Celebrating our graduating Panthers

Our graduating seniors found the right fit when they came to 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:

Cassie Evers

Cassie Evers
Hometown: Carroll, Iowa
Major(s): Finance & Management (Organizational Leadership Emphasis) with an Industrial-Organizational Psychology Certificate
Post-Graduation Plans: Working with the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber on the economic development team as the business services coordinator.

"Beyond opportunities, our school is full of good people—students, professors and staff alike. Those relationships will continue on long past walking across the stage on graduation day."

"Most importantly, the College of Business, UNI Entrepreneurs, the JPEC and the Center for Business Growth and Innovation helped connect me to the Cedar Valley community. I'm so excited that these relationships will now become a part of my career!"

"At UNI, you get the best of both private colleges and big universities. UNI's focus on undergraduate education is hard to beat. You have the chance to get to know your professors. Yet, you still have the resources of a big school. And the best part? It just feels like home."

Sunny Teeling

Sunny Teeling
Hometown: Sumner, Iowa
Major(s): Master's in Counseling
Post-Graduation Plans: Moving on to a Ph.D. program in counseling at the University of North Texas. Her hope is to be a faculty member at a university where she can educate and supervise future generations of counselors.

"UNI offers so many great opportunities on campus and things for students to do. There are a lot of ways to get involved and my experience has been that if you can't find what you want, there are probably people who will help you find ways to make it happen."

"So many faculty, staff and students have been very supportive of me, even [when] I wasn't seeking a degree in their department, in one of their classes or if we just happened to know each through taking a workshop together. They have given me opportunities to be a part of projects and given me experiences I wouldn't have had otherwise."

"The campus offers so many opportunities to get involved. A good education is important but so are the experiences a student has. Not all the learning occurs in the classroom and UNI offers a chance for students to find and explore their passions outside the classroom as well as in it."

Jill Georgen

Jill Georgen
Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin
Major(s): Biology with a Chemistry Minor
Post-Graduation Plans: Until matriculation into professional school for a career in healthcare, she will return to Wisconsin to continue working with surgical and orthopedic patients in the hospital and participate in global health initiatives and service work.

"UNI offered me the opportunity to pursue my academic interests while pursuing my desire to be a Division 1 collegiate swimmer. I had many schools to choose from, but UNI's size and campus appealed to me. The support I felt from my swim coach and the team made a positive impression. I knew I could be a successful student and an accomplished athlete as a Panther."

"My time in Cedar Falls has afforded me a vast group of friends, from all different groups on campus. Those in my major, fellow athletes from every sport, friends from clubs and service events, and certainly my swim teammates are what I cherish most."

"The people at Northern Iowa are welcoming, and the culture is one where you are incorporated into the community; all those at UNI help you in your quest to meet your goals. Panther Pride! UNI is a great place to be educated."

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller
Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
Major(s): Health Promotion
Post-Graduation Plans: Working as a military and educational support specialist at the University of Iowa, where he will be supporting over 1,400 military and veteran students.

"The commitment [UNI] has to educate, encourage personal and professional growth, and ensure student success was integral in my decision making process of where to continue my education."

"Throughout my graduate studies, I was given opportunities to learn and experience much more than I could by just sitting in a lecture. The opportunities to connect professions in my field of study and other areas have helped me build a network of contacts that will ensure my personal and professional success."

"The faculty and staff care about every individual student and their make it their priority to ensure that graduate students meet their education goals. Their commitment to foster an environment where student success and well-being is unlike I have experienced anywhere."

Mary Brandt

Mary Brandt
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Major(s): Biology and Health Promotion with a Chemistry Minor
Post-Graduation Plans: Attending medical school at Des Moines University, where she has been accepted into the University's Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program. She is hoping to specialize in sports medicine and diabetic care.

"One thing that really attracted me to the university was the size. It has a small enough campus to walk to all of your classes, yet it is still a large university that offers so many different things."

"All of my classes were just the right size, which allowed the professors to get to know me as a student. This is really beneficial whenever you need help understanding material, or even in the future when you start applying to graduate schools."

"No matter what your interests are, you will find a home here at UNI that will support you. It is a great community to be in as everyone wants to see each other succeed."