Zahra Aalabdulrasul

Zahra Aalabdulrasul is a rising Senior studying Entrepreneurial Management and pursuing certificates in Event Management and Leadership. After being directly admitted into Tippie, Zahra joined the BizEdge Mentoring Program as a mentee. She became passionate about mentorship in the marginalized community and has been a BizEdge Mentor since her sophomore year. Zahra soon became a BizEdge Student Program Coordinator, working with her team to restructure, develop, and improve the BizEdge program. She continues this work in her current position as one of Tippie’s first DEI Ambassadors. Under this role, Zahra also supports Black students in Tippie and in the UI community by organizing events for the Black in Business program.

Zahra has also shown her dedication to DEI initiatives through her work on the 2019 Latinx Identity Panel which focused on the Afro-Latinx identity and experiences with racism and colorism. Additionally, Zahra works at the UI Afro-American Cultural Center where she again works to uplift marginalized individuals by planning events that celebrate the Black identity and spreads awareness about Black experiences. Zahra balances her work positions with her strong dedication to her schoolwork and has been named to the UI Dean’s List every year since entering college.

Maria (Luz) Alcala

As a first-year student, Maria (Luz) Alcala participated in the Hawkeye Service Breaks trip in which she was able to serve with the Detroit community. She also had the pleasure of being part of the Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Institute 2019 cohort. During that summer she was a resident mentor for the Tippie Gateway program and later became a Tippie Gateway Ambassador to help recruit high school students for the following program. Luz began this year as an Iowa Edge Peer Leader to welcome the incoming class and also took on the role as a mentor for BizEdge. This past winter, Luz took the opportunity to go abroad through the International Business in Italy winter study abroad program. Lastly, Luz has had the honor of serving as the President and Treasurer of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. and as the Vice President of the Multicultural Business Student Association during this past year.

Hanna Burmeister

Hanna Burmeister is currently a junior in the Tippie College of Business, studying accounting and business analytics. Throughout her time in college she has served as one of Tippie's Peer Mentors and have been very active in her business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. Additionally, she studied abroad in Barcelona this past fall. She spent her time connecting with locals, eating lots of tapas and practicing her Spanish! Lastly, for the past few years Hanna has worked closely with the Tippie Gateway Program, both as a mentor and as an ambassador, with the goal of increasing diversity within the College of Business. In the future, Hanna is looking forward to her senior year, as well as interning with Deloitte in their tax department this summer.

Nanette Chapa

Nanette Chapa is so honored to be recognized as one of Tippie’s Top 21 along with some other exemplary Tippie leaders for whom she has such high respect. Throughout her time at Tippie she has committed herself to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the college. She served as President of the Multicultural Business Student Association this past year, was a Gateway Program mentor, and is part of the Global Engagement Student Advisory Board. She has also conducted administrative research with Associate Dean Ken Brown by auditing business course materials for adequate DEI language. In addition to her DEI involvements she also served as Secretary of the inaugural Tippie Business Honor Society and was a Peer Mentor for the Direct Admit Seminar for two years. Nanette is so grateful to have had all of these opportunities, and she plans to continue her work into her senior year!

Josh Chen

Josh Chen will be graduating in May 2020 with a BBA in Finance and Marketing Analytics, as well as a BA in Chinese in addition to an International Business Certificate. Throughout his undergrad, he has pursued global opportunities in Portugal and Italy and has been involved in a variety of multicultural organizations on campus to help build mutual understanding between international students and domestic students. Additionally, Josh serves on the Tippie Judicial Board, interns with the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, and is a member of the Marketing Institute. Post-graduation, he will be working as a financial analyst for Amazon in Seattle.


Eithan Ellinger

Ethan Ellinger is a junior in the Tippie College of Business from West Des Moines, Iowa. He is a senator in Tippie Senate, brother in the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, and member of the Hawkinson Institute. Outside of activities in Tippie, he served as the chapter president of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.  Ethan spent the first half of the 2020 spring semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. During the summer of 2020, he will work as a summer analyst for the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Following graduation, Ethan plans to return to the investment banking industry in New York and to eventually buy a lake house in North Carolina.

Junho Hah

Junho Hah is a senior at the University of Iowa. He grew up in South Korea and chose to study business analytics when he became a student at the Tippie College of Business. Since beginning his academic career at Tippie, he has been focused on improving not only his academic knowledge, but also his communication and leadership skills. He is currently honing his talents at the Carver College of Medicine as a business intelligence intern, and he worked before as an undergraduate research assistant in the 2019 Fall semester. He had also received a leadership role in the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency for 21 months as an administration headquarter squad leader. Additionally, he has been a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. He wishes to continue his objective of becoming an outstanding business analyst with the honor and support of the Tippie alumnus title.

Stephanie Herzog

Stephanie Herzog is an accounting major who has maintained over a 4.0 GPA while competing on the University Women's Golf Team, earning her the awards of Academic All-American, Academic All-Big 10, and Big 10 Outstanding Scholar in each season she has competed. She competed in an audit case competition with Deloitte her sophomore year, developing her knowledge of current auditing topics. She has been involved in several business and non-business clubs, expanding her ability to relate to all diverse groups of people. She is currently an assistant in an accounting class while also researching and writing her Honors Thesis. She received the Outstanding Junior Award, which was chosen by the accounting department faculty, emphasizing her strong aptitude for accounting. After school, she plans to take an auditing position and pursue her CPA.

Sloan Hoover

Sloan Hoover is proud of all she has accomplished while attending the University of Iowa. I was given the opportunity to learn more about herself and her interests in International Business during her two semesters studying abroad in Italy and Copenhagen, Denmark. Sloan was selected to represent The University of Iowa while attending the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute where she worked through a realistic business simulation. She has consistently pushed herself outside her comfort zone through pitch competitions, independent travel, and leadership positions and in the process was able to learn many skills that cannot be grasped inside the classroom. Sloan is now a marketing intern for Student Marketing and Design on campus and have become a member of Sigma Nu Tau, an entrepreneurial honors society and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. This summer Sloan is excited to work as a Marketing Intern at MidWestOne Bank and continue learning. 

Jaskiran Kaur

Within Tippie, Jaskiran Kaur serves as V.P. of Marketing for MBSA, as well as the V.P. Marketing and V.P. of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Tippie Senate. Alongside those positions, she is also a BizEdge Mentor and a Marketing Institute Student Consultant. Jaskiran’s time here has been devoted towards increasing DEI initiatives and representation at the college. Through immense support, her teammates and her were able to plan and celebrate Tippie’s first ever Diwali event. Her team has also pushed for implicit bias trainings among student organization presidents, and have explored DEI projects for future semesters. Additionally, Jaskiran has had the privilege to represent the college in a student-business-government-summit,  and has served on the hiring committee of Tippie’s first mental health counselor where she provided student-related insight. Jaskiran is grateful to have worked alongside amazing peers and leaders, and is thankful for all the opportunities Tippie has presented.

Nathan Kelsay

Starting with his freshman year in Tippie, Nathan Kelsay became involved with multiple business clubs including the American Marketing Association, the Financial Management Association, and Hawktrade, where he began learning about finance and eventually became a Research Director. He is most grateful to Cathy Zaharis who coached him to success in interviews and helped him navigate finding internships at Principal Global Investors and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Nate was runner-up in the Prappas Ethics Essay Contest during his junior year and his favorite class was Applied Equity Valuation. Nate spent much of his college career building up young men in their Christian faith through a student organization called Cru. He held many leadership roles in Cru over the last three years such as Bible Study Leader, Weekly Meeting Emcee, and Secretary. After graduation, Nate will join Bank of America in their New York City office as a Corporate Banking Analyst.

Von Kraus

Von Kraus is from Carroll, Iowa. Growing up a Hawkeyes fan, he always knew that he wanted to attend the University of Iowa to pursue business. Currently, Von is a junior double majoring in Finance and Business Analytics and minoring in Human Relations. He spends most of his time at Iowa serving on four executive boards for Tippie student organizations and working as a Financial Aid Peer Advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Von has enjoyed serving as Co-President of the Real Estate Club, VP of Event Planning for Tippie Senate, VP of Professional Development for the Financial Management Association, and VP of Fundraising for Delta Sigma Pi. In addition to that, he thoroughly enjoyed working as an equity research analyst for the Krause Fund, the student managed endowed equity portfolio. He was also fortunate to study abroad this past winter in London at the CIEE Global Institute. Von is very grateful for the friends he has made at Tippie and for the resources provided here to help students excel. Following graduation, Von plans to obtain my Master’s in Finance at Iowa where he looks forward to being here for two more years!

Tammy Ly

Tammy Ly is honored to win an award that celebrates students who excel in their time at the Tippie College of Business. She is passionate about advocating for students of different backgrounds and got involved with the Multicultural Business Student Association her freshman year and was President for two years. In that time, she created a safe space in Tippie for students to have these conversations through events and programming. She is also on the Global Engagement Student Advisory Board and currently serving as Tippie student body Vice President. Outside of Tippie, she is an active member of Alpha Chi Omega and involved in Dance Marathon. To expand her understanding of different cultures, she studied abroad in Paderno Del Grappa, Italy and London, England. Last summer, she interned at Best Buy's Corporate office in her home state of Minnesota and is looking forward to going back in the fall full time.

Sarah Nelson

During her time at Tippie, Sarah Nelson has had the opportunity to take part in multiple student organizations, hold leadership positions, complete various internships, have 3 student jobs, help consult businesses through coursework, and study abroad. All of these opportunities became available to her through peer, faculty, and advisor support. Over Sarah’s four years she has been Director of Corporate Relations for Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. She has been a Frank Center Tutor and Student Assistant in the Undergraduate Program Office. Sarah currently acts as President of the Business Student Ambassador Organization for Tippie. While studying abroad in Italy through the CIMBA program, she consulted for an Italian electroplating company as how to enter the luxury leather goods accessories market for companies such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Gucci. Sarah has also consulted the University of Iowa’s Recycling Coordinator to help pilot a composting program in Tippie’s Pat’s Diner.


Alina Nowicki

When Alina Nowicki reflects on her accomplishments and proudest moments over the last three years, everything stems from her involvement. She had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Paderno del Grappa, Italy and become an ambassador for the CIMBA Italy program. She has gained real-world experience through internships at RSM and Unilever, and her involvement in the Marketing Institute. She has two on-campus jobs within University Housing and Dining, as an office assistant in the administrative office and a Resident Assistant for first-year Honors Students in Daum Hall. Alina has held leadership positions in various student organizations including Senior Vice President and Recruitment Chair of Delta Sigma Pi and a member of the social committee for Tippie Business Honor Society. The past 3 years has been filled with countless memories and learning experiences, and she can’t wait to see what lies ahead for her fourth and final year at Tippie!

Daniel Poncer

During Daniel Poncer’s two-year undergraduate career, he has had the opportunity to join a variety of organizations, affording him the opportunity to make an impact in Tippie and at the University as a whole. As the Treasurer for his fraternity, he was able to coordinate with Sigma Chi national headquarters on instituting a new payment platform for the chapter, something that had not been done for almost 70 years. Daniel has also been on the Dean’s list every semester and was a recent honoree for the President’s list. Through Tippie, he has made lifelong friendships and maintained focus towards strengthening the diverse population on campus by mentoring students through the BizEdge Mentoring Program as well as the Tippie Gateway Summer Program. As a scholar in the Hawkinson Institute, Daniel has been able to build industry knowledge that he will continue to develop in his investment banking internship at Barclays next summer.

Morgan Raley

Morgan Raley is incredibly thankful for all of the opportunities available in the Tippie College of Business to pursue personal and professional growth. As a peer tutor in the Frank Business Communication Center, she has several opportunities to interact with fellow students and practice using superior communication skills. As a member of Beta Alpha Psi, she is able to participate in professional networking with several firms at weekly meetings and the annual banquet. Recently, Morgan also became a mentor for Moneythink, an organization that provides financial literacy education to high school students. As a mentor, she can develop my leadership skills while making an immediate impact on the community. Lastly, she had the opportunity to spend a portion of the Spring 2020 semester studying abroad in Gold Coast, Australia at Bond University. This experience allowed Morgan to understand more deeply the value of cultural differences. 

Clarissa Short

Clarissa Short is a graduating senior and third generation Hawkeye. She’s double majoring in Marketing and Management, while also earning a certificate in Event Management. During her time at Iowa, she was heavily involved in the student organization Women in Business. She held several positions including the organizations first PR Chair, Lean in Circle leader, VP of Internal Affairs, and President. Clarissa also served for two years as a Peer Mentor in the Tippie Direct Admit Seminar where she was able to build relationships with first-year students and serve as a role model and resource during their transition. She aims to break the stigmas surrounding mental health by opening up to peers about her own personal struggles with depression and anxiety. By doing so, she hopes to show others also struggling that they are not alone, and that they too can still be a successful students and leader.

Mark Vander Veen

Mark Vander Veen is honored to be selected to the Tippie Top 21. In his three years in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, Mark has helped hundreds of individuals file their taxes each year, and will be a graduate teaching assistant for the program next year. He is  able to bring experience to the program from his tax internships to provide the highest quality of work for individuals in underrepresented and marginalized groups. Additionally, Mark has been a Peer Mentor for first-year direct admits, Beta Alpha Psi executive member helping set up a career fair and banquet that involved hundreds of accounting students and dozens of accounting firms, and treasurer of the Robotics club where he updated their accounting procedures, financial reporting, and logistics tracking. Other organizations Mark has been involved with include the Tippie Judicial Board, Beta Gamma Sigma, Tippie Business Honor Society, Accounting Club, and Alpha Kappa Psi.


Tianru Wang

Tianru Wang consistently goes above and beyond, trying everything in her power to support the Tippie and Uiowa community. She is passionate about advocating a diverse and inclusive campus dynamic by challenging the status quo through her leadership on the International Student Advisory Board(ISAB) and Greater China Business Association(GCBA). For the past 2 years in the dream team, she put in effort and enthusiasm in planning and initiating the Get to Know Us program to bring the gap between international students and domestic students. The president position in GCBA allows her to share her experience and inspire her peers to step out of the comfort zone and develop their business careers. She will continue to make an impact and carry the Hawkeye spirt in the future.

Yue (Molly) Xue

Before entering college, Yue (Molly) Xue always knew that she wanted to be  involved in student organizations which became one of her passions during college life. She has been involved in the Tippie Buddies Program all four years since her first semester of freshman year. In Yue’s junior year, she served as the President in a student organization called “Heart Workshop”, which focuses on the mental health of international students. Also, as an Accounting major student, she joined the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and prepared tax returns for taxpayers with low income and disabilities. During her senior year, she got involved in the Tippie Global Engagement Student Advisory Board and the International Student Advisory Board. These two advisory boards offer Yue a platform to provide better support and services for international students at Tippie and the whole campus.