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Gabi Evans ’24
Majors: Psychology and Sociology 
Hometown: West Liberty, Iowa

While busy with her academic studies and being an athlete at William Penn University, Gabi Evans ’24 added one more project to her plate: a book drive to support the local YMCA.

Gabi is a Psychology and Sociology major, as well as a member of the William Penn University Bowling Team. She also finds time to work in the child care room at the Mahaska County YMCA. When her Quaker Values class asked students to participate in a service project, Gabi immediately thought of the children she works with at the YMCA. Keep Reading.

Jaylin Carter ’20
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa

From the beginning, Jaylin Carter ‘20 knew the importance of getting the full #WPexperience.

Jaylin came to William Penn with a goal in mind: to gain real-world experience in the communications field. After researching William Penn’s Communication Research Institute (CRI), Jaylin knew it was the perfect fit to grow professionally.

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Rory Johnson ’23
Majors: Biology & Psychology
Hometown: New Zealand

Being over 8,000 miles from home isn’t easy but Rory Johnson is proving it’s worth it. Rory is a driven international student from New Zealand who has inserted himself into a variety of on-campus leadership roles. As a member of the Soccer team, a tutor, an RA and an active member of the World Club, Rory is taking advantage of every opportunity. Keep Reading.

Jose Chavez ’24
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

On November 8, colleges and universities celebrate the success of our First-Generation College Students. November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. HEA provided federal grants and loan programs to help students finance their educations, and ushered in programs to help with the transition and retention of first-generation college students.

Meet Jose Chavez, a freshman and first-generation college student at William Penn.

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Jacob Taylor ’20
Major: Management of Industrial Technology
Hometown: Eddyville, Iowa

Jacob Taylor is proof you don’t need to go far from home to get the full college experience.

With only living a few miles outside of Oskaloosa, Jacob quickly immersed himself in the many activities William Penn offers. From the opportunity to play golf and be part of a team, to his active involvement with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Campus Ministries, Jacob has relished every experience.

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Sydney Katko ’21

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Oskaloosa, Iowa

Through William Penn’s Education Division, Sydney Katko is making her dream of becoming a teacher a reality.

“I have always wanted to be a teacher,” says Sydney, who joined the Education Club her first year on campus. “I joined Education Club because I wanted to meet and talk to people that were going through the same classes and experiences that I was going through.”

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