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WZND director steps down

By: Audrey Anfield

Deb Lesser

Deb Lesser

Deb Lesser will be stepping down from her position as Director of Radio at Illinois State University’s radio station, WZND, after 30 years.

Lesser took an early retirement in 2012 but continued as Faculty Advisor to WZND, according to a press release from ISU’s School of Communication. She will serve as Director Emeritus of the radio station in the upcoming academic year and will continue teaching and working closely with the Client Services staff and the Business Branch at WZND. She will also serve as a mentor to her replacement throughout the year.

Lesser’s main role as Director of Radio was to oversee any business related details students came up with regarding promotion or sale ideas.

Along with her role as director, Lesser taught two courses at Illinois State; Introduction to Radio Production and Advanced Radio Production. She was also in charge of teaching the student staff to speak in a professional voice on air.

“Not just directors, but anyone at WZND sees Deb as a mother figure and a role model,” Mike Miltech, Sports and News Director, said. “One of the biggest things she taught everyone was how to be professional in the workplace.”

Over the course of her career at WZND, Lesser has won several awards including the National College Media Advisor of the Year, Professor of the Year, Outstanding University Teacher, the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Distinguished Service Award and RSO Advisory of the Year twice. During her tenure, her students have won over 300 national, regional and state awards the press release stated.

Additionally, Lesser served on the University Teaching Committee, the First-Year Student Experience Committee and was the School’s Internship Director for 20 years at ISU.

“Everyone knows about her contributions not just to Illinois State but to Bloomington-Normal,” Miltech said. “Bringing the radio station from just being heard from dorm rooms to being an actual air station that gets broadcasted was a huge accomplishment for her.”


Jaroch named Illinois ‘Student of the Year’
(Submitted Photo) Jennifer Jaroch, a senior mathmatics major, was nominated “Student of the Year” by retired math teacher and mentor Dottie Deeler.

(Submitted Photo)
Jennifer Jaroch, a senior mathmatics major, was nominated “Student of the Year” by retired math teacher and mentor Dottie Deeler.


Illinois State University student Jennifer Jaroch was named 2015’s “Student of the Year” by the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

The IEA is the state’s largest organization of school employees. Jaroch, a senior mathmatics major, was nominated by retired math teacher and mentor of two years Dottie Deeler.

She was presented with the recognition in front of over 1,200 association delegates, guests and state dignitaries at the IEA’s annual Representative Assembly in Rosemont.

She was recognized for her for consistent efforts to improve her community and long-term participation with the ISU’s chapter of IEA.

Jaroch has been an active member of the IEA since her freshman year.

In addition to serving as president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, IEA representative and vice-chair of the state association, she was noted for her participation in a service learning project and helping to improve the student resource center at University High School.

“When I came in as a freshmen […]  I was really nervous but excited because I knew that I really loved teaching but I didn’t know what to expect especially because education is constantly changing,” Jaroch said.

“Once I got involved on the local campus I realized that it’s so much bigger.”

According to Jaroch, the IEA currently has over three million members nationwide.

“It was an honor […] Now that I’m a senior it feels like the work that I’ve done has amounted to something great […] I feel like I’m a lot more ready to go into the field,” Jaroch said.

“To be a part of something huge that makes a difference in education really made me feel like I could make a big difference.”

In addition to being awarded student of the year, Jaroch has already set plans to begin her career immediately following graduation.

Starting in the fall, Jaroch will be teaching her own classroom as a math teacher at Bloomington High School. Not only is BHS in an IEA district, it is near the school that helped it all happen and she fell in love with so long ago.

“I am so excited […] it’s a tough position to have but the most inspiring, enlightening and encouraging job out there,”  Jaroch said.

“When teachers come together its awesome because we build each other up.”

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