College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

Student News
By Isaac Sinclair

Left to right Emily Bormann Megan Greenlee Kaeleen Jenkins LuJing Johnson Nicole Marg and Melanie Nesbitt

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class of fall 2018 in a series of events on Dec. 14 and 15.

Dean and Dean’s Chair Laura Jolly and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. A reception honoring graduating students will immediately follow the college convocation. The reception will begin at approximately 3 p.m. on the ground and first-floor of C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.

The university wide commencement ceremony has been split into two separate events. The graduate commencement ceremony is at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in Hilton Coliseum. The undergraduate commencement ceremony is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15 in Hilton Coliseum. 

Six graduating students — Melanie Nesbitt in elementary education; Emily Bormann in family and consumer sciences education and studies; Megan Greenlee in event management; Kaeleen Jenkins in kinesiology and health; LuJing “Lulu” Johnson in nutritional sicence; and Nicole Marg in early childhood education — will receive special honors for their scholarship and leadership at the College of Human Sciences’ fall 2018 convocation.

Melanie Nesbitt of Pocahontas is the university marshal. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, along with endorsements in English/Language Arts, math, and reading. At Iowa State, Nesbitt enjoyed helping new students transition to college as a peer mentor while gaining practical classroom experience in various math classes as a teaching assistant. She also remained active in Pocahontas as a coach for the mock trial program and as a counselor and program lead at Twin Lakes Bible Camp. Nesbitt has accepted a teaching position as an 8th grade math teacher at Humbolt Middle School and will begin teaching in January.

Emily Bormann of West Bend is representing the College of Human Sciences as the university marshal. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education and studies, with the professional studies option. In the summer of 2017, Bormann facilitated youth programming in Woodbury, Plymouth, and Monona counties as a Rising Star intern with ISU Extension and Outreach. She also makes the most of her time at Iowa State as the president of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club and a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron national honor society. Bormann has accepted an Extension 4-H Assistant position with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension starting in January 2019.

Megan Greenlee of Rockford, Illinois, is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in event management. Greenlee is a hard worker who secured internships at the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Prairie Street Brewing Company during her college career. As the executive event coordinator of WinterFest this semester, Greenlee applied her expertise to organize and execute this large-scale event. She also gave much of her free time to help others, volunteering with Ames public library programs and the ISU People to People Career Fair.

Kaeleen Jenkins of Stratford is also receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health with the physical education teacher option and a coaching endorsement. Jenkins is a seasoned educator, with experience as a student physical education teacher at Prairie Valley Elementary School in Farnhamville and a physical education paraeducator at Ingleside Primary School in Ingleside, Texas. She received the Ruth and Vincent Mahoney Scholarship for superior academic achievement and has volunteered at Care Initiatives as a Hospice Caregiver. Jenkins plans to substitute teach until she obtains a full-time teaching job near Dayton, Iowa.

LuJing “Lulu” Johnson of Hopkins, Minnesota, is the final student receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She completed the Honors Program and is graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science with the pre-health professional and research option. Johnson interned at the Hennepin County Medical Center where she observed practicing physicians and learned how certain medical situations should be handled. As a volunteer at Kate Mitchell and Sawyer elementary schools in Ames, Johnson helped teach students how to read, write, and solve math problems. After graduation, Johnson plans to take a gap year to travel, volunteer, and apply for medical school.

Nicole Marg of Hudson, Wisconsin, is the fall 2018 Graduating Student of the Year. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, along with an endorsement in reading. Marg has honed her teaching skills as a practicum student working with children in preschool, second grade, and sixth grade classrooms. This fall, she used those skills to student teach toddlers and kindergarteners in Des Moines and Boone. Marg cared for and educated infants and preschoolers at the Child Development Laboratory School in Ames while also serving as a student ambassador for the College of Human Sciences. Marg will continue her education by studying language in East Asia.

Key contacts

Dynette Mosher, alumni officer, College of Human Sciences,, 515-294-2820.

Cathy Curtis, communications director, College of Human Sciences,, 515-294-8175.

Isaac Sinclair, communications assistant, College of Human Sciences,, 515-294-1326.

By Isaac Sinclair