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Lucas Maxwell
Illinois State University
Ag Education Assistant Professor
147 Ropp Agriculture Building, Campus Box 5020
Normal, IL 61790-5020
(309) 438-3563
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Illinois State University Update

Monday, February 18, 2019

Recruitment Events - Temple Grandin - Farm Purchase - Cattle Show

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  1. Upcoming events for admitted and prospective students
  2. Temple Grandin Lecture - April 10th @ 7pm – free and open to the public
  3. ISU Purchases additional 80 acres adjacent to current University Farm
  4. Redbird Rumble Cattle Show March 8th and 9th
  5. Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Education Social Media
  1. Upcoming Events for Admitted and Prospective Students:
  • March 4 – Honors Day – Open to Honors Eligible Students
  • March 8 – Redbird Days – Open to Admitted Students
  • March 18 – Scholars Day – Open to Redbird Academic Scholarship Winners
  • March 22 – Redbird Days – Open to Admitted Students
  • April 13 – Redbird Ready – Open to Admitted Under Represented/First Generation Students
  • April 19 – Open House – Open to Prospective and Admitted Students
  • June 21 - Open House – Open to Prospective and Admitted Students
  • July 19 - Open House – Open to Prospective and Admitted Students

Please encourage your students to attend these events as appropriate.  If you would like a more personalized tour for a group or individual please contact the Department of Agriculture at 309-438-5654.  Students specifically interested in Agricultural Education should contact me directly at [email protected] or 309-438-3563.   It’s a great time to be an Illinois State University Redbird!

  1. Temple Grandin Lecture:
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • 7pm
  • Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
  • Free and open to the public
  • A book signing will immediately follow the lecture

Keynote Lecture: Temple Grandin, “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds”

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.  She is author of Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, among others. Her books Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human were both New York Times bestsellers. Her book, Emergence: Labeled Autisticstunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.  Her life story was made into an HBO feature film starring Claire Danes. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award.

Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling. She has authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design.

Dr. Grandin is sought after globally to speak about her experiences with autism, cattle handling and the humane treatment of animals.  Her TED talk “The world needs all kinds of minds,” has been viewed by over 4.8 million people.

She has been featured internationally in the media including National Public Radio, major television programs such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow," ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, CNN Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been featured in Time, PeopleForbesU.S. News and World Report, and The New York Times, among others. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people.

Dr. Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America.

  1. ISU Purchases additional 80 acres adjacent to current University Farm

Approved in December, the purchase of an additional 80 acres of farm land adjacent to the current University farm is now complete.  Thank you to College of Applied Sciences Dean Todd McLoda, Provost Jan Murphy, President Larry Dietz, Vice President for Finance and Planning Dan Stephens and the Board of Trustees for their continued commitment to the Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Education. 

Illinois State's University Farm supports teaching, research, and outreach activities of the Department of Agriculture. University Farm is located near Lexington, about 18 miles northeast of Normal.  Current enterprises at the University Farm include corn, soybeans, alfalfa, swine, beef, and sheep. The farm has eight full-time employees and numerous student employees.

  1. Redbird Rumble Cattle Show

See the attached file for more information regarding the upcoming Redbird Rumble on March 8th and 9th at the Interstate center in Bloomington.  This annual event is hosted by the ISU Hoof N’ Horn club. For more information contact Jacob Donohoe at 319-430-5309 or Kelsey Richie at 815-546-6430 or visit www.facebook.con/isuhoofnhorn

  1. Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Education Social Media

If you would like to keep up to date on the happenings here at Illinois State University I encourage you and your students to follow us on our various social media platforms.  Please consider following us on any chapter social media accounts you may utilize as well. 

  • Facebook
    • Illinois State University - @IllinoisStateUniversity
    • Department of Agriculture at Illinois State - @ISU.AGRICULTURE
    • Illinois State University Agricultural Education - @IllinoisStateAgEd
  • Twitter
    • Illinois State - @IllinoisStateU
    • ISU Ag. Ed. - @aged_isu


Lucas D. Maxwell, PhD | Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education | Agricultural Education Program Coordinator | CASE Affiliate Professor

Department of Agriculture | Illinois State University

147 Ropp Agriculture Building | Campus Box 5020 | Normal, Illinois 61790-5020

Phone: 309-438-3563 | Fax: 309-438-5653

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