Catching up: With Three Cyclone Siblings

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Homecoming 2013 is right around the corner — a time to celebrate throughout the Iowa State family. But of course there’s always those Iowa Staters who literally have connections in the family — like the Rheinhart siblings: Andrea ’05, Erik ’08, and Emily ’12. Young Alumni News recently caught up with these three super-involved Cyclones to see what they’re doing now and how Iowa State remains part of their lives.

Andrea (Rheinhart) Warnke, 2005

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 2005 graduate of the College of Business and I currently live in Denver, Colo., with my husband Steve. For the past two years I have worked for DaVita, and I recently resigned to seek a new role more focused on strategy and analysis. This year Steve and I rode our first century ride (bicycles, not motorcycles) and plan to head to the mountains frequently this winter to enjoy ski season.

2. How did Iowa State help to lead you to where you are now?
Iowa State has been a great foundation. Earning a degree from the College of Business prepared me for my first job at Deloitte, and I took a step further by earning an MBA from Wharton. Leadership experiences with the Student Alumni Leadership Council and the Honors Program helped me grow into leadership roles in the professional world. Studying abroad and completing a summer internship in France gave me the travel bug! Six continents visited, one to go.

 3. How do you “live” Iowa State in your everyday life?
Personally, my closest friends are friends that I met at Iowa State and I really enjoy keeping in touch with them. Professionally, I take opportunities to work with junior staff to help them grow – like so many Iowa State staff and faculty did for me while I was on campus.

4. How has being an alumna of Iowa State helped you to connect with others?
Being an ISU alum outside of the Midwest is fairly distinctive – it’s not unusual to receive networking introductions to other ISU alumni! In Denver, we have reconnected with Iowa State friends and have liked going to gamewatches and picnics with the ISUAA Club of Denver.

5. What is your favorite Iowa State memory?  
Everything about Homecoming!

Erik Rheinhart, 2008

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a captain in the Marines, flying the F/A-18C Hornet. I currently live in San Diego, Calif. I graduated from Iowa State in 2008 with a degree in history and international studies.

2. How did Iowa State help to lead you to where you are now?
Iowa State provided opportunity for me to explore my interests through many programs. The Greek system, Naval ROTC, and study abroad experiences all gave me opportunities to grow in different ways.

3. How do you “live” Iowa State in your everyday life?
At ISU I was fortunate to have peers and mentors invest in me, helping me achieve my goals. I try to pay that forward now.

4. How has being an alumnus of Iowa State helped you to connect with others?
There’s an instant connection when meeting other graduates around the world – there’s a strong representation of Iowa State alumni in the military. From finding an Iowa State gamewatch in San Diego to meeting other alumni serving in the military at home and abroad, it’s always great meeting another Cyclone!

5. What is your favorite Iowa State memory?  
Beating Iowa at home!

Emily Rheinhart, 2012

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am the youngest Cyclone among my siblings. I graduated in 2012 with a degree in child, adult, and family services and a minor in French. I currently live in the Quad Cities, Iowa, and work full time in children’s ministry.

2. How did Iowa State help to lead you to where you are now?
ISU offered countless opportunities for involvement and personal growth. Some of my best memories include serving on SALC and the Homecoming Central Committee, living in the residence halls for two years as a community advisor, and studying abroad for a semester in the south of France.

3. How do you “live” Iowa State in your everyday life?
I chose my major at Iowa State based on my desire to help others, and I have followed that passion to my current role in children’s ministry. I also sing the Iowa State fight song to my University of Iowa coworker at least once a week. She doesn’t know the words to their fight song.

4. How has being an alumna of Iowa State helped you to connect with others?
ISU is a go-to topic of conversation; I love bragging on Iowa State! Whether I’ve been asked which was my favorite dining center (Conversations — free coffee!) or challenged on the Cy-Hawk rivalry, discussing ISU is always an effective way to relate to others.

5. What is your favorite Iowa State memory?
Walking on Central Campus as the Campanile chimed after finishing my last final exam as an undergrad student. It was the perfect way to reflect on and appreciate the last four years.

Heading to Pinehurst

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Back in June David Blum, Kevin Oswald, Tyler Brady, and Johnny Larson claimed victory (in a tiebreaker, actually) at the Alumni Association’s annual Cy’s Birdie Classic golf tournament (next year’s event is set for June 5, 2014 — save the date). The event was held at Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City and, for the first time, served as a qualifier for the Acura College Alumni Team Championship — a national tournament at which alumni golfers represent their alma maters in a fun, friendly competition for the cup.

Blum, Oswald, Brady, and Larson will be traveling to the championship Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at legendary Pinehurst #2 and #4. “I’m excited about playing Pinehurst #2,” Brady said, “because it will host the U.S. Open for both the men and women next year.”

The golfers were initially motivated to sign up for Cy’s Birdie Classic in large part due to the opportunity to play Pinehurst. Oswald, Larson, and Brady were members of the Cyclone men’s golf team as undergraduates. Former golfer Jeremy Lyons had actually organized the team, but a last-minute conflict forced him to bow out. Blum is a former ISU student who went on to graduate from Palmer Chiropractic School.

Now the group is heading to the championship and is grateful for Acura’s sponsorship. “After seeing that we get a ‘3 Hour Complimentary Test Drive’ of any Acura we want, I changed my ticket to a one-way,” Oswald said. “Might as well drive my new whip home!”

As for sizing up the competition, the players have only minimal information. “I randomly met a guy who will be on the Arizona State team last weekend, “Brady said, “but that’s I know of so far. I also looked up the Missouri guys’ handicaps from last year and they got a lot of shots!” Oswald added that he knows all the members of the University of Nebraska team and that they’re definitely “pretty good.”

No matter what, the golfers are in for a great experience playing the legendary course for the first time and having the opportunity to meet alumni golfers from across the country.

Follow the Acura Facebook page and Twitter feed for information leading up to the tournament and check back for more updates and photos from the team as they share their experience while at Pinehurst.