Rensselaer Native Andrea VanMeter Named SJC Senior of the Year

May 7, 2013

Senior Accounting major and Rensselaer native Andrea VanMeter has received the Senior of the Year Award from the Saint Joseph's College Alumni Board. A captain on the women's golf team, VanMeter has accepted a staff accountant position at CPA firm Katz, Sapper & Miller in Indianapolis. She will begin working in October.

"First and foremost, I would like to thank my parents because without their influence, I would have never attended SJC. Since day one, they have done nothing but support me. Furthermore, I would like to thank the faculty and staff of the College, especially those in the Business Department, that have provided me with the knowledge I need in order to be successful following graduation. Finally, I would like to thank the Class of 2013. Without them, I would have never been nominated for the award. Even though our days as classmates are winding down, I will forever cherish the memories I have shared with them."

In her four years at SJC, Andrea VanMeter has been an avid member of SJC's Habitat for Humanity chapter. In addition to participating in local builds, she has gone on three Thanksgiving Break trips to Rocky Mount, N.C. and one Collegiate Challenge trip each to Meridian, Miss. and Birmingham, Ala. She has also served as the chapter's treasurer and president.

Along with her involvement with Habitat for Humanity, VanMeter is a four-year member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), competing in regional competitions with the group and holding three leadership positions during that time: historian, treasurer, and president. She belongs to Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, serving as the club's president for one year, and is a recipient of the 2010 Realizing the Dream Award.

"As hard as it is to part ways with the place that has given me so much throughout the last four years, I am excited to be starting my career in Indianapolis this fall. As I grow as a person and a professional, I will forever look back on SJC as giving me the foundation to a life where challenges can be seen as opportunities, where critical thinking is the core to success, and where friends truly are family."

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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