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Alumni Center

Location:
Alumni Center 1101 N. Main Street
Normal, IL
Phone:
(309) 438-4781
Website:
http://alumni.illinoisstate.edu/services/alumnicenter/

The Alumni Center is a special place for Redbirds and friends to gather and become reacquainted with their campus home. The facility contains state-of-the-art meeting rooms for alumni, as well as university and community organizations. Alumni will find the center inviting, as its design incorporates space for everything from group meetings to casual conversation around the fireplace.

The Illinois State University Alumni Center is designed to serve the over 177,000 alumni of Illinois State University, current students, faculty/staff, and the Bloomington-Normal community. Approximately 80 staff members from the University Advancement Vice President’s office, Alumni Relations, Development, Marketing and Communications, and the Illinois State University Foundation are located in the facility.

In fall 2007, during Illinois State University’s Sesquicentennial, renovations began on the University’s first on-campus home for alumni. The Illinois State University Alumni Center was dedicated in July 2008 and opened to all Redbirds and friends.

Upcoming Events

March 2017

Social Work Day 2017: Shaping the Narrative: Social Work Action for Engaged Citizenship

Date:
Monday, March 27th
Time:
8:15 am - 4:00 pm

The 2017 Social Work Day Conference: Shaping the Narrative: Social Work Action for Engaged Citizenship hopes to be a vehicle for helping social service providers move forward.

Academy of Seniors: A Trip Through the Senses with an Avant-Garde Artist

Date:
Monday, March 27th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Words can tell a story, but they’re not the only way. Artists use the human form to tell stories, and sound conveys more than you know. We will explore unique visual and aural landscapes and unusual, immersive approaches to theatrical storytelling.

Academy of Seniors: A Trip Through the Senses with an Avant-Garde Artist

Date:
Wednesday, March 29th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Words can tell a story, but they’re not the only way. Artists use the human form to tell stories, and sound conveys more than you know. We will explore unique visual and aural landscapes and unusual, immersive approaches to theatrical storytelling.

Mornings with the Professors – Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns to Perfect Communities

Date:
Friday, March 31st
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

The country faces urgent opportunities and crises that compel us to change faster than we have ever before. History shows us since de Tocqueville’s tour of the country in 1830, the country has been built by citizens working together. Though recent societal trends are skewing toward disengagement and isolation, Sustainable Nation demonstrates how urban design patterns are the tool to unlock a new wave of community activism.

April 2017

Academy of Seniors: A Trip Through the Senses with an Avant-Garde Artist

Date:
Monday, April 3rd
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Words can tell a story, but they’re not the only way. Artists use the human form to tell stories, and sound conveys more than you know. We will explore unique visual and aural landscapes and unusual, immersive approaches to theatrical storytelling.

Academy of Seniors: A Trip Through the Senses with an Avant-Garde Artist

Date:
Wednesday, April 5th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Words can tell a story, but they’re not the only way. Artists use the human form to tell stories, and sound conveys more than you know. We will explore unique visual and aural landscapes and unusual, immersive approaches to theatrical storytelling.

Mornings with the Professors – What Makes a Musical Masterpiece?

Date:
Friday, April 7th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

There are many works of classical art music that are considered by most listeners to be masterpieces. What are their shared characteristics, and why have some composers produced many of them? Do these works arise at an intersection of skill and inspiration?

Mornings with the Professors – From the Kitchen to the Courts

Date:
Friday, April 14th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

We are only two generations removed from the time women's only options were homemaking and child rearing. Hutchison will explore the evolving role of women on the sports courts and how that role has been influenced by society and the actions of the legal courts.

MCN Scholars Symposium

Date:
Tuesday, April 18th
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Explore research and evidence-based practice at MCN! Faculty, students, alumni, and community nurses are invited to our first annual Scholars Day. The event begins with a welcome from Dean Judy Neubrander at 4 p.m., followed by a series of oral presentations and a poster session from 5-5:20 p.m. Awards for excellence and the most popular presentation will be given at 5:20 p.m. Information about the presentations will be available here. This event is sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau Xi Pi Chapter.

Alumni/Student Career Panel Reception

Date:
Tuesday, April 18th
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A panel of MCN alumni will talk with current students about career options after graduation.

Creating Articles for News.IllinoisState

Date:
Wednesday, April 19th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Learn how to use the News.IllinoisState.edu content management system, powered by WordPress.

The Taste, a savory experience for alumni

Date:
Thursday, April 20th
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mingle with Redbirds while enjoying samples of wines, craft beers, and appetizing foods

Mornings with the Professors – 100 Years of Native American Sovereignty in Central Illinois

Date:
Friday, April 21st
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Native Americans in Central Illinois did not go gently into that good night. Accustomed to trade partnerships with French and then British corporate concerns, they established successful understanding of respective rights and obligations with these Europeans. At the end the American Revolution the British signed over the lands of Illinois to the Americans. The Americans looked at Illinois as land destined for American families, land from which Indians were to be removed. Today we call this ethnic cleansing.

Golden Jubilee Celebration

Date:
Friday, April 21st
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This event honors nursing alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, and pins will be handed out to the Class of 1967.

Mennonite Nurses Alumni Organization Awards and Reunion Banquet

Date:
Saturday, April 22nd
Time:
11:00 am - 2:30 pm

All alumni are invited to celebrate milestone reunion classes and award recipients.

Mornings with the Professors – Jim Crow’s Lengthy Stay in Bloomington-Normal

Date:
Friday, April 28th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Little known today, racial segregation became solidly established here in the early 20th Century and was only ended with much struggle from the 1940s into the 1960s. What happened to Jesse Fell's community? Why was it OK that blacks were kept out of restaurants, hotels, and the whites' swimming areas?

May 2017

Academy of Seniors: School Policy in Illinois – A View from the Capitol Building

Date:
Tuesday, May 2nd
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

While much of Illinois’ policy making has ground to a near halt during the past two years, issues in public education, and especially the way it is funded have continued. Hear more about recent issues in education policy.

Academy of Seniors – Work Zone! Considering Structural Changes for Illinois Government

Date:
Tuesday, May 9th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Should we revise how we draw district lines for Illinois? Set term limits on any elected officials? Eliminate any constitutional offices? Toss on your hard hat and get ready to work through these issues with crew boss Sheila Simon, who will share safety tips for this hazardous job.

Academy of Seniors – Dysfunction in Illinois Politics and Government: How Did We Get Here?

Date:
Friday, May 12th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

If there is one thing that most Illinoisans can agree on, it is that our current politics and government are dysfunctional. How did this happen? We will examine a few of Illinois’s key characteristics, along with the historical and national context, to try to help answer this question.

Senior Professionals – WWI Aftermath: Flappers, Bootleggers, Rioters and Ku Kluxers – Domestic Turmoil

Date:
Monday, May 15th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

As the Great War ended in Europe, another sort of war erupted at home. Public battles over prohibition and women’s liberation, rising crime rates, race riots and a surge of nativism in the form of the Ku Klux Klan shattered Americans’ sense of peace. This session will examine the fraught aftermath of WWI, a time that gives new meaning to the idea of “the roaring twenties.”

Academy of Seniors – WWI Aftermath: We Return From Fighting and We Return Fighting

Date:
Wednesday, May 17th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for a prideful march through the history of the New Negro movement, renaissance, as it battles racial violence alongside economic and political disenfranchisement, learning how African Americans were affected by the Great War. It will capture the emergence of an eclectic Black literature in the aftermath of the war that was supposed to end all wars.

Senior Professionals – WWI Aftermath: False Dawn – The League of Nations and International Politics

Date:
Monday, May 22nd
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At the end of WWI, the League of Nations embodied the hope of millions of people for a better, more peaceful world order. In the 1920s and early 1930s; however, the League failed to do much to alter international politics. This class will examine why that failure occurred and explore the role the League played in international security in the years after the Great War.

Senior Professionals – WWI Aftermath: Those Insufferable Suffragettes – Making Sense of the Fight for Voting Rights

Date:
Tuesday, May 23rd
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Activists who reinvigorated women’s suffrage in the 19th century met their share of critics who characterized them as militant, angry, disreputable and insufferable. Instead of buckling to the criticism, they challenged those who saw them as misguided women to see them as citizens deserving of full rights.

June 2017

Transfer Student Career Conference

Date:
Thursday, June 22nd
Time:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Participate in a variety of workshops designed to help explore careers and majors, learn about resources and strategies to help prepare for future careers.

February 2018

Alumni Awards Dinner

Date:
Thursday, February 15th 2018
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Alumni eat at Alumni Awards dinner

Each year the Illinois State University’s Alumni Association recognizes individuals who personify the University’s tradition as an environment for excellence.