Indiana Tech Chapter Adviser
Dr. Jeff Walls, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Dr. Walls has influenced hundreds of HR students since starting Indiana Tech’s student chapter in 1993 and has taken a group of students to the SHRM Annual Conference each year since then. But for thousands of SHRM Annual Conference attendees who have seen him and his students throughout the years, he’s the guy with the shirts. Each year, Walls buys loud, colorful Hawaiian shirts for his students to wear on opening day of the conference. “They usually look at them and say, ‘I don’t want to wear that one,’ ” Walls said. But, “the power of the shirt is that it is a door-opener.” Conference attendees who see a large group of students walking toward them in crazy flowered shirts can’t help but stop and ask the students who they are and where they’re from. Vendors in the exhibit hall want to know, “Did you call each other before you got dressed today?” From those simple openings, conversations start and connections are made. “It is a low-level, unbelievably effective way of networking. For an introvert, it pulls them out of their shells,” Walls said. “Then, on Tuesday or Wednesday of the conference [when the students are in their normal attire], someone will walk up and remember a student from wearing the shirt on Sunday. They stand out from 15,000 other people. Talk about the power of the shirt: For $10, I can guarantee you’ll meet people and that other people will come up to you first.” The SHRM Annual Conference is the “capstone experience” for students, Walls said. “They are transitioning from college life and starting their professional lives. Students get hooked on SHRM and the conference experience, and they perpetuate this membership that carries on afterward. A lifelong learning event is started at that moment.” (Excerpts of this are from the article published by Beth Mirza, senior editor for HR News.)
Indiana Tech Chapter Chief Web Officer
Kyndall Purlsey is a 2021 Graduate of Indiana Tech having studied Web Development, Information Systems, and Business Administration. She has now entered the "real" world" and is loving it. At Tech, she was the treasurer for The Green Team, an environmental friendly organization, and the Women's Soccer Team. Pursley currently works as a Web Developer and Content Creator for Bowen Center located in the Northeastern part of Indiana but is growing into more counties. When Pursley is not working, she enjoys reading, taking care of her plants, drawing, movie nights, exploring nature, and being on the water in her boat.
Miss Pursley will not be attending the SHRM Conference in 2023. However, once her life calms down she hopes to join Dr. Walls and Indiana Tech's SHRM Chapter at the conference in the future.
Kathryn McKelvey serves as the Vice President of Human Resources & Leadership Development at Northwest State Community College. Prior to joining NSCC in 2016, Katy led the human resources department at Chase Brass & Copper Company for over twenty-five years.
Katy holds credentials from the Human Resources Certificate Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional. She also holds both a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Institute of Technology where she received the “Outstanding Graduate Award, in recognition of outstanding academic excellence,” while earning each of her degrees.
Katy’s passion for working as a human resources leader comes from witnessing the positive impact the human resources team has on employee’s lives and on success of the organization.
Anel Rizvic is a student at Indiana Tech studying Human Resources and Accounting. Anel and his family came to the United States as refugees of the ex-Yugoslavian war. He spent his early years of life living in Chicago, before moving to and currently residing in Fort Wayne. Anel is an avid football fan, playing all throughout his high school years at North Side High School. He was captain of the varsity team for his final 2 years, before being told he can no longer play football. Mr. Rizvic is on track to graduate with an associate’s degree in accounting as well as a bachelor’s degree in human resources, in a total of just 3 years. Anel has been able to maintain a 3.5+ G.P.A throughout his college endeavors, all while being a part of the Indiana Tech Student SHRM Chapter and being a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement.