Wisconsin born and raised, Ethan Hemer, assistant director of stewardship and annual giving, moved to the Indianapolis area in January when his fiancé started graduate school. Before his move, Hemer played on the defensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a year and a half.
Hemer started working in the Office of Institutional Advancement in September. His responsibilities on campus are all annual fund related, and he is specifically in charge of the Phone-A-Thon and the new Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) initiative. The GOLD initiative will be launching January 2017 and is a plan to engage young alumni and get them excited about what Marian University is doing.
Q&A with Ethan Hemer
Q: What has been your favorite part of working at Marian University so far?
A: The best part has been being a part of this team and the Marian University ideas and drive. I not only enjoy seeing my team succeed, but all of the individuals that make up this university.
Q: Outside of work, what do you like to do?
A: I grew up very outdoors oriented. Hunting, fishing. I’m pretty new to Indianapolis, so I haven’t really found those avenues yet, but I hope to. I have a dog now. A little poodle mix that we love. Otherwise, I like to read non-fiction books, and I love athletics. Anything football or winter oriented.
Q: When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a teacher and a coach.
Q: If you were a cartoon character, who would you be and why?
A: I loved the Road Runner cartoons growing up. The coyote was hysterical, but that doesn’t really represent who I am. Do you remember the character Squid from Rocket Power? That was me. I was very uncoordinated when I was younger. I was super dorky.