Don’t tell Erial Pena’s professors — she’s a huge procrastinator. Houston-born, she’s a human development and family studies major and hard-working member of the Welcome Team for New Student Orientation.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This insurance and risk management major can show us a few moves! Aria Brinza of Terre Haute is a studying for a dance minor.
Hailing from Kendallville, Ind., U.S. Army veteran Michael Triplett is a master’s of social work major who is helping his fellow soldiers doing clinical work in the VA outpatient clinic. Thank you for your service — both as a soldier and civilian!