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2016 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 17

11:30 a.m.
Employee Recognition Private Luncheon
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 years of service employees. Log into to register online today. Registration required by Feb. 9.

Thursday, February 18

8-10 a.m.
Loyalty Circle Reception
Prairie Room, Bone Student Center

Loyalty Circle donors are invited to enjoy a reception with light refreshments prior to the Bell Ringing Ceremony.

10:00 a.m.
Founders Day Bell Ringing Ceremony
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
STATE Showcase
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Sign up to participate in the STATE showcase.

1:30 p.m.
Processional Line-up
Faculty— Circus Room
Platform— Old Main Room
Team Excellence and Students— Spotlight Room
Distinguished Professor— Circus Room
Retirees— Circus Room

Registration is now available online to march in Convocation.

2 p.m.
Founders Day Convocation
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Join us for presentations of some the highest awards bestowed from Illinois State University.

3:30 p.m.
Founders Day Convocation Reception
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Reception immediately following the Founders Day Convocation.

6 p.m.
Alumni Awards Dinner
Alumni Center

Registration is now available online:

For more information, please contact Alumni Relations at (309) 438-2495.

2016 honorary Degree Recipient

Julie Baker Dobski

Julie Baker Dobski has served Central Illinois as a business person and philanthropist for almost 30 years.  In 1988, she and her husband Bob, along with their four children, moved to Bloomington-Normal as the owners of several area McDonald’s restaurants.  Julie quickly became vital to the community through her charitable works, her volunteerism, and her roles on many committees, boards, and organizations. 

The Dobskis opened their first McDonald’s franchise in 1982 in Farmington, Missouri.  They currently own the McDonald’s restaurants in Bloomington, Normal, McLean, and Gibson City.  In 2004, Julie opened her first Little Jewels Learning Center and presently owns and operates three centers.  She has given much of her time and resources within these two companies to support the community. As a result of her contributions to her community, she was honored with the McDonald’s People Award in 2006 and 2007, and the McDonald’s Ronald Award in 1987 and 2005.

Julie has served as president of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross event chair, Central Catholic High School Saints Alive chair, United Way chair, and Bloomington-Normal Sunrise Rotary president – which received club of the year under her leadership.  She currently serves as Baby Fold chair, Illinois State University College of Business Advisory Board member, BN Advantage Leadership Council member, and is a trustee for the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where she and Bob have been members since they moved to Bloomington-Normal.

She began a local amateur theatre group called the One Nighters II, she has been involved in the Holiday Spectacular and the Nutcracker performances for many years, and she and her friends started serving meals once a month at the Salvation Army Safe Harbor.

Julie has received numerous honors locally including Large Business of the Year, Boy Scout Award, Athena Award, and Women of Distinction Award.  She attributes her successes to her husband Bob; her children – Steven, Jimmy, Laura, and Erin; her grandchildren – Michael, Bryce, and Dean; and her many friends, family, and loyal staff.