One on one with Juliana Rohrmoser

A visual communication design major, Juliana Rohrmoser ’18 recently took home three Indiana Collegiate Press Association state-level journalism awards for her work at The Reflector and The Reflector Online, including:

  • Best Sports Photo, First Place, “Football Keeps Breaking Records”
  • Best Sports Photo, Second Place, “Football Ends Historic Season with Playoff Loss”
  • Best Informational Graphic, Second Place, “Travel Ban Impacts UIndy Community”

JulianaawardsRohrmoser, who is an international student from Costa Rica, is a familiar face at the Department of Integrated Marketing & Communications (IMC), where she is a student worker assisting in graphics creation, social media management and digital content. She was honored as international student speaker at the annual Celebration of Flags in October 2017. Rohrmoser will pursue an internship with Cook Medical for the summer and has applied for graduate school. 

Q: What’s your hometown? What kind of travel experience did you have before coming to UIndy?

I am an international student from San Jose, Costa Rica. Before coming to UIndy I had visited the U.S several times. I’ve been to Florida, New York, and I played soccer at a tournament in Minnesota during high school and participated in a dance competition in Chicago as well. I’ve also traveled to South Africa, Zambia, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, France and Italy.

Q. Why did you decide to attend UIndy?

I decided to apply to UIndy because my dad had previously been to Indianapolis and loved the city. I found UIndy and really liked that the campus wasn’t too big or too small. When I looked into my major I was drawn to the way the curriculum was set up. I would have the opportunity to take drawing, painting and communication classes while working on graphic design as well.

Q. What has your UIndy experience been like so far? How would you describe the international culture at UIndy?

My experience at UIndy has been nothing short of amazing. I have met some fellow students, faculty and staff that have been very welcoming and who have helped me succeed in every project I take on. The UIndy community really appreciates international culture, not just because it’s “cool” that we’re from a different country but everyone really understands the value of having different cultures present on campus. It’s great to have events like the Celebration of the Flags, cultural presentations and even foreign language classes that bring the community together.

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Q. What is your advice for domestic students who might not have much experience with other cultures?

I think in order for every UIndy student to make the most out of their educational experience, they have to engage with an international student. Even if it’s by being in the same group in a class, you’d be amazed to see the different perspective an international student can give you. From giving examples of how something is done in their home country to adding points of interest with facts about a different demographic, I know students and professors appreciate seeing cultural diversity.

Q. What do you think students on campus can do to understand the international perspective?

I think domestic students should try and understand what an international student goes through. They are away from their families and their homes. Basically everything that they were used to growing up is different when they’re here. What would you do if you couldn’t reach your parents in a situation where you really needed their help? Doing your insurance paperwork, paying bills without guidance and – oh my goodness – tax season!

Q. What activities are you involved in outside the classroom?

Outside of the classroom, I currently hold two on-campus jobs and one internship. I have been a student worker for IMC (UIndy Integrated Marketing & Communications) for almost two years and this opportunity has given me outside of the classroom experience in the field that I would like to go into after graduation. I also am the art director for The Reflector, our student newspaper at UIndy. I have also worked for the football team, the Writing Lab and the Professional Edge Center. I also have an internship at Raybourn Group International, an association management company located in the north side of Indianapolis. I have worked there since May of this year. I also participate in the UIndy Connectors program, regularly attend sports events and community service opportunities on- and off-campus. All of these experiences have contributed to making me a well-rounded student. I have made some great connections that have helped me during these past three years and will definitely be an important part of finding a job in the U.S. after graduation, which is my goal.

Q. Are there any professors, staff or students who have made your UIndy experience special?

Everyone I’ve met has made an impact on my experience, to be honest!

The Department of Art & Design has played a huge role in preparing me for jobs and internships, especially Julia Taugner. With every communications or design position I’ve held, they’ve all been impressed by my skill set.

I also have to credit IMC. I started as a student worker and now I’ve grown to become an active member of the team. This has given me opportunities to work on graphic design, learn about social media communications, event photography and even some content development for UIndy!

The Professional Edge Center has also helped me by guiding me through creating my resume, applying for internships and starting to apply for jobs after graduation. The team there is very welcoming and ready to help any student succeed and make the best of their experience.

Q. Why is an international perspective valuable in the workplace?   

International students are important to have as members of your community. They provide a different perspective, new knowledge, maybe solutions you wouldn’t think about because they’ve experienced different things. They also are a valuable member of the team because they expand people’s viewpoints. It’s so important to open your school or company to diversity. Different cultures add so much value to a community because they make people come together and learn from each other.

 

Leadership Recognition Banquet honors dozens of UIndy students

The University of Indianapolis held the Annual Leadership Recognition Banquet on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The event recognizes the outstanding work of all Greyhounds over the past academic year and celebrates the accomplishments of student leaders, student organizations and athletic teams.

“The Student Leadership Recognition banquet is one of my favorite events of the year. It allows us to recognize the incredible accomplishments of our student leaders and celebrate the unbelievable ways that students make a difference across campus,” said Kory Vitangeli, Vice President for Student & Campus Affairs and Dean of Students.

“I am so proud of our student leaders both inside and outside of the classroom and those who are also a part of athletic teams. I especially want to thank those students who are graduating for all they have given to UIndy. They have left a legacy that will impact us for many years to come!” Vitangeli added.

Accomplishments and recognition of those students graduating were celebrated and this Senior tribute video was shown:



The following students, faculty and staff constitute this year’s honorees:

Advisors of the Year:
Jeffrey Barnes, advisor to UIndy PRIDE
David Styers-Barnett, advisor to Sigma Zeta and chair of the Department of Chemistry

The Advisor of the Year Award is given to a full-time faculty or staff member who has served a registered student organization for the entire academic year in a supportive and positive manner. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Emerging Leader of the Year:
Brad Moon

The Emerging Leader of the Year Award is given to an individual in their freshman or sophomore year. The student selected for this honor will best exemplify student leadership through the impact they have made to campus life.  This individual must clearly display that they are a great role model, they impact the lives of others, and demonstrate a great deal of leadership potential. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Outstanding Student Leader of the Year:
Stephen Cox

The Outstanding Student Leader Award recognizes a student in a leadership role (RSO, RA, OL, Chapel Steward, etc.) who has excelled in their position during the year and has made a significant contribution to campus life at UIndy during the year. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Outstanding Student Volunteer:
Ellen Hodson

The outstanding student volunteer award is designed to recognize a UIndy student who has selflessly volunteered in the community. Nominees should not only have shown a dedication to service, but also demonstrated a commitment to leadership that inspires others to engage in service. Presented by Volunteer Services.

RA Programmer of the Year: 
Skyla Baird

Awarded annually to the Student Staff member, selected by residents, as the individual who has most successfully programmed for their assigned living area over the course of the academic year. Presented by Residence Life.

Registered Student Organization of the Year:
Crimsonettes Dance Team

The Registered Student Organization of the Year Award is presented to an organization that has exceeded the expectations inherent in their stated purpose and function through membership, philanthropy efforts, and/or event planning. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Residential Community of the Year:
Central Hall

Awarded annually to the Residential Community that has the highest level of student engagement. Presented by Residence Life.

Student Employees of the Year:
Zoe Berg
Jessica Munoz-Sainz

Nominated by supervisors across campus, this award recognizes the student staff(ers) who contribute significantly towards the forward movement of their respective office/department. Presented by the Professional Edge Center.

Inclusion & Equity Trailblazer Award: 
Better Together
Black Student Association

Athletic Commitment to Service Award:
UIndy Softball Team

Bridge Scholar Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement:
Thy Kieu
Zachari Lynch
Meaghan Owens
Jazmine Rivera

Edge Award:
Ashlea Alley
Mikayla DeLay
Erin Webb
Peisen Zhang

Presidential Ambassadors:
Sulaiman Alsaif, Lauren Bryant, Davis Christy, Alexis Dobrynski, Jesshica Elfin, Lyndsy Elsinger, Nehal Gajjar, Vishakha Hiremath, Kirby Jones, Madi Kovacs, Shelby Lannan, Julie Larson, Ben Lawson, Kaushal Patil, Kiersten Reed, Kiara Richardson, LaWan Rollins, Emily Sands, Nicole Schath, Tosin Seu, Maria Villegas, Austin Wagner, Molly Wolfe

First Year Leadership Experience:
Claire Cantrell, Craig Chigadza, Brooke Green, Dario Huber, Catherine Jameson, Andrea Jimenez, Alexandra Nickerson, Karsyn Powell, Madison Schueler, Megan Standish, Caitlin Staples, Alysssa Tapy, Karlye Vonderwall

Resident Assistant of the Year:
Schuylar Casto

Mindy Owens Outstanding Junior Leaders:
Natalie Benson, Taylor Carpenter, Nikolaus Clark, Grace Kinsey, Erin Pool, Sydney Reynolds, Zechariah Saenz

Strain Outstanding Seniors:
Jabree Bond-Flournoy, Lauren Bryant, Schuylar Casto, Stephen Cox, Caleb Gabler, Nehal Gajjar, Emily Hiland-Freck, Juliana Rohrmoser, Emily Sands, Molly Wolfe

One on one with Cassie Ge

Cassie Ge

Cassie Ge

As the University celebrates International Education Month throughout October, we’re highlighting the international students who bring rich cultural perspectives to the campus community.

This week we introduce you to Cassie Ge ’18, a nursing student from China.

Q: Describe your travel experience.

A: Before coming to UIndy, I had only traveled within China. Indiana was my first experience being out of the country. I have visited most big cities such as Chicago, New York City and Boston. Other than China and the U.S., I have only been to Haiti. I traveled there as part of the medical mission team in May 2017.

Q: Why did you decide to attend UIndy?

After struggling with my studies in pharmaceutical engineering for a year in China, my mom recommended the nursing program at UIndy. I talked to the advisor and other representatives; they were very friendly and were always there to help me throughout my application process. I liked the small campus at UIndy because I thought it would facilitate with building career connections and making real friends. In addition, I have always wanted to experience a different culture!

Q: What has your UIndy experience been like?

A: My UIndy experience has been fantastic so far. At the beginning of college, I attended a lot of extracurricular activities, made a lot of friends and improved my English speaking. My academic life has been successful as well since I maintained my GPA above 3.5. As I am preparing for graduation, I have received a lot of advice from Professional Edge Center for my resume building and career researching, which helps me relieve some stress about graduating.

Q: How would you describe the international culture at UIndy?

A: The campus promotes cultural diversity and emphasizes the importance of respecting every culture, which makes me feel welcomed at UIndy. The faculty understands the language barrier and they are willing to help international students.

Q: What is your advice for domestic students who might not have much experience with other cultures?

A: Don’t be scared and just talk to them. In my opinion, most people who have not been in contact with other cultures are simply afraid of the differences. I was homesick and scared to talk to people after I came to the U.S. After a while, I told myself that I couldn’t go back to China anyway, so why not just talk to some people and try to enjoy my life at UIndy? It turns out that I love UIndy! Based on my personal experience, I would strongly recommend studying abroad to experience other cultures. Everything is unknown but you never know if it is going to surprise you! It will broaden your view of the world, and you may have a different opinion about your own culture, too.

Q: What activities are you involved in outside the classroom?

A: I have been involved in campus organizations such as College Mentors for Kids and UIndy Dance Marathon. In College Mentors for Kids, my little buddy and I won “buddy pair of the year” at the end of the year. I have also served as an International Student Ambassador since sophomore year at the Admissions Office. I am always compassionate about helping people, so these activities allowed me to contribute my enthusiasm to the people who need my help. These activities taught me about teamwork as well as how to interact with people from various age groups.

Q: Are there any professors, staff or students who have helped you?

A: There are so many people who have made my UIndy experience special. For instance, my advisor Becca Cartledge not only helped me academically, she also offered me the opportunity to go to Haiti with her team, which was a life-changing experience. Also, all of my friends were very patient with me when we first met even though they could not understand me at all! They took me to local restaurants, explored Indy with me, invited me to their family occasions and supported me when I needed help.

Creativity expert brings life lessons to UIndy students

When students start thinking about careers, creativity may not be a word that comes to mind. But that’s exactly what Tanner Christensen, Facebook product designer and author of “The Creative Challenge,” wants them to consider.

Christensen visited the University of Indianapolis campus Tuesday as part of “Creative Millions,” a Professional Edge Center initiative to encourage students to pursue creativity in their careers. He spoke to more than 60 students at Fountain Square Theatre and was joined by local creative professionals.

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