SJC Alumnus and Author Nick Hofmeister ’84 Publishes Sci-Fi Novel

February 18, 2014

Nick Hofmeister ’84 recently had his thrilling sci-fi novel, “Kalliste,” published. An alternate view at the possibility of life’s existence and continuation, “Kalliste” is “a beautiful lesson in life, love, loss, and forgiveness,” says Hofmeister.

Born in the historic Irvington area of Indianapolis, Ind., Hofmeister currently resides in McCordsville, Ind. with Lisa, his wife of 26 years. Hofmeister graduated from Saint Joseph’s College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and later earned his Master of Business Administration. He served on the SJC Alumni Board of Directors for several years in the mid-1990s, which later prompted him to run for town council and council president of McCordsville.

Before starting a career in writing, Hofmeister spent much of his life after college with EFS Services, Inc., a small student loan company that was primarily employee owned and operated which, by the early 2000s, grossed $3.5 billion in assets. He climbed the corporate ladder, working his way from the human resources department all the way to senior vice president of operations. When the company merged with similar groups, such as Sallie Mae and Nelnet, Hofmeister decided it was time for a change and began his career as a writer.

In addition to “Kalliste,” Hofmeister has written several other books, including “Naptown Nightmares,” “LaSalle Street: Rise of the Chosen,” and “Bushwhacked.” Besides science fiction, he also has several children’s books published: “The Rose Pot Gang,” “The Adventures of Eli Deuce,” and “David and His Magic Cloud.”

Beyond simply writing books, Hofmeister confessed, “Since the publication of my children’s books, I’ve been found in elementary school classrooms reading to students, a fact that many of my former classmates will be stunned to find out.”

In his spare time, Hofmeister volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, coaches high school athletics, spends quality time with his family, and sits on committees that tackle civic issues in McCordsville.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 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 nearly 1,200 students.

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