Illinois State University’s President Larry Dietz will present “Illinois State University Update” at the University club at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Founders Suite in the Bone Student Center.

ISU’s assistant director of media relations Rachel Hatch said the Founders Day celebratory events are now spread throughout a couple of days to make it easier for the campus community to participate and celebrate. The update by Dietz is a part of these events.

"He’ll be speaking about the direction of the university, some of the great achievements going on as we have had some phenomenal achievements happen on campus this past year," Hatch said.

The event will celebrate achievements such as the $12 million donation by artist and alumna Wonsook Kim and her husband, Thomas Clement, which led the College of Fine Arts and the School of Art to be renamed as the Wonsook Kim College of Fine arts and the Wonsook Kim School of Art.

Another achievement which will be celebrated will be ISU recently receiving the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement. The designation came after an extensive application process of the university’s commitment to community engagement.

“So really, it’s a time for people to come together and celebrate not only the founding of Illinois State but the future and the direction it is going,” she said.

“We’re sticking to our core values and it’s not really different in that we’re just moving toward continuing our excellence and how that looks,” she added.

All members from the ISU community, including all staff, faculty, annuitants, graduate students and other members of the university are welcome to attend the celebration.

The program is supported by the Offices of the Provost and President.

ANDREW DOUGHERTY is a News Reporter and Columnist for The Vidette. Contact him at vidette_addough@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @addough


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