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Grant Klembara ’15- Corporate Marketing

Grant picGrant Klembara ’15 - In late January, I attended the winter Trustee-Alumni Board Dinner with some of my fellow Wallies. After mingling with a variety of doctors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and other successful alumni, I found myself sitting at a table with Jim Kerr ’92, the VP of Business Development at Allegient LLC. Eager to make good first impressions, students anxiously introduced themselves around the dinner table. Alumni, on the other hand, cracked jokes to break the ice and calm the noticeable tension. Before long, everyone began sharing stories, ideas, concerns, and life lessons that related back to our beloved college. Jim and I swapped stories about sports and life, recounting the sweet memories that will forever shape our views of Wabash. The night ended with contact sharing, handshaking, goodbyes, and promises to keep in touch.

Little did I know that four months from then, I would be the newest member of the Allegient marketing team—sitting just on the other side of the wall of Jim’s office. With no previous ‘corporate’ work experience, I really didn’t know what to expect. Guidance from Brad Pusateri ’14, my fraternity brother and Allegient’s last Wabash intern, eased some of that uncertainty. He helped me through the application process and introduced me to Lindsey LaBerge, Allegient’s Marketing Manager.

Since my first day in May, I’ve had not only the privilege to work with Lindsey and Josh Burkhead, the newly hired Social Media Coordinator, but the opportunity to learn from them and their experiences. I’d like to thank both them and the entire Business Development Team for supporting and directing me these past five weeks, and for accepting me as a member of the team. It truly has been an amazing learning experience.

At this point, you’re probably thinking, “That’s great Grant… But what have you been doing for the past five weeks?” I’ll stop dancing around the question. I’ve been Inbound Marketing Certified for Hubspot, a company providing a SaaS to help other companies with their online marketing strategies. I’m also currently working on a sales certification in two of Microsoft products: SharePoint and Dynamics CRM. I’ve written several blogs addressing Allegient’s new partnerships, researched Allegient’s use of social media outlets and produced reports/schedules for each (i.e. Twitter and LinkedIn), and I’ve participated in business meetings, webinars, in-person seminars, and event planning committees.

One of my favorite experiences thus far has been my interaction with Element Three, a marketing agency just down the road. Allegient is currently in the process of formalizing a “Brand Plan,” to help enhance and direct their marketing efforts. From a marketing perspective, I simply couldn’t be with Allegient at a better time. I have been free to actively participate in the discussion, thanks to the Lindsey and the Allegient Team.

There’s a difference between being busy and doing busy work. There’s no doubt I’ve been busy. This internship has proven to be unique; activities such as filing folders, making copies, and running tedious errands has not been a part of this experience. There’s a reason for that. Allegient recognizes the importance of personal improvement and the value of first-hand experience. No matter how big or small their role is, each employee is seen as a valuable resource to the company. I believe it is that attitude that separates the good companies from the great ones.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the Lilly Endowment Fund, so to them I am thankful. This partnership and investment in Wabash College students will undoubtedly continue preparing young men for a successful future.

Tyler Munjas ’16 Beyond the Reviews

Angie’s List: Beyond the Reviews

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Tyler Munjas ’16 - Though I now am a true “List Lover,” I must admit that I was a tad skeptical at first about my decision to intern with the Indianapolis-based Angie’s List. Looking back five weeks ago to my first drive over, I had harnessed skepticism, nerves, and some doubt. My official title reads “Business Intelligence Intern” and I knew that I would be working with Data Analytics, but what could I possibly do for a company that runs solely off of consumer reviews? That question was the source of my skepticism. After meeting up with, and talking to my supervisor and fellow Fiji Brother, JP Patterson ’08, however, I began to see an Angie’s List that stretched far beyond just consumer reviews.

For example, one of my first projects was to work with “Band of Neighbors.” This new feature of Angie’s List divides members up into geographically defined neighborhoods, which is separate from, and at a far more local level than the traditional markets that members are placed when registering. Within their neighborhoods, members can post reviews, inquire about hyperlocal events, and communicate with those closest to them.

By developing an understanding of the underlying goals and missions of Angie’s List, I saw it not just as a business which provides its members with top rated service providers (the companies that are reviewed on Angie’s List), but also as a tool for these service providers to improve their daily operations through incentive programs. Service Providers cannot pay to be on Angie’s List, but once they meet certain criterion, which relies heavily on their consumer designated grade, they are able to pay to advertise on Angie’s List. The grade produced from their reviews also determines whether or not they show up at the top or bottom of the list when members search within their category. This is just one way that service providers are incentivized to perform and interact well with their customers.

Similar to the discounted offers of Groupon, Service Providers can also offer “Big Deals”. These deals offer discounted rates and prices on standard cleaning, remodeling, installing, etc., and can only be purchased through Angie’s List. However, only the top consumer rated and trusted service providers are allowed to offer Big Deals. Since these deals are to be purchased exclusively through our site, it allows us to monitor the service provider and their communication with our member. By controlling and monitoring all parts of the transaction, from the initial search to the payment of services, I’ve realized how dedicated Angie’s Lists is to improving the efficiency and quality of the businesses on the list. Not only does this represent Angie’s Lists flexibility and ability to successfully pivot their business strategies, but it also represents the dedication of its members, ensuring that they receive the best quality of service from any company they hire from the list.

As an intern for the Data Analytics team, I’ve become exposed to all of these unique facets. I learned how to write and understand code in MySQL, which is database software where all of Angie’s Lists’ data is stored in hundreds of different tables. When different departments need quantitative information on service providers or members, they contact the analysts who code the query, or request that pulls pieces of data from different tables to create a new table specific to that request. Having just taken Statistics and Econometrics where I worked with Stata, the data software used by the econ department, I am able to take some of what I had learned in the classroom and apply it to the different projects I am assigned. I would like to thank JP for giving me the opportunity to take on meaningful, actual work. Rather than sending me his coffee order, he sends me requests and projects that he is working on, and compares our results, guiding and teaching me through the best possible way; experience. Also, he contacted the Accounting and Finance department expressing my interest in their work, allowing me the opportunity to shadow them for this week. In true Wabash fashion, this internship has been nothing short of an exciting, valuable, and well-rounded experience.

Finally, I would like to take the last part of my blog to thank Wabash College for continually offering such opportunities. This is my 3rd internship through Wabash and the experiences I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in are an integral part of my professional development. Last but definitely not least, a huge THANK YOU is necessary for Lilly Endowment, Inc. for providing not just me, but also Angie’s List with this opportunity. Without the funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. this literally would not be possible.

Logan O’Connor ’15 – Health Insurance

Logan O’Connor ’15 -  This internship has been much tougher than I had previously thought it would be. I am working for a third-party administrator of health insurance, and like most college kids I knew absolutely nothing about the insurance business prior to about a month ago. I still don’t know very much, but I’ve only been at this for about a month. Everyone that I work with has been doing health insurance administration for at least 15 years, so that is both comforting and intimidating. The office atmosphere is such that I am not afraid to ask questions, and there is no harm in my admitting mistakes (and believe me, there have been more than a few). As of writing this I haven’t made any unfix-able errors, which is encouraging I think. The toughest aspect of this internship for me to adjust to is how careful and meticulous you have to be. If you know me then you know that I tend to do tasks quickly and pretty accurately, but that won’t cut it here. Federal Regulations are such that you need to be close to perfectLogan O'Connor Summer Internship 2014. So slowing down and checking my work is the largest adjustment for me (and most of my errors come from working too fast). The single best aspect of the internship is all the free lunches. I’m on the larger side physique-wise and going to fancy restaurants for business lunches is always appreciated. I still don’t know if I will go to Grad School or get a job when my time at Wabash is concluded, but this internship has given me a small look into what it is like to work in the business world.

Ivan N. Neshkov’15 – MCED Marketing

Ivan Neshkov Summer Internship 2014Ivan N. Neshkov ‘15 – I would like to start by saying thanks to Lilly Endowment, Inc. for their funding which made my internship possible. But what exactly am I thankful for? In my three years at Wabash I have studied and strived to be the best that I can be. Fighting family problems and wrestling with school proved to be quite the challenge. One of my problems at home stemmed from the ever so prevalent discussion of how to pay for college, leaving my family with little money on the side. As the 2014 school year was coming to a close I knew that going home and relying on my family to take care of me was not an option. So I set off to find a paid internship that would allow me to pay for living expenses and ease the burden of dependence.

In my search, thanks to the Wabash College Career Services, I found this marketing internship for Montgomery County Economic Development. From day one Kristin Clary (Executive Director) and Jami Harrington (Executive Assistant) were happy to have me in the office. As the week progressed, both Jami and Kristin made clear that my time spent at MCED as an intern will be an active one. My role would be an active one both in the office and in the community. At the time Tyler Andrews (Wabash 15’) was also interning for MCED and he helped me get caught up in the office, as I took on more and more responsibility with each passing day. Working with Kristin, Jami, and Tyler has been one of the most pleasurable work experiences I have ever had. Great leadership and understanding have bred an atmosphere of progress at MCED, one which I help propagate every day.

Many might say that working in Crawfordsville limits your opportunity or limits your potential, but after only a few short weeks I will have to disagree. Crawfordsville is a small town full of problems, but also full of potential. Anyone can go into a successful company, act under the corporate thumb and say that they had a successful summer; going into a small community and being turned loose to explore the community, assess its assets and its drawbacks, and being encouraged to come up with new ideas to solve todays ever evolving problems has been a great experience, and continues to be every day. In the words of Wabash’s own Scott Crawford, in regards to meeting attendance said, “I want you there, you will have ideas, I know you.” This says two things, the first is that I have been able to leave my mark on Wabash as a man of ideas. The second idea this alludes to is the environment here at MCED, the open and idea driven atmosphere which both Kristin and Jami work very hard to maintain and make known.

This summer has been a transformative experience and I owe it all to Lilly Endowment, Inc., Wabash College, and MCED.

Steven Peters ’16 – Collections & Donations

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASteven Peters ’16 – This summer I am interning at The Carnegie Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Carnegie Museum focuses on the history of Montgomery County and includes a variety of interesting exhibits such as the Athens Gallery which focuses on military, political, and educational history in Montgomery County. The museum also has a summer program for children which allows them to become acquainted with the history of Montgomery County and the museum in a manner that is both educational and entertaining for them. For myself, I study classics, but have an interest in possibly studying archaeology after Wabash and decided that interning at the Carnegie Museum would be a good way to see how a museum is run and to also gain experience working with historical artifacts and researching different objects.

I have a variety of jobs at the Carnegie Museum, and no day is exactly the same. Some days I am working with collections, processing newly acquired donations. Other days I am doing minor research into objects and following that research up with a write-up. For example, we received the Tuttle time capsule from the Tuttle Middle School in Crawfordsville (which is being torn down) and I had to research the history of the Tuttle Middle School. I also on occasion have to work with children, helping them solve questions about the summer program and on Thursdays I lead the kids in “Making Stuff Safer” which is a program from Nova on PBS. Using gumdrops and toothpicks I show kids the basics of making a structure structurally sound and help them create their own structures. My main project for the summer, however, has been researching the Tribe of Ben-Hur. The Tribe of Ben-Hur was a fraternal beneficial society that was founded in Crawfordsville in 1894 and at one point had chapters in over twenty states and had over 100,000 members. It essentially was a fraternity that offered life insurance to its members. We recently received a large donation of Tribe of Ben-Hur objects and my job has been to research what the Tribe of Ben-Hur is (its history, purpose, etc.) and to identify the objects that were donated.

This project has given me a good opportunity to use skills that I have gained thus far in my two years at Wabash. One of the main skill that I have had to use is researching and being able to adequately discuss the purpose of objects and their history. I have dealt almost exclusively with primary sources, so I have to come to conclusions on my own rather than being able to simply google an answer or search scholarly articles on the subject. I have had to use some of that critical thinking that is inherent in a Wabash College liberal arts education to discern the nature of an object. For example, one of the objects that we received was a large metal key. The key by itself does not really tell one anything about its purpose, it is too large for any practical purpose. So I had to delve deep into the piles of Tribe of Ben-Hur materials to find some clue into its purpose. Eventually I found mention of a “golden key of life” within some documents (they involved an initiation ceremony). While it is not possible to say with 100 percent certainty that the key mentioned in those documents is the same large key in our possession from its description I can confidently say that it is likely the same key.

This internship has given me the opportunity to have a variety of different jobs which utilize my skill set as a Wabash student and to help me determine what my career path will be. I have learned that I enjoy the research aspect and discovery of new information aspect of the job, while tasks such as data entry do not interest me. I have also gained a greater appreciation for Crawfordsville and Montgomery County through the research I have done and the history I have learned. I thank Lilly Endowment, Inc. for this opportunity to explore a career path that I am interested in and to improve upon and use the skills I have gained while in school.

Scott Purucker ’16- Tx:Team

Scott Purucker Summer Internship 2014Scott Purucker ’16 -It is incredible to think that my internship with Tx:Team is already half way completed. I guess what they say is true, time really does fly when you are having fun.  Not only am I enjoying the internship, but I also feel that I am making, as President Carroll Nelligan always says, meaningful contributions to the company and their mission of allowing everyone to live the healthiest life possible.

This summer, thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, I have the opportunity to work as the Finance and Clinical Operations Intern at Tx:Team in Indianapolis.  Tx:Team is a nationwide therapy provider whose home office is located here in Indianapolis.  They have therapy sites in Indiana, South Carolina, Maryland, and Mississippi.  I have been fortunate enough to visit several of the sites located here in Indiana and meet many therapists who are often the face of the company.  Prior to the start of my internship at Tx:Team, I had little knowledge of the therapy and healthcare industries, but thanks to the patience and knowledge of all the employees of the home office as well as copious amounts of reading, I have grown to have a much better understanding.

My daily tasks at Tx: Team includes updating several key metrics and compiling reports on these metrics, as well as attending meetings about the direction of the company in the future.  In addition to these daily tasks, I have been working on several larger projects.  These projects include creating a dashboard to better track the success of different therapy sites and creating a presentation regarding a new coding system that will be implemented soon.  Both of these projects have allowed me to contribute meaningful work to the home office and I have learned a great deal from them.  I have used quite a bit of my knowledge from classes at Wabash College for both of these projects.  Most of all, my use of Microsoft Excel.  Not only have I used the tools that I learned in the classroom, but I have also used critical thinking to make my way through these projects. I look forward to completing these tasks and taking on new tasks to help Tx:Team.

I am working with three fellow Wabash Men at Tx:Team, Scott Benedict ’98, Spencer Sheridan ’12, and Patrick Bryant ’16.  Each of them have been very helpful in guiding me as I work and are a large reason for my incredible experience thus far.

Korbin West ’16- Perfinity Biosciences

Korbin West ’16 -Since I started my internship, I’m quickly learning how little I really know about chemistry. And that is a fantastic feeling. While my internship is flying by, I’m trying to pick up as much as I can because there is no better learning environment than an immersive one. For the past month I’ve been working in Perfinity Biosciences, a small bioscience company in West Lafayette. Perfinity mainly focuses on proteomics, the study of proteins. Every person is made of tons and tons of proteins, just like the hemoglobin in our blood or the insulin in our pancreas. However, there is still so much the world doesn’t know about proteins, which is where Perfinity steps in.

Korbin West Summer Internship 2014

Without getting too technical, we find ways to break down and analyze these proteins so others can discover more information about them. Imagine you find a newspaper that has been crumpled up into a ball, this will be our example protein. To be able to read the paper (a.k.a. extract information from the protein), we have to find a way to un-crumple it without ruining it. In a way, this is what Perfinity does for other researchers/drug companies, so that they can find new ways to battle diseases and discover more secrets of the body.

As an intern, I spend a lot of my time helping out wherever I can. The majority of my time is spent in the lab, where I have various responsibilities. My daily activities range from making stock solutions for our spectroscopy equipment to validating old protocols to researching new ones. My time here has greatly helped me develop my chemistry skill set, as well as strengthening my abilities in many other aspects. Although some of my work is quite challenging, I’m continually learning from my co-workers how to approach these issues and I’m picking up plenty of new techniques and methods. However, just like any liberal arts experience, I’m learning much more than just the chemistry behind it. Whether it’s discussing the economics behind our product, presenting results at company meetings, or anything in-between, I’m constantly rounding out my experience.

The past couple weeks have been an absolutely incredible time for me. As I’m sure with many of my fellow classmates, I continually wonder if I’m going in the right field. I would ask myself “what if I can’t stand working in the lab all day?” or “what if I don’t have what it takes to make it?” Now, I’m happy to say that I don’t find myself asking these questions anymore. I’ve enjoyed every second of my time here at Perfinity and although I’m not nearly done with working to improve my skills and proficiency in chemistry, I feel confident in my decision to pursue chemistry.

I’d like to thank Wabash College and Lilly Endowment, Inc. for their wonderful support and making this opportunity available for me.

Tyler Regnier ’16- Private Capital Management

Tyler Regnier ’16 - This summer I am interning for Thane Bushong ’96 at Private Capital Management Tyler Regnier Summer Internship 2014Group, Inc. in Noblesville, IN.  PCMG Inc. is a personal finance firm offering investment, mortgage, insurance, and financial advising services.  I am also working on efforts within PCMG’s sister company, Timberline Properties, LLC, a property management group in Noblesville.  My responsibilities come in a wide variety, ranging from tax abatements, to kitchen remodels, to investment portfolios.

I started this position with mostly soft skills, such as strong interpersonal skills and a detail oriented mind-set.  My main technical skills included proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, which I gained from my statistics course with Dr. Byun.  Through this internship I have been able to strengthen both my analytical and technical skills, as I review investment portfolios and prepare presentations for various clients.  I have always been able to balance seeing and addressing the fine details of a situation while also keeping the larger picture or final goal in mind.  I have sharpened this skill by working on various projects in investments, and more so in real estate and property management projects with Timberline, LLC.

Due to my diverse interests, I have not narrowed my career path.  At this time I am working towards a career in personal finance, law, or education.  From a young age, I have held an interest in finance and investments.  Working at PCMG Inc., has enabled me to develop and strengthen that interest.  I am enjoying this position in personal finance, and I find stock research and portfolio analysis to be a invigorating activity.  In addition, the personal interaction with clients is a vital part of what draws me to personal finance.  I can certainly see myself in a full-time position similar to this internship.

At PCMG Inc., I have been handed a number of tasks that I know little to nothing about.  For instance, I am currently working on a tax abatement proposal for a historic building in downtown Noblesville that Timberline Properties, LLC will soon be renovating to create professional office suites.  This task is teaching me to handle situations with a steep learning curve, a skill which will be valuable in future positions.  Coming into this job, I knew nothing about local tax laws and incentives.  Through talking to local officials and business owners, I have been able to compile information on tax incentives to complete this tax abatement proposal.

My Wabash liberal arts education has enabled me to perform the wide range of tasks that this position requires of me.  Due to the wide array of subjects covered by a liberal arts education, my Wabash experience has enabled me to take on very diverse responsibilities as well as tasks which I initially know very little about. This internship has helped me further develop my skills and refine my career path.  I am very grateful that through Wabash and the Lilly Endowment, I am able to have this internship experience.

Ryne Ruddock ’16- Herald Bulletin

Ryne Ruddock Summer Internship 2014Ryne Ruddock ’16- May 19 marked the start of a new experience for me both as a student, and as a person. Monday, May 19, I started my first day at my internship generously provided by the Lilly Endowment. The Herald Bulletin, located in downtown Anderson, IN, brought me in and has worked with me each and every day of the week, molding me and picking my brain, in an effort to better develop my journalism.

Scott Miley, my direct supervisor and features editor for the Herald Bulletin, has sat down and gone over my work, emphasizing both my strengths and weaknesses. I have covered a variety of stories, from simple things like talking to race fans to get their experience of short-track racing, to more complex, detailed work, such as working on a three-part series for Anderson’s downtown project.

Each day has presented a new challenge, whether it be rushing to cover a developing story, or looking back through old articles while reporting a new ‘twist’ to a story. Going out to cover the sites and action has been a new experience too.

I have had an opportunity to speak with some important, generous, and sincere people while working here. I got an opportunity to speak with a Christian organization that helps ex-cons find work and rehabilitate themselves. That experience alone made an enormous impact on me. Seeing these men, some not much older than me, who had made a mistake and served time for it, coming together and trying to return to the path of righteousness was amazing.

I have also had the privilege of covering some major stories, such as a D-Day tribute (June 6) when I got to speak with a living veteran who was a part of the attack on Omaha Beach that day in Normandy, France. Mr. Mehling, the veteran I spoke with, was a kind-hearted, sweet man who thoroughly enjoyed speaking with me about his experience.

I have not always had a feature story to write, but working on various stories, the time constraints, I have to complete the stories, and the people I have had the opportunity to meet along the way have truly helped make this a great experience. This internship has been such a blessing and I am thankful for Lilly Endowment and Herald Bulletin for making this possible.

Hemant Sah ’17– Health Department

Hemant Sah Summer Internship 2014Hemant Sah ’17 – I am thankful to Fountain-Warren County Health Department for giving me an opportunity to work with them. I am on an eight week long internship that focuses on addressing public health issues.

I knew public health is about rendering health services to as many people as you can. But the internship made me realize my knowledge was very basic. Public health is a very broad topic, beyond what I had thought. It refers to all the organized measures and informed choices of society, organizations, communities and individuals to prevent diseases, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Public health organizations (here, Fountain-Warren County Health Department) plan activities based on population health analysis, and aim to provide the conditions in which people can be healthy and completely eradicate threatening diseases.

The Fountain & Warren County Health Department recognizes that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Therefore, they dedicate their services to help the citizens of both Fountain and Warren County achieve and maintain their highest level of health.  As part of my internship, I assist the health workers and professionals to monitor and diagnose the health concerns such as vaccination and control of infectious diseases, safer workplaces, safer and healthier foods, safe drinking water, health of mother and infants, tobacco use and abuse, and prescription drug abuse, etc.

I have diverse tasks both menial and exciting. I am responsible for entering data into the State’s system and expedite the paperwork. Exciting tasks include meetings with the county commissioners, analyze surveys, produce reports and, examine CT and MRI scans. I also got to do food inspections at grocery stores and restaurants in both counties. I received training to dispatch and manage emergency services like fire department, local hospital and, law enforcement. I input septic system information into iTOSS (Indiana’s network for
Tracking of On-site Sewage Systems). iTOSS keeps records of all new and old septic records which can be assessed by any health worker within the state. There is another similar system called CHIRP which keeps record of immunization of the county’s population within the state. I also assisted the health educator during the Park’s Program to educate kids on use of sunscreen and sun safety. Community Action Program (CAP) is an important initiative that adopted several ways that Indiana is trying to stop all forms of tobacco use.

I also got a chance to pick a health issue for my own project to be completed by the end of the internship. As obesity is one of the major public health issues in both Fountain and Warren County. I chose obesity, for my independent project. Last year’s Community Health Needs Assessment survey revealed that 34% of the population of the bi-county area is obese. The data also coincides with the United States’ one-third obese population. Therefore, I’m working to organize a private screening of ‘FED UP’. The documentary examines the truth behind “low-fat foods”, sugar intake, corporate politics and advertising of processed food. The documentary is not scheduled to be released in Indiana and I advise everyone reading this blog to watch ‘FED UP’. The movie director urged ‘everyone who eats’ to watch the documentary. It will change the way you think about food.

Lastly, I would like to reflect on what all these information and experience have helped me to accomplish. I am from a Nepal but we have similar health issues in Nepalese community. Nepal is yet to recognize prescription drug abuse and sun exposure as a potential risk to public health. We do recognize tobacco abuse as a public health issue but the actions being taken fail to be aggressive and effective. When I go back, I can propose the authorities, these successful steps that the health department and Indiana have taken to tackle health issues of my community in Nepal.

All this would not have been possible without a Wabash College and the Lilly Endowment Fund. I express my heartiest gratitude to Lilly Endowment, Inc. which has made a wide range of new programs and opportunities available for students to hone leadership skills and work experience across the state. I also thank all the alumni and friends of Wabash who donate Wabash to produce capable men.