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.

Connecting Alumni To Students Committee Pictures


Name: Brianna Bennett

Committee: Homecoming

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Communications/Public Relations

Hometown: Ely, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Student Advisor Financial Aid, Pi Sigma Epsilon


Name: Tanner Bernhard

Committee: Public Relations

Graduation Year: 

Major/Minor: Finance & Marketing

Hometown: Mason City, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Assistant Rider Hall, National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) UNI Dance Marathon & National Society of Scholars

 


Name: Madelyn Christensen

Committee: Community Service

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Communicative Disorders

Hometown: Audubon, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: NSSLHA, Best Buddies


Name: Kaylee Clemens

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Social Work

Hometown: Marshalltown, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Campus Activities Board, UNI Winter Guard, PMB Color Guard


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!


Name: Chambray Daugherty

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: English Education

Hometown: Knoxville, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Concert Chorale, UNI Opera, Peer Mentor, Dance Marathon, Employed at IRTS in Schindler


Name: Clarine Ford

Committee: Membership Development 

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Family Services and Religion, Ethics Minor

Hometown: Davenport, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Alpha Phi, Explorers of Religion  

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


 Austin Hansen

Name: Austin Hansen

Committee: Vice President of STAT

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Electronic Media Leadership

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Panther Pep Crew, Campbell Hall Senate, UNI Media Relations, Dance Party Commission, 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.


Name: Kelsey Hansen

Committee: Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Publilc Relations, Marketing minor

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Womens Soccer, UBS Employee


Name: Archie Hardin

Committee: Public Relations

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Public Relations, Marketing minor

Hometown: West Point, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: PRSSA, Campbell Hall Senate, Mudd Advertising Call Center employee


Name: Maureen Hart

Committee: Homecoming 

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Elementary Education

Hometown: Waterloo, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Dance Marathon, Business Operations employee


Name: Joellen Hatchett

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2016 

Major/Minor: Secondary Education Mathematics 

Hometown: Waterloo, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Panther Pep Crew, RA in Dancer Hall, KULT DJ

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS is a great way to spread panther pride, connect with alumni, and meet new people.


Name: Jesse Heath

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: English Education/Creative Writing

Hometown: De Soto, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Assistant Dancer Hall


Joslyn Hicks

Name: Joslyn Hicks

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Communication Sciences & Disorders

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Alpha Pi, UNI Wishmakers, NSSLHA


Name: Taylor Holman

Committee: Homecoming

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Elementary Education, Literacy Education minor

Hometown: Ottumwa, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Colleges Against Cancer/Relay For Life, UNI Dance Marathon


Name: Brooke Howsare

Committee: Membership Development

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Business Management

Hometown: Urbandale, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: NSSLHA, Best Buddies, RA in Campbell Hall, NRHH Member


Name: Avery Johnson

Committee: Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: English 

Hometown: Greene, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Navigators

Why is CATS such a great organization? 


Name: Claire Lawler

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Accounting

Hometown: Urbandale, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi, Dance Marathon


Name: Jessica Lemme

Committee: Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Psychology & Family Services

Hometown: Mundelein, IL

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Panther Pep Crew


Name: Elizabeth Lynch

Committee: Vice President of External Affairs

Graduation Year: 2016

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

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Social and Behavioral Representative (SARBs) & Civic Ambassador, Iowa Campus Contact

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


Name: Sebelia Markle

Committee: Community Service

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Movement & Exercise Science

Hometown: Mason City, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Fitness Instructor, Waitress (Old Chicago)


Name: Molly McCarty

Committee: Homecoming/Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Elementary Education,  Literacy Education minor

Hometown: North Liberty, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: 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: Katelyn Melcher

Committee: Traditions 

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: English Teaching/Exercise Science

Hometown: Ankeny, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: RHA Representative for Campbell Hall,Fitness Instructor 


Name: Brianna Miller

Committee: Public Relations

Graduation Year: 2017 

Major/Minor: Communication Studies; Leisure, Youth and Human Services minor

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Maucker Union Advisory Board, Team TC/TK Security

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


Name: Kris Miranda

Committee: Community Service

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Elementary Education

Hometown: Rosemount, MN

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Dance Team


Name: Bobby Orman

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Biology Teaching

Hometown: Ottumwa, IA

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

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: Writing Coach--Academic Writing Center, Dance Marathon Morale Captain, Peer Mentor for Cornerstone, Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Bus Core

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: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Psychology and Criminology

Hometown: Huxley, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Psychology Club, Daniel Webster Law 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: Vice President of Internal Affairs

Graduation Year: 2015 

Major/Minor: Marketing/Management:Business Administration emphasis

Hometown: Osage, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: RA in Campbell Hall, American Marketing Association, STAT, Campbell Hall Senate & UNI Athletic Sports Marketing

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: Thomas Randall

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Business Adminstration

Hometown: Osage, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Dance Marathon, UNI Financial Literacy, Campbell Hall Senate 


Name: Taylor Reed

Committee: Homecoming

Graduation Year: 2016

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

Hometown: Grinnell, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Kappa Delta Pi, Camp Adventure, Sigma Iota

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!


Janelle Rezabek

Name: Janelle Rezabek

Committee: Membership Development

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown: Grinnell, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Northern Iowa Wishmakers, UNI Dance Marathon, Camp Adventure, NSSLHA


Genevieve Rosenbalm

Name: Genevieve Rosenbalm

Committee: Golden Grads

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Spanish Education/TESOL

Hometown: Milo, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Winter Guard, PMB Color Guard


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.


Jenna Salzbrenner

Name: Jenna Salzbrenner

Committee: Vice President of Traditions

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: History Education, Religion minor

Hometown: Marion, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: RA in Campbell Hall, History Club

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.


Name: Josh Schoon

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Elementary Education

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement:  Camp Adventure Youth Services, Intramural Sports

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: Communication Sciences & Disorders

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

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

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, Student Admissions Ambassador (SAA), NSSLHA, 2015 ICCD Speaker Committeee, and UNI Dance Marathon Recruitment Team 

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


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.


Lauren Tielbur

Name: Lauren Tielbur

Committee: STAT

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Marketing

Hometown: Kellogg, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: St Stephen Catholic Student Center, Dance Marathon, Lit Club


Name: Dustin Toale

Committee: President

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), Student Admissions Ambassador

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!


Taiji Tucker

Name: Taiji Tucker

Committee: Public Relations

Graduation Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Psychology; Art, Criminology & Communications minors

Hometown: Waterloo, IA


Name: Carrie Wells

Committee: Traditions

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Mathematics Education

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: UNI Cheer Team

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


Name: Tracy Wulfekuhle

Committee: Alumni Outreach

Graduation Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Mathematics & Physics Secondary Education; World Religions minor

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: 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.


Sarah Crim

Name: Sarah Crim, Graduate Student

Graduation Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Sociology Minor: Psychology/Family Services

Hometown: Boone, IA

Other Campus/Community Involvement: Currently I am a graduate student in the Post Secondary Education: Student Affairs

Why is CATS such a great organization? CATS helps students, alumni, faculty, and staff engage in UNI traditions and build lasting connections to the university.


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!