Celebrating our graduating Panthers

Our graduating seniors found a place where they belonged at the University of Northern Iowa. Their tireless academic preparation, strong relationships with faculty and other students, and wide variety of out-of-class experiences have helped create a strong foundation for their future. These are but a few of our promising spring graduates:

Marissa Heinzerling

Marissa Heinzerling
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Major(s): Supply Chain Management and Organizational Leadership
Post-Graduation Plans: Working as a MORE Analyst for Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc. in Grants Pass, Oregon.

“I owe everything I have today to UNI.”

“The professors I’ve had the opportunity to know not only helped me enhance the tangible knowledge I would need in my career, but also the intangible skills that would set me apart and take me far. The classes I took helped me identify my passion of leadership and the supply chain industry. The experiences I have had in class, campus organizations and leadership positions have prepared me to be an effective leader.”

“There are a variety of reasons I believe students should choose UNI. At UNI, a student is more than a number; they are welcomed into the Panther family as an important individual. The professors take the time to know your name and your story. The classes are small enough to discuss the topics together and apply real-world examples. They offer unique experiences that set you apart in the real world, such as working with organizations in the community. You truly are set up for success as a student.”

Cassie Sells

Cassie Sells
Hometown: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Major(s): Movement and Exercise Science
Post-Graduation Plans: Pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

“When I first visited UNI, the campus was beautiful and easy to navigate, but most importantly everyone I encountered was very welcoming and approachable. I came from a small high school, so UNI seemed big enough to take me out of my comfort zone but still feel like home.”

“The faculty in the KAHHS department created projects that forced me to think in creative ways and get me involved with members of the community. I now have a lot more confidence in my ability to work with a diverse range of people.”

“The faculty and staff have always been very helpful to me. Whether I needed help from Financial Aid, Academic Advising or the Registrar, I always felt they took their time and personally cared about my needs.”

Clara Tosi

Clara Tosi
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but was born in France
Major(s): Digital Media Production and Digital Media Leadership, with an International Business Minor
Post-Graduation Plans: Planning to relocate to Japan to pursue a career in media.

“I met so many nice professors and classmates. I also made many new friends. It was also fun to get involved and try new things, such as joining theatre and a dance organization!”

“I went to Japan for one year through UNI’s study abroad program. This allowed me to fully experience this culture and made me decide to move there in the future.”

“UNI also offers a wide variety of majors, courses, school events and activities. I think UNI has something to offer for everyone.”

Aarika Forney

Aarika Forney
Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
Major(s): Political Science
Post-Graduation Plans: Pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma.

“I am a fortunate to be a McNair Scholar here at the University of Northern Iowa. McNair has given me multiple opportunities to prepare myself for graduate school. I have [had] a lot of support from my McNair director and advisor, as well as my professors.”

“Students should choose UNI because they will get quality education at a reasonable price. The faculty here care about students succeeding and want to see them grow.”