As an extern at that particular company I got to experience their latest work—Howard Barker’s "Minna"–even more in-depth. I was allowed to watch their rehearsals, warm-up techniques I was not necessarily familiar with, and help them prepare for the show. I had quite a few interesting conversations with Nicole Wiesner–the director of "Minna"; Garaldine Dulex–the star of the show; and David Holcombe–one of the newest members in the troupe–who told me more about the mission statement of the company and the theatrical concepts their company pursued. However, this was not the first time I had a chance to see the Trap Door Theatre work.
Adam Andrews ’12 – Tonight’s Alumni/Student Health Care Business Networking Dinner was nothing short of excellent. The event was attended by eight alumni, who represent nearly half a century of Wabash tradition of dedication and excellence. Around twenty current Wabash students, including myself, partook in dinner and conversation at the networking event, hosted by Wabash Career Services.
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The purpose of this event transcended the idea of what students traditionally associate the health care industry with, mainly the intricacies of biological terminology and the insurmountable stresses associated with entrance exams to medical school. However, the purpose of this event was to underscore to Wabash students the concurrent realm associated with the health care industry that is often overlooked- the business perspective. All in all, every conceivable career endeavor of a student is intimately connected with the business realm, and the health care industry makes no exception. The event presented the infinite possibilities that the business realm provides in its association with health care, which each prominent and gracious alumnus in attendance represented. Students were exposed to career opportunities, which cultivate personal interests in business through a means that they had likely never considered. From a personal standpoint, this event broadly expanded my view of the business world and further alleviated any concerns I previously had harbored in regard to relating my Wabash education to the business realm. This event exemplified how universally applicable a degree from Wabash can be in contemporary society.
I continue to be enthralled and inspired by the enthusiasm and generosity of all Wabash alumni. The exchange of knowledge and experience that the alumni facilitate through Career Services events is undoubtedly invaluable, and tonight’s networking dinner marked no exception. I have confidence that the enlightening conversations that I was a part of were likewise as beneficial as those my peers engaged in during the dinner. Through speaking with Jared Stark ’94, the Executive Director of St. Francis Hospital – Mooresville, I gained a much clearer understanding of the business aspect of Hospital Administration. Mr. Stark’s job function is very similar to that of many top commercial business executives.
Before tonight, my ignorance to the essential business facets of hospitals and health care entities had led me to rule out the health care industry as a potential future career field. In addition, Kevin Gearheart ’98, Chief Operating Officer of Dr. Tavel Optical Group, reinforced the importance of continued acquisition of business knowledge through summer internships and throughout the academic year. During my entrepreneurial internship with Andrew Shelton ’03, Owner of TrackPack Coolers, I spent a great deal of time learning about Search Engine Marketing (S.E.M.) and Search Engine Optimization (S.E.O.). I spoke with Mr. Gearheart about S.E.M. and S.E.O. efforts by Dr. Tavel Optical Group, and he gave me invaluable advice on resources and means of continuing my education on these skills outside of the workplace. It was great to be able to relate to and understand part of Mr. Gearheart’s marketing efforts because of knowledge and skills acquired with TrackPack Coolers. These experiences can both be viewed congruently as the product of Wabash alumni’s dedication to continued student development through the unfathomable Wabash bond.
Networking events such as this one highlight the dedication of the Wabash Career Services staff to connecting generations of Wabash men through similar educational backgrounds and career pursuits. Furthermore, this event’s focus towards emphasizing the notion of business’ intimate relationship with a wide variety of career choices will be one of the prominent focuses of the Wabash Business Leaders Program, which is set to commence in the spring semester of 2010. Angie Cook-Smith, Coordinator of the Business Leaders Program, will host an informational session for all students interested in the program on Monday, November 16, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Hall 104. Further details about the informational session can be found on Wabash Works, and information on the Business Leader Program can be found at www.wabash.edu/careers/students/blp
Photos by Alex Moseman ’11
I am just over 7 weeks into my graduate school experience in the University of Louisville Sports Administration program and internship with Athlete Development for University of Louisville Football. Classes haven’t been too challenging yet, but a load of projects and presentations are on the way. Two big highlights so far from my experience: a multiple choice test and a 2nd best grade in class for a writing assignment. The multiple choice test was…weird and foreign. I NEVER took a multiple choice test at Wabash, an experience I think most, if not all, Wabash students share. My writing assignment was to familiarize the class with APA format. My professor grades much like Dr. Blix minus the color scheme. To get the second best grade led me to reflect on the writing skills I acquired during my four years at Wabash.
I live on my own which is a new experience for me and it does have its pros and cons. I do enjoy my quiet efficiency apartment in Old Louisville just a mile from campus, and by investing in a bike, I can get to pretty much everything I need. At some point, however, I will be looking for a roommate and new place after my lease is up to cut down on rent. Speaking of money, I created a pretty good Excel budget sheet and it has really helped me realize how much I spend and how much I can save. I take all the free meals I can get! Time management has been my biggest challenge since I work so much.
My internship is going great, but I am at the very bottom of the totem pole. Most of my peers experience a similar start in the sport industry. It is unpaid, but the opportunity to work with Division I athletes in the weight room is incredible. I work under one of the best in the business. He created a training system now used around the country that incorporates explosive movements through plyometric movements, Olympic lifting, and total body emphasis. It is widely known as the Tier System. I also work a lot of hours (40 or more) a week. However, it is essential that Sport Administration grad students work in the industry while taking classes. Plus, when I work over 40 hours that usually means I put in hours on Saturday working the sidelines at home games.
Let me back up a little and speak on my application process for graduate school. I feel extremely lucky to be in the U of L program. During the application process, Louisville was the only one that required an interview (I also applied to Cleveland State and Xavier in Cincinnati). It indicated to me that it was a program with integrity and professionalism. Guess what came up in the interview… my Wabash experience. My unique background at Wabash and performance in the interview outweighed my average-at-best GRE score and 2.97 GPA. However, my favorite quote of all-time is from Seneca, the Roman philosopher, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” My preparation was definitely my undergraduate experience at Wabash. The U of L program is the opportunity. It is one of the best in the country and the city of Louisville offers many volunteer, internship, and job opportunities in sport.
Kaleb Hemmelgarn ’12 – During my Fall Break, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to the generous gifts of Wabash alums, I spent three incredible days in New York City. For a kid who originally grew up in a town of 6,000 people, a city of 8 million was quite a change of pace. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would take it again in a heartbeat. Our schedule was set up with meetings all day and evening Thursday and Friday, and our Saturday was free. While most in the group used the morning to just rest, I decided to explore a little bit of NYC. First, I took the subway across Queens and Manhattan to get to the Liberty Island ferry, which is the ferry used to visit the Statue of Liberty. I was hoping to go up into the statue, but once I got to the island, I found that there was a three-hour wait to go up into the statue. I decided that I would rather do something else, so I headed back to the mainland part of Manhattan and visited Times Square.
I cannot express enough thanks to the Allen family and other alumni who generously donated money to make this trip possible. I now understand why kids who come from Chicago or New York are so bored when they get to Crawfordsville. In NYC, there is constant action, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone at Wabash. It gives you a great taste of big city life, as well experiences that will stick with you the rest of your life. Lastly, a big thanks needs to be given to Scott Crawford, Betsy Knott, and all of Career Services. They did a fantastic job overseeing and setting up this trip to NYC.
Haoyuan (Nick) Su ’12 – After two days’ busy schedule, we had a Saturday morning to explore the Big Apple on our own. Some fellows chose to walk around downtown, some chose to try to see the Statue of Liberty, and some just chose to stay at hotel and relax. I went to Chinatown to visit a friend, a former analyst of Lehman Brothers. It was a good time. We talked a lot about the career of investment banking and life. Then he gave me a tour of Chinatown and Little Italy. Chinatown is really big and it is more alike to Hong Kong than mainland China. Little Italy is like the real Italy and reminds me of the movie, the Godfather. At last, we flew back to Indy in the afternoon. Personally I learned so much about the financial industry from alumni in this trip, but it’s time to head back to face the real life at Crawfordsville first and to study hard for my future.