Student Profiles

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Cole Kramer

<p>“You-need-to-remind-yourself-why-you’re-doing-this-and-why-you-love-this-so-much.”</p>

Cole Kramer's efficiency, organization, and time management skills are propelling him toward his dream career: president of Walt Disney World Resort.

Elena Sieverding

<p>“My-classes-have-prepared-me-for-my-dream-career-by-teaching-me-tangible-business-skills-but-also-to-stay-true-to-myself</p>

Elena Sieverding has always loved Iowa State. Now, graduating come Spring 2020, Elena is excited to apply the skills she has learned through her classes to her future career and within her photography.

Lexi Stumpf

<p>“I-feel-very-equipped-to-enter-the-fashion-industry-immediately-after-graduating.-My-courses-have-allowed-me-to-learn-about-each-aspect-of-the-industry-and-gain-an-in-depth-skill-set-to-take-with-me.”</p>

Lexi Stumpf has known from a young age that pursuing a career in the fashion industry was the path she would take. Now, a junior at Iowa State University, Lexi is confident in and excited for what the future has in store. 

Emma Petri

<p>We-learned-about-working-in-concerts-and-sporting-events-and-I-was-like-‘Wow-this-is-what-I-want-to-do.’”</p>

Emma Petri traveled across the country before she found her true passion of event management. Read about how travels through the National Student Exchange led Emma to her current major at Iowa State.

Ellen Hungerford

<p>“All-of-my-clubs-and-activities-have-forced-me-to-break-out-of-my-shell-which-is-huge-in-any-career-I-might-have.-Being-able-to-talk-to-anyone-confidently-is-a-huge-asset-to-have.”</p>

Ellen Hungerford has always wanted to work with people. After talking with a friend that had changed their major to event management, her inspiration was sparked. Now, Ellen is interested in a variety of fields within her major, and continues to gain inspiration from her internship, study abroad experience, and classes.

Lillie DeVries

<p>“Sewing-class-was-a-lot-of-hard-work-a-lot-of-staying-after-hours.-I-just-had-to-be-really-dedicated-to-what-I-wanted-to-do.”</p>

Lillie DeVries has interned with Sherri Hill and Under Armour while working toward becoming a couture designer in New York.

Dyese Matthews

<p>“When-I-got-presented-with-the-opportunity-to-mesh-fashion-and-history-it-was-like-a-whole-new-world.”</p>

Dyese Matthews has been fascinated by fashion since she was a young girl watching her mother get dressed. Now a master's of science student, she focuses on researching the influence of Black fashion and American history with the end goal of being a professor and entrepreneur.

Kelsey Best

<p>“I-wanted-a-career-that-would-always-keep-me-on-my-feet.-I-didn’t-want-to-be-a-person-that-was-stuck-at-their-desk-all-day.”</p>

Kelsey Best plans on working in the golf industry and planning major tournaments. When she isn't focused on schoolwork, Kelsey is involved in her sorority and communication studies club. 

Lydia Granahan

<p>“I-have-always-had-a-creative-side-and-it-event-management-lets-me-use-that-while-also-using-my-logistics-brain.”</p>

Lydia Granahan changed her major to event management to work with a balanced mix of creativity and numbers. As an intern for the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lydia is actively preparing herself for her dream career in the music industry.

Jemie Ilunga

<p>“I-didn’t-think-I-would-make-it-this-far.-I-just-jumped-on-the-boat-and-never-looked-back.-All-the-no’s-kept-me-moving-forward.”</p>

Jemie Ilunga plans to work as a fashion designer after graduation. When she isn't studying, Jemie enjoys watching Netflix and catching up on sleep.

Taylor Barnard

<p>“I-feel-like-the-College-of-Human-Sciences-has-allowed-me-to-find-my-own-unique-experience-here.”</p>

Taylor Barnard hopes to work at the Make-A-Wish Foundation after she graduates. When she isn't studying, Taylor enjoys volunteering, following Bob Ross painting tutorials with friends, and taking care of her plants.

Makenzie Schurk

<p>“I try and make connections and find things in common and help people connect. I’m a people person.”</p>

Makenzie Schurk plans to work as a celebrity stylist or in a wholesale showroom after graduation. When Mackenzie isn't studying, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to get half price appetizers at Applebee's.

Ashley Jones

<p>“In-classes-everything-with-event-management-is-creative-in-some-way.-Even-if-it’s-just-creating-the-timeline-for-an-event-–-the-major-as-a-whole-encourages-creativity.”</p>

Ashley Jones is in the midst of creating her own online event design studio. When she isn't working on her business, Ashley loves to craft: making shirts, canvases, and customized mugs.

Mariah Mikel

<p>“Going-to-the-Bahamas-was-a-mixture-of-fun-and-education.”</p>

Mariah Mikel is pursuing a degree in hospitality management with the goal of one day managing a resort in Hawaii. Besides making travel plans to tropical destinations, she enjoys working out, going to the movies, and trying new restaurants in her free time.

Sarah Wright

<p>I-currently-hold-three-positions-on-Trend-Magazine-which-has-never-been-done-before</p>

Sarah Wright has a strong interest for digital retail and hopes to help a major retail company bridge the gap between e-commerce and brick and mortar. Until she reaches her goal, she enjoys listening to Retail Gets Real podcasts by the National Retail Federation and playing computer games in her free time.

Courtney Biere

<p>“The-Collegiately-Creative-Conference-is-for-students-by-students.”</p>

Courtney Biere hopes to become a corporate event planner or immerse herself in fashion show production after graduation. While she prepares to reach her career goal, outside of studying she enjoys spending time with friends over board games, eating good food, and attending group fitness classes.

Tammie Melton

<p>“The-National-Retail-Federation-Student-Program-is-a-big-event-focused-on-getting-you-connected.”</p>

Tammie Melton hopes to use her apparel, merchandising, and design major and her second major in marketing to work as a talent manager or for Glossier as a social media director. For now, Tammie watches YouTube videos, scrolls through Instagram, and reads style blogs in her free time.

Michael Lynch

<p>“The-other-Ph.D.-programs-don’t-offer-a-distance-option.-To-maintain-my-life-in-Chicago-and-keep-industry-contacts-I-needed-something-like-what-Iowa-State-offers.”</p>

Michael Lynch's goal after obtaining his Ph.D. in hospitality management is to continue teaching at a research university and help to advance the study of customer relationship management and loyalty programs. In his free time Michael enjoys spending time with his students, golfing, cooking, and traveling.

Marilyn Gasienica

<p>“Working-at-Disney-is-something-I’d-be-passionate-about-and-love-doing-every-day.-It-wouldn’t-seem-like-work.”</p>

Marilyn Gasienica hopes to use her hospitality management degree to one day work at Disney World. When she isn't planning her next Disney trip, she spends time watching movies with her roommates or rewarding herself with a sweet treat from Dairy Queen.

Angela Kermes

<p>“While-working-at-a-hotel-back-home-I-realized-that-I-wanted-to-work-with-people-and-give-great-customer-service.”</p>

Angela Kermes aspires to own and run her own hotel someday. For now, she spends time with friends, working out, and volunteering at the Story County Animal Shelter.

Kelsey Warfield

Kelsey hopes to plan events for a non-profit organization. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys dancing, hanging out with friends, and taking part in Iowa State traditions before graduation.

Allison Cherry

<p>“I-always-knew-I-wanted-to-do-something-fashion-but-never-realized-I-could-get-a-degree-with-something-I-love-so-much.”</p>

Allison Cherry plans to make a name for herself in the fashion world. When she isn't studying she enjoys reading novels, road-tripping with friends, and watching Netflix.

Elizabeth Jacoby

<p>“I-really-enjoy-working-events.-I-love-all-of-the-detail-and-planning.-I-love-leading-and-working-with-people-—-that’s-the-idea-of-these-majors.”</p>

Elizabeth (Beth) loves providing positive event experiences for clients. When she isn't studying she enjoys spending time with friends by taking trips to Target, trying new restaurants, and making trips to the High Trestle Trail Bridge.