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Homecoming week is October 3‒9! Find all events and activities happening throughout the week by downloading the free Illinois State University App and searching for Homecoming 2016.

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Events Calendar

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2017-18 Social Work BSW Application Period Open for Transfer Students
Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 5:00am - Wed, Feb 15, 2017, 6:00pm
Rachel Cooper
2017-18 Social Work BSW Application Period Open for Current ISU Students
Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 5:00am - Tue, Nov 15, 2016, 6:00pm
Rachel Cooper
Midterm (APA) Grade Submission opens Sep 26
Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 7:00am - Sun, Oct 9, 2016, 10:00pm
2017-18 Social Work BSW Application Period Open for Transfer Students
Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 5:00am - Wed, Feb 15, 2017, 6:00pm
Rachel Cooper
2017-18 Social Work BSW Application Period Open for Current ISU Students
Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 5:00am - Tue, Nov 15, 2016, 6:00pm
Rachel Cooper
Midterm (APA) Grade Submission opens Sep 26
Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 7:00am - Sun, Oct 9, 2016, 10:00pm
Study Abroad First Steps Sessions
Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Fell Hall (FEL)
Area Voice Recital
Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Kemp Recital Hall
Guest Artist Recital: Brian Kubin, cello and Michael Bunchman, piano
Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Kemp Recital Hall
Waiora
Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Center for the Performing Arts (CPA)
Jazz Ensemble I & II
Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Center for the Performing Arts (CPA)
2017-18 Social Work BSW Application Period Open for Current ISU Students
Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 5:00am - Tue, Nov 15, 2016, 6:00pm
Rachel Cooper
Adventure: Stand Up Paddleboarding Deadline
Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 8:00am - Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 8:00am
Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall (SFCM)
SWAT Wellness Gazebo - Stevenson Circle
Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 10:30am - 3:30pm
Stevenson Hall (STV)
McDowell Stafford Educational Lecture in Child and Family Health
Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Alumni Center

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Illinois State raises over $21 million in FY2016 private fundraising efforts
Illinois State University has just recorded the second largest fundraising year in the institution’s history. Gifts will go toward student scholarships and university programs.
Juliano awarded $435,000 NIH grant for mosquito studies
Illinois State University’s Distinguished Professor of Ecology Steven Juliano received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate ways to combat mosquitoes that can carry viruses, such as Zika and West Nile.
School of Theatre and Dance presents Waiora, September 30-October 9
The Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance will present Hone Kouka’s Waiora, opening September 30.
Maximizing crop yield, minimizing nutrient loss
Maria Boerngen is playing her part to help farmers maximize crop yields in the Midwest, [...]
Download latest issue of Redbird Scholar
For those readers who would like to view the print version of the Redbird Scholar on an [...]
Powerful pen: Lauded faculty poet redefines, advances old genre
He’s also a full professor in the creative writing program of Illinois State’s [...]
After Hillary: If America elects its first female president, what changes?
Hillary Clinton’s election would be loaded with significance, but one thing it [...]
Illinois State falls in Moline to NIU, 68-59
The Illinois State University Women’s Basketball team dropped its sixth-consecutive [...]
Swimming and Diving finish third at Louisville, prepare for Puerto Rico
Deb Bethel/Sports Reporter After finishing third at the Louisville Invite, which took [...]
Keene and Rosch earn AVCA All-North selections
Sophomore Jaelyn Keene was named a member in the AVCA’s All-North Region selection and [...]
Hawkins leads Redbirds; ISU pulls out 63-61 home win over Murray State
After struggling late in games its past couple outings, the Illinois State men’s [...]
Kick off Homecoming 2016 with two events, October 3
See Uptown Normal light up followed by some Redbird fun on the Quad as Homecoming 2016 [...]
#ChicagoRedbirds hosting watch party, October 1
The Redbirds take on North Dakota State on October 1, and Chicago alumni can cheer for [...]
Affinity groups plan for Homecoming
Several of Illinois State’s affinity alumni groups will be a part of Homecoming this [...]
Catch the action at Hoopfest on October 7
Watch the 2016-17 Redbird men's and women's basketball teams, enjoy activities, get free [...]
Spelman Named Semifinalist For Campbell Trophy
Illinois State senior center Mark Spelman was named one of 156 semifinalists for the 2016 [...]
Watch Redbird Men’s Basketball on ESPN Networks
At least 20 regular-season Illinois State men's basketball games are scheduled to be [...]
The Valley on ESPN3 to Broadcast Women’s Basketball This Season
The Illinois State women's basketball team will have all of its Missouri Valley [...]
No. 18 Redbirds Fly To Fargo To Face No. 1 Bison
For the first time since 2013, No. 18 Illinois State (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) and No. 1 North [...]
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