Indiana University Bloomington

Students Kauffman and Mantell to speak at IU Bloomington commencement

  • April 22, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Graduating seniors Chris Kauffman and Parker Mantell will deliver the student addresses at the 2014 Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Assembly Hall. Kauffman will speak in the morning and Mantell in the afternoon.

"Chris and Parker have compiled outstanding records of leadership, civic engagement and academic excellence," said Dennis Groth, interim vice provost for undergraduate education. "Their addresses will be an important part of commencement exercises. I congratulate them on their selection as representatives of their graduating class."

Kauffman will graduate with a degree in finance and a minor in psychology. From Carmel, Ind., he has served as vice president of the Indiana University Student Association and is a three-year member of the Board of Aeons, a student group that advises and works closely with the Office of the President.

As student body vice president, he helped lead a successful effort to expand the Indiana Lifeline Law, which provides limited immunity from prosecution for some alcohol-related offenses for people who report medical emergencies, an important concern on college campuses.

Kauffman has been active in the Kelley School of Business with the Consulting Workshop and Investment Banking Seminar and in the Greek community as a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He pursued summer internships with Rothschild Inc. in New York City as an investment banking analyst and with PNC Inc. in Chicago as a debt capital markets analyst.

He has completed coursework in China and England in addition to service work with disabled youth in Cuzco, Peru, and a field study on emerging economies in Santiago, Chile.

Mantell will graduate with a degree in political science with a minor in public management and a certificate from the Political and Civic Engagement program. From Memphis, Tenn., he qualified for the executive dean's list three times and was nominated for the Hutton PACE Internship Scholar Award.

He completed internships in the Washington, D.C., offices of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Sen. Marco Rubio and the office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He spent the spring 2013 semester interning for "Fox News Sunday" and the House Committee on Homeland Security. He serves as a columnist for The College Conservative, a publication that provides a voice for conservative students.

When the national organization Young Jewish Conservatives organized its first fellowship program to Israel, Mantell was one of 30 national campus leaders selected to attend. The fellows met with prominent American and Israeli political figures, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s senior staff and various Israeli Knesset and Foreign Ministry officials.

He is a founding father of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, which was revived at IU in 2010, and a member of the Political and Civic Engagement program Student Advisory Board.

Indiana University Bloomington reinstituted the tradition of having student speakers at undergraduate commencement in 2010. Selected speakers must have outstanding records of academic performance, leadership, and campus and community involvement.

At the May 10 commencement, graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences will take part in the afternoon ceremony. Graduates from all other schools and programs will participate in the morning program. For more information, visit the Office of University Ceremonies website.

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