The College of Human Sciences and CHS Student Council are looking for outstanding undergraduate students – sophomoresand juniors in every Human Sciences major – who are making an impact within the College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, and the greater Ames community. We want to honor those students by making them student our 2017 Student Sensations!
Students across all majors and classifications who are making significant contributions both inside and outside of the classroom are eligible for this award. At least 12 undergraduate students in CHS will be recognized. Nominations have closed for 2016.
Morgan is on a mission to improve nutritional health in the community. She volunteers at The SHOP food pantry and mentored freshmen in the Food Science and Human Nutrition learning community. She also helped people across the state through the Heddleson outreach and Rosenfeld research internships. She has published original research in the Journal of Extension and taught her own nutrition curriculum to underprivileged kids in Des Moines. She also made time to study abroad in Spain and leads a women’s connection group in The SALT Company ministry. Morgan knows knowledge is power. She shares this to help others live healthier lives.
Kinesiology and Health
Since playing “pretend nurse” as a child, Kelsey knew she wanted to take care of others. She serves the kinesiology department as an undergraduate clinical research assistant and peer mentor for the freshman learning community. She also balances school with working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Green Hills Assisted Living and plans to become a physician assistant. She translated this experience into her role as senior citizen committee chair and treasurer of ExerCYse is Medicine, leading seniors through BingoCYse to keep them active. The Honors Program mentor was also a member of the President’s Leadership Class.
Kelsey affects change at all levels. Since starting her Iowa State adventure, she has served on the Human Sciences Student Council as an at-large member and secretary, and also contributed input about student life on the Student Affairs Advisory Board. She loves the wonderful staff and her work study position in the human development and family studies department. This active traveler volunteers in the Alternative Spring Break program and spent a semester in Spain. She impacts her major through the Food Science and Human Nutrition learning community and the Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Club, all while job shadowing at health-care facilities.
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Caleb has quickly made an indelible mark on the apparel, merchandising, and design program. By halfway through his sophomore year, he created nearly 40 garments — from bridal gowns to costumes. After first appearing at Omaha Fashion Week in a spring 2015 show, he returned in fall 2015 to present an original line. He also featured pieces in a 2015 RAW Artists fashion show, a worldwide network of arts events that promote up-and-coming talents. He only began sewing in 2014. Determined to launch a product development career, Caleb is tapping his creativity to pave the way to great things.
Apparel Merchandising, and Design
Alisha seizes every growth opportunity in the fashion industry. Whether she’s writing articles for the Style and Self section of the Iowa State Daily, styling photo shoots and producing fashion shows as a director for Trend magazine, or representing Iowa-based apparel company Boat House Apparel as a brand ambassador, Alisha maintains a high level of energy. She won a 2014 Hixson Scholarship for showing immense potential and determination in her field. She continues to excel academically as a member of the Honors Program as well. In summer 2016, she will study abroad at the Paris American Academy.
Family Consumer Sciences Education and Studies
Ashley is a connector at heart. She served the human development and family studies learning community as a peer mentor to connect with Iowa State freshmen and guide them through their college transitions. In this role she prepared lessons and taught two weekly classes, which she credits with helping her prepare for a career as a teacher. As the past public relations and social chair for the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club, she built camaraderie through planned social events. Now vice president of the club, she brings members together to help others, such as raising money to cure Lewy body dementia.
Leah’s high energy is behind everything she does. The future educator helped organize the first annual Family Literacy Night at the Ames Public Library, mentors at-risk first graders in Omaha, and takes on numerous leadership roles. As the homecoming chair for Phi Beta Chi sorority, she instituted a point system to encourage participation at campus events. She now serves as vice president, overseeing all risk management and ethical standards of members. When she’s not raising over $1,000 as a morale captain for Dance Marathon, she might be mentoring freshmen in the elementary education learning community. Whatever the activity, Leah tirelessly inspires others.
Bailey leads others in everything she does. As a College of Human Sciences ambassador and peer mentor for the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers learning community, she guides prospective and new students through meaningful college experiences. In her major, you may find her tutoring children in math and reading, or student teaching at underserved schools through the ISU 4U Promise program. Bailey believes that everyone has a chance for a bright future. She says the key to helping others get off on the right foot is helping them believe they can. She plans to teach elementary students in low income areas.
Diet and Exercise
Shelly gives everything 100 percent. As a Destination Iowa State team leader, she oriented 10 freshmen to life at their new home. She followed it up as a peer mentor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition learning community, where she established professional networking activities, field trips, and service learning projects. She also led two new supplemental instruction courses for a year. Her most cherished experience was assessing children’s nutritional wellness, conducting family interventions, and doing research for a month at the Institute of Nutrition in Lima, Peru. She will begin Iowa State’s Master of Science program in diet and exercise next year.
Kinesiology and Health
Whether he’s hitting the books or cycling, Jeff’s goal is helping others. He biked 4,000 miles cross-country in a 4K for Cancer journey, raising $6,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. He followed this act by raising $500 cycling across Iowa in one day. Partnering with iCanShine, he helped bring the first bike riding camp to Iowa. He has also made the dean’s list every semester. Certified in CPR and a registered bone marrow donor, he works as a fitness instructor at Iowa State recreation services. He plans to pursue his doctorate in sport and exercise psychology.
Rebecca demonstrates true commitment to her many passions. Since her first semester, the Alpha Delta Pi sorority’s recruitment and marketing vice president and SALT Company music worship leader has dedicated her time to these organizations. She’s also been named to the dean’s list every semester. She received the Outstanding Peer Mentor Award for her work in Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers learning community and continues to serve the School of Education on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Rebecca believes that her well-rounded involvement today — along with three teaching endorsements — will help her improve lives as a dynamic educator in the future.
Kinesiology and Health
Passionate about kinesiology, dance, and service, Kiran balances them all well. The certified nursing assistant and biology teaching assistant also gives back to Iowa State through the Honors Program. You may catch her in action as a program ambassador or while teaching a freshman honors seminar. While serving as secretary of the Pre-Medical Professions Club, she performs medical examinations on public safety officers from all over Iowa as a kinesiology research assistant. Outside of research, she also shows her love for her major as an accomplished dancer with Orchesis 1 Dance Company and choreographer for the DubH Hip Hop Club.
Family and Consumer Science Education and Studies
Zoey is an experiential learner who believes you’ll never know what you can gain until you try something new. As the first human resources director of Trend magazine, she implemented the Committee Member of the Week recognition system and planned recruitment events. Her leadership has greatly increased staff size and retention. She is also invested in the college’s future. She gives her time conducting interviews as a student representative on the endowed dean search committee. Whether recruiting students as an Ambassador or improving the student experience as secretary of the Human Sciences Student Council, Zoey makes a difference.
Valerie Vander Linden
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Valerie didn’t hesitate to jump into Iowa State student life. In her first year, she immediately joined the Trend magazine staff and served on the freshmen council. Since then, her leadership experiences have only grown to become more substantial. As a sophomore, she was elected president of the newly chartered Alpha Phi sorority chapter, which now has 100+ members. This year she helps all Panhellenic sororities as the Collegiate Panhellenic Council’s vice president of scholarship. She credits her dancer relations and recruitment committee memberships in Dance Marathon with providing valuable experiences that helped her become part of something bigger than herself.
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Britney is a devoted advocate for the empowerment of women, students of color, and new students. She has mentored freshman in the Connect Four multicultural program and the George Washington Carver Program. While a vice president of Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority, she implemented an academic program called Panther Prep, which raised the cumulative grade point average of the organization. She also organizes annual retreats for the Womyn of Colour Network and is leading this year’s class of Cyclone Aides who serve as role models for freshmen. Whatever she devotes herself to, she practices her values of service, inclusion, and positivity.
Student must be an undergraduate student in the College of Human Sciences for a minimum of one semester with the status of sophomoreor junior. Students across all majors in CHS are eligible for this award.
Student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or in completion) at Iowa State University.
Selected students must be available for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.
There must be a demonstration of excellence in any of the following areas:
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Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, or peers, and self-nomination is also acceptable. To nominate: Complete the Student Sensations Nomination Form, including a 200-word short essay of why the nominee deserves this award.
Nomination Deadline for 2017: Friday, November 18 at 5 p.m.
Nominees will be contacted by a CHS Student Council representative or adviser with final instructions. Nominees will be asked to provide a resume and personal statement of accomplishments by Sunday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m.
Honorees will be recognized by the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and presented with a Student Sensation polo to represent our college. They will be featured on a poster to be displayed throughout the College of Human Sciences.
Honorees must also be able to participation and/or assist in leading in at least 4 of the chosen events/programs the following year such as:
Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies
Passionate. Ashley is as passionate about teaching as she is about learning. As a volunteer with the Learning Zone and Step Into Storybooks, she helps children discover the joy of learning. Even her jobs reflect her love of teaching: she’s an assistant teacher at University Community Childcare and a tutor with America Reads, America Counts. She’s also an active member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club, the Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society, and the College of Human Sciences Student Council. Ashley has made the dean’s list for the past four semesters and she’s also a recipient of the Miller Endowment Scholarship.
Resourceful. As a future educator, Hannah believes that part of being resourceful is being a good resource for others. That’s why she served as a peer mentor for the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers learning community. She was also invited to join President Leath’s leadership class, an opportunity granted to only thirty incoming freshmen. She was chosen as one of four students from the class to continue as a sophomore advisor and mentor for students. She’s served as assistant financial vice president with Gamma Phi Beta and a volunteer in a kindergarten classroom. She’s also a recipient of the 4-year Branstad Scholarship, awarded to one outstanding freshman pursuing the field of education each year.
Determined. Amanda is determined to help people live longer, healthier lives. As secretary of the Diabetes Education Club, she helped organize the group’s first annual Diabetes Education Walk. She’s put in countless volunteer hours with Food Banks Across Iowa, Food at First, and the Boys and Girls Club. She’s also been a dietetic intern as well as a general counselor at two camps run by the American Diabetic Association. She’s an active member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Student Dietetic Association. Despite the challenge of balancing coursework, activities, and volunteer work, Amanda made the dean’s list every semester during her college career.
Kinesiology and Health
Dedicated. Evan is dedicated to making his community a better place through public health leadership. He’s been a peer mentor for the Kinesiology learning community and a student ambassador for the College of Human Sciences. He’s active on the Dance Marathon committee to raise money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. He’s a trustee on the Iowa 4-H Foundation and a national 4-H facilitator. He chaired Iowa State’s 2013 Homecoming celebration and he’s also treasurer of the Allied Health Professionals club. His commitment to academic excellence earned him a spot on the dean’s list throughout his college career. His experience prepares him well for his goal of becoming a leader in corporate wellness or hospital administration.
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Dynamic. Mary Kate’s Iowa State adventure prepares her for a dynamic career in the fashion industry. She’s held an executive position with Trend Magazine since the spring semester of her freshman year. She’s also written for the Style section of the Iowa State Daily and she’s been involved with Greek life on campus since her first day on campus. In her role as a producer for The Fashion Show 2015, she oversees a group of more than 170 students to produce the nationally recognized event.. She’s been a campus representative for three companies and held a fashion internship in New York City during the summer of 2014. She recently studied fashion in Florence, Italy.
Proactive. Meghan is proactive about helping others discover the sweet side of food science. Meghan is involved in the Food Science Club’s executive team as treasurer, and was part of the College of Human Sciences Student Council. Meghan was one of the students in charge of the Food Science Club’s fudge and bacon fundraisers. As a Food Science and Human Nutrition student ambassador, she represents the department and college and works, with the faculty to make sure that food science and human nutrition students have the best possible adventure at Iowa State.
Diet and Exercise
Innovative. Rachel is always looking for innovative ways to teach others about healthy lifestyles. She’s served as a Food Science and Human Nutrition student ambassador and she’s been a member of the Student Dietetic Association for three years. Rachel served as the philanthropy coordinator for Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, where she planned and held two dinner events raising over $4,000 for diabetes research and education. As vice president of scholarship for her sorority, she’s working to motivate more than 130 women to improve their academics. She plans to become a registered dietitian and pursue a career in corporate wellness, sports nutrition or community health.
Adventurous. David launched his Iowa State adventure knowing he wanted to become a physical therapist and help others achieve their goals. David is as passionate about learning as he is his career path, and he also cares greatly about the Iowa State community. As an active member of Iowa State University Student Government, he’s always striving to make improvements to enhance student life. He’s also a member of the College of Human Sciences Council and he’s volunteered at The Arc of Story County and the Thielen Student Health Center. David received the Presidential Scholarship and the Cardinal Scholarship in recognition of his academic excellence.
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Driven. Jackson is driven to make a lasting impact on the Iowa State community. He is the vice president of the Pre-Medical Professions Club, and serves on the Student Alumni Leadership Council’s ambassadors committee and Dance Marathon’s families committee. He’s also active within the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was recognized as Iowa State’s 2014 Greek Man of the Year. He is a member of twelve academic honor societies including Cardinal Key, Iowa State’s most prestigious honorary. Jackson also loves volunteering: he’s a mentor for Great Relationships in Pairs, volunteers for First United Methodist Church’s Food at First program, and assists with the Walk to Defeat ALS.
Capable. As a future events manager, Hannah is capable of running the show from start to finish. She’s also an active part of her Iowa State community, participating in numerous organizations and activities including Destination Iowa State, the Fashion Show, and Alternative Breaks. She’s been the stage coordinator for Varieties and a member of the National Events Marketing Committee. As a member of the Student Union Board, she served on committees for national and special events, Cyclone Cinema, Multicultural Awareness, and the Maintenance Shop. She’s now part of the executive team of the Student Union Board as co-director of Cyclone Cinema. She’s also an important part of the Fashion Show design committee.
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Influential. Jenna strives to be a positive influence on others when they need it most. She’s been a role model and friend to new students as a peer mentor for the Human Development and Family Studies learning community. Her passion for helping people also led her to serve on the events committee for Dance Marathon to raise money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. She’s a member of Gamma Phi Beta and she’s been on the dean’s list since she started at Iowa State. She also volunteers at the ACCESS assault care center. Jenna plans to become a social worker or counselor so she can continue help people in their time of need.
Devoted. Kendria is devoted to making the world a better place through teaching. Whether it’s studying abroad or helping new students launch their Iowa State adventures, Kendria is always looking for ways to broaden her understanding of society and the world. Kendria is a peer mentor for the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers learning community and she’s also helped out with freshman orientation. Freshman students appreciate her kind, caring attitude and her teachers praise her as an outstanding role model and problem solver for her peers. Kendria’s excellent communication skills, compassion for others, love of children, and patience are a winning combination for a valuable teacher.
Involved. Samantha takes every opportunity to stay involved in her Iowa State community. She’s been a peer mentor for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers and Leadership ISU. She’s also served as a Cyclone Aide, and based on her outstanding performance, she was chosen to be a Cyclone Aide Advisor for the College of Human Sciences. She’s a recipient of the 4-year Branstad Scholarship, awarded to one outstanding freshman majoring in education each year. Samantha has been on the dean’s list since she began her Iowa State adventure. Her compassion for others, her work ethic, and her desire to make a difference will make her an asset in any classroom.
Committed. Nina is committed to helping others eat right and stay healthy. As a Rising Star intern for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, she worked with Iowans of all ages to improve their nutrition, reduce the risk of obesity, and raise awareness of local foods in southern Iowa. Nina has volunteered to coordinate meals at a retirement center, a homeless shelter, the campus food pantry, and Campus Kitchens, a St. Louis program for urban children. Nina belongs to the Student Dietetics Association, she is a Food Science and Human Nutrition student ambassador, and she has served as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Nutrition course.
Early Childhood Education
Giving. Brityn’s greatest calling is giving back to her community. An active member of her learning community as a freshman, she became a peer mentor in her sophomore year and earned a certificate of distinction for her outstanding service. As a member of the Human Development and Family Studies Club, she took on many service projects to benefit young children and their families. Faculty who recognized her leadership skills nominated Brityn to co-chair the Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee. She’s been on the dean’s list every semester since she started at Iowa State. She’s also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Christian is always ready to serve those around him. Athletic training allows him to combine his passion for sports and helping others. He coaches youth basketball teams, volunteers as a first responder at track and wrestling meets and the Special Olympics, and has taken humanitarian trips to Honduras and the Czech Republic. While maintaining this focus on service, Christian excels academically. He has the top grade point average among all Iowa State athletic training majors in his graduating class, even as he takes academically rigorous classes to prepare for medical school.
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When Joseph gets involved with an organization, he gives his whole heart. Whether it is serving as president of the College of Human Sciences Student Council or as an undergraduate research assistant, he goes above and beyond. Joseph is most proud of his involvement with his church, St. Thomas Aquinas, where he serves as a peer minister and founded a discipleship ministry. As an honors student, he has taken on extra course work and demanding classes. He has spent more than 150 hours in the lab researching his honors project on how exercise affects stress markers and inflammation in mice lungs, all while maintaining a near-perfect grade point average.
Kinesiology and Health
Kristin leads her peers to succeed. She helps students to master difficult concepts while working as a teaching assistant in anatomy labs. She makes an effort to get to know the students, so she can lead them in the classroom and teach them to learn more effectively on their own time. Kristin knows this experience will help as she pursues her goal of becoming a dentist. She plans to use the skills developed in the classroom to get to know her patients, so she can effectively communicate how to improve oral health. Next year, Kristin will attend dental school at the University of Iowa.
Nutritional Science and Dietetics
When Megan began her adventure at Iowa State, she aimed to find her niche and be an active contributor to the campus community. She still makes time to achieve this goal, even as she makes the dean’s list each semester while pursuing a double major in nutritional science and dietetics. Megan serves as an undergraduate research assistant for the Blossom Project, where she studies nutrition and physical activity in pregnant women. She also serves as the student representative to the undergraduate recruitment committee for the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. In addition, she is a leader of the FSHN Learning Community for freshmen, and volunteers at an elementary school where she teaches about nutrition.
Celia has a passion for creating community. As president of the Culinary Science Club, she works to connect food science and human nutrition majors with other related clubs across campus to create an environment of support and shared experiences. As a product development team leader, she has brought students from different majors together to create a food product for competition. Celia has a contagious can-do spirit and an eagerness to encourage her peers. In the future, she hopes to improve consumers’ health through her work as a food scientist.
Kinesiology and Health
Clayton is a leader both in and out of the classroom. He founded and is the CEO of a nonprofit food-drive organization, served as president of Iowa State’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, taught a leadership and orientation class for freshman honors students, and helped raise almost $64,000 for children’s cancer research. As a kinesiology and health major, he has shown strong insight and inquisitiveness about his area of study. Clayton has worked in a research lab since his freshman year, and is currently conducting high-level research on motor sequencing in children with dyslexia for his honors project.
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Kim is fully engaged as a kinesiology and health major. Not only does she excel academically as a member of the honors program and the dean’s list each semester, but she also got involved in campus life right from the start. She joined the Kinesiology Learning Community for freshmen and now serves as a peer mentor, building personal relationships to help freshmen achieve their academic and career goals. As president of the Kinesiology and Health Club, she organizes all club meetings as well as the Special Olympics volleyball tournament. She is working with the club and the ExerCYse is Medicine campaign to host a kickball tournament for Iowa State students.
Kallen is driven to achieve her goals. She is actively involved in many areas of campus life from being past president of the Human Sciences Student Council for two terms and publicity chair of Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society, to alumnae relations coordinator for the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and past co-chair of the Veishea Village and showcase. In each of these endeavors, she freely devotes her time and follows through to make sure the organizations succeed. She believes that hard work in the classroom, paired with involvement in the campus community, is key to becoming a well-rounded person and having a successful college experience.
Brian’s college experience has been a journey. He took time off from his education to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq. There, he served as a security commander, managing a platoon of 25 Marines and receiving numerous awards and recognitions. Brian has shown that same commitment as he now pursues a degree in athletic training. He has dedicated himself to his goals, giving more than 900 hours to Iowa State football and women’s basketball teams and volunteering his services at track and wrestling meets. Last summer, Brian was selected as one of four interns to work with the Minnesota Vikings at the team’s preseason camps.
Joe wants his college career to be marked by being a servant leader. He is passionate about motivating others and demonstrates this passion through his work with Youth and Shelter Services, Food at First food pantry, and as a member of Acacia Fraternity. He volunteers with the ISU Alternative Breaks program and sits on the Interfraternity Council. He also serves as an adviser for freshmen in the President’s Leadership Class, taught by President Steven Leath and his wife, Janet. While focusing on others is a top priority, Joe also finds time to devote to his major, researching metabolic diseases in dogs, and serving on a dairy sensory panel.
Kylie has a drive to understand and improve the relationship between people and food. This has led her to the research lab, where she works as an undergraduate research assistant studying dietary effects on colon cancer. She has traveled to France to study sustainable food production and to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to conduct translational nutrition research. She spent a summer as an AmeriCorps member working with a youth nutrition program outside of Chicago. Kylie is a leader in promoting eating disorder awareness on campus. She helped to found the new student group, Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness.
Jacquelyn took Iowa State’s “Choose your adventure” slogan to heart. She’s had adventures studying abroad in the Bahamas and working as a teaching assistant. She also helped to plan the first-ever, student-led Bacon Expo. As an employee with Iowa State’s Recreation Services, Jacquelyn held various positions, including event management intern and the top student position of student administrative assistant for facility operations. She saw her involvement in many facets of collegiate life as a way to gain knowledge-based experience. Jacquelyn took this experience, and her sense of adventure, as she began her new job with the U.S. Olympic Committee working in operations and sport programming at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.
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Andrea is a strong advocate for what she believes in. She is a founder and former vice president of Womyn of Colour, an organization empowering minority women on campus. She is also a Multicultural Vision Program scholar and a peer mentor for the college’s Connect 4 program for first-year students of color. Andrea is dedicated to achieving her dreams and has paid her own way through school. She has already gotten a start on achieving her career goals by developing her own line of upcycled clothing, Ohtatie. She is currently working to expand the line and strengthen online sales.
Carrie wants to experience all Iowa State has to offer. As a freshman, she was elected president of her residence hall floor, became a STAR — a student admissions representative — and enrolled in carillon classes to play the instrument in Iowa State’s Campanile. She expanded her involvement over the next three years, becoming an executive in STARS, a Destination Iowa State leader, and taking leadership roles at her church. Carrie eagerly challenges herself and strives to grow with each opportunity — and she does it all with the hope of inspiring other students to follow their dreams.
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Katie has a talent for relating to others; this is evident in her work as the lead peer mentor for freshmen in the Kinesiology Learning Community. She is able to guide these freshman as they prepare their four-year-plans, helping them discover the adventures and opportunities available to them at Iowa State. Katie stays involved in her major and her gerontology minor as an ExerCYse is Medicine ambassador and a member of the Gerontology Club. For both of these organizations, she performs outreach with retirement communities and senior centers in Ames. She also is a leader of the iCanBike program, which teaches children who have special needs how to ride a bike.
Dedicated. Alison is dedicated to serving as a resource when those around her are facing difficult times. This commitment to support her peers has shaped her efforts at Iowa State and her goals for the future, which include achieving the registered dietitian designation to help people struggling with eating disorders. She has already begun this work through her efforts to organize eating disorder awareness weeks through the Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa (EDCI) and the Campus Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week planning committee. Alison has been inspired by the results she has seen working with these groups and hopes to continue and expand this work in the future.
Persevering. Derek values service to others above all else and tries to live out his fraternity’s motto, “Human Service,” by giving more than 200, and counting, hours of service to his community. When he saw a need for a student organization on campus, he took the initiative and created the Iowa State University Education Association (ISUEA) – an organization for all future teachers. Under Derek’s leadership as founding president, the ISUEA became the largest Iowa State Education Association student chapter in the state, with more than 200 registered members.
Dynamic. When Heather decided to go back to college for a second bachelor’s degree, she committed to getting involved on campus and seeking jobs that would enhance her education off-campus. She has certainly met these goals. Her activities include serving in leadership roles in the Event Management Club, volunteering with the Ames Main Street Cultural District, leading fundraising at the Iowa State Foundation phone center, working as a conference manager with the Department of Residence, and mentoring her peers in the Event and Hospitality Management Learning Community.
Encouraging. Hannah shows her commitment to the College of Human Sciences motto of expanding human potential and improving people’s lives by inspiring current and future students. Through her work with the ISU Science Bound program, Hannah teaches math to ethnically diverse pre-college students to prepare them to be successful in pursuing ASTEM (agriculture, science, technology, education and mathematics) degrees. Hannah also works as a teaching assistant in the Toying with Technology lab, where she teaches k-12 students about engineering and technology through hands-on explorations with robotics and serves as a mentor to other pre-service teachers.
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Compassionate. Amici is there when those around her need a hand. Whether it is the young students she tutors as a Multicultural Vision Program Scholar, the sorority sisters she mentors as vice president of intellectual development, or the freshmen she helps transition to college life as a Destination Iowa State leader, Amici serves as a friend and role model. She also wants to inspire others with her passion for learning. She credits her College of Human Sciences classes with instilling a belief that learning is an invaluable, lifelong process.
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Fearless. When Le Lee left Malaysia to attend Iowa State, she knew an adventure lay ahead – and she embraces her adventure at every turn. Le Lee is gaining skills that will help her reach her future goals, which include working in global nutrition and changing the environment of elderly care in Malaysia and around the world. Her belief that education is the best way to lead society to a better place influences her work as a research assistant helping with the program delivery of education models to older adults to increase basic nutrition knowledge.
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Driven. As a kinesiology major, it is fitting that Kaylee likes to keep moving. In addition to serving as a research assistant, performing with Orchesis 1 Modern Dance Company, and volunteering at a variety of organizations on- and off-campus, Kaylee has been a driving force in growing the Kinesiology and Health Club. Serving as president of the club for two years, she oversaw sponsorship and implementation of Iowa’s Special Olympics volleyball tournament and the Kinesiology Classic volleyball tournament. This year, she will also help host the “ExerCYse is Medicine” campus-wide wellness event.
Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies
Passionate. For Laura, leadership is about serving. Her experiences at Iowa State have made her a stronger leader and taught her that true leadership is not focusing inward; rather it is thinking about and acting on the needs of others. She puts this philosophy into action in every organization in which she is involved — whether she is mentoring new students, hosting events to help women in danger of human trafficking, making pillowcases for patients at Konker Cancer, or leading cooking classes for special needs students. Laura has learned that true leadership is showing others respect and positivity.
Unconventional. Amber’s time at Iowa State has simultaneously opened up worlds of possibilities by broadening her perspective and sharpening her focus on health and wellness. After years of working in a hospital setting, Amber returned to school as a nontraditional student to study dietetics. She is passionate about working across cultures with people throughout their life spans to improve wellness and prevent disease through nutrition. With the tools she is gaining at Iowa State, Amber aims to not only build a career, but also to create positive social change.
Early Childhood Education
Determined. Janelle, a first-generation college student, knows that her efforts now will impact her future success. She uses her time at Iowa State as a research assistant, her past leadership in the freshman honor society, and her service as a CHS Ambassador to make a difference and prepare for her future as an educator. When teaching in the classroom, Janelle is determined to incorporate diversity. She is already hard at work on this endeavor as a founding member of ISU Leaders in Education and Diversity (ILEAD) and a peer mentor to incoming George Washington Carver Scholars.
Genuine. Kelsie believes in the potential of every child. As a future educator, she strives to create a positive learning experience for all students. Believing education systems are never finished evolving, Kelsie is passionate about becoming a teacher to challenge students and improve the organization of school systems. As a student, her emphasis on her own education is evident. She has made the Dean’s list each semester and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies
Caring. Kelsey strives to promote the well being of those in her community. After joining the Family and Consumer Sciences Club as a freshman, she has maintained her involved throughout her time at Iowa State, leading a wide range of service projects to raise money for causes ranging from human trafficking awareness to victims of domestic violence. Kelsey is most proud of helping develop a cooking and nutrition class at Arc of Story County, an organization working to enrich the lives of people in the community with disabilities.
Dietetics. Hailey didn’t want to see any student go without food. Instead of sitting by and hoping someone else would help, Hailey and her friends created Students Helping Our Peers (SHOP), an on-campus food pantry in the Food Sciences building. She works tirelessly promoting the SHOP to obtain donations. Although Hailey’s duties as co-president of the SHOP keep her busy, she also volunteers in other ways, such as serving as a student ambassador, telling prospective students about the university, and helping them find the appropriate faculty member or advisor.
Elementary Education. Lacie feels the benefits of teaching are endless. She can share her knowledge with her students, help shape them for their futures, and learn something new from them as well. As a student worker in the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching (CTLT), Lacie often helps frustrated faculty and students figure out technology issues. If she doesn’t know the answer, she will find the right person to help out. Lacie makes sure she stays up to date on new technologies so she can answer questions at the CTLT and continue to be a resource for others.
Kinesiology and Health. Melissa’s research may someday help prevent injuries. For her honors project, she looked at changes in torques at the ankle, knee, and hip, and has helped graduate students and professors conduct research. Melissa is preparing to be a physical therapist so she can work with people to overcome their injuries. Her professors recognize her excellent problem-solving skills which led her to become a tutor who helps struggling students. She promotes healthy living by serving as an instructor for a fitness class on campus and teaching students the importance of staying fit.
Elementary Education. Working at the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching taught Joan the importance of helping others and staying up to date on technology. In her interactions with others, she models effective teaching methods to convey key points. Her experience at the center will help her in her future career as an elementary education teacher, where she will prepare students academically for their futures. Joan helped form the Iowa State University Education Association where she and other founders helped unite students from different majors to work on education issues.
Culinary Science. Emma looks at food creatively, which is why her desire to work in a test kitchen developing new recipes after she graduates is a natural choice. Iowa State has given her the skills to know how different ingredients interact. She also learned that food allergies are common among people and can use that knowledge in developing her recipes by offering alternative ingredients. She gives back to the university community in her daily interactions, by working in the MacKay food labs organizing ingredients and supervising student employees at Conversations Dining.
Child, Adult, and Family Services. Michelle is passionate about the College of Human Sciences. As a student ambassador and Cyclone aide, she educates incoming students about the college’s and the university’s programs. In these roles, she shares knowledge and wisdom that she has gained through Iowa State. For her career path, Michelle wants to serve in a position where she can help students at the college level or educate lawmakers about social issues impacting families to help make the world a better place.
Elementary Education. Crystal’s interest in social justice was the driving force that led her to be a founding member of ISU Leaders in Education and Diversity, which focuses on diversity as it pertains to education. She is studying to be an elementary education teacher with an emphasis in special education. Crystal, a nontraditional student, serves as a student representative on several committees in the college such as the diversity committee, advocating on behalf of the student body.
Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies. Whenever someone needs help, Lori is there. Whether it’s a student in her class or a child in Rwanda, Lori does whatever she can. As part of a service-learning group, she traveled to Rwanda, learned about the genocide there, and now helps educate others about it. That opportunity and others at Iowa State helped Lori realize the difference one person can make. As a teacher, she’s always researching family and consumer sciences issues to provide her students with the most current information.
Elementary Education. Ashaun wants to make sure diversity in education grows, which is why she helped create ISU Leaders in Education and Diversity (ILEAD). Through her efforts, she works to ensure diversity stays in the forefront of discussions at the university. She’s also passionate about technology integration in the classroom to enhance educational experiences for students. Rather than waiting until she graduates, Ashaun is already using her teaching abilities to tutor students so they succeed.
Kinesiology and Health, Pre-Health. Helping people comes naturally to Josie. Her extensive volunteerism shows she is already giving back to the community. She helps admit patients to Mary Greeley Hospital and reads to older adults at Green Hills Assisted Living Center. She’s already a certified nursing assistant and is preparing to become a doctor. Josie has worked with several faculty members on research projects, and serves as a kinesiology student ambassador, helping potential students decide if Iowa State is right for them.
Elementary Education. William decided to become an elementary education teacher to bring diversity and a higher level of thinking to lower grade levels. William wants elementary aged students to interact with a positive male black role model who teaches them that the world has people of all backgrounds, colors, and ethnicities. William helped create ISU Leaders in Education and Diversity, where he serves as founding president. He is the first American student in elementary education to student teach in Indonesia. William also served as a presenter in the 2011 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity.
Dietetics. Kelly wants children who are being treated for cancer to get the best possible nutrition. She’s already made an impact on the health care field by creating a kid-friendly cookbook as part of her honors project at Iowa State. The recipes will better meet the dietary needs of children undergoing cancer treatment without sacrificing the foods they love. She’s been a leader and a volunteer during her time at the university and she is working to become a clinical dietitian specializing in nutrition for children.
Food Science. As a budding food scientist, Allison Berquist has capitalized on opportunities to hone her professional development. Allison has excelled as a Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research intern, studying foodborne pathogens. This experience complements her summer internship with Cargill Corn Milling, where she worked as a quality assurance chemist. As a Program for Women in Science and Engineering peer mentor, she guided 25 science and engineering majors through their first year at Iowa State. Allison serves as a student leader in the Food Science Club, the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and in class as a role model demonstrating new concepts to group members.
Child, Adult, and Family Services. Jessica Crawford’s passion for international work has taken her around the world and back. In 2009, Crawford studied abroad at the University of Ghana, where she completed coursework on African society. She brought these lessons back to Iowa State’s campus, where she founded ISUganda, an affiliate of the national advocacy group Invisible Children, Inc. Now a full-time intern for Invisible Children, Jessica works with a team, traveling around the country advocating for an end to 25 years of violence in east central Africa.
Elementary Education. It’s safe to say that Elisabeth Godfrey’s future classroom will be worldly. After studying abroad in China and Japan and student teaching in Indonesia, her interactions with students of other cultures have influenced her vision of an ideal classroom. She has shared her vision with more than 500 donors at the Order of the Knoll event. Her positions as member of the college’s undergraduate studies committee, Pi Beta Phi sorority, and President’s Leadership Class helped shape her potential to become a world-class educator.
Kinesiology and Health. With a goal to become a physical therapist, Ross Hanson is taking all the right steps to get there. Since 2009, Ross has volunteered with three rehabilitation clinics, helping patients young and old regain movement and motor control after injuries. He has also invested time as an undergraduate research assistant. From this experience he developed his own study of the psychological effects of cross training in competitive adolescent athletes for his honors project. His involvement in the pre-physical therapy club and volunteer activities have primed him for a successful future in physical therapy.
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. What started as a class project has resulted in a continual community-wide initiative to go green and provide clothing to people of all ages. Kelsey Leighton is the founder of the Closets Collide sustainable clothing swap events, held twice a year in Ames. At the first event, more than 250 people showed up to trade apparel and four carloads of leftover items were taken to local organizations in need. Kelsey’s efforts have brought new groups of people together, empowering them individually and collectively to make a difference.
Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Abbie Marsh has dedicated her time at Iowa State to academic success and extracurricular activities, namely the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies club. Under her presidency, the club won the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Student Unit’s Community Service Award. An aspiring family and consumer sciences teacher, Abbie has fortified her classroom experience as an Iowa State University Extension intern, working with 4-Hers at county fairs and the Iowa 4-H youth conference and serving as a coordinator for junior 4-H camp.
Child, Adult, and Family Services. It takes a strong leader to successfully merge three student clubs into one. Under the presidential guidance of Elisabeth Rodstrom, the Human Development and Family Studies Club was formed. Elisabeth’s positive attitude helped students find more volunteer opportunities with organizations such as Food at First, the Beloit Residential Treatment Center, and the Keep Iowa State Beautiful Adopt Campus program. She balances extracurricular involvement with her job as an undergraduate research assistant at the Research Institute for Studies in Education, where she effectively manages a dataset on 1600 survey participants.
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. When opportunities present themselves, Brandt Schumacher doesn’t let them slip away. Leadership in the Phi Upsilon Omicron and Kappa Omnicron Nu honor societies and MODA fashion club, along with a role as a fashion assistant with Trend magazine, have propelled him into exciting career adventures. As an intern for Delta Galil clothing company, his stellar product development skills were noticed, and he was asked to design a collection of boys’ clothing – an outstanding assignment for an intern. His can-do attitude has helped him succeed in campus organizations and professional life.
Kinesiology and Health. In the quest to improve human health, John Sheldahl is leading his student peers. As a Human Sciences and kinesiology and health ambassador, John connects with prospective students, helping them learn more about the study of kinesiology and the impact it has on individuals, communities, and nations. His passion for helping others has fueled his undergraduate research, studying the importance of stride length on joint impact forces. Outside of the lab, he leads Cyclones Rebuilding Iowa – a group that has repaired the damages caused by floods and tornados in the state.
Hospitality Management. Kayla Simpson’s enthusiasm for hospitality is contagious. So contagious, in fact, that her efforts in the Club Manager’s Association of America Cyclone chapter grew membership from three students to 33 students in a matter of months. She also shares her love for the field of hospitality with 25 first-year students as a peer mentor for the Directions learning community, inspiring them to get involved in club and department functions and build a passion for their future careers.
Kinesiology and Health. As a Cyclone Aide and Human Sciences Ambassador, Molly speaks candidly with prospective students and their parents, to help them make important decisions about their future at Iowa State. Once new students are here, it’s likely they’ll see Molly as a stand-out residence hall community adviser, where she fosters leadership and promotes sustainability. While committed to helping new students succeed, Molly still finds time to examine the effects of exercise on immunology as an undergraduate research assistant in kinesiology and maintain an outstanding academic record.
Financial Counseling and Planning. Michael Weber shines among student leaders on campus. Since 2007, Michael has been devoted to the annual VEISHEA celebration as a member of the catering and operations committees and as a business manager. As the 2011 general VEISHEA co-chair, Weber managed 161 committee members, serving as the liaison between university administration and the VEISHEA executive committee. He has also served the College of Human Sciences as a senator in the Government of the Student Body. His work as the speaker and vice speaker of the Senate has amplified the voices of CHS students at the university level.