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Mennonite College of Nursing’s clinical experience ‘America’s Promise’ receives AACN Award for Innovation in Nursing EducationMennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University has been selected to receive an Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for their redesigned undergraduate pediatric clinical experience—America’s Promise School Project. ...
CSD senior creates organization for transfer studentsDuring the 2017 spring semester, Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) senior Kaylee Sienza created the first-ever CSD transfer group student organization.  ...
Incoming freshman shows resilience after two tragediesOn October 14, 2015 while crossing the street in her hometown of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Tristen Sharp was hit by a car. She was immediately taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis where she remained sedated for the better part of two weeks, breathing only through a ventilator. Eventually Sharp became strong enough to […] ...
Best moments from #RedbirdWelcome and #RedbirdMoveInWelcome Week (including move-in) is one of the most exciting times of year at Illinois State University. Our newest Redbirds are making themselves at home, as our returning students arrive back on campus ready to begin classes Monday, August 21. ...
Rent bikes across campus, town with new serviceA new, public bike-sharing program, Bike Share 309, gives students access to bikes throughout Bloomington-Normal with the touch of an app. ...

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