Alumni Relations

Kody Tinnel

kodytinnelheadshotKody Tinnel

Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, '12
Assistant Director of Admissions - IPFW


Q: How has your degree been beneficial to you and your career?
A: The degree I earned from IPFW gave me the comprehensive education necessary to be a well-rounded, civic-minded, and articulate professional. That said, my experience at IPFW has benefited my career in more ways than the credential and formal classroom education. I took an active role on campus through student organizations, campus activities, and university committees. My time in student government, especially, helped to build my confidence, develop my leadership skills, and prepare me for future community involvement pursuits.

Q: How did you become interested in your field?
A: I became interested in higher education as a direct result of my involvement on campus as a student. Through various roles, I learned the ins and outs of a university. I developed an immense passion for higher education that remains to this day.

Q: What is the best career advice you were given?
A: Many people over the years have told me that if you find a job you love, you will naturally succeed at what you do. I have taken this to heart as an important guiding principle for career moves.

Q: Was there anyone during your time at IPFW who acted as a mentor to you?  If so, tell us about the relationship and why it was valuable.
A: Dr. George McClellan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, definitely served as a mentor over the years. He was always available to talk about campus issues, professional goals, and personal happenings. Dr. McClellan always offered constructive, honest advice, but he never held back from giving frank and pointed criticism when it was warranted.

Q: What course(s) have you found to be most valuable in your professional life?
A: It is difficult to pinpoint only a few specific courses that were most valuable. All of my public affairs and political science courses taught me how to think critically and imperically analyze the world. They also showed me that few aspects of life are black and white. In any profession, these skills are highly important.

Q: What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW (either as a new student or a returning adult)?
A: If someone is considering IPFW, they should do as much research as they can about the university. I sincerely believe that once people know about all that IPFW has to offer, it is hard to say no. For me, IPFW is all about opening up opportunities to do amazing things.

Q: What advice would you give to current IPFW students?
A: My best advice is to take advantage of every opportunity of interest that you can fit into your schedule. If you have time to join a student organization or volunteer for an activity, do it. Getting involved is a great way to make new connections, experience new things, and learn valuable skills. In addition, every student should try something that takes them outside of their comfort zone. If a certain activity causes a bit of anxiety or stress, give it a go and see what happens.

Q: Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW?
A: My favorite memory is feeding the geese with Erik Shepherd.

A: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments, both personally and professionally?
Q: My greatest accomplishment is being elected Student Body President in the spring of my freshman year at IPFW. In high school I was not involved with much of anything. When I arrived at IPFW in the fall of 2007, I resolved to change that. I became highly involved around campus and pushed myself to do big things. IPFW provided the atmosphere and resources for me to be able to do this.

Q: Where do you hope to be in ten years?
A: In ten years I hope to be working in a job that I love where I can use the skills I have gained while also building up my abilities. I also hope to be actively involved in the community on various boards/commissions and in civic organizations. In essence, I want to use my talents to give back.

Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I would like to be remembered as someone who used his talents to improve the world, one step at a time.