Current Scholars 

Antoinette Lyte-Evans  
Major:  Business Administration

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My name is Antoinette Lyte-Evans and I am 20 years old from Milwaukee, WI. I am currently a Junior at UW-Stout double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Business Administration with a minor degree in Project Management. I am involved in many leadership roles and extracurricular activities, which includes, Desk Service Manager of University Housing, Vice President of Black Student Union, and an active member of the Honors Program & McNair Scholars Program. Besides being involved on campus, other things that I do for fun is shopping (online shopping in specific), hanging out with family and friends, and volunteering. I have gained my interest in my major during my internship at SC Johnson & Son during the summer and I fell in love with the Supply Chain aspect of the business which led to the changing of my major from Retail Management. I love to see the process of a upcoming product go from the sharing of ideas to the shelves for the customers to purchase.

As the oldest child, grandchild, and great-grandchild, I have always been the role model for those family members younger than me. Education has always been very important in my family, and that has motivated me to get where I am today. With the motivation of my family, I also refer to a quote that always gets me going to do better in my academics, which is, "If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful"- Eric Thomas.


 Stephanie Neas

Major:  Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

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My name is Stephanie Neas, and I am a first generation college student from North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I am a senior at UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. I chose to attend UW-Stout because I felt it was the best fit for me as a student; I appreciate the challenge of my area of study, and have often found my greatest success in working individually or with a small group of peers.

At UW-Stout, I have been able to pursue my interests and gain valuable experience as an undergraduate:  As a member of UW-Stout Honors College I have gotten to take many interesting classes, all of which have challenged my knowledge and perspective on a variety of subjects. I have also worked as an undergraduate researcher at UW-Stout, focusing on algebraic geometry and complex analysis research. My work has provided me with valuable experience that I will be able to take with me to graduate school and beyond.

In my free time I enjoy reading, playing video games, and spending time with close friends and loved ones. I also enjoy puzzles and logical reasoning games, board games, and problem solving. I also love amusement parks and roller coasters, and I would love to try skydiving one day.

 Wendi DeMars
Major:  Vocational Rehablitation

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My name is Wendi DeMars and I am a first generation college student who grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. I am currently a sophomore at Stout. I am majoring in Vocational Rehabilitation with concentrations in AODA and mental health. I started school at CVTC in Eau Claire in 2001, as a single mother of a child with special needs and because of the commitment my daughter needed I was unable to finish my education. Now that she is grown up and doing wonderfully I chose to enroll back into school as an adult learner. I chose Stout based on its ranking for Vocational Rehabilitation. I decided on Vocational Rehabilitation because of my experiences with people with disabilities. I enjoy helping people solve problems that will improve their lives.

           I currently work for various people cleaning their homes with my cleaning business. When not working I am attending meetings for a small non-profit in Eau Claire where I am the vice president on the board of directors. I can also be found mentoring women who have disabilities through a program I attend.

           Some things I like to do for recreation include, boating, reading, and camping. I especially enjoy spending time with my daughter and my cat, S’mores. Something I would like to accomplish in my life is writing a book about my daughter, myself and our time together. 

 Bridgette Barr
Major:  Vocational Rehabilitation

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Hey! My name is Bridgette Barr, I am a first generation college student in the Vocational Rehabilitation program here at UW-Stout. There has been many things that has brought me to where I am today in my education. I feel that my helpfulness started as a child where I would try to rescue any stray animal that I could find! As I grew older I then started to babysit, help out in the special education classroom, helping a few elderly in my community and got involved in many different organizations. I started college and I did not know exactly what I wanted to go for. As I worked in a behavioral group home, I came to realize that what I really enjoyed was helping my clients to learn and to become as independent as possible. That is when I found the path that I am in now in Vocational Rehab. My plan is to graduate and after I graduate I am looking in to doing my Masters in Occupational Therapy. My goal is to have a great career where I am financially secure where I can continue to help out my community and family.

 Miranda Danzeisen
Major:  Applied Science

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Hello! I am Miranda McKay Danzeisen. I am currently an RA in CK and I love it! My residents always keep me on my feet and never fail to make me smile. While I’m not at school or work, I enjoy going to the gym and being with my friends and family. Relationships are very important to me and I devote a lot of time and energy to them. A funny story about me is, I’m named after a bag of flour. My aunt was in Child Development and named her bag of flour that represented a child Miranda McKay. Since my mom thought I was a boy the whole time when I came out she didn’t have a “girl name” ready for me. Therefore, Miranda McKay became my name.

I am in the second year at UW-Stout and I’m majoring in Applied Science with a minor in Psychology and Human Physiology. My dream job is to work at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota as a Pediatric Gastrointestinal Doctor. I have many medical issues including Celiac Disease and a sugar sensitivity, so the digestive system is very interesting to me. I am excited for my future and ready to get started!

 Tonisha Hora
Major: Human Development and Family Studies

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My name is Tonisha Hora. I am a first-generation college student who grew up half of my life in Kenosha, WI and the rest of the time in a small northern town called Ogema, WI. I am in my second year of college and first at UW-Stout. I transferred here from UW-Stevens Point. My major is Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), with a concentration in Social Work. I transferred to UW-Stout because this is where my husband attends and I am 100% thankful for the switch or I would not have the major that I do. I love that Stout has a field completely revolved around the helping professions with so many career opportunities. It is exactly what I was looking for to get into the field I want to work in, which is Child Protective Services/Social Work.

I have done a lot of research work in my major, which all revolves around people. A lot of it involves the development of children, whether physical, cognitive, psychosocially, etc. Other research I have done revolves around social work policies and problems in that area. This is an area that I hope to do some serious research in and potentially work my way up to making changes in policies one day that benefit everyone. I am hoping to get my graduate degree in social work. I want to work in protective services environment where I am able to help children in bad (abusive) home situations because I grew up in a bad house myself and these things are very near and dear to my heart.

When I am not doing school work, I am reading, writing, or watching movies. With my husband, I love to go fishing, kayaking, snowboarding, and more. We enjoy time in the outdoors. I love traveling. I am fortunate to have gotten the chance to go work in South Africa with autistic children and gain a wealth of knowledge in this area of work.

 Charlo Siprien
Major:  Materials and Nano Science

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Hello my name Charlo Siprien, I’m from Miami, FL and currently a junior at UW- Stout double majoring in the Material and Nano Science, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I’m in several clubs on campus such as Habitat for Humanity, Ally initiative, and Material Research society. In my free time I like to compete in Powerlifting and Strongman competitions and volunteer around the community.

 My major goal in life is to find ways to better improve society, in doing so I like to research about ballistic armor that can be used in the military or law enforcement and thinking about way to get rid of cancer, one theory that I have is to use sound waves to get rid of cancer. I feel that going to Grad school will give me the tool and information to tackle on my goals.

As of right now I’m doing research with a Physics professor to setup a spatial light modulator lab. The purpose of this lab is help students get a better understanding on the concept of light diffraction, interference, and holography. Hopefully in the next 4 years the lab can be offered as a section for students that take the optics class at UW-Stout.

 

 Mai Her Xiong
Major:  Environmental Science

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My name is Mai Her Xiong, and I am majoring in Environmental Science - Environmental Health concentration. My goal is to go into Pharmacy School after graduation, but I also have a backup plan; if I can’t get into Pharmacy School, my backup plan is to get a master in Public Health either at UW-Madison or U of M - Twin Cities.

         Beside the McNair’s Scholar research which I will be starting in the summer of 2017, I am also working on a research with my advisor. The research is based on cadmium. We are trying to measure if the plants that we have planted will consume cadmium spray into their stems, as a result if we consume foods that contain cadmium, it may cause osteoporosis as we age. This is an interesting research project, and I believe that my research with the McNair’s Scholar program will be similar as in using plants (herbal plants).

         Lastly, I hope to build relationships with students in the McNair’s Scholar Program as well as the advisors and director.  Being in the program really motivates me into studying.

 Carol Vang
Major:  Business Administration

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“Hello! My name is Carol Vang. Now I am studying Business Administration and hope to enter the international world, where I can work with different business and learn more about their cultures. I am fully Hmong and very proud of it. I have grown up in a large family all of my life, so being loud is something I am very used to. My family and I have lived in Menomonie for the past 20 years and we enjoy it very much. My home is considered a place of love and giving. I truly enjoy giving back to my family, my peers, and the community. Helping others is defiantly something I hope to continue to do.

As you can see, my family plays a huge role in who I am and who I aspire to be. The love from my family will forever move me forward. In my free time, I spend time with family. Other times, I enjoy watching movies, cooking, and singing. I grew up with a large family, four sisters, and two brothers.

I hope to go to graduate school to learn more about how to work with different businesses around the world as well as understand how business plays a role on each economy. ”

 

 Joshua Diamond
Major:  Applied Science

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My name is Joshua Diamond and I am a junior. I am a non-traditional student and spent 5 years in the Marines before getting out and deciding school was the route to go. I am in the applied science field and I am looking into being a pharmacist.  I currently work as a pharmacy tech and I really like learning the different medicines and interacting with patients.

I grew up in Menomonie, WI and went to school here from kindergarten to graduation. I immediately joined the Marines and was in boot camp 10 days later. During this time I realized that I was getting a great benefit with the GI bill and didn’t want it to go to waste, but had no idea what I wanted to do. After spending some time learning about pharmacy and talking with a few pharmacists, I realized that this would be the goal I want to go towards. Stout has been great in helping me achieve my goals and I look forward to going to pharmacy school and anything after that.

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 Chang Lor
Major:  Cross Media Graphics Management

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Hi. My name is Chang Lor, a transferred student from Northcentral Technical College from Wausau, WI. I transferred as a Junior student last Fall 2015 in the Cross-Media Graphics Management (CMGM) program. I have gained interest in the CMGM program ever since my high school year where I took my first introductory class to the program. I continued on the same program at Northcentral Technical College and transferred to UW Stout for my Bachelors.

Some of my many hobbies include playing the piano, fishing, kayaking, and dancing. After I got enrolled at UW Stout, I put aside my hobbies and focused more on my education, which lead to the many opportunities and involvements around campus that I grew interest in, such as the McNair Scholars program. Besides my involvement with the McNair program, I work as a lab assistant in the Communication Technologies building, involved in a club called Stout Typographical Society (STS), and involved with the Lawton and ASPIRE program. I believe being involved on campus can lead a student to academic success because of the positive support given from their peers and staffs.

Aside from on-campus activities, I am also a graphic designer for the Central Wisconsin Literacy Council (CWLC), a nonprofit organization that helps low-literacy adults in general educations. I have been with the CWLC since 2014, doing design work, such as posters, placemats, brochures, and interactive PDFs, for their many events located in Marshfield, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. Designing for the CWLC has really helped me in professionalizing my communication skills as well as creative skills. Designing for the CWLC has also given real-life experience on meeting deadlines as well as time management.

Upon graduating from UW Stout in Spring of 2018, I plan to continue on my education for my Masters in either Business or Communication, both relating to my Bachelors degree.

 Vong Hang
Major:  Industrial Design

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My name is Vong Hang and I am currently a sophomore in the Industrial Design program at UW-Stout. I was born in La Crosse, WI and moved to Menomonie when I was about four. Throughout high school, I was apart of the TRIO program called ETS (Education Talent Search). With the help of ETS, I had the opportunity to visit multiple UW colleges before deciding to work on my future at Stout. Stout allows me to stay close to home, family, and friends. Stout’s hands-on approach to learning was also the ideal method for me. I am a first generation Hmong college student, as my parents were refugees from Thailand. Knowing of all the challenges and hard work that my parents endured making a living and raising me in the US, completing my undergrad is just the beginning of saying thanks to my parents. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today and making them proud is my number goal in life which makes education my number one priority.

 I am now a current resident of Eau Claire where I work as an electronics sales associate at Target. I am also an active member in GSA and HSSO. They are organizations in which I identify passionately in. I entered UW-Stout knowing that I wanted to pursue a major in engineering. Little did I know that I wasn’t interested in the mechanical works of engineering, but more in the designing aspect. I was passionate about engineering and had no idea that I would be so much more passionate about the creation that went into engineering. When I discovered Industrial Design, I finally found a major that balances both engineering and art. I had always thought art was just a hobby and that a career couldn’t be made out of it. What grabbed my attention about Industrial Design was the aspect of innovating or creating old and new objects to better the life of our every day tasks. Whether it’s from making an everyday item more elderly accessible or just making an item more aesthetic, Industrial Design is always looking to innovate.

Currently my perspective graduate college is UW-Stout, but I’m also keeping an open mind. As much as I do believe that a good college equals a good education, it really comes down my own effort and motivation to bring me to the top. I believe that with constant motivation and belief in myself and those that have helped me along the way, getting to the top can be easily achieved wherever life takes me.

 Javante Watson-Hall
Major:  Human Development and Family Studies

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My name is Javante Watson-Hall, and I am a first generation and student of color student here at UW-Stout. I am from the inner city of Milwaukee, which is in the southeast part of Wisconsin. Some things about myself is when I am not busy doing homework or working, I like to go to movies, bowl, skating, traveling, telling jokes, and watching supernatural/occult related tv shows. I’m currently a junior majoring in Human Development & Family Students with a concentration on International Relations. What helped determine my final decision to attend Stout, was all the great services they have to offer for their students, I never been to a campus where they have so many different resource to help students succeed and become great leaders. I also, loved the size of the campus, it wasn’t too small or too big. After three long years here at Stout I am still very proud of myself for making the decision to attend this University. I enjoy being in Human Development and Family Studies major, this major has helped me grow in so many ways and improve on skills that I never thought I had. I love being in the helping field so I can give a great service to those I come in contact with and give back to my community.

               Throughout my experience so far here at Stout, I have done so much in many different areas of study and career interest. Now I am in the mist of putting together a research project to help me get a better understanding of what research is, what to look forward to in graduate school and to find out different data to help improve or acknowledge the topic of my research interest which is revolved around international education. My aspirations towards graduate school are very positive, I want to work in the field of international education and by going to grad school to help prepare me to work in the field is one of my goals. I am excited for graduate school because I am going to be at the point in my education where I pick what I want to study now and I get to go more in depth with it for my career. A job I have on campus now is working in the Office of Admissions as the Group Visits Coordinator, I get to work with perspective college students and talk to them college, my experiences with college, and coordinating their visits when they come. It has been a very interesting and exciting job to have. I enjoy telling other future leaders about what kind of experiences and opportunities they should look forward to having while they are in college.

 Cassandra Shoemaker

Major:  Psychology

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Hi! My name is Cassandra Shoemaker, I’m a non-traditional college student majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. I have been married for the past 3.5 years and have a 3 year old daughter. I grew up in Portage, Wisconsin but move to Menomonie from the Madison area. I transferred to UW-Stout from Madison Area Technical College with my husband, after receiving my associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. I am currently a junior here at UW-Stout, and I plan on graduating in May 2017.

After graduating from UW-Stout, I plan on attending a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, to become a pediatric or family psychologist for the military. My research interest is in military relationships, and how the military lifestyle affects the different relationships service men or women may have. I chose my research interest and future career path, because I was a military girlfriend, fiancé and wife for 3 years. During my research, I want to better understand what makes some military relationships last longer than others. During my future career, I wish to help the military families that are having a hard time coping with the lifestyle, and have them know that I understand what they are going through and that I can help them.

               In addition to going to school full-time, and having a family, I work at Oaklawn Elementary School as a teacher’s aide/assistant in a fourth grade class. I help the students and teacher with any subject they need me to help with. When I’m not at school or working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, going on family walks and playing at the park. I also have a passion for baking as well as reading, when I get the time.

 Courtney Wagner

Major:  Psychology

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My name is Courtney Wagner, and I am a first generation college student in the psychology program here at UW-Stout. At first, psychology did not spark much interest in me until I started to take more relevant courses and realized how fascinating it could be to learn about ourselves and why we behave the way we do. Also, earning a psychology degree can be very rewarding and open up other possibilities so that is why I strongly believe that it is the best choice for fulfilling my goal of pursuing a Master’s degree in social work after graduation. Volunteering, spending time outdoors, and socializing with family and friends are a few activities I enjoy outside of my education.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

 Rebecca Olson

Major: Psychology

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My name is Rebecca Olson. I am an adult student, and live in Menomonie, WI. I have a wonderful family who have become my personal cheering squad. In my spare time I like to cook, spend time outdoors, travel, and play with my children.

College always seemed like a dream that was not obtainable.  One day I woke up and realized I wanted a change. My children needed to see me break education barriers. I wanted my daughter to know that a college degree was obtainable regardless of life circumstances.

I enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Stout where I developed a love for Psychology. As a new semester of classes begin I become more fascinated by the subject. I am interested in personality types and how they influence a person’s behavior. I would like to further my studies in clinical or social psychology.

I would like to leave you with one final thought. It doesn’t matter what situations your previous life included. Don’t give up on your dreams. With hard work and dedication you can choose a path toward personal fulfillment.

 Matthew Olson
Major:  Food Science and Technology

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 Hello, I am Matt! I am a non-traditional student attending UW Stout for an Applied Science Degree concentrating in either Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Interdisciplinary Sciences:  Chemistry and Physics.  Although I was born in the Twin Cities, I grew up in a small rural "village" in Polk County, about 20 miles west of Amery, WI.

After earning my associates degree from Art Institutes International in culinary arts, I worked in several food venues as a Chef de Cuisine, Head Caterer, and Madre de Hotel.  Realizing that my comportment had changed over the years, I decided to enter college for a degree in Food Science.

Ultimately, I ended up having and easy understanding of Chemistry and chose this as my career path.  Along with studying, my other involvements are working for the chemistry department as a lab tech, researching for the Food Science department for an innovative STEM project, and I'm a weekend community volunteer.  Also, I am currently independently studying both Inorganic Chemistry and Synthetic Biology.

After graduation from UW Stout, I wish to attend the University of Manchester, UK and obtain a PhD in Chemical Engineering.  This of course is my first choice!

 Mariah Bates
Major:  Applied Social Science

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Kang Chu Thao  
Major: Apparel Design and Development 

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My name is Kang Chu Thao. I have been married for 3 years and am expecting a little one in the spring of 2014. My family has always taught me that education is the way to success. With this in mind education has been an enormous contribution to who I am. It had permitted me to discover the reasons why I want to succeed in life, socially, academically and culturally. I am currently a junior here at UW-Stout and majoring in the Apparel Design and Development program with a minor in Applied Photography. I believe that this major enables me to spread awareness of my culture and explore the importance of traditional clothing in other cultures in visually impactful way.

Through the mist of my undergraduate studies, I have always seen myself completing my Bachelor's degree then going straight into a career.That has all change over this past summer. When I was notified that I fit the criteria's to apply to the McNair's Scholar program, I was ecstatic. The moment I read the e-mail I knew I wanted to apply for the program. Hence to even be considered a candidate for the McNair's Scholar program has been a great honor and accomplishment for me thus far. In addition, it had given me a chance to try and pursue a Master's degree in Photography and maybe even a PhD in Design. It will allow me to have an edge and go into my future career with more knowledge. Ultimately, I am proud to say that being part of the McNair's Scholar program has given me the opportunity to represent Stout. Moreover, make a difference in the near future and change the education path of future generations within and out of my family.

 

May 2016 Graduates


 James Vance
Major:  Cognitive Science

Attending University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Charles Deniger
Major:  Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

 De'Andre Jones
Major:  Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Attending University of Seattle

 Keodara Moua
Major:  Human Development and Family Studies

Attending University of St. Kate's/St. Thomas

 Ashley Spinler
Major:  Psychology

Attending St. Cloud State University

 Morgan Wolf
Major:  Psychology

Attending Naropa University

Joseph Loeffler  
Major: Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Attending Minnesota State University- Mankato

 December 2015 Graduates


 Esuvat Mollel
Major:  Business Administration and Hospitality Management

Attending University of Minnesota

 Alexa Evon DeMoe
Major: Vocational Rehabilitation

Attending University of Wisconsin-Stout

 Ethan Tostrud
Major:  Business Administration

 Lydia Pfluger
Major:  Human Development and Family Studies

Attending University of Minnesota


 May 2015 Graduates


 Carlea Jo Lauer
Major:  Vocational Rehabilitation

Attending University of Arizona

 Zachary Atkinson

Major:  Applied Science

Attending University of Minnesota

 Stephanie Pozuelos
Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Attending Portland State University

 Samantha Fredrickson
Major:  Applied Science

Attending Missouri State University

Michael Bond
Major:  Vocational Rehabilitation

Attending University of Wisconsin-Stout

Amanda Smith
Major:  Environmental Science

Attending University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wade Meyers 
Major: Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Attended Colorado School of Mines-Golden

December 2014 Graduates 


 Jasmine Valentine
Major:  Psychology

Attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Tanya Riggs  
Major:  Psychology

Attending University of Wisconsin-Stout

Chad Biggers  
Major:  Business Administration

Attending Case Western University

National McNair Conference 2013

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May 2014 Graduates


Bao Lee
Major:  Vocational Rehabilitation

Attending University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jesse Bruce
Major:  Psychology

Attending Villanova University

Justin Nelson
Major:  Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Kayte Todd
Major:  Fine Arts

Logan Michels

Major:  Psychology

Graduated Minnesota State University-Mankato-Masters Degree

Mary Marchiafava
Major:  Applied Science

Michael Krueger
Major:  Applied Science

Pang Vang
Major:  Fine Arts

Attending Hunter College

Samantha Wieczorek
Major:  Business Administration and Supply Chain Management


2013 Graduates


Diane Witcher
Major:  Fine Arts

Attending University of Texas-Austin

Kaitlyn Olson
Major:  Psychology

Graduated Loyola University of Chicago- EdS 

Lara Dodge
Major:  Psychology

Attending University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Alex Pishler
Major:  Psychology 

Graduated University of Wisconsin-Stout- Masters Degree
Attending University of Wisconsin-Stout- Education Specialist Degree

Alexa Levie
Major:  Applied Science

Kang Vang
Major:  Applied Science

Callie Bernier
Major:  Applied Science

Graduated from University of Edinburgh Scotland-Masters Degree

Tanner Tomesh
Major:  Game Design and Development

Tanya Stoeklen
Major:  Vocational Rehabilitation

Graduated Southern Illinois University- Masters Degree

2012 Graduates


Kirk Coughlin
Major:  Applied Science

Attended University of Alabama

Lacy Holzer
Major:  Dietetics

Susan LoRusso
Major:  Food Systems and Technology

Graduated from University of Minnesota-Masters Degree
Attending University of Minnesota-PhD

Houa Lee
Major:  Human Development and Family Studies

Josephine Kilde
Major:  Information and Communication Technologies

Graduated from University of Colorado-Boulder-PhD

Linnea Heintz
Major:  Psychology

Graduated from University of Arkansas-Masters Degree
Attending University of Arkansas-PhD

Jessica Boone
Major:  Psychology

Attending Emporia State University

Jamal Khan
Major:  Management

Graduated from UW-Stout-Masters Degree
Attending Florida Atlantic University-PhD


2011 Graduates


Keila Tirado (Leist)
Major:  Technical Communications
 

Attended University of St. Thomas

Kao Lee Yang
Major:  Psychology

Graduated Ball State University- Masters Degree

Mai Cha Lee (Marks)
Major:  Human Development and Family Studies

Jane Anderson
Major:  Psychology

Graduated from UW-Stout- Masters Degree

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