Statement issued Thursday:
Muncie, IN – The Ball State University Alumni Association recently named eight graduates to receive the 2011 Graduate Of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award.
The award honors alumni who have demonstrated personal and professional achievement, community involvement, and commitment to Ball State within the first ten years of graduation.
Receiving these awards are Christopher Clemens, Carpenteria, California; Lindsey Helmer, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Jason Meinerding, Bryant, Indiana; Laura Mickler, Yorktown, Indiana; Phillip Miller, Indianapolis, Indiana; Dustin Oberlin, Roanoke, Indiana; Molly Shumaker, Chicago, Illinois; and Tracey Traub, Carmel, Indiana.
Clemens graduated from Ball State University in 2006 with a degree in marketing from the Miller College of Business. He is currently the International Marketing Manager for FoodTools, Inc., where he had previously served as West Coast Sales/Service Representative from 2006 to January 2010. Before coming to FoodTools, Inc., Clemens completed two internships at TelSpan, Inc., in 2005 and 2006. Organizations in which Clemens is involved include serving as Marketing Committee Member for Bakery Equipment Manufacturers & Allieds Association, board member and Programs & Special Events Director for Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, alumni board member of the H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling at Ball State’s Miller College of Business, Past Chapter Advisor and Past Student Chapter President for Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and Past Regional Counselor and Past Chapter Marshal for Theta Chi Fraternity.
Helmer received a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2004 from Ball State University. She is owner and private vocal coach at Vocal Power Academy in
Fort Wayne, Indiana. Vocal Power Academy is a private studio that prepares artists for their talent competitions and performances throughout the community, and specializes in song editing and re-writing competition music. Helmer was a member of the Ball State University Singers while at Ball State and also became involved in Habitat for Humanity in her hometown in Noble County, Indiana, reviving the organization that had nearly been shut down due to lack of funding and volunteers. She recently finished planning, organizing, and producing the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars of Noble County event to support Habitat for Humanity. In 2005 Helmer won first runner-up in the Miss Indiana Scholarship Program where she was able to spread awareness and support for her platform, “Habitat for Humanity: Out of Poverty, Into Hope.” She has also served as the national spokesperson for the Habitat for Humanity’s International Speakers Bureau. Although Habitat for Humanity has been her primary focus, she is also involved in the Miss America Scholarship Organization, the Lupus Foundation, LEAP Foundation of Noble County, United Way, and the Ball State University Singers.
Meinerding earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance in 2009 from Ball State University. He has stayed involved with Ball State by serving as President of the Ball State University Financial Management Student Association (FM$A), Investment Vice President of FM$A, and on the Deans Student Advisory Council for the Miller College of Business. He achieved the Advanced Professionalism Certification through the Miller College of Business. As an alumnus, he has been a director on several boards such as the Energize East Central Indiana board of directors, the Jay County Chamber of Commerce board of directors where he is an honorary director, Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Meinerding was publicly elected into a council position for the Town of Bryant and then elected president. As president, he spearheaded a campaign to bring tax dollars to Bryant in the form of grants and was able to bring over $686,000 to Bryant. He joined Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative and will begin work toward a law degree at Indiana University Law School this fall.
Mickler graduated Cum Laude from Ball State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences vocational education. In 2008 she received a Master of Arts degree from Ball State in student affairs and higher education administration. She is the Purdue Cooperative Extension Educator for Health and Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development in both Winchester and Muncie, Indiana. She was a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Life from 2007 to 2008, and was an instructor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2008 at Ball State. Mickler is currently a Collegiate Province Officer for Sigma Kappa Sorority and is a member of the Ball State Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Board, the Ball State Young Alumni Giving Council, the Indiana Extension Educators Association, the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 2002 in computer science and information systems from Ball State University. He went on to earn an MBA from Indiana University and a Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University School of Law. Miller is currently the Vice President of Product Strategy for Moodlerooms, an
e-learning management system that provides educators and students across the globe with proven, enterprise-level e-learning solutions. He has previously served as Director of Business Development for Oxygen Education, LLC; Product Manager and Senior Solutions Architect for ANGEL Learning, Inc.; and Senior Technology Consultant for Crowe Chizek and Company, LLP. Miller’s volunteer activities include mission trips, and he spent a year in Costa Rica using his computer programming skills to help a mission organization create and distribute curriculum to missionaries through Central America. He is also a member of the Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Associations, a Lacy LEAD Graduate, a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, and was a “Best and Brightest” Award recipient in technology. Miller is also on the President’s Advisory Council for the Indiana Sports Corporation.
Oberlin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 in entrepreneurship and small business management from Ball State University. He is the CEO and owner of Velox MotorWorks in Indianapolis, Indiana, a high-end, private car dealership providing custom buying opportunities as well as sales of rare and unique automobiles. He is also CEO, President, and owner of Redfli Electronics in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a home theater and computer sales company that also supplies custom installation. Oberlin also serves as Sales Vice President for Oberlin Marketing where he is responsible for promoting new products, direct sales, and oversees daily business operations. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, C.E.O. Club, Accounting Club, and Business Fellows.
Shumaker received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 from Ball State University majoring in interior design with a minor in architecture. She has been an account executive for Interior Investments LLC in Chicago, Illinois, since 2010. Interior Investments is a Herman Miller Certified Dealership in the office furniture business allowing people to be more satisfied in their working environment. Shumaker has also worked for Henriksen Butler in Las Vegas, Nevada, and American Office in Washington, D.C. Organizations in which Shumaker is involved include: Chi Omega National Connection, Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW), Chicago Real Estate Council, International Interior Design Association, International Facility Management Association, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association – Developing Leaders Group, Young Real Estate Professionals, and CoreNet Global. She is also currently pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional certification.
Traub earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ball State University in accounting in 2001. She continued her education at the University of Notre Dame receiving a Master of Science degree in accountancy in 2002. Traub is currently the inaugural controller for enVista, a leading enterprise and supply chain consulting firm based in Carmel, Indiana. Prior to enVista, she served as controller for That’s Good HR, Inc., and was also employed as a senior auditor for Crowe Chizek and Company, LLC from 2003 to 2007. Traub joined Junior League of Indianapolis and tri-chaired the 2009 ‘American Girl Fashion Show’ fundraiser, was co-chair of the 2007 ‘Princess for a Night’ event in South Bend, and has started the ‘Princess’ event this year in Indianapolis. At Ball State she was a founding member of Cardinal Women’s Connection in 2007 and began serving as a mentor for the Miller Scholars Program through the Miller College of Business. In addition, in 2011 she participated in Dialogue Days by speaking to an honors accounting class. She is also a member of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.
G.O.L.D. Award recipients will be honored during Ball State’s Homecoming Weekend. Terry Coleman, BSUAA chairperson, will present the awards at a recognition dinner on Friday, October 7, 2011, at the Alumni Center.