The staff and faculty at Harrison College in Terre Haute recently welcomed Brian Royer, Criminal Justice Program coordinator, to its academic team.
“With Brian’s background, he will be a wonderful asset as we continue to grow the Criminal Justice Program,” Dean Sara Arnett said. “Brian brings a real passion for teaching along with his diverse personal and professional experiences in the juvenile justice system.”
Royer graduated from Indiana State University with a master of science degree in criminology, emphasis on corrections. Throughout his career, he held many positions. He started at Gibault Inc., as a dorm supervisor and, after graduating from ISU, a counselor. He moved to New York where he continued to counsel juvenile offenders for the New York State Division for Youth.
Royer returned to Terre Haute, where he became the director of the Terre Haute Youth Intervention Center, which is part of the Children’s Bureau Inc. While director, he also began adjunct teaching for the Criminal Justice program at ISU and in its Correctional Education Program (CEP).
“Even though I didn’t know it at the time,” Royer said, “this was when I was bitten by the teaching bug.”
Royer moved to Texas and became an assistant superintendent for the Texas Youth Commission at a San Antonio facility. While there, he continued to teach classes. He taught for the University of Texas at San Antonio, Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and Texas State University at San Marcos. He returned to Terre Haute and began teaching at Harrison College in Terre Haute in 2010.
Recently, Royer was promoted to the Criminal Justice Program coordinator position for the campus. His duties include teaching courses, providing academic advisement to Criminal Justice students, overseeing the Criminal Justice advisory board, and networking the local criminal justice community.
“I’ve worked at a lot of places, but Harrison Terre Haute really stands out,” Royer said. “The Campus president, Brennan Randolph and dean Sara Arnett are great to work for and some of the nicest people that you will ever meet. Also, it may sound a little cliché, but all of the staff and faculty here are like family.”
He went on to say, “The best thing about teaching has to be our students. I meet these students their very first quarter and get to stay with them through their entire college career. It’s amazing to see how they develop and grow, not only as students and professionals, but also as people.”
The Indiana State University Foundation has announced that Charlie DeMaio has been promoted to vice president for external relations. Currently executive director of the ISU Alumni Association, DeMaio will assume his new duties Sept. 1, representing the foundation in the Indianapolis area, working with alumni, donors and friends of the university.
“The Indianapolis area is a hub for Indiana State University alumni,” said foundation president Ron Carpenter. “Charlie is a true blue alumnus, and I am confident his work to advance the alumni association and previous fundraising experience will benefit the university in this new role.”
In this position within the foundation, DeMaio will work to cultivate relationships with ISU alumni in Indianapolis. More than 15,000 alumni live in the area.
“This position is necessary in Indianapolis, especially as the university has a significant commitment to the area through prospective student recruiting efforts,” Carpenter said.
DeMaio will also lead the foundation’s corporate and foundation relations efforts, represent the foundation in governmental relations and oversee the foundation’s Indianapolis office, located downtown in the Old National Bank building.
“I am looking forward to representing my alma mater in Indianapolis. I have a significant connection to the area, as I lived and worked there for more than 30 years,” DeMaio said.
As the executive director of the alumni association, DeMaio has led the efforts to establish a strategic plan for the university’s alumni relations programs. Under his leadership, the alumni association has increased its board engagement, outlined the regional alumni association programming efforts and developed the framework for direct communication channels with current undergraduate and graduate students.
DeMaio will continue to serve the alumni association in a transitional role until a new executive director is named.
“The opportunity I have as the vice president for external relations to continue to engage alumni and donors in the life of Indiana State is truly exciting,” he said.