In March the weather turns for the better so we have a ray of sunshine for our featured Alumni this month. For those of us fortunate enough to know Laura, she always lights up a room when she walks in. The Morning Sun Featured Alumni for March is Laura (Woodrow) Rawson.
Laura (Woodrow) Rawson
Eric Rawson, Elodie (age 8), Nash (age 6)
Family (spouse, children, ect.)?
John and Marie Woodrow
Which Partner High School did you attend?
High School Activities and Awards:
Cheerleading: 1997 Iowa Honor Squad
Volleyball, Track, Football and Basketball Cheerleading, Softball, Band, Jazz Band, Color Guard., Choir, Show Choir, Renaissance, Class President, Pep Club, and National Honor Society
Which College did you attend and your major?
Iowa State University, Double major in:
- Apparel Merchandising, Production, and Design
- Advertising with a focus on pop culture and marketing
College Activities and Awards:
Throughout college, I worked at Lied Recreation Center, was a supervisor/account executive at Cardinal and Gold, a publication of The Ames Tribune, and a marketing intern for the Burlington Bees. I was a member of the Iowa State Fashion Show committee and the Iowa State American Advertising Federation Club.
I am a Senior Director, Public Relations and Creative Marketing at Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. in Fairfield, Iowa. I’ve been with Cambridge since 2008 and have spent 10 years supporting the firm’s corporate branding strategy initiatives, advertising campaigns, and financial advisor-focused marketing. I oversee a team of in-house multimedia/graphic designers serving both departments within Cambridge and over 3,200 financial professionals across the country. I am a graduate of Cambridge’s Leadership Development Program and hold FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses.
Why are you proud of Morning Sun?
I love that there is no such thing as secrets in Morning Sun and I mean that sincerely. I believe it comes from a genuine place of care and concern. We stand ready to help those in need and want to support others when we can. A great example: When I was in high school, my dad would come home from his morning coffee break at Casey’s or The Dairy Barn, and he would already know how my night had gone. I’m pretty sure I didn’t love the Morning Sun “no secrets” policy back then.
What is your favorite Morning Sun memory?
Favorite memories include attending the Lions Club Halloween costume party, helping at the annual little kids’ wrestling tournament, reading Little House on the Prairie with Mrs. Hill, drinking lemonade shake-ups on the 4th of July and working at the 4-H snow cone stand, taking gymnastics in the basement of the library, being scared to death when Jacine Edwards would dress up as a witch at the library for Halloween, waitressing at The Dairy Barn, and helping Grandpa Alvin and Grandma Ola host their Garden Club parties.
Why do you still value your Morning Sun roots?
It’s the old adage of “You never know what you have until it is gone.” Growing up, I couldn’t wait to leave Morning Sun, but no matter where I’ve lived, the people I’ve met, or the situations I’ve experienced, I soon realized nothing compares to how you feel when you are home.