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Since Jesse W. Fell founded Illinois State Normal University in 1857, tens of thousands of graduates have used the knowledge and skills acquired during their years at the University to build careers, forge reputations, and change the world.

Although commencement can be perceived as the end of a relationship, it is-in reality-just the beginning of a lifelong bond between graduates and their alma mater. Once a student, forever an alum.

Alumni Services Illinois State University is more than just buildings and grounds, books and equipment, classes and research. It is, always has been, and always will be about people, including alumni, a vital part of the extended University family.

Alumni Services and the Illinois State University Alumni Association work with an army of volunteers to serve the needs of all those who have graduated from or attended the University through the years, regardless of their fields of study, geographic locations, or lifetime pursuits.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association at Illinois State University strives to maintain strong ties with alumni, friends and supporters. At the alumni website you will find helpful items like the following:

  • Create or update your profile
  • Forward your ISU alum email to your own email account
  • Find a Friend
  • Transcripts and Diplomas
  • New Grads Quckstart list
  • Professional Networking
  • Events, Travel, Reunions, and more

Click here to check out what the ISU Alumni Association can offer you

Alumni SpotLight

A message from President Larry Dietz
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President Larry Dietz

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am excited to welcome all of you to the 2017-2018 academic year at Illinois State University.  Thank you to the hundreds of people who volunteered their time during move-in and Welcome Week.  All of you clearly demonstrated what it means to be a Redbird.

I also offer a special welcome to all of our new students, faculty, and staff.  I am happy you have made Illinois State your university home for this stage of your lives.  I know you have a great deal to offer, and I trust you will find the University and community have a lot to offer you.

We begin this semester with an awareness of recent events that spread from a public university campus to the front page of every newspaper in America.  College campuses, which are known for embracing freedom of thought and speech, are sometimes targets for white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other groups that spew hate and intolerance toward others.  They use their first amendment rights to voice racist, homophobic and supremacist rhetoric and hope that those who protest will become part of a spectacle that draws attention to their views.

Illinois State University welcomes the universe of ideas that define higher education.  But I condemn those who use that right and privilege to undermine all tenets of human decency through the willful hate of others.

Illinois State is also a campus that values diversity—in fact Diversity is one of the five core values foundational to this University.  As this new academic year unfolds, I ask you to join me in championing this most precious of our core values and to speak out against intolerance wherever you find it.

As always, I appreciate your support and your thoughts as we walk this path together as a community that seeks to learn and teach.

Respectfully,

Larry H. Dietz
President