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.

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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. Continue reading

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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.” Continue reading

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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.
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Strand Award Nominations Available

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Abrego to Deliver Latino Heritage Keynote

Book: Sacrificing Families Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across BordersDr. Leisy Abrego, a professor of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver a keynote address in celebration of Latino Heritage month on Tuesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Escalante Room in Hewett Hall. Her talk, “Sacrificing Families: U.S. Policies and the Displacement of Central Americans,” will be free and open to the public. The event will be sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Organization of Latin American Employees. “I believe that Professor Abrego’s address will be interesting and thought-provoking and hope that many colleagues from units across Illinois State University will be able to attend,” said Dr. Maura Toro-Morn, Director of the ISU Latin American and Latino Studies Program.

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College Extends Invitation to Tailgate

Homecoming theme: Rally the RedbirdsThe end of September brings a wide range of homecoming activities. September 28 through October 4 is Homecoming week at Illinois State University. The College of Arts and Sciences will host a tailgate on Saturday, October 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join CAS Dean Greg Simpson, fellow alumni, and friends of the College in the College of Arts and Sciences tent in the tent zone (North of Hancock Stadium) for lunch and conversation. The football game against South Dakota State at Hancock Stadium will begin at 2 p.m. Continue reading

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Events and Deadlines

September 22 – Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Dr. Venus Evans-Winters (ISU) and Mary Campbell (ISU), “Life Interrupted: Women Incarcerated,” Second Floor Lounge, Rachel Cooper Hall, 6 p.m.

September 23 – Department of Physics Colloquium, Professor Horia Petrache, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, “Forces between Lipid Membrances,” Room 214, Moulton Hall, 4 – 5 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

September 24 – International Studies and Programs Seminar, Professor Elizabeth Aranda, University of South Florida, “Making a Life in Multiethnic Miami: Immigration and the Rise of a Global City,” West Lounge, First Floor, Bone Student Center, Noon – 1 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

September 24 – Women’s and Gender Studies Internship and Volunteer Information Expo, Room 234, Rachel Cooper Hall, Noon.

September 24 – Actuarial Science Program, Dr. Tia Goss Sawhney, Director of Data, Analytics, and Research , Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, “Working with Data from the Actuarial Perspective,” Room 357, State Farm Hall of Business, 6:30 p.m.

September 24 – Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society) Ibero/Latino American Cinema Film Festival, “La Yuma,”  Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

September 25 – Department of English, Professor Tom Crumpler, ISU, leads the first brown-bag discussion, “Exploring Classification and Self-Censorship of Children’s Literature with Middle School Readers,” Room 311, Fairchild Hall, Noon.

September 25 – Department of Economics, Dr. Herman Blanco, ISU, “Who Benefits from the Information Provided by Job Placement Services? A Two-Sided Analysis,” Room 129, Williams Hall, 12:30 p.m.

September 25 – Department of Biological Sciences Seminar, Dr. Bill Perry, ISU, “From Genes to the Watershed: Human Effects on the Watershed,” Room 210, Moulton Hall.  Free and open to the public. 4 p.m.

September 25 – Women’s and Gender Studies Program, “Mental Health Study: Roadmap to Results?” ISU Alumni Center, 5 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

September 26 – Department of Physics Informal Seminar, Professor Brian Franklin, ISU, “Cryptography and Mapping,” Room 309, Moulton Hall.  Noon – 1 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

September 26 – Department of Chemistry Seminar, Wade Wilson, “Hydrogenation Catalysis Using Abundant Metals,” and Michael Berninger (Literature), Room 225, Julian Hall, 3 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

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See Illinois State’s First Children’s Book

photo of Writer Susan Blystone and illustrator Mike Mahle

Writer Susan Blystone and illustrator Mike Mahle

A new children’s book starring mascot Reggie Redbird will take Illinois State University’s youngest fans on a colorful journey to find out Where are all the Redbirds?

The University’s first children’s book was created by Illinois State illustrator Mike Mahle with writer and CAS alumna Susan Blystone. The book will be sold at various Bloomington-Normal retailers and online starting this month. A full list of retailers is below and also available online. Continue reading

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