Distinguished alumna returns to campus to celebrate a life of learning


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State University celebrates 150 years of learning with its Sesquicentennial Era.

Tuesday night, there was a special Sesquicentennial dinner on campus.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph. D. was the keynote speaker for the event.

She’s an author and neuroanatomist, which means she studies the brain.

Taylor graduated from ISU with her Ph. D. in 1991. Five years later, she experienced a stroke.

She later became a champion for helping others regain their lives after brain trauma.

She tells News 10 she’s excited to be back in Terre Haute. “I spent six years on this campus. It’s a beautiful thing. I’ve had a relationship with ISU since I was literally four years old, because my mother taught here as a professor. My father got his Ph. D. through the Department of Counseling here. So, this is home,” said Taylor.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to establish the College of Arts and Sciences Sesquicentennial Scholarship Fund.

According to ISU’s website, the legislation that created the Indiana State Normal School passed in 1865. This marks the beginning of the Sesquicentennial Era. It continues through through 2020, which marks the 150th anniversary of the school’s opening.