Inspiring Alumni Award: 2019 Finalists

Alex Blubaugh
Team Leader – Materials Management, Eli Lilly and Company
Purdue University
“Mentoring represents opportunity – both the opportunity to lend a hand to your neighbors, colleagues, and those less fortunate as well as an opportunity to learn and expand your own boundaries and horizons. I believe that mentoring others and being a mentee are the keys to any individual fulfilling their potential, both in career and life pursuits. The world cannot have enough great mentors.”




Jimmy Cox
Director, Student-Alumni Programs, Purdue Alumni Association
Purdue University
“Remember that mentor leadership is all about serving. Jesus said, ‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” – Tony Dungy





Colleen Ferlotti
Management Engineer, Duke University Health Systems
Virginia Tech University
“Mentoring became such an integral part of my life the first time I became a mentor. I knew that as a mentee, you gain a lot from the guidance you are given but in my experience, a mentor usually learns more. This symbiotic relationship provides connection, growth, and inspiration for both people involved and without mentorship in my life I wouldn’t be where I am today.” 


George Giltner
State Director of Robotics, TechPoint Foundation for Youth
Purdue University
“Be the mentor you wish you had” – Unknown







Melissa Hunt
4th grade teacher, Vinton Elementary School, Lafayette School Corporation
Purdue University
I mentor because each and every child should have someone who they feel comfortable talking to and having someone they can look up to. My students have taught me more about mentoring through my time as a teacher and I truly feel like College Mentors for Kids helped set me up for success as an educator and as a mentor.”




Craig Kwiatkowski
Program Director, Science Fun for Everyone
Purdue University
“My parents, family, friends, and teachers have all helped mentor me which allowed me to be a better mentor during my time at College Mentors for Kids, to the young budding scientists I see now, or even to coworkers. Each of these opportunities has helped me strive to be a better version of myself with the hope that we can all guide each other on this adventure.”




Stephanie Laskey
Mission Director, Susan G. Komen Central Indiana
University of Notre Dame
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without people who took an interest in my success: professors, supervisors, organization Board members, and friends. And I hope that in some small way, one day I can be that person for someone else.”





Joshua Reichart
Sr. Manager Partner Activation, 500 Festival, Inc.
University of Indianapolis
“If it was not for the people in my life, as well as the experiences that these individuals helped me to get through, I would not be in the person I am today. Mentoring is something that does not cost anything to anyone and can easily be passed on from individual to individual. You do not want to take these teaching moments for granted and never know when a kind word of advice can last a lifetime.”




Emma Whitlow
Optometric Technician, Whitlow Family Vision Center
Marian University
“We mentor to support our little buddies. So many of them have HUGE ideas, and it’s awesome knowing that our mentoring can give them the encouragement to pursue those big ideas.”





Meet the 2019 Inspiring Alumni Award Recipient, Brian Dixon, PhD.