Holiday gift ideas

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Are you done with holiday shopping? Forget the crowded malls and the hassle of finding a parking spot. Indiana State University has a few gift ideas for the Sycamore fan, student, or alumnus/a on your list!

1. ISU merchandise

Show them that they’re true-blue with ISU-branded apparel, mugs, ornaments, jewelry, winter gear, and more. The ISU Bookstore can help you please the Sycamore on your list. Gift certificates in increments of $10, $25, and $50 are also available.

The ISU Bookstore is located at 25 North Fourth Street (at the corner of Fourth and Cherry streets. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call 812-232-2665 for more information.

2. Sycamore Sam

Looking for a holiday gift for younger siblings, nieces or nephews who love Sycamore Sam?  Indiana State University's mascot is the subject of a children's book.

"The Story of Sycamore Sam" is a fictional account of how the mythical "furry, woodland creature" came to serve as the Sycamores' mascot. Colorfully illustrated by Angela M. Gouge, the book tells a rhyming tale of how Sam, "too big for a fox, and yet like a fox he did look," had fur that changed colors depending on the seasons. But Sam's heart was blue and longed to be "part of something such larger than he."

His big chance came when he auditioned to become the Indiana State mascot and soon after he was selected his coat changed permanently to the familiar Sycamore blue as he cheered the university's sports teams on to new heights. The book encourages youngsters to be like Sam by giving to others and making the world a brighter place.

Published by the Indiana State University Alumni Association, the book is available at the Barnes & Noble/ISU College Bookstore in Terre Haute. There is also a small stuffed Sycamore Sam available at the bookstore.

3. Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at ISU

OLLI at ISU offers noncredit classes, lectures and activities for personal growth and development year round. Classes range from academic enrichment, art, fitness, family, leisure, languages, and personal development. Field trips and Saturday activities are also offered. Programs are developed by members and are offered without concern for grades, credits or prerequisites.

Membership in OLLI at ISU is open to all adults but geared toward individuals who are age 50 and older. The $40 annual fee covers lectures. Courses, special events and the Saturday Series fees vary by event. For more information, contact Michelle Bennett, program administrator, at 812-237-2336.

4. Tickets to upcoming Performing Arts Series events

Two great shows are coming to campus that everyone can enjoy. These include a brass quintet that have played with the London Philharmonic, called Presidio Brass, and a "non-stop explosion of rhythmic energy" dance show, called TAP the Show, that spans music from the 20s to world music to modern day rock 'n roll. Individual tickets for each show can be purchased for $16 each. To purchase tickets, call the Hulman Center Ticket Office at 812-237-3737.

5. Tickets to see Rascal Flatts

Enjoy country music? Farmer's Insurance presents Rascal Flatts and the Band Perry in concert at ISU Hulman Center on February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale for the general public Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. For more information, go to

6. Basketball tickets

Pick up tickets to men's and women's home basketball games for your Sycamore fan. It may be winter break, but the Hulman Center will be the home to three men’s games – Dec. 21 (Louisiana-Monroe), Dec. 31 (Bradley) and Jan. 7 (Missouri State) and three women’s games – Dec. 18 (Chicago State), Jan. 4 (Bradley) and Jan. 6 (Northern Iowa). To purchase tickets, call the Hulman Center Ticket Office at 812-237-3737.

7. Season tickets for the Terre Haute REX

Season tickets are available to purchase for the reserved section for $218, which when purchased, the buyer has the option to purchase a parking pass for zones 1, 2, and 3. General admission season tickets are also available for $130.

8. ISU note cards

Indiana State University note cards available for a suggested donation of $10 (cash or a check made out to the ISU Foundation and Habitat House in the memo section), which will go to the Habitat for Humanity House. Each note card package contains 32 cards (16 images representing winter, summer, fall and spring - 2 cards per image - and the inside is blank) and 32 envelopes.

To order, send an email with your name, mailing address and email to Don't wait–there are only 200 sets being produced!

9. Help others make a home

The Center for community Engagement invites to make a difference in the life of a Terre Haute mother and her three children by supporting the construction of Terre Haute's 58th Habitat for Humanity House. The home, the second one built by Indiana State, is currently under construction in the Ryves Neighborhood in conjunction with a partnership between the institution and several non-profit agencies and organizations that serve the neighborhood.

Donations can be made directly to the ISU Foundation.

10. Gifts to the ISU Foundation

Have someone on your list that is hard to buy for? A gift to the ISU Foundation could be the answer. Gifts can be made in honor of a specific person, in any amount, and to a specific designation. Gifts to the ISU Foundation are used to support and sustain the goals of the University.

You can make your gift online at  or by calling 812-514-8400 or by sending a check to: ISU Foundation, 30 North Fifth Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809.