Commencement speaker to discuss challenges, hopes of college life
Updated May 05, 2014
Amanda “Mandy” Peine has been chosen to be the speaker at NDSU’s spring commencement ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. in the Fargodome.
“I’m excited to do this. It is such an honor to be chosen to represent my class,” said Peine, a native of Vermillion, Minn., who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in accounting. “My theme will be that our whole time here really has been a series of ‘Fs.’ I’m not talking about the freezing winters, flat ground or flooding. Rather, talking about our fears and failures, and how we got through them because of friends, faculty and family.”
Highly active on the NDSU campus, Peine participated in Saddle and Sirloin Club, Blue Key Honor Society, Panhellenic Council, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and Accounting Club.
“When I first came here, I told myself the first day as a freshman that I was going to make the most of each and every day,” she said of her full schedule of activities. “That was important to me and I wanted to dive into everything.”
Peine was elected the Saddle and Sirloin Cub’s Outstanding Senior this year. She also was named queen of the 87th Little International Show in 2013, served as co-master of ceremonies for the 85th Little “I” and was co-chair of the 2014 Bison Brevities talent show.
“I have never woken up regretting my decision to come to NDSU. I’d like to stay here at NDSU forever – I’ve loved each and every second,” Peine said. “It’s the community you’re surrounded by; the type of people who tend to be here are amazing. It’s better than I could have ever thought when I was planning to go to college.”
She also was involved with a number of service projects as a student, including activities for the Great Plains Food Bank, Relay-for-Life, Hoops for Hannah, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, Dorothy Day Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Project Linus and Bethany Homes.
Others easily recognize Peine’s personal determination and zeal for getting involved.
“Mandy has held numerous key positions that have given her the opportunity to be the ‘face and voice’ of the Saddle and Sirloin Club,” wrote James Kirsch, lab coordinator in animal science and co-adviser for the club, in a letter of recommendation. “Mandy has that passion, drive and enthusiasm that permeates the club which is recognized by students.”
James Clifton, associate professor of accounting practice, wrote, “She is an open and interesting person. I believe that Amanda will go far in life and will be a leader in that life.”
Peine has already taken a first big step to success in her professional life. She has been accepted into the John Deere Finance Development Program, where she will hold positions at three locations during the next three years. She starts in Fargo and she hopes it will be the start of a long career with the company.
She is the daughter of Mark and Julie Peine of Vermillion, Minn.