College of Human Sciences dean's recognition award recipients and the graduating student of the year are among those who will be recognized at this fall’s convocation. The college will also recognize university marshal Rebecca Ray and college marshal Christian Ostrander. Photo by Ryan Riley.

College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 300 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 15 and 16. 

Dean and Dean’s Chair Laura Dunn Jolly and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation, 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. A reception honoring graduating students will immediately follow the college convocation, at about 3 p.m. in the ground and first-floor lobbies of Stephens Auditorium. The reception is open to all.

Due to the number of participants and length of the ceremony, the all-university commencement ceremony has been divided in two. The graduate ceremony is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at Hilton Coliseum. The undergraduate ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Hilton Coliseum.

Six graduating seniors — Allison Kay Jaeger in dietetics and global resource systems; Allison Kirstukas in apparel, merchandising, and design; Christian Ostrander in kinesiology and health; Rebecca Ray in financial counseling and planning; Zoey Sternquist in family and consumer sciences education and studies; and Rachel Zimmerman in elementary education — will receive special honors for their scholarship and leadership at the College of Human Sciences’ fall 2017 convocation.

Allison Kay Jaeger of Mount Vernon is one of three students receiving the Dean's Recognition Award. She is graduating cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in dietetics and global resource systems. Jaeger used the skills she developed through her degree programs in multiple ways to serve others, including preparing meals for summer school students in Iowa, presenting nutrition-related workshops for adolescents and adults in Bolivia, and discussing diet restrictions with campers and caregivers while preparing meals in Minnesota. Jaeger also assisted with The Blossom Project, completing research on nutritional needs for expectant mothers. Jaeger is a student member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. After graduation, she will begin the Iowa State University Dietetics Internship.

Allison Kirstukas of Ames is also receiving the Dean's Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in apparel, merchandising, and design (creative design emphasis) and a minor in English. She used her numerous talents to serve in a variety of costume positions at theater productions at Iowa State, in Ames, in Texas, and in New York City. Kirstukas made the dean’s list each semester while completing requirements for the University Honors Program. In 2017, she became the first student from Iowa State to earn first place in the International Textile and Clothing Association’s undergraduate student paper competition. Kirstukas plans to work as a freelance costume design assistant for theater, film, and television after graduation.

Christian Ostrander
College Marshal Christian Ostrander

Christian Ostrander of Norwalk is the college marshal. He is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health and a specialization in pre-health professions, emphasizing pre-physician assistant studies. During his undergraduate studies, Ostrander, a professionally trained flight and operational medical technician, rendered humanitarian care and mission support for ongoing Air Force missions. In addition to earning numerous awards for his military service, Ostrander earned a position on the dean’s list each term since December 2014. As an undergraduate research assistant in kinesiology, he helped to facilitate research in the Cardio-RACE laboratory. After graduation, Ostrander will enter the physician assistant program at Des Moines University.

Rebecca Ray
University Marshal Rebecca Ray

Rebecca Ray of Weslaco, Texas, is representing the College of Human Sciences as the university marshal. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in financial counseling and planning and a specialization in family financial studies. Whether leading financial capability workshops for United Way of Central Iowa or helping redesign financial fitness courses for south Texas homeowners, Ray applied her financial counseling expertise to benefit the community. On campus, she served as a Writing and Media Center communication consultant, a Making Informed Decisions (MINDS) Learning Community peer mentor, and College of Human Sciences Dean’s Student Advisory Council member. She also co-led the Human Development and Family Studies Club as vice president. Ray plans to attend graduate school after graduation.

Zoey Sternquist of Waukee is the fall 2017 Graduating Student of the Year. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education and studies. Sternquist served as a leader and spokesperson for her college in a number of roles. She was a College of Human Sciences Ambassador, Student Sensation, and Human Sciences Student Council president. Through her collaborative effort as Human Sciences Week president, the celebration expanded to include new events and opportunities, and the planning committee became an official student organization. Sternquist served as council chair of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club, and was an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Food Science Laboratory. After graduation, Sternquist will student teach fashion and child development in North Carolina.

Rachel Zimmerman of Westphalia is the final student receiving the Dean's Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in learning technologies. Zimmerman is a member of the Mortar Board Natioanl Honor Society and is listed in the top 2 percent of her class. Dedicated to helping students learn and grow, Zimmerman has shaped young minds through technology and engineering outreach programs. She also served a summer with Science Bound as a Learn and Earn co-lead instructor. She is a former president of the Iowa State University Education Association and a tutor for the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. After graduation, she plans to teach in central Iowa.