CONNECT Orientation


Tuckpointer Profile

Tuckpointers are well-respected and successful student leaders on campus who help guide new Crusaders through their transition to Clarke. Tuckpointers are members of the orientation staff, and work with the CONNECT Coordinator and Engagement & Intercultural Programs staff in implementing a fun and meaningful CONNECT orientation program. Tuckpointers are a great resource to new students. Tuckpointers will help new students become connected to the people of Clarke, the campus, and the community.

 nick a.   Name: Nick Anderson
Hometown: Sauk Village, IL
Class: Senior
Major: Business Management & Sports Management
Activities: Track & Field/Cross Country Co-Captain, B.L.A.C.K. Student Union President, SAVE Vice President, Intramural Basketball/Volleyball
Quote: "Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines. It is to he who endures the most in which the victory comes." - Buddha


Matt Anthenat   Name: Matt Anthenat
Hometown: Sandwich, IL
Class: Senior
Major: Business Administration - Finance
Activities: Sports, Cards, TV, Being Active
Quote: "Life is an adventure. Explore!"


 Anna Barclay   Name: Anna Barclay
Hometown: West Mont, IL
Class: Sophomore
Major: Elementary Education, Endorsements in Spanish, Reading, Special Education
Activities: Dancing, Singing, Working Out, Listening to Music, Getting Tan, Spending Time with Family
Quote: Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."



Hailee Beals   Name: Hailee Beals
Hometown: Marshalltown, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Elementary Education, Endorsements in Special Education, Reading, and Coaching
Activities: I play softball here at Clarke, I also love to go golfing, hang out with my friends, and basically doing anything that involves being outside
Quote: Welcome to Clarke!


 Katie Broghammer   Name: Katie Broghammer
Hometown: Cosgrove, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Athletic Training
Activities: Track, Reading, Anything that is Fun and Makes Me Laugh
Quote: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney


Kimberly Burton   Name: Kimberly Burton
Hometown: Livingston, WI
Class: Senior
Major: Psychology
Activities: Cheerleading, Reading, Hockey, Swimming
Quote: "If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true."


 Fernanda Carrasco   Name: Fernanda Carrasco
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Class: Sophomore
Major: Drama & Psychology
Activities: Sing, Dance, Act, Model, Doodle, Shopping
Quote: "Just do it"


 Patrick Deeney   Name: Patrick Deeney
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN
Class: Senior
Major: Biology
Activities: Science, Hanging Out, Gaming, Reading, Writing
Quote: "Not all who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien


 Shanna Forbes   Name: Shanna Forbes
Hometown: Anamosa, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Psychology/Pre-PT, Biology Minor
Activities: Dance Team, Junior Class President, Reading, Crocheting
Quote: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."


Hannah Goldsmith   Name: Hannah Goldsmith
Hometown: Earlville, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Studio Art
Activities: Drawing, Reading, Chasing Squirrels
Quote: "And I say with great caution…do not forget your shoes." - Matthew Grieson


 Josh Harbaugh   Name: Josh Harbaugh
Hometown: Elkader, IA
Class: Sophomore
Major: Psychology/Music
Activities: Music, Alliance, SAVE, The Playmakers
Quote: "Do not be afraid to switch your major, if it is something you love, it will be worth it!"


Rebekah Harvey   Name: Rebekah Harvey
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Class: Sophomore
Major: Psychology/PT
Activities: Dance, Being Outside, Working Out, Listening to Music, Being with Friends & Family
Quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."" - Wayne Gretyzky


Tyler Heintzelman   Name: Tyler Heintzelman
Hometown: Shorewood, IL
Class: Senior
Major: Biochemistry
Activities: Sports, Playing Cards, Taking Walks on the Beach, Stargazing, Daydreaming
Quote: "Carpe diem"


Steph I   Name: Stephanie Ihde
Hometown: Garnavillo, IA
Class: Senior
Major: Biology/Pre-Med, Spanish Minor
Activities: Study Abroad, Hippo Society, Reading, Anything Outdoors
Quote: "Adventure is out there"


Katie Jacobson   Name: Katie Jacobson
Hometown: Hazel Green, WI
Class: Senior
Major: Nursing
Activities: Clarke Association of Nursing Students, Coaching Volleyball, Reading, Studying, and Helping Others
Quote: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." In other words, don't be afraid to try something new! It could be the best decision you'll ever make!


 Reid Johannsen   Name: Reid Johannsen
Hometown: Andrew, IA
Class: Senior
Major: Drama
Activities: Clarke Culinary Club, CSA, Theatre
Quote: "People who love to eat are always the best people." - Julia Child


Preston Kopp   Name: Preston Kopp
Hometown: Cuba City, WI
Class: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Activities: Working Out, Watching/Going to any Football Games - but especially the Badgers! Walking Dead! Eating at Texas Roadhouse and Hanging with Friends
Quote: "What's your why?"


 Alex Kurauskas   Name: Alex Kurauskas
Hometown: Alden, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Psychology, Spanish Minor
Activities: Hanging with Friends & Family, Playing Sports
Quote: "Play in the rain, laugh in the sun, life was meant for having fun!"


 Emily Merritt   Name: Emily Merritt
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Nursing, Spanish Minor, Religious Studies Tract
Activities: Clarke Dance Team, Choir, Piano, Squirrels, Traveling, Trying New Food, Theater
Quote: "Choose to be happy."


Michelle Mitchell   Name: Michelle Mitchell
Hometown: Joliet, IL
Class: Senior
Major: Biology
Activities: Reading, Listening to Music - especially going to concerts, Playing with my two dogs: Max and Simba, CAB, Biology Club
Quote: "Don't be afraid to try new things and make new friends!"


 Mercedes Munoz   Name: Mercedes Munoz
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Class: Sophomore
Major: Spanish and Communications
Activities: Cooking, Baking, Bowling, Watching European Soccer, I like gelato ice cream, I like peanut M&Ms, favorite color is purple, chilling with friends, finger knitting
Quote: "When I grab success and opportunity by the throat, I never let go." - Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock)


Adam O'Dell   Name: Adam O'Dell
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Class: Senior
Major: Music Composition
Activities: The Playmakers Improv Troupe (President), Choir, Band, Jazz Band, Culinary Club, Piano, Mario Kart, Ultimate Frisbee, Good Food, Poetry
Quote: "I took the [road] less traveled by, And that has made all the difference"


paige p   Name: Paige Peters
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Class: Sophomore
Major: Biology/Pre-Dentistry
Activities: Ballet, Spending time with Friends and Family, Traveling
Quote: "Believe you can and you're halfway there."" - Theodore Roosevelt


Bridget Quinn   Name: Bridget Quinn
Hometown: Lake Elmo, MN
Class: Sophomore
Major: Graphic Design & Music
Activities: Fishing, Singing, Taking Photographs, Laughing, Cooking, Doing Genealogy Work, Watching Lots of Movies, Googling, Checking up on my Social Networks, Hanging out with Friends, Playing Board Games
Quote: "Get to know me :)"


Cory Reid   Name: Cory Reid
Hometown: Coralville, IA
Class: Senior
Major: Secondary Education & History
Activities: Bowling Team, Love the St. Louis Cardinals, Music
Quote: "Try new things, you're starting from scratch"


Karan Sieverding   Name: Karan Sieverding
Hometown: Bellevue, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Graphic Design
Activities: Reading, Drawing
Quote: "Change is inevitable, progress is optional."


 Amberly Solorzano   Name: Amberly Solorzano
Hometown: Fennimore, WI
Class: Sophomore
Major: AT/PT
Activities: Culinary Club, Playing Sports, Playing Guitar and Other Musical Instruments
Quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss


Robby Specht   Name: Robby Specht
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Class: Sophomore
Major: Social Work
Activities: Speak!, Alliance, Coloring Books, High School Musical, Food
Quote: "Try everything once. If you like it, try it twice."


Molly   Name: Molly Sudmeier
Hometown: New Vienna, IA
Class: Senior
Major: Studio Art & K-12 Art Education
Activities: Love fishing, biking, and making art!
Quote: "Don't limit yourself. Always push yourself out of your comfort zone because you will grow as a person and learn things about yourself that you may not have ever known."


 Kaitlyn Svestka   Name: Kaitlyn Svestka
Hometown: Decorah, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Graphic Design & Business
Activities: Softball, Being Outside, Making and Eating Cupcakes
Quote: "Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." - Mark Twain


Dan Tatara   Name: Dan Tatara
Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL
Class: Junior
Major: Psychology/Pre-PT
Activities: Playing Drums, Guitar, Concerts, Helping People, Eating Food, Working Out
Quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it! You will only get out of this week with what you put into it. Try something new and have fun."


 Nick Tate   Name: Nick Tate
Hometown: Woodridge, IL
Class: Senior
Major: Graphic Design
Activities: Sports, songwriting
Quote: "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got."


 Paige Tomson   Name: Paige Tomson
Hometown: North Liberty, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Biochemistry
Activities: I like dancing, baking, scrapbooking, taking pictures, & taking walks
Quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss


Aaron Turner   Name: Aaron Turner
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Class: Sophomore
Major: Business Administration & Accounting
Activities: Clarke Bowling, Golfing, Watching TV, & Hanging with Friends


 Dillon Waschenbach   Name: Dillon Waschenbach
Hometown: Marion, IA
Class: Junior
Major: Psychology
Activities: I play guitar, most outside sports, and watch Cardinals baseball.
Quote: "Welcome to the smallest, big campus in Iowa."


Mary Zanger   Name: Mary Zanger
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Class: Senior
Major: Business Administration, Drama Minor
Activities: CSA, Culinary Club, Future Young Professionals
Quote: "Take chances.  Who knows, you might end up student body president!"


Jovany Zuniga   Name: Jovany Zuniga
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Class: Sophomore
Major: Athletic Training/Physical Therapy
Activities: Long Walks on the Beach, Short Walks to the Fridge, Playing Soccer, Talking to Friends
Quote: "A man who conquers himself is greater than one who conquers a thousand men in battle."


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