Students gather backstage before the May 2012 College of Human Sciences graduation celebration. Photo by Kara Cipolloni.
Students gather backstage before the May 2012 College of Human Sciences graduation celebration. Photo by Kara Cipolloni.

Students to be honored at graduation events

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will honor the achievements of hundreds of graduating students in a series of events this weekend.

At the college’s graduation celebration at 3 p.m. Friday in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, Dean Pamela White and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees. A reception for new graduates will immediately follow the ceremony, around 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lobby of the Scheman Building.

The all-university commencement exercises for master’s and Ph.D. graduates is 8 p.m. Friday at Hilton Coliseum. For undergraduates, the all-university ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.

Linda Fullmer of Ankeny will deliver the keynote address at the college’s graduation celebration. Fullmer is a 2000 graduate of Iowa State with a bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition. After graduation, she quickly rose through the ranks at Kemin Industries from project manager and food application specialist to senior vice president of the human nutrition and health division. In 2012, Fullmer was honored with the Iowa State Food Science and Human Nutrition Alumni Impact Award. She is also a member of the Iowa State Food Science and Human Nutrition External Advisory Committee, the Alumni Association, and the Cyclone Club.

The following students will receive special honors at the ceremony:

Kelsie Miller of Urbandale will lead the College of Human Sciences procession as student marshal at the all-university commencement ceremony. She will also deliver an address at the college’s graduation celebration. Miller is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a minor in psychology. While making dean’s list each semester, Miller has also been generous with her time and talents, volunteering as a tutor, with the ISU Dance Marathon, and as a Destination Iowa State leader. Miller has studied abroad in New Zealand, served as the president of the Study Abroad Alumni Association, and as a peer adviser in the Study Abroad Center. Miller will expand her international experience next school year, teaching English in Indonesia with a Fulbright grant.

Courtney Blomme of Audubon will lead her peers as college marshal in the college’s graduation celebration procession. She is graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in dietetics and nutritional science. Blomme, a National Merit Scholar, has displayed exceptionally strong academic skills during her time at Iowa State. Her honors project identifying the role of physical activity on gestational weight gain has been accepted for a poster presentation at The American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting  and publication in Medicine and Science in Sports Medicine. Blomme has been on the dean’s list every semester and is in the top 2 percent of undergraduate students in the college. Blomme has been accepted to Cleveland Clinic’s dietetic internship and will begin in August. After the internship, she plans to pursue a career in clinical dietetics.

Taylor Gaffney of Marshalltown will be recognized as graduating student of the year at the college’s graduation celebration. Gaffney is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in apparel, merchandising, and design, with a second major in marketing and a minor in Spanish. Gaffney’s leadership, creativity, and vision have empowered her peers to improve the Iowa State campus and larger community. She has served as president of her sorority, Sigma Kappa, and organized fundraisers that raised more than $2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Sea Coast Mission, and Inherit the Earth. To make the university more environmentally friendly, Gaffney founded Greeks Go Green, hosted a cleanup day at Lake LaVerne, and collaborated with Closets Collide to promote sustainability in fashion.

Amanpreet Kaur of Parsippany, N.J., will be recognized with a dean’s recognition award at the college’s graduation celebration. Kaur is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education and studies and a minor in engineering studies. Kaur is as an exceptional student and an exemplary leader and wants to help others reach their potential and create a better world in the process. She pursued student teaching opportunities locally in Iowa and internationally in Indonesia, and traveled to Ireland for two internships. After graduation, Kaur will complete a summer internship at Youth for Understanding. She will then serve for 11 months in the Literacy AmeriCorps in Florida.

Ian Laughead of West Des Moines will be recognized with a dean’s recognition award at the college’s graduation celebration. Laughead is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in apparel, merchandising, and design. He has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant, style editor for the Iowa State Daily, men’s editor for the award-winning Trend magazine, and a tutor in the Academic Success Center. He has also been involved for the past three years with The Fashion Show. Laughead has translated his educational experience into internships with Thom Browne, including during NYC Fashion Week, and Apparel Magic. He has studied fashion and interned in London, and worked at Paris Fashion Week.

Derek Robison of Richland will be recognized with a dean’s recognition award at the college’s graduation celebration. Robison is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a minor in learning technologies, and endorsements in mathematics and reading. He has worked to expand human potential through his efforts at the university and his many philanthropic involvements. Robison is the founding president of the Iowa State University Education Association, an organization for all future teachers, and under his leadership the organization has grown substantially. Robison has also given more than 200 hours to community service events, including organizing toy drives and volunteering lawn care and shoveling services.

Contact

Sarah Burke, graduate assistant, Iowa State University College of Human Sciences, 515-294-9424, hswriter@iastate.edu

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