Grandpuppies, graduates, and more!

After moving their daughter to Chicago, Sherry Barnhart, an application administrator for the Identity Management Systems team, and her husband, Jim, took a 10-day road trip vacation to Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. They have now traveled to all 50 states (and Puerto Rico) together!  

Oh, give me a home . . . Sherry Barnhart snapped some pics of bison on her trip. 

50-state club. Sherry and Jim have now visited every U.S. state together. 

“My twins graduated from Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, Ind., this June. When they were born, I was working at IU Kokomo. Everyone jokes that we had an IU themed delivery,” writes Lisa Schunk, manager of regional campus technology support. “My doctor was a graduate of the IU School of Medicine, and all of the nurses in the delivery room were graduates of the School of Nursing at IU Kokomo. We even had two IU Kokomo nursing students in the delivery room observing the caesarean section delivery. I too, was an IU Kokomo graduate. We did not plan this IU theme.

“Derek plans to attend IU East to major in secondary education with a concentration in science. Lindsay will be attending Ball State University majoring in telecommunications with a concentration in audio and multimedia production. She will also be marching saxophone in the Ball State “Pride of Mid-America” marching band this fall.

“The twins finished their senior year with academic honors, while adjusting to me working from home. 😊 Their high school did a great job with following COVID-19 guidelines, and they were able to attend school in person for most of the year.” Congratulations to everyone!

A pair of graduates. Derek and Lindsay are headed off to college this fall. 

Amanda Chambliss, project manager in the IT Communications Office, and Alan Mauro, video producer, IT Communications Office, were recently married in South Haven, Mich. The ceremony was officiated by Craig Stewart, who retired last year as executive director of the IU Pervasive Technology Institute. Congrats to Amanda and Alan!

Big congratulations to our colleague Michael Hawkes, local support provider for the IU School of Medicine, who celebrated his 20th anniversary working for IU on May 27.

She claims she’s not smitten, but we think otherwise. “I think I would like to share my new grand puppy,” writes Jackie Vest, a payroll /accounts receivable associate in the Finance Office. “I am not in love or anything. His name is Ruger Marshall Vest. He is a Shepskie (husky, German shepherd mix) and he is 5.5 months old.”

Blue-eyed baby Ruger has stolen Jackie Vest's heart. 

Interesting mix. Known as a Shepskie, the pup is part husky and part German shepherd. 

Podcaster extraordinaire Rachel Frend, administrative coordinator for UITS IT Training, reports that her podcast, The Five(ish) Fangirls, celebrated its seventh birthday on June 8. Meanwhile, her other audio endeavor, Gold Standard: The Oscars Podcast, celebrated its first anniversary on June 11. Keep up the great work, Rachel! 

“I just recently trained in small, unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) at the National Emergency Services Academy (NESA), inside the base at Camp Atterbury,” writes Vince Cannon, motion media lead producer in the IT Communications Office. “The cohort included Civil Air Patrol (CAP) directors of unmanned aircraft systems from around the country. The training advanced my skills in drone-based optical systems and technologies, which both help me in my cinematic work for Indiana University, and in my emergency services work with CAP.” Thanks for your service, Vince!

Growing his skills. Vince Cannon keeps adding to his impressive list of Civil Air Patrol accomplishments. 

Brenna Meade has joined the International Networks and Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC) team. Hailing from Colorado, she has a background in network engineering and has also been a part of Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program and SCinet. “We feel that she is a great addition and are excited that she has joined our team,” writes Heather Hubbard, project coordinator for International Networks. 

Welcome to IU! Brenna Meade brings much network engineering experience to her new role. 

Sean Winningham, online instructional designer, recently joined the board of the Wayne Township Education Foundation. His term begins July 1. “I’m very excited to be a part of this great community,” he said. The feeling is mutual. The official tweet announcing the new board members said, “We're thrilled to harness their talents to expand opportunities that will help teachers to bring the curriculum to life! Welcome aboard!”