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MARCH ON! Experience – National Event
2010 Air Race Classic


CONGRATULATIONS!  Indiana State University pilots, Jessica Campbell and Kay Brown, finished 2nd in the Collegiate Division of the 2010 Air Race Classic.  Their finish also landed the duo a 8th place overall finish among the 51 competing teams. 


The Indiana State University Foundation is excited to sponsor the 2010 Air Race Classic as a MARCH ON! Experience Event. Indiana State University is home to the 2009 collegiate champions of the Air Race Classic; and the aviation students are looking to repeat the title at this year’s competition June 22-25.


The Foundation’s involvement with the Air Race Classic provides an opportunity for alumni and friends to interact with two student pilots – some of Indiana State’s best and brightest students. It also promotes a sense of ISU pride as we rally the Sycamores while supporting three MARCH ON! Campaign pillars: Students, Faculty, and Programs. 



About the Air Race Classic

The 34th Air Race Classic is a four-day, 2,483-mile transcontinental race for women. The race spans the mid-section of the United States, beginning this year in Fort Myers, Florida and ending in Frederick, Maryland. The Air Race Classic is a highly competitive aviation race across the nation that involves contestants from around the world. The race has a longstanding history and is celebrating the centennial anniversary of licensed women pilots (1910-2010). 


In 2009, Indiana State became the national collegiate champion with the duo of Jessica Campbell (ISU aviation student) and Victoria Dunbar (ISU aviation professor). ISU returns to the completion in 2010 with a team of two aviation students, veteran flier Jessica Campbell and race newcomer Kay Brown.

Meet the Student Pilots:


Kay Brown

Hometown:  Avon, Indiana
Year in School:  Sophomore
Major:  Professional Aviation Flight Technology
ISU Campus Involvement:  NIFA Flight Team, Alpha Eta Rho, Females in Technology, Alpha Lambda Delta
Why Did You Attend ISU:  I wanted to learn from the best professionals in the business.
Favorite ISU Experience: Participating in various student organizations such as Flight Team, Alpha Eta Rho, and Females in Technology
Plans After Graduation: Fly for a corporate business
What Are Your Career Goals: To become a top commercial pilot
What are you most excited about for the 2010 Air Race Classic: Wanted the experience of racing against the best of my peers and to meet some great female pilots.


Jessica Campbell
Grandview, IN
Year in School: 2010 Graduate
Majors: Professional Aviation Flight Technology and Aviation Administration
ISU Campus Involvement: NIFA Flight Team Captain, Alpha Eta Rho, Intramurals
Why Did You Attend ISU: I attended ISU because I received a Presidential Scholarship. I would not have been able to afford flying if I had not received that scholarship.
Post Graduation Plans: I plan to continue flight instructing in order build flight time. I would also like to begin working towards an MBA.
What Are Your Career Goals: I would love to one day fly for UPS or FedEx.
What are you most excited about for the 2010 Air Race Classic: I am most excited about the route of flight.  I have never been to several of the northeast states and am honored to get the opportunity to once again represent ISU in this prestigious race.


Be Involved:


News Coverage:


The Fort Meyers News Press article:

Fort Meyers television story:

Above:  Kay and Jessica join Steve and Deanna Pruett and Gene Crume for dinner, prior to taking flight in Fort Meyers, FL.  


The Frederick News-Post Online, Frederick County Maryland story:


About the MARCH ON! Experience


As a part of MARCH ON! The Campaign For Indiana State University, MARCH ON! Experiences create opportunities for alumni and friends to be engaged with the University. Experience events, such as the Air Race Classic, aim to give ISU alumni and friends a unique perspective of Indiana State – our students, faculty, programs and facilities. 


MARCH ON! Experience Events were developed in conjunction with the campaign marketing plan. The purpose of these events is to be a special experience for participants that would heighten their engagement with the Foundation and University. These events have and will continue to progress on a state, national, and global level, with the culminating experience resulting in the Foundation bringing a world-class event to the ISU and Terre Haute community. 


MARCH ON! Experience Events

2009- Ride Across Indiana
2010 – Air Race Classic
2011- TBA
2012 - TBA


For more information about the campaign, visit




This event accents the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards as the
ISU Alumni Association honored
alumna Willa Brown for her achievements in aviation last fall.


Willa B. Brown Chappell, ‘27
Willa Brown Chappell was a
1927 graduate of the Indiana State Normal School with a degree in education. Through her love of

teaching and aviation, she became a

leader in aviation and political activism by becoming the first woman in the

United States (1937) to hold both a

mechanical and commercial pilot’s license. She also worked to assist in opening the Coffey School of Aeronautics. The school, located at

the Harlem Airport in Oak Lawn,

Illinois, was the first African American-owned and operated flight school. Adding to her list of accomplishments, Willa also cofounded the National Airmen’s Association of American (NAAA) that assisted in the acceptance of African Americans into the Air Force and trained the Tuskegee Airman during World War II.


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