#RedbirdProud

What have our alumni been up to since graduation? With nearly 200,000 alumni, our Redbirds are everywhere in the world doing amazing things!
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Decades of adventure
Mary (Korte) Frost Bondioli, Linda (Goodrich) Henkel, and Rebecca (Page) Beckmann are 1970 graduates. Beckmann and Bondioli were childhood friends and roommates in Barton Hall in the fall of 1966. Henkel’s room was across from them. The three have remained close for more than 50 years, and still connect at least once annually. They traveled to Ireland to celebrate their 70th birthdays in 2018. They are, from left, Bondioli of Herrin, Henkel of Warrensburg, and Beckmann of Germantown.
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Cherry Street sisterhood
Ten women started their freshman year living in a Haynie Hall lounge in 1970 and moved together to 110 Cherry Street in Normal, where their bond strengthened further. They are, front row from left, Bernadette (Pehanich) Jones; Sheila (Finnegan) Rainbolt; Linda (Schlesinger) Poznansky; and Shelley (Barillaro) Brockman; Back row, from left, Rose (Baumann) Fredericks; Marybeth (Harkness) Amerson; Mary Jane (Fleming) Wagner; Sally (Ragains) Monroe; Marcy (Kelly) Irvin; and Nancy (Powell) Benton.
Army Captain Will Konovsky ’13 was commissioned by the ROTC upon his graduation from Illinois State. He was a member of the Redbird Battalion while completing a degree in criminal justice sciences. Konovsky, third from left, is now serving in Afghanistan. He enlisted the help of his military brothers to display his pride in his alma mater. Central Illinois, Illinois State, Alma Mater, Illinois, The Help, Monster Trucks
Gladly he serves
Army Captain Will Konovsky ’13 was commissioned by the ROTC upon his graduation from Illinois State. He was a member of the Redbird Battalion while completing a degree in criminal justice sciences. Konovsky, third from left, is now serving in Afghanistan. He enlisted the help of his military brothers to display his pride in his alma mater.
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Roaming Redbirds
A friendship that formed on the 12th floor of Hewitt Hall in 1970 has remained strong for three 1974 graduates. The ladies have shared their experiences through love and loss, babies, adult children, and grandchildren. Now retired, the trio enjoys adventures around the world, including a trip to Paris in 2018. They are, from left, Peggy (Johnson) Romba ’74, M.S. ’89, of Bloomington; Elaine (Moats) Curran ’74, of San Jose, California; and Claudia (Connery) Krueger ’74, of Darien.
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Unbroken bond
As former student-athletes, the Redbird flag was a part of every competition for the “G-Girls.” The name came from them living together at 709 Dale, Apartment G. Cindy Harris ’84, left, was on the volleyball team and works as an ISU senior associate athletic director. Ellen McWilliams-Wood ’84, center, played softball and is an associate superintendent of schools in Kent, Ohio. Lisa Lindesmith ’83, right, was on the soccer team. A veterinarian, she owns All Paws Animal Clinic in Minneapolis.
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Unique Redbird victory
Decades after attending ISU, three graduates found each other through the love of tennis. Mary Lou (Kamykowski) Dressel ’70 of Lamont; Rhonda (Rohrsen) Wasinger ’74 of St. Charles; and Lois (Harris) Harris ’69 of Plano are members of the Oak Lawn Park District tennis program. They joined with seven others to win the U.S. Tennis Association’s 2017 national championship for ages 65 and o. Dressel, the team captain, is shown fifth from left. Wasinger and Harris are seventh and eighth from left.
It’s been three decades since four ladies found each other as students. Their friendship has endured the test of time, with an “ISU Girls’ Night” scheduled monthly since they graduated in the 1980s. This summer they worked at a Feed My Starving Children event, helping to prepare more than 10,000 packaged meals for shipment around the world. They are, from left, Pam (Schell) Boland ’86, Laura (Shehee) Hester ’85, Ellen (Santiago) Williams ’85, and Dawn (Bacino) Pope ’85. 1980s, Summer, Lady, Left, Hester, Ellen, Dawn, Event
Connected and caring
It’s been three decades since four ladies found each other as students. Their friendship has endured the test of time, with an “ISU Girls’ Night” scheduled monthly since they graduated in the 1980s. This summer they worked at a Feed My Starving Children event, helping to prepare more than 10,000 packaged meals for shipment around the world. They are, from left, Pam (Schell) Boland ’86, Laura (Shehee) Hester ’85, Ellen (Santiago) Williams ’85, and Dawn (Bacino) Pope ’85.
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Collegiate camaraderie
There is a strong Redbird presence at Madison Elementary School in Lombard. Alumni proudly shared their ISU connection with students before the academic year ended in the spring. The teachers and staff include, front row, from left, Joanne (Raucci) Oberg ’01, M.S. ’03; Ryan Kuehne ’07; Tony Melton ’93; and Allison (Ellena) Quirke ’02. Back row, from left, are Kim Lally ’91, Diana DeAnda ’14, Christy (Kral) Grossmann ’10, Michelle (LeDuc) Miksanek ’88, Michelle (Materazzo) Frankenbach ’07, Michel
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Richard Wisner ’59, M.S. ’64, has had the thrill of sinking a hole-in-one five separate times. He remembers each one, starting in Bloomington in 1968. The most recent was in Petersburg in 2010. He confesses that the repeated feat is “98 percent luck.” A retired school administrator, Wisner served 16 years with the Illinois Association of School Boards. His wife, Arline (Nelson) ’57, is also a retired educator. They reside in Springfield.
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There are six Illinois State alumni on the teaching and administrative staff at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview. They connected to show their Redbird pride by posing at the school during Homecoming last fall. They are, from left, Mark Knoeppel ’14, Mark Dec ’92, Caitlin Reichert ’13, Leah Maskin ’16, Matthew Lucchetti ’15, and Stacey (Friedman) Wolfe ’99.
Homecoming 2017 was the perfect opportunity for five sisters of the Pi Beta Phi sorority to reunite. They appreciated the opportunity to reminisce about the years they shared as students. They are, from left, Samantha (Hooker) Blake ’09, Shannon (Murray) Sundberg ’08, Lauren (Foerster) Platt ’09, Tricia (Berryhill) Banach ’08, and Nicole (Rousakis) Felke ’08. Sisters, Homecoming, Nicole, Together Again, Samantha, Reminiscing, Lauren
Homecoming 2017 was the perfect opportunity for five sisters of the Pi Beta Phi sorority to reunite. They appreciated the opportunity to reminisce about the years they shared as students. They are, from left, Samantha (Hooker) Blake ’09, Shannon (Murray) Sundberg ’08, Lauren (Foerster) Platt ’09, Tricia (Berryhill) Banach ’08, and Nicole (Rousakis) Felke ’08.
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Eight women met as freshmen in 1965 and reunited last year to celebrate their 70th birthdays and friendship. Front row from left, Penny Clodfelter ’86 of Overland Park, KS; Kathy (Nerad) Van Eyndhoven ’69 of Motueka, New Zealand; and Holly (Treadway) Rabbe ’69 of Normal. Back row from left are, Shirley (Hall) Hill ’69 of Zion; Paula (Chodakowski) Smith ’69, M.S. ’71 of Nokomis; Penny (Nix) Pelkey ’69 of Crystal Lake; Maggie (Paine) Thompson ’69 of Normal. Cynthia (Osborne) Tar died in 2002.
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After 40 years apart, three friends who met during their collegiate days reconnected and rekindled Illinois State memories last October. The ladies toured campus to take in the many changes, and visited each place they had lived while students. They are, from left, Patty (Tobias) Rolleri ’74 of North Carolina; Mary Cay (Lammers) Hahn ’73, M.S. ’74, of Illinois; and Karla (Schaer) Withrow ’73 of Washington.
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Nine young women met while settling in on the fourth floor of Dunn Hall in 2007. The bond they formed strengthened through the years. They returned to Homecoming last year to celebrate a decade of friendship. They are, seated from left, Alicia Ferraris ’11, Charlene (Triplitt) Lawinger ’11, Taryn (Cap) Moraga ’11, and Cass (Lobb) Fisher ’11. Standing from left are, Heather Curtin ’10, M.A. ’13; Liz (Reed) Kearney; Katie (Straub) Jacob ’11; Amy Cranston ’11; and Caitlin Plaza ’11.
Three Redbirds have formed a friendship as a result of teaching for many years in the same school district in Davenport, Iowa, where each resides. They have a combined total of nearly 100 years of coaching in the Davenport school system. The men enjoy golfing and sharing memories of their time at ISU in the late 1960s. They are, from left, Jerry Zinn ’68, M.S. ’69; Tom Souhrada ’69, M.S. ’73; and Bill Churchill ’71. Tops, Coaching, Teaching, Davenport, Davenport Iowa, Churchill, School District, Iowa
Three Redbirds have formed a friendship as a result of teaching for many years in the same school district in Davenport, Iowa, where each resides. They have a combined total of nearly 100 years of coaching in the Davenport school system. The men enjoy golfing and sharing memories of their time at ISU in the late 1960s. They are, from left, Jerry Zinn ’68, M.S. ’69; Tom Souhrada ’69, M.S. ’73; and Bill Churchill ’71.
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Afiya McDowell ’97 returned to campus last summer during an ISU open house event that she attended with her high school daughter. McDowell took time out from the events to have her photo taken with Reggie in the Bone Student Center. An apparel merchandising and design graduate, she resides in Berkeley.
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Professor Emeritus Arthur Corra led a group of music majors through East and West Germany in 1977 to study Bach. The group reconnected last fall to celebrate the trip's anniversary and Corra’s 88th birthday. Seated from left, William Buss ’79, Corra, and Andrew Carlson ’79; Standing from left are, Bonnie (Fletcher) DeNully ’78, Donna Siemsen ’78, and Susan Allan ’79. John Cramer ’79 attended by live video. Faculty member Patricia Whikehart, who is deceased, also participated in the trip.
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Three graduates who never met on campus bonded years later as educators in Tredyffrin Easttown School District in Pennsylvania. They are, from left, Judith (Bronkema) Shepherd ’64, Kay (McCarter) Krause ’68, and Jean (Yurs) Cook ’72. Shepherd was instrumental in the push to change Illinois State’s name in the early 1960s. She retired in 2016 at age 75. Krause taught in Illinois and Dusseldorf, Germany. Cook was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. She continues to substitute teach.
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Teaching Across Borders David Rine finished his ISU degree in 1963, grateful for faculty mentors in classes that ranged from math and physical sciences to literature. He completed a doctorate in philosophy and taught engineering at George Mason University. Now retired and living with his wife, Carolynne, in Kansas, Rine remains active. He has been part of building engineering programs in East Africa. He is shown with two South Sudanese students who attend schools Rine helped develop.
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Ladies who met through Lambda Rho while at Illinois State remain connected despite having homes scattered across the country. They gathered in Naperville last year and enjoyed their time together as much as when they were undergraduates in the 1960s. They are, seated from left, Donna Sulzer Joss ’69 of Encinitas, California; Sandee Walter Sennstrom ’68 of Chicago; and Linda Stauter Kinnikin ’68 of Joliet. The others are, from left, Laurie Willets ’70 of Chicago; Mary Locke ’69 of Bethesda, Maryl
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A group of undergraduate guys met as freshmen living in Manchester Hall. Several worked at Vrooman dining hall, which led to a friendship with a group of ladies living in Hewett Hall. The 16 have met many times over the years. They celebrated 45 years since graduation with a campus visit last fall. Beyond finding all that is new at ISU and in Uptown Normal, they took in the football game against South Dakota State University. Those pictured are, from back, Bill Dowdakin of Winnebago; Mark Schnei
Power of one: Alumna invests in future generation on #GivingTuesday! Jumpers, Fashion, Power, Investing, Future, State University, Giving Tuesday
Power of one: Alumna invests in future generation
Power of one: Alumna invests in future generation on #GivingTuesday!
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Five members of the ISU cross country and track teams have maintained their friendship more than 35 years after graduation. The former Redbird athletes connected most recently this summer at the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon. It was there the U.S. team that competed in Rio was finalized. #RedbirdProud
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Friendships formed in the fall of 1970 in Atkin-Colby Hall developed into a lifelong bond among six women. They continue to reunite regularly from their homes across the U.S. #RedbirdProud
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ISU’s reputation for preparing stellar teachers and administrators is exemplified by the staff of one Illinois school. There are 14 graduates at Emerson Middle School in Park Ridge/Niles School District 64, including Assistant Principal Tim Benka. All are grateful for their collegiate experience and proudly share with students their Redbird spirit. #RedbirdProud
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It's time to brag! President Dietz's highlights 11 more reasons to be #RedbirdProud!
Nothing better than being a Redbird! Inspiration, Illinois State Redbirds, Dose, Brandon, Midwest Girls, Cache, Daily Dose
Nothing better than being a Redbird!
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Jane Lynch stars in new Illinois State University TV spot
Jane Lynch stars in new Illinois State University TV spot. #RedbirdProud
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Mitchell awarded $210,000 NSF grant for organic chemistry work
#RedbirdScholar Professor Andy Mitchell was awarded $210k NSF grant for organic chemistry work
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Juliano awarded $435,000 NIH grant for mosquito studies
#RedbirdScholar Professor Steven Juliano receives a grant from the National Institute of Health to study ways to reduce disease carrying mosquito populations! #RedbirdProud
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6 reasons to be #HonorsProud this fall
6 reasons to be #HonorsProud this fall! #RedbirdProud
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Illinois State moves up in U.S. News ranking
Illinois State moves up in U.S. News ranking as 78th best national public university! #RedbirdProud
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Illinois State continues record-setting enrollment trend
Despite the state budget impasse, Illinois State continues its record-setting enrollment trend for a third year in a row. #RedbirdStrong #RedbirdProud
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Labor Day Cruisin' #redbirdproud #laborday #parade
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Gabriel Iglesias bringing #FluffyBreaksEven tour to Braden September 22
One of America’s top comedians, Gabriel Iglesias, will perform at Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium at 8 p.m., Thursday, September 22.
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Move-in just got more "snappy". Don't forget to snap that selfie next week!
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Friendship sparked while students at ISU in the 70s remains strong for 13 women, who have met annually for more than 40 years. They are, seated from left, Mary (Henning) Tobias ’79 of Barrington; Kendra (Knudtzon) Fischl ’79 of Libertyville; Teri (Mullen) Lodesky ’79 of Naperville; Georgette (Koszczuk) Schroeder ’79, M.S. ’80, of Bensenville; Sharon (Georgeoff) Frys ’79 of Palatine; and Gayle (Krass) Carzoli ’79 of Itasca.
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Looking to meet Redbirds in your area? Join 1 of the nearly 30 alumni networks across the U.S.! #RedbirdProud
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Illinois State once again named Great College to Work For
For the second straight year, Illinois State University has been named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education. #RedbirdProud
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‪Our Redbird Card may have changed with the hairstyles over the years, but it remains a great family bonding tool. Courtesy of sophomore Corrine Berardi, this is Corrine's current card next to her mother's, Heidi Weckerly-Berardi '92. Corrine and Heidi are part of a long line of Redbirds with at least seven members of their family having attended Illinois State! ‪#‎RedbirdProud‬ #TBT
Want to be stylin' like President Dietz?! Head to IllinoisState.edu/Socks and make a gift before June 30 to get your own pair of #RedbirdSocks! Trousers, Stadium, June 30, Pants
Want to be stylin' like President Dietz?! Head to IllinoisState.edu/Socks and make a gift before June 30 to get your own pair of #RedbirdSocks!
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How ISU alum Brian Hanc hit it big in the popcorn tin and seasonal food business: https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2016/05/tin-man-alum-masters-the-art-of-seasonal-sales/
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Time to brag! Business ISU's Tamra Davis was named the National Collegiate Teacher of the Year for her outstanding contributions in teaching business education! ‪#‎RedbirdProud‬ https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2016/05/college-business-professor-named-national-collegiate-teacher-year/
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"The friendships I made during my time at ISU will remain for many years to come, and I can’t help but thank ISU for making those connections." Meet remarkable 2016 Special Education grad Ana Pyper and watch her commencement speech: https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2016/05/coe-student-commencement-speaker-delivers-show-stopping-speech/
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Congratulations to all the graduates who participated in last week's Umoja graduation ceremony. You make us #RedbirdProud!
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Illinois State University voice professor and acclaimed soprano Michelle Vought performed the national anthem at Wrigley Field on Sunday, May 8, 2016. (Courtesy of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center)
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Proud mama Redbirds don't mind that #MothersDay always falls on Commencement Weekend. Happy Mothers Day!
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Six commencement ceremonies down, and the book is closed on the 2015-16 school year at Illinois State. Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/illinois_state/sets/72157665695882173/with/26271563984/
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14 ways to rock your mortarboard at commencement: https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2016/04/14-ways-to-rock-your-mortarboard-at-commencement/
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Illinois State celebrated 50 years of Preview on April 22, 2016, with a reunion of past Preview guides! Check out highlights on the ‪#‎IllinoisState‬ Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/illinois_state/26036850093/in/album-72157667578609375/