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Sesquicentennial Celebration Gala
Indiana State University’s Sesquicentennial Era spans from the 150th anniversary of the passage of legislation in 1865 to establish Indiana State Normal School through the 150th anniversary of the school’s opening in 1870. These milestones serve as bookends of the celebration which kicked off with the Sesquicentennial Celebration Gala on October 15.
The sold out event raised more than $200,000 to create the Sesquicentennial Scholarship Fund, an endowment for need-based scholarships.
At the Gala, alumni, faculty, staff, emeriti, and friends enjoyed a one-act play "Reflections from President William Wood Parsons" performed by Professor Emeritus Gene England. Parsons is a prominent figure in Indiana State history as he was a member of the first class at Indiana State Normal School and served as the institution’s third president for 36 years! The night concluded with the unveiling of the magnificently restored Normal Hall dome following the premiere of the Sesquicentennial Fanfare composed by Grammy Award-winning composer, Libby Larsen.