By: Dezaray Barr
Nicole Trexler graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014 with her BSN. She attended the university earlier, in 1996, pursuing social work for three years. But after getting married, she chose to put school on hold.
Trexler, originally from Traverse City, Michigan, lived in Shatford Hall and recalls many memories in the hall with her peers.
Trexler’s parents were in ministry, and she remembers hosting IWU ministry teams. “Our family would host many of the teams in our home, and I was always drawn to IWU,” she shared. “As I got older, I would come to IWU for youth conferences and ‘Teens and Talent Competitions.’ I think this helped me become more familiar with the University. When it came time to choose a University to attend, IWU was my very first choice. I loved the campus, and I felt comfortable there.”
Trexler is now a Clinical Nurse Manager at Marion General Hospital just down the street from the university. “I have the responsibility of managing the nursing staff in eight of our physician practices for Marion General Hospital,” she explained. “I oversee nurses and help with education, training and developing both Licensed Practical Nurses and Medical assistants. One of my favorite rolls of being a nurse is to mentor and learn new things daily.”
She continued, “My time at IWU influenced who I am today in many ways. When I originally came to IWU as a freshman, I would have never imagined myself in a leadership role. IWU gave me so many friendships, wonderful mentors and skills that I can lead with confidence today.”
During her first semester at IWU, Trexler experienced a time of spiritual growth. “It was the first time in my life that I could ‘choose’ if I wanted to go to church or not. It was the first time that I was on my own. IWU provided so many opportunities for me in spiritual growth. My roommate was solid in her walk with God, and I would see her in the word daily. I met my husband my first week of college. He was a spiritual leader to me and would do devotions with me. I had professors that invested in me and truly cared for me.”
Trexler encourages IWU students to enjoy their experience. “Many of my friendships still today are from my days at IWU,” she said. “Also, remember that life changes and that the Adult Professional Program is so accommodating. It worked perfectly for me!”
Trexler has been married for almost 20 years to her freshman sweetheart, Matthew Trexler. They have three children and live in Marion Indiana. Ten years ago, they planted a church called “The River,” and they just celebrated the church’s tenth birthday!
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a junior Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU, Dezaray runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.