Orr Fellow/Interactive Intelligence
Andrew Walters was born to be a Boilermaker. "Both of my parents and most of my family went here, and my grandfather worked here," says Andrew, a native of Zionsville, Indiana. "I've been coming to campus since I was little."
Andrew is graduating this spring as an Orr Fellow and will be participating in the Orr Fellowship. The two-year program, named after former Indiana Gov. Robert Orr, aims to develop Indiana's next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Andrew will be assigned to the rotational program with Interactive Intelligence, a global provider of unified business communications solutions. He'll report directly to the company's chief financial officer.
After his freshman year, Andrew interned for the Indianapolis Colts. He was the only freshman to obtain an internship with the team, and his assignment for the summer was to help coordinate the "Make It Personal" tour the team did around Indiana and in neighboring states. The experience also opened another door.
"I had the opportunity to serve as Blue, the Colts' mascot, a couple of times. I decided when I got back to school that I would try out to become Purdue Pete," he says. He did, and became one of four Purdue Petes, appearing at sporting events and promotional activities.
"I never would introduce myself as Purdue Pete, and it's not the first thing on my resume," he says. "But it was a humbling experience, and a tremendous opportunity to be able to play a character and take on another personality.
Out of costume, Andrew took advantage of several opportunities at Purdue. He participated in several case competitions, including serving as a member of the world-championship team at the Rubicon Contest in Germany. He studied abroad in Taiwan and held internships at the Nielsen Co., LIDS Sports Group and Stuart & Branigin LLP.
He was also president of the School of Management Council and Krannert Presidents Council, active in Purdue Student Government and Mortar Board, and involved in the Old Masters Program. He was a founding father of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, which now has almost 90 members, and served as a state vice president for the Indiana Chapter of Business Professionals of America.
Andrew credits a strategic management class taught by John Burr for giving him many of the skills needed to succeed in the case contests, and also has high words of praise for courses taught by Cliff Fisher and Bill Robinson. "When you put the case competitions and internships together with that I've learned in class, I believe I've gotten a true education," he says. "I really feel like I've been able to create my own major."