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What Happened at the Flagpole

Our alumni magazine takes you inside the infamous flagpole standoff in 1970 that put Illinois State on the brink and changed our campus forever. Read the Days of May oral history.

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Illinois State’s academic reputation and high graduation rate rank us No. 78 on U.S. News & World Report’s best public national universities list. See more Points of Pride.

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There's always something to see and do at Illinois State, from athletics events, concerts and performances, to guest speakers and cultural fairs. See what's happening today!

Events Calendar

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(Re)Design Your Course for Civic Engagement
Wed, May 24, 2017, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Instructional Technology and Development Center
Wellness Massage
Wed, May 24, 2017, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall
Lifestyle Enhancement Program: Noon Yoga
Wed, May 24, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bone Student Center
University Teaching Award Portfolio Circles
Wed, May 24, 2017, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Instructional Technology and Development Center
Alumni gathering in New York City
Mon, Jun 5, 2017, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bourbon Street Bar and Grille
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Wed, Jun 28, 2017, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Ewing Cultural Center
Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline
Thu, Jun 29, 2017, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Ewing Cultural Center
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Ewing Cultural Center
Wellness Massage
Wed, May 24, 2017, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall
Lifestyle Enhancement Program: Noon Yoga
Wed, May 24, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bone Student Center
Lifestyle Enhancement Program: Balanced Bellies and Backs
Thu, May 25, 2017, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Bone Student Center
AA Meeting
Thu, May 25, 2017, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Wittenberg Lutheran Center

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Visit the online news hub to find out what is happening around the Illinois State University campus.
State Farm commits $3 million to Illinois State University cybersecurity program
The gift establishes an endowed chair position that will provide leadership for the newly-created major in cybersecurity in the School of Information Technology, as well as funding for program enhancements and renovation of existing space to strengthen the learning environment for students.
Planetarium to present summer show Sunstruck! starting May 24
The Illinois State University Planetarium will present the full-dome summer show Sunstruck! from May 24 through July 21.
Private papers of Henry ‘Buddy’ Ringling North donated to Milner Library
Though Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus will soon perform for the last time, the Ringling legacy will live on.
University Galleries to offer three summer exhibitions, opening June 2
Join the University Galleries on Friday, June 2, from 5–7 p.m., for the opening [...]
Students unveil report on Bloomington-Normal intolerance, progress
Seven teams of students from the University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology [...]
Research and Honors, May 23, 2017
Faculty and staff honors, publications, and presentations.
National Institutes of Health proposal submission deadlines
The next round of proposal submission deadlines for the National Institutes of Health [...]
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 [...]
Community movie night set for June 2
As a thank you to loyal fans and supporters, Illinois State Athletics will host a FREE [...]
Deadline approaches for alumni awards nomination
The Alumni Association honors individuals during Founders Day celebrations.
Illinois State alumni and friends night with CornBelters
Join alumni, family, and friends for a cookout and some CornBelters baseball on June 15.
2017 alumni night at Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Illinois State University alumni, family, and friends are invited to the annual alumni [...]
Redbirds Ready To Compete At NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary
A group of 11 Illinois State men's and women's track and field standouts are prepped and [...]
Miller, Rave Earn All-Missouri Valley Conference Honors
Illinois State's Owen Miller and John Rave were among the players recognized as the [...]
Redbirds Look to Carry Momentum into MVC Tournament
The Illinois State baseball team looks to carry momentum gained from its win over No. 12 [...]
Redbirds’ Season Comes to an End at NISC Tournament
After clinching the NISC Regional Title, Illinois State came up short to Lamar and [...]
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