College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation

Student News
By Isaac Sinclair

Left to right: Grace Betz, Victoria Brown, Benjamin Dralle, and Alanis Morales Cuadrado. Photo by Ryan Riley.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class of spring 2019 in a series of events on May 9- 11.

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 1 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Hilton Coliseum. A reception honoring graduating students will immediately follow the college convocation. The reception will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Scheman Building, which is located directly west of Hilton Coliseum.

The university-wide commencement ceremony has been split into three separate events. The graduate commencement ceremony is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in Hilton Coliseum. The undergraduate commencement ceremony for students in the Human Sciences, Design, and Engineering Colleges is at 3:00 p.m. Saturday May 11 in Hilton Coliseum.

College Convocation

At the College of Human Sciences’ spring 2019 convocation, six graduating students — Benjamin Dralle in nutritional science and genetics; Richard Gardner in kinesiology and health; Grace Betz in child, adult, and family services; Sarah Clark in elementary education; Alanis Morales-Cuadrado in hospitality management; and Victoria Brown in event management — will receive special honors for their scholarship and leadership.

Benjamin Dralle of Osage will be the Iowa State University marshal at graduation this spring. He is graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in nutritional science and genetics.

Dralle served as president of the ISU Pre‐Medical Club and was a community adviser in university residential living communities for over three years. Dralle was the only student selected to represent the state of Iowa at the 2018 Posters on the Hill undergraduate research event in Washington, D.C. He was also one of seven graduating seniors to receive the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All‐University Senior Award.

“I would rank Ben in the top 1 percent of all undergraduates I have had in these [nutrition] courses over the past 20 years,” said Kevin Schalinske, a professor in food science and human nutrition.

Dralle is fielding offers of admission from medical schools.


Richard Gardner, a kinesiology and health major, is the College of Human Sciences university marshal at graduation this spring.

Richard Gardner of Hanover Park, Illinois, is representing the College of Human Sciences as the university marshal at graduation this spring. He is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health. Gardner worked in multiple kinesiology labs as an undergraduate research assistant during his time at Iowa State University, improving his skills as a researcher and team member. He has also given back to the community on the volunteer committee for the ISU Blood Drive and volunteered at the information desk in the intensive care and coronary unit at Mary Greeley Medical Center. After graduation, Gardner will take a gap year to apply to medical schools while he works at Mary Greeley Medical Center as a patient care technician.

Grace Betz of Altoona is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in child, adult, and family services. Betz is completing an internship at Colo-NESCO schools where she observes the daily routine and responsibilities of a school counselor. She worked as a research assistant in the Iowa State University Family Transitions Project, a large-scale longitudinal study of youth and their families. She also interned at Amanda the Panda Grief and Loss Center for Children and Families, where she facilitated support groups for third and fifth graders focused on activities and conversations related to grief. Betz will work towards a master’s degree in professional school counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Sarah Clark, an elementary education major, is receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award at graduation this spring.

Sarah Clark of Albia is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, along with teaching endorsements in English/Language Arts and reading. Clark has a wide range of teaching experiences, from student teaching first graders at the Grant Center in Albia earlier this year, to teaching the U.S. equivalent of seventh grade at The Terrace School in Alexandra, New Zealand this spring. She generously volunteered her time to assist in two second grade classrooms at Kate Mitchell Elementary School in Ames while making the dean’s list four times. Clark will teach fifth grade at Eddyville Elementary this fall.

Alanis Morales-Cuadrado from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Morales-Cuadrado served as the president of the ISU chapter of the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality and more recently as the Midwest regional chair of the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality. She has worked as a student assistant manager at ISU Dining and as a food and beverage corporate intern at Hyatt Hotels. Morales-Cuadrado has accepted a position as an operations corporate management trainee at Hyatt Hotels in Phoenix, Arizona.

Victoria Brown of Cedar Rapids is the spring 2019 Graduating Student of the Year. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in event management. Victoria has led more than 150 women as the president of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority since 2017. She also was a peer mentor for first-year students in the Directions Learning Community where she shared her knowledge and made genuine connections with first-year students in event management and hospitality management. Victoria was a research assistant at Iowa State’s CyBIZ Lab and an event assistant at the upscale wedding and event firm One Last Frog in Los Angeles, California. She has accepted a full-time position as an event coordinator at Pinstripes North Bethesda, a restaurant and entertainment venue in the Washington, D.C., area.

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