Jada Tompkins, ’18

As a member of the hard-working Welcome Team, Jada Tompkins doesn’t let anything stop her — including singing loudly, even though she can’t carry a tune. Jada is an English teaching major (with a creative writing minor) from Terre Haute.

BY Libby Roerig

Jodi Buis, ’18

Jodi Buis of Greencastle, Ind., was a perfect fit for Welcome Team this summer. After all, the human development and family studies major — who has a major phobia of sharks — isn’t tempted to spend her time at the beach!

BY Indianastate

Morgan Eckert, ’18

Move over Wonder Woman: Morgan Eckert is our new favorite super heroine. A chemistry major from Fort Wayne, Ind., Eckert is Miss Crossroads to America, has deployed twice in the Air National Guard, is slated to be a pilot in the Guard and has developed a nonprofit organization that is partnering with State to meet the needs of the community.

BY Libby Roerig

Zakary Bushue, ’18

As a social work major from Teutopolis, Ill., Zakary Bushue spent his spring 2017 semester placed at a private facility near his hometown to work with children, birth to 3 years old who are at risk of developmental delays, for his practicum.

BY Indianastate

Building abroad

Sometimes the best lessons — even for an accomplished scholar like Alethia Marrero — come when you push outside your comfort zone.

BY Libby Roerig


Finishing strong

A man of distinct tastes, varied interests and on the eve of his retirement, Senior Vice President John Beacon, GR ’74, reflects on his 50-plus years of recruitment success in higher education.

BY Libby Roerig