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People of STATE: Honors Students

People of STATE: Dylan MaupinDylan Maupin

People of STATE  •  October 5, 2023  •  Operations & Supply Chain Management

The Scott College of Business is brimming with opportunities for ambitious students, and senior Dylan Maupin, who is majoring in operations and supply chain management, has leveraged most of them. From practical business projects in courses like Marketing to internships with Rolls-Royce, he has diligently prepared for a leadership career in supply chain management and operations. READ MORE

People of STATE: Payton Vallee

Payton Vallee

People of STATE  •  September 14, 2023  •  Intelligence Analysis

Payton Vallee always had an interest in criminology. As an intelligence analysis major at Indiana State, she's learning more about strategic intelligence, cybersecurity, and data collection and analysis. She aspires to a Homeland Security career focused on combatting human trafficking. READ MORE

People of STATE: Ahsan Khan

Ahsan Khan

People of STATE  •  May 22, 2023  •  Computer Science

"Computer science student Ahsan Khan’s path to Indiana State has been marked by his passion for learning, community engagement, leadership, and embracing his Pakistani heritage. Khan has demonstrated his leadership and Sycamore pride as a student assistant in the Office of the President and Provost, as a senator for the Student Government Association, and as a member of Phi Kappa Alpha." READ MORE

People of STATE: Cara Lawrence

Cara Lawrence

People of STATE  •  April 25, 2023  •  Computer Engineering Technology & Electronics Engineering Technology

"An internship helped lead graduating Sycamore Cara Lawrence to a career in the test engineering industry. She credits Indiana State for helping her to become a confident professional with the skills to succeed in her field." READ MORE

People of STATE: Elisabeth Kerby

Elisabeth Kerby

People of STATE  •  April 13, 2023  •  Communication Sciences & Disorders

"Indiana State senior Elisabeth Kerby, a member of the Sycamore Class of 2023, broadened her perspectives on culture and language with a study-abroad trip to London, a major in communication sciences and disorders, and research on language development for children. Kerby plans to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist in elementary schools, where she will continue advocating for children with language development disabilities." READ MORE

People of STATE: Elynor Head

Elynor Head

People of STATE  •  March 30, 2023  •  Geology

"Through internships and field experiences, Indiana State geology major Elynor Head has worked to help save a species of wild rice from extinction in Michigan. She has also shared her research with state senators, at national conferences, and in a Tedx Talk presentation. It's one of many learning experiences that have prepared Head for a career in geoscience and petroleum exploration." READ MORE

People of STATE: Adalyn McMurray

Adalyn McMurray

People of STATE  •  March 23, 2023  •  Psychology

"Indiana State University psychology major Adalyn McMurray has studied the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on musicians and their concentration. Her understanding of human behavioral traits, critical thinking, and culture was further strengthened during a service-learning trip to Ireland." READ MORE

People of STATE: Jabrea Jones

Jabrea Jones

People of STATE  •  February 27, 2023  •  Political Science & Business Management

"Jabrea Jones shines inside and outside the classroom at Indiana State University. A political science and business management major, Jones is a student leader for Sycamore Video, Indiana State's student-run news program and interview show. With this involvement, she always knows what's happening on campus." READ MORE

People of STATE: Alexa Gilman

Alexa Gilman

People of STATE  •  January 19, 2023  •  Computer Science

"Indiana State University computer science major Alexa Gilman aspires to become a software engineer and a positive role model for women in science. Studies in the Honors College are showing her how to make a difference in the lives of others, now and in her future career." READ MORE

People of STATE: Jory Bales

Jory Bales

People of STATE  •  January 12, 2023  •  Elementary Education

"Indiana State University Sycamore Jory Bales dreams of being someone's favorite elementary school teacher. Through dedication and support from Indiana State's faculty, the Honors College student is on her way to educating the next generation of learners." READ MORE

People of STATE: Keegan Beeler

Keegan Beeler

People of STATE  •  November 17, 2022  •  Insurance & Risk Management

"Indiana State University insurance and risk management student Keegan Beeler launched an online boutique during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now she has a storefront location near campus, and the Sycamore is learning more about sales, community engagement, and connecting with her customers." READ MORE

People of STATE: Kaylan Galey

Kaylan Galey

People of STATE  •  November 2, 2022  •  Applied Medicine

"Indiana State University Sycamore Kaylan Galey gained hands-on healthcare experience on a medical mission trip to Ecuador. Now, the Honors College student is passionate to help patients as a physician assistant." READ MORE

People of STATE: Meka Wiggins

Meka Wiggins

People of STATE  •  October 14, 2022  •  Psychology

"Sycamore Meka Wiggins is motivated to make a difference. The Honors College student is studying to become a Physician Assistant and aspires to positively impact the health of mothers-to-be through a career in obstetrics/gynecology. Her undergraduate research opportunities at Indiana State are helping her pursue that goal." READ MORE

People of STATE: Jenna Eltzroth

Jenna Eltzroth

People of STATE  •  June 15, 2022  •  Applied Medicine

"Jenna Eltzroth had never competed in a beauty pageant before being crowned Miss Indiana State University in November 2021. On Saturday, the Sycamore junior will proudly represent the campus and her fellow classmates at the Miss Indiana pageant in Zionsville.She considers both pageant experiences as opportunities of a lifetime. After all, Miss Indiana – a Miss America Organization event – is much more than a beauty pageant. It offers opportunities for scholarships, networking, valuable life and career skill development, and community involvement. It also empowers advocates and leaders of tomorrow." READ MORE

People of STATE: Bayan Samkari

Bayan Samkari

People of STATE  •  June 2, 2022  •  Nursing

"Bayan Samkari likes to stay busy. From her first day on Indiana State University’s campus, the senior nursing student knew she wanted to get involved in student organizations. Now, she has become a confident student leader who has made a significant impact on the Indiana State campus and in the Terre Haute community." READ MORE

People of STATE: Barb HealyBarb Healy

People of STATE  •  October 8, 2021  •  Engineering

"Of the millions of engineering positions in the United States, only about 15 percent are currently held by women, according to U.S. Census data. Indiana State University senior Barb Healy is determined to not only join their ranks, but to inspire others to follow in her footsteps." READ MORE

People of STATE: Tejas KandharkarTejas Kandharkar

People of STATE  •  July 21, 2021  •  Biology & Chemistry

"At one o’clock in the morning, Indiana State University’s campus slumbered.  The lights of Cunningham Memorial Library and a few residence hall rooms shone with late night studies, but the normally bustling quad was deserted. Senior Tejas Kandharkar admired the quiet, then blinked as he stepped into the fluorescent lighting of a science building lab. For two years, he has been a lab assistant using fruit flies to research genes involved in heart development with Shaad Ahmad, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biology." READ MORE

People of STATE: Carla Morales

Carla Morales

People of STATE  •  June 2, 2021  •  Criminology and Criminal Justice & Cybercriminology and Security Studies

"Carla Morales wants to patch the holes in “Swiss cheese”.The Indiana State University senior from Downers Grove, Illinois isn’t a culinary connoisseur. She’s a technical wizard who is passionate about helping others protect their digital data from cybercrime." READ MORE

People of STATE: MaKenzie QuissellMaKenzie Quissell

People of STATE  •  May 18, 2021  •  Finance

"MaKenzie Quissell’s pursuit of a finance major and minor in financial services and insurance/risk management was her primary reason for accepting the Scott College of Business’ Networks Professional Development Scholarship." READ MORE

People Of State: Kimmie Collins

Kimmie Collins

People of STATE  •  July 28, 2020  •  Marketing

"Growing up, Indiana State was literally always a part of my life. From a young age, I’d proudly wear Sycamore Sam T-shirts to school. I stuck an Indiana State University decal to my bedroom window. For a while, I automatically associated “college” with Indiana State. Now, Sycamore spirit has only ingrained itself deeper in me. I’m proud to be a fourth-generation Sycamore, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world." READ MORE

People of State: Seraphina TuckerSeraphina Tucker

People of STATE  •  July 2, 2020  •  Science Education

"Seraphina Tucker tries to only buy items secondhand, but her experiences at Indiana State University have been nothing but brand-new. For the science education major from LaPorte, Ind., shopping at thrift stores is a small act that shows her love for the environment. Tucker’s eagerness to learn about the environment and the people that inhabit it has been interwoven into all aspects of her collegiate career. From cultural explorations outside the United States to campus engagement, Tucker’s adventures have allowed her to gain a better grasp of the ways of the world." READ MORE

People of State: Brandon Ball

Brandon Ball

People of STATE  •  June 4, 2020  •  Management

"Being your own boss, setting your own hours, traveling all over the country. Sounds a lot like a pipe dream to many, but for Brandon Ball, that’s exactly what he wanted, and that’s exactly what he got. A management major with a double minor in marketing and entrepreneurship, coming from nearby Brookville, Ind., Ball is a recent graduate of Indiana State University who has carved a path for himself through his extremely strong work ethic." READ MORE

People of State: Nicole HooverNicole Hoover

People of STATE  •  May 27, 2020  •  Recreation and Sport Management & Language Studies

"Indiana State University student and founder of Camp Kesem Nicole Hoover has learned all about fundraising and working in a professional world through her nonprofit that helps children who have parents dealing with cancer. Learn more about her efforts to help the community!" READ MORE

People of State: Iyliana Olds

Iyliana Olds

People of STATE  •  March 19, 2020  •  Psychology

"Iyliana Olds aspires to be someone who helps people. In her journey to achieve her dream job as a counselor for troubled children, Olds has faced several challenges. Through these challenges, she has learned about herself, her limits, and the ways in which she can push through adversity." READ MORE

Austin Theisz

People of STATE  •  February 3, 2020  •  Exercise Science

"A week of service prescribed a new path for Austin Theisz, exposing him to a world of opportunities. The exercise science major from Terre Haute, Ind., came to Indiana State with hopes of becoming a physical therapist, but he diagnosed his true calling after a service trip to Ecuador with Timmy Global Health." READ MORE

People of State: Hayley TagueHayley Tague

People of STATE  •  December 18, 2019  •  Mechanical Engineering Technology

"In her major Tague has had the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning experiences and has even taken classes in welding. From making metal castings to making 3D designs, Tague has done it all and more. For her internship, Tague worked in the product engineering department, which allowed her to utilize her skills in 3D designs and computer-aided design (CAD) software to make their current projects better." READ MORE

People of State: Maddi HellmichMaddi Hellmich

People of STATE  •  December 13, 2019  •  Gender Studies

"Hellmich, a senior President’s Scholar from Greensburg, Ind., was one of the founding brothers of Indiana State’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. In addition, the Honors College student completed an internship with the Smithsonian Institution this summer, where she conducted research necessary to further the American Women’s History Initiative." READ MORE

People of State: Naseera Salahuddin-WilliamsNaseera Salahuddin-Williams

People of STATE  •  June 17, 2019  •  Nursing

"Naseera Salahuddin-Williams will tell you that she didn’t choose nursing as a major when she started as a first-year student at Indiana State University. Instead, it’s more like the nursing field found her. 'Many of the nursing professors will tell you that you don’t choose to go into nursing; it is a calling. I believe this wholeheartedly as I have been making my way through the program.'" READ MORE

People of State: Benjamin BequetteBenjamin Bequette

People of STATE  •  June 5, 2019  •  Computer Engineering Technology

"Indiana State University senior Benjamin Bequette has a knack for building things with his hands and he found the perfect place to put those skills to use in the College of Technology’s computer engineering technology program. A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Bequette decided to major in computer engineering technology major with minors in automation and control engineering technology and electrical engineering technology around his sophomore year of high school." READ MORE

Emma Harrison

People of STATE  •  May 22, 2019  •  Speech-Language Pathology

"Emma Harrison is a speech-language pathology major and has known she wanted to do this since age 10. Her younger brother had gone through speech therapy, and Harrison would sit and watch the sessions intently. Although Harrison wanted to be a teacher, at first, those sessions changed the trajectory of her life. Now as she prepares to help others find their voice, State has helped her find her own." READ MORE

People of State: Breeze KeppyBreeze Keppy

People of STATE  •  May 15, 2019  •  Nursing

Breeze Keppy fell in love with Indiana State University years before she was old enough to apply. When she finally had the chance to step on campus as a prospective student, Keppy knew she was home.'When I took my first tour, everyone on campus was so friendly and welcoming, which made a huge impact on me,' she said. 'I knew that I wanted to attend a school with a strong nursing program and opportunities to grow as an individual, and I honestly could not have made a better choice. ISU truly is my home away from home.'" READ MORE

People of State: Annie BowenAnnie Bowen

People of STATE  •  May 1, 2019  •  Insurance

"Annie Bowen, a freshman from Terre Haute, Ind., has been selected to serve as a 500 Festival Princess during the 2019 Indianapolis 500 season. Bowen, proud of her starting position as an Indiana native, is enchanted by the opportunity. 'The experience so far has been very rewarding,' she said. 'I’ve gotten to see the full gamut of what the 500 Festival Organization does. Being able to make an impact on Indiana culture is something that is really important to me. I love being able to teach about the history we have and the deep roots we’ve always had in racing.'" READ MORE

People of State: Jordan DentonJordan Denton

People of STATE  •  May 1, 2019  •  Criminology and Criminal Justice & Cybercriminology and Security Studies

"Indiana State students Jordan Denton and Samuel Pickens have been working with the Indiana Governor’s Council to help improve the cybersecurity posture of Indiana." READ MORE

People of State: Joseph TwitdyJoseph Twitdy

People of STATE  •  March 18, 2019  •  Psychology

"Twitdy was initially attracted to Indiana State because of the low student to faculty ratio and the Honors College. 'I sat in on an Honors class before my freshman year, and I was really interested in Honors course work,' he said. 'Living in an Honors building with like-minded people who are serious about college appealed to me and my mother.'" READ MORE

People of State: Andrew VanDenburghAndrew VanDenburgh

People of STATE  •  March 1, 2019  •  Operations and Supply Chain Management & Marketing

"Andrew VanDenburgh may be in his final semester at Indiana State, but he’s already looking beyond commencement after he accepted a position last fall as an area manager at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Denver." READ MORE

Juan Nysschen

People of STATE  •  January 7, 2019  •  Chemistry

"Juan Nysschen, Honors Student, started attending Indiana State in the fall of 2015. He was born in South Africa and later moved to the US at the age of three. He chose State to become a doctor because he knows the difference it can make after being exposed to hospitals as his brother received treatment for a rare form of leukemia cancer. One of the most valuable things Nysschen has done at State is volunteer to go on the Timmy Global Health trip to provide healthcare to an underserved country." READ MORE

People of State: Garrett ShortGarrett Short

People of STATE  •  September 1, 2018  •  Communication

"Senior communication major Garrett Short’s impressive resume — and know-how — lands him his first-choice internship at KBJR 6, an NBC station in Duluth, Minn." READ MORE

People of State: Abigail GriderAbigail Grider

People of STATE  •  September 1, 2018  •  Economics & Language Studies

"Abigail Grider knew she wanted to pursue a study abroad opportunity even before she arrived at Indiana State. But it didn’t hurt that international travel was a requirement for the Honors student from Fort Wayne. Grider is seeking a double major in economics and language studies with a focus in French and a certification in teaching English as a second language." READ MORE

Alethia Marrero

People of STATE  •  March 18, 2018  •  Political Science & Legal Studies

"Alethia Marrero studied abroad in India and fell in love with their culture and all that it taught her about globalization and social justice. This opportunity opened her eyes to seeing the connection between business, politics, social justice and technology. Indiana State is where she feels she became an intellectual and is grateful for the experience and knowledge she gained in her four years at State." READ MORE