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Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Central Indiana serves girls in 3rd through 8th grade across Central Indiana. Currently, we offer sites in Boone, Clinton, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, and Tippecanoe Counties. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Last spring, I was a coach for 17 girls who were in 3rd-5th grade at College Wood Elementary school. My role is to serve as a role model and mentor for the girls who are participants in the GOTR program. The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. The 5k running event happens twice a year (fall and spring) and is open to the public. As a certified GOTR coach, I teach the lessons into three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. I am excited to volunteer as a coach for this life-changing, non-profit program and for future involvement. I know as a coach I acquired so much from these girls and I am looking forward to continuing my volunteer work for this non-profit organization.







Girls on the Run is to inspire

Encouragement and confidence is a require.

Coaching to achieve the life goal

Through you can gain control.

The mind can wonder but stay on track.

Just know that we have your back.


The first couple of weeks, we tend to learn

Respect, listen, and taking our turn.

Plugging in our GOTR cords

Positive attitude is what we’re looking towards.

It starts with yourself, but I am here

To guide you to understand what not to fear.


Next steps we take is counting on our team

To look out for each other and build our self-esteem.

Seeing the lessons of bullying and gossiping come into place

We teach the girls to handle the problem with grace.

Stop, Breathe, Listen, and Respond.

With any disruptions in our lives, we can all correspond.


Thinking positively takes time and training

Writing letters to ourselves and others helps us feel amazing.

We all are unique and gifted

Let’s show the world how to be lifted.

There is so much love and kindness that can be exposed

It starts with us to be transposed.

Our GOTR team got closer with a spontaneous hunt

The coaches came up with a picture list upfront.

Running around to capture the best of our time

To finish the list with a smile was not a huge climb.

Each girl has something to hold onto throughout these weeks

Hoping they can incorporate the fun, teamwork techniques.


Importance of giving back is something we stimulate

Gathering t-shirts, ribbons, and markers to accumulate.

All on their own, the girls came up with a design

To make handmade dog collars for its’ neckline.

Braids to bandanas to colorful beads … quite a variety

I dropped them off at a local humane society.


The day has come, let’s put on our shoes

Saturday morning to spark the fuse.

We made it to our goal to finish this race

As a coach, I remind them to run a consistent pace.

Knowing that they will be all just fine

Happy to see every girl crossing the line.

By:  Jaclyn Altstadt

Cripe always enjoys hosting the 8th graders of The Oaks Academy for our annual Math Matters program. On Wednesday May 10, 2017, we hosted our 9th annual Math Matters program for The Oaks Academy 8th graders. Thirty-two students and two teachers gathered in the conference room to learn about surveying, civil engineering, and architecture. Within these fields math is used every day, so we bring the students in to get them excited about our industry and Cripe. The bright-eyed students listened attentively to each speaker and asked great questions, showing their interest.

As a Talent + Brand Intern on my second day of work, I was still confused about the work of surveyors, civil engineers, and architects. I knew the basics, but helping with Math Matters allowed me to understand what Cripe does. One of the biggest takeaways: computers are very helpful, but they aren’t everything. The 8th graders were tasked with creating a Shepherd’s Shelter out of sugar cubes focusing on protecting the Shepherd from the weather elements at different times of the year. The students had to account for different sun angles and wind patterns. They really enjoyed the activity, and some even ate the sugar cubes.

Cripe looks forward to this program every year. We continue to host this program to help students keep an open mind about careers with math. It was refreshing to see kids that were eager to learn and excited to be at Cripe.








Hannah Rosenberger is a Talent + Brand Intern. She is a rising senior at IUPUI working toward a major in Human Resource Management and a minor in Spanish.

Old National Bank teamed up with a charity

hoping by the end it will bring prosperity.

Center for Leadership Development has been chosen

to be the inaugural for Indy’s explosion.

100 Men Who Cook became the event

auction and music was also present.


CLD strengthens the community

students are provided with selections of opportunity.

Learning to feel inspired and help others in need

pursue career goals and achievements to succeed.

On a mission for a promising future

looking forward to their own adventure.


Parading in with an apron and a hat

100 men who can cook, just look at that.

Dismissed for dinner, it’s so unreal

getting served by chefs their home cooked meal.

Drop some change for your favorite dish

proceeds will help the charity flourish.


Chief Dennis and Mike are Cripe’s contenders

wraps are prepared by their sous chef vendors.

Selling out of their samples, if it’s to be

Networking with people, it’s up to me.

Overall raised $205,000, we want to mention

So proud to contribute at this convention.

Written By:  Jaclyn Altstadt | Civil Design Associate

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Cripe has partnered with The Oaks Academy since 2008 for the “Math Matters” event, which allows 8th grade students to visit the office and learn about what the company does and how the professionals here do their jobs and work as a team.  These visits are an interesting topic for me personally as I have now been on both sides of the visit.  My 8th grade class was the first class to visit back in 2008.  Despite the fact that I missed the school sponsored visit due to a high school shadow day, the folks at Cripe were nice enough to allow me to come and shadow an engineer on my own to get a similar experience to the one I had missed out on.  Cripe has continued to invite The Oaks 8th grade classes back each year hoping to teach more students about the disciplines that are involved in engineering, architecture, surveying and real estate.  The visits are designed to teach the students about the everyday life of a professional working at Cripe.  They also convey to students an encouraging idea that the math and science courses they are taking are important and will benefit them in their future careers.

Members of The Oaks 8th grade class making a sugar cube building.

Members of The Oaks 8th grade class making a sugar cube building.

Seven years later, I have now been hired on as a Site Design Intern at Cripe.  I am thrilled to be back in a place that really gave my goals and talents a direction way back in the 8th grade.  On May 29th, the current Oaks 8th grade class came to Cripe for their yearly field trip.  This time was very cool and special for me personally for two reasons.  The first being that I got to talk to the students that visited about my experiences here at Cripe and tell them all about how that visit really got my wheels turning and started me on the path toward Civil Engineering and Surveying that I am on today.  The second was that my younger sister Emily is a part of the 8th grade class this year and she got to see all of the interesting and fun things that I saw seven years ago. We are very similar in a lot of our interests and in talking about our Cripe visits we found that to be even truer as she was also very excited about all the things she learned during her classes’ visit.  It was really awesome to see how Cripe as a company cares about the community that they are in and cares about the lives they can affect.  They really enjoy investing in the lives of the students at The Oaks through our educational partnership, not to mention all of their other service ventures in the community.  I am very happy to be a part of Cripe this summer and I hope that I am able to do my part in contributing to our company as well as our community.

Me sharing my experiences and journey to an internship with Cripe.

Me sharing my experiences and journey to an internship with Cripe.


Josh Padgett is a Civil Engineering intern with Cripe.  He studies Civil Engineering at Purdue University and will be a senior in the fall.



Dec 19

We Care

Cripe was honored to be a part of the national Herman Miller We Care event sponsored by Office Works on December 4th, 2014. We Care brings together interior designers and architecture firms across the country to collaborate with children who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to create Christmas gifts and ornaments that they can share with their families.

The Cripe team chose to make wreaths made of a pipe cleaner, colored pasta, beads, a bell and a hook to be hung on the Christmas tree. Our craft was a success! Even the smallest of the children were able to proudly create their wreath on their own. The atmosphere was festive and all of the children were excited to have an opportunity to give a gift to their parents, grandparents and caregivers.

A big thank you to Herman Miller and Office Works for giving us the opportunity to share the joy of the holiday spirit with the children at the Lily Boys & Girls Club Indianapolis and bring a smile to the faces of the young people in our community.

Written by: Shawnita Washington


Literacy in America has always been a major topic of discussion and a crucial point of concern for our communities as well as the nation as a whole. With the recent turbulent changes in global economy, the importance of higher education is paramount now more than ever. In order for young adults of today and future generations to be able to compete in increasingly globalized job markets, they must learn to define their career paths as early as possible. There are a great number of programs and initiatives dedicated to this cause, and majority of them are always looking for more volunteers to help support the cause. Cripe is committed to supporting these programs that help to build and sustain our communities. I recently had the opportunity to participate on behalf of Cripe in the Read Across America program on March 2nd 2014 at the Riverside 44 Elementary school, as well as the ongoing ACE Mentorship Program. On the surface, these gestures may appear to some as merely a show of community involvement, but the reality is it goes beyond that. As we interacted with the students, the impact became more apparent in their reception towards adults who weren’t their teachers, taking time out to help them learn something new. Whether they were kindergartners being read the Cat in the hat book, or high school students working through a whole building design project, they all shared one thing in common; they cared about learning at least in that brief moment. As individuals and corporate organizations, it is understandable in this day and age that our commitments might be somewhat restricting with regards to what we can invest our time in. However, the truth of the matter is that the most valuable thing we can invest in is our future.


-Written by Andrew Adegbamigbe-

Earlier this month Cripe welcomed the 8th grade math classes from The Oaks Academy for their annual field trip in which they look to answer the age old question “Why do we need to study math?” Since the Spring of 2008 our talented engineers, architects and surveyors have shown these students how the same math they are learning today in algebra and geometry applies directly in resolving a draining issue or conducting a survey.

While demonstrating the evolution of survey through technology, Paul Klodzen, PLS underscored the discipline’s reliance on graphing skills and comprehension.  

Using the Pythagorean Theorem, Jennifer Lasch, PE led the group in an exercise to find the length of a line which then was then used to determine the slope of that line knowing the elevations (y) of the line.  She then showed how that line represented the curb line in a parking lot with a high point at one end and a storm inlet at the other end.  We wanted to determine if we had positive drainage (ie positive slope) and if it met the minimum design criteria that would be used.

In addition, the group looked at a fictitious lot and determined the stormwater discharge using the rational method (Q=ciA.)  They examined how the discharge rate would change depending on the type of surface on the lot (grass vs pavement or a combination thereof.)

Another interactive part of the day as when Carl Sergio and Matt Amore used the 3D Scanner to scan the students as they were sitting in  Cripe University illustrating how such technology is used in architecture projects.  The 8th graders were able to see themselves appear in 3D and understand how this technology can directly assist an architect and client in the design process. 

Cripe Architects +Engineers has long recognized the importance of both community outreach and education.  Our partnership with the Oak Academy is an important one, which benefits both the students and our staff.

In all it was a fun day for the students and the staff – the students left realizing there really is a reason to pay attention in math class and the staff left being glad  had all those years ago.


Aug 24

Inner DNA

Carl Sergio and I recently had a chance to compete in a small design competition called the “1×20 Competition.”  The goal of the competition was to come up with 20 different design solutions for the same urban lot located in downtown Indianapolis.

The competition was conducted by AIA Home Tour and involved a lot in the historic St. Joseph’s neighborhood downtown.    The concept of the competition was to address a common problem of abandoned lots in urban settings.  There were no other constraints for the competition other than the specific site.

Each entry had to contain the below site perspective as the overriding site image.  We were able to alter the image however we saw fit.  But this particular image had to make up the background of the project.

We took this  design opportunity to address the problem of individual neighborhood identities within a larger urban fabric.  Our proposal focused not on recreating the past, like what is typically done in historic neighborhoods, but rather on taking cues from the past, both social and built.  Our proposal featured historical images and information, presented on a modular panel system.  This panel system was meant to echo materials and makeup of local building methods.

These installations could then be placed throughout the city, in specific neighborhoods, creating a network of neighborhood identities within the larger urban fabric.  The chosen neighborhood vignettes offer a snapshot of the character of each individual neighborhood.

Carl and I really enjoyed the opportunity to stretch our creative thinking on a small local project and we were fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the 20 entries to be put on display at the Harrison Center for the Arts during the month of September.