STATE magazine Fall 2021

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Robert DeFrance ’72, GR ’73, GR ’74, of Terre Haute and retired Indiana State assistant professor, has been a wood carver for many years. Most recently, he has been carving Sycamore leaves. ISU purchases the artwork for official gifts from the university to dignitaries.

Jeff Papa PhD ’16, of

Sheridan, was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Mensa Research Journal. The subscription-based Mensa Research Journal highlights scholarly articles and research related to intelligence from a diverse selection of nationally and internationally esteemed authors.

Brennan Hadley ’17, of

Coatesville, was admitted to Tufts University Medical School in Boston for its accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Katie Jenner GR ’17, of

Indianapolis, was named the Indiana Secretary of Education in January 2021. She was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal to this year’s 40 under 40.

Roland Wilson ’19, of

Indianapolis, was named to the inaugural class of “Conexus Rising 30.” He serves as an Assistant Operations Manager— Variable Labor at GEODIS.

2020s Dr. Aaron Baute PhD ’20,

of Lafayette, was named Lafayette Campus Chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College.

Tiarra Taylor ’20, of

Jeffersonville, was featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters in June for the search for her first home.

Michelle White ’20, of

Indianapolis, was named to the inaugural class of “Conexus Rising 30.” White serves as a Forecast Planner for Rolls-Royce. The new program by Conexus Indiana recognizes 30 advanced manufacturing and logistics professionals under the age of 30 who are distinguishing themselves as future stars of the industry.

Our alumni achieve remarkable successes every day. Learning about your significant life events, such as marriages, promotions, awards, community involvement, and even the addition of new Sycamores into your family, inspires us.

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