Learn more about the various groups of people that are vital to the success of the Honors Program. This page serves as a comprehensive list of all those you may need to contact during your time in the Program.

Honors People

The Honors Program 4th floor offices will be open by appointment with staff only & must be scheduled in advance.

For general inquiries contact us at 319-335-1681 | honors-program@uiowa.edu or schedule an appointment with a team member below. 

 

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Art L. Spisak

Director

Email: art-spisak@uiowa.edu | Phone: (319) 335-1685 

Office Hours (447 BHC): via Zoom by appointment.

Dr. Spisak graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a PhD in Classical Studies. He is a professor in the UI Classics Department and the full time director of the Honors Program. He began teaching in honors in 1998, and has been an honors education administrator and researcher since 2006. As director, he represents the program both on and off campus with the goal of bringing it the resources it needs to support high achieving students. In recent years he has been heavily involved with the leadership of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the national organization for honors education. Over the years he has presented and published extensively in the field of honors education.

His outside interests are reading, woodworking, and handball.


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Emily Hill

Assistant Director

Email: emily-d-hill@uiowa.edu | Phone: (319) 335-1684

Office Hours (443 BHC): Mondays from 3-5 PM via Zoom or by appointment.

As the Assistant Director, Dr. Hill works on enhancing and supporting educational experiences for honors students through curriculum, experiential learning, academic advisement, and community development. Her research addresses twice -exceptional college students (gifted college students living with mental health issues) and how universities can better support these individuals through staff, faculty, advisement, and programming. 

Dr. Hill’s door is always open for students to visit with her about academics, experiential learning, and life in general. In her free time, she likes to walk her Maltese Poodle, Mr. Gatsby, practice yoga, read fiction, collect vinyl and play it too loud, and travel.

Education:

  • University of North Dakota, PhD in Educational Foundations and Research, 2019
  • University of North Dakota, Master of Arts in English, 2011
  • University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Arts in English and Honors, 2008 

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Heidi Schmitt

Program Coordinator 

Email: heidi-schmitt@uiowa.edu | Phone: (319) 467-0911

Office Hours (431 BHC): Contact via email to schedule. 

As the Program Coordinator, Heidi is responsible for supervising Honors Program student staff team members, outreach and marketing efforts, event planning, and ensuring the Honors Program runs smoothly and effectively. Heidi transferred from the Executive MBA Department where she gained insight on program management and assisting students.

When Heidi isn’t assisting members of the UI community, she operates Pristine Pet Care LLC and can be found volunteering with local animal shelters, cuddling her dog Diesel, or rocking out at a concert.


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Camille Socarras

Scholarship Coordinator

Email: camille-socarras@uiowa.edu | Phone: (319) 335-1682

Office Hours (435 BHC): Students may schedule via MyUI.

Camille serves as the Honors Scholarship Coordinator, helping students find the right opportunities and managing assigned scholarships for the Honors Program. She has previously been on the University of Iowa campus as an undergraduate, graduate student, and TA, having completed a Master’s degree in French and Francophone World Studies and Literature. After graduating, she taught in the French department as visiting faculty while also working in various other capacities around campus.

While her academic interests are quite varied, Camille feels strongly about working toward social advancement in educational settings, not only institutionally, but in the classroom, as well, holding the ultimate goal of making education challenging, engaged, and accessible for everyone.

She also loves cookies.


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Andrew Willard

Experiential Learning Director

Email: andrew-willard@uiowa.edu | Phone: (319) 335-8333

Office Hours (413 BHC): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm or by appointment.

Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard helps honors students clarify and implement their plans for internships, service learning, study away—both domestic and international—and life beyond the University.  When Andy teaches, his courses focus on international law, human rights, and policy sciences more generally; and he is committed to fostering the skills and confidence students need to use their knowledge and insight to address the problems—from the personal to the planetary—that concern them.


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Holly Blosser-Yoder

Advising Director

Email: holly-yoder@uiowa.edu | Phone: (319) 335-1932

Office Hours (417 BHC): Monday-Friday 8:30–9:45 AM via Zoom or by appointment.

Holly graduated from Iowa with a masters in Student Development in Higher Education from Iowa. As Honors Advising Director, she supervises the Honors Peer Advisors and Honors Orientation Ambassadors. Holly also serves as the go-to person for any questions about curricula: choosing honors classes; making a regular class into an honors class by contract; and exploring opportunities such as research, study abroad and the range of other academic possibilities that interest honors students. A writer with an interest in history and culture, Holly is the author of The Same Spirit: History of Iowa-Nebraska Mennonites. Before joining Honors, she lived and worked abroad in Zambia, Lesotho, and Ethiopia. Currently she lives on a farm in rural Wellman.


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Addison Woll, [he/him]

Assessment Manager & Admissions Coordinator

Email: addison-woll@uiowa.edu | Phone: (319) 467-4685

Office Hours (409 BHC): Monday & Thursday from 8:30 - 10:00 AM via Zoom or by appointment. 

Addison oversees student program progress requirements, tracks program methods to improve student success outcomes, and strives to support communities of care.  His interest areas include supporting student success outcomes, retention in higher education, specifically in traditionally underserved populations, and how universities can best serve students and the state. You might see him around town volunteering at the I.C. Free Medical and Dental Clinic, a local elementary school garden, or for the Prairieland Freedom Fund.

Addison is a First-Generation student advocate, a Safe Zone designee, staff representative on the UI-LGBTQ+ Council, and consent specialist on the UI-Institutional Review Board 2.

Ask him about backyard beekeeping, house plants, or what “reflection” really means!

Education:

  • University of Iowa, MA in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, 2020
  • University of Iowa, MS in Molecular Medicine, 2017
  • Southeast Missouri State University, BS in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Honors, 2014

Honors Student Admins

Mason Koelm

Mason
he/him/his

Mason Koelm is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in International Relations and Criminology, Law, and Justice, with certificates in Museum Studies and International Business and a minor in Anthropology. He has been involved in the honors program since 2018 as an ambassador and has been an admin since August. He is currently the Honors Student Representative of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. In his free time, Mason enjoys playing music, reading, and watching movies.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Amanda Barrett

Amanda
she/her/hers

Major: Psychology and Spanish

Involvement: Vice President of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Developmental Psychopathology Lab), Director of Serve Iowa for Student United Way, Family Representative for Dance Marathon, Honors Administrative Assistant, study abroad in Spain, UIHC Employee

My focus this year is deciding my career path and future plans... it's okay to be uncertain!

Ask me about study abroad/travel, research, honors involvement, and student volunteering opportunities!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Josh Parbs

Josh
he/him/his

I'm majoring in Biochemistry, with minors in Chemistry and Global Health Studies, and a certificate in Intercultural Leadership on the Pre-Medicine Track

I'm a Senior at the University, and have been involved in the Honors Program since my first day on campus. I formally started working for the Program at the beginning of my Sophomore year, and now serve as a peer mentor and an admin. If I'm not busy at the BHC or studying, I like to dance, try new foods, or hang out with my friends. I'm involved in many organizations revolving around student affairs, Dance Marathon, UI Bio, undergraduate research, UIHC volunteering, and swing dancing to name a few. I've loved the first half of my college career, and I can't wait to see what the next two years have in store for me!


 

 

Mishma Nixon

Mishma
she/her/hers

Mishma is a junior from Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is majoring in English and Creative Writing with minors in Cinema and Social Justice. She has just started out as a student admin, and has discovered her new passion for writing emails. She is the cultural director of the Campus Activities Board, the Vice President of Operations in the South Asian Student Alliance and the Communications Director of the International Student Advisory Board. She loves connecting with other honors student and enjoys meeting new people, so don't hesitate to say hi! (All you have to ask about is her current read or the last movie she watched, and you are guaranteed to have a long conversation).

 

 

 


 

 

Anna Magaña

Anna
she/her/hers
  • Major: English and Creative Writing 

  • Minors: Latina/o/x Studies and Translation for Global Literacy 

  • This is my fourth year at the University of Iowa, and my second year as an Honors Student Administrator. I got involved with Honors in my freshman year when I started writing for the newsletter. I worked on it for three semesters and had the opportunity to research the program for its 60th anniversary, interview influential figures over time, and highlight current students. In addition to my work with Honors, I have a position at the university’s Main Library, I’m involved with the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead, and I've worked on a local satire magazine. I love Iowa City’s small-town atmosphere, so in my free time, you can usually find me strolling downtown without an agenda.


Lydia Guo

Lydia Guo Rsz
she/her/hers
  • Major: Biomedical Sciences 

  • Minors: Chemistry 

  • Lydia Guo is a second-year student studying Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. Within the Honors Program, Lydia serves as a student admin and an Honors Publications design editor. She is an undergraduate research assistant at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, focusing on cystic fibrosis research. Additionally, Lydia volunteers at the UIHC Medical ICU and is the vice president of UNICEF Iowa. When she isn’t working with cells at her lab, Lydia enjoys watercolor and oil painting at her local art studio.

 

Thomas Duong

Thomas Duong
he/him/his
  • Major: Microbiology 

  • Minors: Human Physiology 

  • Thomas is a second-year student from Iowa City, Iowa, majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Human Physiology. Thomas started working with the Honors Program as a design editor for Honors Publications and is now beginning his first semester as a student admin. Aside from the Honors Program, Thomas is also an undergraduate research assistant, a volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic, and the president of UNICEF Iowa. Thomas also performs and records music with local musicians and is involved with the Vietnamese Student Association. In his free time, Thomas enjoys running and biking long distances, playing the drums and the piano, and traveling to new places with his friends. 

Honors Peer Mentors

Individualize your honors education! Peer mentors can help. You can email your advising questions directly to the peer mentor of your choice at any time or, if available, schedule a Zoom appointment. Either an email exchange or online appointment via Zoom will fulfill the honors peer mentoring requirement. Already have a plan for your complete 24 University Honors credits (coursework 12 + experiential 12)? Email your details to a peer mentor for review!

Honors students are required to secure peer mentoring once per academic year until they complete the 12 s.h. coursework requirement. Honors professional staff are also available for advising and can be scheduled via MyUI or reached for advising by email at any time.

Laura Widman

Laura

they/them/theirs

  • Major: Linguistics with a Focus in Teaching English as a Second Language, Ethics and Public Policy, Certificate in International Business, minor in French
  • Involvement: Roosevelt@Iowa, Honors Outreach, Teaching Assistantships, Iowa City Tenants Union
  • Ask me about internships, teaching assistantships, language studies and public policy!
  • Schedule an appointment with Laura here or email laura-widman@uiowa.edu
  • Drop-in hours: 2:00-3:00 PM Thursday via Zoom

 

Austin Adrian

Austin

he/him/his

  • Major(s): Accounting, Finance
  • Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, Tippie Business Honor Society, Device Advice
  • Excited to graduate this year and make the most out of socially distanced education
  • Ask me about the honors program as a business student, movies, or random sports statistics!
  • Schedule an appointment with Austin here or email austin-adrian@uiowa.edu
  • Drop-in hours: Wednesday 10:30-11:30 AM via Zoom

 

Charles Mascardo

Charles

he/him/his

  • Major: Biomedical Engineering (Cellular Engineering/Pre-Medicine), Mathematics Minor
  • Involvement: Research at UIHC/APPIL with Dr. Kaczka's lab, UI Mobile Clinic, Honors Outreach/Summer Ambassadors
  • Favorite fall classes were Creativity in Music and Biochemistry.
  • Ask me about engineering, undergraduate research, or the Honors program!'
  • Schedule an appointment with Charles here or email email charles-mascardo@uiowa.edu
  • Drop-in hours: Monday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM via Zoom

 


 

    Josh Parbs

    Josh

    he/him/his

    • Major(s): Biochemistry with minors in Chemistry and Global Health Studies; certificate in Intercultural Leadership (Pre-Medicine)
    • Involvement: Associated Residence Halls, National Residence Hall Honorary, UIBio, Dance Marathon, Camp Adventure Youth Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Volunteer, Mobile Clinic HIV Tester and Patient Advocate, and ICRU Research Fellowship
    • This year I've been taking upper-level science courses, applying to medical school, working with first-generation students, and getting back into dancing.
    • Ask me about undergraduate research, getting involved on campus, the oxford comma, and my rabbit.
    • Schedule an appointment with Josh here or email joshua-parbs@uiowa.edu
    • Drop-in hours: Wednesday 1:30-2:30 PM via Zoom

      Renee Mittelberg

      Renee

      she/her/hers

      • Major: Industrial Engineering (Human Factors/Ergonomics), Psychology Minor
      • Involvement: Honors Outreach Ambassadors, Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Research, Internships/Co-op, Phi Eta Sigma, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
      • I am excited for one more semester exploring Iowa City before graduating in December!
      • Ask me about engineering at Iowa, internships and co-ops, Phi Eta Sigma, and anything related to the outdoors!
      • Schedule an appointment with Renee here or email renee-mittelberg@uiowa.edu
      • Drop-in hours: Monday 2:30-3:30 PM via Zoom

       

      Caroline Meek

      Caroline

      she/her/hers

      • Major: English & Creative Writing on the Publishing track
      • Involvement: Presidential Scholars Program, ICRU Fellow, Teaching Assistantship, earthwords, International Writing Program, Iowa Youth Writing Program, Work Study with the Writers’ Workshop, Study Abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland
      • Ask me about research in creative fields, publishing internships, and study abroad in Scotland!
      • Schedule an appointment with Caroline here or email caroline-meek@uiowa.edu
      • Drop-in hours: Wednesday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM via Zoom

       


       

      Amanda Barrett

      Amanda

      she/her/hers

      • Major: Psychology and Spanish
      • Involvement: Vice President of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Developmental Psychopathology Lab), Director of Serve Iowa for Student United Way, Family Representative for Dance Marathon, Honors Administrative Assistant, study abroad in Spain, UIHC Employee
      • My focus this year is deciding my career path and future plans... it's okay to be uncertain!
      • Ask me about study abroad/travel, research, honors involvement, and student volunteering opportunities!
      • Schedule an appointment with Amanda here or email amanda-barrett@uiowa.edu
      • Drop-in hours: Wednesday 9:30-10:30 AM via Zoom

       

       

       


       

      Emma Carlson 

      Emma

      She/her/hers

      • Major: Interdepartmental Studies on the Health Sciences track, minors in Business Administration and Human Physiology, Pre-Medicine Track 
      • Involvement: Undergraduate Research at UIHC, UIHC Student Leaderboard/hospital volunteering, student athlete tutor through GALC, FSL community and Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, Medicus
      • I'm looking forward to continuing my research, working as a CNA, and (hopefully) watching some football (Go Hawks!).
      • Ask me about getting involved academically and socially on campus, undergraduate research, or the Honors Program
      • Schedule an appointment with Emma here or email emma-carlson@uiowa.edu
      • Drop-in hours: Wednesday 9:30-10:30 am via Zoom

       

      Erin Golden

      Erin

      she/they

      • Major: Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry, Philosophy, and Psychology on a Pre-Med track.
      • Involvements: Student Clerk in UIHC Pediatrics, peer leader for the Conversation Practicum, Research Assistant in Neurology (Boes Lab), Recreational Services and Financial Aid Advisory Charter Committees, Nu Rho Psi Neuroscience Honors Society
      • I’m looking forward to furthering my research and taking more neuroscience and philosophy courses!
      • Ask me about registering work for experiential learning credit and experiential learning courses like the Conversation Practicum!
      • Schedule an appointment with Erin here or email lindsay-golden@uiowa.edu
      • Drop-in hours: Monday 4:00-5:00 PM via Zoom

       

      Delaney McDowell

      Delaney

      she/her/hers

      • Major: Human Physiology, Chemistry Minor, Pre-Medicine Track
      • Involvement: Dance Marathon, UIHC Volunteering, Integrative Neurophysiology Lab Research Assistant, Best Buddies, Phi Eta Sigma, Honors Outreach Ambassadors Teaching Assistant, Study Abroad
      • I’m super excited for my Relaxation Techniques class and getting more hours in at my research lab this fall!
      • Ask me about getting involved on campus, the Honors Program, and TV show recommendations (How I Met Your Mother is the best, always)!
      • Schedule an appointment with Delaney here or email mcdowell@uiowa.edu
      • Drop-in hours: Monday 9:30-10:30 AM via Zoom

       

      Carly Heying 

      Carly

      she/her/hers

      • Major: History and Spanish with minors in Political Science, English, and Dance; pre-law track
      • Involvement: Presidential Scholars Program; study abroad in Madrid, Spain; internship in the U.S. Senate; Undergraduate Research; Iowa Policy Research Organization; Treasurer of the University of Iowa Swing Dance Club; Teaching Assistant
      • Ask me about: Pre-law, studying abroad in Spain, and political science internships!
      • Schedule an appointment with Carly here or email carly-heying@uiowa.edu
      • Drop-in hours: Wednesday 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM via Zoom

       

      Allison Beckner

      Allison

      she/her/hers

      My name is Allison Beckner. I am a sophomore from Cedar Falls, Iowa. I am studying Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy on the Pre-Law track with a History minor. I am also involved in many extracurriculars on campus, including serving as the Events Coordinator for Hawkeye Caucus. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going to Iowa City's local coffee shop. I look forward to meeting with you!


       

      Mishma Nixon

      Mishma

      she/her/hers

      • Major(s): English and Creative Writing with minors in Cinema and Social Justice
      • Involvement: ICRU fellow, Honors Writing Fellow, Campus Activities Board, South Asian Student Alliance, International Student Advisory Board.
      • Currently doing my fall semester all the way from my childhood bedroom in Sri Lanka, which is kind of strange and exciting at the same time.
      • Ask me about being an international student in Honors, Honors in the Major (especially in English/Creative Writing), contracting a class for Honors, and my favourite books, movies and TV shows.
      • Schedule an appointment with Mishma here or email mishmastefni-nixon@uiowa.edu
      • Drop-in hours: Wednesday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM via Zoom

      Andrew Dupont

      Drew

      he/him/his

      I am a first-year student at the University of Iowa studying as an Actuarial Science major with a Business Administration minor and a Risk Management and Insurance Certificate. I have been in the Honors Program since the fall of 2020, and I became an Honors Outreach Ambassador in the winter. I have been involved with Honors Coursework including a first-year seminar on meteors, giving me the opportunity to meet a multitude of new people and a teacher that I would never have met otherwise. I am and plan to be increasingly more involved with organizations on campus as the year goes on! When not doing schoolwork, I will be at the gym, listening to music, playing/watching sports, playing cards, or other dumb things with my friends.

      Feel free to ask me anything about student life, classes, the Honors Program, or any other things you can think of! Contact me: andrew-dupont@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Andrew


      Erin Bughman

      Erin

      she/her/hers

      Hi there! My name is Erin and I am a first-year open major. I am interested in psychology and journalism and am hoping to declare a major in one of these fields soon. This is my first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador, and I am excited for this Honors experience as a leader. In addition to being an ambassador, I also currently write for Honors Publications where I will explore my interest in writing and journalism. Outside of class I love embroidering, scrolling through Pinterest, and making oddly specific Spotify playlists.

      Contact Me: erin-bughman@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Erin

       

       


      Eva Donnelly

      Eva

      She/her/hers

      I am currently a second-year student at the University of Iowa studying Global Health with a double minor in American Sign Language and Physical Activity & Health. I have been apart of the Honor’s Program since my first-year, and recently became an Honor’s Ambassador.

      Since joining the Honor’s Program, I took part in Primetime, lived in Daum, completed my first-year seminar, and worked towards fulfilling my experiential learning. On campus, I am a member of the Global Health Club & ASL Club, an assistant researcher at Exercise is Medicine Lab, and a volunteer with Monsoon. I love to walk around City Park with friends, travel, watch movies, and bake!

      Feel free to contact me for any questions about the University of Iowa Honor’s Program at eva-donnelly@uiowa.edu.

      Dear Prospective Student - From Eva

       

       


      Haley Stessman

      Haley

      she/her/hers

      Hello! My name is Haley Stessman and I am majoring in Business Analytics with minors in Sport & Recreation Management and Spanish, on the Pre-Law track. I am a second year student and this is my first year as an Honors Outreach Ambassador. I am thrilled to be able to share about my experience in Honors so far – especially about how it has given me opportunities to thrive individually, as well as, garner a smaller community of like-minded students on campus. Aside from the Honors Community I am also involved in Greek Life on Campus, serving as Alpha Chi Omega’s VP of Intellectual Development and am a Iowa Baseball Data Analyst Manager. In my free time I love exploring new coffee shops and exercising!

      I would love either a casual or more formal conversation about all things Honors, the difficult transition to college, or sports! Feel free to reach out to me via email at haley-stessman@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Haley


      Ian Smith

      Ian

      he/him/his

      Hello! My name is Ian Smith and I am a sophomore majoring in Chemistry (BA) along a pre-medicine track. I have been a part of the Honors Program since my freshman year where I also lived in Daum.

      Being involved with the Honors Program has allowed me to make many connections and friendships with students and faculty from various backgrounds and experiences. Outside of academics, I enjoy volunteering with both the Mobile Clinic and Upstream Clinic at the university. I am also involved in Medicus, the Minority Association of Pre-med Students (MAPS), and the tennis club. In my free time I love reading fantasy books, watching the Dallas Cowboys, playing tennis, and attending events on campus.

      Contact me with any questions and I’ll be happy to help. Ian-Smith-1@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Ian


      Jivan Koneru

      Jivan

      he/him/his

      Hi! My name is Jivan, and I’m a second year student at the University of Iowa studying Biology. This is my first semester as an Outreach Ambassador, but I have been a part of the Honors Program since my first year on campus. I love the Honors Program because it allows me to meet new people and pursue my academic interests. On campus, I’m mainly involved in research and volunteering, and in my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching football and basketball (go Hawks!), and spending time outside. You can ask me about getting involved in research, fun things to do on campus, and what it’s like being in the Honors Program. Feel free to contact me at jivan-koneru@uiowa.edu!

      Dear Prospsective Student - From Jivan

       

       

       


      Katie Kustes

      Katie

      she/her/hers

      Hi! My name is Katie and I’m a sophomore from Bettendorf, Iowa. I am studying Social Work with a minor in Rhetoric & Persuasion and Political Science, with a certificate in Trauma-Informed Perspectives. I intend to pursue a law degree after graduation. This is my second year in the Honors Program and my first semester as an Outreach Ambassador!

      Some of my favorite college experiences have been working as a psychiatric nursing assistant at UIHC, being a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, participating in Hawkeye Service Breaks, and being involved in an undergraduate research project. When I’m not working or studying, I love to watch crime documentaries, dive into a good book, or eat sushi.

      Contact me: katherine-kustes@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Katie


      Kim Lybrand

      Kim

      she/her/hers

      Kim is a first-year student from Ashland, Missouri. She is studying Flute Performance and Journalism and Mass Communication. Kim has been an Honors Ambassador since the Spring of 2021. She is a member of Women in Business and plays in Symphony Band. You can ask Kim about music at Iowa, double majoring, living in Daum Residence Hall, Primetime, the Presidential Scholars Program, and contracting a course for Honors.

      Contact: kimberly-lybrand@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Kim

       

       


      Mackenzie Anderson

      Mackenzie

      she/her/hers

      Mackenzie is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying Health and Human Physiology with a B.A. in Health Promotion as well as being on the Physician's Assistant track. She attended Honors Primetime as a freshman, lived in Daum Residence Hall, and has been involved with the program ever since with this being her first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador. While her major keeps her very busy, she is also a peer-mentor within Health and Human Physiology club, Executive Assistant of Kappa Alpha Theta, and works in the UI Hospital as an EKG technician. In her free time she likes to run, workout at the rec center, spend time outside, and make way too many trips to Starbucks.

      Reach out about sorority life and school balance, how to get involved, surviving your first year of college, and anything healthcare related! Contact me: mackenzie-anderson@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Mackenzie


      Madisyn Grever

      Madisyn

      she/her/hers

      Hi! I am a third-year student originally from Sycamore, Illinois. I am majoring in Health and Human Physiology on the Health Studies Track and minoring in Psychology. I am planning to complete a master's degree in nursing after I graduate. I have been involved in the Honors Program at the University of Iowa since my freshman year and this is my first year as an Ambassador. I have participated in some awesome Honors Experiential Learning activities including an internship at a rehabilitation center and a virtual study abroad program. The virtual study abroad was an International Medicine course where we zoomed into a Dominican Republic hospital to shadow the doctors. It was an amazing experience. Outside of the Honors Program I volunteer at the University of Iowa’s hospital and I am an International Student Orientation leader. I have been involved in numerous organizations such as Medicus, Device Advice, and the Running Club. Please reach out if you want to know more about Honors, study abroad, experiential learning or any other questions about the University of Iowa.

      Dear Prospective Student - Letter From Madisyn


      Maria Hallenbeck

      Maria

      she/her/hers

      Hi! I’m Maria Hallenbeck and I am a first-year student and first time Honors Outreach Ambassador. I am studying Finance and Mathematics with a Finance Specialization and an International Business certificate. I am a data analyst manager for the baseball team here at Iowa and would love to work in analytics for an MLB front office after college. I am a member of Women in Business and InvestHer through the Tippie College of Business as well. In my free time, I love to watch the Minnesota Twins, read, and hang out with my friends!

      You can ask me about being a student manager for baseball, being a Tippie student, or how to get involved on campus at maria-hallenbeck@uiowa.edu!

      Dear Prospective Student - From Maria


      Molly Harris

      Molly

      she/her/hers

      Hi! I am a sophomore studying Neuroscience with a Chemistry minor on the pre-med track. While this is my first year as an Honors Ambassador, I’ve had great experiences with honors since I was a freshman through the Presidential Scholars Program, Primetime, and first-year seminars. Outside of honors, I am a teaching intern for Learning about Learning, a GEAR UP Peer Mentor, and an On Iowa! leader. For my experiential learning credits, I hope to get involved in research and study abroad.

      Contact me at molly-r-harris@uiowa.edu with any questions.

      Dear Prospective Student - From Molly

       


      Noelle Ossenkop

      Noelle

      she/her/hers

      Hello! This is my 3rd year at the University of Iowa and I am studying Computer Science and Engineering. This is my 2nd semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador but I have been involved in the Honors Program since my freshman year. Some highlights include meeting other honors students in my major through honors classes and moving to college a week before my freshman year to participate in Honors Primetime. Over the past few years I have had some memorable experiences at the University of Iowa such as doing undergraduate research and rowing for the University of Iowa Women’s Rowing Team. This semester I am working part-time as a Software Engineering Intern at Collins Aerospace following my 8-month full-time internship that I completed in early January. In my free time I love to be outside, watch Hawkeye sports, travel, and listen to podcasts.

      Contact me at if you want to know about the best places to eat in the Iowa City area, what it’s like to be an engineering student, or if you have any questions about the Honors Program or University of Iowa in general! Email: noelle-ossenkop@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Noelle


      Rabiah Na’Allah

      Rabiah

      she/her/hers

      Rabiah Na’Allah is a first-year student at the University of Iowa studying Graphic Design with a minor in Cinema. This is her first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador, and she is so excited! She has met many amazing people in the Honors Program through her participation in Primetime and living in Daum residence hall. Rabiah is involved in various organizations on campus including the Muslim Student Association and African Student Association. When she is not working on school, you can find her doing photography, analyzing her favorite movies or binge-watching Criminal Minds.

      Ask her about pursuing an Art major, being a minority student on campus, or how to get involved with the honors program!

      Contact me at: rabiah-naallah@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Rabiah


      Ryan McLerran

      Ryan

      he/him/his

      My name is Ryan McLerran and I am a first-year student majoring in neuroscience and pollical science. I have been a member of the Honors Program since my first semester, and I started as an Honors Ambassador in my second semester. My favorite part of the Honors Program is all the exceptional opportunities to grow as an individual and as a student. My favorite activities include reading, playing in band and orchestra, and hanging out with friends.

      Dear Prospective Student - From Ryan

       

       

       


      Selveyah Gamblin

      Selveyah

      she/her/hers

      Hello! I am a second-year student from Peosta, Iowa. I am an Ethics and Public Policy major on the Pre-Law track, interested in advocacy, law and politics. I joined the Honors Program my third semester at Iowa and also became an Outreach Ambassador in her fourth semester. I joined the Honors Program because it offers students a wide variety of opportunities and learning experiences. I am also involved in Student Government. In my free time, I love to read, bake, and watch way too many movies on Netflix. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Honors Program and all it has to offer!

      Contact me: sgamblin@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Selveyah


      Veena Kappaganthu

      Veena

      she/her/hers

      Hi! My name is Veena and I am a freshman majoring in Political Science and Vocal Performance. This is my first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador, but I’ve enjoyed the Honors experience I’ve gotten so far, including living in the Daum Residence Hall, Honors Primetime, and an Honors First Year Seminar. Additionally, I’m involved in the University Choir and Iowa Andhi. I love dancing, reading, traveling, cooking/baking, and spending time with friends and family.

      Dear Prospective Student - From Veena

       

       

       


      Delaney McDowell

      Delaney

      she/her/hers

      Delaney McDowell is a second-year student at the University of Iowa studying Human Physiology with a minor in Chemistry on the Pre-Medicine track. She has been working for the Honors Program since the Summer of 2019 as a Summer Ambassador and has been an Outreach Ambassador since. Honors has given her the ability to engage in studying abroad and undergraduate research. Delaney is involved in a plethora of other organizations on campus including Dance Marathon, Best Buddies, and UIHC Volunteering. In her free time, you can find her spending far too much money with online shopping or catching up on her favorite TV shows: Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother.

      Contact Me: delaney-mcdowell@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Delaney


      Anna Luria

      Anna

      she/her/hers

      Anna is a first-year student from Tiffin, Iowa. She is a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major on the Pre-Medicine track, interested in advocacy and social work. Anna has been a member of the Honors Program since her first semester and has been an Honors Outreach Ambassador since her second semester. She is the Vice President of Social Events on the student board of Iowa Hillel, the Jewish student center. Anna is also involved in sorority and fraternity life and holds a leadership position in her sorority. In addition to her involvement in student organizations, Anna is a student employee through University Housing and Dining. In her free time, Anna is a major book worm and enjoys listening to podcasts and hanging out with her friends. If you see her on campus please say hello, she loves meeting new people!

      You can contact her at annaluria-luria@uiowa.edu.


      Elizabeth Johnson

      Elizabeth

      she/her/hers

      I am a Junior at the University of Iowa double-majoring in Creative Writing and French with a minor in Spanish. As a student, I have been involved with the Honors Program since my first day on campus and have been an Outreach Ambassador since August of 2018. I am involved in several organizations on campus, including as a player for the University of Iowa Women’s Club Soccer team, as editor-in-chief of The Foundationalist (an intercollegiate literary journal), as a writer for the newsletter of Phi Eta Sigma honors society, and as a buddy in Tippie International Buddies. In my free time, I like to travel, play pickup soccer, write, and hang out with my friends.

      Ask me about studying abroad or travelling in general, double majoring, soccer, working as an Orientation Leader, or the writing community in Iowa City!

      Contact me at elizabeth-b-johnson@uiowa.edu with any questions.

      Dear Prospective Student - From Elizabeth


      Allison Beckner

      Allison

      she/her/hers

      I am majoring in Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy with a minor in History on the Pre-Law track. I am a first year student and my experience with the Honors Program thus far has been wonderful. The classes and other opportunities that the program provides have been quite beneficial to my education. Additionally, the community that exists within the Honors Program is very welcoming. Outside of classes and an on campus job, I am involved with Hawkeye Caucus. In my free time, I enjoy reading, trying new coffee shops, and spending time with friends. Ask me about on-campus employment, Hawkeye Caucus, and getting involved in student organizations!

      Contact me at: allison-beckner@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Allison


      Josie Marchant 

      Josie

      she/her/hers 

      Hi! I am a third year student originally from Minnesota. I am studying Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Spanish and certificate in Disability Studies. I intend to attend Occupational Therapy school after graduation. I have been an Honors Outreach Ambassador since Spring of 2018 and this is my second semester being a Teaching Assistant for the program. I am involved in several organizations on campus such as Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, Therapeutic Recreation Student Association, and other various volunteering opportunities. During the spring of 2019, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Sevilla, Spain. In my free time, I enjoy taking pictures, doing pottery, and traveling.

      Ask me about studying abroad, the Minnesota Vikings (and/or our many failed attempts to win a Super Bowl), being an out of state student, and/or getting involved in the honors program!

      Contact me: josephine-marchant@uiowa.edu


      Amy Zine

      Amy

      she/her/hers

      I’m a sophomore majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. This is my first semester as an Honor’s Outreach Ambassador, but I’ve been involved with the Honors Program since my freshman year when I participated in Primetime. I’m a member of PSP through the Honors College as well as a dancer in Dance Marathon. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching movies, and being outside.

      Please reach out if you have any questions about anything honors-related or otherwise!

      Dear Prospective Student - From Amy

       


      Haley Lightfoot

      Haley

      she/her/hers

      I am a second-year student at the University of Iowa studying Chemistry with a minor in physics. My experience with the honors program has been nothing short of exceptional. From Primetime, to my first-year seminar “Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life”, to now being an Honors Outreach Ambassador, I have loved every minute of being in the honors program. Outside of the honors program I am involved in several different organizations on campus. These organizations include Delta Gamma Sorority, Salt Company, U-Iowa Running Club, and Women in STEM Ambassadors. 

      Ask me about fraternity and sorority life, being a woman in STEM, or how to get involved with the honors program!

      Contact me at haley-lightfoot@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Haley


      Eden Conroy

      Eden

      Hi! My name is Eden and I am a second-year student and first year Honors Ambassador. I am from Naperville, Illinois and I am studying Psychology with minors in Human Relations and Music. On campus I am a part of Dance Marathon, Circle-K, and Active Minds. In my free time I enjoy watching movies, working out, and playing the cello. You can ask me about living at Daum Residence Hall, joining student organizations, and good study spots on campus!

      Contact me at: eden-conroy@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Eden

       

       

       


      Chi Glaha

      Chi

      she/her/hers

      Chi Glaha is a third-year student at the University of Iowa studying Sociology with minors in psychology and criminology and certificates in public health and resilience and trauma. She has been involved with the honors program since her freshman year in college and became an Honors Outreach Ambassador since the Fall of 2020. Honors has given her the opportunity to engage with an introspective project over the Summer as well as connected her with a community that has helped her to navigate her way through being a first-generation student. Besides Honors, Chi is involved with a few other organizations such as Dance Marathon, Habitat for Humanity, the Council on the Status of Women, and was a UIHC volunteer. In her free time, you can find Chi binge-watching shows such as Criminal Minds, or Vampire Diaries.

      Contact me: cglaha@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Chi

       

       

       


      Minela Ikanovic

      Minela

      she/her/hers

      Hello! My name is Minela Ikanovic and I am a sophomore majoring in Ethics & Public Policy with an emphasis in Economics, along with a second major in Philosophy and a minor in Rhetoric & Persuasion. By studying these topics, I am on the pre-law track where I plan to attend graduate school to continue learning about judicial sciences.

      I have been involved in the Honors Program since my freshman year; I was involved with Primetime, living in the Honors dorm, and have done experiential learning through academic research with Professor Lai in political science. When I’m not busy studying or working, I like to hang out with my sorority sisters, volunteer with the on-campus pre-law society Phi Alpha Delta, attend student government meetings as a member of the Student Judicial Court, watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and talk about my cat!

      Dear Prospective Student - From Minela


      Joshua Hutton

      Josh

      he/him/his

      I am a junior from Muscatine, Iowa, studying Human Physiology on a pre-medical track. I have been involved in the Honors program since my first week on campus. Elsewhere on campus I am involved in Medicus (the pre-medical group on campus), and I am on the club golf team. I love talking all things sports, my faith, good movies, and exciting world-solving ideas. If you have any questions about any of the things above or any other questions about the University of Iowa Honors program, feel free to contact me at Joshua-hutton@uiowa.edu!

      Dear Prospective Student - From Joshua

       

       

       


      Charles Mascardo

      Charles

      he/him/his

      Major: Biomedical Engineering (Cellular Engineering & Pre-Medical Tracks); Minor: Mathematics

      I am currently a third-year student at Iowa studying Biomedical Engineering on the Cellular Engineering and Pre-Medical Tracks. I’ve been involved with the Honors Program since the spring of 2018, during which time I have served as an Outreach Ambassador, an Orientation Ambassador, and a Peer Mentor. Outside of classes, I work as a Clinical Anesthesia Technician in the UIHC Main Operating Suite and serve as a Teaching Assistant for the engineering class Mechanics of Deformable Bodies. I was also involved in biomedical device research during my first three semesters at Iowa.

      Ask me about getting involved in research, the engineering student experience, or what its like growing up in Iowa City! Student email: charles-mascardo@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Charles


      Satori Good

      Satori

      she/her/hers

      Major: English & Creative Writing Minor: Ancient Civilizations

      Satori is a junior from Lawrence, Kansas. She has been involved in the honors program since freshman year, participating in honors coursework, Honors Primetime, Honors Writing Fellows, service learning through the Iowa Youth Writing Project, and Honors Outreach Ambassadors. She works at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and serves as VP of Finance and Philanthropy for her sorority. In her free time, Satori likes to write, bake cookies, and play Dungeons and Dragons with her friends!

      Contact me at: satori-good@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Satori


      Klaudia Golebiewski

      Klaudia

      she/her/hers

      Klaudia Golebiewski is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-medicine track with a minor in Global Health Studies. She has been involved in the Honors Program since her first semester at Iowa and has been an Ambassador since her second! She is also the president of the Emergency Medical Services Interest Organization, teaches CPR for Red Watch Band, volunteers at the hospital, and does research with Dr. Kai Hwang in neurocognitive dynamics. In her free time, she loves hiking, biking, and (embarrassingly) watching reality TV shows on Netflix! Feel free to ask her any questions about what it’s like being a neuroscience major, EMT, Honors Ambassador, or for the best hiking trails nearby! Her email is: klaudia-golebiewski@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Klaudia


      Keith Brendes

      Keith

      he/him/his

      Keith Brendes is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics on the pre-medicine track. He has been involved in the Honors program his entire time on campus and as an Honors Outreach Ambassador for the past two years. After his first year on campus, he worked as an Orientation Leader for incoming freshman at the University of Iowa and has since joined a breast cancer research laboratory in the department of surgery at the University of Iowa Hospital. In his time on campus, he has been involved in a social fraternity, UI Dance Marathon, Hawkeye Service Breaks, and volunteering at the hospital on top of academics. Transitioning to college can be challenging, so if you have any questions, please feel free to email him or any of the other ambassadors/staff with any questions!

      Email: keith-brendes@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Keith


      Leighton Barnes

      Leighton

      she/her/hers

      Hi! My name is Leighton Barnes and I am a first-year student at the university studying Chemistry on the Pre-Medicine Track. I’m currently involved in a number of on-campus activities such as the Success in Rhetoric program, Dance Marathon, Medicus (the pre-medicine club), and the University of Iowa KRUI radio station. In my free time, I love to listen to (and create) music, read a good book or two, and philosophize about the world around me with friends!

      Contact Me: leighton-barnes@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Leighton

       

       


      Morgan Miller

      Morgan

      she/her/hers

      Major: Human Physiology B.S. on the Pre-Medicine Track

      Hi! I am a first-year student and an Honors Outreach Ambassador. I have been involved with the Honors Program since before classes officially started when I attended my Primetime workshop. I love the Honors Program because it gives me a safe and caring environment to be myself and form a community within the larger University community. If I am not busy studying or in class, I like to spend time with my friends, paint, listen to podcasts, or watch Netflix. Ask me about living in Daum, being on the pre-medicine track, volunteering at the hospital, the best places to sit at Hawkeye sporting events, cats, and anything baseball related!

      Contact me: morgan-e-miller@uiowa.edu

      Dear Prospective Student - From Morgan

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      Amanda Barrett  

      Amanda

      she/her/hers 

      Major: Psychology and Spanish 

      Involvement: Vice President of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Developmental Psychopathology Lab), Director of Serve Iowa for Student United Way, Family Representative for Dance Marathon, Honors Administrative Assistant, study abroad in Spain, UIHC Employee 

      My focus this year is deciding my career path and future plans... it's okay to be uncertain! 

      Ask me about study abroad/travel, research, honors involvement, and student volunteering opportunities! 

       

       

       

       


      Patty Wozniak  

      Patty

      she/her/hers 

      Major: Marketing  

      Certificate: Arts Entrepreneurship and Media Entrepreneurship 

      Involvement: American Advertising Federation (national and U of Iowa Chapter), NSAC: National Student Advertising Competition, Co-President of student founded University of Iowa Healthcare Heroes. 

      Ask me about Tippie, the business school, and involvement opportunities at Iowa!  

       

       


      Tasha Gilkison 

      Tasha

      she/her/hers 

      Major: Neuroscience 

      Minor: Political Science 

      Involvement: Marketing and Promotions chair of the University of Iowa Pre-Health Conference, Undergraduate research assistant (Neurodevelopmental disorders and genetics), Dance Marathon family representative, Make-A-Wish committee chair in Chi Omega, and Voting Ambassador in Hawk the Vote 

      Ask me about research and pre-health involvement here at Iowa! 

       


      Katie Kustes 

      Katie

      she/her/hers 

      Major: Social Work 

      Minors: Rhetoric & Persuasion and Political Science 

      Involvement: Honors Outreach Ambassador, Nursing Assistant at UIHC, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Undergraduate Research, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Student Advisory Board, Court-Appointed Special Advocate for the Iowa Child Advocacy Board 

      My focus this year is to start studying for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and to dive into more research opportunities! 

      Ask me about what it’s like being a pre-law student at Iowa and volunteering in the Iowa City community! 


      Rishika Avvari 

      Rish

      she/her/hers 

      Major: Biomedical Sciences & Journalism and Mass Communication 

      Certificate: Writing 

      Involvement: Honors Writing Fellow (Magid Writing Center), Undergraduate Research Assistant (Anatomy and Cell Bio), South Asian Student Alliance VP of Marketing, Pakistani Student Alliance Media Manager 
      Ask me about cultural orgs on campus, research, honors involvement, and STEM opportunities to take advantage of! 

       


      Swetha Tunuguntla 

      she/her/hers 

      Majors: Microbiology and Management 

      Involvement: DORE Emerging Women Leaders, ARH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, Iowa Andhi, Women in Business, Circle K, South Asian Student Alliance 

      Ask me about Tippie, Honors opportunities, the pre-med track, and other student resources provided by the University of Iowa! 


      Rebecca Lara  

      Rebecca

      she/her/hers  

      Major: English and Creative Writing  

      Minor: Spanish  

      Involvement: TRIO SSS, The English Society, UI Environmental Coalition  

      My focus this year is to apply for the Teach Education Program to purse a degree in English education and to get more involved in volunteer opportunities!  

      Ask me about the creative writing program or the requirements and benefits of joining TRIO SSS! 

      Tim Arnold

      Timothy

      Tim Arnold is the Information Literacy Librarian at the University of Iowa Libraries. He manages the Middle East and Journalism collections.  He is available to teach classes on information literacy, reference management, and social media collection development. 

      Click here to schedule an appointment with Tim.

      Role of the Board

      The University of Iowa Honors Program Advisory Board provides advice and support to Honors at Iowa staff, faculty, and administrators. Members serve as representatives of and advocates for the program, our mission, and our initiatives at local and national events. Members build connections among our students, alumni, and the community at large to strengthen the external support of the program, and work together to enhance the undergraduate experience for honors students at Iowa.

      The UIHP Advisory Board gathers twice annually, over the phone in April and on campus in October, to discuss important topics that impact the Honors Program at Iowa. Additionally, select members serve on sub-committees focused on specific program initiatives. 


      Members of the Board

      Susan Assouline

      Susan
      Professor of School Psychology and Director, UI Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

      Susan G. Assouline is the director of the Belin-Blank Center, holds the Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, and is a professor of school psychology.  Throughout her career, she has been especially interested in the psychological principle of individual differences, which serves as a platform for the Belin-Blank Center’s research (with Megan Foley-Nicpon and Alissa Doobay) in the area of twice-exceptionality.  She also completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) at Johns Hopkins University, which was the impetus for investigations and programming related to academic talent in elementary students and academic acceleration as an intervention for advanced students.  With Nicholas Colangelo and Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, she co-developed the Iowa Acceleration Scale, a tool designed to guide educators and parents through decisions about grade-skipping students.  In 2015, she co-edited with Nicholas Colangelo, Joyce Van Tassel-Baska, and Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik,  A Nation Empowered:  Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students.  She received the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award, the 2018 University of Iowa Award for Faculty Excellence, and the 2019 University of Iowa Leadership in Research Award.

      Education:

      • B.S. in General Science, The University of Iowa 1975 
      • E.D.S. in School Psychology, The University of Iowa 1984 
      • Ph.D. in Education, The University of Iowa 1988 

      Nick Colangelo

      Nick
      Dean Emeritus, College of Education 

      Nicholas Colangelo served as the founding Director of the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education.  Nick's  areas of research were focused on the social-emotional development of gifted students and acceleration as the most effective curriculum intervention on behalf of gifted students. Nick also served as Dean of the College of Education.  Recently, he has written about the commonalities of gifted education and honors education.  Nick currently serves on several advisory boards and proudly serve on the UI Honors Advisory Board.

       

       

       

       

       


      Susan Hagan

      Susan
      Executive Director, Planned Giving, the University of Iowa Center for Advancement  

      As Executive Director, Planned Giving, at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, Susan assists donors wishing to include any department, college, or program at the University of Iowa in their long-range plans. With her background in estate and tax planning, Susan is able to help alumni and friends of the UI determine the best method, asset, and timing of their gift in order to maximize their support of the university, often working with their professional advisors to develop a personalized gift plan.  Susan also serves as the UI Center for Advancement liaison to the Honors Program, and is a member of the Honors Program Advisory Board.

      Education:

      • University of Iowa B.A. in History (Honors) and Russian 1990 
      • University of Iowa College Law, J.D. 1994 

       


      Ali Husain

      Ali
      Chief of Endoscopy at Frederick Gastroenterology Associates

      I am a gastroenterologist/hepatologist practicing in Frederick County, Maryland, since 2015. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hosting parties, and exploring new eateries. My wife and two children keep me grounded and try to keep my waistline from expanding.

      Education: 

      • University of Iowa, B.S. in Microbology (Honors) 1994 
      • Oxford University, B.A. in Physiology Sciences, 1996 and M.A. in Physiological Sciences 2012 
      • Washington University School of Medicine, M.D. 2000 
      • Internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics: 2000-200

      • Fellowship in Gastroenterology-Hepatology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: 2003-2006

      • Practiced at McFarland Clinic, Ames, Iowa as a gastroenterologist: 2006-2015


      Emily Hill

      EH RS
      Honors Program Assistant Director

      As the Assistant Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Hill works on enhancing and supporting educational experiences for honors students through curriculum, experiential learning, academic advisement, and community development. Her research addresses twice -exceptional college students (gifted college students living with mental health issues) and how universities can better support these individuals through staff, faculty, advisement, and programming. 

      Education:

      • University of North Dakota, B.A. English and Honors 2008 
      • University of North Dakota, M.A. English 2011 
      • University of North Dakota, PhD in Educational Foundations and Research 

      Judy Lewis

      Judy
      Emeritus Professor, Public Health Sociologist, University of Connecticut School of Medicine 

      Education:

      • University of Iowa, B.S. with Honors and High Distinction in Sociology and Psychology, 1968 
      • Yale University, MPhil in Sociology 1973

       

       

       


      Tanya Uden-Holman

      Tanya
      Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College, University of Iowa 

      Dr. Tanya Uden-Holman was appointed Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) and Dean of the University College in June 2018.  Prior to her appointment, Dr. Uden-Holman served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Public Health (CPH) for 14 years.  She is a clinical professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the CPH.  Dr. Uden-Holman’s portfolio includes the Academic Advising Center, Pomerantz Career Center, Office of the Registrar, Office of Assessment, Academic Support and Retention, First-Year Programs, the BAS/BLS degree programs, Honors Program, Distance and Online Education, and Army and Air Force ROTC.  In all of her activities, Dr. Uden-Holman is committed to creating an environment where every student can be successful. 

      Education:

      • University of Iowa, B.A. (1987), M.A. (1989), and Ph.D. in Sociology 1992 

       

       


      Pat Rolston

      Pat
      Managing Partner, Federal Group 

      Pat Rolston is the co-founder and active Managing Partner of Federal Group, LLC one of multiple start up businesses he has been associated with since graduating from the University of Iowa with a BBA in 1978. These entrepreneurial start ups have given Pat the opportunity to have traveled around the globe and work with research scientists, engineers, and executives who all have been instrumental in his ongoing education. These people continue to be an integral part of Pat's life and now many are fully in support of helping those students who are looking for mentoring as University of Iowa Honors students. As a member of the University of Iowa Honors Board and having served on other boards Pat is always looking to help connect people who can benefit from these associations and his cumulative experiences as an entrepreneur. 

      Education:

      University of Iowa, B.B.A. 1978 


      Kate Bushman Smith

      Faculty Placeholder
      Practicing Attorney, Washington DC 

      Education:

      • University of Iowa, B.S. in Political Science and Economics 2001 
      • University of California Los Angeles, J.D. 2004 

       

       

       

       


      Art L. Spisak

      Resized AS
      Honors Program Director

      Education:

      • Loyola University, Chicago: Ph.D. in Classics

      Art Spisak is a professor in the UI Classics Department and the full time director of the Honors Program. He began teaching in honors in 1998, and has been an honors education administrator and researcher since 2006, previously at Missouri State University and then at Iowa (since 2011). In recent years he has been heavily involved with the leadership of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the national organization for honors education. Over the years he has presented and published extensively in the field of honors education. He is also an NCHC accredited program reviewer.

       


      Richard Tyner

      Tyner
      Senior Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright 

      After graduating from the U. of Iowa, Mr. Tyner as a Marshall Scholar completed an MA in Government at the University of Manchester in England and a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics. He then completed a JD at Yale Law School, following which he had a career as an international lawyer, practicing in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Paris and London. Mr. Tyner retuned to the US, reconnected with the U. of Iowa in 2014 after a long absence, and is now delighted to serve on the Advisory Board to the Honors Program and the Advisory Board to the Political Science Department. He is also actively establishing scholarships in the Honor Program, the French Department, the Political  Science Department and also in International Programs.”

      Education:

      • University of Iowa, B.A. in Political Science and French (Honors) 1970 
      • University of Manchester, England, M.A. in Government 1971 
      • London School of Economics, Ph.D. International Relations 1975 
      • Yale Law School, J.D. 1979 

      Brett Williams

      Brett
      Senior Staff Research Engineer, Lockheed Martin (retired)

      Education: 

      • University of Iowa, B.S. in Physics (Radar and Optical Sensor Technology) 1983 

       

       

       

       


      Lana Zak

      Lana
      ABC News, White House Press Corps 

      Education:

      • University of Iowa, B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science 2000 
      • Harvard University, M.A. in Public Policy, International Security and Political Economy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government 

      David Hamod

      David
      President and CEO, National U.S.- Arab Chamber of Commerce 

      Education:

      • University of Iowa, B.A. in Political Science with Honors 1981 
      • Johns Hopkins, M.A. in Advanced International Studies 

       

       

       


      Nicole Kirkwood

      Nicole Kirkwood
      Director of Marketing Strategy, Fannie Mae

      Education: 

      • University of Iowa, B.A. in Economics (Honors) and Global Studies (Honors), 2001
      • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, MBA, 2007

       


      Rachel Akeson

      Rakeson
      Senior Research Scientist, Caltech

      Education:

      •  University of Iowa, B.S. in Physics and Astronomy with Honors, 1991
      • California Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Astronomy, 1996

      Rachel Akeson is a senior research scientist at Caltech, where she works on NASA astronomy missions such as the Kepler mission and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.  Her research area focuses on the formation of stars and planets outside our Solar System.

      Responsibilities

      Powers and duties of the Honors Steering Committee include providing direction on honors education at Iowa, advising on major policies for Honors at Iowa, and serving as representatives of the Honors Program in their departments or units. Meetings usually occur twice each fall and spring semester. The Honors Director prepares the agendas, chairs meetings, and keeps records as the committee finds useful. Any member may offer items for discussion as the Honors Steering Committee sees fit.


      Membership

      Selection of the Honors Steering Committee is to represent major campus constituencies of the Honors Program. It includes the Honors Director, the Honors Associate Director, faculty representatives from all five of the degree-granting undergraduate colleges, as well as a student representative from the Honors at Iowa population. It also includes representatives from the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and the Office of Admissions. Faculty members serve three-year terms, which are renewable once. Appointment is by the Honors Director after consultation with college deans or their representatives.


      Current Committee Members:

      Susan Assouline: Director, Belin-Blank Center

      Sarah Bond: Associate Professor, History; CLAS

      Margaret Chorazy: Director for Undergraduate Programs, Clinical Assistant Professor, Epidemiology; College of Public Health

      Gerta Bardhoshi: Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision, School Counseling Program Coordinator, College of Education

      Tori Forbes: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

      Brent Gage: Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Admissions

      Ruth Grossmann: Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

      Karen Heimer: Professor, Sociology

      Emily Hill: Assistant Director, Honors Program

      Kirk Kluver: Director, Admissions

      Mason Koelm: Student Representative, Honors Program

      Anton Kruger: Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

      John Murry: Professor, Marketing

      Art L. Spisak: Director, Honors Program

      Shaun Vecera: Professor, Psychology and Brain Sciences