College of Arts and Sciences Success Stories 2017

Adam Hendel
Adam Hendel

Hometown: Lakeland, MN

Major: Physics

Involvement: Society of
Physics Students, High Powered
Rocketry, and Data Science
Team Falcon

Job and Graduate School:
Technology Development
Associate for Optum/UnitedHealth 
Group in Minnetonka, MN.
Additionally, will be enrolled in the 
Master of Science in Data Science
graduate program at the University of
St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN

Carla Ortiz-Perez
Carla Ortiz-Perez

Hometown: Rosemount, MN

Major: Criminology and Sociology

Involvement: Sociology,
Criminology, and Anthropology
Club, Latino Student Organization,
and St. Croix Valley Restorative

Job: Assistant Probation
Officer in the Juvenile Services
Division at the Juvenile Detention
Center in St. Paul, MN

Cody Kunhart
Cody Kunhart

Hometown: Neillsville, WI

Major: Sociology

Job: Shelter Services Coordinator
for Turningpoint in River Falls, WI

Devon Gelhar
Devon Gelhar

Major: Studio Art, Primary
Emphasis in Ceramics with a
Secondary Emphasis in Art History

Involvement: Art Society, URSCA 
Fall and Spring Galas, Student
Juried Art Show, Outdoor Art 
Installation, Winter Scholarship
Art Sale

Graduate School: Master of 
Fine Arts in Ceramics at
Syracuse University in 
Syracuse, NY

Dominique Bagley-Page
Dominique Bagley-Page

Hometown: Red Wing, MN

Major: Criminology and Sociology

Involvement: Sociology, 
Criminology, and Anthropology Club

Job: Part-Time Probation Officer for
Anoka County, Assistant Probation
Officer for Ramsey County

Kaylee Beevers
Kaylee Beevers

Hometown: Spring Valley, MN

Major: Marketing Communications
and International Studies

Involvement: Marcomm Club,
Office of University Advancement, 
and Admissions

Job: Marketing Communications 
Department at TransUnion in 
Chicago, IL

Lindsey Knopps
Lindsey Knopps

Hometown: Hudson, WI

Major: Biology

Involvement: Love Your Melon 
Campus Crew, Dance Theatre,
Hudson Hospitals and Clinics,
Big Brothers Big Sisters, and
Office of Student Involvement

Professional School: Doctor of 
Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic
Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton, FL

Matthew Clark
Matthew Clark

Hometown: La Crosse, WI

Major: Journalism

Involvement: WRFW Radio and 
Student Voice Newspaper

Job: Morning Show Producer
for WISC-TV News 3, CBS
affiliate, in Madison, WI

Porter Swartz
Porter Swartz

Hometown: Menomonie, WI

Major: Biology, Pre-Optometry

Involvement: Pre-Health Society,
Dan's Bandana Project, InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship, and Intramurals

Professional School: St. Louis College
of Optometry at University of
Missouri in St. Louis, MO

Samuel Elinson
Samuel Elinson

Hometown: Eagan, MN

Major: TESOL 

Involvement: Residence Hall
Association, LARPers' League, 
Japanese Animation and Film
Club, TESOL Club, Global
Programming Society, and
Habitat for Humanity

Job: Assistant Language Teacher 
teaching English in Japan for the
JET (Japanese Exchange
and Teaching) Program

Taylor Norby
Taylor Norby

Hometown: Mora, MN

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Involvement: Varsity Women's 
Tennis and German Club

Graduate School: Medical
Laboratory Science (MLS)
program at the University of 
Minnesota - Twin Cities

Xiaoqi Wang
Xiaoqi Wang

Hometown: China

Major: Teaching English to
Speakers of Other Languages

Involvement: Chancellor's Student
Ambassadors, Global Programming
Society, Chinese Culture Club, 
TESOL Club, International Student
Services, Orientation and Transition 
Leader, and Academic Success Center

Graduate School: Master of Science
in Education in TESOL at the 
University of Pennsylvania in 
Philadelphia, PA

taylor Foreman
Taylor Foreman

Bloomington, MN

Major: Fine Arts - Glassblowing
Minor in Drawing

Involvement: Glass Club,
Art Society, Public Demonstrator
for High School Workshop Day,
Gallery Guard, Scholarship Sale,
Juried Student Exhibition, and

Job: Production Assistant with
Hennepin Made in Minneapolis, MN

Brian Erdich
Brian Erdich

Major: English - Creative Writing

Involvement: Prologue
Editor-in-Chief, and Chair of the
Student Media Committee

Graduate School: Master of Fine
Arts in Creative Writing -
Screenwriting at Augsburg College
in Minneapolis, MN.

Name: Jessi Conklin

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Major: Communication Studies

Involvement: Alpha Sigma Alpha,
NRHH, RHA, Falcon Guide, 
LEAD, New Student and Family
Programs, Student Support 
Services, and Active Minds

Graduate School: Enrolling in
the Higher Education and
Student Affairs program at
Fort Hays State University in 
Hays, KS. Additionally, 
will be a Graduate Assistant
for Inclusion and Diversity 

 Maria Eskro
Name:  Maria Eskro

Major:   Mathematics, Computer
Science Minor

Involvement:  Climbing Club

Job: Associate Web Software
Engineer with Code42 in
Minneapolis, MN 

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