Where Are They Now

Drake Alum Gives Advice to Current Students

Morgan Stutzman, May 2020 Drake University graduate is thankful Drake encouraged him to be a leader and prepared him for the future.

Stutzman grew up in Johnston, Iowa where he graduated from Johnston High School. With so many opportunities awaiting him at Drake, Stutzman was excited to take advantage of Drake’s study abroad program and Greek Life.

“I liked the culture around Drake,” Stutzman said. “I wanted that small school feel while still having sports, Greek Life and everything in between.”

Stutzman went into Drake with a Data Analytics major and graduated with both a Data Analytics and a Marketing Major, with a concentration in leadership. 

Stutzman participated in many campus activities that always kept him busy. In the beginning of his time at Drake, Stutzman helped out with Admissions and participated in the Adams Academy Leadership programs, though he found his home in his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. Stutzman held many leadership positions in his fraternity, along with President of the chapter. 

“One of my favorite memories while at Drake has to be bid day with fraternity life or studying abroad in New Zealand for one of my J-term trips,” Stutzman said.

Stutzman took full advantage of Drake’s study abroad program by participating in all four of his J-terms and spending a semester abroad. 

“I did a semester abroad in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and I did J-terms to Leda Sea in the Bahamas, New Zealand and to Israel and Jordan,” Stuzman shared.

Through the opportunities that Stutzman had through leadership positions, he believes that Drake prepared him for where he currently is now. 

“With the activities around Drake and a lot of my marketing classes, I was really prepared for the opportunities post-grad,” Stutzman said.

Like many other recent graduates, Stutzman didn’t have a job right out of college. 

Stutzman had interned with the Trinchero Family Estates over last summer and was able to interview and land a position as the Assistant Brand Marketing Manager for their wine brand Sutter Homes. 

“I manage our Sutter Home brand, which is our biggest brand,” Stutzman said. “We do about ten million cases a year and there is always a lot of wine to be drunk.”

Stutzman works with their data analytics and brand marketing, everything from Sutter Homes’ advertisements to their social media.

Stutzman encourages current and future Drake students to build their networks while in college.

“Build your connections while you’re in college, with both your peers and your professors and outside of Drake,” Stutzman said. “Post-grad, it’s really who you know and not what you know so really work the phones and get face time with people.”