Natalie Smailis, ’12, GR’14

Alumna ignited her go-getter attitude while participating in — and founding — an assortment of student organizations at State.

Leigh Mack, ’90 

Lifetime scholar fell in love with learning while earning his undergraduate at State.

Kenya Woodard, ’02

The search for a part-time job to help pay for college changed the trajectory of this alumna’s career — and the place she calls home.

Class Notes


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Omer Shawler, ’48, Marshall, Ill.
Mary Jo Grove, ’45, GR ’48, Indianapolis, Ind.
Leo Zambenini, ’48, Rosedale, Ind.


Norman Hemmrich, ’56, GR ’67, Midland, Ga.
Bruce Gilman, ’51, Smyrna, Ga.
Sharon Vance Jones, ’56, GR ’74, Indianapolis, Ind.


Dr. Donald L. Bates, ’66, GR ’68, Houston, Texas

Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST) announces the retirement of President Donald L. Bates.  President Bates has had a 50-year career in higher education, and holds a BS (66) and MS (68) in business from ISU, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. He returned to ISU as dean of the College of Read more…

Louis Tasso, ’61, Brownsburg, Ind.
Norman Hemmrich, ’56, GR ’67, Midland, Ga.


Susan Wright, ’75, Terre Haute, Ind.
Mary Sword, ’76, Benbrook, Texas
Peggy Reeve, ’73, Escanaba, Mich.


Joan Lorge, ’85, Coralville, Iowa
Dolores Templeton, ’84, Terre Haute, Ind.
Matthew Ross, ’87, Crawfordsville, Ind.


Buff Dormeier, ’92, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Buff Dormeier, ’92, was named one of Forbes Magazine “Best In State” Financial Advisors. Read More  

David Tietge, ’92, Secaucus, N.J.
Anthony “Andy” Fraizer, ’98, Indianapolis, Ind.

Anthony “Andy” Fraizer, ’98, was selected by The Board of Directors of Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) as the organization’s new Executive Director.


Timmi Stafford, ’06, Elkhart, Ind.
Carol Phillips, ’00, Terre Haute, Ind.
Donald McDaniel, ’00, Anderson, Ind.


Emery Becker, ’15, Burbank, Calif.

LA Times – Local music photographer Emery Becker reported killed in motorcycle crash

Michelle Bond, GR ‘14, Madison, Wis.

Michelle Bond has begun a position at University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She works as an Associate Counselor – Engineering Focus in Mental Health. This means she works with patients in the UW-Madison School of Engineering. Bond, who spent four years working as a counselor at an Indiana engineering college, says engineering Read more…

Jenny O’Sako, ‘12, Pooler, Ga.

Jenny O’Sako, class of 2012, was recently selected as part of the Leadership Southeast Georgia program for 2018. Jenny is a client executive, specializing in the property-casualty practice, in the Savannah, Ga. office of Sterling Seacrest Partners. Jenny received a Bachelor of Science in Risk Management and Insurance.

Latest In Memoriam Updates
Susan Wright, ’75, Terre Haute, Ind.
Louis Tasso, ’61, Brownsburg, Ind.
Mary Sword, ’76, Benbrook, Texas


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