Celebrating our graduating Panthers

Our graduating seniors found the right fit when they came to UNI. 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 fall graduates:

Kaylan Brant

Kaylan Brant
Hometown: Baxter, Iowa
Major(s): Accounting and Management Information Systems
Post-Graduation Plans: Working as a business applications consultant in the technology management consultant line at RSM in Des Moines, Iowa.

"While at UNI, I have been able to be a part of multiple clubs and organizations such as: Accounting Club, MISA, UNI Women in Business, Campbell Hall Senate and Alpha Xi Delta. Those clubs and organizations taught me a lot, allowed me to meet some of my best friends, and have given me the teamwork and leadership skills I can take with me after graduation."

"I was able to work with a real-life client in my Information Systems Development Projects course for MIS majors. Through other classes I have had various projects and assignments that relate to the real world; which has led me to be more successful in the real world. Also, by being in various clubs and organizations, that UNI has to offer, I have had the opportunity to take on leadership positions that have made me a better leader in the work force."

"Students should choose UNI for their education because the professors and environment is great. UNI gives students the opportunity to have smaller, [more] decision based classes; unlike other state universities. On top of that, the professors at UNI are fantastic. They are very helpful and have an open-door policy that allows students to have a better connection and student-teacher relationship."

Ray Buchanan

Ray Buchanan, Jr.
Hometown: Duluth, Georgia
Major(s): Communication Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Training to play professional football, while also working towards a career in communications and/or marketing.

"The professors [at UNI] seem to really care about me personally, and they've always challenged me to do my best."

"[UNI] provided me with classes that increased my knowledge in specific areas like coding and oral business. They also allowed me the opportunity to meet with employers through career fairs that were held on campus."

"UNI has a lot of good programs to choose from. You are able to get one-on-one attention from your professors, which helps keep you focused. UNI also provides a learning center that helps students individually with papers and other assignments."

Crystal Pottebaum

Crystal Pottebaum
Hometown: Alton, Iowa
Major(s): Spanish Teaching and Elementary Education
Post-Graduation Plans: Teaching Spanish 1 and 4 at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa.

"Although the leadership opportunities and study abroad experience have undeniably shaped my time at UNI, the best part about UNI are the people. There was not a single day in my college career that I walked across campus without seeing people I knew. It was the quick conversations, shared smiles, and warm hugs that left me feeling at home. While at UNI I have been blessed with the most incredible mentors, friends, and professors who support, challenge, and encourage me in every aspect of my life."

"Throughout my field experiences I was able to be in a variety of schools to see many different types of teaching. I was in schools in Jesup, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Des Moines, Iowa and Houston, Texas. Seeing the different demographics and how students responded to teaching in each school helped me build my philosophy of teaching and has empowered me to become an advocate for all students."

"UNI is one big family. We share each other's successes and challenges, and we come together to make each other's dreams come true. The incredible staff, professors and students at UNI are eager to help you reach your goals even when they seem unattainable. I have learned throughout my time at UNI that nothing is impossible when you have the support of the UNI community behind you."

Dylan Keller

Dylan Keller
Hometown: Donnellson, Iowa
Major(s): History
Post-Graduation Plans: Working at the State Capitol in Des Moines, as the executive secretary to the Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix.

"During my search process I used a three-part metric: Head, Heart, and Gut Check. Head focused on what I was going to study and that included majoring in History. The UNI History Department offered classes beyond American and European studies. The program included a public history certificate that allowed me to gain valuable experience in the museum field. The heart check came with a campus tour of the small class sizes, the accessibility and openness of the faculty and staff, and the numerous professional and personal resources. Finally, the gut check is something you just know as a prospective student. UNI checked all those boxes and became my home away from home."

"UNI allowed me to grow as an individual, but also as a professional. The campus dynamic promotes opportunities to foster working relationships with faculty and staff. Those connections led to me attending conferences, gaining internship experience, and networking opportunities."

"UNI has been recently defined as the University of Nothing Impossible or the Right Fit. I feel those are accurate in describing the purple and gold spirit felt between current students, faculty and staff, and alumni. You are only limited by your own ambitions."