Allison ReichALLISON Ringholz

Academic Adviser
Art and Design

Degrees and expertise
BS, Iowa State University, Psychology
MA, University of Minnesota, Counseling Psychology

Where to find her
293 Design

How to contact her
anring@iastate.edu
515-294-5840

About Allison
Allison Ringholz is the academic adviser for students majoring in art and design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, and integrated studio arts. She advises primarily freshmen and transfer students, as well as "design open" students who are undecided about their major. She also serves as the Core Design Program assessment coordinator and is a member of the Core Board, Student Affairs Council, and the University Academic Advising Committee.
Allison enjoys meeting with prospective students — and their families — who are excited about the idea of entering college. She can help answer your questions about Iowa State University and the programs and majors in the College of Design.
Allison graduated from Gilbert Junior-Senior High School in Gilbert, Iowa, just five miles north of Ames. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Iowa State in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Before joining the ISU College of Design academic advising staff in April 2008, she was the director of student programs for the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Des Moines.

Allison lives in Slater and has two energetic boys, Jack and Charlie.


What led you to become an academic adviser?
I knew I wanted to work in higher education and work closely with students, so this seemed like the perfect fit for me.

What do you enjoy most about working with prospective students?
I love being able to meet with prospective students who are already excited about the idea of entering college, and then get them more excited about their opportunities here in the College of Design. I give them information about the programs, college and university, show them examples of current student work, and give them a tour of the facilities. It is extremely rewarding when I see the people I met with as prospective students attend orientation as incoming students.

Why did you choose to attend Iowa State?
Aside from the wide array of possible majors, there are tons of extracurricular opportunities here on campus. Literally something for everyone. And the campus is beautiful.

How do your own experiences help you relate to students?
I am from Ames and went to Iowa State, so I know on and off campus pretty well. My background is not in Design, but I appreciate everything about it.

What is special about the College of Design?
I love the people and the talent found in the College of Design. Our students and faculty are doing some amazing things, both inside and outside of the classroom.

What do you do for fun away from campus?
When I’m not here, you will find me hanging out with my boys, who make life more exciting every day. If there is time left, I love a good book, a hot cup of coffee, and some reality television.