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Egypt’s former vice president to speak in ISU Speaker Series

This fall’s ISU Speaker Series will include the former vice president of Egypt along with six other speakers.

The topics that will be touched upon during the series include public health, equity for public schools, nuclear disarmament, Civil War soldiers, conversations on rape and fighting Ebola.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and former vice president of Egypt Mohamed ElBaradei will give a talk titled “Preventing a Nuclear Nightmare” at 7 p.m. Sep. 30.

“College Girl” author Laura Gray-Rosendale will kick off the series with a talk on the importance of having conversations about sexual assault at 7 p.m. Sep. 22.

Time Person of the Year Ella Stryker will give a talk titled “The Health Educator’s Role in the Effort to Control Ebola” at 5 p.m. Sep. 30.

Historian and author of “Soldiering for Freedom” John David Smith will talk about the role of black Union troops in the Civil War at 7 p.m. Oct. 8.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist Jacqueline Epping will have a talk titled, “The Evolution of Physical Activity and Public Health” at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

Author and activist David Barsamian will have a talk on the dangerous impact humans have on the environment at 7 p.m. Oct. 29.

The final talk will be with Pedro Noguera about the fight for equity in U.S. schools at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

All talks are free to the public and will be held at ISU.

ISU enrollment breaks another record
(Jessi Dwyer / Staff Photographer) Enrollment at ISU for this year is the highest it's been in 26 years.

(Jessi Dwyer / Staff Photographer) Enrollment at ISU for this year is the highest it’s been in 26 years.

For the second consecutive year, Illinois State University has a record-breaking freshman class with a total of 3,632 students, making it the largest freshman class in 26 years.

The academic quality of the new freshman class remains strong with an average high school GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale and average ACT scores near 24, according to a press release from ISU Media Relations.

“More than 200 freshmen with an ACT score of 30 or higher are enrolled,” the release stated.

“The University has strong enrollment numbers in many critical categories, from total enrollment growth to retention gains,” Troy Johnson, associate vice president of Enrollment Management said in the ISU press release. “The fall 2015 freshman, transfer and graduate student classes continue Illinois State’s pattern of high academic quality and diversity.”

ISU also has high student retention and graduation rates which are among the top 10 percent in the country. The University’s student loan default rate, which is a reflection of student success after graduation, is among the lowest in the nation.

Susanna Doehler is a news reporter for The  Vidette and can be reached at vidette_sddoehl@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @285_DoehlerSuzE.

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