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Larry Weimer Receives PHS Guerin Award

Larry Weimer receives PHS Guerin Award

Larry Weimer poses with his wife, Jan, after receiving the PHS St. Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award.

Each year at our Catholic Schools Week Mass, we recognize a faculty or staff member who exemplifies Catholic values and the saintly attributes of St. Theodora Guerin, the foundress of the Sisters of Providence. This year’s recipient of the PHS St. Theodora Excellence in Education award is Mr. Larry Weimer, director of finance.

Mr. Weimer has worked in the Business Office since 1998, the same year that Mother Theodora Guerin was beatified by St. Pope John Paul II. Mr. Weimer is known for his unwavering devotion to family, faith and Providence. With his expertise in finance and accounting, he ensures that our school is financially strong. Our school is debt free and at the same time has some of the finest facilities in the region. He also works diligently to meet the growing demand for financial aid with limited funds, and our families seem to get what they need to afford a Catholic education.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Weimer follows multiple sports teams, including the Pioneers. He is known to offer coaches his insights into an upcoming opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.

“While he does not often get the opportunity to be with students, he is a huge fan of all things PHS,” Mr. Steve Williams told the students at the all school liturgy last week when the award was presented. “He knows the box scores (and) he knows who has the lead in the play and applauds our fine arts and academic accomplishments. (He is) a true, blue Pioneer.”

Mr. Weimer also assists Fr. Adam Ahern at daily morning liturgy, and if Fr. Adam needs to be away, Mr. Weimer conducts the prayer service. At his parish, St. Mary’s Lanesville, he has led parish Catholic Appeal campaigns and chaired its parish finance and stewardship committees. He also is a trained catechist and an extraordinary Eucharistic minister. He is an alumnus of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Bellarmine University.

Mr. Weimer said he was stunned when he learned right before the liturgy began that he was to receive the award following Mass. He was told his family would attend, and he expected his wife and maybe one of his sons who lives in the area. So he was equally surprised to see all his sons and his brothers, including one who lives in Alabama.

A history buff, Mr. Weimer said he is humbled to think he has received an award named after the foundress of the Sisters of Providence who came from France to the wilderness of the territory that became Indiana in order to start a religious order.

“The magnitude of it is still difficult to grasp,” he said. “The Good Lord has helped me and blessed me.”

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Students Learn About Community Through NEXGEN

Students learn about community through NEXGEN

Again this year, four juniors are representing Providence by their participation in NEXGEN, a program of Leadership Southern Indiana that works to engage and develop future regional community leaders who will serve and transform our community. This year’s participants are Annie Gettelfinger, Alex Henderson, Annmarie Tichy and Tyler Upton.

Juniors Annmarie Tichy, Tyler Upton and Annie Gettelfinger are three of the four PHS participants in this year’s NEXGEN program.

This year, the group is divided into two teams, with Tyler and Annmarie on one, and Annie and Alex on the other, along with juniors from high schools throughout the region. Last week, Tyler and Annmarie’s group took part in the fourth of six sessions for the year, Economy and Enterprise Day.

The students attended a breakfast with business leaders from companies throughout the community and featuring speakers Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel ’89 and Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop. The group then traveled by bus to several sites, starting in downtown Jeffersonville at the site of the Towneplace Suites Marriott Hotel project being built by ARC Construction at the corner of Mulberry and Maple streets. ARC President and CEO Alan Muncy, then gave them a tour of the ARC office. Next, the students were given driving tour of River Ridge Commerce Center industrial park on the east side of Jeffersonville guided by Dustin Coffman, River Ridge director of finance and marketing. The day also included a stop at Clark Regional Airport and a tour of Samtec, an electronic connectors manufacturer in New Albany.

Tyler said he likes that the NEXGEN class days offer a chance to meet community leaders and officials and to see how government, businesses and other sectors in the community work. He especially liked the most recent day and the visit to the airport because he wants to have a career as a pilot.

“One thing I learned is that our community is growing rapidly,” he said. “That means that I can have a fulfilling and successful career in my community.”

Annie said she likes how she gets to meet so many students from area high schools. She also enjoyed working on her team’s nonprofit project. Her team raised money at Christmastime to buy gifts for foster children living at Family Ark in Jeffersonville.

Tyler and Annmarie’s team has been paired with the Falls of the Ohio for its nonprofit partner. His team is working on a trifold brochure to encourage more engagement from school-age children at the state park in Clarksville.

Girls Swim & Dive Team Makes A Splash

Girls Swim & Dive team makes a splash

The Swim & Dive team continues to grow and improve after several years of declining numbers. Coach Jim Pfeiffer has focused on recruiting and teaching technique, and the results are obvious. In the regular season, the Girls Swim team improved their times and had some team wins.

At Girls Swim sectional, the team posted a 10-year high in points with 66, almost double its 34 points last year. The team’s seven swimmers advanced to the sectional finals in seven events. Unlike other sports that have multiple levels of postseason events, swimming sectional includes preliminaries and the finals with the top swimmer in each event advancing to state. (Swimmers who meet state time standards also advance until there are 32 competitors for each event.) Diving does hold a regional competition, and senior Madison Roehrs, a

Senior Madison Roehrs places 14th in the Bloomington North Diving Regional. 

former nationally ranked competitive gymnast in her first year on the team, has broken two school diving records and placed 14th in last night’s diving regional after placing third at sectional.

In the Girls Swim sectional preliminaries, sophomore Meg LaMaster placed 16th in the 200-yard individual medley and 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke, and junior Abby Glotzbach placed 10th in the 100-yard backstroke and advanced to the finals. Sophomore Lauren Stapp placed 18th in the 50-yard freestyle and was second alternate in the finals.

The relay teams did well in the preliminaries. The 200-yard medley relay team of Meg, Abby, Lauren, and junior Anna Thomas placed ninth; the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lauren, Anna, freshman Faith Middleton, and junior Daryl Hunton placed 12th, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Abby, Daryl, Lauren and Anna placed 10th.

In the finals, Coach Pfeiffer said he was impressed with the girls’ performance and their efforts to continue to improve their times. The 200 medley relay team cut nearly 8 seconds off last year’s time and placed 11th. The 400 free relay team won the consolation round and cut 13 seconds from last year’s time.

Coach Pfeiffer credits the extra effort put in by Abby and Meg for their success in individual events and their contribution to the relays.

“Abby is one of the hardest working athletes I have ever worked with,” he said, noting that she regularly swims before school, works out after school, and attends every practice. “If you are to succeed in anything, excel at something, it doesn’t happen just because one wants it, but it comes from work. It’s also believing in oneself that with work, rewards will come their way. And it comes from listening, trying new ways, not being beholden to the status quo.”

He also noted that Meg comes in early to swim and watches the clock to improve her time every practice. She also was willing to try a new race – the individual medley — when she realized she could qualify at sectional. Coach Pfeiffer also worked with her on all aspects of her technique in the breaststroke in order to improve to a qualifying time.

“Because of her work ethic, we had no problem transitioning her into an IM swimmer,” he said. “And it paid off.”

The Boys Swim team will compete in sectionals next week.

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Oceanographer Spends Seven Weeks In Antarctica

Oceanographer spends seven weeks in Antarctica

Susan Howard ’88 has spent much of her career building computer models of the polar oceans and ice shelves in order to help scientists better understand their impact on changes in the climate and sea level. So she was thrilled to get the chance to return to the Antarctic to study the Ross Ice Shelf. It was her second research trip to the region but her first one on land. Being able to see the area she maps and works with on a daily basis from her office in Seattle was an inspirational experience.

Howard recently spent seven weeks working at the McMurdo Station, a research facility operated by the U.S. Antarctic Program, along with colleagues from around the United States and New Zealand, who are part of the ROSETTA-Ice team. She is now back at Earth & Space Research, a nonprofit institute specializing in oceanographic research where she works as a research associate. Her group was invited to be part of the research project because of the members’ expertise in oceanography and the polar regions, to supplement the work of the geologists and glaciologists on the research team.

Her work in Seattle includes data processing, data analysis, and numerical modeling of the Ross Sea and its ice shelves in the Southern Ocean as well as contributing to and writing scientific papers and proposals to share the group’s research. Usually, she works from satellite images and data such as anomalies in precipitation and atmospheric pressure over the continent, so she was thrilled to be able to see the area first-hand.

The Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica offers stunning views.

“I’ve been working on the Ross Sea for a long time, so it’s really great to get this opportunity to see what you’re actually working on,” Howard said, “It’s very inspirational. It gives that little spark to keep me doing what I’m doing.”

This second expedition to the Antarctic was more enjoyable for her, she said, because the first one aboard the R/V N.B. Palmer as part of the Southern Ocean GLOBEC cruise in 2001 was in rough seas. It was also near the end of fall, and the region experienced only an hour of daylight, so most of their work was done in the dark. This trip was in 24 hours of daylight, and with the station on land, there were galleys and gyms to visit after work. And blackout shades on their windows helped them sleep at night.

Galleys, gyms, and 24 hours of daylight make Howard’s second trip to Antarctic more enjoyable.

“Even though it was really cold, the sunlight made it more manageable,” Howard said. “It didn’t seem as harsh.”

The first trip did offer more opportunities to see whales and penguins, she said, but she did have the chance to see seals on her most recent trip. Still, the Ross Seas is one of the last untouched areas on the planet, so the beauty of ice shelves and the wildlife was stunning.

Now that she has returned to Seattle, the real work of the expedition is underway. Her team is using its research to improve its mapping of the ocean floor and to create a baseline of data to help scientists “understand what will happen to the ice shelf if ocean warms” and in their research on climate change and rising sea levels, she said.

“With this project, we have increased our understanding of the geologic and glaciological structure of the region and can now do a better job of modeling and understanding past cycles of it and predict future changes to it,” Howard wrote in her blog. “This is the largest of the Antarctic ice shelves, and an important region for understanding the process that affect the ice shelf. This project will provide a solid foundation for future work and other studies as we seek to understand the stability of the ice shelves in a changing climate.”

Howard said she loves her work, a field she stumbled into during an internship with NASA prior to her senior year at Rutgers University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in math with a minor in physics. She had held a lifelong interest in science and was weighing options in applied physics when she discovered oceanography, making that the focus of her master’s degree at Oregon State University.

She stayed in the Northwest after earning her degree and has been with Earth & Space Research most of her career, except for a few years she spent working in New Zealand as a physical simulation developer in the visual FX industry.

Howard said her Providence teachers, particularly the late Norma Reynolds and the late Vera Cummins, nurtured her love of science and math.

“They really were great teachers,” she said. “They just let me be who I was and were very encouraging. No one ever told me no. Sometimes you hear about girls being put off of science and math, but I never felt that. I always felt encouraged.”

She hopes to one day return to Antarctica but has no plans for now. She’s happy to be home with her 14-year-old daughter, with whom she stayed in touch via Google Hangouts, weekly phone calls, and email during her expedition.

“But I would love to go back,” she said. “I’ll figure out a way to go. It was a really great experience and a really good environment with a lot of people doing a lot of interesting work.”

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Retreat Helps Juniors “unstuff”

Retreat helps juniors “unstuff”

This month, the juniors began their retreat experience. The first group went two weeks ago, and the second group returns this afternoon. This overnight retreat is held at Mt. St. Francis and helps the students grow in their faith in order to prepare them for times when they must make tough decisions and even ask difficult questions on their faith journey. The focus is on emptying themselves so that God can truly fill each person. The retreat includes prayer, witness talks, small group discussions, and community building.

Adriel Nacpil got a lot out of his retreat experience and shares:

“Junior retreat was a very enjoyable experience. I learned a lot about who I am, and I was able to hear the thoughts and feelings of others. The overall message of the retreat was that our lives are ‘stuffed.’ Our lives contain good things such as God, family, and friends. However, among them are our sins, doubts, and fears. At one point, we wrote down on paper the things that are weighing us down, and then later we proceeded to burn them, signifying that we would rid them from our lives.

“The retreat was also a great time to spend with my classmates. It forced us to deeply discuss (things) with those outside of our close friends, which strengthened our relationship as a class. Talking and getting to know my classmates better was one of the best parts. I wouldn’t say that the retreat was life changing or anything, but there was a lot to take away from this experience, and I had a lot of fun. Honestly, the time flew by and it has made me more excited for senior retreat.”

Alex Henderson also enjoyed getting to know her classmates and deepening her faith:

“The junior retreat from January 9-10, 2018, was an amazing experience that allowed me to grow closer to my peers and fellow classmates. It was a wonderful opportunity for growth in my faith and in my everyday life.

“Throughout this retreat we were given opportunities for reflection and thought provoking questions to spark conversation. The main topic of the retreat was “Fulfilled.” We talked about how to rid ourselves of the sin and junk in our lives by going to Confession and allowing ourselves to be free of any extra baggage that we might be carrying with us. We are “stuffed” with superficial things. When we are filled with sin and debris, there is no room for anything else. Furthermore, most of us are unable to face the fears that trouble us, because that’s what makes them fears in the first place.

“We cannot be fulfilled until we are empty.

“We have to first fill ourselves before we begin to fill others.

“We were reminded on the retreat that our words and actions contribute to how others are filled.

“This retreat has ‘filled’ my life with possibility and wonder, and I hope to spread what I have learned with those around me.”

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Senior’s  Eagle Scout Project Helps Shelter

Senior’s Eagle Scout project helps shelter

Senior Nik Heiligenberg recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. A member of Troop 4010 out of St. Anthony, he earned the rank in part by completing a project that included building a storage shed for the Haven House homeless shelter in Jeffersonville.

Nik said he came up with the idea for the project after a relative suggested it. With the help of his parents, he set up a GoFundMe account to raise the $1,000 in donations to purchase the kit and supplies. Family, friends and the Callistus Smith Insurance Agency contributed.

He then organized a group of volunteers that included about 30 fellow Scouts, friends and family who worked over six weekends to construct the base and build the shed. A few of the shelter’s residents also helped, including someone with roofing experience who provided invaluable expertise.

The extra space was so sorely needed that the shelter’s staff had started to store items even before the shed was painted, Nik said. Those items had to be removed to finish the project, but it has since been filled, as he saw when he returned to help a fellow Scout with his project of building a playground for the shelter. Seeing it put to such quick use affirmed the need for the project.

“It felt pretty good making everyone happy,” Nik said.

Nik has been a Scout since first grade, starting as a Cub Scout before advancing to Boy Scouts in fifth grade. He said he especially appreciates the leadership training he receives as a Scout and the chance to do outdoor activities. More importantly, he likes the camaraderie and witnessing each other’s personal growth.

“I grew up with them (fellow Scouts), and to see everyone grow up and the service that we do, it’s good to see that,” he said.

Nik plans to attend college at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he has received a direct admit to its Kelley School of Business.

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Gala Is Demonstration Of Blue Pride

Gala is demonstration of Blue Pride

The annual Gala Dinner & Auction is an important fundraiser for Providence, and we couldn’t do it without our alumni, parents, and friends. We say thank you to all attendees, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and staff members that helped make the 2018 Gala a successful and fun-filled event! This annual celebration is a vital component of our fundraising efforts to provide student financial aid and is the largest gathering of Providence alumni, parents, and friends.

We are most grateful to the following individuals and companies for their support:

  • Blue Pride Sponsors – Bill (Hon. ’14) and Juanita Beach, Globe Mechanical Inc., Huber’s Orchard & Winery, Koetter Construction, and MAC Construction & Excavating Inc.
  • Blue & White Sponsors – Don Forsee, DDS/Southern Indiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Inc., German American Bank, Koetter Woodworking, and Norton Healthcare
  • Providence Way Sponsors – Beach Bum Vacation and Orange Clover Kitchen & More
  • Providence Friends Sponsors – Community Transitional Services and The Locker Room
  • Deal or No Deal for Diamonds Sponsor – Koerber’s Fine Jewelry and Felecia Koerber
  • 7 Day Cruise Sponsor – Bliss Travel, Inc., and Mark Bliss

We also thank the hundreds of local business and individuals who donated items and financial support for our auctions and various games of chance, for without your generosity this event would not be possible.

The Class of ’83 team wins the Family Feud contest at Gala.

A special thank you to all the individual teams who were brave enough to compete in our first ever PHS FAMILY FEUD games! And to the “Class of ’83,” the winning team, comprised of Debra (Gettelfinger) Belviy, Michelle (McCauley) Dohrman, Phillip Kruer, Karen (Popp) Schueler, and Martha (Seipel) Wingate, a very special THANK YOU to these alumni for donating their prize of $1,000 back to Providence that evening. That was an unexpected, yet welcomed, surprise!

Brent Rogers ’89 emcees the Gala Deal or No Deal drawing while Felicia Koerber pulls the winning cards.

Our enormously talented Director of Special Events & Alumni Relations Ronda (Miller) Stumler ’83 deserves special acknowledgement for her tremendous work on the Gala. She led the following dedicated team on the Gala Committee: Angie (Grantz) Koopman ’83, Barbara Strahm, DeAnn (Kaiser) Burns ’82, Emily Banet, Kathy (Wilson) Ernstberger ’81, Mike Kerstiens, Stephanie (Mayfield) Mauk ’99, and Susan (Oster) DeVall ’83.

The fun and festivities were masterfully managed by emcee Brent Rogers ’89 (Sounds Unlimited Productions) and auctioneer Hunter Harritt ‘09 (Harritt Insurance/Harritt Group), making the evening most enjoyable.

Finally, thank you to the following volunteers and staff who toiled behind the scenes to help make things run smoothly: Doug Banet ’83, Ann (Chovan) Barnett ’89, Ann (Kaiser) Day ’80, Fred Ernstberger ’81, Debbie Fackler, Jody (Cooley) Fitzpatrick ‘81, Sue (Crone) Glordan ’82, Julie (Datillo) Harper ’80, Huber’s Orchard and Winery staff, Lynn Hesse, Steve Koopman, Phillip Kruer ’83, Robert Lanham, Brian Nance ’99, Valerie Resto, Jack Riddle, Connie Scharre, Dave Smith, Dolores Sparks, Kyle ’11 & Gretchen Strahm, Dewayne Stumler ’82, and Larry and Jan Weimer.

Once again, on behalf of the students we serve, THANK YOU!

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Senior Creates T-Shirt In Support Of Mom

Senior creates T-Shirt in support of mom

Senior Evan Wallace and his family were shocked last fall when his mother, Melissa, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. He wanted to support her and decided he would create a T-shirt to rally people around his mom and create awareness for the disease.

He came up with a black, long-sleeve T-shirt with “Orange?” on the front and a quote from Winston Churchill that “it’s a time for dare and endure” in orange lettering because it is the official color of the National MS Society. He ordered 50 shirts and sold most of them to family members, who wore them at a family gathering to surprise his mom.

Evan still has a few shirts on hand to sell for $14 each and more can be ordered online.

He said his mom was touched when she saw her family gathered in the T-shirts, and he felt good knowing he was able to help her see how much they cared.

“I was glad I could bring everyone together and show support for her,” he said.

 

Fall Sports Athletes Earn Postseason Honors

Fall sports athletes earn postseason honors

A number of our student-athletes were recognized by the News & Tribune recently for their performances during the fall sports season. Among them:

  • Volleyball: Senior Marissa Hornung was named a Player of the Year finalist and a member of the All-Area Team First Team as was sophomore Courtney Glotzbach and freshman Alli Hornung; Second Team, sophomore Ceci Rush; Third Team, junior Hanna Mitchell; and honorable mention, juniors Lilly Bivens and Madison Kruer, and sophomore Maggie Purichia.
  • Boys Tennis: Senior Nick Boesing was named a Player of the Year finalist and a member of the All-Area Team First Team Singles. Named to the First Team Doubles are junior Carson Carrico and senior Adam Starr. Junior Aaron Agtuca and senior Cullen Ebert received honorable mention to the All Area Team Doubles.
  • Boys Soccer: Junior Austin Hughes was named a Player of the Year finalist and a member of the All Area First Team as were seniors Michael Gill and Shane Hesse and sophomore Alex Lancaster; senior Jake Miiller and junior Manny Zarate were named to the Second Team; and junior Sam Kruer received honorable mention.
  • Girls Soccer: Senior Hannah Hanlon was named to the All-Area First Team, and senior Olivia Dome, junior Jacqueline Scott, and sophomores Avery Stumler, Brigid Welch, and Carlie Miiller were named to the Second Team.
  • Girls Golf: senior Shea Caylor and junior Elizabeth Mayberry were named to the All-Area Second Team, and sophomore Kennedy Allender received honorable mention.
  • Cross Country: Sophomore Natalie Boesing was named to the Girls All-Area First Team, and juniors Thomas Gaines and Tyler Upton and sophomore Alex Perkinson received Boys All-Area honorable mention.
  • Football: Named to the All-Area First Team were senior Brogan Welch (defense) and junior Kaden Williams (special teams) and Second Team juniors Kevin Smith (offense) and Kaleb McCubbins (defense), senior Spencer Purcell (defense) and sophomore Jonah Scott (defense). Additionally, Kaleb received honorable mention in the Associated Press 2A All-State Team at defensive back and was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association Junior All State Team as defensive back. Earning a spot on the IFCA Academic All State are Brogan and fellow seniors Jack Wagner, Aaron Shireman, Caleb Lindquist and Manny Schmidt.
Courier Journal has begun releasing its Player of the Year nominees and All Area Team members:

  • Football: Kaden Williams was nominated a Courier Journal Football Player of the Year finalist and a member of its Southern Indiana All-Area Football Team along with Manny Schmidt, Jack Wagner, Spencer Purcell (offensive line and defensive end), Kaleb McCubbins, and juniors James Hoke and Brandon Schafer.
  • Cross Country: Natalie Boesing was named a member of the Southern Indiana All-Area Girls Cross Country Team.
  • Girls Golf: Elizabeth Mayberry was named a member of the Southern Indiana All-Area Girls Golf Team.

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Medical Service Trips Lead To New Insight

Medical service trips lead to new insight

Ryan Albers ’09, at left, poses with other medical personnel while on a medical service trip to Honduras.

Ryan Albers ’09 has served on three medical service trips, including two as a student pharmacist, but what he learned is as valuable as the care given to the patients who live in desperate poverty. While he did gain experience in clinical care, the most long-lasting lesson was an epiphany into the meaning of being poor in spirit as expressed in the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:1-12).

In Honduras, Kenya, and Ecuador, he witnessed people living in homes that would be deemed unlivable in the United States. Yet despite their poverty, the people expressed “some of the greatest happiness, gratitude, familial bonds, and hope in people without the everyday conveniences I take for granted,” he said.

“Through most of my encounters, I have found the family unit intact, relational solidarity, children joyfully enjoying nature and each other, a contentment in what they have rather than frustration in what they lack, and a gratitude so profound for what we have shared with them that they call us family rather than friends,” he wrote in a blog post on Maximize Today (authored by Hunter Harritt ’09) regarding his one-week trip to Ecuador in March 2017. “What a wonderful contrast to what I have often known and experienced.”

With each medical service trip beginning with a week-long trip to Honduras in 2012, Albers said his “eyes opened to what poverty truly looks like, what life is like outside of the privileged bubble in which I grew up, and how happiness and contentment is in no way dependent upon material possessions or financial security.” And with each trip, he grew more uncomfortable with the trappings considered important in modern society.

Instead of focusing on accumulating material goods as he begins his career as a clinical pharmacy specialist with the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System in Mishawaka, he tries to follow the example of the people he served in those countries.

“Although I am sure my understanding and grasp (of being poor in spirit) will continue to mature, to me it has grown to be a state of dependency on God in all matters as if a beggar in need of everything that He has and desires to offer us rather than trusting in the wealth we have accumulated or the many other forms of security with which we surround ourselves,” Albers said. “I hope to detach myself from a desire to hold onto what my pride tells me I am entitled to use for my own advancement and instead clothe myself in the conviction of a steward using what God has entrusted to me in the service of others and the advancement of His purpose.”

Albers graduated from the Purdue College of Pharmacy in 2015, having spent one of his clinical rotations in Eldoret, Kenya, at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. He went on to pursue post-graduate training in order to specialize in ambulatory care, otherwise known as outpatient disease state management. His first year of residency was at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., and his second at VA Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. Now as a clinical pharmacy specialist, he is essentially a mid-level practitioner with prescriptive authority and manages patients on blood thinners and others referred to him who require intensive medical management.

He said he enjoys his new home in northern Indiana but does hope to someday return to live and work in the Southern Indiana area. He also is looking for a future service opportunity that combines medical care and Christian mission work.

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