Busy lifestyle is just another day on the farm for Niendiek

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Busy lifestyle is just another day on the farm for Niendiek

January 24, 2011, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} College of Business alumna Allison Niendiek

Growing up on a dairy farm in southern Illinois, Allison Niendiek became familiar with the John Deere brand at a very young age. Years later during her sophomore year at SIU, she convinced the John Deere recruiter at the Career Fair to accept her resume, even though he was only interested in engineering students. That’s how she got her foot in the door, only to continue to impress. Now Niendiek works full-time as their Product Manager of Sensors in the Crop Care Division located in Urbandale, Iowa.

In her current job as Product Manager, she is in charge of marketing the HarvestLab sensor, which provides instantaneous yield and moisture readings on the Self Propelled Forage Harvester, a type of agricultural machinery. She also looks to see what sensors the company would like to pursue in the future. Along with her job, she holds the prestigious position of being on the SIU Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is one of the youngest members to be appointed to the Board, only having graduated two years ago. As the College of Business representative, she is tasked with reporting Alumni Association news to Dean Dennis Cradit. Niendiek also stays in touch with SIU by joining the Department of Marketing’s “Saluki Marketing Network” in January of 2010. Niendiek serves as co-mentor with fellow alumnus John Heakin.

Niendiek graduated from SIU in 2008 with a degree in marketing and a minor in history. She also studied abroad and received her International Business Certificate from Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France. As a student, she was involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, American Marketing Association, College of Business Student Council, and was a Saluki Ambassador. She attributes being involved in organizations as the reason she received her internship. “All of the tools are available and you have every opportunity in the world at SIU. It’s just whether or not you’re going to do it,” she said.

Having recently graduated, Niendiek advises that current students get involved as much as they can during their undergraduate years. “Getting the grades is important, but what really makes an individual stand out is their extracurricular activities. Take a leadership role in organizations and don’t only go to class,” she said.