Student Government President 2015-2016 Announced

Indiana Wesleyan University continued the tradition of Student Government Association presidential elections this year, with candidates Becca Noveroske and Michelle King running for the presidency. 


Elections were held yesterday, February 25, and Noveroskereceived the position of Student Body President for the year 2015-2016.


Noveroske has been involved in SGA for two years and is active in other student organizations on campus. She is a junior this year studying Business Administration and International Relations. Her mission as president next year states, “We are committed to student engagement in all areas of campus life. We will seek to integrate the major campus departmentsacademics, chapel, residence lifewith a vision that will not only unify us as a campus, but will extend into the Marion community and the world.”

Alumni of greater Columbus, Ohio area!

If you work or live near Easton Town Center, stop by and see team members from the IWU Columbus, OH Education Center at Easton Town Center! They’ll be located at the Easton Community Booth near the AMC 30 Theaters. They will be there on the following dates and times:

·         Friday, February 27, 10am-2pm

·         Friday, March 6, 10am-2pm

·         Friday, March 13, 10am-2pm

·         Friday, March 20, 10am-2pm

If you’re an IWU alum, feel free to stop and receive a free prize! For more information, please contact Wendy McWherter at 740.513.7055 or

Calling IWU Alumni in the greater Columbus, Ohio area!

Did you know we have over 700 IWU Alumni living, working, and playing in the greater Columbus area?  If that’s you, we’d like to hear your IWU story and connect you to what’s happening at IWU here at our Columbus Education Center.  Contact Assistant Director for Enrollment, Mark Labutis, at 614.529.7555 or for more information on our upcoming professional development and recruiting events.

Have an interest in sharing the IWU experience with your co-workers and colleagues?

Contact our Corporate Representative, Wendy McWherter at 740-513-7055 or for more information on our Ambassador Program.

Columbus-OH Education and Conference Center

Alumni Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Katie Karnehm

Katie Karnehm

Katie Karnehm, Assistant Professor

Dayton, Ohio native Katie Karnehm chose IWU for two major reasons: its writing major and its atmosphere, which was more relaxed than her ultraconservative high school. “I appreciated not having an attitude of legalism at IWU,” Dr. Karnehm explains.

After briefly considering triple majoring in writing, art, and psychology, she shifted her focus to a writing major, art minor, and membership in the John Wesley Honors College (JWHC). Most writing majors studied English as well, but Katie refused. She had no ambitions to become a teacher.

Following her graduation in 2002, Katie moved to Scotland to attend University of St. Andrews’ graduate program. Her time at IWU prepared her for living abroad: as a sophomore she visited Scotland and England, which motivated her to study at Oxford during her senior year.

Katie is also grateful for the Dr. Brown and the JWHC. “Just good wasn’t good enough,” she says. “That prepared me for being a good writer and being able to take criticism.”

Although she wanted to live in London after completing her graduate work, those plans fell through. She instead applied for a job as a composition professor at IWU. Her first year at IWU surprised Katie: she actually liked teaching.

She returned to St. Andrews in the fall and received her doctorate in 2008. A teaching position had just opened at IWU – ironically, the same job she left four years prior. Dr. Karnehm has been teaching English and writing courses here for the past seven years.

Of IWU, Dr. Karnehm now says, “I thought this community was worth coming back [to]. I love the people I work with.” She also enjoys her students. Over the last three years, Dr. Karnehm has seen an increase in the number of students who open up to her as a mentor. “I can see writing and being in a community of people as a healing process for those students,” she says.

Returning to IWU wasn’t struggle-free. In her liberal-minded community at St. Andrews, Dr. Karnehm was considered a conservative. When she came back to the U.S., people thought she was a liberal. “When I started in 2008, there was a two-week hubbub over [another professor] and me having our noses pierced,” Dr. Karnehm recalls.

It wasn’t just the piercings. She adds, “I didn’t know how to fit into my culture anymore. But [Dr. Brown] was my division chair … and she told me, ‘Sometimes being uncomfortable in a place can be a blessing.’ That stuck with me.” In the time since, Dr. Karnehm has tried to give similar encouragement to her students who struggle to fit into a particular culture. She has particularly done this through her work with the Global Engagement Office.

Dr. Karnehm loves watching her students transform and grow as well: “I’m really inspired by [them] because they show up as freshmen, and you don’t know where they’re going to go or what beliefs they’re going to stick with. Then by their junior or senior year they’ve started to figure things out.”

She is constantly amazed by what her students area capable of. “IWU, and especially our English program, has always attracted students who have a lot of ability and don’t necessarily know it yet,” she explains. Watching her students blossom is what inspires Dr. Karnehm to keep growing as a writer and a professor.

Written by Megan Emily. Megan is a senior English/Writing major and member of the John Wesley Honors College. She operates a blog about finding hope and security.

Meet Student Worker – Kayleigh H.

The following is a story on IWU Alumni Relations student worker.
Meet Kayleigh:

I grew up knowing that I would attend a college five minutes away from my house in my comfortable town of Bourbonnais, Illinois, but God had other plans for my life.

Not long later after hearing about IWU, I was on campus for my first visit. I felt uneasy at first, not knowing a single person, but I was surprised to notice people opening the doors for me everywhere I went and people I didn’t even know approaching me and asking me if I needed help finding anything. I could truly feel God’s presence on the campus. I remember the moment that God confirmed that this was the college for me. I felt such a wave of peace wash over me and I knew this was where I was called to be. ​

My name is Kayleigh and I am involved with the John Wesley Honors College, as a double major in Honors Humanities and Exercise Science. I am also minoring in Spanish as I have a passion for reaching others through language and hope to study abroad in the future.

This is only my first year working in the Alumni/Church Relations office, but God has blessed me with being in an environment that allows me to see the impact that this university has made on those who have passed through it. Hearing stories of how alumni have changed the world inspires me and I am so thankful to be a part of a university whose focus is on changing the world by developing students in character, leadership, and scholarship.

I am involved in the John Wesley Honors College Student Association and have really enjoyed getting to build relationships with such wonderful examples of Christ. I enjoy playing intermural sports such as flag football, volleyball, and soccer. The relationships that I have developed with my teammates through team devotions are such a blessing. The intentional community that this university has is unlike any other, and I am thankful for it every day as I grow into the person that God has created me to be alongside over 3,000 others with the same purpose.

Social Capital Workshop – Fort Wayne

ASSOCIATION – Workshop and Networking Event

BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL: Using Social Media to Effectively
Build Your Personal and Professional Brand

Enter to win an e-book by John Nemo, “Fired Up!” when
you attend the next Fort Wayne Network Event. This event will be a
professional workshop to help build your personal and professional
brand along with an understanding on the impact of social media. You
will learn how to build your social capital to help you with your
current job as well as future career. John Nemo says that “Your
life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring.” We
will teach you how to best represent yourself on the web and social

You are invited to attend the Fort Wayne Regional Alumni
and Friends Event. A lite meal will be served.

This event will be held this Tuesday, February 24 beginning at
6:30 PM.

Local professional marketing expert, Tom Bowser who is
Director of Traditional Design with JH Specialty, Inc will
co-present along with Rick Carder, Director of Alumni Relations with
Indiana Wesleyan University.
Each will bring their expertise in
the areas of marketing, branding, and communications.

The session will include information on how to develop and build
your personal and professional brand over today’s electronic world
of Social Media like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You
will learn three simple steps to marketing yourself.
will include these steps: WHAT you know, WHO you know, and What THEY
need! This session will provide applications on how to make
yourself known in the current marketplace and best represent who you
are to the world.


We are offering this regional network Just for you! Bring
your business cards to hand out and network.

This event is open to all current students and alumni of IWU.
Non-alumni are also welcome to attend as well.

Please RSVP for this free event – a meal will be catered.
Contact to let us know you are

The event will be held at the Fort Wayne Education and
Conference Center – 8211 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN.


Up next few months:

Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 PM — Building Social Capital Series
(Part 2): The Keys to Networking (a panel discussion). Facilitated
by Rick Carder. This session will include top expert on branding,
Todd Rhodes. His book, “The MBA Guide To Social Skills” will be
discussed along with applications on how to integrate your skills
into the current marketplace.


Jessica Thorne – Human Trafficking |

New author, Megan Emily shares this week’s blog on alumnae Jessica Thorne. Check it out: Jessica Thorne – Human Trafficking |

Megan is a senior at IWU and works part-time with the Alumni Relations Office as Story Teller and Content Creator. Her role in the coming days will be to share alumni stories in each week’s edition of the IWU Alumni Blog.

IWU Alumni Directory – Announcement

In today’s fast paced electronic world you may at times feel overwhelmed by the number of emails and/or survey requests you receive. At Indiana Wesleyan University we understand your concerns considering the number of security breaches that have occurred across many industries. We want you to know we take great care to safeguard your identity at IWU.

Indiana Wesleyan University

We are excited to announce that a new Alumni Directory will be coming your way in 2016. In order for this to occur, an alumni survey will be completed over the next few weeks/months to secure updated alumni information. We want to celebrate who you are, where you are, and what you do. This survey will be completed and managed by Publishing Concepts (PCI). PCI will be contacting our alumni by mail, email, and/or telephone during this process. You will be invited to purchase a Directory. We want to say “thank you” in advance for your participation in this survey to insure your information is correctly included in our new Alumni Directory. There will be a special Career Networking section included in this edition.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact the Alumni Relations office or you may contact the PCI Customer Service Help Desk at 1-800-395-4724.

Frequently Asked Questions by alumni;

  1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information.  They said they were working on a directory for Indiana Wesleyan University.  Is this a legitimate project, or is it a scam?

We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce our new alumni directory.  PCI is a company located in Dallas, TX that publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation. This project allows Indiana Wesleyan University to receive important updates to our database so we know more about our alumni and how we can better serve you and future alumni.

  1. How do I know my information will only be used for directory purposes?

Indiana Wesleyan University has a contractual agreement with PCI that states:
a. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI by Indiana Wesleyan University for the publication of the Directory will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Directory and except as required by court order or law.

b. The Directory will be made available only to alumni of Indiana Wesleyan University. Upon completion of the project, PCI will return to Indiana Wesleyan University any and all electronic files that have been supplied by Indiana Wesleyan University or produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Directory.

  1. I would like to verify and update my information. How may I do this?

If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Indiana Wesleyan University project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you and make any updates where needed. One of the numbers for the Indiana Wesleyan University alumni is ….. (Information to be sent).

If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information.  If you have questions, you may call PCI’s customer service desk at 1-800-395-4724.

  1. Can anyone purchase a directory?

The Indiana Wesleyan University alumni Directory is available for sale only to Indiana Wesleyan University alumni.

  1. When will I receive my directory?

The total duration of the directory project is about 12 months.  Since we began the project in March 2015, the directories will be distributed in March 2016.

  1. Can I choose some or all of my information not to be printed in the directory?

When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative what information you would prefer to have excluded. You may also communicate this information to the PCI customer service desk (1-800-395-4724) or to the Alumni Association.

  1. I ordered a directory/package over the phone and would like to cancel my order.  How do I do this?

Call the PCI customer service help desk at 1-800-395-4724, and they will take care of this for you.



Jessica Thorne – Human Trafficking

When Jessica Thorne graduated from IWU in 2003 and began working in an Indianapolis elementary school, she never expected that God would eventually call her to quit teaching and become the founder of an anti-human trafficking organization. A mission trip to Nepal in 2007 changed Jessica’s plans. In Nepal, she was appalled by the damaging effects of the sex trade on its victims, most of whom were underage girls. But what broke her was her return to Indianapolis.

Large U.S. cities such as Indianapolis, Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. are home to a thriving sex trade. Worldwide, human trafficking is a $150 billion-a-year industry, and U.S. demand is one of the highest in the global sex trade market. Jessica says she didn’t know about trafficking in the U.S. until after her trip to Nepal. “There wasn’t a lot of buzz about the domestic issue. No one was addressing it,” she explained.

During her chapel presentation, Jessica showed this map of supply and demand for sex-trafficking.

During her chapel presentation, Jessica showed this map of supply and demand for sex-trafficking

Jessica also showed this map of calls made to the Polaris Project’s trafficking hotline.

Jessica also showed this map of calls made to the Polaris Project’s trafficking hotline.

Jessica felt God calling her to raise community awareness and provide relief for trafficking victims, so she worked with her church to host a benefit concert called Purchased. “Honestly, I thought that was the end of it,” Jessica said.

God had other plans. After hosting a few more events and networking with local anti-trafficking workers in Indianapolis, she left her teaching job and founded an anti-trafficking organization in 2011. The nonprofit, named Purchased in honor of the original concert, focuses on prevention and restoration. Workers from Purchased visit local schools and youth groups to talk to young people, especially those who may be at risk to become involved in human trafficking – as victims or as traffickers.

Purchased uses two curriculum to talk to teenagers. Empowering Youth is a preventative program that educates students on how to be part of the solution. My Life, My Choice is an intensive, ten-week program that helps rehabilitate girls aged 14-18 who have been victims of sex trafficking. According to Jessica, the Indianapolis Police Department and other anti-trafficking organizations other anti-trafficking organizations perform the initial rescues. The girls, most of whom come from high-poverty neighborhoods and juvenile detention facilities, are then referred to Purchased’s My Life, My Choice program.

Purchased is expanding in 2015 to include a mentorship program for the My Life, My Choice girls. “It’s hard to leave the girls after ten weeks,” Jessica said. She hopes the mentoring program will help former victims learn to manage life after being rescued by providing guidance and support as they plan their futures.

Jessica is also pleased with how far God has brought Purchased. During her time at IWU, she was involved in ministry teams and Chorale but even today doesn’t always think of herself as a leader. “I never in a million years though I’d be coming back to speak at chapel. It’s so surreal,” she said, “I’m not a leader, an entrepreneur, someone who would want to start something.”

Now that she has started something, Jessica looks forward to expanding the outreach Purchased has in Indianapolis. She encourages others to get involved by educating themselves, talking about the issue, and praying. When asked what advice she would give to fellow IWU alumni, Jessica said, “Pay attention to what God’s doing, and be open to saying yes, even if it sounds totally crazy.” For more information about human trafficking and IWU-affiliated organizations, you can visit: Bastian Center or Destiny Rescue.

Written by Megan Emily. Megan is a senior English and Writing major at IWU and a member of the John Wesley Honors College. She operates a blog about finding security and hope.