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Class Notes College eVision Summer 2019

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Drew Brock, an ER tech at UofL Hospital, will return to college at Bellarmine for a second bachelor’s degree, this time in radiation therapy, with the goal of becoming a radiation therapist at a cancer care center.

Ashley Carroll married Faron Goodrow ’13 this May.

Jake Carter graduated this May from IUS with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in sociology.

Ashton Cash is now project associate for the River Heritage Conservancy, which is creating a large park along the Ohio River in Southern Indiana.

Tony Corrao is head athletic trainer for Abilene Christian University’s men’s basketball team. The DI team won the Southland Conference Tourney Championship to earn the team its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Grant Goad graduated from WKU in December 2018 and is now an assistant superintendent at Koetter Construction. He is engaged to marry Cassady Puckett.

Alex Grove earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue West Lafayette this May and will be starting a sales engineering apprenticeship with Phoenix Contact USA in Harrisburg, Penn in June.

Trey Embrey, who completed his first year at the IU School of Medicine, will spend five weeks this summer in Vietnam doing a medical internship at a teaching hospital.

Patricia Hyndman spent her final year at IUS (biology major with minor in sales) interning at My Health E as a patient advocate and social media manager and was one of 17 people selected to participate in Health Enterprises Network Fellowship Program.

Brianna Jacobi will be attending Simmons University in Boston this fall for the dual graduate program in library and information science/archives management concentration and history.

Nicholas Hayes is a personal trainer at 9round Fitness, which has locations in Prospect, Clarksville, and throughout Louisville.

Kendra Kramer is now territory sales manager at Procarent in Louisville.

Matt Martin earned his degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton this May.

Ginny McCauley is now social media/graphic designer at Neil Huffman Automotive Group.

Jenna Merchant is now a buyer assistant at Shoe Sensation Inc. in Jeffersonville.

Lincoln Ottersbach is now customer service representative at Unified Technologies.

John Oppelt earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville this May. He is a senior accounting associate at UPS and engaged to marry Amanda Matthews in June.

Julie Payne received her bachelor’s degree in secondary ed. from Purdue West Lafayette this May and will be moving to the Washington, D.C., area to take part in the Johns Hopkins Urban Teachers residency program as a high school English teacher in the DC public school system while also pursuing her master’s in education with concentrations in secondary literacy and special education.

Kelsey Rodgers is an educator at the Kentucky Science Center.

Charmaine Solis graduated from the US Naval Academy this May with a bachelor’s in ocean engineering and has been accepted into the Surface Warfare Community driving ships.

Carolyn Swartz is now assistant director of annual giving and alumni engagement at Marian University.


Maddie Bivens graduated from Lindsey Wilson College this May with a bachelor’s in communication.

Jacyln Endris graduated from IUB with a bachelor’s in interior design and a minor in environmental science.

Erin Embrey earned her bachelor’s in political science with a supplemental major in Spanish and a minor in business-economics from the University of Notre Dame this May. She will be attending Vanderbilt University Law School.

Amelia Ernstberger graduated from Bellarmine this May with degrees in communication and design, arts, and technology.

Josh Frost will play the role of Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz at the Clarksville Little Theatre May 10-11 and 17-18. Previously, he played Franklin Hart in the IU Southeast production of 9 to 5.

Thomas Gettelfinger earned his bachelor’s in economics this May from DePauw University. He will next move on to the Charles Schwab Financial Consultant Academy in Indianapolis to begin training to become a financial services professional. 

Sara Gryboski earned her BA in linguistics with a minor in engineering sciences from The Ohio State University. Next up, she will teach middle school STEM in Dayton, Ohio, as part of the Teach For America program. She says: “I was really inspired by their mission, which is to work toward excellence and equity for all. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful education, but a lot of children don’t have that opportunity. At TFA, we believe that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not, and I’m so excited to help make an impact and change the education system from within. I’m most looking forward to teaching my passions and helping students achieve their potential. After my two years in corps, I’m not sure if I’ll continue teaching, but I hope I’ll continue to make a change.”

Becca Hellinger, a nursing major at IU Southeast, was accepted into Norton’s SNAP (student nurse apprenticeship program) program for the spring semester. She also was selected to travel to South Dakota to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in August with other members of her nursing class to conduct health assessments and screenings as well as health education. The goal also is to learn about the culture to share information on caring for the Native American population.

Haley Libs graduated summa cum laude from NKU and will enter the occupational therapy doctorate program at Ohio State. She earned the Outstanding Student in Exercise Science/Pre-OT award.

Patricia Mattingly graduated this May from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in applied math and has been selected to go on to Navy pilot training.

Ryan Mueller graduated from IUB with highest distinction with a B.S. in biology with a concentration in the biology of disease and minors in psychology and health care management and policy. He will be going on to grad school at IU’s Maurer School of Law.

Olivia Orberson received her bachelor’s in early childhood education from the University of Louisville this May. She received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Early Childhood Education award by the College of Education and Human Development.

Sarah Posante earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from IUPUI and will continue her education at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine via an HPSP scholarship agreement in order to serve in the US Army as a dentist after receiving her doctor of dentistry. She was recently named one of IUPUI’s Top 100 students and was an IUPUI Women’s Leadership recipient.

Jo Reger earned her bachelor’s from ISU in theatre and a minor in music and will be in two shows at the Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute this summer. She will play Juliet in Romeo & Juliet July 2-3, 5-7, and 9 and a member of the ensemble in Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash musical, June 21-23 and July 10, 13-14. Later this summer, she will be performing in the classical music festival in Austria with some ISU music students.

Carter Reynolds graduated with a nursing degree from UofL and has accepted a position as an RN in the Oncology ICU at Norton Hospital, dependent on his passing the NCLEX.

Nicole Riggs earned her bachelor of fine arts in design – interior architecture at University of Louisville this May. She has been accepted into UK’s master of architecture program, with a concentration in historic preservation. She spent the spring semester as an intern with Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.

Hallie Striby earned her marketing/merchandising degree from U of L this May.

Mary Grace Willis graduated this May with high honors with a bachelor’s degree in health services from IUPUI. She will be pursuing her doctorate in occupational therapy in the fall.


Aaron Flanagan, a culinary student at Sullivan University, has started a catering business, Aaron Flanagan Catering, as he prepares for a future as a restaurant owner. He will be doing an externship in Ireland in February 2020. “Business is going great! I’ve done around 30 events ranging from 20-125 people. School has actually been more of a tool than anything due to my amazing instructors and access to incredible equipment.”

Alex Duffy spent her fall semester working in Florida as part of the Disney College Program.

Jenna Gilly, an art history and anthropology/sociology junior at Rhodes College, spent the spring semester abroad in Morocco studying French, international relations, Islamic art and culture, and religious studies. “My favorite part might be the most cliché experience when someone thinks about Morocco, but it was riding a camel underneath the stars in the Sahara desert. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.”

Brad Haas, a media advertising junior at IU Bloomington, will spend his summer as a graphic design intern with Lou City FC. “Louisville City seemed like a great fit for me because the position combined sports, branding, and design– three of my biggest areas of interest. I am an advertising major but have an interest in graphic design (creating logos, print ads, flyers, etc.). This internship allows me to combine the two. … Overall, I’m blessed to be a part of an exciting up-and-coming organization, and to have an opportunity to get hands-on experience that I can take out into the workforce.”

Abbi Hamm, an elementary/special ed junior at UofL, will be serving as a missionary this summer at Camp Hidden Lake in Dahlonega, Ga. “I know that the Lord is going to do great things this summer, and I am extremely looking forward to a complete surrender, allowing the Lord to work through me in any way that He sees fit. I am so ready to be with my fellow missionaries that are chasing Christ and desire to serve the Father like I do. I know that my life will never be the same and I cannot wait to see how.”

Mikaila Heavrin will be spending her summer as a camp counselor and head of the soccer program at Tripp Lake Camp, an all-girls camp in Poland, Maine.

Makenzie Koerner graduated this May from IUB with a bachelor’s in exercise science with minors in health studies, obesity and health, and fitness instruction. She will pursue her MBA at IUS.

Tyler Payne graduated from Ball State with a degree in construction management and a minor in business. He has accepted a position as project engineer with Shiel-Sexton General Contractors based in Indianapolis.

Logan Rauck received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science this May from Bellarmine, where he will continue graduate work begun his senior year in the Doctor of Physical Therapy School.

Audrey Shannon has graduated from St. Mary’s College with a degree in statistical and actuarial math. In the fall, she will pursue her master’s in engineering, science and technology entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame.

Claire Shannon has graduated from the School of Dental Hygiene at UofL and is now a registered dental hygienist.

Ethan Roberson (IUB), Griffin Libs (IUB), Jared Clemons (Butler), and Landon Carrico (Hanover) share their opinions on college sports with their own podcast, The Neutral Site.

Molly Wagner, an industrial management junior at Purdue University in West Lafayette, recently served as the director of public relations and productions on Senior Board for the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation while her brother, Jack ’18, served on Junior Board for the race. She spent the last year working with other board members to prepare for this year’s race. She previously served on Junior Board for two years and developed the required skills in Adobe Creative Suites to fill her current role. She also directed the Queen Program. “I was excited to be able to be a part of one of Purdue’s greatest traditions and continue a family legacy we have created between Dad, Jack and I.”

Tre Watson is an assistant coach for the PHS Baseball team.


Erica Denison, secondary ed/English major at USI was invited this past spring to present to the Indiana Council of Teachers of English (ICTE) State Conference, a round-table session for future educators.

Justine Oppelt, philanthropic studies junior at IUPUI, spent the spring semester as fundraising, advancement and events intern at Progress House in Indianapolis. She will be studying abroad in the fall as part of the University of Derby (United Kingdom) Exchange Program.

Elizabeth Scharre, a sophomore electrical and electronics engineering major at Purdue West Lafayette, spent the spring semester as a GIS intern for Flora Utility in the Indiana town.


During her freshman year at Purdue West Lafayette, Katie Baker served with College Mentor for Kids and on the Corporate Committee for the Purdue University Dance Marathon, which raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital of Indianapolis.

Andrew Bittenbender, after taking a gap year that included several acting jobs, will enter the Murray State Theater Program in the fall. He is the recipient of a full-ride Presidential Fellowship Scholarship.

Eli Lucas, who just finished up his first year at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, will be playing Lord Windermere in the university’s MainStage production of Lady Windermere’s Fan next season in October 2019.

Natalie Gallegos, a freshman at UofL, served with College Mentors for Kids her freshman year.  


Members of the Class of 2019 who have committed to college athletics:

Lilly Bivens, DI volleyball, Nicholls State University, Louisiana

Tanner Carver, DIII men’s diving, Wabash College, Indiana

Christian Graf, DII baseball, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tenn.

Blaine Henretty, NAIA men’s soccer, Midway University, Kentucky

Chris Heselschwerdt, DII track & field, University of Southern Indiana. He also will represent Indiana as part of the 2019 Down Under track team.

Austin Hughes, DIII men’s soccer, Wabash College, Indiana

Halli Trinkle, DI women’s tennis, College of Charleston, South Carolina

Adam Uhl, DIII baseball, Franklin College, Indiana

Joe Wilkinson, DI baseball, Indiana University-Bloomington


Alyssa Jones, junior IU East (NAIA) women’s soccer, started the season off with a goal that helped the team win against St. Mary’s, only to end up on the injured reserve list. She was one of six players on the team to make the school’s Chancellor’s List for the fall 2018 semester.

Patricia Mattingly, DI U.S. Naval Academy, and Taylor Wilson, DI University of South Dakota, helped their teams make it to the NCAA tournament for the first time. Purdue freshman Marissa Hornung ’18 helped her team to its 13th appearance in 15 years in her first year in college.

Patricia was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, All-Patriot League First Team, was three-time league setter of the year, two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and a semi-finalist for the national Senior CLASS Award for volleyball. She led the team in assists with 1,039, averaging 8.96 assists per set, which was third in her conference. She also had 72 total kills and a .215 hitting percentage.

Taylor was named Summit League November Athlete of the Month and Summit League Tourney MVP with a career high 24 kills and five blocks. Named an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region selection and an All-Summit League First Team honoree, she finished the season by leading the league in hitting percentage at .377, which is third in Coyotes school history and eighth in league history. She ranked third in the league in total kills (362) and fourth in kills per set (.3.26) while also leading the team in total blocks with 88. Meanwhile, her career .352 hitting percentage is a new school record that ranks sixth in Summit League history. She graduated in December 2018.

Haley Libs, a senior for DI NKU volleyball, had an outstanding season and was named to the All-Horizon League first team for her fourth season. She was a finalist for the national Senior CLASS Award and led the Norse with 4.06 kills per set and broke her own single-season and single-match program kills records, tied the single-match digs record, became NKU’s first Division I player to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, and is just the third player to have a 30/30 match. Her team lost in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Tournament. She was named All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention, making her the first Division I Norse to do be so named, and was a three-time Horizon League Nike Offensive Player of the Week her senior season. She received the following awards: Ms. Norse, Female Athlete of the Year, Performance of the Year, Career Achievement, and Athlete of Distinction.

Maddie Bivens and her Lindsey Wilson volleyball team attempted to defend its NAIA Championship title this past season but fell short. Maddie had 76 total assists in 30 sets for the season.


Brianna Brooks, an early childhood education junior at USI, will work as assistant coach for the PHS Dance Team this summer. She is a member of the USI Dance Team, which placed sixth in the 2019 All Girl Division I Finals at the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship.

Alex Creamer, Franklin junior men’s cross country runner, helped the men’s team to a fifth place in the HCAC Championships.

Jacquie Hornung, junior outside hitter for DII Bellarmine volleyball, was second on the team in digs (330), third in kills (295) and fourth in points (320) for the 2018 season. She also had 35 blocks and five service aces, starting all 30 matches.

Audrey Shannon, DIII St. Mary’s College volleyball, was named to the Academic All District Second Team for the 2018 season. As a libero, she had more than 1,100 digs in her two seasons with the Belles, and is one of few players to have back-to-back seasons with 500 digs each.


Redshirt freshman Juston Betz appeared in 17 games on the Bellarmine DII men’s basketball team and had 10 assists for the season. The team went 28-5 and was upset by USI in the Midwest Regional.

Landon Carrico, a junior for DIII Hanover men’s tennis, was named three-time first team all-HCAC. Last fall, he finished 12-3 in singles competition, mainly at No. 2, and had a 10-match winning streak in singles. In doubles, he was 9-6 overall.

Reece Davis, now a freshman right-handed pitcher for Bellarmine DII baseball, saw some playing time this season. The team won the GLVC Tournament and lost in the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Tyler Ettel, now a sophomore on the UofL men’s track team, helped the team to a sixth-place finish in the ACC Outdoor Championships. He finished sixth in the 110m hurdles, earning second team All-ACC honors with a time of 14.37.

Cavannah Gregory, is a sophomore on the UofL Ladybirds, which won its 18th consecutive and 20th overall UCA/UDA national championship in the Division IA Team Performance this season. The team also finished second in the Hip Hop Division IA.

Jake Lewis, sophomore EKU left-handed pitcher, has seen some playing time on the DI team this spring, including a 12-9 loss to Timmy Borden’s UofL Cardinals. Borden hasn’t seen any playing time in his freshman season, but could the next time the two face off in the 2020 season. Jake threw five strikeouts against Maryland’s Eastern Shore earlier this season. The team ended the regular season 30-25 and starts OVC Tournament play on May 22 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Morehead State, which can be seen on ESPN+.

Lexie Libs, sophomore for Jacksonville State volleyball, earned Ohio Valley All-Conference First Team. She had more than 1,200 assists for the season and was twice named the OVC Setter of the Week.

Sydney Milliner, sophomore infielder for DIII Centre softball, had four RBIs this season and a .969 fielding percentage.

Claire Rauck started her sophomore season on the Goshen College women’s basketball team with 19 rebounds in 11 games before going out for the season with an injury. She received the Maple Leaf Character Award for women’s basketball at the college’s athletic awards.

Bailey Wade, a redshirt freshman distance runner for DII Bellarmine Track & Field, placed second in the 1 mile in the Engineer Invite with a time of 5:28.13, and was 21st in the 800m in the Kentucky Open this spring.


Marissa Hornung started in half of the Boilermakers’ games this season but still is second on the team in digs (367) and is in the top five in assists (35) and aces (27). She had a career-high 21 digs in the team’s first-round NCAA Tournament loss.

Michael Gill, a freshman defender for DIII Spalding men’s soccer, scored one goal and had one assist in seven games in the 2018 season, helping the team to five shutouts.

Blake Murphy played in 25 games as a freshman on the NAIA IUS men’s basketball team, averaging 12.8 points. The team went 19-11 and lost in the championship quarterfinals.

Blue Pride College Style Fall 2018

Below are three stories continued from the Bleu Pride College Style fall 2018 newsletter, organized by class year.

Carolyn Swartz graduated from Marian University in May with a bachelor’s in communication with a concentration in writing, and a minor in business. She is an early childhood educator with JCC in Indianapolis and recently published a chapbook of her poetry, My Life is an Allergic Reaction. The book is in its second printing with limited numbers available. Here’s what she has to say about the process to become a published author:

Question: How did you go about the publishing process?
Answer: This came about when I met a Marian professor named Norman Minnick. Norman is a published poet who enjoyed working on the editing side on things too. We began meeting regularly and working on my poetry pieces at the time. He would give me assigned readings to broaden my horizons, prompts to push me out of my comfort zone, and continuous feedback to improve my writing. My skills grew tremendously during my time working with him, and after we got going, he suggested putting together a self-published chapbook of my work and have a whole release and selling, etc. I didn’t know if I could do it or if my work was good enough, but through his encouragement and the support of family and friends, we began compiling some of my favorite pieces and put them together. The process of ordering them and deciding which poems play off each other best took a while and made a difference in the book. After doing this, we used InDesign to play with font, layout, sizing, etc. to make it more physically appealing. We put all this work together and went through the joy of printing which was stressful to say the least, but exciting. After binding and finishing up the books, I had a release party on campus where friends, family, and coworkers gathered together to listen to my poems and get a signing. Signing copies of my books for supporters felt surreal and like a big accomplishment.

Q: How was the writing process?
A: Growing up, I thought I had to write about dark or traumatic things like Edgar Allen Poe. I didn’t write about the simple everyday things. Through reading more poetry and working with Norman, I was able to come out of that shell a bit and dabble in writing about simple things, I really fell into that. After breaking out of my comfort zone a bit, I got to dabble beyond my life. I thought, what would another 22-year-old in today’s society relate to and experience? So I looked at our culture and what was popular, and I wrote about it. I tweaked the truth, put myself in other people’s shoes, and tried to reach to my audience. I focused on things as broad as online dating and hook-ups, and looked at things as specific about the pineapple pizza debate on social media like mentioned in my first poem. What’s something that connects with other gals my age? So for a while I was in this “what do people wanna hear” phase, and strong pieces came out of it, but I forgot about the experience I have to connect to myself as the author. Adding all of these elements I think I created pieces everyone can find a connection to, and I loved watching it come together.

Q: How can people purchase your book?
A: I sold out of my first 30 made copies within a week and a half and just printed more. These newly printed copies are available through me, just reach out on Facebook, email, or through my mom at Providence. Copies are $5 each.

Nicole Kruer, a junior nursing major at IU Southeast, took part in a mission trip to Guatemala with a church group from Cornerstone Church in Floyds Knobs. The group served at Casa Angelina, an orphanage that rescues children from sex trafficking, violent abuse, malnutrition, and neglect, and its fundraising efforts allowed them to build a home for a local widow. She said she was humbled to see the gratitude expressed by those in such deep poverty. She plans to return on a medical mission trip after earning her degree. She writes:

“Along with providing a refuge for these children, the orphanage also reaches out to widows in the area to provide them with new homes, as well as monthly necessities such as clean water and health care.
“Our church group from Cornerstone Church in Floyds Knobs was fortunate enough to raise all of the funds to build a house for one of the local widows. Seeing the smiles of the widow and her family (even the smile of her blind brother) was so touching. Although the people of Guatemala are without the luxuries of a First World country, they are some of the most grateful people that I have ever met. They are thankful for anything and everything that they have. This mindset is just one of lessons I have learned and taken away from the trip.

“This trip was also special to me on a personal note. My boyfriend’s brother-in-law is originally from Guatemala, and this trip allowed my boyfriend’s family and I to experience his culture and give back to his home country in the best way possible. Also, this trip has opened my eyes to the medical needs of the people of Guatemala. Once I achieve my bachelor’s in nursing, I would love to revisit Guatemala with a medical mission team. This trip has opened my eyes to the reality of a Third-World country and has instilled in me a desire to use my talents and help them as best as I can.”

Abby Huff, a communications sophomore at Ball State, spent her summer as a camp counselor at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. She writes:

“To summarize, or put into words, nine weeks of childlike love, wonder, and play is something that I have been trying to accomplish for weeks now, as my life has soon quickly turned from a camp counselor back to a college student. CYO camp is a tradition and a community of which I was excited to reunite with this summer as I once was a camper myself, throughout my school and summer days. As my first year at Ball State was coming to a close, I looked at all I had overcome by moving away from home and starting at a new school. With a full summer ahead, I asked God for a message of discernment. When I questioned what that would look like, I always imagined I would be called back home to CYO camp. On a whim, I took a chance and decided to apply. After interviewing and talking with the program staff, I soon quickly packed my bags and headed back to Clay Lick Road like I did so many years before.

“Though I had grown and was coming back with all kinds of new experiences and perspectives, the environment and community seemed just as I had left it, as beautiful and lively as before. The constant on the go activities of horseback riding, canoeing, arts and crafts, rain or shine, all remained, but this time I got the opportunity to make someone’s summer. Many times I stopped and questioned, ‘This is my JOB?’ Paychecks would come in, but to me it was just another aspect of camp.

“My true joy and wonder came from the gentle tugs on my heart from the smallest of hands, yet the biggest of hearts, and I couldn’t believe that this was considered work. None of this is to say it was always easy, for many times it was truly hard work. However, by serving alongside some of the best individuals in a place swarmed with God’s presence, l found enjoyment in the process and an openness to truly be transformed because without the two, CYO would simply be a destination. I could talk forever about the things that I learned from one summer in the woods, but one of the most important things I took away is to always have patience in your pocket, and to do all things with great love. Whomever I work with, wherever I unfold, patience and love for everything large or small will always be so important because of the lessons CYO continues to teach me today. By instilling small seeds of faith and following the model of our patron, St. John Bosco, I truly believe that this cycle of giving and receiving will, and can never end as the impact of one week at camp as a kid, continues to touch my heart today.”

Katie Baker, Hannah Hanlon, Jack Wagner, Natalie Gallegos, and Michael Gill were part of a group of youth from that volunteered on a local Habitat for Humanity project. The group painted trim and siding on the house, installed roofing material, and caulked various areas. 

Katie, Purdue University selling and sales management freshman, said serving others is an important part of her life, but this project was especially meaningful because she was able to meet the family who would call the house their home. She writes:

“This summer, I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity because it seemed like it would be a wonderful experience for me. Serving others and God has always been in the forefront of my life, so to help build a home was something I knew I had to experience. From volunteering with this organization, I gained a new perspective of gratitude and humility. Meeting a family who from the outside looking in seem the same (as me) yet seeing how much they were in need really hit me. It helped me to realize that you can’t see everyone’s struggles and hardships, and not to judge them. This experience overall showed me to love and be more compassionate to everyone.

“Working with Habitat for Humanity was such an amazing experience for me. Having the opportunity to help build a house for someone is something I’ll never forget. … I learned a lot more than I thought I would, and it was so much more fun than I expected! Hearing about the family and meeting the mom was incredible. It made it all so real and pushed us to work as hard as we could. I can’t wait to drive by the house when it is complete and know that my friends and I helped build it.”

Expanded Class Notes Winter 2018

Scroll down to find stories on the following alumni:

Erin Embrey ’15 – semester in Greece
Christian Huber ’14 – experiences October wildfires firsthand
Spencer Mitchell ’14 – spends fall semester in Disney World internship
Amelia Ernstberger ’15, – winter break study abroad in London and Dublin
Wynne Gettelfinger ’15 – semester in Japan
Sarah Posante ’15 – medical brigade to Dominican Republic

Erin Embrey ’15, a junior political science major and business-economics minor at Notre Dame, spent her fall semester in a study abroad in Greece.

Erin Embrey ’15 enjoys are experience learning, running and traveling during a study abroad in Greece.

Q: Why did you choose Greece?
A: I chose to study abroad in Greece because of the intersection of political science and economics in the country. As a political science major and business-economics minor, Greece is a very interesting subject in the intertwining of the two. Getting to visit Greek islands was a nice bonus.

What did you study?
While in Athens, I was able to take five pertinent classes. I took Modern Greek language, a fine arts class on Aegean art and archaeology, a history class on sports, games, and spectacles in the Greek and Roman world, and two political science courses. One political science course focused on modern Greek politics with historical perspectives. The other focused on peace, conflict, and politics in the Mediterranean region and the largest conflicts in the region. Throughout my time abroad, I was able to experience classes in a new way. More than half of my archaeology classes were at archaeological sites and museums. My history of sports class practiced running in the ancient way at Olympia. Political science courses visited parliament and took tours around the city to see more fully that which we were discussing, such as the economic crisis in Greece. I would say it is definitely more interesting to learn about the Acropolis while standing on it, and that seeing/running at the four most important ancient Greek stadiums really brings a historical sports class to life.

Where were you able to travel while there?
I was able to travel to many places! Within Greece, my program visited Delphi, Mount Parnassus, many parts of Crete, and many parts of the Peloponnese. I also made it to Andros and Skiathos, two smaller islands in Greece.
Outside of Greece, I was able to visit the following places:

  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Florence, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Vienna, Austria

What was most memorable?
Within Greece, what sticks with me most is the vast difference in the way they go about day to day life. I learned to go with “Greek time,” to understand how they eat their biggest meals at around 3 p.m., and how intrinsically the crisis has infiltrated all lives in the country. Also, in Athens people with license plates that end in even numbers can only drive in the city center on even numbered days, and the same follows for odd numbers. That definitely blew my mind.

Outside of Greece, the most memorable was probably my visit to Paris. Paris is one of those iconic places that people think about visiting from a young age, and it was incredible to see the city right before my eyes.

What did you miss from home?
I honestly missed mostly little things. I missed my many food options in the U.S., driving my car, being able to speak English with anyone I met, and having a routine to my days.

What do you miss now that you’re back?
There is an indescribable feeling I had most Thursday mornings in Greece. I would wake up and think about the fact that in the evening I would likely be in a new country with new adventures ahead. There was always a new place to explore and attempt to understand, and we always thought about how an opportunity like study abroad would never come again. I miss the travel and excitement that came with it!

What did you gain from the experience that you wouldn’t have otherwise?
So many things! One always hears about what an amazing experience study abroad is, but I cannot emphasize it enough. I would say that there were three main takeaways that I never could have experienced on campus. The first is a true sense and feeling of independence. There aren’t exactly people to call when you get confused or need help; they’re typically across the world and sleeping because of the time change. The second is a push outside of my comfort zone. I lived for nearly four months in a country where I did not speak the language, where I arrived knowing only one person, where everyone and everything I knew was again across the world and seven hours behind. You learn a lot about yourself and the world when you aren’t comfortable. Finally, I gained a much truer experience of a culture outside my own than one can really do in week or two traveling. I lived day to day in Athens, in a country that has been so devastated by an economic crisis that it is obvious at every corner. After my experience, I am confident that this true immersion in a culture is invaluable and can only benefit me while going forward in my life.


Christian Huber experiences October wildfires firsthand
Christian Huber ’14 has graduated from Niagara College and recently completed an internship at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif., and witnessed the devastating Napa wildfires. The following story appeared in the Winter 2018  issue of the Vision magazine.

Internship in Napa becomes front row seat to disaster
By Katie Chrisco ’14

Christian Huber ’14 snaps a photo of wildfires burning in Napa Valley.

Christian Huber ’14 was expecting to learn more about winemaking during his internship at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif., this past fall. What he also got was a lesson in dealing with a large-scale natural disaster.

Having recently graduated from Niagara College Canada with a winery and viticulture technician’s degree, he had one last work assignment in Napa before heading home to work for his family’s business, Huber’s Orchard and Winery. Then the Northern California wildfires began, burning more than 1 million acres, destroying 8,900 structures, and claiming 42 lives.

Huber called home to report he was safe, and his parents urged him to stay and help out where he could.

“It was hectic,” Huber said, with the fires hitting vineyards in the middle of the harvest, but the Napa community responded and “all helped each other out.”

Some Phelps Vineyards employees lost their homes, and the owners worked to find them housing. Huber helped a friend evacuate as the fires closed in. The devastation was horrible, he said, but the resilience of the small community is impressive as the industry scrambles to recover from the destruction and the hit to its tourism economy.

“There’s still a lot of unknowns,” but there is much more hope, Huber said.


Spencer Mitchell ’14, on far right, is taking a gap year and working as a staff member at a CYO camp near IUB after a semester at Disney World.

Spencer Mitchell ’14 goes Disney
Spencer Mitchell, a senior special ed major, spent the fall semester working in Walt Disney World and this spring is a staff member at CYO Camp Rancha Framasa. He lives in Bloomington and will be taking classes at IUB in the fall. He writes:

“I graduated (PHS) in 2014, and have had a wild experience ever since. I have bounced around from place to place figuring life out. I am currently taking a year off from school, but the adventure that came from it is one I will never forget. In the fall of 2017 I was accepted into the Disney College Program. The Disney College program is an internship that I get the opportunity to work as a cast member in Walt Disney World. I was assigned to a place called Adventurers Outpost, which is a meet and greet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

“To be honest, it was one of the best jobs I have ever had. I got the opportunity to meet and become amazing friends with people from all around the world. The culture and the international atmosphere are absolutely amazing. To be in a place where everyone is just as happy as you are all the time is truly what draws me to want to go back, even though the free access to all the parks as much as I want was a great bonus. To sum up my experience from the nights of hanging out with my roommates to going out and exploring the city of Orlando to spending my free time in the parks and having friends from around the world, I would say that it is truly as magical as everyone says. It was one of the greatest experiences I have had and would love for others to enjoy and experience it for themselves.


Amelia Ernstberger ’15 enjoys the scenery on a recent study abroad to Great Britain.

Amelia Ernstberger ’15, a junior communication and design, arts and technology double major at Bellarmine, spent her winter break taking photography in a study abroad session in London and Dublin. She shares:

“Though the weather was not welcoming, I felt right at home. I took a photography class while I was there and luckily there was no shortage of picture moments.

“In London I visited several museums like The National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern. One of the highlights of the trip was when I visited the neighboring towns of Bath and Lacock, where some of the Harry Potter films where shot. I also got to ring in the new year watching the fireworks in front of the London Eye!

“While I was in Dublin, I got to see some old monasteries started by Saint Kevin in Glendalough and learn about the Irish Rebellion. It was so interesting to learn about the Catholic church abroad, especially when I was only one of two Catholics in my class. I was also able to visit my cousin Leah Ernstberger ’08, who now works and lives in Dublin. Family is everywhere when you’re an Ernstberger!

“I’m so fortunate to be able to experience the world through my school. I will never forget the memories I made. It was the perfect way to start out the new year and I can’t wait to finish out my junior year at Bellarmine!”


Wynne Gettelfinger ’15 enjoys the sites from Victoria Falls during her study abroad in Japan.

Wynne Gettelfinger ’15, a junior studying for a BFA in (computer) animation at Savannah College of Art and Design with a concentration in storyboarding, spent the 10-week fall quarter in a study abroad in Japan. Here’s a Q&A on her experience:

Q: Why did you choose Hong Kong?
A: SCAD has excellent study abroad options for students to take advantage of. In Hong Kong, SCAD has their own campus that offers almost all of the majors offered in Savannah, full time. This allowed me to take classes towards my major and study abroad at the same time, which was a win-win for me! I was also very interested in visiting Hong Kong and learning about a new culture.

What did you study?
While in Hong Kong I took an Animation History class, a Short Story English elective, and an animation class called 3D Production. In this class we learned the ins and outs of creating a short film, all while making our own short film during the quarter.

Where were you able to travel while there?
I was able to do a lot of traveling when I wasn’t doing schoolwork. Hong Kong has an excellent public

The Sai Wan Waterfall is about a two-hour hike from Hong Kong.

transportation system which allowed for me and friends to be able to travel easily on our own. Hong Kong is an extremely safe city, so it was always very convenient to take day trips. SCAD also planned several excursions for the study abroad students. We visited Victoria’s Peak, the tallest mountain in Hong Kong; hiked the Dragon’s Back trail; and were even able to take a boat to visit Macau for a day. My favorite excursion was when my friends and I decided to hike to the Sai Wan waterfall.

What was most memorable?
The thing that surprised me most was the combination of bustling city and serene nature. Hong Kong is a HUGE city, with skyscraper-like apartment buildings and businesses! Nestled between the buildings are century old temples and gardens. It’s also very easy to travel a couple hours out of the city and find views of gorgeous beaches and waterfalls.

What did you miss from home?
I missed seeing friends and family. The only thing that took my mind off of that was how busy I was! When I wasn’t working at school, I was off exploring the city or nearby islands.

What do you miss now that you’re back?
THE FOOD! I was honestly surprised how little I missed food from home. I completely fell in love with the traditional Asian cuisine. I especially miss a Dim Sum shop called Tim Ho Wan that was near the SCAD academic building.

What did you gain from the experience that you wouldn’t have otherwise?
I really appreciated being able to meet new people and make new connections in Hong Kong. The professors were excellent, and I made a lot of new friends as well. I was extremely fortunate to have a professor set up a portfolio review with a visiting speaker, who now has given me the opportunity to work on a collaborative project with him.


Clinic works affirms plans to study dentistry

Sarah Posante ’15, second from the far left, gains valuable experience toward her plans in dentistry on a medical brigade to the Dominican Republic.Sarah Posante ’15, a junior biology major at IUPUI, is vice president and marketing executive for IUPUI’s Timmy Global Health chapter. She has taken part in the group’s medical brigade to the Dominican Republic (spring break 2017) and volunteers at its Student Outreach clinic on the weekends, serving as a receptionist, organizing patient histories, communicating/coordinating with the medical professionals, and occasionally translating.

“My role at this brigade included assisting medical professionals, assisting with vital signs and patient histories, shadowing physicians and providers, helping dispense medications, translating Spanish for medical professionals, and medically scribing throughout the duration of our free medical clinics,” she said. “This experience was very impactful in that it gave me an opportunity to see the medical necessities of impoverished countries and what diseases are most prevalent. We explored the medical humanities side of the operations we were running, had nightly debates over effective prevention measures for different cultures, and received ample opportunity to practice hands-on medical attention and patient interaction.”

Her goal is to pursue a career in dentistry and will apply to dental schools this summer. Her work in the clinic and on the medical brigade “opened my eyes to why I am so passionate about dentistry,” Sarah said. These experiences also added to her memories of working with Amigos for Christ in Nicaragua while a student at Providence.

“That experience first opened my eyes to the disparate health conditions underprivileged countries face,” she said. “On this Dominican Republic trip, I saw more specifically the diseases and lack of medical attention amongst these countries. It has driven me to pursue dentistry fervently, in hopes that one day I will be able to go abroad and directly help patients in respect to dental care.”

The most impactful experience during her time on the medical brigade was the chance to administer fluoride treatments to the children at one of the clinics.

“The children were ecstatic and overwhelmingly grateful to receive the fluoride treatment, as most of the children there had never received any form of dental care,” Sarah said. “I spoke with Timmy Global Health’s medical clinic partners at 7 Elements about starting a dental brigade and am currently still in contact with them. I believe it was life changing in the regard that I now understand exactly why I am studying healthcare, alongside Spanish, so that I can assist as many patients as possible: patients of different cultures, origins, and backgrounds.”

If you have an interesting story to tell about a study abroad, internship, or job experience, email Christa Hoyland with an update.

Alumnae explore careers in the beauty field

Class Notes – Winter 2018

Several recent alumni have chosen technical or vocational training instead of the traditional college path and have already started their careers, including Olivia Bass ’14, who is a dental assistant after receiving training at Plaza Dental Assisting School and Molly Ueding ’15, who is a cosmetologist at Tranz4mationz Salon in Jeffersonville and previously profiled in this newsletter. Others include Tori Quinn ’15, who is starting her own business as a makeup artist, having become a Certified International Makeup Professional through the QC Makeup Academy; and Haley Corby ’13, Ashli McGuire ’16, and Tess Stuber ’16 each recently graduated from Paul Mitchell The School Louisville and are in various stages of becoming board-certified cosmetologists. Read more.

A customer smiles excitedly when she sees the hairstyle Haley Corby ’13, on left, has created.

Haley graduated in the fall, passed her boards in September and works with Molly at Tranz4mationz, a salon owned by Haley’s mom. Haley said her mom was her inspiration for going into the beauty field.

“I grew up watching my mom not only do hair but also own her salon,” she said. “I guess you could say it was in my blood. I have always had a love for creativity and a love for hair, so when I got the opportunity to make a career out of it, I jumped right in. I have loved every minute of it.”

Ashli also passed her boards in the fall and is completing her six-month apprenticeship at Hot Locks Salon & Spa in Louisville. She got her inspiration from her time as a PHS cheerleader.

Ashli McGuire ’16 explores trends in hair color.

“When I was a senior, the girls would ask me to do their hair and makeup before the games, and I loved doing it,” Ashli said. “After it was over, I found myself itching to do someone’s hair or makeup. I tried going to IUS for about two weeks and realized it wasn’t for me and instantly went to cosmetology school (at Paul Mitchell).”

Tess (at left) just graduated from Paul Mitchell and is preparing to take her boards to be a licensed cosmetologist in Kentucky and Indiana in a few months. She already is working at Trend Designs in Jeffersonville and welcomes classmates to book an appointment. She was inspired by her dad, the late Rick Stuber.

Tess Stuber ’16 poses in front of a backdrop at her recent graduation from Paul Mitchell.

“Cosmetology in my eyes is a form of art,” Tess said.

“My dad was an artist, and growing up watching him do all these amazing things with his art always inspired me to try to put that in my everyday life, and I do that by creating artwork with hair and makeup.”

Tori is focusing strictly on the makeup side and like Tess, was inspired by her love of art.

“What inspired me to become a makeup artist is a combination of my love for all aspects of art and beauty and being able to use makeup as my medium because with both things the possibilities are endless,” Tori said. “There are no real rules to either one, just certain guidelines, and to have the freedom to express myself through beauty by having each unique client be my canvas is what inspires me to do this job.”

All four of these grads are working hard to build clientele, even those working in salons. That means getting the word out and cultivating relationships to keep clients coming back on a regular basis – not always an easy task.

“I will say that it can be challenging at times and patience is a virtue, but I have done very well so far,” Haley said. “I stay consistently busy, but I am always on the hunt for a new client!”
Ashli also works at Roosters in Clarksville and after her apprenticeship, she will need to build her own clientele at Hot Locks. She is already working toward achieving a fully booked calendar and loving what she does, she said.

While Tess, Haley and Ashli attended a brick-and-mortar cosmetology school, Tori chose to get her certification online. She enrolled in the Master Makeup Course through QC Makeup Academy, and received lesson texts and DVDs, assignment templates, and a personal tutor. After about a year taking quizzes, creating charts, and working with models for application practice, she passed all six units and received her certification as a certified international makeup professional.

Tori Quinn ’15 is building her makeup artistry business on her own.

Tori chose to work independently, doing freelance work and booking appointments, so she could keep her options open. She said she is “still searching for my exact spot in the makeup industry. I love working with the clients I have now, and I appreciate every single opportunity I get to do their makeup, but I am still working my way up to where I know I am meant to be. So far, it is going pretty well, but I believe in myself to do better and to strive for the best possible position I could put myself in.”

For each of these beauty professionals, their new careers bring many rewards. For Tess, she enjoys the opportunity to continue to learn and grow in her profession.

“The industry is always changing, which is exciting and always new things to learn,” Tess said. “I love that it’s something new every day, and someone new in my chair every day.”

Haley finds that making others feel beautiful is fulfilling.

“I love waking up every morning and being excited to go to work,” Haley said. “I have someone new in my chair every day, and I have to be on my toes, ready for whatever their hair needs may be. I get to help them feel beautiful, and I get to be a listening ear that they may not have outside of my chair. It’s a special bond that you build between stylist and client, and it’s one that I’ve become incredibly grateful for. It’s difficult growing up and trying to decide what it is you want to do for the rest of your life, and I’m proud to say that I have chosen the right path for myself, and I thoroughly enjoy what I do every day.”

Ashli agrees.

“I love making people feel better and good about themselves,” Ashli said. “I love the application of color and highlights and cutting, and I love watching and seeing the transformation of people’s hair. It never feels like ‘work.’”

Tori also finds her career much more than a job.

“I love that it is not only what I do as a career, but it is also my creative outlet,” Tori said. “Being able to say that this is my career is amazing to me because it never feels like a job! I especially love the reactions I get from clients after doing their makeup. The joy they feel when seeing themselves in the mirror, bringing that confidence out of themselves, makes me incredibly proud of what I do.”

Class Notes fall 2017

The stories below appeared in the August 21, 2017, issue of Blue Pride College Style, an email newsletter exclusively for our graduates in the class years 2013-2017. Scroll down to see stories about the following graduates:

Taylor Marshall ’13
Ian Schlosser ’14
Amelia Ernstberger ’15
Makenzie Koerner ’16
Abby Huff ’17 and Cheyenne Brooks ’17

Taylor and Debbie (Sparks) Marshall say goodbye to their family from the Indianapolis airport before their trip.

Taylor Marshall ’13 graduated in May from Marian University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in peace and social justice and is now a graduate student in social work at IUPUI. In June, she traveled to Nicaragua on a mission trip via Amigos for Christ with her mother, Debbie (Sparks) Marshall ’84, former PHS Advancement Office and President’s Office staff member. Here is the full story, written by Katie Chrisco ’14 for the Providence summer Vision magazine.

For Taylor Marshall, the aspect of service she said she most enjoys is the personal connections she makes with other people. Taylor has served on mission trips many times, including trips to Campton, Ky., with the New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministry while in high school.

During college, she participated in several mission trips to Nicaragua through the nonprofit Amigos for Christ. This summer, she returns with her mother, Debbie (Sparks) Marshall ‘84. During the week, they helped the organization in its mission to bring clean water to remote villages in the Central American country. Volunteer work on the trip can vary, from digging trenches for water lines to building bathrooms or working with orphaned children.

Despite the back-breaking work, Taylor chooses to return to serve again and again. She said she loves hearing people’s stories, especially from those with different backgrounds.

“One of the things that makes me love Amigos so much is making those connections and building bridges between cultures,” she said. “They always say that it doesn’t matter if you don’t get one ditch done that day as long as you have a meaningful conversation with someone.”

After traveling to Nicaragua June 10-17, Marshall continued her summer internship with Meaningful Day Services in Indianapolis, where she worked one-on-one with children who have mental and intellectual disabilities.

Her work with children during college internships and experience serving others in Nicaragua helped her decide on her next step in her education. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in social work from IUPUI. Taylor said it took her some time during her college years to decide on her career path, but now she knows she has found her calling in social work.

“It’s basically what shapes my life now,” she said. “I’ve never felt so called to do something before.”

Makenzie Koerner ’16, an IU exercise science sophomore, also is a repeat missionary with Amigos for Christ. Here is her story, which also appeared in the summer 2017 Vision magazine:

High School Mission Trip Leads to Commitment to Serve
By: Katie Chrisco ’14

Makenzie Koerner ’16 took her fifth mission trip to Nicaragua with Amigos for Christ this summer. She has traveled to help bring water to the poor in that country every summer since her freshman year of high school. That trip changed her perspective on life and planted a deep love for the people, she said.

“Every time I come down to Nicaragua, I wonder how the week will be different from the previous year, and each time I see God differently in the people I meet and learn more about myself,” she said. “Gaining a greater appreciation for the story God has written out for me is what keeps me coming back to Nicaragua.”

She said she feels strongly about Amigos because the nonprofit works directly with the members of the communities as they work towards clean water, bathrooms, and air kitchens. This trip she had the opportunity to work on providing clean bathrooms to the community of San Pablo.

Makenzie is so passionate about Amigos that she has even organized fundraisers on her own to raise money for the organization. One year she asked for donations for Amigos in place of Christmas gifts. Last year, she collected hundreds of shoes to take on her trip.

She said the past five years have taught her that no matter their status, people take pride in the things they have. So when she’s offered a plate of food made by the natives from their meager resources, she accepts it gratefully.

“It’s an honor to be given a huge plate of warm food and sit together with the people God has placed in my life for the week,” she said. “It’s important to understand that and realize it’s okay to step out of your comfort zone.”


Ben Popson ’16, a sophomore studying industrial engineering at Purdue, joined PHS chaplain Fr. Adam Ahern and OLPH youth minister Jessica Julius ’06 on a recent pilgrimage to Spain to walk part of the trail known as the Way of St. James, or Camino de Santiago. The three were part of a group of 35 young adults making the pilgrimage coordinated by the youth ministry programs of the Diocese of Gary, Ind., and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisc., and led by Bishop Donald Hying of Gary and a priest friend from Milwaukee. The goal was to walk the final 75 or so miles of the trail to the Cathedral of St. James in the town of Santiago de Compostela. Ben shares:

Ben Popson ’16, Jessica Julius ’06 and Fr. Adam Ahern took part in a pilgrimage on the Way of St. James.

“Pilgrimages do not come around often, and can be incredibly difficult to fit in our busy schedules. When Fr. Adam contacted me about the opportunity, I made it a priority to make some time available for this pilgrimage so that work could not interfere; who knows when another opportunity like this will knock on my door? Now, after having walked 75 miles of the Camino, I am incredibly thankful that I said yes.

“I did not have any particular reason for going other than an openness to what God may have in store — as I have heard of several individuals who had incredible faith journeys amidst their physical journey. We began in the city, Sarria, and ended our Camino at the Cathedral de Santiago in Santiago de Compostela. We walked a total of five days (Day 1: 15 mi., Day 2: 15 mi., Day 3: 18 mi., Day 4: 13 mi., and Day 5: 13 mi.), celebrated mass every day, and spoke a good deal of Spanish.

“I met a lot of fellow Catholics from all over the world (from Spain and the U.S., as well as France, Germany, Denmark, England, Italy, and Japan). We did not always speak in the same language but communicated in the same Christian vernacular at Mass. I took a liking to testing my Spanish by talking to the locals, who in turn fed me chorizo (pork) and pulpo (octopus). I also thought that by traveling to a different country I’d escape the constant display of cows and corn, but the Spanish countryside proved no further from home in that regard.

“All in all, my life did not take a 180-degree turn after walking the Camino, but the physical separation from home did provide some invaluable time to reflect. In addition, I found the journey to Santiago to be an accurate physical representation of each of our faith journeys towards Christ; sometimes prayer may seem like an 18-mile hike dragging on, but the Camino reminded me that if I don’t hike the 18 miles, I won’t have a warm bed to sleep in that night. Rightfully so, each time we do pray and receive the sacraments even when we don’t want to, we work towards our universal call to sainthood.”


Ian Schlosser ’14, a sophomore secondary ed major at IUS, is one of several alumni leading the Southern Indiana Catholic junior high football team. Other coaches include Terry Schuler ’91 (father of Damian ’11 and Daniel ’14), Tom Mooney ’79 (father of Geoffrey ’05, Kristin (Mooney) Day ’07, and Kevin ’09), Parrish Drury ’86, Joe McDaniel ’91, Ron Webber ’72, and Austin Richards ’12. He also spent the past two seasons in the MIFL with the Kentuckiana Bucks playing safety but a recent injury put him out for the rest of the season.  Ian shares:

“What I like about coaching is being able to see kids grow into themselves and players both on the field and off, but being able to share the knowledge I have of the game and provide it to the program that taught me so much and see the players use it is the most rewarding. I got started by talking to (the late) Chip Embry right after I graduated and him talking to Terry Schuler about me coming on and helping.
My first coaching experience came when I was a PHS junior helping Sacred Heart’s track team with Lynne Evanczyk. I fell in love with coaching then and knew it was my calling. I’ve been coaching at Providence for turning on four years, I believe, but all together six years.

“I recently spent two years in the MIFL with the Kentuckiana Bucks playing safety, but a recent injury put me out for the season. I got brought on by trying out when I was a sophomore in college just to see if I could still play, and it worked out well with the coaching schedule having games on Saturdays. It was a great experience. I haven’t fully decided if I want to keep playing or just settle into a coaching position, but I believe that coaching is where I will stay for now. What I can do as a player isn’t nearly as valuable as what I can do a coach.

“I currently work at Texas Roadhouse and have been for turning on five years now. It’s been a nice niche until I graduate because they allow me to work around the demands of coaching and school. I’m a sophomore in the school of education at IUS after switching my major from finance to secondary education. If it wasn’t for coaching here at Providence, I don’t think I would have ever found my love of teaching, and I look forward to having my own classroom in the near future. I’m truly thankful for not only finding my calling in life through coaching but also the opportunities given to me by the guys that coached me as a player. I hope to stay at Providence as a coach for as long as I can.

Austin Richards ’12, SIC offensive & defensive line coach, was previously an assistant coach for the Providence team. He chose to coach, he said, “because I had a passion for the game that Gene Sartini instilled in us. Faith Family and Football are the three most Important things in my life. Football teaches you many life lessons. Discipline, team work, passion, commitment, drive, and how to take losses and grow from it and get better.

“I reached out to Coach Larry Denison (’86) in 2013 about helping the team out because I wanted to give back to a program that meant the world to me and to a school that I will always value and love. I had to cease coaching high school because I couldn’t find a job that allowed me to get off at 3 p.m. for practice every day. So I had to regretfully miss out on last year.

“I missed it so much I decided to reach out to coach Tom Mooney for a volunteer position with SIC. Money is not something I necessarily require for football. It has brought me so much joy to my life. I just want to coach athletes and get them passionate about the sport. There is no better feeling than going out with your brothers in combat and hammering out a win. Pure Joy. And so is coaching.

“I also love seeing the kids get better each day and reaching goals they may have set for themselves, large or small. First and foremost, I want them to be exceptional members of faith, community, and of course…football.”


Amelia Ernstberger ’15, a Bellarmine junior double majoring in communication and in design, arts and technology with a minor in marketing, spent her summer as media relations intern at Dress and Dwell in New Albany.  Amelia shares:

“It was really neat to learn from a fellow PHS alumna- Amanda (Gibson) Mulvene ‘03. I want to go into advertising so being a media relations intern gives me a great starting point. Dress and Dwell was really cool in particular because up to this point I had only learned about newspaper and magazine print, but here I got to delve into the more light-hearted retail side of media. I was challenged to research how to make shopping through their social media more accessible for Dress and Dwell customers. I think the most beneficial part of what I learned from my research was what I can take back to school and future jobs so then I can continue to build on that knowledge. It was also neat to experience things I had learned about in marketing classes first hand- a validation of what I’m learning.

“Another cool thing I got to do was keep up with their blog. Before I arrived, the blog section of their website was hardly updated. I kept up with inventory and wrote about new arrivals in the store. This gave me an insight to the whole e-commerce side of the store, which was something I wasn’t expecting to get to do! Now that my internship is over, I’m working at the Special Events Office at Bellarmine and helping out with our inauguration in October!”


Nick Berry ’17 (Purdue), Cheyenne Brooks ’17 (IUS), Abby Huff ’17 Ball State), and Sam Voignier ’17 (ISU) were among the high school students and recent graduates who took part in the New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministry Wolfe Pack mission trip to Camden, Ky. Scott Wiles ’15 also made the trip as the NADCYM summer intern. Abby, a freshman communications major, shares:

Providence alumni and rising seniors participated in the summer Wolfe Pack mission trip.

“Having gone on the trip last year for the first time, it’s hard to compare the two. Campton is a place I’ve come to find [like] home and is somewhere I will continually come back to for years to come. Coming back this year, it was nice to see old faces and see that Sister Susan Marie recognized us. Everyone does, that’s the thing. The people are genuinely happy to see us and it’s like coming home to a community of friends you haven’t seen in awhile. My faith is a huge value of mine, and the fact that it takes me to places as small as Campton to do God’s work brings me such joy and fulfillment. I believe we’re all here to build each other up, uniquely in many different ways. An opportunity this close to home doesn’t come often, and it is one worth the investment. Providence has helped pay for my trips in the past and the investment they put into things like their youth and their ministry all around the community has had a huge impact on me that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Cheyenne, a sophomore nursing major, shares:

“This summer, one of my most memorable experiences was attending the Wolfe Pack mission trip. It being my first trip, I was not sure what to expect, but I was nonetheless excited to get started. Throughout this trip, I was able to help those who simply were not in good standing to help themselves. I got to partake in activities such as constructing and painting a new porch, cleaning and remodeling a house, laying mulch for the town, and I even got to lead a Vacation Bible School for children. Every day before and after our time helping families, we would gather in the church to sing and reflect on the goodness of helping others. Each day, I felt closer and closer to God as I lived out my faith as a Good Samaritan.

“During our off time, we would engage in social activities as well. I went kayaking in a freezing cold cave, hiked 2 miles to the natural bridge, swam in a lake, and learned how to square dance in a concert hall. As I look back on this trip, if there was one thing I learned, it would be that I could be happy with less. I saw God countless times through the people of Campton. Their condition of living was none too pleasant, yet everyone I met found happiness in the slightest of things. It made me appreciate what I have and where I come from and taught me that I don’t need everything in the world to achieve happiness. Despite being one of the poorest places in Kentucky, Campton is a beautiful town filled with wonderful people and a great deal of natural beauty. I cannot thank my youth ministry enough for giving me the opportunity to go on such a wonderful trip. I cannot wait for next year!”

Expanded Class Notes Spring 2017

Scroll down to read stories of
Trevor Ash ’12, Max Neace ’12 and Grant Vance ‘12’s film project
Tyler Courtney ’13, Josh Courtney ’13 and Tyler Rhea ’13 and Beyond the Streetlights
Reed Fansler ’13 and Luis Garcia ’13
Andrew Hunt ’13
Murphy Sheets ’13
Alex Duffy ’16
Molly Wagner ’16

Max Neace, Grant Vance hope to jumpstart film career

Remember all those cool videos Max Neace ’12 and his friends made in high school? Max, Grant Vance ’12 and Trevor Ash ’12 are still at it. They’ve formed the production company Professor Thomas Collins Productions and are working on a short film, “Plastic Funerals: A Comedy of Death and Dying.” After the film wraps, Max and Grant plan to move to Los Angeles. Max recently earned his degree from NYU in film, and Grant graduated with degrees in English and digital innovation film & television from Xavier last spring. Trevor is working full time as a sales associate with Louisville Window Co. and taking classes at IUS.

Grant said the trio hopes “Plastic Funerals” will gain them exposure by entering it into film festivals. The project is a leap of faith to see what they can do professionally. Max and Grant have done smaller projects in the past, including Grant’s shooting a music video for Jacob Resch ’13 and videography for Extol Magazine. He also is working on a web series with the Louisville comedy scene. Max has worked on several projects in New York, and this is their first together in a while.

Grant is producing and editing the short film, and Max is writing and directing. Trevor is new to the film industry and is helping out “with the business and financial side of things,” Grant said. To fund the project, they are raising money from a variety of sources, including professional connections, small businesses and IndyGoGo.

“Plastic Funerals” explores the existential nuances of how people cope with the death of a loved one, from the routine of the funeral process to the faux sympathy often expressed by visitors and the repressed internal feelings. The main characters Lucy and Charlie Compson lose their son, Jackson, and “are over all of it. So, in ‘moving on,’ they have found a (quite literal) ritualistic way of doing so in Suicide Paul– a man who makes a living out of ending past lives in order to create new identities for his clients,” Grant said.

Grant and Max hope someday to be writing in the film and/or television industry, and Grant said his goal is write for a comedy series. They hope this film is their big break and will open doors when they get to California.

“As for LA, we’re going out there to just sort of see what we can get into,” Grant said. “It’s the place to go for film, they say.”

For the longtime friends, the project may have a lot at stake, but at its heart, making a film together is a way of building on their original favorite pastime.

“Getting to work with friends is the dream,” Grant said. “We’ve been working on things together big or small since we met, essentially, so it’s nothing new. But it is exciting to be working together on something with bigger stakes – and equally terrifying.”

Courtney twins continue to build music career

Tyler ’13 and Josh Courtney ’13 and their band Before the Streetlights continue to build a following as the twins continue their college work, Tyler in communications, advertising and PR at IUS (and works at Kaiser Wholesale) and Josh in arts, entertainment, and media management at IUB (and is a manager for Texas Roadhouse in Bloomington). Tyler is songwriter, singer and guitarist and Josh plays bass. The band will release its third studio EP this year (written in Los Angeles with producer Mike Hart and produced in Nashville with Will Pugh from the band Cartel) and will be hitting the road for national tour dates this summer, including a performance in Louisville. May 31 the band plays in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., June 8 at The Emerson Theater in Indianapolis, and June 23 at Diamond Pub Concert Hall in Louisville. Checkout the band’s website for more info.

Tyler Rhea ‘13, a junior communication/advertising major at IUS, runs the band’s merchandising and acts as tour manager in his time off from UPS, where he is a full time front line supervisor. He writes:

The Courtneys along with Tyler Pritchett (Floyd Central ’12) and Zach Schindler (Community Montessori ’15) have been hard at work in the music industry since 2013. Together they make up the Louisville-based band Before the Streetlights.

The band released its first EP, Highways, which was produced by Austin Bello of Forever the Sickest Kids in the summer of 2014. After playing shows locally, the band traveled to Los Angeles in the summer of 2015 and recorded a five-song EP, Westward, with producer Mike Hart. The group’s music video for “Goodnight, Goodbye” was featured in more than 1,100 Journey’s Shoe stores in March 2016.

The band had its first tour in the fall of 2016 to showcase the release of their Westward EP. They traveled across Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee accompanied by merchandise and tour manager Tyler Rhea.

The band recently spent some more time in Los Angles writing with Mike Hart and in Nashville recording the songs with Will Pugh of Cartel. This new album entitled somethingreal. is set to release this spring.

Over the course of the band’s career, Before the Streetlights has opened for Metro Station, I See Stars, Escape the Fate, Hawthorne Heights, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Secondhand Serenade, Cute Is What We Aim For, and Austin Jones. This summer holds a lot for the band as they branch out to longer and more widespread shows with tours planned for the East Coast, the Southeast and the Midwest-West Coast.

Connect with Before the Streetlights on social media by searching @btslofficial.

College retreat experience goes beyond senior retreat

Reed Fansler ’13 graduated from Purdue this May with a degree in industrial design and has a job lined up with Microsoft as an associate consultant. This spring he took part in the Boiler Awakening Retreat with Daniel Fernandez ’13 and led by Luis Garcia ‘13 and Alex Grove ’14.

Reed said of the retreat “I put off going on it because it’s a Christian Awakening Retreat, so I thought it would be just like PHS senior retreat. It ended up being really cool and a totally different experience just because of where I was in life and how it affected me as a college student. It was really cool to be around people who chose to give up a weekend in order to be closer to God, and a lot of the people were people I am in different clubs and organizations with and didn’t know were Catholic. I wish I would have gotten involved with St. Tom’s (St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center) earlier, but I’m still really grateful for the experience I had there.”

Luis, who is heading to med school at IU in Indianapolis in the fall, said: “During my time at Purdue University, many of my experiences have been related to the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center. St. Tom’s has offered me many different opportunities during my four years in West Lafayette. During my first several semesters at Purdue, it was merely a place where I went to Mass on Sundays.

“One of the benefits of St. Tom’s was that there were many different Mass times that I could go to. If I couldn’t make it Sunday morning, there would always be the 7 and 9 p.m. liturgies. During the first semester of my junior year, I decided to go on Boiler Awakening. It was one of the best decisions that I have made at Purdue.

“During the retreat, I was able to see just how many other college students were involved at St. Tom’s. It also allowed me to take a break from all my classes, exams, and other extracurriculars, and work on my relationship with God as well as reflect on my faith. I had such a valuable experience, that I decided to help staff the retreat for the next three semesters.

“Being a leader for the retreat is also very fulfilling. I get to help other individuals deepen their faith and discover where God is present in their lives. When I am caught up with studying, homework, and exams, having the retreat each semester allows me to refocus and work on my faith. After being part of Boiler Awakening, I started to participate more at St. Tom’s as well. I began to go to the daily Mass at 9 p.m. on Wednesday where they have ice cream afterwards. I would also sometimes attend Theology on Tap. This is where they have speakers on different religious topics come and talk to students at Harry’s Chocolate Shop on the first Tuesday of most months.”

Andrew Hunt enjoys semester in Europe

Andrew Hunt ’13, a senior sports marketing and management major (with a double minor in marketing and business) at IUB, spent his spring semester in a study abroad in Barcelona, Spain, studying sports marketing and international business. He wrote shortly before his return home:

“Going into this spring semester, I honestly had no idea what to expect when I decided to study abroad in Europe. There were plenty of nerves going into it, and being away so long from my friends and family, I did not know how I was going to handle it. These past four months in Barcelona and traveling throughout the European continent, however, were nothing short of a lifetime experience that I will cherish for years to come.

“Studying abroad was not only exhilarating and the time of my life, but it also helped me understand other cultures better and not be so self-centered when faced with cultural differences. The biggest takeaway I got from studying abroad was to not be afraid of challenges and obstacles you may have to face in your life. Once you challenge yourself and take that ‘leap of faith,’ the joy and excitement will be overwhelming. I encourage anyone who is deciding to study abroad or travel for an extended period to do so, and take that ‘leap of faith.’”

Murphy Sheets gets his chance to study abroad

Murphy Sheets ’13, who graduated from Wabash College this spring with a degree in political science, traveled to Germany earlier in the spring semester for a class-related, Wabash-funded program to study the European Union and various banking systems. He is weighing job offers and opportunities post-graduation. He writes about that trip:

“During my time at Wabash College, I have had the opportunity to learn from extraordinary professors, compete at a different college venue each weekend, and create relationships with professors, teammates, coaches, and peers that will last forever. However, I never thought being able to travel throughout Europe would be something I would be able to experience. I assumed I would spend my last spring break before the real world begins by training at an extremely high-level in preparation for my final track season. Looking back, I was still able to do the necessary training, but in a completely different setting and on a new continent. Over winter break, I received an email from one of my professors suggesting that I look into his course, Politics and Economics of the European Union. The course would explore firsthand the European Central Bank, the German Stock Exchange, and the many institutions within the European Union. Best of all, the trip was funded through Wabash College and my only obligation was to learn – as well as renew my passport! The application and acceptance process was tedious and demanding, but all worth it in the end.

“My classmates and I began our trip by flying into Frankfurt, Germany. Sleepy-eyed and jetlagged, we pushed through as we did not want to waste one minute of our limited time. While in Frankfurt, we met with numerous economists and political affiliates to better understand the workings of the various financial and governmental systems and how European systems differ from Western organizations. In addition, we were able to experience the many European cultural attractions such as the overwhelming and towering churches, various galleries, an opera house, and many Holocaust memorials. After exhausting our time and energy in Germany, we boarded a train to Brussels, Belgium. While in Brussels, we met with representatives from the European Council, Parliament, and Commission to fully understand the political, economic, and social role of the European Union. The meetings yielded a much more refined perspective as to how issues are dealt with in Europe versus the United States.

“Between the great food, great times, and fruitful discussion, traveling to Europe was an unforgettable experience. What is interesting though, I would have never been afforded this amazing opportunity had I not taken the initiative. I can faithfully write that Providence instilled this trait in me through the rigorous academic and athletic undertakings. The life skills I learned at Providence truly set me up for a rewarding life afterwards, and I honestly do not know if I would be who I am today without Providence laying a solid foundation. With that being said, my advice to future, current, and past Pioneers is to always take the initiative and jump at every opportunity that may come your way.”

Alex Duffy finds her niche at BSU

Alex Duffy ’16 had a busy year as a freshman musical theatre major at Ball State. She was a production assistant in A Christmas Carol, assistant stage manager in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, and most recently played Lady Audley in new work called That Mary, the origin story of Cinderella’s wicked stepmother. This summer she will once again be performing on the New Albany RiverStage as Vi Moore, Reverend Shaw’s wife, in the production of Footloose. She writes:

“My experience at Ball State has been incredible thus far. Firstly, getting the chance to meet so many new and diverse people has been such a pleasure. From classes to shows, Ball State’s department of theatre and dance is like a family. But then getting the chance to learn and grow together within theatre is like nothing else.

“We are given great opportunities, like working closely with Broadway’s Sutton Foster, and master classes with Grease’s original director, Randal Kleiser. In the years to come, I look forward to many more performance opportunities, as well as meeting and working with real world professionals that will help to guide me to be a better theatre artist.”

Molly Wagner helps plan Purdue Grand Prix

Molly Wagner ’16, a Purdue freshman studying civil engineering, serves on the Junior Board for the Grand Prix and was selected to escort the Grand Marshal Doug Boles, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She writes:This past fall I was honored to receive a position as a junior board member of the 2017 Purdue Grand Prix Foundation. In preparation for the 60th anniversary of the race, my duty was to promote ticket sales through means of advertisement, social media, and various events on campus. I also got to be a part of the reestablishment of the Purdue Grand Prix Court and Queen, a tradition that had been forgotten since 1994.

“I helped out during practices and qualifications during the month of April by escorting the media and doing various track duties. I even got to test out the track for myself after qualifications. On race day, I received the privilege of escorting Grand Marshall Doug Boles, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.

“It was an unforgettable experience spending his first Grand Prix with him as he heads into a busy May preparing for the 101st running of the Indy 500. I hope to remain on junior board next year and work with my senior board lead to bring back even more traditions and working towards our goal of raising attendance and ticket sales even more next year.”

Expanded Class Notes Winter 2017

Scroll down to read stories featuring:
Molly Ueding ’15 
Megan Gilland ’14
Trey Embrey ‘14
Corby Burger ‘12

Molly Ueding starts her cosmetology career
After more than a year of coursework at Paul Mitchell The School Louisville, Molly Ueding ’15 has completed her cosmetology coursework and passed her Kentucky State Board of Cosmetology exam. She started her courses in August 2015, just a few months after graduating from Providence. She advanced through the three level program, which includes core, adaptive and creative classes, and was accepted into the Phase Two honors program, an optional course of intensive study within the cosmetology program where she received advanced training and experienced work conditions that mimic an actual salon.

“After going to school full time, I received my 1,800 hours needed to graduate and prepared for the Kentucky State Board of Cosmetology,” she said. “After a five hour practical and written exam I passed and received my license.”

Now licensed in Kentucky and Indiana hair and make-up, she now works full time at Tranz4mationz salon in Jeffersonville and says she looks forward to building her clientele.

Trey Embrey researches multiple ecosystems in Costa Rica
Trey Embrey ’14, a junior at IUB majoring in biology, recently completed a study abroad opportunity with a course tropical biology in Costa Rica over Christmas Break.T Embrey 1 10 17 He writes about his experience:

“The goal was to learn about biology in the tropics, and we went to Costa Rica because it has several ecosystems in a small area. We ended up visiting 10 ecosystems while we were there. The best part of the class was that we got to see it all first hand. Our two professors got to teach us in the field. So we basically travelled the country visiting and hiking through several habitats. We also all chose topics to present on. In the evenings we would have lectures and give/listen to presentations. We took a final on one of the last days. In a relatively short time frame, we saw an amazing amount of biodiversity. 

“As for tourist opportunities, the first two days were mostly tourism. We saw the capitol- San Jose, and visited some smaller towns with cool stuff to see. One day we had a few hours of free time at the beach as well. Aside from that, we spent most of our time hiking, learning, or traveling.

Internship prepares Megan Gilland for teaching career
Megan Gilland ’14, a junior in the Teacher Education Program at IUB, was an education intern at the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club. She says:

“My role as the education intern at BGC was to lead a homework center for members grades K-6 and assist in increasing reading and mathematics skills for students who needed extra support. This internship allowed me to gain knowledge and early field experience as I continue to grow as an educator. On top of this internship, I worked as a teacher assistant in an early education classroom. This position allowed me to become familiar to all age groups as well as build a better perspective and understanding of what a child needs as a developing learner. Both of these experiences have helped me prepare for my own future classroom!”

Corby Burger gains law experience working with  International Criminal Tribunal
Corby ICTY 1 10 17Corby Burger ’12, a 2016 DePauw political science grad, has spent the last three months as a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. He is part of the team prosecuting Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladić on counts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and violations of the laws of war during the devastating Yugoslav conflicts of the early 1990s. He writes about his experience:

“Over the past three months I have had the privilege of being a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. I am part of the team prosecuting Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladić on counts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and violations of the laws of war. These allegations stem from the devastating Yugoslav conflicts of the early 1990s. As a legal intern, I work alongside accomplished attorneys in a richly multicultural environment to argue our case in what is likely the most complex ongoing criminal trial in the world. This internship has been an unmatched introduction to legal practice and broadened my perspective on law, culture, and life.

“During my senior year of college, I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, where I studied international law and armed conflict under the instruction of Danish military lawyers. I was also able to participate in a course trip to Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia. There, I learned about the realities of post-conflict resolution and international intervention from those directly involved. These interactions with humanitarian leaders, United Nations representatives, and individuals personally affected by the conflict motivated me to take action. I immediately applied for a position at the ICTY.

“The goal of the Office of the Prosecutor is to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is responsible for specific criminal acts that occurred within the context of a multifaceted regional war. Securing a war crimes conviction at this level is an arduous exercise in synthesizing and extracting meaning from an overwhelming amount of information. In my case, this requires proving command responsibility between General Mladić and individual acts of sexual violence, inhumane detention, cultural destruction, and genocidal killings perpetrated by those under his control.

“When I arrived at the ICTY the Mladić prosecution team was in the process of completing their final trial brief. This is a massive document (300,000+ words) that outlines the extent of the prosecution’s evidence and conveys their legal arguments. With a mountain of work to be done, I was immediately thrown into a whirlwind introduction to legal practice. I was wrapped up in long days and longer nights of reviewing testimony, cite-checking, proofreading, collating evidence, and drafting supplemental documents; and I loved every minute of it. I was able to make a small, but meaningful, contribution to our case as I worked to pinpoint useful evidence, extrapolate on its significance, and ultimately use this information to strengthen our arguments against a man responsible for (in our view) an unimaginable scale of death and suffering.

The Mladić trial is the last case to be brought before the ICTY. As final arguments come to an end, I realize what an honor it has been to be here during such a profound moment of the Tribunal’s 23-year history. I have met colleagues from all around the world, and I am grateful for the chance to have worked with such outstanding people in what is a truly international effort. In the next weeks I will be transferred to the case against Stanišić and Simatović, former leaders of the Serb secret police charged with murder, persecution, and deportation. This case is being tried under the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, a newly designated organ of the United Nations tasked with completing the remaining docket of the ICTY and ICTRwanda.

“My internship will end in February, and I plan to travel around Europe before returning home to New Albany in March. I am currently applying to law school, which I hope to begin next August. I am proud to have played a role in bringing a voice to the victims and justice to the perpetrators of the Yugoslav conflict. I will come away from this internship with an emboldened commitment to strengthening international institutions of justice. The global political climate seems to be shifting, collapsing downwards from the expansive weight of globalization towards insular nationalism and a rejection of internationalist principles. I will do everything I can to work against this trend. In my view, an expansive vision of prosperity and peace in the 21st century will require legal institutions that provide a legitimate and stable space for global commerce, transnational political interactions, and the enforcement of international criminal law.”

Expanded Athletics News Winter 2017

Scroll down to read stories featuring:
Murphy Sheets ’13
Leah Mattingly ’13
Kasey Wallace ’14
Logan Rauck ’15

Murphy Sheets in final track season
Murphy Sheets ’13, a senior political science major at Wabash College, ended his cross country career with a 125th place finish at the NCAA DIII Great Lakes Regional with a time of 27:13.0, helping the team to fifth place. Earlier in the season, he placed 30th with a time of 28:10.53 in the team’s fourth consecutive win of the XC Little State. His final track season begins at the UIndy Season Opener on Jan. 14.

During Murphy’s Wabash cross-country and track career, the teams have won a total of four North Coast Athletic Conference titles (cross-country: 2013, 2014; track and field: 2013, 2014). The team also placed 21st at the NCAA National Cross-Country Championships in 2013, 16th in 2014, and eighth in 2015. In 2016, the team placed third at the conference championships, where Murphy placed 43rd with a time of 28:15.0. Last April, he placed fourth in the 10,000 meter run in the Indiana D-III Track & Field Championships. 
Photo provided by Wabash University Athletics

Leah Mattingly sets BSU record for minutes played
Leah Mattingly ’13, a senior interior design major, finished her stellar soccer career at Ball State with a record-breaking performance as a L Mattingly 1 10 17defender on the women’s soccer team. She set a program record for minutes played in a career (7,678) and games started (82), playing every game on the schedule throughout her career — even with ankle injuries. She helped the team post 36 shutouts during her career and has ranked among the national leaders in goals-against average. She also recorded 11 goals and 10 assists to rank seventh in school history with 32 career points. She was one of 30 finalists nationwide for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in women’s soccer.

This season, the team won its second consecutive Mid-American Conference regular season championship but did not make the NCAA finals after losing by one in penalty kicks in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. In addition to her prowess on the field, she has been named to the Dean’s List in every one of her college semesters. She was selected to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team and earned a spot on the MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete list in each of the past two seasons.

Murphy and Leah were featured in the Fall 2016 Providence Athletics Guide. Photo at right provided by Ball State Athletics

Kasey Wallace is defensive power for ISU
Kasey Wallace ’14, junior center back for Indiana State women’s soccer, was third in minutes played, playing in all 20 games this past season and helping the team to seven shutouts. She was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference the week of Sept. 27, 2016, for her contributions. According to the MVC Weekly Notebook: “Center back Kasey Wallace has been a powerhouse on the backline for the Sycamores since the beginning of her collegiate career. Wallace played a huge role in the Sycamore’s win over Fort Wayne. ISU kept the Mastodons to 12 shots total and only allowed them three corner kicks during the match.”

Indiana State finished the season 13-5-2 and advanced to the semifinal match of the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, after which Kasey made the MVC All-Tournament Team. Throughout her career, she has earned three MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors and the Commissioners Excellence Award.

Logan Rauck forms men’s club soccer team at BU

Logan Rauck, a Bellarmine sophomore majoring in exercise science with a minor in biology, is president and founder of the university’s men’s club soccer team. Thel rauck 1 10 17 club team’s first season was this fall and included a loss to WKU and 5-2 win over EKU. He said he is proud of the team’s season, which drew 30 players, and plans to expand it next year into a first and second team.

“After having the experience of a lifetime with high school ball, working with terrific classmates and dedicated coaches, going to state finals my junior year, and overall just falling in love with the sport, I really missed it my freshman year (in college). Instead of joining the collegiate team, I got involved on campus, joining Student Government, Ambassadors, becoming a tour guide, and founding two clubs: Love Your Melon and BU Men’s Club Soccer. Through Student Government, I learned how easy it is to shape your environment, so I shaped mine to do what I love again.”

In the Bellarmine men’s club soccer team photo at right, courtesy of Sereva Rauck, Logan is fourth from the right.

College eVision Fall 2016: Alumni Travel the World

Zack Johnson’s summer internship fulfills dream to work on new bridge
This story by Katie Chrisco ’14 originally appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of the Providence Vision magazine.

For Zack Johnson ’12 a 2015 summer internship with Walsh Construction Co. offered him the opportunity to both prepare for a career in engineering as well as work on the new gateway between downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana, the recently completed Abraham Lincoln Bridge. Johnson, a senior civil engineering major at Rose-Hulman University, said he is excited to have been part of such an important local project as a project engineer intern.

“For every civil engineer, that’s kind of the dream,” he said. “Projects like this come around once in a blue moon and being from the area meant something even more special to me.”

When he was younger, Johnson said, he joked to his parents about working on the bridge one day.

“It’s definitely something I’ll always remember,” he said. “It was an awesome experience to be a part of.”

During last summer’s internship, which he found through a college career fair, Johnson mainly worked on the largest of the six sections of the bridge in order to help with the maintenance of traffic. Johnson said he had the opportunity to fill the role of engineer for two weeks when his supervisor took time off to get married. Johnson said he was thrilled that he was able to be part of the project.

On his last day of work, he was able to see the finished bridge and climb Tower 5, which is on the Kennedy Bridge-side of the Lincoln Bridge, closest to Indiana.
“That was kind of cool because it’s 230 feet above the river,” Johnson said.

Zack will graduate from Rose-Hulman  in December and this summer had an internship with Canadian National Railway. He is recently engaged and is planning a wedding with his fiancé, Ella Bryant.

Kayla Meisner travels to India to serve and learn
Kayla Meisner in IndiaKayla Meisner ‘12, a senior U of L bioengineering major, spent her summer volunteering with the most needy in India, a trip she planned on her own out of a desire to visit India and also serve, thanks to an admiration for the soon to be canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She writes:

“I chose India because I believe it is one of the most spiritual and religious cultures in the world, and my experience confirmed that. From what people wear, to how they dress, to how they treat each other, everything is done in faith. I was immersed in their culture and respected how devout nearly everyone was in their faith. It challenged me to look at my own life and ask myself; do I dress like a Christian, do I treat people like a Christian should, do I portray my life and my actions like a Christian should?

“I spent valuable time with people who have lived their whole life in the slums. They have never had running water, they work all day for food and water, they sleep outside and yet they were genuinely happy. They would tell me life only requires simple necessities to live but to live happily is to live in love.

“I also spent time and lived with very successful people. I worked with doctors five days a week, and although their lives were much different than those in the slums, they believed the same thing. They believed that relationships with people and faith were the most valuable and important things you had in control of your life. I learned a lot about myself and where I want to grow in my faith life. I have truly been blessed with my experience there and cannot wait to return one day.”

Jacob Resch grows music career as he prepares to graduate
This story originally appeared in the Aug. 3 edition of the Providence eVision email newsletter

Jacob Resch ’13, a senior business major at Indiana University- Bloomington, has slowly been building his music career while he completes his college degree. His latest music video is actually a short film. The 10-minute film Cali Girl is based on his 2015 song of the same name and was recently accepted in the Hamilton Music & Film Festival film festival in Toronto.J Resch

He had another first in August, headlining with a full band — Hoosier — at Headliners Music Hall. The evening also featured the opening act Jimmy and the Two Toned Leg Benders, which features alumni Tyler Zoller ’10 (who also took the photo at right) and Daniel Hartman ’10.

Resch had a busy summer as an intern at HMS Global Maritime but his music is still important to him. Cali Girl is his third official music video. The film features Jacob, a less-than-interested college student who enters a dream world where he meets his “Cali Girl.” This film features Vine star Brennan Tracy as well as local artist/musician Ryan Bradley. The film was shot in Bloomington and New Albany and has been entered in several different film contests, including the Toronto one. The film can be viewed on Jacob’s YouTube account, and the song can be heard and purchased online at any online retailer or stream service.

Resch said he’s excited about the progress his music career has made, despite his focus on college. He continues to write music and looks forward to next weekend’s concert, which last year drew 400 fans. This performance will be his first time performing with a full band, since he usually performs as a solo artist. As he prepares to return to IU for his final year of college, he said he hopes to book more concerts in Bloomington and beyond this school year.

“I would love to expand my reach to several different college campuses in both Indiana and Kentucky,” he said. “My music career and following is only getting stronger and growing and I am very excited to see where my music takes me. None of this would be possible without the support of my family, friends, mentors, and community.”

Kori Siebert learns from stepping out of her comfort zone

Kori Siebert in AustraliaKori Siebert ‘13, a senior at Hanover, had an exciting year, first studying abroad in Australia in the fall and then in a summer internship in Miami. She shares:
“Studying abroad in Australia gave me life experiences that I wouldn’t have been able to witness if I hadn’t gone outside of my comfort zone. Whether it was traveling to northeast Australia with people I barely knew to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, taking on the city of Wollongong alone, or just being away from home for four months. I learned that great things happen when you go outside of your comfort zone. I met great people who soon became friends and saw the most breathtaking places while in Australia.

“This summer, I had an internship at Equinox Fitness Clubs in Miami, Fla. Here, I learned how to train a variety of individuals. My mentors helped me figure out my potential to become a successful personal trainer. Although this was a new, unfamiliar city, I knew that if I was out of my comfort zone, a great learning experience was ahead. My internship allowed me to learn in a hands-on environment, giving myself an edge when considering a future career. By taking these opportunities, I realize there is no limit to what I can learn and experience.”

Katie Chrisco learns Spanish, opens eyes to world in Spain
Katie Chrisco BarcelonaKatie Chrisco ’14, a junior journalism major at IUB, spent some of her summer traveling to Barcelona, Spain, in a study abroad program focusing on learning Spanish and taking courses toward her Spanish minor. She writes:

“During my time there I was constantly challenged to step outside of my comfort zone. I chose to stay with a host family in order to learn more about the culture of the city and to practice my Spanish. I was nervous about the language barrier, but as the weeks passed I grew more comfortable conversing with my host mother. In my early days she helped me with directions and soon I felt like a native of Barcelona, taking the metro to and from my classes.

“Once I felt more comfortable in my host city, it was easy to fall in love with Barcelona. There is so much culture and so much to experience there. Whether it was a day at the beach, strolling through the famous Gothic Quarter, viewing Antoni Guadí’s architecture, or visiting museums, there was always something to do or see.

“In addition to the Spanish language and culture, I learned a lot more about the history of Barcelona. Before choosing Barcelona as my destination for studying abroad, I was unaware that Barcelona was located in the region of Catalonia, an autonomous community that strives to one day be independent from the rest of Spain. Citizens of Barcelona speak both the Spanish and Catalan languages and they have great pride in their identity.

“Learning about another country’s history made me realize that we as Americans often place ourselves in the center of the world and in the center of history. Learning about different cultures is extremely important and can help us widen our worldview and perhaps allow us to gain a better understanding of the world. During my time abroad I also had the opportunity to travel to other parts of Spain, as well as to Rome and Amsterdam. I was incredibly lucky to have such an amazing experience abroad; to see things I had previously only dreamed about seeing, to make incredible friends and to return home with increased knowledge and unforgettable memories.”

Photo was taken at Park Güell, designed by the architect Antoni Guadí, with the skyline of Barcelona in the background.

Peyton Schmidt shares love of Christ in California internship
Peyton Schmidt ’14, a junior journalism and mass communications major at U of L, spent two weeks this summer in California interning as a college rep for CIY (Christ In Youth) MOVE, a national five-day youth ministry conference “that encourages high school students from all over the nation to accept and embrace the calling Jesus has for each of us as His Kingdom workers,” she said.

Peyton said she has felt a connection with CIY since high school.

“CIY played a huge role in my faith journey when I went as a high schooler with my church community,” she said. “CIY helped solidify my decision to surrender my life to Christ and live solely for Him.

“Getting the opportunity to return and experience CIY in a leadership position was a blessing. Not only did I gain knowledge and skills within the communication and public relations field, but I also got to be a part of the faith journey of students nationwide, pray with and for them and watch them discover and fall in love with the Lord. This internship consisted of my two favorite things: communicating with others and sharing Jesus. For that, I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience.”

Charmaine Solis travels the sea in practice to be Naval officer

Charmaine Solis on Youngster TourCharmaine Solis ’14, a sophomore ocean engineering major at the U.S. Naval Academy, spent her summer on her “Youngster Cruise,” training required by the Naval Academy in order to give the midshipmen a chance to experience life as a future enlisted person. She was assigned to the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier out of San Diego, Calif. She shares:

“We were underway (out in the water) for about 10 days. I explored the ship all the way from the fire pump room in the bottom to the flight deck on top. I got to be feet away from F-18s (jets) as they were catapulted from the flight deck. I got a ride in a helicopter and a tour of the nuclear reactor that powers the whole ship. I learned so much about the Navy and the people in it. It was an incredible experience.”

Photo taken in the hangar bay of the carrier with an F-18 in the background. Charmaine, on left, stands with the enlisted person she followed during her time on board.

Class Notes College e-Vision Spring 2016

Boly studying art history in Rome, traveling Europe
Thomas Boly ’13
, a junior art history and English major at Loyola Chicago, is in the midst of a study abroad semester in Rome. Here is a Q&A about his experience:

Q: Why did you choose Rome?
A: With my majors being art history and English, I have (for quite some time) been interested in studying abroad. To not only see what has come from cultural traditions—art and literature—but to experience firsthand the cultures that have moved me…there is something about being part of something outside of and different from yourself that seems altogether necessary.

I chose to study at the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC—called “J-force” around here) mainly for practical reasons. Rome is obviously a wonderful choice, but it was the easiest when it came to financials and class planning because it is still part of Loyola University Chicago.

Q: What classes are you taking?
A: When studying abroad, classes are meant to supplement and not suspend the experience. So, I am taking the bare minimum (12 credits). Two art history classes, both surveys: Baroque Art and Art in Rome. They are both onsite, so each class period, we meet somewhere in the city and look at architecture, paintings, sculptures, etc. In Rome this means churches, churches, and more churches. I’m also taking a theology course called Church and the World. From the perspective of the writings of Cardinal Ratzinger, we examine the interaction of faith, the Catholic Church, and people. This includes both worldly issues and questioning the rationale in believing in the Catholic faith. Lastly, but probably most importantly, I am taking an introductory Italian course. Not being able to speak the language of where you live is a huge culture shock. No, repeating, “Where is the bathroom?” over and over will not help anyone understand you more quickly. But, “Dov’è il bagno?” isn’t too hard to learn. Speaking of bagno, I finally understand why Bologna is pronounced the way it is and not Boe-log-na.

Q: What has been the most unique experience so far?
Before coming here, I was contacted by a former boss of mine. When I worked at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’s Vintage Fashion department, I grew to love my boss. She said that she was working freelance for D’NA, a Saudi fashion boutique. Telling me that they needed writers to intern for them, I hopped onboard. I write content and edit for them (I can’t say too much for confidential reasons). Here is a link to their website as it is at the moment:

Q: What have you enjoyed learning the most?
A: I don’t know if I can pinpoint a specific experience that has been the most unique; however I can see the privilege that I have by being here. Once Fridays hit, and no we don’t go to class on Fridays, there is a mass exodus. Most people have a flight/bus/train booked to go travel somewhere in Europe and sometimes outside of this even. Thus far, I have seen Rome, various cities in the Campania region of Italy, Florence, Venice, Munich, Paris, Madrid, and Barcelona. We shall see how far the funds stretch to make it to the rest of the places I want to see.

Q: What travel opportunities have you taken advantage of?
A: It is also a race against the clock. Despite what it feels like back at home, there are not that many weekends in a semester. But, as I was saying, being able to do all of this makes you deeply grateful for what you have. When you get to walk where others did over a thousand years ago at the Roman Forum, or when standing in front of the massive Guernica painting by Picasso something along the lines of shock, awe, and gratitude reverberate within you. Not to mention your view of the world drastically changes when you see things from the perspective of someone completely different than yourself—often said, but rarely understood (especially in the United States if we are to be honest with ourselves).

Although I complain about it frequently, I will probably miss the horrible transportation in Rome, the way you get up close and personal with several others, and particularly the old ladies on the bus that try to tell you their life story in Italian after you offer them your seat (a hand gesture matched with “Prego”). The roads and cobblestones that are never close to being even and love to trip you up will probably make the list. Or being able to walk among buildings that have survived multiple lifetimes to somehow function in modern times. Definitely, I will miss how people see themselves as part of a community, and a strength in smaller things (walking early in the morning past shops, piazzas, and restaurants will show you).

What I’ve learned: Sometimes you appreciate things the most when you’re doing “nothing.”

j bradenEBraden is a match to potentially save a life
Jake Braden ‘13
, a senior at UofL majoring in mathematics with a focus on actuarial science and an economics minor, spent part of his spring break donating bone marrow, a potentially life-saving procedure to an unknown cancer patient, via the program Be the Match. He registered to be a bone marrow donor about a year ago to see if he matched a friend of the family and learned he instead would help a stranger. The procedure itself was fairly simple. He was under anesthesia while liquid bone marrow was extracted from his pelvic bone, and he was released from the hospital the same day. He did experience some soreness afterward, but overall, he was glad he did the donation.

“I was excited to know that I could potentially help another person and save their life,” Jake said. “I feel like this is what God wanted me to do. From the moment I found out I was a match to now, I knew I needed to do this. It just makes me happy to know that I have helped another person.”

Jake encourages everyone to register with Be the Match. “The more people that sign up the better chances others out there will be helped,” he said. “There is nothing to be scared of. The only thing that donor has to give up is a little time. It is definitely worth it.”

Katie Chrisco KoreaEChrisco studies news in Korea
Katie Chrisco ’14
, a sophomore journalism major at IUB, spent her spring break is in South Korea in an immersion program to learn about journalism and technology in the southeast Asian country. She writes this about her experience:

“This semester, I decided to take a course through IU’s media school about technology and change in the media. The course included a spring break trip to South Korea in order to learn about new forms of technology and changes in the media landscape, with South Korea being a country leading in technological advances. Last week, my classmates and I were able to not only experience these technologies firsthand, but also come to a greater understanding of Korean culture.

“During our first full day in Korea, we spent time at two different palaces exploring the grounds. It was interesting to experience the Korean architecture and learn a little bit of Korean history. Although the palaces were beautiful, we learned that they were not the original buildings, since those were destroyed during the period of Japanese Imperialism. In order to get around the city of Seoul, we all received T-money cards, which are cards with virtual money loaded on them that are used for the Korean public transportation systems, including buses, subways, and even taxis.

“On our second day in Seoul, we had the chance to visit two different Korean universities. The first, Sungkyunkwan University, had a history of over 600 years. We spent time exploring the university’s campus and conducting interviews for our multimedia projects for the class. Then we visited Korea University, which seemed more like a traditional American university. We also had the opportunity to meet with some professors from the university and share a meal with them. It was interesting to experience Korea University, since it seemed more similar to IU. The school also recently developed its school of media, much like IU’s convergence of the journalism and telecommunications programs into one unified Media School.

“During the trip, we also took tours of a Korean newspaper as well as Korean broadcasting networks. We also had the opportunity to visit the Samsung innovation museum, where we learned about technologies of the past and present as well as different technologies that Samsung hopes to create in the near future. While on our media outlet tours, we had the opportunity to have roundtable sessions with members of the Korean media. While there are some cultural differences between American media and Korean media due to Korea’s Confucian society and strong conservatism, the problems facing Korean media are identical to the problems that our media faces in this country: That print media is struggling and there needs to be a way to implement changes so that print media and digital media can converge.

“While learning about Korean technology and the media was certainly interesting, perhaps the most exciting part of the trip was the tour we took to the Demilitarized Zone along the border of North and South Korea. Despite its name, Korean soldiers heavily guard the DMZ and intense security measures were employed during our tour. We faced many passport checks and were required to sign a legal document stating that we would not violate any rules during our visit. We had the opportunity to actually cross the border into North Korea while touring the conference room where the armistice agreement between the two nations was signed. I cannot explain how strange the experience of visiting the DMZ was, but I am glad that I had the opportunity to do so. Overall, my spring break was an utterly amazing and unforgettable experience.”

A GroveE1Grove among first American missionaries to Cuba
Alex Grove ’14
, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Purdue, spent his spring break in Cuba with a group of fellow Purdue Catholics on a mission trip with St. Thomas Aquinas Church in West Lafayette. He writes about his experience being one of the first mission groups to visit Cuba.

“This spring break I traveled to Cuba on a mission trip with a group of 16 other college students through St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at Purdue. We stayed in the beautiful bayside town of Matanzas (sometimes referred to as the “Athens of Cuba”), and went to daily Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Matanzas. We stopped at many tourist destinations, including Old Havana, Veradero Beach and El Morro. We saw plenty of refurbished classic cars, bought souvenirs and enjoyed the local cuisine.

Alex Grove 2E“While all of these activities were new and exciting, we were called there for a different purpose. Our mission in Cuba can best be described through the wise words of our pastor and team leader, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas. He explained to us as we left for home that we had been the face of Christ to people that have not seen Him in over 50 years. It is important to keep in mind that we were not there to convert anyone, nor were we there to rescue anyone from poverty. To put it simply, we assisted the locals and were present with them in any way humanly possible, whether it was through prayer, conversation, physical interaction, etc. We played baseball and danced salsa with young orphans. We visited disabled children in their homes and prayed with their mothers. We helped local farmers plant their crop more speedily, while helping with other chores around the farm.

“One thing that really struck me about the country is that, in spite of religion in Cuba being suppressed for so long, there are many Cubans who continue to have strong roots in their faith. I met people who made me feel that my own faith was severely lacking. In one of the villages we visited, people were living in unthinkable conditions, yet they prayed so fervently and spoke about God so passionately that you could tell that their hearts had truly been filled by the Holy Spirit. The pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel expressed his desire for a religious revival in the country and believed that our visit would bring about that change.

“This was the first group of students at St. Thomas Aquinas to travel to Cuba, so we did not know exactly what to expect. In the end, you could say we built bridges. We successfully scoped out the ministries through which future missions will continue our work and established a new bond not only between the people of Cuba and the United States, but between the local church in Cuba and the worldwide Catholic Church.”

C HuberEHuber making wine in Canada
Christian Huber ’14
is attending the exclusive viticulture/oenology program at Niagara University in Ontario, Canada, one of only 40 students to be accepted in each new school year. He recently won Best in Class for his Riesling wine creation in a school competition. Here is a Q&A about his experience:

Q: What do you like most about the program?
A: I like how this program is very exclusive and hard to get into. Only 40 people get in a year, but the people who get into this program are extremely knowledgeable, and each student has something new to offer to the class. Plus this program is extremely competitive. Each student has to make a wine that is judged by the students and professors plus outside winemakers in this industry. I was extremely proud that I won the best wine in my program last semester from my off-dry Riesling.

Q: What has been the most challenging?
A: It’s a very fast-paced program. We are taking 18-24 credit hours each semester of this program, leaving little to no room to not be studying or in the winery running test on our wines.

Q: What have you learned that you can help with the family winery?
A: I have learned so much from this program already. The Niagara wine region is more developed then the Indiana Upland’s AVA, so I’m learning how I can build not just Huber’s as a brand, but how I can build Indiana’s wine region as a whole. But I can’t tell you everything I’m planning on doing at Huber’s and Starlight Distillery, but you’ll definitely see some great changes here in the next five to 10 years, and I’m so excited to come back and start working on it.

Q: How were Canadian winters?
A: Very cold…. But you get used to it. We picked our icewine grapes (Vidal Blanc) when it was -10 outside and it was a blast even with the cold!

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