October 12 2006
Robert Schafer, who retired from ISU in 2005 as vice president of Administrative Affairs and secretary of the University, will serve as Homecoming Grand Marshal.
Schafer, a Jasper native, came to ISU in 1958 to earn an education and didn't leave ISU until his retirement in December 2005. In addition to serving ISU's faculty, staff and students he earned a bachelor's degree in business education (1961) and a master's degree in business education and administration (1963).
He served five of ISU's 10 university presidents (Raleigh Holmstedt, Alan Rankin, Richard Landini, John Moore and Lloyd Benjamin III) and watched the institution grow, reflected by three name changes (Indiana State Teachers College, Indiana State College and Indiana State University).
Schafer has served his alma mater in several capacities, including research assistant to the President (1961-62); assistant to the President/recording secretary to the Board of Trustees (1965-67); associate registrar (1967-69); director of insurance, staff benefits and payroll (1969); director of administrative services and secretary of the university (1982); vice president for Administrative Affairs and secretary of the university (1990) and vice president for Administration and secretary of the university (1996-2005)
During his time at ISU as an administrator, he spearheaded changes to the University's health benefits plan, helped form the Support Staff Council, chaired the University's commencement and health benefits review committees and served on numerous other faculty and staff committees.
In 1999, Schafer received the University Medallion in 1999 for his exceptional initiative and accomplishment through years of service to ISU and through civic involvement. He was a 2005 recipient of the Albert Jones Medal, acknowledging outstanding counsel and service to the presidency.
The selection of parade marshal is decided by the homecoming steering committee to honor an individual who has served the university above and beyond the call of duty. Dedication to ISU, students and having a willingness to help others are major factors considered during the selection process. The Blue & White Parade, slated to start at 10 a.m., will begin at Eighth and Chestnut streets and proceed south to Wabash Avenue; west on Wabash to Fifth Street; and north on Fifth Street to Tippecanoe Street.
Below is the schedule of homecoming events:
2006 ISU Homecoming -- "Lights, Camera, Homecoming! Spotlight on a Victory"
Friday, Oct. 13
* Sycamore Tricycle Qualifications 4 p.m. Recreation East
Saturday, Oct. 14
+Miss Ebony Pageant 7 p.m. Tilson Auditorium
(Sponsored by the African American Cultural Center)
Monday, October 16
Blood Drive 2 - 7 pm Dede II
Tuesday, October 17
Blood Drive 2 - 6 pm Dede II
Wednesday, October 18
*Stompin' 7 pm Indiana Theater
Hanging of the Blue Residence Halls and University Apartments
(Sponsored by Residence Hall Association)
Thursday, October 19
Torchlight Parade & Pep Rally 6:30 pm Dede Plaza
Friday, October 20
Sycamore Spirit Days (wear blue and white)
*Sycamore Tricycle Race 4:30 pm Recreation East
+Late Night Dance 10 pm Dede II and III
(Sponsored by Black Student Union and Pan-Hellenic Council)
Saturday, October 21
Blue and White Homecoming Parade 10 am
+Football Game 2 pm Memorial Stadium
* Homecoming Button required
For more information about ISU Homecoming activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812.237.3830.
Contact: Freda Luers, Associate Director, Student Activities and Organizations, 812.237.3830 or email@example.com
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Homecoming activities at Indiana State University will include a weeklong schedule of events culminating with the 83nd annual homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 followed by the ISU- Missouri State football game at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.