Meet the CATS

 

The University of Northern Iowa Connecting Alumni to Students (CATS) is the official student volunteer group of the UNI Alumni Association. These members represent dedicated and passionate students whose primary goal is to be the official tradition keepers of the University of Northern Iowa. CATS represent the University of Northern Iowa student body to alumni and friends. CATS create and promote the lasting connections between past, present and future Panthers.

 

Fariha Afzal

Name: Fariha Afzal

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Interior Design, Textiles and Apparels Minor

Hometown: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Other Campus/Community Involvement: International Student Promoters, International Student Association, and Student Interior Design of Northern Iowa

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because it helps you get involved on campus, meet new people, and promote school pride. 


Joslyn Aldape

Name: Joslyn Aldape

Committee: Traditions (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Spanish and Marketing, Emphasis on Advertising

Hometown: Huntley, IL

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Student Telecounseling Admissions Representative, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Diversity Advisory Committee, and Hispanic Latino Student Union 

Why is CATS such a great organization? It allows students to get involved with their new community and empowers students to make a sucessful life for themselves at UNI so they can look back and be proud.


Jared Barkley

Name: Jared Barkley

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor:  Business Management and Management Information Systems, International Business Minor

Hometown:  Mitchellville, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Assistant in ROTH Hall, MISA (Management Information Systems Association), On Campus Ministries, and Circle K

Why is CATS such a great organization? Having a close community with other students and being involved with on-campus activities and community service which makes this a great organization to be involved with.


Chris Bowden

Name: Chris Bowden

Committee: Alumni Outreach (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2013

Major/Minor: Communication Studies

Hometown: Cedar Falls

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Prairie Lakes Church College Ministry Marketing Intern, Team TC/TK, Varsity Men's Glee Club, Summer Orientation Staff, and The Dance Party Commission

Why is CATS such a great organization? Everyone in CATS is extremely welcoming and happy to be a part of our university. They take the time and effort to get involved on campus and really help to make student and alumni's experiences here an enjoyable and simply awesome time!


Chloe Brockshus

Name: Chloe Brockshus

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Leisure, Youth, and Human Services

Hometown: Spencer, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: BASIC Creativity Team, UNI Honors Program, and Intramural Referee

Why is CATS such a great organization? Through CATS, students are inspired to further their education by developing relationships and celebrating UNI with other students and alumni. CATS is a wonderful organization because of the many opportunities to grow and show your Panther Pride! 


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Jodi Burke

Name: Jodi Burke

Committee: Membership

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Marketing

Hometown: Ottumwa, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Boys & Girls Club and Volunteer Tuesday

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because you get to meet so many great people and hear about why they love UNI so much!


Eric Carlson

Name: Eric Carlson

Committee: Public Relations

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Public Relations, Graphic Technologies Minor

Hometown: Johnston, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Peer Counselor at the Office of Student Financial Aid

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS has the best people in all of America!


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Sarah Crim

Name: Sarah Crim 

Executive Position: Vice President of Traditions

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Sociology, Psychology Minor

Hometown: Boone, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Friends of the Museum Board, UNIVA (UNI Veterans Association), Financial Editor for UNI Office of Student Financial Aid, and Event Coordinator for Office of Military and Veteran Student Services

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS will provide opportunities to connect with other students, the community, and alumni. Through CATS, we are able to show our appreciation to the University and be able to give back.


Allison Cruthis

Name: Allison Cruthis

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Literacy Education Minor

Hometown: Clinton, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Rider Hall Senate, Relay For Life, Dance Marathon, and Students Today Alumni Tomorrow

Why is CATS such a great organization? It is a great way to get involved on campus, meet new people, and just have fun! 


Jamel Danzy

Name: Jamel Danzy

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Communication Studies, Journalism and Dance Minors

Hometown: Gary, IN

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Ethnic Student Promoters, Panther C.U.B.S., Black Student Union, and Black Male Leaders Union

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because CATS gives back to the community. As well as that, CATS are involved a lot with other organizations and is an open family that loves to have fun but sticks with education.


Clarine Ford

Name: Clarine Ford

Committee: Membership (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Family Services and Religion, Psychology Minor

Hometown: Davenport, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Alpha Phi, UNI Women's Rugby Team, Explorers of Religion, and Black Student Union 

Why is CATS such a great organization? It's a great way to meet people and stay involved at UNI!


Sean Ford

Name: Sean Ford

Committee: Alumni Outreach (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Religion Studies and Communication Studies

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Jump Rope Club, Panther Pacers Running Club, St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Explorers of Religion, Navigators, Line Dancing, and Intramural Sports

Why is CATS such a great organization? Because Connie Hansen is a goddess! It's also a great way to get involved at UNI and meet new people.


Michaella Garringer

Name: Michaella Garringer

Committee: Philanthropy (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: English Education and Music

Hometown: Williamsburg, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Model United Nations Competition Team and Sigma Alpha Iota Women's Music Fraternity

Why is Cats such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because its members promote UNI positively not only to their fellow students but to alumni and the community as well. It's also a great way to show your Panther Pride and get involved with a great group of students on campus!


Jenna Gerard

Name: Jenna Gerard

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Early Childhood Special Education and Literacy Education Minors

Hometown: Eldridge, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Relay For Life, Colleges Against Cancer, Student Early Childhood Association, and Student Staff at Department of Residence

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because it allows you to connect with people who have a passion for UNI. It gives you the opportunity to meet and share UNI's traditions with fellow students.


George Guardado

Name: George Guardado

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Business Management

Hometown: Perry, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Assistant in Campbell Hall, Circle K, Panther Leadership Service Club, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, Summer Orientation Staff, and Student Admissions Ambassadors

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a good way to stay active at UNI. It creates a fun environment for all alumni and current students.


Austin Hansen

Name: Austin Hansen

Committee: STAT (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Electronic Media

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Panther Pep Crew, Campbell Hall Senate, UNI Media Relations, Dance Marathon, Campbell Hall RA, and Summer Orientation Staff. I also love to make all kinds of videos in my spare time and attend all of the great UNI games!

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because of the great people and the work they do. Between the school spirit during events they host and the creation of things like the Traditions Challenge, CATS is the most spirited group on campus.


Shauna Happel

Name: Shauna Happel

Committee: Traditions (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Marketing and Sport Psychology, Coaching Minor

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: The UNI Women's Soccer Team, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, PSE (Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Organization) 

Why is CATS such a great organization? It is a great way to promote school pride in current students so that when they graduate they are proud and supportive alumni.


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Samantha Kaster

Name: Samantha Kaster

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Electronic Media

Hometown: Algonquin, IL

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Assistant STAT Program Coordinator

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because it not only helps students get involved on campus, but it also brings the alumni back to campus to make connections with current students.


Erin Keiser

Name: Erin Keiser

Committee: Public Relations (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Elementary Education

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Photographer for the Northern Iowan, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, Navigators Worship Band, UNICC Teacher-Friend, and Trinity Bible Church Worship Band

Why is CATS such a great organization? You get to connect with UNI alumni and hear all about their past experiences at UNI. It's a wonderful way to meet new people and show that I take pride in going to school at UNI. 


Laura Klein

Name: Laura Klein

Committee: Membership (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Music Education

Hometown: Fort Dodge, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta and Resident Assistant in ROTH Hall

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is great becase it isn't just an organization; it's a family that supports each other in finding ways to promost UNI and creating great memories and experiences on campus for all students.


Samantha Kramer

Name: Samantha Kramer

Committee: Membership (Co-Chair)

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Special Education Minor

Hometown: Epworth, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Dance Team

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because it provides great activities for students and makes alumni feel welcome back to their own school and makes them feel like they never left!


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Chris Miller

Name: Chris Miller

Committee: Membership

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Economics

Hometown: West Des Moines

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Northern Iowa Student Government, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Harry Potter Club, CBA Presidents Council, Maucker Union Advisory Board, and SSFC

Why is CATS such a great organization? It's a fun organization to volunteer with and have a good time.


Maggie Miller

Name: Maggie Miller

Committee: Philanthropy

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: General Studies, Family Services Minor

Hometown: Boone, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Assistant in Panther Village (previously an RA in Bartlett and Dancer Halls), Administrative Assistant for the Hillside-Jennings Apartments, and STARS College

Why is CATS such a great organization? I believe CATS has allowed me the opportunity to be able to work with students and alumni, which is a great way to continue the traditions here at UNI and have the connections to the future and past of UNI.  I have been able to meet some of the most wonderful people I know through this organization, and I am so glad I've have been and to work with this organization.  Plus I get to to work with the fabulous Connie Hansen!!!


Joe Montgomery

Name: Joe Montgomery

Committee: Philanthropy

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Communications, Political Science Minor

Hometown: Urbandale, Iowa

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Interfraternity Council President, and Northern Iowa Student Government External Relations Committee.

Why is CATS such a great organization? You meet great people and are a valued part of UNI's relations!


Joe Noonan

Name: Joe Noonan

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Supply Chain and Operations

Hometown: Cascade, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Sigma Phi Epilson Fraternity, Student Admissions Ambassadors, and Supply Chain Management Association, Panther Leadership Service Club, and President of Presidents Council for CBA (College of Business Administration)

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is such a great organization because of the people, and you're really able to get involved on campus with such a great group of dedicated members.


Tucker Olson

Name: Tucker Olson

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Global Studies and Spanish

Hometown: Estherville, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Assistant in Noehren Hall, Sissy's Sircus, Cultural Intensive English Program, and UNI Proud

Why is CATS such a great organization? It is a great way to connect our current students with alumni so they can bridge the UNI experience across the years.


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Khush Patel

Name: Khush Patel

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Biology, Psychology Minor

Hometown: Algona, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Circle K, Science Tutor at the Academic Learning Center, and Resident Assistant in Campbell Hall

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS offers exciting ways for students to connect with others and get to know the campus. 


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Carl Reitz

Name: Carl Reitz 

Executive Position: President

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Biology, Chemistry Minor

Hometown: Denison, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: American Chemical Society, Tri-Beta Biology Club, Pre-Dental Club, STAT Program Coordinator, NISG (Northern Iowa Student Government), Project Marrow, Cedar Valley Support a Student, and the University Honors Program

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because it does a good job connecting current students to alumni while at the same time helping myself and other CATS members expand their knowledge about UNI.


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Christian Sather

Name: Christian Sather

Committee: Membership

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Marketing and Financial Investment, Economics Minor

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Public Relations Manager for the UNI Ski Team, Residence Hall Association Representative for Noehren Hall Senate, and Students Today Alumni Tomorrow

Why is CATS such a great organization? It is a great way to get past and current students involved in on-campus activities. It is a great way to motivate yourself and make some awesome friends.


Josh Schoon

Name: Josh Schoon

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Elementary Education

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Northern Iowa Student Government, Team TC/TK, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, UNI Dance Marathon, Camp Adventure Youth Services, Intramural Sports, Campbell Hall Senate, and the College of Education President's Council

Why is CATS such a great organization? Everyone is so friendly and full of Panther Pride! It's also a great chance to meet UNI alumni and represent UNI's current students!


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Jason Sholly

Name: Jason Sholly

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Biology, Chemistry Minor

Hometown: Clear Lake, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Cycling Club, Pre-Dental Club, and Intramural Sports 

Why is CATS such a great organization? The reason CATS is an amazing organization is because of the endless opportunities and experiences we provide to the student population.


Rachel Smithart

Name: Rachel Smithart

Executive Position: Vice President of External Affairs

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Sociology and Communications, French Minor

Hometown: Altoona, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Service and Leadership Council, Peer Academic Advisor in Resident in Hagemann Hall, Circle K Club, Hagemann Hall Senate, PUNC Network, NISG (Northern Iowa Student Government), University Honors Program, Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors Society, and Peer Conselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS helps show how great the campus was, is, and will be!


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Beth Sullivan

Name: Beth Sullivan

Executive Position: Vice President of Internal Affairs

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Public Administration and Political Science, Politics and Law Minor

Hometown: Peosta, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Dance Team, Teammates Mentoring Program, and board member for the Iowa College Student Aid Commission 

Why is CATS such a great organization? Because of the people in it and the events that this group promotes. Connecting with the Alumni Association is a great thing for students as well as the community.


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Dustin Toale

Name: Dustin Toale

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Real Estate and Finance

Hometown: Independence, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Rho Epsilon (Real Estate and Finance Club), and Lambda Eta Omega

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS allows students to become familiar with the traditions of the past and develop ways to keep them going into the future. In addition, CATS opens so many doors on campus to faculty, students, and alumni. CATS is a great tool to connect with so many new people!


Allison Walters

Name: Allison Walters

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Business Management

Hometown: Manchester, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Colleges Against Cancer, Sigma Iota, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, and UNI Singers

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is great because it helps students get involved on campus. It is as simple as wearing a UNI t-shirt or participating in the Traditions Challenge. And you get to meet lots of new people and make a difference!


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Emily West

Name: Emily West

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Elementary Education, Instructional Strategist II: Severe/Profound Minor

Hometown: Runnells, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Director of Standards and Ethics for Alpha Delta Pi and Best Buddies

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is so great because it gives students a chance to interact with and help our alumni in every way possible. I also love that there is such a great mix of personalities in the organization, allowing us to spread a lot of diversity throughout campus! 


KaLeigh White

Name: KaLeigh White

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Sociology and Public Administration

Hometown: Ottumwa, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: NISG (Northern Iowa Student Government), Student Involvement Center Service and Leadership Programming, Sociology Club, and Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS allows students to give back to the UNI community in a fun and meaningful way. It also offers students and alumni a chance to connect through their common passion for Panther Nation -- all the while keeping UNI's traditions alive and well. 


Nicole Wilson

Name: Nicole Wilson

Executive Position: Vice President of STAT

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Elementary Education, Special Education Minor

Hometown: Urbandale, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Circle K, Colleges Against Cancer, and Desk Assistant in ROTH Hall 

Why is CATS such a great organization? You get to meet new awesome friends, have fun, and be more involved on campus!


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Connie Hansen

Name: Connie Hansen, Advisor

Graduation Year: 1989

Major/Minor: Elementary Education

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: I have worked in the UNI Admissions Office, Advisor for Student Alumni Ambassadors and the Northern Iowa Stars Programs

Why is CATS such a great organization?: I love advising the UNI CATS for several reasons. Their enthusiasm to enhance relationships between the alumni and the current student body is amazing. This group of students also has a passion for service to the university and the community we live in. It has been a blast watching them grow through the organization and expand their creativity in the event and programming areas. Each member will definitely be an outstanding alum of UNI.


TC & TK

Name: TC (The Cat) & TK (The Kitten)

Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Other Campus/Community Involvement: All campus activites and events!

What do you like best about UNI?: The fans!!!

Why is CATS such a great organization?: It's a great way to stay involved and help connect the students and alumni!