A love story, alumni couple gives back to a university that brought them together

After finding love and friendship at Indiana State University, one couple is in the works to support the future of the Sycamores growth and self-discovery.

Posted: Nov 6, 2017 6:48 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- After finding love and friendship at Indiana State University, one couple is in the works to support the future of the Sycamores growth and self-discovery.

Doug Maegher, '80, and Jeff Barnett, '82, started dating in 1980 after meeting a mutal friend. The couple married in 2008.

As a gay individual, they both say they found the State faculty and administration open and welcoming, creating an environment where they could grow.

For this reason, the couple wanted to make sure students in the LQBTQ community feel the same way.

Maegher and Barnett say they always wanted to pay it forward through a state donation. 

The couple reached out to Willie Banks, vice president of Student Affairs, to create a matching grant when they learned about a project to create a student center for LGBTQ students.

The couple is offering a $10,000 matching grant to benefit the LGBTQ student center, challengin other alumnie to contribute and double that amount. 

This donation is something Banks says will go a long way towards a successful future for sycamores.

"It's going directly to programs and services for our students," Banks said. "It also educates the larger community about the issues that LGBTQ students face on-campus."

Banks says making students feel comfortable on-campus is a promise the university tries to keep.

"We embrace all of our students," Banks said. "I hope that if anything, students who identify in any way know that there is a place for them."

To contribute to the LGBTQ matching grant, click here.

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