Skip to main content

Young Alum Of The Month

  • Belinda Hoffman

    Name: Belinda Hoffman

    Hometown:  West Liberty, Iowa

    Major(s) and Graduation Date:  Dietetics and Global Resource Systems, May 2022 

    Favorite ISU class: There are too many to count! I really enjoyed most of my classes at Iowa State and had phenomenal professors. A few favorites are:

    --All GLOBE classes with GRS faculty
    --HSPM 391 & 392 Foodservice Management 1 and 2
    --FSHN 460 Global Nutrition with Dr. Winham
    --SOC 325 Transitions in Agriculture with Dr. Bain

    Job Title & Company:  Food and Nutrition Educator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Story County

  • Jessica Schmitt

    Name:  Jessica Schmitt

    Hometown:  Fort Atkinson, Iowa

    Major(s) and Graduation Date:  Dairy Science, Agricultural Communication and International Agriculture - May 2022

    Favorite ISU class:  My favorite class at Iowa State was Animal Science 337: Lactation with Dr. Timms. The course was super informative and eye-opening as we learned about the root of all dairy products and the different factors that impact milk production.  We also explored the lactation of various mammalian species, so now I hold a lot of fun facts. 

    Job Title & Company:  Integrated Communications Coordinator at Dairy West

  • Natalie McMillan

    Name: Natalie McMillan 

    Hometown: Aurora, Iowa

    Major and Graduation Date:  Culinary Food Science, May 2021

    Favorite ISU Class:  FSHN 214 Scientific Study of Food

    Job Title & Company:  Foodservice Territory Manager, Hormel Foods 

  • Claire Campbell Kettle

    Name: Claire Campbell Kettle 

    Hometown: DeWitt, Iowa 

    Major and Graduation Date: Biology, May 2020 

    Favorite ISU Class: My favorite course at Iowa State University was PHIL 331:  Moral Problems in Medicine with Dr. Kupfer.  This course challenged the way I view everyday issues, helped me develop a system to make difficult decisions, and taught me the importance in diversity of thought. 

    Job Title & Company: Dental Student at University of Iowa, College of Dentistry (Class of 2025) 

  • Nichole Wilson

    Name:  Nichole Wilson

    Hometown:  Janesville, WI

    Major and Graduation Date:  Animal Science, May 2018; currently pursuing MBA at LSU.

    Favorite ISU class:  ANS 352 Genetics - I loved Dr. Bundy and I use this class in my career.  I also loved my study abroad with Dr. Sterle studying heritage livestock breeds in the UK. These two courses are key in my memories of ISU.

    Job Title & Company:  Key Account Manager, PIC.  I'm based out of Ankeny, IA

  • Chase Olsen

    Name: Chase Olsen

    Hometown: North Sioux City, SD

    Major and Graduation Date: Animal Ecology, May 2022

    Favorite ISU Class: Either HON 324A: Romance Novels as Tools for Justice or BIOL 456: Principles of Mycology, but honestly I enjoyed almost every course I took at ISU!

    Job Title & Company: Student Services Specialist, NREM Department, Iowa State University

  • Anne Dinges

    Name: Anne Dinges. 

    Hometown: Byron, IL but I’ve lived in Des Moines, IA for the last 4 years.

    Major and Graduation Date:  Agronomy and Global Resource Systems, May 2019

    Favorite ISU Class: Mary Wiedenhoft’s agroecosystems field course. We spent a week in northwest Iowa visiting a diverse set of farms and thinking critically about the intersection of farm business and stewardship. 

    Job Title & Company:  Global Regenerative Agriculture Manager, Griffith Foods

  • Jacob Looney

    Name: Jacob Looney 

    Hometown: Wheatland, IA

    Major and Graduation Date: Agricultural Systems Technology, May 2022

    Favorite ISU Class: TSM 210: Fundamentals of Technology or TSM 433: Precision Agriculture

    Job Title and Company: Engineering Technician for John Deere Global Crop Harvesting Product Development Center (GCHPDC)

  • Jamie Schechinger

    Name:  Jamie Schechinger

    Hometown:  Westphalia, Iowa

    Major and Graduation Date:  Agricultural Studies, Minors in Agronomy and Business, May 2020 

    Favorite ISU class:  Econ 336 (Sales) with Dr. Ron Deiter 

    Job Title & Company: – Sales Agronomist, Yara North America 

    Major Job/Position Responsibilities:  Yara is one of the top fertilizer manufacturers in the world. They lead the world in crop nutrition and work towards a nature positive food future every day.

  • Rachel Zumbach

    Name:  Rachel Zumbach

    Hometown:  Coggon, Iowa

    Major and Graduation Date:  Agricultural and Life Sciences Education – Communications Option & International Agriculture, May 2021

    Favorite ISU Class:  My favorite class at Iowa State was Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society (LD ST 322) with Dr. Tara Widner.  This class taught me a lot about myself and the ins and outs of working with others from all backgrounds who may have differing perspectives on life and work.  It allowed me to really dive into the ethics of leadership and what that looks like for different cultures and people across the globe.

    Job Title & Company:  Public Relations Manager, Iowa Corn

  • Reid and Reese Drenth

    Name:  Reid and Reese Drenth

    Hometown:  Decorah, Iowa

    Major and Graduation Date:  Agricultural Business, May 2019

    Favorite ISU Class:

    Reese: My favorite class at Iowa State was Economics of Discrimination taught by Dr. Peter Orazem. From the job market to the marriage market, Dr. Orazem provided an insightful and entertaining look into how discrimination impacts market participants all around the world.

  • Claire Dupuis

    Name:  Claire Dupuis

    Hometown:  Ames, Iowa

    Major and Graduation Date:  Agriculture & Society and English, May 2020

    Favorite ISU class:  Women in Agriculture and the Food System, taught by Dr. Carmen Bain, was a favorite class of mine. Dr. Bain is an enthusiastic professor who shares a wealth of knowledge from her research in the areas of agriculture, food systems, and gender.  I found the guest speakers, presentations, and class discussions to be very engaging.  Taking this course led to the valuable opportunity for me to work as a TA for Dr. Bain the following year.

  • Erin Healy

    Name: Erin Healy

    Hometown:  West Des Moines, Iowa

    Major and Graduation Date:  Microbiology, Spring 2019

  • Matthew Hart

    Name:  Matthew Hart

    Hometown:  Carol Stream, Illinois

    Major and Graduation Date:  Industrial Technology Option: Manufacturing with a minor in Business, Fall 2019

    Favorite ISU class:  TSM 240: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing and Metals Processing.  I enjoyed studying several types of manufacturing processes and being able to operate metal lathe machines in the lab.  During the semester, our class had the opportunity to attend the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago which is a trade show showing off all the latest technology in the manufacturing industry.  This showed me the endless possibilities of what the industry offers and how fast changing it is.

  • Jacob Lehmkuhl

    Name:  Jacob Lehmkuhl

    Hometown:  Clinton, Iowa

    Major and Graduation Date:  Horticulture, August 2018

    Favorite ISU Class:  I really enjoyed the Horticulture classes that incorporated hands-on learning in the field.  Being able to step outside the classroom and implement the curriculum in the landscape helped shape my skills and knowledge to be applied in future applications.  From identifying plants, to diagnosing pests, designing new landscapes, assessing construction projects, testing equipment, or researching new technologies, there was always something different and exciting to learn.

    Job Title & Employer:  Horticulturist of Landscape Development, Augusta National Golf Club

  • Caryn Dawson

    Name: Caryn Dawson

    Hometown: Manson, IA

    Major and graduation date: Global Resource Systems and Horticulture (Minors: Animal Science, Spanish), May 2021

  • Emily Franciskato

    Name:  Emily Franciskato

    Hometown:  Lee’s Summit, MO

    Major and graduation date:  Genetics, minor in Psychology, May 2020

    Favorite ISU class:  My favorite class at ISU was Genetics 409 with Dr. Rodermel.  It was a small class with great discussion about genetics topics ranging from early beliefs about inheritance to testing technologies we use today. The genetics courses at Iowa State set me up for success for my didactic training in my genetic counseling graduate program.

    Job Title & Company:  Reproductive Genetic Counselor and Assistant in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Michael Parker

    Name:  Michael Parker

    Hometown:  Dike, IA

    Major and Graduation Date:  Forestry, December 2018

    Favorite ISU Class:  While not a single class, I would say the 200 series during my sophomore year.  The 200 series is an entire semester of classes that all 2nd-year forestry students take during the fall.  It creates a sound foundation of forestry knowledge and skills that help prepare you moving forward with your education and career.  The series includes a three-week field course located in a varying region of the country each year—my class went to the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center near Andalusia, Alabama.

    Job Title & Company:  Smokejumper, United States Forest Service

  • Sonia Carrola

    Name:  Sonia Carrola

    Hometown:   Madison, WI

    Major and Graduation Date: Food Science, May 2019

    Favorite ISU class:  FSHN 411: Food Ingredient Interactions and Formulations.  I enjoyed learning about the functions specific ingredients have in finished product applications.  These concepts were demonstrated by making food products with slightly different formulations and comparing the differences between the final products.  I really liked that this class was highly applied.

  • Theresa Brehm

    Name:  Theresa Brehm

    Hometown:  Durango, IA

    Major and Graduation Date:  Global Resource Systems and Environmental Science, with a minor in Agronomy, May 2020

    Favorite ISU class:  AGRON 497: Agroecology Field Course.  I loved getting to visit so many different agricultural areas in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  I learned directly from farmers how they are implementing different conservation practices and dedicating themselves and their families to working with the natural environment, rather than against it, to build a better agricultural future for the world.