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Knights In The Spotlight

Jessica Davis ’10

New Beginnings- Jessica DavisJessica Davis ’10 graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Biology. On May 18th of this year, Jessica was promoted to Director of the IUPUI Office of Sustainability. "Director of Sustainability was my long-term career goal, so to achieve it this early in my career has been an incredibly humbling experience."

When asked how Marian impacted her life and career, Jessica said, "The faculty were, by far, the best thing about Marian. They impacted me both personally and professionally. Professionally, they taught me to think like a scientist. I learned how to challenge the status quo, utilize a systems thinking approach in decision making, analyze situations objectively, and demand evidence for claims. The field and practice of sustainability requires that we think differently about the decisions we make – from behavior at the level of the individual all the way up to national policies, economic reform, and the global environment; I am eternally indebted to them for training me to think in this manner. Personally, they instilled in me an insatiable curiosity. I can’t imagine a day where I’ll ever stop learning more about the world, my place in it, and how I can best utilize my abilities to make a difference."

Jessica's favorite Marian moment was actually a series of events. "I always treasured the times I visited my professor’s office for a question, and it turned into a conversation about life or reliving a funny story. They are fountains of wisdom, and I soaked up as much as I could. I also adored the time I spent working with Marian students through IGSS. It’s fantastically rewarding to see their development over such a short duration of time."

Amber Ferrari ’15

10406496_10205668574889169_3931033029619974386_nAmber Ferrari ’15 graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and is Marian University’s first Orr Fellow.

At Marian University, Ferrari was a Twenty-First Century Scholar, a member of the Marian University Speech Team, a mentor to fellow Twenty-First Century Scholars, and participated in the Sacred Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Peace and Justice Club. She completed internships at Indianapolis Power & Light, VYPE High School Sports Magazine, and the Office of Marketing Communications at Marian University. Ferrari accepted a job offer from PactSafe under the Orr Fellowship program.

"I would say that all of my professors have had a huge impact on me, but specifically my communication professors have highly influenced me throughout my college experience. They introduced me to an area of study that I love and encouraged me to take every opportunity thrown my way. Whether coaching me on the speech team or critiquing my senior defense, the communication department always gave me unwavering support, challenged me, and helped me grow in my faith and education."

Elizabeth Olivas ’16

11542062_434527543393335_9012665413917249226_nElizabeth Olivas is an upcoming May 2016 graduate who is studying nursing with double minors in Spanish and psychology. At Marian University, Elizabeth is a peer mentor and 21st Century Scholars Mentor. She has served as MU-Student Nurses Association President and MU-Student Organization of Latino's Treasurer.

“Although I stay busy serving the Marian community, I have also served the city of Indianapolis and my hometown of Frankfort, Indiana as well. In fact, I was a 2015 500 Festival Princess. This year there were 200+ applicants and I was selected as 1 of 33 Princesses to serve as an ambassador for the 500 Festival. Last year in my hometown, I was also crowned the 2014 Clinton County Fair Queen were I had the opportunity to represent my county at different events throughout the year and during the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant.”

When asked what drew Olivas to Marian as a freshman, she replied with “I chose Marian University because of the small student population. I wanted to make sure that I got the best education out there by making sure that the professors knew who my classmates and I were. I also knew that my class would be the first nursing class to go through the Leighton School of Nursing from start to finish (May of 2016). I also wanted to make sure that my nursing degree stood out as having graduated from a prestigious Catholic university. Most importantly, I wanted to attend a university that would allow me access to most of the Indianapolis hospitals in hopes of being able to gain experience and begin to step foot in the door of a potential employer.”

Elizabeth’s favorite Marian memory thus far: “My favorite memory thus far as a student is having been able to study abroad to Puerto Rico and several European countries as well. My favorite however was "A Journey to Harlaxton College and London, England". I went with the School of Nursing and I was not only able to see a different part of the world, but also submerge into a new culture. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life!”

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