Through a series of Q&As, we're shedding light on the academic accomplishments of four Herron students who won 2020 IUPUI Top 100 Awards: Emily Crowel, Shelby Elrod, Abigail Mendoza, and Dane Wallace.
A senior graduating this spring, Dane Wallace has demonstrated continued leadership throughout his academic career.
Wallace has served as a Herron Ambassador, a member of Herron Student Council, an orientation leader, and a peer mentor for first-year seminars. His optimistic attitude and a strong sense of humor have helped others to realize their potential.
HERRON: What does being a Top 100 student mean to you?
DANE WALLACE: To me, being a Top 100 student means I get to be a part of an amazing group of people who have made their mark on IUPUI and the community around us. I will look back on this accomplishment when I am older and know that the campus I was part of for four years was appreciative of the things I did as a student.
At the same time, if I didn't have this honor, the work I've done here would be just as valid. I didn't do all the activities I did at IUPUI to get into the Top 100. I did them without any expectation, to give back to the community that has given so much to me.
HERRON: You've volunteered for various admissions events and led tours as a Herron Ambassador. What do you like most about engaging with prospective students?
WALLACE: As a Herron Ambassador, you are able to give tours to prospective students who are looking for potential art and design schools to attend. It's important because you are one of the first faces that some of these students see. What I enjoy most about participating in this program is that I get to help with the next generation of Herron students and show them what the school has to offer. This is a great way for me to give back to the school.
HERRON: For three years, you were an orientation leader on IUPUI's OTEAM, an undergraduate leadership group that engages incoming students. What encouraged you to get involved?
WALLACE: One of the main reasons I joined the OTEAM was that my roommate during freshman year was on it and he encouraged me to apply. Being a member of OTEAM was an amazing experience. I met a group of people that became my connections all over the campus, leading to more connections.
My reasoning for joining was that I had an amazing first year and I wanted to make sure that incoming freshmen had that same amazing first year like I had. Being a part of OTEAM, I was also able to be a Bridge leader, where I worked with incoming students for a two-week period and helped them transition into IUPUI.
Some of the people I've met through these experiences will be lifelong friends. For me, this makes everything worth it. At the end of the day all of the time and energy I put into helping new students, I feel that I got even more out of it.