Alumni inspiration

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Laura McCue-Newport
Food Service Manager
Illinois Central College
East Peoria, IL

We are constantly looking for ways to improve the dining experience on a limited budget. For three or four years, I wanted to paint a mural on the wall of our cafeteria space, but budgets didn’t allow for it. Then, an informal conversation with our alumni coordinator led to a posting on Facebook and LinkedIn targeting alumni artists willing to give back their time and talent to Illinois Central College. We received several responses from a variety of people, including alumni and existing students. After interviewing several of the artists, we felt that class of 2008 grad Alecia McLain’s vision for the space coincided with the culture of the college. The mural has been a hit! Traffic in the cafeteria increased during and after its completion, and it has given us an opportunity to showcase a talented alum.

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