Exhibition Opening at Rachel Cooper Gallery

promotional posterRachel Cooper Gallery invites all members of the campus and Bloomington-Normal communities to “In Conversation” work by MFA student Lexie Bragg opening August 31 and continuing through October 16, 2015. An opening reception will be held on August 31 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Bragg will offer lecture and open conversation of works at 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Rachel Cooper Gallery is an extension of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program Office. It offers ISU Fine Arts students the opportunity to exhibit their work. Rachel Cooper Gallery works to establish a viable art space for discussions of gender and identity and the promotion of diversity in the fine arts. Continue reading

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New Faculty Awards for Creative Endeavors Announced

Illinois State University LogoThe Office of the Provost announced two new awards to honor faculty creative endeavors.

Recommended by the University Research Council, the Creative Activity Initiative Award and the University Outstanding Creative Activity Award will honor faculty members, from any discipline, whose scholarly activities involve creative productivity.

“These new awards are a wonderful addition,” said University Provost Janet Krejci. “Alongside the longstanding Outstanding University Researcher Award and the Research Initiative Award, the new Creative Activity awards will celebrate the considerable accomplishments of the entire Illinois State University faculty community.” Continue reading

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Planetarium Show Celebrates Northern Lights

photo of Aurora borealisThe Illinois State University Planetarium will present Aurora, running weekends August 28 through November 14. Showtimes are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. There will be no shows October 2, 3, 23, and 24.

The aurora borealis–or northern lights–is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights to grace the night sky. Aurora takes viewers to Earth’s frigid north to explore the myths and science surrounding this spectacular marvel. Continue reading

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Teacher Education Program Recognized Nationally

classroom photoThe Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures’ teacher education program is being recognized nationally for its work at Unity Community Center. It is one of only 11 programs recognized by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Global Engagement Initiative, which seeks to highlight outstanding community-engaged learning experiences within the world languages curriculum at all levels of instruction. The program at ISU involves French, German, and Spanish teacher candidates who benefit from experiences with diverse learners, especially those in early grades of elementary school. Continue reading

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Illinois State Selected for National Initiative

College of Arts and Sciences sealIllinois State University has been chosen to take part in a national initiative to boost the number of women in economics majors across the country.

Known as the Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge (UWE), the three-year project will implement strategies for women in introductory economics courses designed to encourage them to stay in the major. Spearheaded by Harvard University and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the program is administered by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Welcome Back from the Dean

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Greg Simpson

I am pleased to welcome all of our faculty, staff, and students to an exciting academic year. I want to extend a special welcome to those who are new to the University. I hope our new colleagues will be made to feel as welcome as I have since joining ISU in 2011. We have an exciting year on the horizon, with 10 new tenure-track faculty colleagues in the College, whom you will have an opportunity to meet at the Fall Address on Thursday, September 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. This year we will conduct 10 searches for new faculty for fall 2016. We will also begin and complete work on a new Strategic Plan.

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Vidal-Gadea Discovers first Receptor of Earth’s Magnetic Fields in Animals

Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea

Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea

Illinois State University’s Andres Vidal-Gadea is leading the way to understanding the internal compass of animals by identifying the first sensor of the Earth’s magnetic field in the brain of a worm.

Researchers have known for years that animals such as geese and sea turtles use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate long distances in migration. What they have not understood – until now – is how it works. “So much around us generates a magnetic field, and we interact with that. If we could see it, it would look like a Van Gogh painting with fields swirling like Starry Night,” said Vidal-Gadea, an assistant professor of molecular neuroethology, who led a research team at the University of Texas at Austin under the mentorship of Jon Pierce-Shimomura before he arrived at Illinois State in January. Continue reading

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National Association Honors Rosenthal

Johnathan Rosenthal

Jonathan Rosenthal

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has named Dr. Jonathan Rosenthal, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, the recipient of its 2015 Michael C. Holen Pacesetter Award. The award recognizes executive officers, provosts and academic or student affairs officers who exemplify a commitment to academic advising and are true advocates for advising, students, and advisors across the institution. “Dr. Rosenthal has been a tireless advocate for academic advising and the strongest supporter of advisors themselves. He is passionate about student success and recognizes the crucial role advisors play in the positive outcomes that are achieved by Illinois State University students. He is most deserving of this honor,” said Provost Janet Krejci.

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Events and Deadlines

August 31 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “Chronique D’Un Ete,” 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.

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WGLT Nabs Murrow Awards

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Public radio station WGLT has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrow awards in one year for journalistic excellence by the Radio Television Digital News Association, a first in station history. The Edward R. Murrow awards originated in 1971. GLT triumphed over contenders from thirteen other regions. “Our local community already recognizes the quality news department at GLT and generously supports their efforts,” General Manager of GLT Bruce Bergethon said, “I am proud when those outstanding efforts are recognized on a national level. It provides confirmation that our contributors’ support is making possible a truly valuable community service.” Continue reading

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