Alumni Spotlight: Nate Klein ’07

Alumni Spotlight: Nate Klein ’07

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Nate Klein ’07
BA Marketing & Management

Nate Klein ’07

Hey there, hi there, and hello there. My name is Nate Klein and I am a 2007 grad of Mount Mercy University.

Nate Klein ’07

I majored in marketing and management with minors in finance, accounting, and economics—so I basically took all the business classes I could because I didn’t know what I wanted do with my life. I came to the Hill to play soccer, heck, I didn’t even visit campus because Coach Amir said it was a great place, so I believed him. While I may have come just for a sport, I fell in love with everything about this place.

Nate Klein ’07

Following graduation, I went to work for Aflac down south in Georgia and South Carolina for seven years in various leadership roles. During that time, I also completed my MBA from Emory University and then my doctorate in leadership at Creighton University.

More importantly, during that time down south I met my wife back here in Iowa on the dance floor at a wedding of two Mount Mercy alumni. We have been dancing ever since.

Nate Klein ’07

We have adopted two little girls, Lily and Ellary, both of which are early admittance for the class of 2033 and 2034! I look forward to sharing a glimpse of my time throughout the week as a student, an alum, and as the Vice President for Student Success here at Mount Mercy.

Nate Klein ’07

It was very early in my career at Mount Mercy that I learned about the importance of service over self. Like many of you, the Sisters of Mercy had a profound impact on my time here where they showed me what servant leadership truly was.

I was proud to be elected the SGA President from my sophomore through senior years where I learned about service to our students. I loved the multiple service trips I participated in as a part of Campus Ministry to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. This value of service instilled in me a commitment to each of the communities I was a part through volunteerism. I currently am the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Catherine McAuley Center here in town and have been honored to serve in many other capacities throughout the community.

Nate Klein ’07

Even as an employee here on the Hill, I continue to work to teach the values I learned from the Sisters as a Mercy Associate on what it means to lead a courageous life. From sandbagging in the city during the 2016 flood to leading a group of students to Belize for a J term service class to build a home for the Coba family, compassionate service is a value all Mustangs learn here on the Hill.

Nate Klein ’07

The experiences I had with clubs and organizations are some of the fondest memories I had during my time at Mount Mercy. My first year I had the opportunity to join our Enactus (Students in Free Enterprise – SIFE) team as a presenter. I was honored to be the team president from my sophomore through senior year where I had a blast volunteering in the community and presenting at the National Expo.

My experiences with this club literally changed the course of my life from the impact of the service and friendships to the job I landed at the National Expo. When I came back as a professor, I was excited to become the advisor for the club where I met some of the most inspirational students on the Hill.

Over the last four years, the Mount Mercy University Enactus team went from finishing outside of the Top 100 in the Nation to three straight Sweet 16 finishes including a Final Four finish in 2017 of over 400 schools, the best the University has ever finished.

Our biggest project each year has been the Market at the Mount where over 1,600 people joined on the Hill last year. Participating in this club changed my life.

Nate Klein ’07

When I talk to Mount Mercy alumni, some of their fondest memories are the employees on campus, the mentors that helped to shape the path of their life.

For me, those people include folks like Coach Amir Hadzic that brought me to campus and taught me what it meant to care for every individual person and work hard on/off the pitch. Dr. Tom Castle, Beth Tjelle, and Anne King that inspired me to join a club and make a difference in a community through SIFE/Enactus. It’s Dave Dennis, that taught me (and continues to teach me) what it means to be a servant leader to everyone, no matter the privileges they do or don’t have. Also, Laurie Hamen, who has taken a chance on me and continues to support by pushing myself and others outside of my comfort zone with feedback to help me grow.

It’s because of these people that I came back to the Hill in 2014 to become a professor. I had no idea what I was getting into and that first class I was so nervous every student would fall asleep, but they didn’t! I have enjoyed my time in the classroom not only teaching the technical skills of what it means to become a young professional in the business world or a financially stable adult, but more importantly, imparting lessons on what it means to lead a courageous life.

In April 2018, I was honored with the opportunity to become the Vice President for Student Success where I work with an amazing team of professionals and students in residence life, student engagement, athletics, health, counseling, career, and services. I have learned so much over the last year of what it means to impact a student’s life outside of the classroom and I am excited to continue my work here at Mount Mercy University until retirement!

Nate Klein ’07

Mount Mercy is about family. Beyond the classroom, the clubs, the sports, the music, the employees, and the students … it’s family. I’m not just talking about the family you spend Christmas with, but it’s the sense of family that you become a part of when you come to Mount Mercy. It’s that sense of family when you graduate and reconnect at a choir concert, a work lunch, or an alumni event.

For me, it truly is about family.

I was the first to graduate from Mount Mercy College in 2007 and I had a great time spending two of my college years with my sister at school, whom is a 2009 graduate.

Then, more than 30 years after he started his schooling, I got to walk my dad to his first class on the Hill where he finished his degree in the accelerated program and walked across the stage with his bachelor’s degree in 2017 at the age of 55.

For the last four years, I have had the joy of having my little brother on campus. It’s been an amazing experience from helping advise him to sign up for his first classes to moving him into his room as a brother and then teaching him in class and just having a burrito with him in the café on a Thursday morning. This May, he will become a 2019 graduate of Mount Mercy University.

Nate Klein ’07

To top it all off, my wife began her Master’s in Business Administration a couple of years ago. Yes, as a Registered Nurse, she dominated business courses at night and on the weekends, all while starting a family and raising two beautiful girls.

I am excited to give these two family members a hug as they will walk across the same stage on the same day as Mount Mercy grads. It’ll be about 15-16 more years until I have another family member on stage because as I mentioned, my two little girls are already pre-admitted.

This place is home no matter where you go. This place is family no matter who you are.

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