Dean and Dean’s Chair Pamela White and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation ceremony, 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. A reception for graduating students at all levels will immediately follow the ceremony in the lobbies of Stephens Auditorium.
The all-university commencement ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at Hilton Coliseum.
Six graduating seniors –– Taylor Richardson, Courtney Stakey, Camry Crosswait, Ciara McCarty, Anne Seely, and Katie Jaeschke –– will receive special honors at the College of Human Sciences’ fall 2015 convocation ceremony.
Taylor Richardson of Batavia, Illinois is the university marshal. She is graduating magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in apparel, merchandising, and design, and marketing. While a student, Richardson has had a number of professional successes. She interned with HGTV Magazine, Katalina Girl blog, and Bryn Walker. She also assisted fashion designer Todd Snyder, an Iowa State alumnus, at the MAGIC apparel trade show. As fundraising director for the The Fashion Show at Iowa State, she led her committee to raise $20,000. She also served on TREND Magazine’s executive board as assistant, fashion director, and senior fashion director. She is a member of Chi Omega Fraternity and the College of Human Sciences’ curriculum planning committee.
“These positions have helped me to develop my leadership and organizational skills that will be crucial to achieving a successful career following graduation,” Richardson said.
Richardson is currently interviewing with apparel companies and plans to relocate to Los Angeles or New York City.
Courtney Stakey of Kamrar is the college marshal. She is graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in child, adult, and family services, and early childhood education-unified, as well as a minor in learning technologies and a reading endorsement. Stakey’s academic achievements have earned her a spot on the dean’s list since fall 2011, induction into Cardinal Key, and numerous honors.
“In the classroom, I have enjoyed creating lifelong friendships with my peers as well as learning from the incredible faculty and staff in the School of Education and human development and family studies department,” Stakey said.
Her leadership roles include serving as a peer mentor in the human development and family studies learning community, for which she won an Exemplary Peer Mentor Award. Additionally, she served on Iowa State Dance Marathon’s families committee and chaired its Make-A-Miracle subcommittee. As the technology intern of an elementary school, she also successfully integrated technology into many classrooms. After convocation, she plans to pursue a full-time elementary education teaching position in eastern Iowa.
Camry Crosswait of Ames is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and an English as a Second Language teaching endorsement. Crosswait has collected multiple leadership positions. She served as a College of Human Sciences ambassador, Dean’s Student Advisory Council member, and a Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Learning Community peer mentor, and assisted first-year students in the MAP-Works Program. She was also selected as the undergraduate speaker at the ribbon cutting for the School of Education’s remodeled space in Lagomarcino Hall.
“Lagomarcino served as my second home for the past three years, so the opportunity to share my pride and love for the building with others was a moment I will always cherish from Iowa State,” Crosswait said.
An accomplished scholar, Crosswait is a member of several honor societies including Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key National Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership Success. During her final semester, she student taught in Stuttgart-Fellbach, Germany. After convocation, she plans to pursue a full-time elementary education teaching position in central Iowa.
Ciara McCarty of Ames is also receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a specialization in the pre-health professions option. McCarty’s academic activities include tutoring Iowa State student athletes, mentoring first-years in the kinesiology learning community, and serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant.
“Through my class experiences and passionate professors, I found an area I am just as passionate about, giving me a career to pour my heart into, and for that I am so grateful,” McCarty said.
McCarty also helped establish the iCan Bike event in Ames, a week-long program that teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride bikes. Additionally, she has displayed leadership as vice president of the Kinesiology and Health Club, and as a member of the Student Union Board and College of Human Sciences Student Council. Next fall, McCarty plans to pursue a master’s in public health, focusing on health communication or community and behavioral health.
Anne Seely of St. Charles is the final student receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in culinary science and minors in English and anthropology. Seely managed the food science and human nutrition kitchen laboratory storeroom at Iowa State and interned with the Schwan Food Company for two years. She earned several prestigious scholarships including the L. Mildred Wilson Award and the Diane R. McComber Award.
“The mentorship and advice from College of Human Sciences faculty and staff has been absolutely invaluable so far in my career, and I know they will be there for me in years to come,” Seely said.
Seely’s active community service outlets include Wildwood Hills Ranch youth camp, Food at First food pantry, ACCESS domestic violence shelter, and Meals from the Heartland. She will begin her master’s in food science at Iowa State in the fall.
Katie Jaeschke of Gowrie is the Fall 2015 Graduating Student of the Year. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education and studies, as well as her teacher licensure. Despite changing majors at the end of her first year, she is graduating a semester early with honors.
Outside of school, she served for three years as leadership development coordinator for the Iowa Association of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. In this role, she designed and organized leadership development events and represented the statewide organization at national conferences. Within the college, she served as a College of Human Sciences ambassador and a student representative on the search committee for a new chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. After convocation, Jaeschke will teach family and consumer sciences in Cedar Falls.
“Now my goal is to become a mentor, leading my students to make wise choices and pursue meaningful lives, in the same way that people at Iowa State have done for me,” Jaeschke said.