Alumni

Pernell Cezar

Northern Iowa alum selected as influential leader

A UNI finance and marketing alum who co-founded the first Black-owned coffee business with national distribution has been named a 2022 Influential Leader by the world’s largest business education alliance. 
Tom Cullen speaks at UNI about his documentary Storm Lake.

Alumnus and journalist Tom Cullen visits UNI for film screening

Acclaimed "Storm Lake" documentary shows on Dec. 2, followed by Q&A with Cullen.
Student studying

The History of Distance: 25 Years of the Online Music Education Masters program at UNI

The UNI School of Music is celebrating an important milestone, the 25th Anniversary of our Masters of Music in Music Education Distance Education program. We recently checked in with the very first graduate of the program, Ernest Reineke, who is currently in his 33rd year of teaching, and learned how the program was created and has impacted his incredible teaching career.
UNI alum and park ranger Sam Braband

Managing parks at the top of the world

UNI alum and Alaskan Park Ranger Sam Braband didn’t experience the pandemic like many people. After all, when your job can range from responding to a wildfire to chasing wildlife from a campground, working from home isn’t an option.
UNI alum Keyaira Miller

UNI grad realizes her fashion dreams

Keyaira Miller is making her mark in the fashion world. In April, oversaw the launch of Amazon’s new Gen Y fashion brand, Wild Meadow, and this September, she will launch her own line of children’s clothes.
Michelle Hall, 46, and her oldest daughter, MaKayla McDonald, 28, received their diplomas on the same day.

UNI alumna overcomes domestic violence to help others in need of housing

Michelle Hall raised four children, overcame domestic violence and first enrolled at UNI at age 41. She now works at a Waterloo nonprofit that serves people affected by homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.
UNI Alum Jym Ganahl

UNI alum aims for Guinness Record

Jym Ganahl, an Associated Press Broadcasting Hall of Famer, credits his studies at UNI for launching his career as a TV weatherman. And now the 55-year meteorological veteran is seeking the Guinness Record for longest-serving TV weatherman.
UNI alum Yulia Dannen

Building a life

Panther alum Yulia Dannen, a Russian immigrant and single mother who has built a successful accounting business, recently won a statewide entrepreneur of the year award. “(They) said UNI’s accounting program is the best and now I know it is,” she said.