EXCEL Impacts Des Moines through Panther Connection

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By: Anissa Smith
(Marketing and Management Information Systems)

Since 2015, the Panther Connection has served as an opportunity to strengthen relationships between multicultural alumni and student leaders. With support from corporate sponsors and community professionals, the Panther Connection travels to various locations throughout the Midwest to hold its annual networking event while providing students the opportunity to tour a major metro area business. Stops have included Chicago and St. Louis.

This year‘s Panther Connection was held in Des Moines, Iowa and was organized by UNI‘s EXCEL student organization, Jonathan Cox, and Panther Connection Committee members, Keniese Evans, Darvel Givens, Juana Hollingsworth, Tydel Jones, Ashley Stewart, and Kathleen Peters.

In preparation for the event, the Committee organized several professional development workshops for UNI students who planned to travel to Des Moines. The workshops helped polish their leadership, networking and conversation skills to prepare them for networking with UNI alumni and Des Moines area professionals.

Professional development workshop presenters included:

  • Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq, President of The Harbor Institute presented "3 Seeds of Success"
  • Keyah Levy, Community Health Coordinator/ Public Relations at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare presented "Teamwork"
  • Tyson Greiner, Vice President of Dardis Communications presented "Conversation & Relationship Building Skills"
  • Sharina Sallis, Community Relations Specialist at CUNA Mutual Group presented "7 Elements of Professionalism"
  • Ras Smith, Representative Elect- Iowa House District 62 presented "Leadership"
  • Raquel Zuniga, Retention and Academic Advisor at University of Northern Iowa's College of Education presented "Immigration Laws & Deportations in Iowa"

The two-day Panther Connection event kicked off in Des Moines on April 28. UNI faculty, staff, and student leaders partnered with Gear Up Iowa to lead over 125 Des Moines-area high school students through college readiness sessions and team building exercises. A networking event followed where current UNI students connected with area alumni and Principal recruiters including, Michelle Brannen, Molly Cope Lindsay Moser, and Shebli Spear and CIO, Brain Ness (MIS '91). 

On day two, UNI students toured Principal Financial Group headquarters and heard from Principal recruiters on careers, internships and culture within the organization. Area UNI alumni were presented with up-to-date communication on UNI campus climate, planning future Panther Connection programs, and initiatives to re-engage alumni and the UNI community.
 

EXCEL executives pose with Principal leadership team. Back row, L-R: Lindsey Crumlin III, Anissa Smith (Marketing Management and MIS ), Brain Ness, Marcus Bates III (Finance and Real Estate). Front row, L-R: Shebli Spear, Antonio Kioko, Michelle Brannen, Lindsay Moser.


The event continued with The Longevity to Legacy Luncheon, which was also held on Principal‘s campus. UNI‘s Center for Multicultural Education director, Jamie Butler Chidozie, gave the keynote speech and recognized students for their commitment to planning this year‘s event. Kadesha Zimmerman (Accounting and MIS) received the "Student Legacy" award for her outstanding contributions to the Panther Connection and the University of Northern Iowa. Antonett Cox received the "We Stand By You" award for her strength to persevere through hardships with the support of the UNI community. Brianne Baylor, Devinaire Camacho, Valeria Garcés, Jill Hill, Juana Hollingsworth, Collin Hughes, and Zimmerman received "The Model to Follow" award for their commitment to establishing a platform for future Panther Connection leaders, as they navigate through adversity; strive for greatness, and prepare for life after commencement.

The Panther Connection ended with the annual Panther Connection reunion. 

"The Panther Connection provided great opportunity to influence young minds and network with professionals from Principal Financial Group. I believe this opportunity is one that many should strive to be apart of in the coming years," said Marcus Bates III (Finance and Real Estate). Brian Ness (MIS ‘91), Chief Information Officer at Principal believes events like the Panther Connection are just as important for alumni as it is for students. "To me the opportunity to connect individuality with the students was the most impressive part. I had a chance to connect with every student individuality and hear their story and their passion and interest and how we can connect and how we can help continue our new relationship."

Every student who participated in the Panther Connection made incredible memories and connections. Networking with successful multicultural UNI alumni is extremely important to the multicultural students at UNI.

UNIBusiness and the Panther Connection thanks the Office of the President, Center for Multicultural Education, and Principal Financial Group for sponsoring this year‘s Panther Connection in Des Moines.

Posted on 28-Apr-17


  






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EXCEL Impacts Des Moines through Panther Connection

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By: Anissa Smith
(Marketing and Management Information Systems)

Since 2015, the Panther Connection has served as an opportunity to strengthen relationships between multicultural alumni and student leaders. With support from corporate sponsors and community professionals, the Panther Connection travels to various locations throughout the Midwest to hold its annual networking event while providing students the opportunity to tour a major metro area business. Stops have included Chicago and St. Louis.

This year‘s Panther Connection was held in Des Moines, Iowa and was organized by UNI‘s EXCEL student organization, Jonathan Cox, and Panther Connection Committee members, Keniese Evans, Darvel Givens, Juana Hollingsworth, Tydel Jones, Ashley Stewart, and Kathleen Peters.

In preparation for the event, the Committee organized several professional development workshops for UNI students who planned to travel to Des Moines. The workshops helped polish their leadership, networking and conversation skills to prepare them for networking with UNI alumni and Des Moines area professionals.

Professional development workshop presenters included:

  • Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq, President of The Harbor Institute presented "3 Seeds of Success"
  • Keyah Levy, Community Health Coordinator/ Public Relations at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare presented "Teamwork"
  • Tyson Greiner, Vice President of Dardis Communications presented "Conversation & Relationship Building Skills"
  • Sharina Sallis, Community Relations Specialist at CUNA Mutual Group presented "7 Elements of Professionalism"
  • Ras Smith, Representative Elect- Iowa House District 62 presented "Leadership"
  • Raquel Zuniga, Retention and Academic Advisor at University of Northern Iowa's College of Education presented "Immigration Laws & Deportations in Iowa"

The two-day Panther Connection event kicked off in Des Moines on April 28. UNI faculty, staff, and student leaders partnered with Gear Up Iowa to lead over 125 Des Moines-area high school students through college readiness sessions and team building exercises. A networking event followed where current UNI students connected with area alumni and Principal recruiters including, Michelle Brannen, Molly Cope Lindsay Moser, and Shebli Spear and CIO, Brain Ness (MIS '91). 

On day two, UNI students toured Principal Financial Group headquarters and heard from Principal recruiters on careers, internships and culture within the organization. Area UNI alumni were presented with up-to-date communication on UNI campus climate, planning future Panther Connection programs, and initiatives to re-engage alumni and the UNI community.
 

EXCEL executives pose with Principal leadership team. Back row, L-R: Lindsey Crumlin III, Anissa Smith (Marketing Management and MIS ), Brain Ness, Marcus Bates III (Finance and Real Estate). Front row, L-R: Shebli Spear, Antonio Kioko, Michelle Brannen, Lindsay Moser.


The event continued with The Longevity to Legacy Luncheon, which was also held on Principal‘s campus. UNI‘s Center for Multicultural Education director, Jamie Butler Chidozie, gave the keynote speech and recognized students for their commitment to planning this year‘s event. Kadesha Zimmerman (Accounting and MIS) received the "Student Legacy" award for her outstanding contributions to the Panther Connection and the University of Northern Iowa. Antonett Cox received the "We Stand By You" award for her strength to persevere through hardships with the support of the UNI community. Brianne Baylor, Devinaire Camacho, Valeria Garcés, Jill Hill, Juana Hollingsworth, Collin Hughes, and Zimmerman received "The Model to Follow" award for their commitment to establishing a platform for future Panther Connection leaders, as they navigate through adversity; strive for greatness, and prepare for life after commencement.

The Panther Connection ended with the annual Panther Connection reunion. 

"The Panther Connection provided great opportunity to influence young minds and network with professionals from Principal Financial Group. I believe this opportunity is one that many should strive to be apart of in the coming years," said Marcus Bates III (Finance and Real Estate). Brian Ness (MIS ‘91), Chief Information Officer at Principal believes events like the Panther Connection are just as important for alumni as it is for students. "To me the opportunity to connect individuality with the students was the most impressive part. I had a chance to connect with every student individuality and hear their story and their passion and interest and how we can connect and how we can help continue our new relationship."

Every student who participated in the Panther Connection made incredible memories and connections. Networking with successful multicultural UNI alumni is extremely important to the multicultural students at UNI.

UNIBusiness and the Panther Connection thanks the Office of the President, Center for Multicultural Education, and Principal Financial Group for sponsoring this year‘s Panther Connection in Des Moines.

Posted on 28-Apr-17







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