Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of profiles we’ll be posting over the summer to introduce everyone to our incoming Class of 2014. Enjoy getting to know our new students as they get to know each other, our current students, staff, and the entire Tippie community!
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergrad institution: The University of Iowa, B.A. in History, with certificates in Entrepreneurial Management and Museum Studies. I will be the first to admit that I am a massive history geek and a very proud Hawkeye! I am particularly interested in early American History and the economic history of colonial North America.
Current city: Coralville, IA
Current employment: Prior to coming to Tippie I was the Media Relations and Marketing Specialist for the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums, the Old Capitol Museum and the UI Museum of Natural History. I was responsible for all publications and press releases distributed by the museums. As the Marketing Specialist I was also responsible for the branding, promotional and advertising efforts of the museums. I found this to be an excellent opportunity to combine both my interests in history and marketing in an environment which had not traditionally had formalized marketing efforts.
I was also responsible for organizing and formalizing the development and sponsorship efforts in the museums, creating a comprehensive development plan and follow up procedures.
Why I chose Tippie: It is difficult to describe one specific thing that drew me to Tippie since there were so many factors that went into the decision. Some of the major factors that I considered were the small class sizes, the highly involved alumni base and the Tippie culture. It was important to me that I would have the opportunity to get intensely involved in my coursework and the student body, something I feel only the small class sizes at Tippie can provide.
Something unique about me: I am an avid outdoorsman and an aficionado of odd sports. I competed as a pole vaulter until an injury kept me from returning to the sport. No longer able to vault I learned how to unicycle and will occasionally be seen around town wobbling away on one wheel.
Outside of the odd sports, I love fishing. More often than not I will keep a pole and tackle in my car so I can run out to the nearest lake whenever time allows for it.