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Alumni return to UNI for Alumni in Residence program

April 5, 2017

Amy Mohr, associate director, UNI Alumni Relations, 319-273-3094,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Each spring, the University of Northern Iowa selects distinguished graduates to participate in the Alumni in Residence program. These accomplished alumni return to campus to speak with students about their professional experiences and help them make connections between what they learn in the classroom and practice in the professional realm. The selected alumni also meet with faculty groups to discuss current trends and issues in the workplace, tour campus and visit with student organizations about how extracurricular experiences can open doors during their job search. In addition to student and faculty discussions, the alumni are invited to attend a joint breakfast hosted by the UNI Alumni Association and UNI Foundation.

Each college coordinates the selection of alumni participants for their Alumni in Residence experience. The 2017 class includes:

College of Business Administration

- Finance: Mark Funk ‘00, managing director, Northwest Mutual

- Marketing: Lee Grimes ’87, assistant vice president - automotive, Automotive Union Pacific Railroad (Omaha, Nebraska)

- Economics: Jerry Ripperger ’87, vice president - consulting, Principal Financial Group

- Management Information Systems: Kai Stark ’01, purchasing manager, Frontier Natural Products Coop

- Accounting: Kelly Larson ’95, CFO, Summit Brewing Company (Eagan, Minnesota)


College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

- History: Cynthia Sweet ’07, executive director, Iowa Museum Association

- Political Science: Jason Harrington ’94, president & CEO, Lakes Regional Healthcare

- Textiles & Apparels: Jon Weiland ’10, designer, Target (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

- Psychology: Angela Carnahan ’99, consultant - program & change enablement, Nationwide Mutual Insurance

- Criminology and Social Work: Ken Kolthoff ’88, director, Department of Corrections - Iowa 1st Judicial District


College of Humanities Arts & Sciences

- Mathematics: Kamilla Svajgl ’00, partner and director of hedge fund operations, Milliman (Chicago, Illinois)

- Earth & Environmental Sciences: Jennifer Erich ’96, commercial advisor - equity management, Exxon Mobile (Houston, Texas)

- Physics: Noah Podolefsky ’00 ’08, post-doctoral research associate, Department of Physics, University of Colorado-Boulder

- Biology: Susann Ahrabi-Fard ’91’96, communicable disease epidemiologist, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Madison, Wisconsin)

- Chemistry and Biochemistry: Michael Jarosh ’03, associate scientist. Amgen (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

- Languages & Literatures: Scott Slechta ’90, English teacher and department head, Fairfield High School

- Philosophy & World Religions: James Svajgl ’01, Partner, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Law Firm (Chicago, Illinois)

- Communications Studies: Roxanne Heimann ’05, ’07, instructor, University of Northern Iowa

For more information, contact Amy Mohr, associate director of Alumni Relations, at 319-273-3094 or