Events welcome faculty, new and returning students

August 8 2008

From a "welcome back" picnic for faculty and staff to a revamped Convocation for new students and a library "extravaganza," the start of a new school year will see plenty of activity on the Indiana State University campus.

Faculty will return for the fall semester on Aug. 14, while residence halls will open for new and returning students on Aug. 16. The first day of classes for 2008-09 will be Aug. 20.

Students will see lots of new faces at Indiana State this fall, including Dan Bradley, who began his duties as the university's 11th president on July 31. Bradley will be among administrators welcoming students and parents on move-in day. His wife, Cheri, will set up a lemonade stand for students on the first day of classes.

Other administrators who are new to the campus include Biff Williams, dean of the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services; Kim Donat, director of student financial aid; Jacques Fuqua, director of the International Affairs Center; Nolan Davis, director of student activities and organizations; and 28 new faculty members.

In addition, Jay Gatrell, formerly associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Changes in personnel aren't the only things students will notice when they settle in around campus. Two of the most ambitious construction projects in ISU history are nearing completion: a new $22 million Student Recreation Center and the $27 million renovation of University Hall to house the College of Education. Both projects are scheduled for completion in 2009.

Beginning this fall, all University Honors students will reside in Rhoads Hall as part of a move toward a more comprehensive Honors Program. The building will also include classrooms, meeting spaces, study/gathering space and office space for the program.

Also, renovation work has begun on Condit House to return the historic home on the campus quad to its previous role as the official residence of the university president. Since 1993, Condit House has served as offices for the president and his staff.

Major back-to-school activities on the Indiana State campus include:

- Aug. 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - "Welcome Back" picnic, Hulman Memorial Student Union Food Court and Dede Plaza (faculty and staff).
- Aug. 16 - Residence halls open for "move-in."
- Aug. 16 - 19 - "Knowing Sycamores," a program designed to build connections between first-year students and the campus. In keeping with ISU's commitment to community engagement, new students will fan out to more than 25 Terre Haute locations for community service.
- Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. - New student Convocation, Hulman Center. Guest speaker will be Jim Lewis, ISU alumnus and president of Disney Vacation Club.
- Aug. 17, 8:30 p.m. - "March through the Arch," Third and Cherry streets. This event marks new students' official transformation as Sycamores.
- Aug. 17, 8:45 p.m. - "Sycamore Sunday," Wolf Field. A time for new students to interact with returning students features free food, games, and giveaways.
- Aug. 20 - First day of classes.
- Aug. 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. "Lemonade Stand," adjacent to Condit House - Cheri Bradley, wife of new ISU President Dan Bradley, welcomes students with lemonade and cookies.
- Aug. 22-23 - Welcome Back weekend. A series of events to help students get into the swing of the new school year.
- Aug. 23, 9-11 p.m. - "Connections," Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I through III - Games, karaoke, face painting, movie.
- Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - College of Business Fall Picnic, for new and returning business students.
- Sept. 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m. - Student Organization Fair, Hulman Memorial Student Union Commons - Students learn about campus organizations.
- Sept. 3, 8 p.m. - Harlen Cohen, Hulman Memorial Student Union - The "Help Me, Harlan!" syndicated advice columnist speaks about college life, dating and relationships.
- Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - "Fall Extravanga," Cunningham Memorial Library - Students learn about library resources and services and enjoy a live band, pizza, gifts and prizes.
- Sept. 9, 3 p.m. - President's Fall Address, Tilson Auditorium - Dan Bradley, ISU's 11th president, delivers the President's Fall Address to the university community.
- Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Volunteer Fair, Dede Plaza. Local organizations have an opportunity to recruit volunteers, share experiences and network with other agencies. Organizations wishing to take part may reserve space by calling 812-237-2334 or via e-mail to  

Movin' in "Move-in Day" marks the start of the school year for ISU residence hall students. This year, residence halls will re-open to students on Aug. 16. The first day of classes will be Aug. 20.

Contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or

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