Beyond the bow-tie

State’s new Vice President for Student Affairs Willie Banks Jr. says he is inspired by students who persevere and succeed, despite the odds.

BY Dave Taylor

What is mindfulness?

Longtime psychology professor Jean Kristeller says we can be healthier — and more satisfied — by being more mindful of what we’re eating. For instance, it’s better to savor half a cookie instead of devouring the whole bag.

BY Betsy Simon

Mackenzie Carpenter, ’16

Gentle, kind, funny is how senior nursing major Mackenzie Carpenter was described by faculty member Emily Cannon. She’s a “joy to be around and (is) so good with her patients,” Cannon said of the Crawfordsville native.

BY Indianastate

Jordyn Hoffmann, ’15

Jordyn Hoffmann of Westfield, a nursing major who graduated in December, is giving of her time. “She volunteers for every nursing learning opportunity she can! She has been on a mission trip to Haiti (and) spends extra time with nurse practitioners at IU Health’s Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis (on her own time),” said nursing faculty member Emily Cannon.

BY Indianastate

Kirk Moore, ’16

Kirk Owusu Moore, a legal studies and criminology and criminal justice major from Koforidua, Ghana West Africa, has made a name for himself on campus as a student teacher at the Community School of the Arts and beyond.

BY Indianastate

Vernon Cheeks, ’16

Known for having a great smile, senior sports management major Vernon Cheeks of Chicago counts being elected president of the Student Government Association as his greatest achievement at State.

BY Indianastate

Catrina Cimaroli, ’17

Catrina Cimaroli was part of a trio of students who helped Della Thacker, associate professor, create a new student-led organization on campus, CHILL — Colleagues Helping Implement Lifelong Learning. “Through their hard work and dedication, they have presented two sessions at a national conference and have been invited back next year to host an event in Washington, D.C.,” Thacker said. Cimaroli is an English teaching major from New Lenox, Ill.

BY Indianastate