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Welcome to the 2019 Homecoming website. We hope to see you join fellow alumni and their families in attending this year’s Homecoming festivities.
We are looking forward to another great season for our Sycamore football team. Last year, Coach Curt Mallory completed the biggest turnaround in college football, leading the team to a 7-4 finish and a Number 22 national ranking. He earned the Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year honors while quarterback Ryan Boyle earned the Valley’s Newcomer of the Year Award. We have high expectations for this year’s team.
Homecoming is our biggest event of the year and includes great traditions such as the Sycamore Trike Race on Friday afternoon, the Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday night, and the Blue and White Parade on Saturday morning. Following the parade, we hope you will join us at Tent City. In order to improve safety and security, we have moved Tent City inside Memorial Stadium this year. This will give alumni the opportunity to continue to meet up with friends while cheering on the Sycamores to a Homecoming victory. Tent City will remain open throughout the game.
Many of the organizations that are not part of the newly configured Tent City will be celebrating Homecoming in our expanded tailgating area. Please note that tailgating will shut down at kickoff so that our fans can come inside Memorial Stadium to watch the game. Some of our Greek organizations have also planned receptions on campus between the parade and the kickoff of the game. Be sure to check back on this site for a complete schedule as more events are finalized.
This is the first year for these changes, and adjustments will continue to be made. Thank you for your assistance in making Homecoming a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone and one that is representative of the reputation our great university maintains.
Rex Kendall, the executive director of our Alumni Association, and I will be visiting all of the tents at Tent City where I hope to meet many of you. Please don’t hesitate to stop us and introduce yourself. I really enjoy hearing about the experiences our alumni had at Indiana State and how they have contributed to your life after graduation.
Campus continues to evolve and this fall we are opening the second phase of the $64 million Health and Human Services building project. The Fine Arts and Commerce Building has also reopened following a $15 million renovation. A $16 million upgrade to Sycamore Dining Hall is underway and work on a $50 million renovation of Hulman Center continues. I am also pleased to report that our fundraising grew by 40 percent for fiscal year 2018-19, and I would like to thank all those who donated to advance our university.
This is an exciting time to be a Sycamore, and Indiana State is well-positioned for even greater success in the coming years. Thank you for all that you do to support your alma mater and our students.
Deborah J. Curtis, Ph.D.