The Alma Mater was written in 1923 by Ora Blackmun, a member of the English Department. Band Director Homer F. Hess composed the music.
From the hills and from the lowlands,
Comes the song of praise anew;
Sung by thousands of our children,
Alma Mater we sing to you.
Then we’ll unfurl our colors the Purple and the Gray,
And in the breezes see them ever proudly sway;
They lead us upward, they lead us onward,
They lead us to victory (Go Bears!).
Then let us gather round with loyal hearts and true,
Our Alma Mater’s call OBEY;
Our dear old colors will live forever,
The Royal PURPLE and the GRAY.