Just four short years ago, Trey Hemmingsen, ’11, was an Iowa State student majoring in advertising and working at the Iowa State Daily as an advertising account representative. Today the Greenlee School grad is one of the most involved members of the Iowa State Alumni Association, who devotes a substantial amount of time to his time to strengthening Iowa State’s alumni network.
This year Hemmingsen received the Iowa State Alumni Association’s James A. Hopson Alumni Volunteer Award, for his leadership in alumni-related activities. “It’s a great honor; the Alumni Association is a great organization I enjoy giving my time to,” Hemmingsen says.
Hemmingsen got his start with the ISU Alumni Association when he moved to Denver, Colorado, for his first job after graduation. His friend was the president of the Denver association at the time, and he got involved in events as the club’s marketing coordinator.
Upon moving to Boston for a new job, he found the same alumni support network wasn’t available. “I really wanted to keep that going,” says Hemmingsen.
With over 1,000 Iowa State alumni in the Boston area alone, he wanted to give them a place to meet up and keep them engaged with their alma mater. In 2014 he founded and became president of the ISU Alumni Association Club of Boston. The club hosts events like ISU football and basketball game watches and other networking events.
Along with his leadership role in the Boston club, Hemmingsen is also an active member of the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council. The Council’s mission is to build the nation’s largest active young alumni base. Most recently, he was selected to serve as the Council’s vice chair, because of his successful outreach efforts.
His efforts this year will focus on an ambassador program that ties members to their local clubs, as well as the main ISU Alumni Association. The Council also cross-promotes career services, networking events, memberships and clubs with the ISU Alumni Association to alumni returning for Homecoming, and also during Senior Sendoff.
As a student, Hemmingsen was heavily involved in the Iowa State Daily, as well as the Iowa State Ad Club. He credits much of his career experience to these organizations and looks forward to continuing his involvement with the Alumni Association.