Online Graduate Sycamores !


Del Kirkpatrick

Higher Education Leadership (Ph.D.)

I’m originally from Prairie View, TX. I work full-time and am a first-year full-time doctoral student in the Education Administration: Higher Education Leadership Programs. I’m excited to be in an online program that provides an opportunity to work and pursue my academic goals. I’m looking forward to the journey to become a scholar in my academic area.








Rachel Smith

Mathematics MS

At my home classroom, which doubles as my work-from-home office.









Nursing -FNP

My name is Sandrine Mapokam. I am originally from Cameroon and have been in the United States for 10 years.I started my nursing career as a nurse assistant in Maryland while studying toward my bachelor’s degree in nursing and obtained it in 2016. After graduating, I moved to Virginia where I have been practicing as a Registered Nurse for 3 years. I am a charge RN at a dialysis center where I take care of patients with kidney failure. My passion for nursing has spurred me to want to further my education,thus I decided to applied at Indiana State University for the FNP program and got accepted. This is my second semester at Indiana. I am married and have 3 beautiful children-2 girls and 1 boy. During my spare time, I enjoy dancing, jogging, cooking, and playing with my kids. I don’t know much about gardening but would like to learn. I am eager to learn a lot from this online program and apply it to my future nursing career. The picture was taken from my living room while studying.



Sarah Hewitt

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Greeting from Lebanon, Indiana. This picture was taken with "Bruce" one of 11 unique Lebanon Tiger statues around the city. Attending Indiana State's DNP program without leaving home has allowed me to pursue a degree I have wanted for some time while still getting the one-on-one attention as if I were on campus. I am so thankful for the Sycamore family!











Emilie Kientz

Master of Public Health

What’s up sycamores! I took a break from my statistics homework to take a selfie in my new shirt for Online October with ISU! Just a girl striving to make a difference in our healthcare system!










Kaletta M Harper

Genomics, Health, and Public Policy

I’m at home in my living room relaxing. I live in Ballwin, Mo and work at Mercy Hospital as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). I have a beautiful family with my husband Eric, together we have four daughters and a son, and the sweetest little Yorkie named Reeses. I’m excited to start my journey at ISU to pursue a MS in Genetic Counseling!






Alivia Vaillancourt

Student Affairs and Higher Education MS

I am from Indiana. I am in my office in the Department of Social Work where I am a full time employee of ISU while I am working on my Master’s degree. I am excited to be a part of this Graduate program at this amazing institution!









Nicole Balliett

Teaching and Learning MS/p>

I'm from Terre Haute, IN. At the park with my kids in the picture. I'm a high school Chemsitry and Physics Teacher in Vigo County, currently working on my Masters to be able to teach College Challenge in my high school classes!














Sheila M Johnson

Mathematics MS

Hello - I am standing in my home office in Jacksonville, NC where I currently live. I am from Florence, SC. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching developmental math as an adjunct math instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College for over 12 years. I have a B.S. in Mathematics from Clemson University and this is my third semester at ISU. I thank God for my two awesome adult children, a wonderful daughter in love, a granddaughter coming soon and having been married to my best friend for 31 years. I am also grateful for my other family and friends.






Holli Beckett


I am a Language Arts Instructor at Seeger Memorial Junior Senior High School. I am in the process of getting my certificate and licensure in TESL/TEFL. I am currently the mother of four children and in the process of adopting more. I love to hang out with my husband and children. This picture is of my daughter, Oma, and me hanging out on a Friday night after a long week of school.








Alexandra Schreibman

Biology MS

I'm currently living in Florida with my husband and two dogs. I teach middle school and high school kids science! I completed in NCAA gymnastics and have been coaching for almost 15 years. I'm excited to earn my Masters in Biology at ISU to both deepen my understanding of the content I teach and add to my credentials as a teacher.









Kara Trella

Doctorate in Athletic Training

I am from Youngstown, Ohio. I am currently a Graduate Assistant with Franciscan Health-Lafayette. I am the Athletic Trainer for Frontier Jr./Sr. High School in Chalmers, Indiana.












Amy Fisher

SPED Methods with Gifted

I’m from Goshen, IN. In the photo, I’m sitting in our family room with our dog, Fezzik, named after the character Fezzik played by Andre the Giant from one of our family favorites, The Princess Bride.









Sierra Hall


Hi, My name is Sierra Hall, I finished my undergrad at ISU in 2017. My major was social studies education and I currently teach at the middle school level. I started my graduate program studies last semester and I really feel I have grown so much as an individual and professional since then. I currently live in Lafayette Indiana so It works out well for me that I can work through my graduate program online. I am truly thankful for my experiences as a sycamore as I feel they have provided me with the hands on experience, opportunities and knowledge to be successful in my professional career and beyond. Go sycamores!




Cortney Robbins

History MA

I’m from Fort Wayne, IN, where I currently teach English at Indiana Tech.











Michael Fore


This is me working from home in Charleston, Illinois. I work for the Illinois Department of Human Services. I am a single dad, and this photo was taken by my daughter, Lindsey, who is a High School Senior and turned 18 last Wednesday. Blessings to all, and stay safe!!











Cecilia Fitzgerald

Mathematics MS

I’m from central Pennsylvania. I just finished undergrad last year and decided to go online so that I could start in the workforce and get to work on my goals.












Shauna Lehman

Associate Dean of CGPS

Hello! My name is Shauna Lehman. I live in Paris, IL with my two children and two dogs. For the past 17 years I have worked in higher education, and still continue to love what I do. I am a first semester PhD student in the Education Administration: Higher Education Leadership program, (cohort 24). This pictures is with my study buddies, Boomer and Bailey.










R.C. Lehman

Master of Education

My name is R.C., and I’m from Evansville, Indiana. In this photo, I’m at home doing homework with my pal, Charlie. He’d rather be playing fetch.










Shirley Herr,MSN,RN

Graduate Nursing-FNP

I live in Oxford,PA with my husband and four children! We own and operate a dairy farm where my daughter took this picture in front of our corn and soybean fields.I am in the online FNP Graduate program at ISU. I work part-time as a nursing instructor. I have traveled to Honduras,Haiti,and Costa Rica to serve with Medical missions. I am very excited to serve my PA community and overseas in short term missions as a future FNP!









Dr. Denise Collins

Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies

At Gillum Hall 240, welcoming graduate students! At CGPS, we provide support, oversight, and advocacy for graduate education. Online students are inspirational: they juggle multiple roles and responsibilities as they pursue advanced degrees. I’m happy to be celebrating online graduate education at ISU.













Nancy McCallum

Higher Education Leadership Ph.D

I am an Adjunct Professor at St. Edward’s University













Zaid Ghori

Higher Education Leadership Ph.D

I am from Dublin, California. I am the Director of Special International Programs at Skyline College














Eric Love

Higher Education Leadership Ph.D

I am the Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion at University of Notre Dame
















Jessica Bumgarner

Nursing MS

I am from La Crosse, WI. I am taking a break from work and school at my Shamrock Club's Chili cook off. In my photo are three of my awesome supporters!!












Charlene Baillieul


Rochester, IN In my home office getting ready to start writing some papers while 3 of my 4 kids nap.











Vickie Drake

PhD Ed - Education Administration

Wearing my shirt at Bridge Bust on the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville and Columbia PA.










Christina Graham

PhD Higher Ed Leadership

I am from Harrogate, Tennessee. I am the Vice President for finance and administration at Lincoln Memorial University.













Brittany Russell

PhD Higher Ed Leadership

I am from Terre Haute, Indiana. I am a basic sciences Coordinator.











Ashley Holder

Master of Science in Nursing-FNP

I am from Pilot Mountain, North Carolina which is where this photo was taken. Pilot Mountain is a small town in the heart of Surry County with a population of 1,433 people.















Kelsey Bogard

PhD Higher Ed Leadership

I am from Memphis, TN. I am currently wearing my Online October shirt during my cohort weekend with my cohort.











Sara Scott

Family Nurse Practioner

My name is Sara Scott, I’m currently in Danville, IN and studying for my Family Nurse Practitioner degree at ISU. Faculty has been great, and classes informative. On a normal day it’s the best having the windows open and a Starbucks in hand while studying.











Yilekal Fisseha Beyene

Technology Management PhD

My name is Yilekal and I am from the New York City Metropolitan area. I am in the Technology Management PhD program specializing in HR Development. I work for a national health care firm as an HR Business Partner and have quite a few years of experience in HR and training. Here, I am in one of my favorite lunch spots in Queens, NYC.











Nsor Ogar

Technology Management MS

I'm from Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm currently in my apartment about to do some assigned reading. I'm a huge Carolina Panthers fan.












Justin Spellman

MS in Student Affairs and Higher Ed

I was born, raised, and still residing in Indianapolis, Indiana. This photo is taken outside at IUPUI, where I am currently employed. Thanks to Indiana State, I am able to grow professionally in the student affairs field and continue my education at the same time. Go Sycamores and Jaguars!











Oludare Akinleye

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology MS

My name is Oludare Akinleye, Originally from Nigeria. Resides here in Indianapolis IN, and a current service member under the Indiana National Guard. This picture was taken in my living room where i do most of my studying. I will be graduating in May 2020 by God’s grace. I am proud being a sycamore!











Dr. Xaiolong Li

Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology

I am a professor in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology. I am teaching online graduate courses of computer networking, network security and network service administration.












Isaac Phillips

Mathematics MA

Hailing from Ohio now living in Hawaii, I am an Army Engineer Officer stationed on the island of Oahu with my wife and son. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a BS in Mathematics I received my commission into the Army National Guard through the Army ROTC program. After spending a few years as an analyst in the financial sector my wife (Who is also in the Army) received orders for Hawaii. Now the Search and Extraction OIC for the Hawaii National Guard my primary specialty is in disaster management. I am pursuing a MA in Mathematics in hopes to one day teach.











Daniel L Short

Electronic and Computer Technology MS

I am from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the past 3 years now anyway... and I work for (wait for it...) Manitowoc Ice., by Welbilt Inc. We are the worlds leading manufacturer of commercial ice machines, and I am proud to say I am also an Indiana State Sycamore! This selfie is taken right outside of the Design Center office building, and you can see the Manitowoc snowflake through the tree if you look closely enough.











Stephanie Lynn Gant

Family Nurse Practitioner

Hello, I am from Rushville, Indiana. This photo was taken in my dining room where I spread out all my books and papers. The window allows for an excellent view. I am in my 4th semester of the FNP program and look forward to graduating December 2020. My experience at Indidna State University has been fantastic. I find that the faculty are engaging and interactive.











Jennifer Anglin

Doctorate of Health Science

I live in Goshen, IN and this is the only way to study! Hobbes is my study buddy tonight!












Dr. Alina M. Waite

Human Resource Development

I am an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies Department in the College of Technology at Indiana State University. I am also Program Director of the Master’s degree Human Resource Development (HRD) program. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses and carry out research in areas related to leadership, creativity, and experiential learning. I am a Fulbright Specialist having completed a Fulbright Exchange over the summer in 2017 at Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea. I have been an active member of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) since 2005 and am Associate Editor of Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR). I enjoy traveling, gardening, and cooking. One of my favorite places to visit is Italy, and I especially like growing lavender and rosemary plants.











Karlyvette Acevedo

Student Affairs and Higher Education MS

I was born in Nicaragua but was raised in Maryland and have lived here all of my life. I’ve been in the SAHE program since the Fall of 2016 as a distance student. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 with honors and will be flying to Indiana for the first time ever to attend the ceremony. I have one son, his name is Antony and he’s 15 yrs. old (the one in the pic). We took the picture in front of my home on the swing and I thought it would be appropriate to show some of the books that I’ve read these past semesters. I will be the first one to obtain a Master’s degree in my family and feel very proud of this accomplishment! Thank you for featuring me this month! I look forward to meeting all of my professors and finally visiting ISU!!











Lawrence Bosek

Technology Management PhD

Here I am studying for classes at my home office in Michigan. Asynchronous education from a distance is made possible through advancing technology and Indiana State University has not only pioneered this approach but ISU also continues to be a leader into the future of online learning.











Jennifer Fehrenbacher

M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction

Evansville, Indiana I’m a dental hygienist and my current job title is clinic coordinator in the dental clinic at the University of Southern Indiana. This is a picture of me and my four children who have been with me for this graduate journey!












Michelle Ho

Family nurse practitioner

Hi from my kitchen table in Fishers, Indiana!!!












Dr. Mary Howard-Hamilton

Educational Leadership

I was born in Alton Illinois and I’m a professor in educational Leadership. I’m standing in front of our distance Education classroom. Our technology and distance platform is the best in the country!












Dr. Kent Games

Doctor of Athletic Training DAT

I am originally from Noblesville, Indiana and I am the Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Doctor of Athletic Training Program












Dr. Lindsey Eberman

Doctorate in Athletic Training

Hanging in the office with all my fabulous colleagues. Considering all the ways to change the status quo in Athletic Training!












Dr. Mike Licari


In my office wishing all of our students the very best as they work toward earning their degrees! Go Sycamores!












Samantha Penney

Executive Director of Extended Learning

Distance education, and specifically online programs, means the world to me. This format allows me time to take care of personal and professional commitments, while obtaining a quality degree through convenient and flexible coursework.












Dr. Denise Collins

College of Graduate & Professional Studies

At Gillum Hall 240, welcoming graduate students! At CGPS, we provide support, oversight, and   advocacy for graduate education. Online students are inspirational: they juggle multiple roles and responsibilities as they pursue advanced degrees. I’m happy to be celebrating online graduate education at ISU.


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