For a century and a half, Indiana State has been helping students realize a better and brighter future for themselves. In 1865, legislation was passed to create the university, and in 1870, ISU opened its doors. This year, the university began honoring those milestones with a series of events that will span a five-year period.
“Planning for the celebration began almost two years ago,” said Jack Maynard, provost emeritus and co-chair of ISU’s Sesquicentennial Committee. “The celebration extends from 2015 through 2020 reflecting the legislation creating the Indiana Normal School in 1865 until the first class beginning studies in 1870.
Maynard said a committee of faculty, staff, students and alumni was established to plan the fiveyear celebration.
“We began to map out a strategy of how to roll out the celebration in 2015 as well as what types of activities we would schedule each year,” he said. “A budget was created to support a variety of activities by faculty and students. An updated history of the university was commissioned and will be completed by the end of the celebration period.”
Teresa Exline, co-chair and chief of staff president’s office, said the celebration is important for many reasons. “[It] is an opportunity to recognize our heritage as the state’s first public normal school designed to prepare teachers for Indiana’s schools. It also is an opportunity to celebrate the comprehensive university Indiana State has become, and the impact it has had on its students, our community, the state of Indiana and beyond.
The Sesquicentennial also serves as a great way to launch our new strategic plan which will guide our future success.” The Sesquicentennial Celebration provides an opportunity for the university to reflect on 150 years of providing top notch education to the state, as well as the nation. It also allows the university to celebrate the successes of the contributions that the alumni have made to society both within and beyond the school walls. This milestone for not only the university, but the community as well, is a chance to reflect on the past while looking toward the future.