Celebrating our graduating Panthers

Our graduating seniors found a place to call home 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 fall graduates:

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy
Hometown: Clinton, Iowa
Major(s): Supply Chain Management
Post-Graduation Plans: Serving in the United States Navy as a naval flight officer, operating airborne weapons and sensor systems.

“Cedar Falls and the UNI campus are both very welcoming communities, so I immediately felt at home here. The business education at UNI is a great value for what we pay. I get individual attention and the professors go out of their way to make themselves available to help students.”

“UNI has become my home away from home. The support I’ve received from professors while going through my courses, as well as from the staff through my leadership in the UNI Veterans Association, has been absolutely fantastic.”

“My leadership in the UNI Veterans Association and involvement in the College of Business has opened my eyes to the demands of leading an organization in today’s dynamic world. The connections made here with staff and faculty last a lifetime, so they will be excellent resources to utilize down the road.”

Brittney England

Brittney England
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Major(s): Movement and Exercise Science
Post-Graduation Plans: Pursuing a doctorate degree in physical therapy at Des Moines University.

“I was given so many opportunities to pursue my passions [at UNI]. I was able to continue playing soccer on the club level, raise money and awareness for cancer, and enhance my leadership skills in various organizations on campus, all while taking classes.”

“The graduate school I’m attending, DMU, said they love UNI students because they feel that we are very well prepared when we begin their program. I believe that the upper level courses I took at UNI challenged me to do more than go through the motions, but rather develop a deeper understanding of the content and realize the connection to my future career.”

“UNI has the big campus feel with the small campus community. Professors will know you by name and are more than willing to help you; they want to see you become successful and reach your goals… Being part of the UNI community has been an unforgettable experience and I would recommend it to everyone.”

Caleb Wubben

Caleb Wubben
Hometown: Manson, Iowa
Major(s): Elementary and Middle Level Education
Post-Graduation Plans: Anticipating a teaching position at Manson Northwest Webster.

“The main reason I chose UNI is because of it's excellent teacher education program. I had always heard people speak highly of not just the teacher education program but of the university as a whole. When I visited, I immediately felt welcomed and the positive learning culture was evident.”

“I enjoyed all the activities and opportunities UNI has for students.  There are so many things to do here and there truly is something for everybody! Once I got involved, I began to meet new people and form friendships that will last long after I graduate.”

“One of the biggest ways UNI helped me prepare for my career was giving me multiple opportunities to have real-world experiences. As an education major, I took advantage of these opportunities every semester, whether it was a course requirement or just a way to get extra experience. This allowed me to better myself as a person and as an educator.”

Christina Carver

Christina Carver
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major(s): Studio Art, with a Sculpture emphasis
Post-Graduation Plans: Working as the artist-in-residence at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, which will provide her with space to continue to create artwork and the opportunity for hands-on experience teaching adult art classes.

“What I enjoyed most about attending UNI was the love and encouragement from my peers and the excellent education and life lessons learned from my professors.”

“Students should attend the University of Northern Iowa because it provides several accredited academic programs with guidance from professors and a multitude of resources available to all students. It also will provide you with countless opportunities to become friends with people from various cultures and backgrounds.”

Anna Varriano
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Major(s): Speech-Language Pathology
Post-Graduation Plans: Pursuing a graduate degree at UNI in the spring, in addition to serving as a volunteer coach for the softball team.

“I greatly enjoyed the family atmosphere that has been created here. The amount of support you receive from your peers, professors, staff, community, and etc. is truly amazing. Everyone here wants you to succeed, and to be the best student you can be.”

“Being a student-athlete at UNI has prepared me immensely for the next chapter in my life. Coach always talked about his philosophy of ‘4 for 40.’ What that means is that these four years will prepare you for the next 40 years of your life. I kept that in the front of mind when it came to school, softball and life.”

“UNI has done more for me than just to allow me to continue my education. UNI has allowed me to prepare for my future and ensure I live the best life I can.”

Ranjana Joshi

Ranjana Joshi
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Major(s): Industrial Technology
Post-Graduation Plans: Continuing work as a senior embedded engineer, in the area of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), with IDC Technologies in Indianapolis.

“I always wanted to be a part of the Midwest, and Iowa represented the best of it. UNI, with its affordable education cost and able faculty members, proved to be a perfect destination for me.”

“I loved the small family environment of UNI. Each faculty member from my department was genuinely concerned about its students and cared for them. I equally enjoyed being a part of faculty during my graduate assistantships, which gave me firsthand experience mentoring students.”

“UNI is committed to prepare you for life and cuts away all the noise. Students should seriously consider UNI if they want to focus on a 360-degree learning experience in a conducive environment.”