Suzon (Larmore) Motz
B.A. '91 - History
M.L.S.T. '95 - Liberal Studies
It has been a long family affair between Suzon and Les Motz, their six children, and IU, PU and IPFW. Suzon and her late husband Leslie began their relationship with IPFW when both were students at the Purdue Extension and Barr Street in the mid-1950's. Les soon switched from engineering to art, and graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1960, he initiated the metalsmithing program at the Fort Wayne Art Institute. After becoming the administrator of the FWAI, he was instrumental in lobbying the Indiana legislature to allow it to become part of IPFW as its Fine Arts Department. He retired as Chair of the IPFW Fine Arts Department in 2000.
Suzon began work on a BS in Nursing at the IU Extension downtown after graduation from the ST. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. She left nursing to care for their six children. She returned to IPFW in 1984 as a History major. After receiving her BA, she was appointed to the Alumni Board as 1991 class representative for IU. Suzon continued her education, obtaining her MLST degree in 1995, and also continued her alumni involvement. She has served as Interim Alumni Director, completed two years as president of the Alumni Association, and is now a Life Member. Suzon is active on various community boards and is not only a loyal financial supporter of IPFW, but also visits campus often and is a member of the Friends of IPFW.
Q: How has your degree been beneficial to you and your career?
A: My degrees were for personal growth rather than career goals, but they have allowed me to be a more effective and knowledgeable volunteer in my community.
Q: What is the best career advice you were given?
A: Develop as many skills as possible and learn to transfer them from one sphere to another.
Q: What course(s) have you found to be most valuable in your professional life?
A: Philosophy, history and writing classes.
Q: What advice would you give to current IPFW students (either as a new student or a returning adult)?
A: I would tell them it is an excellent choice because of small class sizes, instructors who really want to teach and who enjoy doing it. I would also advise them to be open to all opportunities; don't stick to an area that you find you don't really enjoy.
Q: What advice would you give to current IPFW students?
A: Transfer your skills and knowledge between areas and subjects to develop the strongest possible knowledge base and skills matrix.
Q: Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW?
A: It was a thrill to be in the same commencement ceremony as my older son.
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments, both personally and professionally?
A: To have raised a large family and to have had several interesting careers in my lifetime.
Q: Where do you hope to be in ten years?
A: Still retired!