As I headed out to DePauw University in Greencastle yesterday, I couldn’t help but think of my planned trip to Wabash College next week. There is something really special about my campus visits every fall. For me, it’s so much more than trying to connect with students who are exploring healthcare career and education options post-graduation.
It’s about learning about the rich traditions of Indiana schools. For my friends at DePauw and Wabash, it’s about a fierce football rivalry between two schools about a half hour apart. While Purdue University and Indiana University fight for the Old Oaken Bucket, DePauw and Wabash fight for the Monon Bell.
Now of course, working for Marian University with strong values, I certainly would never talk trash about football. When you are the reigning NAIA National Champions, that isn’t necessary. But I can say when it comes to the number of DePauw and Wabash alumni enrolling in our program, DePauw leads the series.
Bill Birch, Wabash ’11, (far right in the picture to the left) might argue that claim. I met him as a senior biology major. Neither one of us would have guessed that just two years later, Bill would have completed a second bachelor’s degree in nursing in just 16-months, graduating Cum Laude.
Some would have guessed Bill would marry his college sweetheart this year. And knowing his determination, I’m not surprised he now enjoys working three days on, four days off as an RN with the St.Vincent Indianapolis Trauma ICU unit.
On the other hand, Grant Wright, DePauw ’09, may have something a little more personal in the rivalry.
Our 16-month accelerated nursing program afforded Grant the ability to do just that. I wasn’t surprised when Grant had an offer to work in Medical ICU at St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital the same day he passed his boards.
Pictured with his parents to the right, Grant also found his soulmate and is engaged to be married. I will give him the go-ahead 2-point conversion for recruiting his fiance to also apply to our program. Ah, love is in the air.
And I’d say this year’s Monon Bell is up in the air too.
I can’t wait to meet more inspiring DePauw and Wabash students. I enjoyed my visit to DePauw and look forward to meeting students at Wabash College on Tuesday, November 5. Come see me or contact me using the information below for more!
Kris Shallenberger serves as the director of community and corporate relations for the Marian University for St.Vincent Health ABSN Program. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org, request information here or call 866.892.6463.