Pride & Traditions
To coincide with this year's Homecoming theme, Jaguars Dream Big, we asked students, faculty, staff, and alumni to share their dreams with us. Read more about what their dreams are and what Jaguars Dream Big means to them.
Sustainable Management and Policy (SPEA) '14
Customer Service Manager, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.
“During my time at IUPUI, I became aware of environmental issues that plague our planet as a result of emissions from power generation, manufacturing, and automobiles. I decided that I wanted to commit my life's work to pursuing my dream of making the world a better place for our generation and generations to come. Living in downtown Indianapolis, I recognized the impact that commuting motorists have on air quality every day and began bicycling and encouraging others to bicycle instead of driving a car. My senior year as an IUPUI student, I was elected President of the Student Sustainability Council and committed my time to raising awareness about environmental issues on campus. I had the opportunity to lead a project to develop the Master Bicycle Plan for the IUPUI campus in the spring of 2014. Upon graduation, I was hired at the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. to assist in operating the Pacers Bikeshare program downtown. This has allowed me to continue pursuing my dream of increasing access to clean and healthy transportation for all. I was also awarded a fellowship through Plan 2020, an innovative planning group for the future of Indianapolis, to develop a gap analysis of the city's bikeway system. My proposal includes safer and more connected infrastructure for bicyclists throughout the city, leading to a cleaner, and more sustainable Indianapolis. I look forward to seeing where pursuing my dreams will take me next!”
Sophomore, Herron School of Art and Design (Art History and Integrative Studio Practice major)
“Personally, I feel that Jaguars Dream Big implies that as an IUPUI student, you’re likely to strive towards a goal you set for yourself that may seem impossible to achieve through the eyes of others. Everyone has aspirations when they go through college, but those aspirations are always subjected to change. Coming to IUPUI has really helped me develop my big dream as a Jaguar. When I came here my freshman year, I thought I had a solid plan for my future that would stick with me for all four years. I originally wanted to just major in Art History and get a certificate in Museums Studies. With these two things I thought that would ensure a future for me where I could work in a museum. Before coming to IUPUI, I had another dream and that was to become an art conservator. This seemed nearly impossible to accomplish during the time. Throughout the summer of my sophomore year, I worked for the orientation services here at IUPUI. That’s where I was given the opportunity to get to know the campus better and make connects that further my development as an individual. Some of the connections I had made were with the director and undergraduate advisor of my school. They worked with me and helped me get involved in an environment that was suitable to my needs. After further grounding myself into this university, I was able to get more comfortable with the people who attended this school and as well as my advisors. Without my advisors, I would not know where I would be headed. Both my advisors treat me with the upmost respect and understand what I really want to do with my life. They both helped me devise a plan on how I could move forward to one day become an art conservator. I’m truly thankful for the experiences have had at IUPUI. IUPUI has really helped me create a plan so that I can achieve my dreams here. I never thought I would be given the opportunities I have been given so far. I’m glad that I choose to strive for my dream here at IUPUI. In the end I have come to realize that Jaguars Dream Big means that as Jaguars here at IUPUI, we are given the opportunities and resources to fulfill the impossible.”
Clara Jasmine Moore
Senior, Herron School of Art and Design (Fine Arts major with Latino Studies Certificate)
“I feel honored to be a graduating senior at IUPUI. It has been a long and difficult journey for me, but I have made it through. What I would like to do before I leave the campus is pass on my legacy. I want to share what I have experienced with the younger students. That way, when the time comes, they will be able to start their journeys. When I come back and visit in the next few years or so, I want to see this campus in a new light. Dreaming big is all about setting goals for yourself and taking risks. It does not matter where you come from, what you look like, how old you are, or what skill level you possess. Everybody has a chance for greatness. Don’t EVER be afraid to try new things. Everything that you experience will help determine the person inside of you.”
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
Adjunct Professor of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, Herron School of Art and Design
Instructor/Jeweler of FC Drea Design
“I never set out to become a teacher. I was always the painfully shy but diligent worker. Graduate school forced me into teaching beginning Metals as a sabbatical replacement during my second semester. I have never looked back. I love what I do. My dream is to teach Metals as a major and inspire the next wave of fine art jewelers. I’ve sent many students to off to Metals programs. I ultimately want to be the person in charge of their education in this amazing field.”
Senior, School of Engineering and Technology (Mechanical Engineering major)
“IUPUI is the perfect place to get involved - if you have a dream, you can make it happen. My dream was to help my fellow Jaguars achieve their dreams by helping create Paw's Pantry - IUPUI's student-run food pantry.”