The College of Applied Science & Technology, along with Illinois State University is proud to host Melissa Stockwell on April 1, 2014, as our keynote speaker.
Science and Technology Week celebrates advancements in the field of science and technology, as well as the hardworking, dedicated students and professionals who make those advancements possible. Past keynote speakers include:
Attend this event to learn formal dining skills and conversational practices for interview and work settings, while meeting College of Applied Science and Technology alumni.
In 2004, while serving in the US Army, Melissa was on a routine convoy through Central Baghdad and her HUMVEE was struck by a roadside bomb. The blast took her left leg and today she stands as an above the knee amputee on her left side. After a year of rehab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she went on to swim in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and was honored to represent the country she defended over in Iraq. In 2009 Melissa turned to the sport of triathlon and is a 3x Paratriathlon World Champion and a recent Ironman. Melissa believes in a life of sport and co-founded the Chicago based Dare2tri Paratriathlon club that gets athletes with disabilities into the sport of triathlon. She is also a certified prosthetist and fits other amputees with artificial limbs, does motivational speaking and serves on the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project.
This event is free and open to the public.
Brighten your night. Enjoy a 5K run through Illinois State's campus at night. This event is co-sponsored by CAST and Campus Recreation. Melissa Stockwell will be joining us for this event as well.
Celebrate CAST alumni during their induction to the Academy of Achievement. The Academy brings together alumni that are "thought leaders" in their fields, who, through their life work, serve as an inspiration to others to pursue similar career paths.