Meet Katie: New IACC VISTA Leader Answers Our Questions

PictureIowa Campus Compact’s VISTA Leader for 2015-2016 is Katie Zellmer. Katie worked for the past year as an IACC VISTA member in the Central College Center for Community-Based Learning. Katie is a 2014 graduate of Central and began work in our office two weeks ago. Please join us in welcoming Katie and saying farewell to last year’s Leader Kyle Anderson, who is off to work for the University of Georgia. To help get to know her, we asked Katie a few probing questions (based loosely on Inside the Actor’s Studio).


What is your favorite word? 
Bolgna, because you can not help but sing the Oscar Meyer song, when you say it. Ironically, I hate to eat bolgna though.

Follow up: how do you pronounce that word?
Buh-loh-nee. My bolgna has a first name it’s O-S-C-A-R. My bolgna has a second name it’s M-A-Y-E-R.

What is your least favorite word?

Bureaucracy. First the whole idea of the word just gives me a headache. Second, it is just a pain to spell correctly.


What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
A little competition among friends, but it can’t be too serious otherwise I would quit playing and let the others win.

What turns you off?
Debby Downers, Negative Nancys, or Pessimistic Pattys.

What sound or noise do you love?
Popcorn popping in a stir crazy, while you can hear the beginning of a movie starting.

Follow up: What is a “stir crazy”?
Stir Crazy is that popcorn maker that stirs around as the popcorn is popping. Here is an Amazon Link to one.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of a file on a fingernail or really on anything.


What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A professional crafter, but since that is not really a profession, I would have to say a florist.   I believe it would be fun to be surrounded by all those flowers everyday and I’d get to be creative non-stop.

What profession would you not like to do?
Anything that involves or possibly could involve blood. I wig out at the sight of blood so bad, I can barely put a Band-Aid on my own finger if it is bleeding. 

What are you most excited about in your year as a VISTA Leader?

I am excited to see the world of civic engagement in higher education through a whole new window. As a VISTA last year at Central College my view of civic engagement was narrow, now I will be able to see the big picture community impact of all the IACC VISTAs throughout the year.