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ALMA MATER

The words to the alma mater were written in 1926 by faculty member Wanda Neiswanger and Jennie Whitten as a homecoming loyalty song.

The original sheet music had been lost, but was discovered in an antique shop in San Francisco in 1981. It was returned to then-president Lloyd Watkins by Marcia Reid, an ISU alumna.

Reid's sister, Dr. Jane Chapmen-Gallon of Denver, Colo., found the piece while on vacation.

ALMA MATER LYRICS:
"Glory hast though, might and power; proud the halls of ISU.
Deeds that live in song and story, loyal sons and daughters true.
So shalt thou in years increasing send they grads of honest worth,
forth to bear with zeal unceasing wisdom's torch throughout the earth."

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