Major: Accounting Year of Graduation: 2006 I am the Founder and CEO of a business called Philia Foods. We handcraft cheese spreads and currently sell them in about 65 stores in Minnesota, as well as a handful of Farmers Markets. The company currently consists of me and a couple part time employees.The best part about running Philia Foods is knowing that I'm in control of my own destiny. The business may become wildly successful, or it may fail, but either way I really enjoy being totally responsible for either success or failure. I rarely work less than 70-80 hours a week, but when it is on your own creation, much of it doesn't even feel like work.
Major: Communication Year of Graduation: 2012 As an Inbound Marketer, I wear many different hats. I am a writer, strategizer, planner, analyzer, editor...the list goes on! I create, plan, and execute client and internal inbound marketing efforts to help increase web traffic with the purpose of converting leads into customers. I manage and create social media content, email marketing efforts, write blogs, eBooks, and Case Studies and work on other content creation and customer engagement opportunities- all on behalf of my amazing clients! I track and analyze metrics and provide recommendations and adjustments for inbound marketing methodology improvements. Our goal is to always deliver results to clients, so I work day in and day out to make sure their marketing is working for them. Read More
Major: Sociology Graduation Year: 2015 I am a Visiting Scholars Advisor/Welcome Service for International Visiting Scholars at the University of Augsburg, Germany. I advise international visiting scholars about everything having to do with completing a research stay here in Augsburg, whether that be for a month or a couple of years. I coordinate the housing search and maintain and create relationships with landlords; plan and run events and excursions for the scholars and their families; create informational material in German and English; and manage the program statistics and evaluation.
Major: Natural Science Year of Graduation: 2007 I don a number of hats as a professor of paleobiology, including teaching undergraduates, mentoring graduate students and engaging in my own research. I think of myself as both a generator of new knowledge and an imparter of that knowledge back to students. I teach traditional lecture classes and smaller group 'tutorials', the latter of which are unique to Oxford and Cambridge. My research in paleobiology focuses on how species and communities respond to environmental changes over time. Some of the specific research I have done involves analyzing which ecological traits affect survivorship patterns across extinction events, and testing how the tolerances of species change in response to changing environmental conditions. Read More
Major: Environmental Studies Year of Graduation: 2014 I am a Project Manager/Volunteer for the Masinyusane Development Organization in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. As a project manager I oversaw the school partnership program we had at two primary schools in the New Brighton township of Port Elizabeth. This included the English literacy programmed for our kindergarten-3rd grade students, as well as our extracurricular projects. Seeing the kids every day and watching their progress over time was the most rewarding for me. Our literacy programs have helped kids learn English, and not only that, it has also helped them become more confident individuals and is an incentive for them to come to school. Working with a child and watching them learn how to write their name is amazing and it's so rewarding to know you played a little part in their development. Read More
Major: History Year of Graduation: 2013 As an investigator with FDA, I work to ensure the public health by conducting inspections of our domestic facilities and also protecting the port through import operations. Typical domestic assignments include inspections of food, medical device and drug companies and making sure they adhere to good manufacturing processes. Imports involves screening what comes into the country and conducting thorough examinations of containers at the port with other law enforcement agencies. What skills are important in your field? Critical thinking, research, writing, communication skills, people skills, good detective skills, thinking outside the box, diplomacy, tact, leadership and finally teamwork because you will be working with other law enforcement agencies. Read More
Majors: Peace Studies & Political Science Year of Graduation: 2005 I serve as the nurse at a program for homeless youth ages 18-24 who are living with HIV. I work with the young people to establish and maintain primary medical care, increase adherence with antiretroviral medication regimens, build skills to transition into the adult health care system as well as provide urgent care triage services to the clients. The day-to-day clinical components of my job inform my public health practice, including contributing to the planning of local HIV prevention and treatment services for youth. I collect, analyze and report on patients' medication adherence and HIV viral load to get a picture of how our work helps to improve the health of the clients as well as lowering HIV transmission risk in the community through reduced community viral load, which is a major goal of the local public health department.
Majors: Theology & Peace Studies Year of Graduation: 2014 I am currently I second-year law student at the University of St. Thomas (I will forever be a Johnnies fan). Even though I am not a full-time employee, I do speak on a national level to educators and business professionals about the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities. I also interned this past summer at Microsoft in their Corporate External Legal Affairs department. There, I researched and advised clients on legal issues involving the internet and assistive technology for people with disabilities. Be able to communicate with compassion and read - LOTS! In order to be a good advocate you need to be able to communicate to your audience in a way they understand. Read More
Majors: Psychology & Theater Year of Graduation: 1997 I'm a drama therapist and psychologist at Allina Health in Richfield, where I provide therapy and testing for children, adolescents, and adults. Drama therapists and psychologists are able to do good work when they are creative, flexible, compassionate, empathic, and good at time management. Important to recognize that they may not always be the best fit or provider for every person. Just like any relationship, a connection cannot be contrived. Sometimes the best intervention is referral to a different drama therapist or psychologist.
Major: Psychology Year of Graduation: 2000 I am the assistant supervisor of the Travelers Insurance Company on-site corporate fitness center in downtown St Paul. In this role, I help oversee our 15,000 square foot fitness center and manage our day to day operations for our members who are employees of Travelers Insurance. I lead several group exercise classes throughout the week while also providing one on one personal training with clients. As a staff of four, we plan our corporate health fair, research health and wellness topics and publish information monthly for Travelers employees. We also create different exercise/health promotions to encourage our employees to be more active and healthy.