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.


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! 


Name: Emily Bruns

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Social Science Teaching

Hometown: Waverly, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Survivor & Caregiver Engagmement, committee co-chair UNI Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life, Social & Behavioral Sciences PR Team, Student Outreach Assistant for the RRTTC.

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS allows students to make UNI a better university while giving back at the same time.


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 (Co-Chair)

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!


Name: Laura Castro

Committee: Membership

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Biology and French

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: BBB Honors Biology Society, Iowa High School Model United Nations, GPS Mentor.

Why is CATS such a great organization? It's such a tight knit group and has such different and fun events, you're never bored. The members make it such a great organization.


Name: Pat Chizek

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Biology, Chemistry minor

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Student Admissions Ambassadors, Tri-Beta, ASC, Pre-Med club.

Why is CATS such a great organization? It is a great opportunity to connect alumni and current students.


Name: Taylor Cook

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2016 

Major/Minor: Accounting and Spanish

Hometown: Sioux City, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Accounting Club, Office Assistant in the Accounting Department.

Why is CATS such a great organization? They do so much for alumni, students, and the community as well as showing off panther pride!


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! 


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!


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.


Name: Joellen Hatchet

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2016 

Major/Minor: Secondary Education Mathematics 

Hometown: Waterloo, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Panther Pep Crew, RA in Dancer Hall, PTA for Cornerstone.

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great way to show panther spirit and connect with alumni.


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, Educational Technology minor

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Photographer/Assistant Art Director for the Northern Iowan, Navigators Worship Band, UNICC Teacher-Friend, full-time Nanny, 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. 


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!


Name: Elizabeth Lynch

Committee: Community Service

Graduation Year: 2016

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

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: PALS Mentoring

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because we promote panther pride to both current students and alumni.


Name: Molly McCarty

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Elementary Education and String Pedagogy, Literacy Education minor

Hometown: North Liberty, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Orchestra, SRA

Why is CATS such a great organization? It is a great opportunity to meet new people, and for their leadership. It it's a way to show UNI pride and connect with the alumni.


Name: Erin McElroy

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Communication: Public Relations

Hometown: Souix City

Other Campus/Community Involvement: RA in ROTH complex, Program Assistant for China with UNI Study Abroad.

Why is CATS such a great organization? Because it is full of great people with a lot of great positive energy!


Name: Brianna Miller

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2017 

Major/Minor: Public Relations, Marketing minor

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: NISG: Director of Sorority Life and Campus Relations committee, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Maucker Union Advisory Board.

Why is CATS such a great organization? It gets students involved more on-campus, making connections with alumni, and building up the panther pride.


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.


Name: Bobby Orman

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Biology Teaching

Hometown: Ottumwa, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: NISG, RA in Panther Village, Camp Adventure, STAT.

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because it brings the experiences of UNI alumni to current students.


Name: Jenny Pauk

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: English, Creative Writing minor

Hometown: Carroll, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Campbell Hall Senate Treasurer, Honors Peer Leader

Why is CATS such a great organization? It allows people to show their UNI pride and connect with both students and alumni. It makes UNI a better place to be.


Name: Connor Perry

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Psychology and Criminology

Hometown: Huxley, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Psychology club, Daniel Webster Low Society, Pre-Law club.

Why is CATS such a great organization? You are surrounded by amazing people who have a passion for this university. You get to meet and talk to alumni. Be involved in great events on campus and have the opportunity to make the most of your time at UNI.


Name: Ryan Randall

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2015 

Major/Minor: Marketing: Sales and Management: Organizational Leadership

Hometown: Osage, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: RA in Noehren Hall, American Marketing Association, STAT, Noehren Hall Senate.

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because we get to connect with alumni and students. The best of both worlds!


Name: Taylor Reed

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2016

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

Hometown: Grinnell, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: PALS, Kappa Delta Pi, Young People Dance Theater.

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization to be a part of because of the awesome and enthusiastic members. It's such a great way to get involved with our fellow panthers and show our support for the wonderful purple and gold!


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.


Name: Jordan Roszhard

Committee: Community Service

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Biology

Hometown: Waukee, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, The Salt Company, Pre-Dental club

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because it brings together students and alumni of UNI to recognize and uphold the traditions that have always been the backbone of this university. It encourages pride and satisfaction in being a panther.


Name: Sarah Rudy

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Deciding

Hometown: Radcliffe, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Student Employee at the Office of the Registrar

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because it gives students another opportunity to get invoved on-campus while also bringing back alumni to campus to be involved.


Name: Jenna Salzbrenner

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: History Education, Religion minor

Hometown: Marion, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Campus Activity Board, RA in Campbell Hall, History Club, employee at the library.

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS puts on so many wonderful events. The members of CATS really love UNI and make it a great place to be.


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!


Name: McKenzie Sesterheen

Committee: Community Service

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Communicative Disorders

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Swing/Ballroom Dance team, and Marching Band (color guard).

Why is CATS such a great organization? There are a lot of great people that have a lot of fun. I also love it because of what CATS does. It's great to know that it is keeping UNI alive.


Name: Olivia Steffen

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2016 

Major/Minor: Communication Sciences & Disorders

Hometown: Epworth, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Dance Team, UNI STAT, and Bender Hall Senate.

Why is CATS such a great organization? Because CATS keeps traditions alive at UNI!


Name: Whitney Stoolman

Committee: Public Relations

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Communication Studies

Hometown: Rockwell City, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life - President, Campus Activities Board - Homecoming Committee, and St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center - Discipleship Council.

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a really great organization to build relationships with current students as well as graduated alumni.


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.


Name: Kendra Swanson

Committee: Membership

Graduation Year: 2015

Major/Minor: Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Mathematics minor

Hometown: Gilbert, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: RA in Campbell hall, NRHH member

Why is CATS such a great organization? Because it gets people involved across campus and once they graduate as well! It also gives people a great opportunity to show Panther Pride.


Name: Rhydian Talbot

Committee: Membership

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Public Relations and Leisure, Youth, & Human Services

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Executive Board Campbell Hall Senate, RHA Representative, Executive Board Legacy/PRSSA, Peer Teaching Assistant for Cornerstone, CHAOS Small Group Leader, and The Navigators.

Why is CATS such a great organization? They make UNI a fabulous place for current students and create a fabulous place for graduates to return home to!


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!


Name: Carrie Wells

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Mathematics Education

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Dance Team

Why is CATS such a great organization? It is a great way to stay involved and meet new people on campus.


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! 


Name: Tracy Wulfekuhle

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Mathematics & Physics Secondary Education

Hometown: Holy Cross, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Panther Pep Crew, Pacers Running Club, Physics Club, Women in Physics Club, Campbell Hall Senate, Tutoring, Outreach coordinator for FREE in CEEE.

Why is CATS such a great organization? I love the family aspect of CATS and all they do for the university.


Name: Tommy Zittergruen

Committee: Public Relations

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Electronic Media with Leadership emphasis

Hometown: Van Horne, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Campbell Hall Senate, STAT, Varsity Men's Glee Club, UNI Ski & Snowboard Club.

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great organization because you get the chance to connect with alumni and current students and have the chance to show your panther pride.


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!