ISU, Terre Haute to be Honored by the Indiana Society of Chicago

ISU Foundation News, Upcoming Alumni Events — By on September 19, 2011 10:19 am

This December the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Chicago will be filled with an abundant level of tried and true blue spirit. The work of Indiana State University and the Terre Haute community, along with their collaborative efforts, will be celebrated at the Indiana Society of Chicago’s 106th Anniversary Dinner on Dec. 3.

The Indiana Society of Chicago recognizes the Hoosier ties of Chicagoland area residents and the heritage of Indiana citizens. 

The Society’s annual dinner is a tribute in which current and former Hoosiers come together to celebrate their longstanding heritage and tradition.   Since 1905, this has been a prominent event that attracts local professionals, politicians, and members of the higher education community in celebration of the Hoosier legacy.  The dinner includes networking, social opportunities and recognition of Indiana greats.    

This year’s celebration will honor Indiana State University and salute the city of Terre Haute.

“We are honored to have the fine people of Terre Haute and Indiana State University aligned with our organization because we are all friends of the Sycamores,” Robert Heyde, Indiana Society of Chicago president said.

The society leadership team visited ISU and Terre Haute this summer and were impressed with the collaborative relationship between the two. Their combined efforts, including the revitalization of downtown, the Riverscape project, the continued development of the arts and health corridors, along with the overall growth and community development, have not only advanced ISU, but helped earned Terre Haute’s Community of the Year status bestowed upon the city by the State of Indiana Chamber of Commerce.  This honor, as well as the conclusion of the University’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, March On! The Campaign for Indiana State University, will conclude in December 2011.  The society is recognizing both significant accomplishments at the dinner.

As part of the celebration, the society will present three scholarships to Indiana State University junior or senior students from the Chicagoland area.  The recipients will receive their scholarship awards at the dinner.

The evening will also showcase ISU and community talent, including: a musical performance by ISU students; alumni Alan Barcus and Gerry Dick; and Tommy John, a Terre Haute native and legendary retired major league pitcher.  John will receive the society’s Hoosier of the Year Award.  

Dec.3 promises to be a fun-filled evening in Chicago. A cocktail reception sponsored by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and supported by the Clabber Girl Corporation will be held prior to the society’s dinner. The celebration will continue with a reception following dinner sponsored by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and the Terre Haute Convention and Visitor Bureau featuring ISU Distinguished Alumnus, Alan Barcus, a well-known Chicagoland entertainer who wrote the beloved Cubs Fight Song.   

This event is open to ISU alumni, faculty and staff, students and friends of ISU and the Terre Haute community. To join ISU and Terre Haute in this celebration, contact Amy Roman for more details or to purchase tickets at 812.514.8402 or


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