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United States Army Officer: McKinzie Horoho

By: Dezaray Barr

McKinzie Horoho

McKinzie Horoho graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and Honors Humanities through the John Wesley Honors College. Horoho came to IWU unexpectedly. “I was not accepted to my top choice school,” she shared. “IWU was my backup plan. I grew up 30 minutes from campus and didn’t want to go to college so close to my hometown; however, my parents moved the summer before my freshman year which made attending IWU more appealing. God was very clearly working and the move was perfectly timed for my parents and myself.”

During her time at IWU, some of Horoho’s greatest joys and greatest sorrows occurred. “It was a time of immense personal growth for me. Friendships were forged in a time when, as young adults, we had fewer responsibilities, yet were also faced with new challenges, both personally and professionally,” she said.

It was at IWU that her faith became a real relationship. Horoho said, “While there were plenty of 20 minute power naps taken as a freshman, I also came to take even just 5 minutes to shut my eyes, pray and continue on with my daily schedule.”

Now, Horoho is an officer in the United States Army. After being commissioned one year ago, she is now working in Europe doing administrative support for personnel. IWU’s influence on her life impacts her work each day. “I can only imagine trying to do my job without the spiritual footing I developed at IWU. I am still growing, but I have such a respect for a Christian liberal arts education. Coming from a public school, I had never experienced classroom discussion on theology and philosophy like I enjoyed for four years in the John Wesley Honors College — what a gift that was!” she said.

If Horoho could speak to current IWU students, here is what she’d say: “Your degree will not give you your purpose in life — it may help you along that path, but often God gives us bits of purpose in bite-sized chunks, like puzzle pieces.”

 

 

Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a junior Strategic Communication, Journalism and Honors Humanities triple major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.

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Attorney & Activist Aaron Greenwalt

By: Dezaray Barr

Aaron Greenwalt

Aaron Greenwalt graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science. Greenwalt felt led to attend IWU, and he said, “I appreciated the emphasis on developing a Biblical worldview that was woven throughout IWU’s curriculum.”

Greenwalt particularly enjoyed his junior and senior years as a student at IWU, because he became active in student government and other extracurricular opportunities. “I’m grateful that I developed several life-long friendships [during this time,]” he shared.

IWU’s spiritual environment also had a strong impact on Greenwalt’s life. While a student at IWU, his faith moved from something that was abstract to something that he made concrete and finally considered his own.

Now, Greenwalt and his father own Greenwalt Development Corporation, which focuses on commercial and industrial real estate development. He is an attorney, but does not do outside legal work. Greenwalt shared, “I focus on internal legal items regarding our development company. For example, I help prepare purchase agreements, leases, listing agreements and items related to closing real estate transactions.”

Greenwalt said, “The College of Arts and Sciences at IWU provided a solid foundation for law school at Liberty University. With my B.S. from IWU and my J.D. from Liberty, I have a unique skill set and understanding of the business community.” Outside of this unique mindset, Greenwalt also uses his Biblical worldview to impact how he and his father operate their business.

Greenwalt enjoys international travel, kayaking and riding his motorcycle. He volunteers with Kids Around the World, building playgrounds in underdeveloped areas in the world, reaching children for Christ. He is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the IWU Alumni Association. He’s also the Vice President of Greenfield’s Rotary Club and the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Love Inc. of Greater Hancock County. He’s also a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the USA. Greenwalt is a member of Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan Church in Greenfield, Indiana.

 

 

Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a junior Strategic Communication, Journalism and Honors Humanities triple major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.