On Thursday evening, the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony honored five former student-athletes. John “Jay” Barrett, who was a fullback on the football team from 1955 to 1958; Richard Dawson, who played football from 1981 to 1984; Mitch Hannahs, who played basketball from 1986 to 1989; Denise Sharpes, who was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1975 to 1977; and Steve Smith, a high jumper for the ISU men’s track and field team from 1991 to 1994, were this year’s inductees (read more about these individuals at www.gosycamores.com).
The 48th annual Sycamore Tricycle Derby on Friday, Oct. 8 got the next day’s events rolling. Zeta Tau Alpha won the women’s race while Sigma Alpha Epsilon claimed top honors on the men’s side.
The Indiana State University Alumni Association hosted the Inaugural Alumni Trike Race, sandwiched between the men’s and women’s races.
“Over the years we know what an important role this event has played in the history of Indiana State and have decided to provide alumni the opportunity to relive the memories,” said Chris Hancock, executive director of the ISU Alumni Association.
The men raced for 10 laps as a team while women’s teams completed six laps. Chi Omega won the women’s race and the one-man team from Pi Kappa Alpha was first to cross the finish line in the men’s race.
Also, on Friday evening, four alumni – R. Brent Beeler, Gerry Dick, Connia Nelson, and David Darling – were recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Awards (see more on these honorees in Alumni Association News).
Activities ramped up Saturday, under clear blue skies, beginning with the annual Blue and White Parade.
Joining the color guard, Marching Sycamores, Sparkettes and the tandem pair of President and Mrs. Bradley at the top of the parade order was Dale Ann O’Neal, a longtime faculty member who served as the Homecoming Grand Parade Marshal. One of the first graduates of Indiana State’s College of Nursing, O’Neal retired in May after 35 years of teaching future nurses.
The parade, which featured 146 entries, began at Ninth and Cherry streets, traveling down Wabash Avenue to Fifth Street before finishing up on campus. In addition to the excitement provided by the floats and five marching bands, the ISU Foundation gave away 10 $100 and two $500 gift cards to the new ISU Barnes and Noble Bookstore, slated to open early next year.
The festivities continued out at Memorial Stadium with Tent City, brimming with food, live entertainment as well as more than 60 tents. Homecoming wouldn’t be complete without football, and Sycamore had reason to celebrate. Indiana State posted an impressive 59-24 win over the Illinois State University Redbirds.
Saturday’s festivities closed with the inaugural “It’s All Greek To Me” an All-Greek celebration in Hulman Center. The event, which featured musical entertainment by Otis Day and the Knights, was a chance for alumni who were active in fraternities and sororities to rekindle friendships.
Photos from Homecoming 2010 can be found at http://isuphoto.smugmug.com/Events/Homecoming-2010
Mark your calendars for Homecoming 2011 – October 15, 2011!