Alumni Association’s Message

Rex Kendall

I may say this every year, but fall is my absolute favorite time of year! Campus is back in full swing and the Alumni Association has several opportunities for alumni and friends to be inspired, stay connected and get involved with the University.  We hope you make plans to attend one or all Alumni Association upcoming events.

The fall activities kick-off with the 2013 Homecoming celebration on Oct. 4 and 5. This is one of our university’s oldest traditions and it is always fun to welcome home thousands of alumni and their families to Indiana State and the Sycamore spirit.  The weekend will be full of events for alumni of all ages, beginning with the Sycamore Tricycle Derby on Friday, Oct. 4. The activities continue that night as we present the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year, the Alumni Association is able to honor four deserving alumni, Craig McKee, ’79, George Pillow, Jr., ’71, Daniel Tanoos, ’79, GR ’83, Ed.S. ’97, and Sara Wheeler, ’70. These four individuals have excelled in their careers, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to honor them with this prestigious award.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, there are a variety of activities for you and the family to enjoy. The Blue and White Parade starts at 9 a.m., where recently retired Indiana State University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jack Maynard, will serve as the parade marshal. Having served the university for 10 years as provost, this is one way ISU and the Alumni Association are able to honor him. Tent City begins at Memorial Stadium at 11 a.m. – be sure to reserve your group’s tent now. You are welcome to stop by the Alumni Association tent for a tailgate lunch. We would enjoy chatting with you and hear about all of the wonderful things you have done since graduation. We also have giveaway items for our alumni. The celebration will conclude with the football game starting at 3:05 p.m. as Indiana State football looks for another Homecoming victory against Youngstown State. You will not want to miss homecoming this year- it truly is a time to celebrate being a Sycamore. Visit the Homecoming website for more information on the 2013 celebration.

The Alumni Association team will also be traveling around Indiana as we participate in the annual Presidential Fall Tour. President Dan Bradley and First Lady Cheri Bradley began this event in 2008 when they came to Indiana State.  They enjoy meeting with alumni and current and prospective students, and these events provide unique opportunities for them to connect with them. Each year, we travel to different cities and this year, we will be in six different areas.  Mark your calendar to attend an event and check out the calendar of events soon to find out where we will be.

Also, make sure to be at the Hulman Center on Nov. 8-9 for a historic weekend in conjunction with the opening of the college basketball season – the Honoring a Legend – Larry Bird Scholarship Dinner and Statue Dedication.  Sponsorships are being sold now for the Scholarship Dinner on Nov. 8. We encourage you to team up with your fellow Sycamore alumni and fans to sponsor a table for the event.  It surely will be an unforgettable evening as Indiana State and “Bird Watchers” everywhere pay tribute to Larry Bird and the 1979 Sycamores.  The funds raised from this event will establish the Larry Legend Scholarship fund to benefit ISU student-athletes.

We will then dedicate the Larry Bird Statue on Nov. 9 outside of the Hulman Center. Indiana State will take on Ball State in the Hulman Center following the dedication. Find out how you can be a part of this special weekend!

On Nov. 15, alumni and friends will travel to Cuba for the People to People Discover Cuba Program through the Alumni Travel Program. This unique trip will be a great way for you to explore the world with fellow alumni. Look for photos and stories from this event later this fall! Find out more information about this trip and future trips.

Indiana State will also play host to the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 23.  Last year, this meet was hosted out of state after a long history of being at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, and we are happy this is coming back to Terre Haute this year.  We hope to have a great spectator showing to help ensure this finds a permanent home at Indiana State.

We have plenty of opportunities to make sure you are engaged with your alma mater this fall!  We hope you will be able to join us for one or more of these Sycamore events. Watch for the monthly Sycamore TreE-mail publication for more event information and alumni news.  We look forward to catching up with you soon!

Go Sycamores! 

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Rex Kendall


P.S. Watch for more information this fall about the new Alumni Association Membership Program.  We will be sharing additional information soon about this opportunity for you to stay even more inspired by, connected to and involved with your alma mater!