The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of graduating students on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21.
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 at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. A livestream of the event will be available online. A reception for graduating students of all levels will immediately follow the college convocation at 3 p.m. in the ground and first floor lobbies of Stephens Auditorium.
The all-university commencement ceremony for those receiving bachelor’s degrees is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at James H. Hilton Coliseum. The Graduate College commencement ceremony for all ISU students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees is at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Hilton.
Six graduating seniors — Emma Kelley in child, adult, and family services; Leah Cosgrove in kinesiology and health; Yu (John) Ye in event management; Courtney Biere in event management; Mckenna Christensen in elementary education; and Natali Jouzi in nutritional science and dietetics — will receive special honors at the College of Human Sciences fall 2019 convocation.
Emma Kelley is representing the College of Human Sciences as the university marshal. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in child, adult, and family services. Dedicated to the success and well-being of others, she has assisted in high-impact research on older adults, and contributed to the use of data to further improve early childhood services in Iowa. Kelley’s honors research identified a collaboration gap between Head Start programs and school districts. At ChildServe, she helped special needs children develop their skills. As secretary of ExerCYse is Medicine, Kelley led efforts to raise money for an accessible playground in Ames. Kelley also directed fundraising for Human Sciences Week 2018. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2020.
Leah Cosgrove of Fort Dodge is the college marshal, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health, in the pre-human medicine option. Cosgrove is a consistent dean’s list recipient who has excelled both academically and professionally during her time at Iowa State. Cosgrove developed her way of thinking as a medical professional while working as a supplemental instruction leader for Biology 211, as well as a patient service representative at the hospital in her hometown this past summer. In addition, Cosgrove serves on the executive committee for Dance Marathon, and has developed her leadership skills as a key leader in her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. After graduation, she will work as a scribe at ScribeAmerica in Des Moines, and plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2020.
Yu (John) Ye of Guangzhou, Chuandong, China, is the College of Human Sciences Graduating Student of the Semester, named by the CHS Student Council. He is graduating cum laude with a bachelor's degree in event management and a minor in entrepreneurship. Ye supervised 25 people and planned events for hundreds of attendees as event and entertainment committee prime minister for the ISU Chinese Students and Scholars Association. His volunteer work at the People to People Career Fair led to him training 123 student ambassadors in preparation for the event. Ye has also completed the Iowa State University Honors program. Ye aspires to work as an exhibition or conference manager.
Courtney Biere of Webster City is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in event management and a minor in public relations. Courtney accumulated dozens of community service hours through the Event Management Club, oversaw The Fashion Show’s 2019 Fashion Week, and led Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society as president. She represented more than 90 programs in the Iowa State Learning Communities Office. Courtney exceeded her program’s internship requirements — completing six stints during her college career — with organizations including The Octagon Center for the Arts and the ISU Research Park. Courtney plans to work as a corporate event planner.
Makenna Christensen is also receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She displays her drive and dedication through her work as an after-school aide, and through her work assisting other future teachers at the School of Education’s Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching. An advocate for others, Christensen spoke tor EDUC 405 classes on social justice, advocating for students of color in a school with minimal diversity. Christensen student taught at Delwood Elementary School in Delmar, Iowa. She will substitute teach in eastern Iowa.
Natali Jouzi of Doha, Qatar, is among those receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award, conferred to graduating seniors who exemplify the excellence of the College of Human Sciences graduates. Jouzi is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutritional Science with a focus in pre-health and research. As an influential leader, Jouzi has dedicated innumerable hours to the betterment of her community, teaching other students and serving as an ambassador for the Iowa State programs she loves. Jouzi received the Doris A. Adams Scholarship, International Merit Scholarship, Emerging Leader Award, Presidential Leadership Initiative Award, and many more. She plans to work in healthcare management.