Twin Cities Alumni Club

Twin Cities Alumni Club

Eric Hackman

Club Leader

BA Finance & Economics ‘12
Eagan, MN
Senior Financial Analyst, Thomson Reuters

Why I love UNI:  The strong Iowa presence UNI has created in the Twin Cities has taught me how lucky I am to have attended such a great institution.

Katie Roche

Arts & Theatre Chair

BS Biochemistry ‘06
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Forensic Scientist, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Why I love UNI:  UNI was a great place to learn, make amazing new friends, work, live and have fun! I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't begin my journey as a Panther. 

Tom Rooney

Athletics Chair

BS Accounting ‘78
St. Paul, MN
Retired Accountant- Coopers & Lybrand, Guest Services Specialist, Minnesota Twins

Why I love UNI: My five years at UNI were some of my favorite years (yes, five years. I was having so much fun, I didn't want to leave). In addition to supplying great memories, UNI prepared me for my career, introduced me to my wife, and provided a professional and social network that continues to grow and create opportunities (my job with the Twins was obtained through a fellow UNI alumnus).

Morgan Atchison

Philanthropy Chair

BA Public Administration: Human Resources ‘08
Minneapolis, MN
HR Business Partner, CHS

Why I love UNI:  Coming from a small community in western Iowa, I wanted a university that opened up my eyes to the world and its opportunities, all without losing that small-town feel and bond that I was used to. I found my passion under the trustful guidance of very dedicated and impactful educators. The opportunities were also there to travel the world with Camp Adventure and study abroad. My time at UNI was truly memorable as I even met my fiancé there. We both will be Purple for Life!

Vanessa Hall

Social Media Chair

BA Comm. & Public Relations ‘10
Plymouth, MN
Sales, Oracle

Why I love UNI:  Being a third generation UNI Alumni, I'm a proud of my Panther roots! UNI not only provided me with a great education, but it's also where I met some of my best friends and created a lifetime of memories!

Jake Rudy

Young Professionals Chair

BA Political Science & Sociology ‘11
Minneapolis, MN
Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Why I love UNI:  I love the University of Northern Iowa for so many reasons, but I feel like they all are connected to the people and programs that are a part of the UNI community. People that are a part of this community all work to make their own corner of the world a better place, and I am so proud to be a small part of that fantastic tradition.

*Jake currently serves on the UNI Alumni Board of Directors

Upcoming Events...

June 11 - UNI Night at the St. Paul Saints


Known as the Twin Cities for its two largest cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minneapolis is the younger city with modern skyscrapers while St. Paul is likened to a European city with Victorian architecture.

Why the Twin Cities Rock...

The Twin Cities area is one of the fastest growing regions in the Midwest. Residents flock to the lakes in the summer, enjoy the colors and apple orchards in the fall, and winter can only mean its hockey season. Minnesota is also home to 19 Fortune 500 companies (18 of them in the Twin Cities). And the Twin Cities continues to be named in the top five of the “Healthiest Cites in America.”

Where to Live...

Downtown Minneapolis:  Has a large residential population, mostly close to the Mississippi River. All the housing is either high-rise or condo living. Prices are high due to being downtown but that means you have all the amenities to the river, nightlife, and nationally acclaimed restaurants.

North Loop:  Located west of downtown Minneapolis and has many converted industrial buildings and warehouses. The Minnesota Twins stadium is located here and new restaurants and bars are always coming. Prices here are lower than downtown Minneapolis.

Northeast:   An older, Victorian area of Minneapolis and home to residential, industrial,  commercial and arts districts and not to mention local breweries. This area is becoming more people with the younger crowd

St. Paul: About 250,000 people live in this capital city while the total Twin Cites metro totals around 3.2 million. “Quiet” is used to describe St. Paul compared to Minneapolis as it incorporates the scenic Mississippi River.

Uptown: Located in southwestern Minneapolis and a popular destination for those seeking retail, nightlife, and cultural events.  This area is within walking distance to Minneapolis’ famous lakes.

Where to Play...

Walker Arts Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden:  First public art gallery in the Midwest which opened in 1927- a prime destination for viewing contemporary art and media. Next door is the Sculpture Garden where you can see the iconic cherry and spoon.

Minnehaha Falls: It's not every day you can see a waterfall in the city.  Located halfway between the two downtowns, the park is home to 193 acres and limestone bluffs. If that isn't enough for you, try the famous fish tacos.

Grand Avenue in St. Paul:  Runs for 30 blocks with beautiful old homes  and an entire afternoon can be spent grabbing lunch at one of the locally owned restaurants or boutiques.

Chain of Lakes: Each of the five bodies of water that make up the chain have something unique to offer such as live music, rose gardens, beaches, and biking/running.

Where to Dine...

Brasa: A warm blend of Creole, Southern, and Caribbean dishes.  They serve the best pulled pork or braised beef in town.

Cossetta: Located in St. Paul they are known as the mini-Italian empire of the east side. They have a market, bakery, endless supply of sweets, and full-service rooftop restaurant.

Smack Shack: Known for its hurricane cocktails, lobster boils, and their legendary lobster roll the Smack Shack makes you feel like you are down south with their acclaimed best street festivals in the Cities.

Matt’s Bar, The Nook, or The 5-8:  We’ll let you explore and sample each of these bars famous Jucy Lucy (Twin Cities specialty). What is a Jucy Lucy- A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty. Watch out for the hot cheese!