JAMES ARTHUR HEMMERLE ('10)

JAMES ARTHUR HEMMERLE

My story starts with my very first NKU college professor in the 1980's. At a very tender age my grandfather, Kent "Pop" Curtis first walked me through our campus doors. Pop is, and always has been, a caring educator and thoughtful leader. Since 1969 he has been influencing Northern Kentucky's youth on the importance of education, and he continues to do so today.

Although I was no older than 3, I vividly recall the first day he brought me in to meet the other kids at the Early Childhood Center. I held onto my professor's leg crying for dear life. I did not want to let go! After consoling my youthful needs, Pop sent me off to start my education at NKU. Over the years, NKU played a critical role in my development. As a young child I recall many field trips to NKU's campus with Pop. Whether we were visiting his office, going to the pool, or spending time in the library, I always knew NKU would have a special place in my life.

I lived with my Pop through high school, learning many important life lessons along the way. In 2003, I started my "adult" college career. I recall my first day as a student, and having similar emotions as I did as a child. I was terrified of the incredible journey ahead of me, and the obstacles it would bring. With Pop by my side, I was able to earn my Bachelors degree. At this point I was living on my own, but I knew my journey had just begun.

After a few years of establishing a career in IT, I enrolled in the Master of Business Informatics program where I am currently attending today. I still recall the memory of my first day on campus as a child and the fear I had overcome. I've experienced this overwhelming feeling many times on campus, and in life. Fortunately for me, I had a great role model, leader and professor to help me along the way. If there is one thing I've learned from Pop, and NKU, it is that education is a lifelong journey - not a destination!

Your wish for the next 50 years...

My wish for the next 50 years is to continue my own education, and to help lead and educate others in our community. I would love nothing more than to see NKU continue to expand its footprint, and to one day bring my own children to campus for Early Childhood Development.