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Investments in Action

The ISU Foundation has received numerous leadership gifts that have had a profound impact on Indiana State University. The featured gifts below represent only a portion of the donors who have made significant investments in the ISU experience.

Bayh legacy wall The Herbert Simon Family Foundation is the presenting donor of the Bayh Legacy Wall housed in the Bayh College of Education. This interactive display in Indiana State University's Bayh College of Education pays tribute to the Bayh family whose connections with Indiana State go back more than 100 years. The museum-quality display features a timeline that chronicles the Bayh family's ties to Indiana State as well as significant accomplishments in public service, with an emphasis on those related to public service.
gibson family The Gibson Track & Field was made possible because a leadership gift from Max and Jackie Gibson. As Indiana State University supporters and sport enthusiasts, their commitment has helped to make the new athletic facility a reality for the most storied programs in Sycamore Athletics History. Complete with nine running lanes, top of the line surface and designated field events area, the vision is to develop Indiana State’s Gibson Track and Field to be among the best Outdoor Track and Field facilities in the country.
greek_life Joe and Michelle Evelo are passionate about helping ISU students succeed. To inspire students to make the most of their ISU experience, they established the Evelo Experience Fund which provides a stipend for students in need that alleviates their need for having to have a part-time job during the school year.
Simco Lab Siemens Siemens PLM Software provided Indiana State with a gift of the company’s Teamcenter portfolio software. This software in-kind gift of more than $9.7 million allows students in the College of Technology and Scott College of Business to experience the same design and supply chain technology as professionals in the industry.


As a student, co-founder of the Sycamore Tricycle Derby, Michael Simmons, helped to bring his passion of racing to campus in 1962. Since then, it has flourished into a campus tradition filled with pride and teamwork. It is in this spirit that Michael has established a more than $2 million student team activity endowment that bears his name. The endowment supports student extracurricular, team-based programs that foster the development of leadership, communications and teamwork skills.


Duane and Mary Alice Klueh Duane and Mary Alice Klueh have been lifetime supporters of Indiana State as alumni and donors, and Duane has served as a professor and coach at the University. The couple has made a leadership gift through a charitable gift annuity that will increase the Duane and Mary Alice Klueh Scholarship endowment. The gift will support an athletic scholarship an outstanding ISU student-athlete. As a student, Duane was a part of as both the Sycamore Men’s Basketball and Tennis teams and earned All-American honors and is one of only two men’s basketball student-athletes to have his jersey retired at the University. He also coached the Sycamore Men’s Basketball team for 12 seasons and the Tennis team for 25 seasons.
SCOB As a graduate of ISU’s Scott College of Business, Paul Stanley has established two endowed scholarships for the college, the Paul Merton Stanley, Jr. MBA Endowed Scholarship and Paul Merton Stanley, Jr. Developing Leader Scholarship. These two funds will positively impact generations of Sycamore students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in business.
Blackwell Mike and Mary Blackwell were active students in numerous Indiana State campus organization. Mike was a two sport student athlete in football and baseball and together the couple has supported several Sycamore athletics needs and initiatives. When ISU received the opportunity to host the Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament for the first time in school history, the couple supported the facility upgrade needs to ensure Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium met the tournament hosting requirements. Their capital improvement gift to the stadium helped to expand the press box and put in priority seating and group areas.