The president’s annual State of the University Address is right around the corner. 

The event will be 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 17  in the Concert Hall of the Center of Performing Arts building. 

Illinois State University President Larry H. Dietz will deliver the address to those who attend the event. 

His address will last for 20 to 30 minutes. Questions from audience members will follow his speech. 

President Dietz will be speaking on multiple topics at the address. 

A few points of interest is this fall’s record-breaking freshman class, continuing to pursue strong enrollment, and recent academic and research accomplishments. 

He will also highlight recent developments in funding from the state of Illinois.
President Dietz will also tell the audience members what his vision for the 2019-2020 school year is. 

There will be a reception that will take place after both the presentation and questions from audience members.

 A few things to expect from Dietz’s speech are: 

  • For the past few years, Dietz has addressed the growing freshman classes on our campus. This year, ISU has the largest freshman class ever enrolled on the campus.  

  • Along with an increase in enrollment, ISU also saw an increase in diversity among students on campus. 

  • Dietz is expected to reveal more details on the multicultural center. In the past year, students and faculty worked together to push for the development of a center that would give underrepresented students on campus a space to develop cultural programming to educate their communities.   

  • A new student housing building is set to begin construction in 2020.  

  • Dietz is likely to emphasize on the financial status of the university. Redbirds Rising is a campaign that would give support to students, faculty, facilities and programs. There has currently been more that $160 million donated to the university. 

The address is open to all students and faculty members. A reception will follow the presentation.  

CINDY HERNANDEZ is News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at vidette_cherna9@ilstu.eduFollow her on Twitter at @Cindylu_7KELLIE FOY is a News Reporter for the Vidette. She can be reached at kafoy1@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy


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