Curtain At The Arena Ramp Opens And Guests

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Curtain to the arena ramp opens and guests (planted volunteers begin leading guests into the arena via the ramp). As guests make their way down the ramp they are serenaded by Madrigals lining the ramp singing the ISU Hymn.
Redbirds Rising Dinner & Show
Introduction
Scene 1: Guests enter the arena and are greeted by table hosts who usher them to their tables. During this mingle time an animated Reggie countdown will occur on the projection screen surface. Reggie flies around the room with signs reading “7 minutes till show time” “Fly to your seats Redbirds!”etc. When the 1 minute to showtime is reached live Reggie appears on the stage flapping around with a final 1 minute to go sign.
Scene 2: Reggie is interrupted by a Hologauze “Sue
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My hope is that together, we can help ensure this special place helps transform lives for generations to come. You know, ISU has come a long way since my days on campus and with every new program, accolade, or advancement I become even more proud to be a Redbird. Tonight is all about celebrating Illinois State’s vision for the future…a future we can all be proud of. Who better to share the vision for our shared future than President Larry Dietz!
Scene 3: President Dietz takes the stage to overview our past, present and set-up the three pillars of our future.
• First, thank you Dr. Lynch for joining us on this very special night!
• Tonight we’ve been able to join together and toast the tradition of excellence that has defined ISU. As you review our history, a pattern emerges. Periodic moments of greatness propel the university forward to higher levels of excellence from Jesse Fell’s visionary campaign to establish the Normal School to President Bone’s vision for a thriving, comprehensive university.
• I have said this often over the last few years. Today, Illinois State is strong and stable. Our rich history has positioned us well to continue a path to excellence despite unprecedented funding challenges. Illinois State has become a top choice of today’s students as demonstrated by three consecutive years of record-setting enrollment. Our focus on a personalized, student-centered approach steeped in experiential learning opportunities has proven

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