Club Volunteer Spotlight January 2017: ISU Alumni of Omaha/Council Bluffs


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Each month in 2017 the ISUAA will be recognizing remarkable alumni volunteers serving in ISUAA club leadership roles. There are countless alumni across the country doing extraordinary things for the alumni in their area, possibly in a town near you. Click here to see if there is an ISUAA club or gamewatch site in your area.

For the month of January, we would like to recognize Amanda Loomis (’16) and Celia Bravard (’15) for the outstanding work they are doing to engage alumni in the Omaha / Council Bluffs area. Both Amanda and Celia stepped into their volunteer roles with the ISUAA in the summer of 2016 and have been outstanding in their pursuit to provide interactive programming for Iowa State alumni, family, and friends.

Recently, Amanda and Celia hosted an ISUAA volunteer recruitment and operations meeting to begin planning for the ISU basketball season and various upcoming spring / summer events (you can click here to view their currently scheduled events). In addition to planning, the two were able to enlist the help of five additional alumni (Jeff McClenathan ’82, Jennie Rush ’04, Adam Reinert ’11, Sabrina Ebbing ’09, Reagan Huber ’16, and Jen Cross ’09) who will be able to provide invaluable insight and assistance.

Be sure if you’re in the area during football or basketball season to stop by their gamewatch locations, Saint’s Pub + Patio (120 S 31st Ave.) and Pizza West (12031 West Maple Rd.) to cheer the Cyclones on in good company!

Want to learn more about what’s going on in the Omaha area or how to get involved? Below are a few ways to get in touch with Amanda, Celia, and the Omaha group.

Email Amanda and Celia
Iowa State Alumni of Omaha Facebook

A little more about Amanda and Celia:

Amanda (’16 economics)

loomis-amandaHometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Favorite ISU Tradition: Jingle Jog and the lighting of the Christmas Tree on central campus!
Favorite ISU Memory: I was invited to teach Zumba at Dance Marathon. Nothing surpasses teaching Zumba to hundreds of people in the middle of the night!
Personal Fun Fact: I teach dance to show choirs across the Midwest.

Celia (’15 food science)

bravard-celiaHometown: Granger, Iowa
Favorite ISU Tradition: Never walking across the Zodiac in the Memorial Union! Wouldn’t want to fail your next exam!
Favorite ISU Memory: Planning and coordinating the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association meeting at Iowa State. We hosted students from the universities of Minnesota, Nebraska-Lincoln, Wisconsin, and North Dakota State. During the meeting, our FSHN department showcased our facilities, staff/faculty, the town of Ames, and of course the beautiful ISU campus!
Personal Fun Fact: I love running! To date, I have completed 8 half marathons. Planning to do a full marathon on the future and will be sure to sport ISU gear along the way!

Something to share about the Iowa State Alumni of Omaha group: We are honored and so excited to spread the Cyclone Spirit in Nebraska! It is great to create connections, build friendships, and be a part of the Cyclone family in the Husker State. We bring a bit of Ames to each event!