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Connections for May graduate pay off as she heads into work force

Steph hennen
Senior Steph Hennen is set to graduate in May. She has a job lined up as a trade show coordinator for Superior Industries.

Steph Hennen, an agriculture communications and agriculture leadership double major, is set to graduate in a few weeks. Thanks to her connections in her hometown of Morris, Minnesota, she has landed a job right out of college.

“I am very excited to graduate, start my career and begin making a name for myself,” she said.

Hennen will begin working for Superior Industries in May as a trade show coordinator. She will travel to trade shows to display products manufactured by both Superior Industries (large conveyors, washing and crushing equipment) and Westmor Industries (fuel trucks and trailers), a company owned by Superior Industries. Hennen has had a connection with Superior Industries since she was 16, when she worked in its marketing department. Due to that involvement and her time with National FFA Organization, Hennen decided to pursue agriculture communications.

“I never grew up on a farm and I didn't really have an agriculture background, but I was heavily involved in FFA all through high school,” she said.

Her FFA adviser convinced her to use her skills to work in the agriculture industry. Hennen continued to stay involved with agriculture-related clubs on campus through Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, Agriculture Future of America and being an Agriculture and Biological Sciences Ambassador. 

Through her involvement, Hennen visited several area high schools to speak about SDSU and the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

“I really enjoy doing this because I love to help people and I want to help students find their path, whether that path is SDSU or not,” she said.

Hennen also recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak with legislators about the upcoming Farm Bill.

She said while the four years she spent in college have gone by fast, the road has been tough. Hennen admitted taking 18 credits each semester and being involved was no easy task, but she wouldn’t change it. She credits those who have helped her along the way for her college success.

“Everyone at SDSU is very compassionate and want to see you succeed,” Hennen said. “I have seen professors appreciate what I do, and they do everything they can to help me out.”