When walking down the halls of HMSU, students, faculty, staff and visitors are able to see beautifully designed leaves sprawled across the walls. These are the Leaves of Legacy. They represent student organizations that proudly embody Indiana State University’s values.
The colorful, artistic sycamore leaves showcase the diversity, dedication and success of ISU’s student organizations. To be featured on this wall, student organizations must apply in the spring and be approved by SGA. To be considered, the organization must have been active for at least five years and uphold what is called the Sycamore Six. These are ISU’s values which include pride, service, blue, resilience, responsibility and integrity.
Having your organization represented on this wall is truly an honor for ISU students.
“The leaves of legacy are important to ISU because they are a reminder to anyone walking through the HMSU that we are more than just students who go to class and do homework,” Alpha Omicron Pi member Maddy Sermersheim said. “They are great because they get the name of a particular organization out there for others to discover and be a part of too!”
One of the original leaves on the wall is from the band service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi and was painted by Rachel Leininger, an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. This particular leaf is painted blue and white with a star in the center.
“We decided to paint it that since that's the flag and thought that was the best representation of the organization,” Leininger said. “I think it's a great way for organizations to have a visual representation in the student union. It instills pride whenever members walk by them because they get to see a little piece of their organization,” said Rachel Leininger, painter of the Kappa Kappa Psi Leaf of Legacy.
As organizations on campus grow, so do the leaves. Last year, the wall welcomed six new leaves onto the wall, including the Panhellenic sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. It was painted by Sam Trench, and showcases a modern look.
“AOII Headquarters has rebranded itself and we wanted to keep our leaf up to date with the new style, colors, etc.,” Sermersheim said. “The leaves of legacy are important because they are a physical representation of the organizations we have here on campus. Personally, it reminds me of the great organization that I get to be a part of everyday and I am very proud of that.”