Major in agricultural business and international ag, minor in Spanish
Gary found his passion for agriculture while growing up on a family farm in Alexis, Illinois. After studying abroad in Spain, he found an interest in international relations and a desire to travel. In addition to Spain, Gary has traveled with Iowa State programs to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The summer after his sophomore year, Gary spent time at Iowa State's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development doing agricultural policy research. This experience gave him the opportunity to work with Assistant Professors Georgeanne Artz and Lee Schulz while preparing him for a semester-long internship with National Pork Producers Council in Washington, D.C. Gary also interned with John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa.
Besides getting involved in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Agricultural Business Club, he has also found interests outside of the college. Gary had the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director for Iowa State Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy on campus, which raises money and awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year, the marathon raised over $330,000 for the Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City. Outside of Dance Marathon, Gary has been active in the President's Leadership Class, Vermeer International Leadership Program, Alpha Zeta Honor Fraternity, Student Admission Representatives (STARS), and his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He’ll conclude his "Iowa State adventure" as this year's Senior Class Council Vice President.
"Iowa State has blessed me with the most priceless opportunities to succeed and develop into the leader I am today. I couldn't be more thankful for the people I've met, the adventures I've had, and the honor of always calling myself a Cyclone."