What to Do When Moving Into a New Home

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From Dennis Goebel, Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Moving into a new house is a major life change. After packing and unpacking your belongings, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Follow this checklist for common tasks every new homeowner should do.

Change the locks. The old owners have handed over the keys. But what about the extra copies they’ve made over the years? You’ll never know who has access to your house, so arrange for a locksmith to update the locks.

Clean the house. Deep-clean the carpets, appliances, bathrooms, and details such as moldings before you fully unpack in the space.

Forward the mail. Visit the Post Office to set up mail forwarding so you don’t miss any important bills or communications.

Update your address. Notify all relevant companies of your new address so bills, checks, and other mail reaches you. Start with items like your bank accounts, credit card companies, and insurance providers. You should also update your car registration and license.

Do a walk through. Familiarize yourself with the house. Make sure any appliances, fixtures, and fittings are in working order. Find out where your circuit breakers and water shut off valve are, so you can switch them off if necessary.

Sort out utilities. Contact your cable, phone, electric, and gas companies to ensure that all utilities in your new home are transferred over or established as new accounts under your name.

Implement safety processes. Post a list of emergency contact numbers where everyone can see it. Unpack items like your first aid kit and fire extinguisher, and ensure everyone in the household knows where they are.

Once you tackle this moving checklist, it’s time to enjoy your new space!
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Student Government Legacy of Change

Elder“I was Student Council President during the war,” says Dr. Marjorie Elder, “and that’s why the administration chose a girl.” Elder was the first female Student Body President for Marion College Student Council, and since her tenure in 1944-45, only eight other women have held the presidential office. Sixty years later, Indiana Wesleyan Student Government Association again has a female president. While Elder took office at a time of change for the country, Becca Noveroske is taking office at a time of change for the university, as SGA is once again undergoing restructuring to provide student leaders with the right channels that will help them effect meaningful programing and change.

This past school year, Phil Ross (’15), former Executive Vice President (’14-’15) and Vice President for Operations and Student Services (’13-’14) under two-term SGA President Tim Scurlock, spearheaded a Historical Committee that catalogued several filing cabinets full of meeting minutes and other Student Government artifacts. While Ross set out to “find something to rally around or reignite in the organization,” he concluded that the only consistent thread running through the history of Student Government at Marion College/Indiana Wesleyan has been change. While he did not find exactly what he had hoped, he was able to chart the gradual “evolution” of student leadership from organizing activities and events to being a governing body, as well as create a compact archive of Student Body Presidents on the SGA website.

Student leadership has taken many different names over the years, each trying to better reflect the purpose of the offices of the president and his or her cabinet. Elder was appointed to Marion College Student Council, which soon changed to Marion College Student Government Organization. When Marion College became Indiana Wesleyan University in 1988, MCSGO became simply Student Government Organization, which became Student Government Association in 2011. “Being an ‘organization’ meant we were underneath several offices,” says Ross, who was a freshman the year the name change came into effect, “but ‘association’ meant we had better channels with administration, and gave more validity to the fact that we were in change of student orgs.”

BeccaToday, SGA is composed of the assembly—class representatives, academic divisional representatives, student organization representatives—and the cabinet—Executive VP, VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student and Spiritual Life, VP for Financial Affairs and Student Organizations, VP for Marketing and Communication, and the President. Every spring, the student body votes for SGA President and divisional and class reps. In past elections, cabinet members have run on the same ticket as the president, but in coming years, they may run on their own to ensure the most qualified administration. This past spring, over 800 students cast votes through a link in their student email. Noveroske won over opponent Michelle King by a margin of 44 votes, confirming Ross’s claim that an increasing number of students are recognizing SGA as an active body on campus.

Elder recalls her duties as president as mostly “symbolic”—she was on the board of the Marion Community Concerts Association, later the Marion Philharmonic, but was merely a presence from the college and not a voting member. Elder also planned a chapel service to celebrate VE Day, and “borrowed” the keys to the administration building to ring the campus bell when the war had ended. Like Elder, Noveroske hopes to be involved in the Marion community and to organize events that enrich students’ civic and academic experience at IWU. This coming year, SGA will be hosting a series of eight panel discussions focusing on topics that the country and the Church are wrestling with, such as race, free speech, and human trafficking. These panels will be held one Wednesday a month in the Student Center Commons, and will involve professors, students, community members, and visiting speakers.

As it has evolved, Student Government has been involved in many changes to campus, including the switch from January to May Term, extended Sunday library hours, the lifting of the media policy, and the installation of free laundry services in the dorms, which will be available to students this fall. Over the years, Student Body Presidents have left indelible marks on Indiana Wesleyan’s residential campus. Three buildings bear the names of past presidents, including Goodman Hall (Woodrow Goodman, 1938-39), Elder Hall (Marjorie Elder, 1944-45), and Barnes Student Center (James Barnes, 1964-65). Goodman and Barnes went on to be Marion College presidents, while Elder returned to Marion College to chair the Division of Modern Language and Literature. Other Student Government presidents have gone on to become IWU’s first University Professor (Jerry Pattengale, 1978-79), the Director of IWU Alumni Relations (Rick Carder, 1986-87), the Chief of Staff for Dr. JoAnn Lyon, Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church (David Drury, 1995-96), and the Associate Manager of Building Systems and Safety at IWU Facilities Services (Randy Dewing, 1998-99, 99-00). While Student Government has changed functions and names throughout the tenure of the college/university, Student Body Presidents continue to impact the course of the university both during their time on campus and after they graduate.

SGA will be hosting a Student Government Reunion on October 3, during this year’s homecoming event. All former and current Student Body Presidents, cabinet members, and representatives are invited. For more information, please read the letter by former presidents Cory Sprunger and Aaron Baker. This will include a luncheon on Saturday of Homecoming beginning at 11:30 AM.  To sign up contact the Alumni Office.


This article was written by Hannah Combs, who will be VP for Academic Affairs in Becca Noveroske’s administration. In the fall, Hannah will be a senior Writing major and member of the John Wesley Honors College.

Living Uncommonly- Changing Lives through Cinematography

During his time at Indiana Wesleyan University, recent alumni Al Pritchard (’15) has been passionately sharing his gifts in cinematography in a concerted effort working towards ending modern-day slavery. As a student, he was heavily involved in IWU Doulos, a campus-wide organization dedicated to fighting injustice; Pritchard partnered with this organization for multiple major projects.

Al PritchardOn January 31st, 2013 Doulos joined the non-profit organization called End-It and launched the premiere showing of the movie Nafarious; Merchant of Souls. This showing was part of a semester-long campaign intended to spread awareness about human trafficking. Pritchard also organized and promoted IWU’s Dance for Freedom- which launched in 2013. The dance raised awareness about human trafficking, and all proceeds from this dance went towards providing relief for survivors of human trafficking. This past spring, Pritchard helped in the University-wide push against modern slavery, providing a visual experience through the documentary Girl Rising: a full-length film that reveals the exploitation and injustice of the Sex Trade Industry.

Prior to the summer before his freshman year of college, Pritchard was unaware of the prominence of the Sex Trade Industry within the United States. He mentions that he stumbled upon statistics regarding the number of girls sold for sex in the United States; he could not remove the horrifying reality from his mind.

“I vowed from that moment on to be a voice for the issue since my world had become so quiet and cold about it,” Pritchard explained. As he started college, he began his journey working towards that goal. Enrolling at IWU as a Psychology Major, Pritchard decided to pursue this call by working to help council formerly-trafficked girls and women.

As Pritchard developed a passion for restoring people trapped in sexual exploitation, his love for filmmaking became increasingly significant. Pritchard gained interest in cinematography after his father passed away. When his father died, he left Pritchard, who was a freshman in high school, his old camera.

“What was my first exposure to filmmaking,” Pritchard stated, “From there, I began shooting on a regular basis. Opportunities would open up for me to explore the world through my lens.” In 2014, God began opening doors for Pritchard to integrate his love for filmmaking with his passion for ending the Sex Trade Industry. Pritchard was healing from an ended relationship and in that process was inspired to begin the Restored Love Project, an organization dedicated to “fighting human trafficking through visual stories.”

A recent graduate, Pritchard is looking forward to further involvement in working to end the Sex-Trade Industry and provide healing for past sex slaves. Inspired by the Wipe Every Tear foundation, this summer Pritchard and the Restored Love Project are beginning the process of creating a feature-length film entitled Wipe Every Tear. This documentary is intended to expose the reality of the Sex Trade Industry and the potential for healing and restoration. This film will be the assimilation of a documentary and a cinematographic fable. Incorporating the fable, Pritchard explains, allows the reader to understand better the process girls must go through in order to escape this dangerous life.

Preparing to begin the filming portion of this journey, Pritchard explains that he feels as though his time at IWU helped ready him for this project.

“I believe God used my past experiences to prepare me,” commented Pritchard. Faced with the daunting, emotionally devastating project of filming these girls, Pritchard realizes that his experiences at IWU have equipped him for this summer and upcoming projects.  “We will be filming in Angeles City, in the Philippians. This city traffics 15,000 girls within a 1.5-mile range. I can’t imagine walking into such pain and darkness,” Pritchard admits. However, he stated that through his personal challenges God has helped prepare him for this experience.

restored love image - Al Pritchard“I don’t believe God wastes anything, and he has brought me through my deserts in order to help prune my faith to be strong,” commented Pritchard. Following his work this summer, Pritchard is moving to California to attend Vanguard University’s Clinical Psychology program where he will begin the three-year process to earning his Master’s degree. Following his graduation, he hopes to build the Restored Love Foundation and incorporate his counseling skills as appropriate.

During his time at Indiana Wesleyan University, Al Pritchard developed a passion for providing hope and healing for people trapped in the sex-trade industry. Through his experiences as a student, he obtained practice working in this field. Now, he is launching into an uncommon life, pursuing the dreams that he feels God has for him as he works to spread love and change, one life at a time.

Since this article was written the film project has been able to begin the process of a film production on a smaller scale then they wish. They desire to make people aware of an opportunity to help Wipe Every Tear Movie.


Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Junior English major at Indiana Wesleyan, and a member of the Track and Cross Country teams. She is passionate about sharing people’s stories and celebrating their divine potential in written form.

MBA Cincinnati

The MBA cohort in Cincinnati started a business and is now recruiting new members. The company is called MBA Cincinnati, which stands for “Masters Beyond Academics.” They officially became an incorporated business in October of 2014 and are currently working on getting chartered by the state of Ohio.

MBAMBA Cincinnati is a non-profit business that coordinates community work projects. They want to assist in developing their community and supporting those in school. Their mission is: “A Christ centered organization where current students and alumni serve the community to create global change while building leadership and character.”

Tenola Oliver, ’15 graduate, is the President of the organization. “We decided to build the program because we were off campus and we were missing the experience,” she said. She mentioned that in Dayton, they offer many scholarships and activities, and they wanted to offer those to the West Chester campus as well. They are specifically supporting the scholarship fund in Indiana Wesleyan University’s DeVoe School of Business.

Their most recent project involved raising money to donate to a widow so she and her four children could eat a family Christmas dinner. “Our next project we are putting together is to work with a non-profit that fights against sex trafficking. She has had a hard time getting her program up and running, so we would like to help,” Oliver said.

She believes that her and her fellow MBA graduates can create a start up kit so this woman can market and fund-raise for her non-profit. Their goal is to create an outline for her that lays out the structure and flow of a successful business.

MBA Cincinnati’s vision is: “To create a global organization where students are empowered through consulting services, networking, and mentoring.” They would eventually love to see an MBA cohort in Dayton, Cincinnati and Indianapolis and to see a charter in each city.

The criteria to be a member is as follows:

  • Current student and/or graduate of MBA cohorts
  • From the West Chester and/or Dayton campuses
  • A passion for service within these communities
  • Well rounded individual who is a team player
  • 2 recommendation letters from current IWU staff/faculty

To contact MBA Cincinnati with questions, donations, or encouragement, email tenola.oliver@yahoo.com or mastersbeyondacademicsiwu@gmail.com.


Meet the author, Kelly Reed.

Trash or Treasure: Advice from Antiques Roadshow Experts

A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance
From Dennis Goebel, Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Everyone has that spot in their house, whether it’s the attic, a closet, or the garage, where they’ve piled up old items that gather dust. We asked the expert appraisers from Antiques Roadshow to help identify the things that are worth keeping, and what’s okay to clean out.

“Unfortunately there is a long list of items that people hold onto in basements or attics that do not retain much value,” says Sebastian Clarke, Specialist and Director of Estate Services at Rago Arts & Auction Center, and a featured expert on Antiques Roadshow.

Silver, Carpets, and Toys

Often things that are difficult to maintain in good condition are the pieces that lose value. For instance, silver-plate items will tarnish and deteriorate over time. Another thing that people save but can quickly lose value is carpets. If you are putting a carpet in storage, you should have it cleaned and professionally wrapped beforehand to prevent moisture damage. Lace and linens are also no longer as valuable as they once were, and quickly deteriorate if not preserved properly.

When it comes to old toys and collectibles, Antiques Roadshow expert Phil Weiss says their value can vary greatly. “In all cases, the value of common things that are saved is based on the time period they are from and the condition they’re in; the same type of item can have widely varying prices. For example, if you find a mint-condition Barbie doll in the basement from the 1980s or 90s it might be worth under $10, yet if you find a Barbie in the box from the 1950s it could be worth thousands. The same can be said for comic books and sports cards.”

Unexpected Treasures

Some items, though, can have an unexpected value and should be looked into before you throw or give them away. “I think it is fair to say that fine art (paintings, prints, posters, woodcuts, etc.) can have great potential for hidden value,” says Clarke. Another item that typically retains value: sterling silver. “With the increased value of sterling silver on the commodities market, you may find that your not-so-attractive sterling silver flatware service from Grandma can be worth upwards of $1,000!”

Determining Its Value

So, how do you determine the value of a collectible or antique? The Internet is a wealth of knowledge to help determine value, but speaking to professional appraisers is the best way to do this.

If you think you have something of value, start by preserving its present condition. For example, if you have silver, do not wrap it in plastic, as the plastic will deteriorate and bond with the surface of the silver.

Most importantly, take the time to check each item before discarding it. Weiss explains, “I get a call every day from someone who describes a great item only to end the sentence with ‘I did not know what it was worth so we threw it out.’”
Liberty Mutual Insurance is a proud sponsor of Antique Roadshow. To learn more about Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance or get a free, no-obligation quote, call 800-531-4954 or visit Liberty Mutual.


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Grilling Safety Tips for the Summer Cookout Season

A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance
From Dennis Goebel, Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Outdoor grilling goes hand-in-hand with summertime fun. So it’s easy to forget that open flames pose serious fire hazards. Here are a few grilling tips for keeping the flames under the burgers, where they belong.

Keep the grilling area clear of hazards. Make sure your grill ensure is at least 10 feet away from your home, garage, or any other building on your property. Keep it far from any flammable materials as well, including deck railings, overhanging branches, starter fluid, and spare liquid propane tanks.

Maintain your gas grill’s hoses. Leaks in propane gas hoses are a leading cause of home fires. Check for leaks by using this simple test: open the gas supply valve, apply a 1:1 soap and water solution to the hose connection points, and then watch for bubbles. If you see some, you’ve got a leak. You should also routinely clean the tube that connects the control valve to the burner; just use a pipe cleaner or wire.

Never leave a hot grill unattended. If you’re grilling out, you’re probably hosting friends and family. So remember to focus on safety before entertaining. Never leave your grill unattended, and always make sure the lid of a gas grill is open while you light it.

Clean grill after use. While the grill’s still warm, use a wire brush to scrub the cooking grid and wipe down the burners. If using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to cool completely, and then dispose of them in a metal trash can with a lid.

With these precautions in mind, you’re sure to cook up some great summer memories.
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Miracle Child, Charlotte’s Story

Charlotte Terry Story​After suffering four miscarriages and learning of medical obstacles to their chances of conceiving, Ellen (Wilson, ’12) and Parker (’12) Terry gave birth to their daughter Charlotte in September 2014. “As our miracle child and the first grandchild and great-grandchild on both sides, she was and still is the apple of her family’s eyes,” says Ellen on the CharlotteStrong Facebook page. In April 2015, Charlotte contracted a fever and began vomiting everything she ate, leading to a series of doctor’s visits and rounds of antibiotics that did not clear up her symptoms. When Ellen and Parker noticed spasms in the left side of Charlotte’s face, they took her for one more visit to the family doctor. “After he had looked Charlotte over, he told us to stay put and he left the room. Talk about terrifying. That’s not an everything’s-okay-with-your-baby kind of response.”​

The doctor immediately referred Charlotte to a neurosurgeon, who ordered an MRI and located a tumor in Charlotte’s brain. Further scans revealed that two tumors in Charlotte’s brain had metastasized down her spine. “I can’t describe to you how Parker and I grieved after hearing that news,” writes Ellen. After a brain biopsy, neurologists determined that once she has completed 6 rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant, Charlotte will have a 20% chance of living past 5 years old.

​In the midst of this bleak prognosis, Ellen and Parker cling to promises from the Bible. While Parker has to work during the week and can only visit on weekends, Ellen and Charlotte are settling into a new normal at the hospital. In a post celebrating the end of Charlotte’s first round of chemo, Ellen writes that Charlotte has started to cut her first tooth. She writes, “as part of our morning routine, Charlotte and I have been reading the Bible after she eats breakfast. The door to our bathroom doubles as a white erase board, and I have been putting verses up on it that encourage me or remind me how great God is. If you have a verse you think will help us, feel free to post it on the CharlotteStrong page. I’m sure many of them will end up on our bathroom door.”

​Ellen teaches at Peru Middle School, where her students are rallying behind the Terry family in this difficult time. ABC 57 in South Bend reported on a band concert that raised $600 for Charlotte’s medical expenses. The hashtag #CharlotteStrong has been trending on social media in support of the Terrys and a close friend of the Terrys created a GoFundMe page for Charlotte that has raised over $11,000 in under a month. Ellen writes on the CharlotteStrong page about random people who have seen the scar on Charlotte’s head and prayed for them. A friend of the Terrys is organizing a CharlotteStrong benefit 5K at Angola High School on Saturday, August 15, and others have created bracelets and held CharlotteStrong parties to support the Terrys. “The only thing that’s been getting us through is knowing that God’s in control,” says Ellen, as she holds Charlotte on her hip.

​The Alumni Relations Office hopes that the IWU community can surround the Terrys with support and encouragement. We encourage you to donate to the GoFundMe account, pray for peace and healing, and interact with the CharlotteStrong page, where Ellen frequently posts updates and pictures. If you wish to write to Charlotte, Ellen, and Parker, please send letters to:

Charlotte Terry, 5-West, 705 Riley Hospital Dr. 
, Indianapolis, IN 46202


This article is written by Hannah Combs who is a student writer for the Alumni Office. She is a senior student of Writing and Humanities through the John Wesley Honors College.

IWU student from Kokomo celebrating veteran’s 100th – 13 WTHR Indianapolis

IWU student collects Birthday cards for WWII veteran on his 100th birthday. “I would like to ask each person who reads this to do a tangible act of kindness recognize not only a WWII veteran on his 100th birthday…but a great friend!” Catron posted.

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A Family Affair

Image oneIn the fall of 2013 Amy Tews started her freshman year at IWU. This fall, her cousin Jamie joins her in the IWU community. While their relationship might have influenced Jamie’s decision to attend the school, both of the Tews’ choice to attend IWU had strong spiritual influences. For two years during high school, Amy heard about the benefits of several private Christian colleges from her older sister who was looking for a school at the time. Although her sister settled on another school, Amy was introduced to IWU through her sister’s journey. When Amy’s college search began, IWU was a strong choice. After looking at other schools, Amy settled on IWU, impressed by its strong Christian influence and excited by its relative proximity to her home.

Similar to her cousin, when Jamie visited IWU she was suddenly aware of the faith-based atmosphere of the school. She quickly decided this was where she wanted to attend. Image two

“IWU was the only school that I really felt God’s presence,” Jamie commented upon her first visit. “As soon as I visited campus I knew that IWU was a part of God’s plan for my life and after I realized that I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.”

While both the Tews expressed spiritual influencing for attending the school, they also have ambitious academic and professional goals they hope to pursue. Amy is a graphic design major and Jamie plans to double major in creative writing and graphic design. In looking towards the future, Amy hopes to use her degree to pursue a career working as a graphic designer for a major company, preferably in the editorial business. Eventually, she hopes to be able to support herself through freelance work so that she can have time to invest in other aspects of her life. Through her time at IWU, Amy says her desire to study art has only intensified.

“The talented friends and professors I have made in my major that encourage me to work harder and push the boundaries every day,” she stated.

Looking forward to her first year at IWU, Jamie is excited to begin her double major because of her passion for reading and art. She mentioned that she believes art is a filter through which she can explore the world.

“I think reading a good book, article, or quote plays a huge part in the way we see everyday life; I want to reach that level of expertise,” she said, explaining her creative writing major. “I also chose my major of graphic design because I think that graphic design and writing complement each other nicely and I appreciate how powerful a beautiful design can be.”

Following graduation, Jamie hopes to work for a magazine as either a writer or a designer with the eventual goal of writing a novel.

While at school, Amy is heavily involved in campus activities and Jamie strongly anticipates joining her in a busy, activity-filled life. Just this past year, Amy joined AIGA, an on-campus club for designers. Through this club, Amy traveled to Chicago where she met real designers and worked on her professional development. Jamie’s extracurricular goals are very broad. She stated that she hopes to join a vocal ensemble, an intramural sports team, and work at the writing center. image three

Anticipating welcoming her cousin to the IWU community, Amy mentioned that the incoming freshman should be aware of several things prior to starting college. The most important piece of advice she offered, however, is finding a church as quickly as possible. She strongly encouraged settling on a faith community within the first few weeks of college so that you can get plugged in and experience fellowship outside of school. Jamie also mentioned her excitement for attending the school when she listed the top aspects of school that she is anticipating.

“I think what I am most excited for in the fall is meeting new people, being independent for the first time, growing in my faith life, and drinking a lot of McConn coffee!” Jamie stated.

In the Tews’ family, attending IWU has become a family affair. Yet the community at Indiana Wesleyan is still very excited to welcome another Tews to the school as Jamie begins her college career this upcoming semester.


Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Junior English major at Indiana Wesleyan, and a member of the Track and Cross Country teams. She is passionate about sharing people’s stories and celebrating their divine potential in written form.