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September 16, 2002

ISU InfoBriefs

NOTE:  Those briefs denoted with an asterisk (*) are condensed versions of releases in this packet.  

*High School Marching Bands Converge on ISU...

Twenty-nine high school bands will participate in the 19th annual Mid-States Marching Band Contest Sept. 21 at Indiana State University's Memorial Stadium. The gates open at 8 a.m.

Four classes of bands based on high school enrollment will be competing. Class D bands, the smallest, begin performing at 9 a.m.; Class C at 11:23 a.m.; Class B, the next to largest at 3:12 p.m. and Class A, the largest, at 4:30 p.m. The ISU Marching Sycamores will give exhibition performances at 1:07 p.m. and 5:48 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the stadium the day of the contest at a cost of $5 for adults, $3 for non-ISU students and senior citizens, and free to ISU students with an I.D. Proceeds will be used for music scholarships at ISU.

*ISU Research Project Offers New Hope for Binge Eaters...

"Food for Thought" is a research project, conducted by the Indiana State University Psychology Clinic and the Diet and Fitness Center at Duke University, for treatment of overweight people who have problems with binge eating.

"The program compares two promising treatment approaches, both of which seek to teach tools that result in greater feelings of control that are more permanent, rather than tied to a specific diet," said Jean Kristeller, professor of psychology at Indiana State.

The study, funded by the Office on Research on Women's Health and the National Institutes of Health, runs through the fall of 2003.

Men or women 18 or older who are at least 30 percent overweight and who binge eat at least twice per week on average and feel out of control of their eating are invited to contact the researchers to learn more about participating in the project. Enrollment is under way through September for groups beginning the week of Oct. 14. Interested persons may call (812) 237-3317 or go online at

*Myers Named 2002 Administrator of the Year...

(Note: A Photo of Andrea Myers is available by calling (812) 237-3773)

Andrea Myers, director of athletics at Indiana State University, will be honored as a 2002 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) at its Oct. 14 convention in St. Louis.

The NACWAA will honor seven women, each of whom has provided outstanding leadership in intercollegiate athletics.

The Administrator of the Year Award is presented to NACWAA members for significant contributions made to collegiate athletics. This award, recognizing administrative excellence, is presented annually to members in NCAA Divisions 1-A, I-AA, I-AAA, Division II, Division III, NAIA/Junior/Community Colleges and Organizations/Conference.

Myers is being recognized as the Division I-AA Administrator of the Year recipient. Other recipients include Andrea Seger of Ball State University, Roxanne Levenson of Pepperdine University, Pam Lynn Dorn of North Dakota State University, Laurie Priest of Mount Holyoke College, Karen Sykes of Dean College and Carolyn Femovich of Patriot League.

Travis Tritt to Perform During ISU's Homecoming...

Indiana State University welcomes Grammy Award-winning country music artist Travis Tritt to Hulman Center as its Homecoming concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Special guest will be Larry the Cable Guy.

Tickets are $29.50 and $22.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Tickets are available at the Hulman Center Box Office, (812) 237-3737, or at all TicketMaster outlets, or (812) 234-2424.

*September Faculty Concerts Continue...

(Note: Photos of Davis and Bro are available by calling (812) 237-3773)

Two upcoming faculty concerts on the campus of Indiana State University will finish out a great month of performances by talented local musicians. 

Colleen Davis, an assistant professor of music at ISU and soprano voice, will perform a recital entitled "An Evening of Moonlight and Roses" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25; while Paul Bro, an associate professor of music and saxophone will give a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

Both concerts will be located in the recital hall of the ISU Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at Seventh and Chestnut streets. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department hotline at (812) 237-2773.

Alumni Affairs sponsoring Chicago Shopping Trip...

The Office of Alumni Affairs is sponsoring its annual trip to Chicago Oct. 22. Due to limited seating, the deadline for reservations is Oct. 15.

The bus will leave Lot D at ISU (on Ninth Street between Mulberry and Eagle streets) at 7 a.m. (begins loading at 6:30 a.m.). Two drop-off and pick-up locations have been set in Chicago -- the Prudential Building and Water Tower Place. The bus will then depart Chicago at 5 p.m., returning to Terre Haute at approximately 10 p.m.

For more information about the trip or to reserve a seat, contact ISU's Office of Alumni Affairs at (812) 237-3707 or at 1-800-258-6478.

White Named Alpha Sigma Alpha Top Collegiate...

Alyson White, a Beta Upsilon at Indiana State University, has been selected to receive Alpha Sigma Alpha's Frost Fidelity Award. White was selected from more than 5,000 collegiate members from across the country to receive this award. The award recognizes intangible fraternity values, including exceptional loyalty and service.

White recently graduated from ISU with a degree in business administration. She has held several offices in her Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter and on campus. White's past honors include, Order of Omega, Dean's List, Outstanding New Member and Outstanding Greek Woman. In 2001, she received a North-American Inter-fraternity Conference scholarship to attend the Undergraduate Inter-fraternity Institute.

White recently received the Frost Fidelity Award during Alpha Sigma Alpha's national convention in Nashville, Tenn.

*Double bassist to perform at ISU...

Clark Suttle, double bassist, will perform as part of the Indiana State University Visiting Artist Concert Series at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 in the recital hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The center is located at Seventh and Chestnut streets.

The double bass is a bowed stringed musical instrument played upright, the contrabass of the modern orchestral string section. It originated as a double-bass viol, an instrument described as early as 1566. Indispensable in the modern orchestra, it also has a place in the dance band and jazz.

Upcoming Visiting Artist Concerts include Orlando Cotto, Latin percussion, Oct. 4 and the Todd Coolman Jazz Trio, Oct. 21.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department concert hotline at (812) 237-2773 or visit the department's web site at

ISU Theater productions to look at hate crimes...

The Indiana State University theater department, in conjunction with the women's studies program and social work department, will present two dramas, "The Laramie Project" and "The Indian Wants the Bronx," reflecting on the subject of hate crimes during the first Conference on Hate Crime Violence at ISU. The conference will take place Oct. 1-2.

"The Laramie Project" is a revival of the production from the 2002 Summerstage season. The drama was created by the Tectonic Theatre Project, who conducted 200 interviews of people in the town of Laramie, Wyoming, directly or indirectly involved in the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 29, 30 and Oct. 1; and at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Dreiser Theater.

Also in conjunction with the hate crimes conference will be the presentation of "The Indian Wants the Bronx" by Israel Horovitz. This one-act play chronicles an East Indian, lost in Manhattan late at night looking for the Bronx where his son resides, and becomes the victim of a vicious hate-crime. Performances will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Dreiser Theater.

Discussions between audience and actors will follow all performances. For tickets and information, please contact the ISU Theater Box Office at (812) 237-3333.

Economics Workshop Set For Sept. 25...

"The Ethical and Economic Implications of Homeland Security" is the topic of an economics workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at United Campus Ministries (321 N. Seventh St.). The workshop is sponsored by United Campus Ministries and Indiana State University's Center for Economic Education.

"Economic Aspects" will be presented by Tom Mason, professor of economics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; "Legal Aspects" will be presented by Linda Maule, assistant professor of political science at Indiana State University; and "Ethical Aspects "will be presented by the Rev. Brian White, senior pastor at United Methodist Temple.

Registrations for the workshop are due Sept. 20 by calling (812) 232-0186 or by e-mail at

Indianapolis Children's Choir Coming to ISU...

The Indiana State University Convocation Series will begin its 2002-2003 series with the Indianapolis Children's Choir at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Tilson Auditorium.

This is the 17th season for the choir, which has grown into 1,700 singers in 16 choirs, and is one of the largest and most successful children's choral programs in the country.

The choir endeavors to enrich the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. Current enrollment includes singers from 11 counties that embrace the urban environment of Indianapolis, the suburbs surrounding the city and many small rural communities.

During the past 16 years, the choir has toured regularly, visiting such places as Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland.

Tickets for the show are $10 for the general public and $8 for senior citizens and non-ISU students. ISU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Contact the Hulman Center box office at (812) 237-3737 for ticket information.

*First Wernsing Scholarship Presented at ISU...

(Note: A Photo of Autumn Brooke Dillman is available by calling (812) 237-3773)

Autumn Brooke Dillman of Mitchell has been named the first recipient of the Wernsing Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $4,500 from the estate of Bernard and Gwendolyn Wernsing.

Dillman, a junior majoring in elementary education, has earned a 3.8 grade point average during her time at ISU. She is the daughter of Tim and Trudie Dillman of Mitchell. She is involved in a variety of campus organizations, including Zeta Tau Alpha, Indiana State Teachers Association, Alpha Lambda Delta (honor society), and she serves as a resident assistant (RA) for her residence hall.

Bernard "Barney" Wernsing served as general manager of Roselawn Memorial Park for 23 years and as vice president and trustee of Terre Haute Savings Bank for many years. Gwen was a graduate of the University of Illinois and for years, was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, League of Terre Haute, Country Club of Terre Haute and Chi Omega Sorority.


Titanic discoverer kicks off ISU Speakers Series...

Robert Ballard, the explorer and oceanographer who headed the 1985 expedition that found the wreckage of the Titanic will kick off University Speakers Series 2002-03 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Tilson Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow in Heritage Ballroom. Admission is free.

The president of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Conn., Ballard will speak on "Discovery: Past, Present, and Yet to Come." In addition to the Titanic, Ballard has succeeded in tracking down other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck; the lost fleet of Guadalcanal; the American aircraft carrier Yorktown, sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway; and President Kennedy's World War II boat, PT 109.

Japanese Music Ensemble to perform at ISU...

Tokuzan and the Japanese Music Ensemble will open the Indiana State University Visiting Artist Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the recital hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The center is located at the corner of 7th and Chestnut streets.

Traditional and contemporary Japanese music will be performed by the ensemble musicians who are masters of the koto, shamisen, jushichigen and shakuhachi. The performance will include ceremonial music and music that expresses Japanese scenes and folklore.

The Japanese koto is a string instrument that came from China more than 1,200 years ago and has been used in Japanese court music since that time. It is six feet in length and with 13 strings and is positioned flat on a large table. The shamisen, a three-stringed lute, is in constant use today in many types of Japanese music. The shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute, is associated with that country's folk songs as well as contemporary art music. The jushichigen is a kind of bass koto with 17 strings that are thicker than a regular koto.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department concert hotline at (812) 237-2773 or visit the department's web site at


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