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ISU Day at Statehouse impresses elected officials

February 8, 2023

Students promoting their research and campus organizations mingled with lawmakers Monday at ISU Day at the Statehouse.

Jory Bales, who’s majoring in Elementary Education, received a visit from Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. Bales had a poster board summarizing her research titled “Implementing Therapy into Elementary Schools to Reduce Depression and Anxiety.”

“It was nice to hear how interested she was in mental health and children,” Bales said.

About 40 legislators attended the event. They included senator Jon Ford and representatives Bob Heaton and Tonya Pfaff. Chris Lowery, the state’s commissioner for higher education, was also there.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to interact with government officials,” said ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis, who was at the event. ”We’re proud of how they represented ISU and showed lawmakers how we’re developing Indiana’s next generation of leaders.”

ISU had about 20 tables including posters promoting student organizations such as the Student Government Association, the campus NAACP chapter, and the Networks Professional Development Program.

Crouch praised ISU.

“ISU is a breeding ground for future employees in the state of Indiana," she said. "What is so exciting about the work that Indiana State University does is that seven out of 10 of their graduates stay in Indiana. That guarantees a pipeline for employers. That is a statistic that not every university and college in Indiana can claim."