We saw each other frequently through student government and other social functions.
We met often after classes and had some of our most important future planning meetings together on campus."One of those important planning moments came in May 1996.
They hosted their rehearsal dinner on campus and invited several IU Southeast professors to the wedding."Our professors took a personal interest in each of us," Kristen said. The two plan to cheer on the Hoosier basketball team against University of Illinois with their two "sports-crazed" daughters, the oldest of whom said "IU" as her first words.
"Many of the same professors had built close relationships with both Kevin and I separately and poured into us as a young couple preparing for marriage and careers. For more IU Southeast love stories from alumni and students, check out Southeast Sweethearts.
After the prayer led by Terry, Sydney realized all eyes were on her and Brandon -- who then dropped to one knee.
IU study: Like birds and fish, we let others influence our choice of mates FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2010 BLOOMINGTON, Ind.The two were chatting on the phone about the future, when Kristen could feel things were getting serious. They decided in the IU Southeast parking lot that they would spend the rest of their lives together. Thomas Wolf, Jim Stammerman and many other faculty and staff invited us to dinners and even into their homes as we approached graduation.The Boehnleins felt that since IU Southeast played such a large role in their engagement, it should play a role in their wedding, too. Some of these professors are still in close contact with us more than 20 years later."Though they won't be spending their Valentine's Day on the IU Southeast campus this year, IU will still play a role in how they celebrate the holiday.Both of us have undergrad degrees in music, and there are so many arts things to do here -- performances, opera, dance."Today, Jim is the assistant director of the Undergraduate Program in the Kelley School of Business.Barry is the associate director for selection, diversity and inclusion in Residential Life.On breaks during long days on campus, the couple would meet up for a dinner date at the campus grill or to take a stroll."We created great bonds at IU Southeast with new friends and kept old ones with friends from high school," Kevin said."It was those bonds that led to us meeting each other."We feel welcomed and supported."The last thing IUPUI student Sydney Sparks expected to hear from her co-worker at the IUPUI University Writing Center on a nondescript Monday morning was that his son would be there to meet her in 15 minutes.She'd worked alongside Terry Sparks -- a nontraditional, older student working toward his teaching certification in the School of Education -- at the writing center for several months at that point, and she both respected and admired him. But she'd expected nothing special for her day and had dressed to reflect that: ripped jeans, T-shirt, a sweatshirt.It's no coincidence that the colors that represent Valentine's Day also represent Indiana University -- a place that inspires passion and brings people together from all parts of the globe.Inside IU caught up with three couples for whom their campus played a role in their relationship.