A marketing brochure will only go so far in showing you how an Indiana Tech education can prepare you well for a successful career. That’s why we work hard to stay in touch with our graduates so we can develop their Success Stories. First and foremost, we are proud of our graduates and we love letting the world know about their outstanding accomplishments. Secondly, there is no one better to illustrate the impact of an Indiana Tech degree than one who has walked across our commencement stage and dived headlong into his or her career.
Sharon Tuckermajor: B.S., Management, B.S. Human Resources
Allen County Council
January 2009, I attended my first class at Indiana Tech. I knew that returning to college and earning a degree would have a positive impact on my career. Yet, I had no idea how attending Indiana Tech would improve my life; socially, professionally, and politically.
I remember many of the professors I encountered during my life at Indiana Tech, but there where those who left a life-changing impact. One professor was Susan McGrade, whose African American Literature class gave me a better understanding of the historical trials faced by African American people. Professor McGrade talked openly about the struggles faced by African Americans in a detailed and exploratory style. She awakened a strong desire within me to learn more about the struggles of my people. Attending Mrs. McGrade’s class helped me understand why my mother couldn’t bring herself to talk about the painful history of picking cotton in Clarksdale, Mississippi. One of the books used in Mrs. McGrade’s class was a book titled “The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Literature.” It is a book of historical writing by many famous African American individuals. I refer to this book often when writing speeches and it has become one of my prized possessions.
Another amazing Professor who had a profound impact on my life (frankly still has) is Dr. Jeffrey Walls. I remember the first day of class Dr. Walls walked into the room dressed in what appeared to be a tailormade suit and crisp clean white shirt. I wondered why a corporate CEO would teach a CPS class on Human Resource Management. I soon learned that Dr. Walls was not a corporate CEO, but a true Professional. He taught me the importance of first impressions and as a professional, I should always project self-pride in my attire. I learned many qualities while attending Dr. Walls class, but the most profound were gaining self-awareness and pride. Of all my professors, none have made the professional investment in my career as Dr. Walls. Even today he continues to be a “human” resource for me.
I believe it was a combination of personal drive, dedication and excellent professors that led to my success at Indiana Tech. I am proud to say I graduated Suma Cum Laude, with a 3.9 GPA. In 2013, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources during my career at Indiana Tech. I also gained self-confidence and professional friendships.
In 2014, I campaigned and was elected to Allen County Council, drawing off the skills and knowledge earned during my life as a Warrior. I attribute my success in part to my alma mater Indiana Tech, which gave me the determination to achieve my goals.
Cassandra Crickardmajor: B.S., Business Administration - Human Resources
Human Resources Director, Clean Fuels National
Before starting at Indiana Tech I pictured myself being an average student, going through all four years of school to then pray that I found a job I would actually enjoy, that would also be relevant to my degree. Never did I think I would start my dream job while still completing my degree. But my advisor and the staff at Indiana Tech saw my potential and pushed me to excel to help me get started on my future now rather than later.
I am a recent Indiana Tech graduate as of May 2017 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, graduating with magna cum laude honors. While studying at Tech, I was working two jobs and trying to maintain good grades. The professors were so helpful and understanding with my schedule, which was a huge benefit to me. I landed an internship in the Ph.D., Department that helped me come out of my shell and gain a lot of connections with a huge variety of people. I was feeling more confident in myself because of all the help from my peers, professors, and advisor. But I still wasn’t completely convinced on what I wanted to do or how serious I was about my chosen major.
I didn’t realize I wanted to be in the human resources field until my sophomore year when I had to invite an HR Manager to my human resources class to speak. Hearing him speak about his role and duties he was involved in at work really caught my attention. That’s when I tracked him down after class to let him know I would be incredibly interested in an internship at this company, Clean Fuels National. Once he told me they didn’t frequently hire interns and there was no position, I went to the President asking him directly if I would be able to shadow and intern at this company. He gave me a chance and not even two years later and a recent graduate; I am proudly the Human Resources Director at Clean Fuels National.
I started my internship with Clean Fuels National in the middle of my sophomore year working on the days I didn’t have school. At this point, I was still interning in the Ph.D., Department too. After six months at Clean Fuels National, I was offered a full-time position as the Assistant Human Resources/Safety Director, taking on more duties and more responsibilities.
With this new position, the company paid for me to attend SHRM’s National Conference two years in a row (which was a huge deal for me). I also had the chance to attend OSHA 30 among other safety/human resources conventions. In my last semester, I also started the 4+1 program and attended an MBA class once a week. With hard work and help from Tech’s very involved staff, I was able to graduate in 3 years and start my full-time career an entire year early. I am convinced that if I didn’t have the help and benefit of being able to talk with my professors one on one or have the intimate classroom environment that Indiana Tech has, I would not be where I am today. Attending Indiana Tech has taught me to challenge myself and push myself even if I think I might not be good enough. I am forever thankful for the incredible opportunities that I had while attending Indiana Tech, and I will forever be a proud Indiana Tech Alumna.
Ashley Benvenutimajor: B.S., Business Administration - Human Resources
HR Manager, Omnisource Corporation
It is a privilege to be a member of the Indiana Tech family. I am a recent graduate from Tech, with a business administration – human resources degree. I graduated in May 2015, and during my four years, I had multiple internships, received several leadership awards and was part of the university honor’s programs. One of my biggest accomplishments was being named one of the top 10 human resource students in the nation by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
A little background about myself: Before coming to college, I was not your normal student. I never did homework in high school, rarely studied and was the girl that was only looking to have fun rather than hit the books. When I decided to come to Indiana Tech, I realized I couldn’t be that kind of student anymore. I changed my life around and went from a below-average student in high school to graduating number one in Indiana Tech’s College of Business.
Indiana Tech’s vision states that it is “dedicated to preparing our students for professional and personal success in the real world.” In my case, Indiana Tech achieved that mission. I held six different internships throughout my four years at Tech. Before graduation, I received offers from several of the companies I interned with and accepted a full-time human resources generalist position within Steel Dynamics in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Not only did Indiana Tech provide an exceptional, career-focused education for me, but it motivated me toward a life of significance. The professors really cared about my success and they provided personal attention to help me be successful. I couldn’t imagine where I would be if I went to a school where I was just a number. At Indiana Tech, you are more than a number; you are a student who is on a path to greatness. I could have never accomplished what I have thus far without my degree, and I am continuing my education with Indiana Tech this fall. Give Indiana Tech a try and you will not be sorry!
Yuenan Jinmajor: MBA - Human Resources, MBA - Marketing
International Admissions Counselor, Indiana Tech
My life changed dramatically from the moment I arrived at Indiana Tech on Aug. 16, 2011. Looking back, I have no regrets that I chose to leave my beloved home country and come to a different place.
At the beginning of 2011, I was about to finish my associate degree in tourism management in China. I was frightened by the fact that I had no plans for my future. Like most young people in China, my family had a plan for me: Graduating from college, finding a decent job near home, meeting a great guy, getting married and having children. It might seem a happy life for some people, but definitely not for me. I did not want to have the same daily routine for the rest of my life. I wanted excitement and I wanted to be a daughter my mother would be proud of!
I came to Indiana Tech through a cooperation program between Indiana Tech and the Chinese university I went to. I had been surfing the Internet when I saw the advertisement, and I decided to check it out. My mother was skeptical about the program, and she wasn’t very supportive. My college life in China wasn’t exciting, I wasn’t learning much, and I was desperately looking for a change. Studying abroad was both a big change and a challenge, so it was exactly what I needed. My mother made several long conversations with me, and she decided to let me make the decision, and certainly, I was the one who would be responsible for all of the outcomes, good or bad.
The first year at Tech was very difficult for me, mainly because of the language barrier. Reading one chapter of the textbook or writing a one-page paper could take me hours. I was very lucky that I had many amazing professors and wonderful classmates who helped me along the way. I had a professor who met with me twice a week and went over the lecture materials again and again during his lunch hours. I had a professor who challenged me and pushed me to go further, just as he treats any American student. I had a professor who shared his wonderful home and lovely family with me during my first Thanksgiving in the US. I had classmates who spent hours and hours helping me with my homework and explaining homework to me, word by word. After one year of hard work, I completed my undergraduate program in May 2012. I graduated with Summa Cum Laude honor with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a major concentration in management. In May 2015, I completed the program at Indiana Tech and earned the Master of Business Administration degree with concentrations in marketing and human resources.
Besides the knowledge I learned in the classroom and the degrees I earned from Indiana Tech, I also grew from my work experience at Tech. Working on campus was another big challenge for me. I was shy and I wasn’t confident about myself, but I decided to try anyway. I didn’t only apply online; I also went to offices and introduced myself and asked if they had openings. Finally, I got my first job at the school cafeteria. I figured that this job wouldn’t require me to speak perfect English. I worked at the cafeteria, the law school library and the International Admissions office.
I am still a shy person and I am definitely the introvert type, but I have been pushing myself. I believe people grow old naturally, but never grow up without effort. Life is full of surprises and uncertainties, but that’s the beauty of life. If I hadn’t come to the US, I would probably be married with children by now. If I hadn’t challenged myself and started working, I might have just graduated with an Indiana Tech degree and returned home. Indiana Tech, a career-focused institution, has provided me with all the support I need and provided me with opportunities to discover my career passion.
In the end, I would like to share a quote from one of my favorite movies, The Mysterious Life of Benjamin Button. Benjamin wrote a letter to his daughter: “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
Emily Hillmajor: B.S., Business Administration - Management
Internet Director & Manager
When I started at Indiana Tech I was pursuing a degree in Business Management. At 18, it’s hard to know exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life. I had an internship in Economic Development my senior year in high school which is what steered me towards business. I was nervous, not knowing what college would be like and didn’t feel very confident in my abilities.
Sometimes, you’re not able to see your own strengths but the faculty at Indiana Tech took the time to get to know me, watching for the areas that I excelled in without me even being aware.
Noticing my interest in computers, technology, and web in particular, one professor took the time to meet with me and discuss how I would feel about adding an Information Systems minor. This would have never crossed my mind, but it was a perfect fit. Defining my business degree in this way allowed me to now find a job where I can use my business experience as well as web development, marketing, and graphic design to do a variety of things across different fields.
My friends that attended larger schools would talk about their “auditorium” style classes where the professor never even knew they existed, much less take the time to give them real life advice.
In my four years at Indiana Tech, I built relationships with professors that will last a lifetime. I have mentors there that I know I can always turn to when I have questions or need advice. It was not uncommon to be greeted by name in the hallways by a professor even if I had not had a class with them.
I was honored to graduate as the top student in the College of Business, as well as being inducted into Alpha Chi. Starting my college career under-confident, I never dreamed that this would be a reality for me. I also received awards for internships that I completed throughout my time at Indiana Tech which strengthened my belief in my abilities and gave me the confidence to try new things.
After four years, my greatest take away is that when you surround yourself with the right people, you can grow in ways that you never thought possible.