University sees weekend Air Fair as outreach vehicle

September 12 2007

With this weekend's Terre Haute Air Fair expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors, the event offers Indiana State University a chance to reach out to those who may not be familiar with campus as well as old friends, university officials say.

The university and the ISU Foundation have entered into a three-year contract to sponsor the Air Fair, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 15 & 16) at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field.

Last year’s event drew more than 60,000 visitors, with three out of four coming from outside Vigo County. An estimated 15,000 visitors were ISU alumni.

“The Terre Haute Air Fair is a premiere event. Indiana State is about experiential learning and the Air Fair provides an excellent opportunity for ISU to showcase what we have to offer in a variety of areas, such as technology, motorsports, graphic design, business, marketing and communication. It’s also a good time for alumni who may not have been back to campus for a while to come see how things have changed,” said Kevin Snider, associate vice president for academic affairs.

. The ISU College of Technology’s highly regarded aerospace program will have a presence at the Air Fair and Team Sycamore Racing’s student-built dragster will be on display along with the “Money Bus” from ISU’s Networks Financial Institute. In addition, the university will host current and potential students at a student tent, alumni at an alumni tent, and the ISU Foundation is hosting a VIP tent. More than 300 ISU faculty, staff and students are volunteering their time to help make the event a success and represent the university.

To encourage students to attend the Air Fair and provide an easy way for prospective students, parents and alumni to visit the ISU campus, the university will also provide shuttle buses to and from the campus and the airport. Buses will arrive and depart from Fifth and Chestnut streets near Hulman Memorial Student Union. They will run every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. ISU faculty and staff may also utilize the shuttle buses.

While the event will feature such traditional Air Fair participants as U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets, Army Apache helicopters, wing walkers and skydivers, it will also include fireworks and concerts Saturday night by country artists Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin.

A complete schedule and ticket information are available at www.terrehauteairfair.com

Photo: March on!
Members of the Sycamore Marching Band are among more than 300 ISU faculty, staff and students volunteering to help make this weekend's Terre Haute Air Fair a success.

Contact: Kevin Snider, associate vice president for academic affairs, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2304 or example@ksnider@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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With this weekend's Terre Haute Air Fair expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors, the event offers Indiana State University a chance to reach out to those who may not be familiar with campus as well as old friends, university officials say. The university and the ISU Foundation have entered into a three-year contract to sponsor the Air Fair, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 15 & 16) at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field.

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