danger to our future is apathy. “First Date” is an original short film, written by Daniel Esquivel. “Mass” is a new play by David Ian Lee, produced as a staged reading under the stars.

Both events are free and open to the public. Some performances may contain mature themes. There are no advance reservations. Seating is limited and first-come-first-serve.

The ISU Planetarium is located under the white domed roof, at the eastern end of ISU’s Felmley Hall of Science Annex. Felmley Hall sits at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street, in Normal.

For more information, please call the Planetarium’s Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit the website at


News from the College

Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium to Feature Vest
Jennifer Lisa Vest

Jennifer Lisa Vest

The 20th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium will feature Jennifer Lisa Vest as its keynote speaker on Friday, April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center. Her address, Black Lives Matter: [Trans] Gendered Violence, Disability, and Women in the “Post-Racial,” “Post-Sexist” Present, is free and open to the public. The deaf community is encouraged to attend this lecture, where interpreters will be provided.


Chair of National Stuttering Association to Speak at ISU
Kenneth Koroll

Ken Koroll

Ken Koroll, the Chairman of the National Stuttering Association’s (NSA) Board of Directors, will discuss the impact of support groups and acceptance for people who stutter at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20 in Room 101, Stevenson Hall. His talk, sponsored by the Illinois State chapter of the NSA and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is free and open to the public.


Bone Lecture to Explore Racism
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is honored to welcome Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva as the featured speaker for this year’s Robert G. Bone Lecture Series. Bonilla-Silva, the Chair of the Department of Sociology at Duke University, will present his talk titled “The Sweet Enchantment of Post-Racial Racism in America” on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center.


Foster Care Subject of Keynote
Heather Ringeisen

Heather Ringeisen

Heather Ringeisen will be the keynote speaker for the 18th Annual School Psychology Institute’s Research Colloquium. Her talk, titled “Understanding the Context of Long-Term Foster Care: Risks for Placement and Association with Child Well-Being,” will take place on Friday, April 24th, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Room 39, DeGarmo Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Ringeisen is the Director of the Children and Families Research Program at the Research Triangle Institute (RTI).  RTI is a non-profit organization that offers innovative research and technical solutions to governments and businesses worldwide in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, advanced technology, surveys and statistics, education and training, economic and social development, and the environment.


Students Recognized at Model UN

MUN_2015_2For the second consecutive year, the ISU Model United Nations team was recognized as a “Distinguished Delegation” at the end of the week-long annual National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference. A group of twelve Politics and Government students led by faculty advisor Noha Shawki participated in the NMUN conference in New York City March 29th – April 2nd, 2015. The students who participated in the Model UN program this year are: Keith Caquelin, Frank Cassata, Ben Femminella, Evelyn Gordon, Collin Heffernan, Andrew Luckey, Brayan Marin, Mikyla Moya, Joshua Rotkvich, Aminat Saliu, Miles Spann, and Danielle Woods.


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 13 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “The Other,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 6 – 8 p.m.

April 13 – CAS Main Street College Event, Professor Shawn Hitchcock, Department of Chemistry, “Public Health Concerns in Drugs, Foods, and Vaccines: Where are we now?” ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main Street, Normal, 7 p.m. Reception immediately following; free and open to the public.

April 13 - Department of English, Staged Reading of “Beebo Brinker Comes to Town,” Room 151, Center for Visual Arts, 7:30 p.m.

April 14 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Motor pattern selection by molduatory projection neurons in the stomatogastric nervous systems of the Jonah crab Cancer borealis,” Chris Goldsmith, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building, 12 p.m.

April 14 - Department of Physics Colloquium, “The secrets of superconductivity,” Professor Daniel Agterberg, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Room 214, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m.

April 15 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “rNTP Bypass of G4 in DNA: A short cut through the roadblock” and “Branched-chain fatty acid biosynthesis through a bypass pathway in Listeria monocytogenes,” Alexandra Berroyer and Laura Kuczek, Larson and Wilkinson Labs, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building, 12 p.m.

April 15 - Department of English Seminar, Spring Faculty Series presents Dr. Susan Kim, Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 12 p.m.

April 15 – Women’s and Gender Studies, “Philopoetics: Why Philosophy Needs Poetry,” Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest will lead this open class on her concept of PhiloPoetics. Room 214, Schroeder Hall, 3 to 4:30 p.m.  Contact WGS Program at 309-438-2947 or 

April 15 - Department of Philosophy, ISU Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 5:30 p.m.

April 15 - Department of Mathematics Actuarial Program, SOA and CAS: Differences in the examinations tracks, Mr. Michael Paradiso, Room 401, Stevenson Hall, 6:30 p.m.

April 16 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Life history and immune function: understanding the causes and consequences of variation in defenses against parasites,” Dr. Loren Merrill, Illinois Natural History Survey, Room 210, Moulton Hall, 3:30 p.m. Pizza and soft drinks provided; all students are welcome

April 16 – European Studies Symposium Keynote Presentation, Professor John McCormick, Indiana University, “Why European Studies Matter,” Room 130, Schroeder Hall, 4 p.m.

April 16 - Department of Chemistry Seminar, “Role of Metals in Phosphate Ester Reaction Mechanism and Inhibition,” Fulbright Visiting Scholar Irma Sanchez Lombardo, Room 225, Julian Hall, 4:30 p.m.

April 16 – Department of English, Spoon River Poetry Review Presents the Lucia Getsi Reading Series, Ewing Manor, Bloomington, 7 p.m.  Reception immediately following; free and open to the public.

April 16 – Women’s and Gender Studies, Poetry Reading with Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest, University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Dr. Vest will join Sister Circles and the Bloomington-Normal community for poetry readings followed by discussion.

April 17 - Department of Physics Seminar, “The solar car team in UAE,” Mr. Cole Berglind, Room 309, Moulton Hall, 12 Noon.

April 17 - European Studies Symposium Sessions, Caterpillar Auditorium, State Farm Hall of Business, 9:15 – Noon and 1:15 – 4 p.m.  For more information about specific topics, presenters, and times visit

April 17 – Department of Chemistry Seminar, “Learning the Principles of Organic Chemistry Using the Historical Development of This Science,” Dr. Mark Green, NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering, Room 225, Julian Hall at 3 p.m.

April 17 – College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception, Room 116, ISU Alumni Center, Main Street, Normal, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

April 18 – 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.