We here at CLCS IU don’t have to convince you that IU is awesome; we know you know. In light of fabulous Oscar-winner Meryl Streep recently receiving an honorary degree from the university, we thought we’d compile of list of five of our favorite awesome alumni. From writers and anchors to ballerinas and singers, Bloomington has birthed them all. Take a look at some of these fellow Hoosiers that have graced the campus, and maybe you’ll see your name on here in the future, co-eds.
Suzanne Collins – Author, class of ’85
The notorious author of “The Hunger Games” is probably one of Bloomington’s most popular alumnae. As a dual major in theater and telecommunications she received her bachelors from IU before continuing her career at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. This Hoosier-at-heart studied telecommunications and theater during her time in the Bloom. The IDS archives even have old newspaper articles on her drama career on campus.
Hoagy Carmichael – Musician, class of ’25
While the oldest alumni on our list, Hoagy is the only one with a commemorative statue on the campus. Born in Bloomington, Hoagy earned his bachelor’s degree from the School of Law before becoming the composer he is known as today. He is most known for his tracks “Stardust,” Georgia on My Mind” and “Heart and Soul” during the late 20’s and mid-30’s. Even though he passed in December of 1981, you can still find Hoagy seated at his piano in front of the IU Cinema, most likely with something placed in his free hand.
Ryan Murphy – Television producer, class of ’87
Even if you may not recognize his name, you’ve definitely seen some of this Hoosier’s work on your TV if you live anywhere in the free world. After graduating Murphy went on to produce, direct and write a slew of shows. Just a few are “Nip/Tuck,” “Popular,” “American Horror Story,” “Glee” and “The New Normal.” But before Murphy was bringing our favorite characters to the small screen he was a writer for the IDS and a member of the Singing Hoosiers.
Catt Sadler – News anchor, class of ’77
Sadler was born in Martinsville, Indiana and graduated from IU with a degree in journalism. Before even finishing college she was offered a job by Fox 59 to host a weekly segment titled “Youth Matters.” After leaving Indy and heading for the beaches of Cali, Sadler worked as an entertainment reporter before joining the E! News show with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic. She also gets to cover live Red Carpet events like the Academy Awards and the Emmys. Not a bad gig if you ask us.
Amanda Schull – Actress and ballerina, two-year attendance
Amanda Schull is now an actress and professional ballet dancer originally hailing for Honolulu, Hawaii. After she studied ballet at IU on a full scholarship she went on to accept an apprenticeship with the San Francisco Ballet before retiring in 2006. She’s now more famously known for her cameo TV roles in shows such as “One Tree Hill,” “Bones,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Pretty Little Liars” (she played Meredith Sorenson). Schull was also a member of Delta Delta Delta on campus.
These are just five of the best IU has to offer, and there’s always more to come. Who knows; maybe you could be the next best-selling author, TV producer or real life ballerina. No matter what your future holds you’ll always be a Hoosier. There’s nothing classier than that.
Sierra Vandervort is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow her @the_whimsical. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College LiftestylesTM on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @CLCS_IU.