Nancy Morales Krodel ’76 first learned the powerful impact of alumni while on a field trip with Sr. Mary Rose Stockton, OSF ’43. Krodel, and several other students, were able to travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with their favorite chemistry professor because of the generosity of a Marian College alumnus who hosted the group for several days in his home.
“I was not surprised that a former student had stayed in touch with Sr. Mary Rose, because everyone loved her. But I was surprised that this alumnus cared enough to help provide this amazing experience for current Marian students,” Krodel said.
Krodel, who had attended a large high school in Northwest Indiana, was attracted to the small size and location of Marian College. Then an academic scholarship sealed the deal. And, in many ways, Marian sealed her future.
Her profile was included in a graduate diversity booklet that Marian sent out to local companies, like Indiana Bell—where she worked for the next 25 years and met her husband of 36 years, Dan, a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.
As fate would have it, the couple can now pool their alumni power. They’ve established an endowed scholarship in her brother’s name and have now begun one in the name of both of their parents.
“Endowed scholarships are a great way to honor loved ones and show our appreciation for Catholic education,” Krodel said.
Krodel is proud of the work she did for Indiana Bell, especially a Y2K project and a new regional payroll system. Now she enjoys travel with her husband, time with her grandchildren, and time for regular exercise. She also continues to volunteer at the food pantry of St. Christopher Catholic Church in Speedway.
The couple also supports Marian athletics through an M-Club membership and have joined the Heritage of St. Francis Society through a planned gift in their will.
“I enjoy my leisure time, but it’s important to do what you can to help others. We all get busy, but good stewardship—time and treasure—can have ongoing impact. That Marian alumnus set a great example for me so many years ago, and now I am fortunate enough to be in the position to give back,” Krodel said.