There is always something happening at Indiana State, but sometimes you do have to look for it. Hopefully, I can save you that step, and you can skip right ahead to having fun and staying busy.
There are many ways I would recommend for you to stay in-the-know about upcoming events, including following campus organizations on social media, pick up a copy of the Indiana Statesman and tune in to WZIS, 90.7.
However, the most useful resource I have found is STATEments, the biweekly email sent out by University Marketing that keeps you abreast of both on- and off-campus activities for you to participate in.
Some of the best events I have found are on- and off-campus speakers, who are brought in to share their experiences with different groups.
Many of these speakers are experts in their fields and are very happy to share their expertise with eager audiences. Some are brought in to speak to specific classes or majors on campus, but do not assume that just because they are not from your field of interest that they will not be of interest to you.
Each speaker will introduce you to something new and expand your knowledge in potentially life-changing ways.
Last year, Washington Post columnist, David Ignatius; dancer and actor, Derek Hough; author, Elizabeth Green; and Spencer Stone, hero of a French train attack and subject of an upcoming Clint Eastwood movie, were part of the Indiana State University Speaker Series.
In 2019, expect to hear from NPR Morning Edition Host, Steve Inskeep; chairman of the Special Olympics, Tim Shriver; and America’s Got Talent golden buzzer winner, deaf singer/songwriter, Mandy Harvey.Of course, in order to be made aware of off-campus speakers and events, it is necessary to subscribe to the major local organization’s newsletters or follow them on social media.
I also strongly encourage you to visit several local parks. Fairbanks Park is near campus and on the banks of the Wabash River.
Deming Park is huge with tons of trees and space for picnics. There is also a disc golf course, hiking trails, fishing, tennis courts, playgrounds and a swimming pool. Several events like Haunted Halloween and Christmas lights, can be found in the major parks in Terre Haute throughout the year and can be great fun.
I have already mentioned the Swope Art Museum, but there are many other incredible museums within walking distance of the campus, and even more which can be reached by Terre Haute City Bus.
The Swope, Clabber Girl Museum, Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Veterans Memorial Museum of Terre Haute,Vigo County Historical Museum, Eugene Debb’s Home and Candles Holocaust Museum are all close by.
There are also many nearby galleries, including our own campus gallery housed in the Richard G. Landini Center for Performing & Fine Arts.
However, be warned. Most of these museums are only open at specific times, typically on the weekend. So make sure that they will be open before you head out.
There are also numerous sporting events where admission is free or reduced to Indiana State University students..
Find all of the upcoming games along with their locations on the Indiana State University Athletics Official Athletic Website.
Most student organizations sponsor events throughout the year. Many clubs host events in the HMSU rooms on Fridays after 5 p.m. The best way to access these events is through the Treehouse on My ISU Portal.
I would also recommend to those with entrepreneurial aspirations to look into the events sponsored by the Innovation Lab in the John T. Myers Technology Center.
There are also many more resources available to future entrepreneurs through the Small Business Development Center in Federal Hall.
All of these resources are free and available to all Indiana State University students and can help you achieve your dreams.
For a town of its size, Terre Haute is a fascinating place that is full of interesting things to do and see. It has a deep history, and even if you do become bored with what it has to offer, there are many nearby festivals—like Bluesfest on Wabash Avenue in September, Downtown Haunted Haute in October, and Miracle on 7th Street in December.
There are also surrounding locales that are bursting with even more to do, like nearby Parke County with the Covered Bridge Festival in October.
In order to find out about more interesting things to do in Terre Haute, I would suggest that you follow hautehiddengems on Instagram.