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Discover Our Student Successes

Journey is a great word for the path that 2018's 1,712 graduates walked to arrive at their degrees. Life threw all kinds of things at them along the way: challenges and opportunities, doubts and tragedies, millstones and milestones.

But despite it all, they made it through. With the help of friends, family, faculty, and staff, they reached their goal of a college degree. While most of them come from right here in Northeast Indiana, 54 are international students from 17 countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Please join us in celebrating some of the amazing stories behind this year's graduates. May their stories inspire you to accomplish new things and persevere through rough times.

Doermer School of Business

Damini Handa
MBA in general administration
She also earned her undergraduate degree in biology at IPFW. She is a two-time Top 50 Award recipient and has received the Chancellor’s Merit Award, Semester Honor Student Award, and Student Achievement Award. She has been a student leader for Colleges Against Cancer, Active Minds, Indian Student Association, International Student Organization, Bangladesh Student Association, Suicide Prevention Week, Mental Health Day, and the Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium. Handa represented the university as a judge at the Indiana DECA competition. She served as an International Student Peer Mentor and volunteered at The BIG Event, Regional Science Olympiad, Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and Health Education Boot Camp. Handa wants to be a Chief Executive Officer at a company that focuses on environmental sustainability.

Matthias Haydock
B.S.B. in accounting and finance
He wants to be an auditor and Certified Public Accountant. He currently leads a job training program at an area high school, teaching business management, financial reporting, and other practical concepts. Haydock served as the Chief Justice of the Judicial Court branch of the Indiana–Purdue Student Government Association. He is a Doermer Distinguished Scholar. He was the president and co-founder of the IPFW Triathlon Club and an active member of the Accounting and Finance societies on campus. He was involved in numerous campus events and community service activities through the Summit Scholars Program. Haydock also volunteered as a student leader for The BIG Event.

Madison Jaqua
B.S.B. in management
She wants to be a CEO of a company. As a student-athlete on the women’s volleyball team, she has been named to the Summit League All-Freshman Team and the Summit League Academic All-League Team. She was also inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma. She is a member of the Student-Athlete Leadership Team and Athletes Working Committee. She works as an assistant volleyball coach at Summit Volleyball Club. She is a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Fort4Fitness, Community Harvest Food Bank, and The BIG Event.

Rachel Roberts
B.S.B. in management
She wants to be in business management. She is an Honors student and has received her Honors Pin and Honors Medal. She has been chosen as one of only nine Exemplars to represent the top of the top at the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies. She was a member of Honor Dons, Intervarsity, and International Table. She took part in the National Student Exchange at the University of Iowa. She was also a peer mentor in International Studies. She was accepted into the prestigious Special Studies in International Business class, which is open only to the top students in the Doermer School of Business. As part of the class, she traveled to Morocco with her classmates to conduct focus groups at AUI University for DeBrand Fine Chocolates and Hoosier Hill Farms. Roberts volunteered at The BIG Event and Dr. Seuss Children’s Celebration events.

College of Education and Public Policy

Morgan Cardenas
B.S.Ed. in early childhood education
She is the mother of four young boys and wants to be an elementary school teacher. She is already teaching at the preschool level. She has a perfect GPA and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi. She was on the planning committee for the spring 2018 Autism workshop. She also volunteered as co-director of IvyAEYC (Ivy Association for the Education of Young Children), helping plan a clothing drive for Charis House and a Touch-A-Truck event that allows children to touch and crawl around in semis, fire trucks, Smart Cars, and other large vehicles. She also volunteers in a Kindergarten classroom at Eel River Elementary. She recently took on a new role as the program associate for the Let’s Grow Initiative for Associated Churches.

Gianna Casaburo
M.S.Ed. in counseling
Her career ambition is to be a marriage and family counselor. She also plans to pursue a doctorate in the field of counseling. She has been a part of the Love Your Melon Crew and volunteered at mental health booths as an advocate for suicide awareness and autism spectrum disorder. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and served as vice president and president of the Chi Eta Sigma Honors Society. She was also a committee member for the Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and served as the student representative for the Indiana Counseling Association. Casaburo provides free family counseling services to members of the community through the university’s counseling clinic, and travels to Pierceton Woods Academy to provide counseling to boys with behavioral difficulties. She also spends time coaching and mentoring high school girl soccer players.

Benjamin Caywood
M.S.Ed. in educational leadership
He wants to be an outdoor education leader and entrepreneur. He is a full-time Special Education teacher, head swim and dive coach, and leader in the professional learning community. In his school district, he directed the “Bear Necessities,” which is a positive behavior incentive program that has been adopted by several schools for its innovation and student impact. He also designed and delivered outdoor/experiential lesson for students with special needs. He works actively with at-risk youth the help them overcome personal situations, stay in school, and thrive in their educational endeavors. Caywood won a Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant to pursue kiteboarding, and was able to ride in all five Great Lakes.

Maria Norman
M.P.M. in public management
Her goal in life is to be a public servant. She is already serving in that role as an elected member of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board. She helps with The BIG Event on campus, coordinating the transportation for the event every year. She volunteers with IPSGA and Student Life and Leadership as often as she can, and she is actively involved in the Fort Wayne College Democrats student group. She was among 40 people chosen from across the state for the 2017-18 Emerging leaders Program with the Indiana Democratic Party. She also volunteers in the community with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Vincent Village, Community Harvest Food Bank, and the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

William Stockdale
B.S.P.A. in legal studies
He wants to go to law school and become a lawyer. He is a high-achieving student, maintaining a near perfect GPA and completing his degree in only three years while also working full time. He spent nearly four years as an infantryman in the United States Army. He has volunteered for The BIG Event and taken part in numerous panel discussions on campus. Stockdale just became a first-time dad with the birth of his son, Benjamin, in March.

Stephen Weaver
M.S.Ed. in counseling
His career goal is to be a marriage and family therapist. He has attended dozens of seminars, trainings, and conferences to expand his knowledge of best practices in counseling. He is an active member of Chi Eta Sigma, the university’s Counselor Education Honors Society. He has volunteered for The BIG Event and Mental Health Day programs on campus. In the community, he volunteers at homeless shelters, created a website for Blue Mountain Project, and provides counseling support for victims of trauma and abuse. He served in the United States Navy and took part in training programs at the Defense Information School as a broadcaster and journalist, where he earned two Honor Graduate Awards. (While working full time.) Weaver also interns with Park Center Behavioral Health and at the Family Project on campus.

College of Health and Human Services

Toye Berger
B.S. in human services
Her career ambition is to own a Bed and Breakfast. She was the first Hospitality and Tourism Management student recipient of the Tapestry Scholarship. She has served as treasurer and president of the Hospitality Management Association and is a member of Italian Cuisine and Culture. She has also served as a teaching assistant for several HTM classes, including a study abroad course in Italy. Berger is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and she helped plan the project to bring award-winning Italian chef and sommelier Alessia Uccellini to campus and the community for educational opportunities.

Kallianne Mogler
B.S. in human services
She wants to work as a child protection services professional. She is a student-athlete in women’s soccer, serving as captain of the team during three of her four years playing. She is one of only five women’s soccer players to be recognized as an All-Summit League honoree, and the only one to earn the distinction as an upperclassman. She was on the Summit League Academic Honor Roll and the Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. She is a member of the National Honor Society for Human Services and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma chapter for her academic and athletic achievement. She has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the animal shelter. She has been a mentor for the past six years to a young boy in the community. She volunteered for The BIG Event, has been a volunteer coach for the Mini Dons, a volunteer coach for a soccer program for refugees in California, and an assistant teacher volunteer for a math program in Minnesota.

College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Audrey Donat
M.S. in organizational leadership supervision
She also earned her undergraduate degree in communication at IPFW. She wants a career in higher education. She has served as vice president of student programming in IPSGA. She is a member of the Outspoken group, which supports the LGBTQ community on campus, and has traveled to UCLA to gather information to help start an LGBTQ minor at IPFW. Donat was a member of Circle K and helped rebuild homes in New Orleans. She also volunteered for The BIG Event. She is a PBS 39 Community Board Member and a member of the Mastodon Alumni Association Board.

Thomas Bolinger
B.S. in computer science
His career ambitions are in informatics, software engineering, and computer graphics. He has a perfect GPA and has also been chosen as one of only nine Exemplars to represent the top of the top at the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies. He has earned the Chancellor’s Scholarship, the Hohe Scholarship from Huntington County, and the Exelis Scholarship. He was the winner of the 2015 Writing Showcase and nominated to the 2017 Communication Showcase. He was also inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. He published a research paper for an international conference and worked for more than $80,000 in externally funded projects. Bolinger has served as a mentor and tutor for his peers and as a TA and lab instructor. He volunteers at the Warren Food Pantry and is the Praise Team drummer and Youth Group Leader at his church.

Kyle Murphy
B.S.E.E. in electrical engineering technology
He wants to be an electrical engineer. He is a two-time Top 50 Award recipient. He has been awarded the Fred Zollner Memorial Foundation Scholarship, the DiscoverE Scholarship, the Armed Forces Communications Scholarship, the Raytheon Scholarship, and the Mary E. and Carl W. Geller Endowed Scholarship. He is a cooperative education student, working at Spectrum Engineering. Murphy updated power systems and designed and wired relay systems at Purdue West Lafayette. He has also served as a tour guide at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Brianna England
B.Mus. in music
Her career ambitions are to be a professional opera singer and a professor of vocal music. She was inducted into the Delta Alpha Pi Honors Society for Students with Disabilities. She is an operatic soprano. She has been recruited for Northwestern’s prestigious vocal department in the Bienen School of Music as she considers continuing her vocal studies in the United States or in Europe at Salzburg’s Mozarteum. She won the IPFW Concerto Aria Competition in 2017 and the NATS Regional Competition in 2011. England was a semi-finalist in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition in 2016.  She has tackled serious roles in various student opera productions, with the Operafestival di Roma in 2012, and with Chicago’s professional Baroque Opera company, Haymarket, where she sang the title role in a semi-staged production of Cesti’s Orontea. She is also a gifted costume designer, constructing costumes for a variety of shows on- and off-campus. She served as a student worker for the Department of Music as the production and costume designer for the IPFW Opera Ensemble and as a proctor, house manager, and ambassador during new student orientations.

Joshua Hettinger
B.Mus.Ed. in music education and B.Mus. in music performance
He wants to be a high school band director and the best music educator that he can be. He received the Indiana Music Education Association Outstanding Future Music Educator Award, the Outstanding Student in Music Education Award, and the Trombone Student of the Year Award. He was awarded the Dorothy N. Whitney Memorial Scholarship, the Auer Scholarship, and the Kilbourne Scholarship. He won the IPFW Concerto Aria Competition. He has been a part of the brass quintet, jazz ensemble, orchestra, and trombone ensemble, and the principal trombonist of the wind ensemble. Hettinger has represented IPFW in honor bands around the nation, including the Indiana Music Education Association Intercollegiate Band and the Columbia Festival of Winds Intercollegiate Band. He was one of two students representing IPFW at the College Band Director’s National Association Conference in the Intercollegiate Band in Kansas City. He served as vice president of the Wind Band Council and was recognized by the Indiana Music Education Association for his service as the secretary of the college chapter of the National Association for Music Education. He has taught at Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School, DeKalb Middle and High Schools, Bishop Luers, Bishop Dwenger, and Carroll, among others. He also teaches private lessons through the IPFW Community Arts Academy. He helped organize the annual Three Rivers Honor Band and the Inaugural IPFW Windfest.  He also volunteers at his church and as a squad leader for high school students completing a service project.

Laura Laudeman
B.A. in theatre
She wants to be a teacher. She has a perfect GPA and has received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship and the Auer Scholarship. In the theatre department, she has had roles in nine mainstage productions. She has been the stage manager for one mainstage production and crew member/usher for seven mainstage productions. Laudeman has served as secretary and president of the Student Theatre Organization and has been an assistant for New Student Orientation, a coach for Don2Don Student Success, and a student leader for the Fall Freshman Leadership Retreat. She interned for the SCORE! Middle School Program at the Embassy Theatre.  She has volunteered at the Department of Theatre’s High School Recruitment Day and with the Student Theatre Organization for The BIG Event.

College of Arts and Sciences.

Bre Anne Briskey
B.A. in psychology and B.A. in history
She plans on going to graduate school and wants a career in academics and research. She is a Chapman Scholar and has received the Chancellors Distinguished Scholarship. She has received her Honors Pin and is a two-time Top 50 Award recipient. She has presented at the Student Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium four years in a row, and for three years at the Department of History Undergraduate Conference. She has served as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and a student mentor. She has been the student representative for the Academic Curriculum Committee and the Student Affairs Committee. Briskey is a member of the Honor Dons, the Honors Program, and the National Society for Leadership and Success. She has been a member and officer of Alpha Sigma Alpha and Phi Eta Sigma and also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Psi Chi. She has volunteered for Fort4Fitness, The BIG Event, Girls on the Run, Junior Achievement, Project Linus, National History Day in Indiana, the regional science and engineering fair, the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Homecoming, Mad Anthonys Hope House, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Jón Buldt
B.S.C. in chemistry pre-medicine
He wants a career in research and is pursuing applications at medical and graduate schools. He has received the Dr. Beaumont Cornell Scholarship, Dr. Friedel Scholarship, and the Faculty and Staff Scholarship in chemistry. He is a member of the Chemistry Club and the Global Health Initiative and has volunteered at the regional science and engineering fair. Buldt speaks three languages: his native German, English, and conversational Spanish. He volunteers in the ER at Parkview Hospital. He has been involved in research projects on campus and presented at an undergraduate research conference at Butler University. Buldt was selected by the Department of Chemistry as the Outstanding Graduate for 2018.

Helena Carvalho Schmidt
B.A. in political science, B.A. in English, B.A. in communication, and Certificate in international studies
She wants to be a senior officer of the United Nations. She is a two-time Top 50 Award recipient and has received the Chancellors Merit Award, Georgia Kryzminiski Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and the Excellence in International Studies Award. She started the Brazilian Student Association in 2005 and served as an officer and member of Lambda Pi Eta, Model UN, and the International Student Organization. Carvalho Schmidt has served as Orientation Leader for International Students, International Peer Mentor, and writing consultant for the Centers for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA). She is in the Honors Program and was selected as a Dean’s Diplomat for the Office of the Dean of Students. She has volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and The BIG Event.

Abbigayle Dunlavy
B.S. in biology and B.A. in psychology
She wants to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. She has been chosen as one of only nine Exemplars to represent the top of the top at the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies. She is a Chapman Scholar Award recipient and an Atlantis Project Fellow. She has been a member and officer of the Xi Epsilon Chapter of Beta Beta Beta and Psi Chi, and a member of Chi Alpha Sigma. As a student-athlete in women’s cross country and track and field, she has served as an advisor to the IPFW Athletics Working Group Committee and has been named to the Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. She has served on the HonorDons Board and is a member of the PreMed Club and Destiny Rescue. Dunlavy developed and taught a class about social media for older adults at the Fort Wayne Community Center. She has volunteered at Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic, The BIG Event, Fort4Fitness, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Mastodon Stomp, Car Smash Fundraiser, Headwaters Counseling, and Community Harvest Food Bank.

Megan Foy
B.A. in political science
She wants to be a civil rights lawyer. Her plans are to take her training for Teach for America and spend at least two years teaching in economically disadvantaged areas and then go to law school. She has accepted an offer to teach elementary education in Arkansas. She received the Van Coufoudakis Scholarship in 2017. Foy is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, IPFW Voices of Choice, IPFW Feminists in Solidarity, and IPFW OUTspoken. She is a volunteer for Creative Women of the World.

Miriam Greidanus Romaneli
B.A. in communication and B.A. in psychology
She wants to be a linguist. She is an international student from Brazil who currently speaks three languages and is learning two more. She received the Chancellor’s Merit Award, Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship, Honors Program Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Honors Program Research Assistant Scholarship, and Department of Communication Outstanding Service Award. She is a research assistant in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Computer Science. She coauthored a publication on linguistic analysis of sex offender recidivism. She has presented papers at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Modern Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Indiana University Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, Communication Symposium, Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium, and Science and Society Showcase. She is a member of Psi Chi, Lambda Pi Eta, Model United Nations, Bangladesh Student Association, and Indiana–Purdue Student Government Association. She was selected as a Dean’s Diplomat for the Office of the Dean of Students and volunteered in the Office of International Education and the Department of Communication. She also served as a moderator for Deliberative Forums in Southwest Allen County Schools. She has served as a student leader for the Fall Leadership Retreat, an International Peer Mentor, International Students Ambassador, and volunteered for The BIG Event.

Lauren Hoffman
B.A. in psychology
She wants to be a physician’s assistant. She is a two-time Top 50 Award recipient. As a student-athlete on the women’s volleyball team, she was named to the Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence and the Summit League Academic Honor Roll. She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and the Global Health Initiative Club and serves as a teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology. Hoffman is a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Stockings for Soldiers, Habitat for Humanity, Mini Dons, The BIG Event, Chris Brown 5K Walk-Run, and Fort4Fitness. She is a certified gatekeeper for Project Compass. She also went on a missions trip to Ecuador.

Meghan Menchhofer
M.A. in professional communication studies and Certificate in English as a Second Language
She wants to work internationally, researching, teaching, and in development with refugee populations. She is a two-time Top 50 Award recipient and has received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award. She has presented research at the International Association of Communication and Mass Media Research Conference in Cartagena, Columbia, and the Turkish Migration Conference in Vienna, Austria. Menchhofer was one of three students chosen for the Fort Wayne Sister Cities, IPFW, and Mawlamyine University Student Exchange Delegation to Myanmar in spring 2017. She had taught communications courses as a graduate student for the past two years. She was awarded a fellowship in summer 2017 to study at the University of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzagovnia. She has volunteered hosting exchange students from Myanmar, hosted a family from Morocco, is a board member and volunteer for Fort Wayne for Refugees, and volunteered in refugee camps in Northern Greece.

Nicholas Miller
B.A. in history and B.A. in anthropology
He plans to go to graduate school for archaeology and wants to be a tenured professor doing independent research. He is a member of the Honors Program and has received the Withers Scholarship for Excellence in History and the Provost Scholarship for Excellence in Anthropology. He is also a semi-finalist for a Fulbright Scholarship. He is a member of Lambda Alpha Theta and a member and officer of the Anthropology Club. Miller is a Certified Chrysler Technician and has interned at The Early Ford V8 Museum and The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. He volunteers in the history department with the History Mentorship Program. He volunteers for public history programs throughout the community and serves as a judge for grade school history projects.

Luis Nuñez
B.A. in sociology
He plans to pursue a doctorate and wants to be a professor of sociology. He is a member and officer of the Sociology Club. He volunteers for COMPASS, helping to spread information about suicide prevention. He has worked as a research assistant, collecting data and investigating the impact of a transitional housing program for homeless veterans in Fort Wayne. He presented on the project at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Nuñez has also presented at the Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium. He is active in a service-learning project for Hartford City, acting as program developer and coordinator for The Great Greenhouse Giveaway, which will provide free produce to food insecure people.

Cameo Parry
B.G.S. in general studies and Certificate in international studies
She plans to pursue a career in community development. She is a first-generation, non-traditional student. She lived in the Dominican Republic for 18 months as a missionary for her church, became fluent in Spanish, completed service projects and taught religion. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, helping plan and coordinated volunteers for the Big Day of Service. Parry volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Ronald McDonald House, and she serves as a foster mom to rescue dogs.

Tianna Scheurman
B.S. in communication sciences and disorders and Certificate in gerontology
She wants to be a speech-language pathologist. She has earned an Honors Pin and will receive an Honors Certificate at commencement. She is a two-time Top 50 Award recipient. She has assisted with research projects and presented at the Honors Showcase. Scheurman has served as a member and officer of the Speech and Hearing Club and the ASL Pah! Club, and a member of the Sign Choir. She has volunteered for and helped plan the AAC Poss-Abilities Camp. She volunteers at Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Sensitive Santa, Sensitive Easter Bunny, Make It-Take It, Deaf Santa, and Hear Care Connection.

Courtney Seymour
B.A. in psychology
She wants to be a marriage and family therapist. She is a first-generation student and works in the athletics department. She has served as a member and officer of Active Minds. She is a research assistant in the Department of Psychology, conducting reviews, training lab members, entering data, monitoring participant responses, and presenting research. Seymour volunteers for the YWCA, Riley Hospital for Children, the Red Cross, National Eating Disorder Association, and The BIG Event.

Darren Shoemaker
B.S. in biology
He plans to become a National Park Service Ranger. He received his Honors Pin and was inducted into the Beta Beta Beta Honors Society. He has worked as a field technician for a faculty research lab studying the effects of conservation efforts on rivers and streams in the St. Joe Watershed. Shoemaker has worked as a peer writing consultant in the IPFW Writing Center for seven of his eight semesters. In that capacity, he helped 292 students through 408 appointments at the center.

Shelby Smiley
B.S.C. in chemistry and Certificate of research in chemistry
She plans to go to graduate school and then pursue her dream job as a biomedical engineer. She received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship and the Ken Stevenson Outstanding Chemistry Major Award. She earned an Honors Pin, received the Honors Research Endeavor for Support Assistantship, and won the Best Presentation Award at the Writing Showcase. She was a resident assistant in Student Housing and worked in the Honors Center. She was an Ambassadon and served as President of the HonorDons. Smiley has volunteered for The BIG Event and served as a judge for the regional science and engineering fair.

Meg Steigerwald
B.S. in communication sciences and disorders
She wants to be a speech language pathologist. She has a perfect GPA and has been selected as one of only nine Exemplars to represent the top of the top at the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies. She is a two-time recipient of the Sertoma Foundation Scholarship. She has earned an Honors Pin and is working toward getting an Honors Certificate. She has served as a teaching assistant and has been a member and officer of the Speech and Hearing Club and the ASL Pah! Club. She is also a member of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She joined the IPFW Choral Union and the IPFW Sign Choir. She has volunteered at Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Sensitive Santa, Sensitive Easter Bunny, and helped Burmese students with homework after school. Steigerwald has also volunteered and raised money for the deaf community and gave hearing and speech/language screenings at two area schools and the IPFW Health Fair.

Lauren Watson
B.S. in biology
She plans to continue her education with the career goal of becoming a doctor. She is an international student from British Columbia, Canada. As a student-athlete for the women’s softball team, she has been named to the Summit League Academic All-League Team, Summit League Academic Honor Roll, and the Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. She was also named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar. She was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma. Watson teamed up with fellow student-athletes from other area colleges to start a Softball/Baseball Skills Program for the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America. She has also volunteered for the Suicide Prevention Walk at IPFW and the Gold Bash to support childhood cancer.

Nicholas Yergens
B.A. in psychology
He plans to go to graduate school with the career goal of becoming a clinical psychologist. He has received the Junior Excellence in Psychology Award and the Undergraduate Summer Research Grant. He has served as a research assistant and a teaching assistant. He coauthored an article that was published in the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and another article that was published in the International Journal of Cyber Criminology. He has presented at the Communication Showcase, Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium, and the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting in Chicago. Yergens has served as a member and officer of Psi Chi, and a member of Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Leadership and Success. He also volunteers at the YWCA Crisis Shelter.