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Indiana Statesman Volume 120 Issue 50


  • Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

    Indiana State Universitywww.indianastatesman.com

    Volume 120 Issue 50

    Jodi Southard worked with a local elementary school to raise $10,500 within 11 days to fund a students heart transplant (Submitted photo) .

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    ISU alumna helps school raise money to pay for a second graders surgeryHEART FUNDRAISER

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    Stepping to the plate: ISU softball ready for the season; opens Friday against the Iowa State Cyclones

    Indiana State University alumna and local elementary teacher raised $10,500 within 11 days to assist an elementary student with expenses for heart transplant.

    Jodi Southard, rst grade elementary teacher at Deming Elementary School, utilized a professional teaching online blogging site, Fun-

    In-First, and marketplace called Teachers Pay Teachers to relieve some of the nancial burden that awaits Katelyn Newell, a second grade student at Deming, for costs that her family will incur from her anticipated surgery.

    TAMERA RHODES Reporter

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    Southard, a 1997 ISU elementary education graduate, began blogging on Teachers Pay Teachers two years ago because she enjoyed sharing her love of teaching and creating new teaching ideas colleagues within the teaching community.She is an amazing

    woman and amazing teacher we would like to say thank you to Jodi and we deeply appreciate everything that she has done, said Robin Newell, Katelyn Newells mother. Southard concocted the

    idea from another teacher on the blog who managed a similar fundraising event for a cancer victim using the same technique and websites. Southard received donations of educational

    materials created by 21 teachers from all over the United States that she became acquainted with during the past two years through the

    websites. I feel very fortunate

    that I was able to help Katelyns family I cannot imagine what they are going through and how hard it must be for everyone, said Southard.Having her teaching

    blog has blessed her with online friendships with many amazing teachers, Southard said. We are so grateful

    that she would take the time to use her talent and resources to help Katelyn, Monica Trotter, public relations coordinator for the Childrens

    Organ Transplant Associations campaign for Katelyn Newell, said. Through the donations, Southard was able to

    meet a third of Newells fundraising goal quickly, which has allowed the family to focus on Newells current hospital stay at Riley Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis due to her failing health and constant need of observation and treatments.After finding out that Katelyn was going to

    be at Riley Childrens Hospital until she received her heart, I knew I had to do something, she said.Southard knew she finally had the means

    to do something wonderful for someone else, though she never imagined that she would be able to help someone out in this way. From Jan. 16 to Jan. 23, Southard sorted

    emails, confirmed payments and distributed the materials through email.

    While obtaining her elementary education degree in 1997, Indiana State alumna Jodi Southard was also a cheerleader. Southard (center) poses with her fellow spirit squad members (Submitted photo).

    After finding out that Katelyn [Newell] was going to be at Riley Childrens

    Hospital until she received her heart, I knew I had to

    do something.

    Jodi Southard, ISU alumna


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    I am overwhelmed I just cant believe that she was able to raise such a tremendous amount of money in such a short period of time, said Robin Newell.

    Southard was familiar with the Newell familys struggles of the successful transplant process through her own personal experiences of her brother-in-laws heart illness, so she understood the nancial burden that it carries on families.I know how hard this can be on a family

    and how expensive it is the medical bills are constantly coming in and its so hard to catch up, Southard said.Southards co-worker and ISU alumnus,

    Bill McCarthy, said he was not surprised to hear about her achievement in raising the money for a student, especially because Southard has determination and work ethic. McCarthy attributes the professors at

    ISU as leaders by example and said they not only prepare educators, but they also develop positive contributors to society.Susan Mardis, principal of Deming

    Elementary, said Southard is a caring and compassionate teacher with an altruistic nature. She also said Southard is a humble, quiet

    educator that cares for the whole child and is an asset to the teaching profession.Southard not only educates children,

    she embraces them and gives them her best in and out of the classroom, Mardis said.For more information, visit www.

    cotaforkatelynn.com or the o cial Facebook page Help Mend Broken Heart.

    Jodi Southard not only educates children, she embraces them and gives them her best in and out of the


    Susan Mardis, principal of Deming Elementary


    Jodi Southard with Sycamore Sam (Submitted photo).


  • Page 4 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 www.indianastatesman.com

    Dave Taylor ISU Communications and MarketingThe Indiana State University Alumni Association has

    recognized Rachel Leslie of Terre Haute and Thomas J. Mattick of Avon with Graduate of the Last Decade Awards for 2013.GOLD Awards recognize graduates who are outstanding in

    their professions, have made significant contributions to their communities, states or nation, and have exhibited interest in the university and the ISU Alumni Association since leaving the campus.The Alumni Association presented the awards Saturday

    during its annual Founders Day program at the Richard G. Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.A 2005 Indiana State graduate with a bachelors degree in

    communication, Leslie held a variety of positions with the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce for six years. She joined the staff of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in March 2012 and is the colleges director of advancement operations.While at the Chamber of Commerce, Leslie held the

    positions of director of marketing, director of membership development, senior vice president, executive vice president and interim president.In less than a year at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, she has

    created a corporate giving program, helped launch an $11 million campaign to build a sports and recreation center and increased overall giving to the college by 42 percent. She also handles public policy issues for the college

    presidents office, is a member of the Terre Haute Downtown Rotary Club, serves on the board of the Vigo County Education Foundation, is a founding member of Terre Haute Young Leaders and serves on several United Way of the Wabash Valley committees.Many at SMWC would agree that [Leslie] is a rising star at

    our institution, and very deserving of this honor, said Karen Dyer, the colleges vice president for advancement. Leslies accomplishments with the Chamber of Commerce

    included leading a 2010 recruiting campaign that attracted a state record of 218 members in three days. The American Chamber of Commerce Executives named her one of the Top 40 Under 40 chamber executives in the nation. Mattick, a vice president with BMO Harris Bank of

    Central Indiana, holds two degrees from the Scott College of Business at Indiana State. He completed a bachelors degree in management and finance in 2001 and a Master of Business Administration in 2005. He also obtained a liberal arts degree in economics in 2001.Mattick joined BMO Harris Bank in 2009 following eight

    years with Fifth Third Bank. A member of the Scott College of Business inaugural

    Young Professionals Board, he mentors students in the colleges Networks Professional Development Program and is active in the United Way chapter of Central Indiana.

    Matticks profes