On August 23, 2013, 19-year-old Rachael Fiege died tragically when she fell down basement stairs after she had been at IU only 48 hours. Rachael’s First Week was born from her death. It was a program designed to address the overwhelming perception of invincibility experienced by high school seniors as they launch from home into adulthood at the beginning of college. Rachael’s Heroes are individuals who do the right thing out of compassion for others, even when that may not be the easiest path to take.
For vision, tenacity, and technical expertise that got Rachael's First Week off the ground.
Ryan, a Purdue College student, while looking out for a friend and making good decisions, ended up saving a friend.