Meet Darlene Lankenau, ’92

Alumni, Alumni Association News — By on January 22, 2013 3:54 pm

Darlene Lankenau

Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish

As a student:

During her time at Indiana State University, Darlene was a member of the Hulman Memorial Student Union Board and is a proud alumna member of Chi Omega fraternity.  Darlene received special recognition while at ISU as Most Outstanding First Year Member of the Hulman Memorial Student Union Board in 1990 and Outstanding Greek Woman in 1992. Darlene especially enjoyed time spent with her sorority, which was involved on campus and in the community. Homecoming is a standout memory for Darlene; she loved taking part in Sycamore Sync (formerly known as “Yell Like Hell”) with sorority and fraternity friends. 

As an alumna:

Since her graduation in 1992, Darlene has gone on to teach Spanish in the East Allen County School Corporation in Fort Wayne, Ind. She is active in the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association and currently services as the first vice president and conference chair.  Darlene’s dedication to her career carries over into her love of Indiana State. She believes it is important for her to remain connected to the university to help present Indiana State to area youth who are considering their post-high school goals.

While keeping busy in her roles as an educator and mother, Darlene has continued to be involved with the university. She is currently the Northeast Indiana Regional Alumni Association chairperson, as well as a scholarship advisor for the Chi Omega Fraternity. From 2009 to 2011, she also served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Darlene finds great joy in sharing Indiana State memories and Sycamore pride with her students in the classroom and remarks frequently that she is proud to be a Sycamore educator.


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  1. Linda Eldred says:

    Darlene’s membership on the Hulman Memorial Student Union Board was outstanding. She coordinated a speaking series made up of resources from the University and local community. At that time, the Union Board’s budget was smaller so her creativity led to utilizing the resources surrounding her.

    In the early 1990′s, she was one of several students who began their Union Board membership in the new Union building helping to frame new programs as the Board began shifting to a larger facility more suited to student needs. She always came to the UB offices with spirited enthusiasm and great ideas.

    I thoroughly enjoyed having the wonderful opportunity of serving as her adviser during her college years.It is nice to see her recognized for the leadership roles she continues to share with her students and community.

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