The Ties that Three generations of Cappas have IU East degrees, but the family’s bound together by more than blood, it’s the university.
Jeff Cappa (AS’98) went to work for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department straight out of high school and ascended to sheriff in January after a landslide victory in the general election. But for most of Cappa’s 30-year career he was without a college degree. “Dad wanted me to go to college right out of high school when I got hired by the sheriff’s department at 18,” Cappa said. “But like any other typical 18-year-old, I thought I knew everything I needed to know.” Cappa, now 49, worked for more than a decade before heeding the advice of his father, Dan Cappa (AS’88), and two veterans of the sheriff’s department. Jeff enrolled at Indiana University East to pursue a degree in criminal justice while working full-time and raising his three children with his wife, Susan. In making the choice on where to attend school, he again turned to his father. “Dad had a lot of influence in the decision,” Jeff said.
Much like his son, Dan, 76, attended IU East to further his education while working full-time and earned a degree in business administration. Now retired, he worked at Belden, one of Wayne County’s largest employers, for 43 years. “For me there was the opportunity for continuing education as related to my job at that time,” Dan said. “It was a resource I had in the community where I didn’t have to drive out of the community. “It was a single building at that time, and by far the students were nontraditional students because we worked during the day and took evening classes.” Today, the IU East link between father and son has expanded to a third generation. All three of Jeff and Susan’s children also attended IU East; two graduated from there in recent years, too. Twenty-nine-year-old Brandon (BS’05), a patrolman and member of the hostagenegotiation team for the Richmond Police Department, and 25-year-old Adam (BS’09), a Christian recording artist, who went from being a local musician to recently signing a national record deal and touring across the country, earned general
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