Amazing Alumni & Donors
“I want to learn plumbing and get a license,” says Cesar Garcia.
“What is plumbing?” asks fellow student Paul Huang.
“Plumbing…it’s the transportation of water,” Garcia explains.
Garcia, 28, and Huang, 36, are two students in English for Everyday Living, a program developed by IUPUI graduate students in conjunction with The Indianapolis Public Library. Free to all members of the community who wish to attend, the program serves a diverse population including recent immigrants, refugees, and visiting workers. Classes resumed last September with two eight week programs that were held simultaneously, one focused on the workplace and the other on everyday living.
Until recently, the options for English language learners in Indianapolis have been limited, something IUPUI alumna Amanda Snell sought to change.
When Chris Conner’s father passed away in 2010 he decided to make a will—not something most young people think about. “One thing I had always talked about was leaving a portion of my estate to the university,” says the IUPUI graduate with two degrees in sociology. And, he decided, why wait?
If enthusiasm is infectious, anyone who spends time with Erin (Rodda) Kuroiwa (BA‘04 Spanish) is bound to walk away excited about life. Erin is the senior injury prevention specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she develops new patient education materials while advocating and promoting child passenger safety. “Erin treats everyone with utmost respect and is wonderful to work alongside. She is seen in the community as a wonderful resource and is respected by physicians and community members alike,” says Angelica Baker, child passenger safety coordinator at the Phoenix hospital.
Alice Wong dreamed of attending a small liberal arts college when she graduated from Carmel High School. Born and raised in Indiana of immigrant parents, she yearned for the experiences of college life. A bright, articulate, and excellent student, she had choices. Except that she didn’t. To live on her own, away from home, Alice would have required significant assistance for her daily needs.