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DiversityonCampus It’s not just black and white


G E TTI NG START ED BY Carole Gieseke


The joys of group travel


ne of the true joys of group travel is the intensity and speed with which you become friends with your fellow travelers. I returned to Ames last November after hosting a two-week trip to South America with a dynamic group of Iowa State alumni, their friends, and spouses. We were a compact group of 17 – we could all fit at one big table in a restaurant if we put our minds to it. Together we traveled to two of the absolute wonders of South America – Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands – as part of a Traveling Cyclones tour organized through the ISU Alumni Association by Odysseys Unlimited. Together we followed the footsteps of ancient civilizations and shared the delight of spotting yet another blue-footed booby. We started our adventure in Lima, Peru, but we never stayed in one place too long. We nimbly traveled for those two weeks on planes, trains, buses, and boats. We


became masters of packing light and leaving early. A 4 a.m. wakeup call? No problem! Another of the joys of group travel is not having to make arrangements for the aforementioned modes of transportation. All those plane tickets and train tickets and shuttlebus tickets and private motorcoach arrangements – not to mention all of our dining reservations and hotel reservations and entrance tickets and whatever it takes to get to the Galapagos – would have been a logistical nightmare if we’d done it ourselves. I’d rather follow an Odysseys guide any day. This was such an amazing trip that I had to keep pinching myself the whole time: Holy buckets, I’m in MACHU PICCHU! Or: I’m walking on an island once traversed by Charles Darwin himself! And I’m surrounded by piles of iguanas! My travel buddies and I climbed the ruins of Machu Picchu in the rain. We crossed the equator no fewer than five times. We drank some kind of weird corn beer (it’s an acquired taste, believe me) and ate a lot of delicious quinoa. We stayed in a gorgeous former monastery and on a tiny, rocking ship. We took pictures of each other with Galapagos sea lions. We tried really hard not to laugh at each other

during “wet landings” on the islands, which really aren’t landings at all, when you think about it. We celebrated Iowa State’s Homecoming…and Halloween…and the World Series… from a distance. In those two weeks we went from being total strangers to becoming lifelong friends. We shared so many things: food and wine, of course, but also hiking sticks and rain gear, Imodium and sunscreen, quick fixes for errant cell phones and laptops… and lots of stories and laughter. At the end of our journey, our biggest surprise was not that we’d eaten so well (though we had), or that we’d stayed in charming and unconventional lodgings (though we did), or that we’d made it to two of our top “bucket list” destinations – no, our biggest surprise was how much all of these things had been enhanced by each other’s presence. Here’s to a very special group of ISU travelers and my new friends! 

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Diversity on campus: It’s not just black and white Open conversations and real-life voices on an increasingly diverse campus

Jing-Ru Tan, a junior in economics, participates in an International First Year Experience class. PHOTO BY MAKAYLA TENDALL


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Robert Bullard: 26 miles toward justice Distinguished Awards Celebration Adam Wright: Advocates in all fields


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WE’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU Let us know what you think about

stories in this issue – or about other topics of interest to VISIONS readers. Email your letters to: CGIESEKE@IASTATE.EDU. Kari A. (Ditsworth) Hensen* ’96 Sociology, MS ’98 Higher Ed., PhD ’05 Ankeny, Iowa

OFFICERS Alan E. Krysan** Chair ’87 Ag. Business Lakeville, Minn.


Bill Fennelly

Erin Herbold-Swalwell* ’03 Liberal Studies Altoona, Iowa

Melanie J. Reichenberger** Chair-elect ’00 Indust. Engr. Mequon, Wis.


Ana McCracken** ’84 Fashion Merch. San Fransciso, Calif. #

Thea “Ted” H. Oberlander** Immediate Past Chair ’77 Industrial Admin. Des Moines, Iowa

Trent L. Preszler** ’98 Interdisc. Studies Cutchogue, N.Y.


Kenneth R. Bonus** Vice Chair of Finance ’85 Const. Engr. West Des Moines, Iowa Joy Wiegman Boruff** Vice Chair of Records ’76 Home Ec. Journ. Moline, Ill.


Warren R. Madden** University Treasurer ’61 Industrial Engr. Ex-officio/voting Ames, Iowa

Julie Rodgers Rosin** ’78 Home Ec. Ed., MS ’81 Ankeny, Iowa Darryl V. Samuels** ’88 Pol. Sci., MPA ’90 Comm. & Reg. Plan. / Public Admin. Pearland, Texas Nicole M. (Bell) Schmidt** ’09 Const. Engr., MS ’13 Ankeny, Iowa #


Jeffery W. Johnson** Talbot Endowed President & CEO Ex-officio/non-voting Ames, Iowa


Deborah Renee (Verschoor) Stearns** ’81 Journ. & Mass Comm. Altoona, Iowa


Kurt Alan Tjaden** ’85 Accounting Bettendorf, Iowa

Mark D. Aljets** ’79 Indust. Admin. West Des Moines, Iowa

Ryan M. York** ’95 Marketing, MBA ’03 Urbandale, Iowa

Timothy C. Becker** ’94 Const. Engr. Glenwood, Iowa





Miles Lackey* Chief of staff to the ISU President Office of the President Representative Ames, Iowa

Eric Burrough** ’97 DVM, PhD ’11 Vet. Path. Ames, Iowa #

Lawrence Cunningham** ’02 Liberal Studies Ames, Iowa

Kim McDonough** ’02 Jlsm. & Mass Comm., MS ’04 College Representative Ames, Iowa


Wendell L. Davis** ’75 DVM Overland Park, Kan.

Lora L. Talbot** Non-alumni Representative Belmond, Iowa


Craig K. Denny** ’71 Civil Engr., MS ’73 Lenexa, Kan. #

Evan Fritz*** Senior, Kinesiology/ Health Student Alumni Leadership Council Representative Northwood, Iowa

Geoffrey C. Grimes** ’69 Architecture Waterloo, Iowa


Katherine E. Hallenbeck** ’02 Finance / MIS Ankeny, Iowa #

Duane A. Halverson** ’67 Ag. Business, MS ’69 New Brighton, Minn. #

Membership Key: *Annual member **Life member # 2015 Sustaining Life donor ***Student member


Fun to read your coverage of Hilton Magic (“Here’s to Hilton Magic!,” winter 2016). As a student from 1977 - 1981 I spent many hours at Hilton! Also did my folks, who had season tickets to the women’s basketball games for many years. As one season was winding down in the early 2000s my dad was hospitalized and they missed attending the final games. At that time I wrote to Coach Fennelly explaining just that, asking if the team could sign a card I had enclosed for my dad. I was not surprised when a week or so later my dad called, so proud to have received the card with signatures and personal notes from the team! Thanks, Coach Fennelly!

campus. I was hired in 1961 or 1962 by John Pace, the registrar, to catalog all of the space on campus. He said that he wanted to find out what every room in all of the campus buildings was, whether it was a lecture hall, classroom, broom closet, or a restroom. He was sure that there were unused and forgotten classrooms, and rooms that were too small or too large for the class assignments, and there was no complete record of what was available on campus at the time. Armed with a tape measure, a light meter, and a clipboard, our student crews covered every building on campus, floor by floor, making a record of the size, seating, purpose, equipment, floor plan, and room number in each room (including restrooms) and how much light was available in the room. My most memorable moment was when our crew entered a small lecture hall in the basement of the anatomy wing of the “Veterinary Quadrangle” – now Lagomarcino Hall – and found the studio of sculptor Christian Petersen, with his dusty tools and partially completed carvings lying there, just as he had left them the day he walked out for the last time. John Amdor*

Lucinda Olson**

’66 veterinary medicine Defiance, Iowa

’81 family environment/consumer science Travelers Rest, S.C.



As a retired university professor, I was astonished to read that ISU’s overall enrollment has grown by 40 percent over the last decade (“Class act,” winter 2016). While classroom scheduling – the article’s focus – is obviously a challenge, the greater challenge is to provide resources and qualified faculty to teach those classes. There is a point at which increased class size and more courses taught per faculty diminishes quality and is harmful to both faculty and students. Perhaps in a future VISIONS issue the ISU provost could address the challenge of maintaining quality instruction in the face of significant growth in enrollment. Dean Shupe**

’60 mechanical engineering Florence, Ky. The story “Class act” brought back memories of one of my student jobs on

A fellow 1971 alum asserted in the fall issue (letters to the editor, fall 2015) that greenhouse gas climatology was not taught when he was in school and asked what employers would think of such teachings. The fact is that it was taught in Meteorology 442 when I took it in winter 1971. Later that year I worked for the world’s largest boiler manufacturer, with radiation engineers who agreed with the theory. Thankfully, highly efficient combined-cycle generation is now dominant, based purely on cost, using far less carbon. Meanwhile here in Ohio, utilities that still rely on coal are asking for bailouts. Jim DeLong**

’71 mechanical engineering Cincinnati, Ohio LONG-LASTING FRIENDSHIPS

I wanted to share a picture of 10 ISU alumni taken this fall in Nantucket. What is special about this group is that we started these gatherings back in 2003 at a Carole Gieseke Kate Bruns PHOTOGRAPHY: Jim Heemstra DESIGN: Scott Thornton / EDITOR:


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journey,” fall 2015). Lora and I were classmates at Belmond High School – actually from kindergarten on – and she was just as much a great person then as she is now. She and Russ have given so much to our hometown and now to Iowa State. We could not be prouder of them. They are the best of our generation. Thank you for the great article showing what special people they are, and thank you, Russ and Lora! Julie (Rietz) Mangold**

’70 home economics education West Chester, Iowa A CHANCE MEETING

Sid Banwart and Flo (Greiman) Banwart (L), Dunlap, Ill.; Denny Gathmann and Sue (Lameauroux) Gathmann (L), Mattoon, Ill.; Den Haahr and Jane (Naylor) Haahr (L), Ames, Iowa; Larry Hested and Jayne (Powers) Hested (A), Geneva, Ill.; Bob Stedman and Sandy (Farrell) Stedman (L), Parker, Colo.

cabin on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa to celebrate our respective 35th wedding anniversaries. Since then, we have spent weeks together in places as varied as the North Woods of Wisconsin; Delray Beach, Fla.; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; back on campus in Ames; Park City, Utah, and more. This year, all five couples are celebrating our 47th wedding anniversaries. The history of these long-standing friendships goes back to our days on campus in the late 1960s when all 10 of us knew each other. The five guys lived in Alumni Hall on campus. We all married our college sweethearts and stayed in touch over the years until our first reunion back in 2003. We are now gathering together for a week every year, and our 2015 reunion was on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. And we just all agreed on a week near Jackson Hole, Wy., for 2016. We are exceptionally grateful for our wonderful educations at Iowa State. All 10 of us had very different and interesting careers. The bottom line is a neat story about long-lasting loyalty to Iowa State, long-lasting loyalty to friendships, and long-lasting marriages, all of which were

developed in our formative years on campus in the mid to late 1960s.

Richard H. Turpin** Sid Banwart**

’68 chemical engineering Dunlap, Ill. A PHILANTHROPIC JOURNEY

I am finally getting caught up on my reading and discovered the articles on the extraordinary gifts of Russ and Lora Talbot (“A philanthropic

’62 electrical engineering / mathematics Stockton, Calif. *Annual member, **Life member Iowa State University values communication with alumni and other audiences, and VISIONS welcomes letters from readers about topics in the magazine. Letters must be signed and include address and daytime phone number. Letters chosen for publication may be edited for length and clarity. The editor may decide to publish a representative sample of letters on a subject or limit the number of issues devoted to a particular topic. While universities are places of open discussion, letters deemed potentially libelous or that malign a person or group will not be published. Letters express the views of the readers and not Iowa State University nor the ISU Alumni Association. Send letters to VISIONS Editor, ISU Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave., Ames, IA 50011-1430.

Lora and Russ Talbot

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Just a note to inform you that my wife, Sylvia (Strong) Turpin, ISU class of ’61, recently passed away following a battle with cancer. I was introduced to Sylvia by her mother in an English 101 class during summer ’57. Her mother, who was taking the class, asked her daughter, Sylvia, to come to class to see what a college class was like, since she would be entering in the fall term. I had begun my college career in the summer and was in that same English class, sitting next to Sylvia’s mother (seating was in alphabetical order: Strong/Turpin). Do you think that was the real purpose of Sylvia’s visit? Somehow, I don’t, and I’m very glad we met!

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Around Campus

Better late than never, Davis to be enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame


Twenty years after he stunned the college football world with unprecedented back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons, Cyclone legend Troy Davis will be earning his rightful place in the College Football Hall of Fame. Davis will be officially inducted Dec. 6 in New York City as part of the 2016 class, he learned in January.


avis, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist (1995, 1996) who still owns the Iowa State career records for rushing yards, all-purpose yards, 100-yard games, 200-yard games, and rushing touchdowns, said he was humbled by the news of his selection. “This was one of my goals when I first came to Iowa State,” he said. “This is a true blessing and I want to thank God and everybody in Ames, Iowa, who kept pushing me.” One of those people was Dan McCarney (L), the Cyclones’ head coach from 19952006. “Troy rushed for 2,000 yards in backto-back seasons and still nobody else has done it,” McCarney said. “This is the highest honor in all of college football, and he was the main subject in one of the greatest chapters in the history of Iowa State football. As we worked to lay our foundation for future success, there was no chance we could have done it without Troy Davis. I’ve been part of winless


ISU metallurgist named to National Academy of Inventors


Troy Davis is ISU’s only two-time first-team consensus All-American. He finished fifth in 1995 and second in 1996 on the Heisman Trophy ballot.

programs; I’ve been part of a national championship, and everything in between and I still have never, ever, ever, ever seen one like Troy Davis.” In 1996, Davis rushed for more than 130 yards in all 11 Cyclone games, including a school-record 378 vs. Missouri, which at the time was the third-best individual performance in NCAA history. His season total of 2,185 yards remains the thirdmost in college football history, behind only Barry Sanders and Marcus Allen. Davis, who was inducted into the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007, joins Ed Bock (1936-38) as one of only two Cyclone players ever to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Former Cyclone head coach Johnny Majors was inducted as a player in 1987; Dirty Thirty player John Cooper (’62 phys ed) was inducted as a coach in 2008. Former Cyclone coaches Pop Warner and Earle Bruce have also been inducted. Plans are in the works for Davis to return to campus this fall, and one person who will undoubtedly be excited to meet him is first-year head coach Matt Campbell. “To rush for 2,000 yards in back-toback seasons against the competition he was going against is ridiculous,” Campbell said. “He defines what it means to play at this university.”


The Ames Laboratory scientist who co-invented the lab’s top-earning patent – lead-free solder – has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Senior metallurgist Iver Anderson will be inducted April 15 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. “Iver has dedicated his career to conducting research, and his commitment to excellence has paid off through the awarding of this Fellow recognition,” said Ames Lab director Adam Schwartz. “He has accomplished much, and we fully expect his list of inventions to grow further in the years ahead.”


Iver Anderson

cool things you should know and share about ISU

1: Iowa State is located in a small city that delivers big. Ames recently climbed 11 spots to No. 3 on the Milken Institute’s 2015 list of “Best-Performing Small Cities” and was listed in Forbes magazine as the city with the lowest unemployment rate (2.2 percent) in America, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2: Iowa State is fully energized. ISU was recently recognized on Electric’s list of the 25 most energyefficient colleges. The website cited the success of ISU’s commitment to LEED construction, its on-campus power plant, and the fact that students can even minor in wind energy. 3: Iowa State is developing award-winning technology. Technology developed at ISU and licensed to John Deere for use in harvesting equipment won three prestigious innovation “Silver Medal” awards at AGRITECHNICA 2015.

4: Iowa State students are

cyber-secure. A team of Iowa State students captured first place in the first-ever National Cyber Analyst Challenge last semester, winning $25,000 for their efforts in assessing a hypothetical computer security breach. “The students were given a very real scenario and an opportunity to practice their craft,” said team adviser Jim Davis (L)(’75 com sci, MS ’81 elec engr, PhD ’84 com sci). “This experience will make them stand out from other prospective [employment] candidates.” 5: Iowa State is thinking big…

data. The second round of awards from ISU’s Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research will support four different research projects in the field of big data – including efforts related to agriculture, improving communication between scientists, sustainable city planning, and working with survey data to develop and evaluate policies.


Deep inside the ISU Armory, students in ISU’s industrial design studios are creating products that you may end up plucking from store shelves soon.

A shocking


In an effort to make ISU’s College of Design as comprehensive as possible, dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez (A) brought the discipline of industrial design to Iowa State in 2010 and established a graduate program in the field in 2011. And today, less than five years later, that program is paying off in some major ways not only for ISU students, but for the sports equipment manufacturer Shock Doctor. Industrial design – the design of everyday objects – is a growing field as, to quote second-year industrial design graduate student Adam Graziano (’13 design), “big brands are starting to realize that having a good product isn’t enough; people have to also enjoy using it.” One of those brands is the Minnesota-based Shock Doctor, which is part of an industry engagement program on campus that includes everything from student internships to a sponsored studio – the latter of which has already produced products that are going to market in the real world, including a compression knit knee sleeve that’s already in stores and an ice therapy product developed in class by Graziano that is scheduled to hit the market in 2017. “Shock Doctor has been a great company to work with,” Graziano said. “They gave me everything I needed to make sure I could do my work, showed an interest in me and


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my project, and saw value in the partnership. That’s rare. Some companies who provide sponsorships just act like you should just feel lucky that they’re in the room with you. It almost never happens that a company sees a project through.” Department chair David Ringholz says Shock Doctor has seen through a number of projects, pursuing 10 projects from last fall’s graduate studio course alone, and plans are in the works to enhance the industry partnership for the future. “We’ve done a dozen different sponsored projects over the last five years, but Shock Doctor has by far been the most engaged. They could not be happier about the quality of work and level of interaction they’ve gotten,” Ringholz said. “They also

really like our ability to bring in students from many different majors – sometimes five or six different disciplines. You can’t do that anywhere; it’s a unique advantage to being in the academic setting.” The advantage for the students, Ringholz says, is obvious. They’re working with state-of-the-art technology on real-world projects that are perfectly integrated with their coursework. “When we started the program I was concerned about separating ‘school’ vs. ‘the real world,” Ringholz said. “That has always bothered me. If our students are doing exactly what their peers are doing in industry, they’re going to have better outcomes.”


Madden to retire June 30 After 50 years working in administration at his alma mater, ISU senior vice president for business and finance Warren Madden (L)(’61 indus engr) will retire June 30, ISU President Steven Leath (L) announced this February. Madden is, to quote Leath, “an Iowa State institution and a pillar of the Ames community” who has overseen everything from campus construction to university payroll to multiple flood recovery efforts and VEISHEA disturbances. “At some point when you stay at a place long enough, you become kind of the institutional memory,” Madden told the Ames Tribune in 2013 when he was named “Citizen of the Year.” Madden is indeed ISU’s institutional memory, dating back to his days as a student. He Warren Madden can even recall a time living in an ISU Home Management House with his wife, Beverly (L)(’60 home ec ed, MS ’70 family environment), a retired ISU professor of food science and human nutrition and career services director. After earning his MBA from the University of Chicago, Madden came back to Iowa State in 1966 at the request of vice president Wayne Moore. He was named the university’s first contracts and grants officer and became a vice president in 1984 and senior vice president in 2012. The Maddens plan to remain in Ames after Warren’s retirement and will continue to volunteer in the community.


Harmon elevated to senior VP

Martino Harmon


ollowing a national search, ISU President Steven Leath (L) has decided to stay in house with the selection of the university’s next senior vice president for student affairs. Martino Harmon (A), ISU’s associate vice president for student affairs since 2013, has been hired to replace his former boss, Thomas Hill (A), who retired as senior vice president this winter and is now serving as senior policy adviser to Leath on student experience issues and as Iowa State’s representative on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. Harmon, a three-time graduate of the University of Toledo, has extensive experience in student affairs. He held multiple posts at Toledo, including interim dean of students, director of the African-American student enrichment office, director of freshman admission, associate director of admission and multicultural recruitment, and coordinator of campus visits. He has also

previously held administrative positions at Washtenaw Community College, Rhodes State College, and Cincinnati State Community College. “Dr. Harmon is exceptionally qualified to lead this division,” Leath said. “He has outstanding credentials, he is passionate about Iowa State, and he is deeply committed to helping all students recognize and reach their potential.” ISU’s senior vice president for student affairs oversees the following campus units: student counseling, residence, dining, health center, international students and scholars programs, the Memorial Union, and the offices of the dean of students, registrar, and associate vice president for student affairs – Harmon’s previous post, which is responsible for Upward Bound & Educational Talent Search, admissions, financial aid, learning communities, assessment and research, and student support services.











White police officers shooting black suspects. Fear and prejudice against Muslims. Campus uprisings across the U.S. by students who do not feel supported, valued, or safe. Incidents of racial, ethnic, religious, and gender-related differences have been simmering for years in this country, and they have recently come to a full boil. At Iowa State, President Steven Leath has made campus diversity and inclusion issues a priority since Day One. During his installation address in September 2012, he announced his commitment to promoting diversity on campus. In 2013, he ordered a university-wide diversity asset inventory and audit. Based on the recommendations from that analysis, he named a search committee that would attract the university’s first vice president for diversity and inclusion, and implemented other key initiatives. Iowa State’s fall 2015 enrollment of 36,001 included a student body with record ethnic and multicultural diversity. But that increase has not come without some growing pains. In recent months, President Leath has responded swiftly to student concerns about safety and inclusion issues. “Diversity isn’t something we should merely tolerate; it’s a fundamental component of higher education and the Iowa State experience,” he told the campus community in a Nov. 20, 2015, open letter. “By working together to embrace diversity and create a more inclusive culture we will make Iowa State a more inspiring and invigorating place to discover, learn, and achieve.” Feature photos by Jim Heemstra / Text compiled and edited by Carole Gieseke Many of these stories have been excerpted from long-form features written by students who work for the Iowa State Daily, ISU’s student newspaper. Each of the writers is a journalism and mass communication major except where noted: Makayla Tendall, Alex Connor, Rakiah Bonjour, Shannon McCarty, Danielle Ferguson, Maddy Arnold, Kyle Heim, Mitch Anderson (public relations), Christie Smith, Luke Manderfeld



• Create a chief diversity officer position • Support groups in diversity-related endeavors • Be transparent in moving diversity efforts forward; hold regular listening sessions, invite suggestions, and include student leaders in planning • Conduct an institution-wide policy review to sharpen commitment to diversity • Assess and meet the social needs of diverse groups on campus • Focus equally on retention and promotion of diverse groups • Ensure that central administration reflects diversity expected in the campus population

A fundamental component of the Iowa State experience




Taking stock

During President Leath’s installation address in September 2012, he outlined his key priorities for the university. One of his initiatives was to “promote diversity on campus by supporting several recommendations proposed by the University Committee on Women and other key groups, and also by partnering with King and Moulton Elementary Schools in Des Moines to help increase the number of lower income and minority students enrolling at Iowa State.” Just a few months later, in March 2013, Leath announced that Iowa State would conduct a university-wide diversity asset inventory and audit. The inventory was intended to take stock of the university’s diversity programs and initiatives; the audit phase would examine Iowa State’s diversity strengths and weaknesses, creating a road map for the future. Leath said at that time that the project would help Iowa State better understand its existing diversity assets and more efficiently align those resources so the university could effectively support and promote diversity on campus and throughout the Ames community. VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016


“Iowa State University is as diverse as it has ever been, but we have a responsibility to build upon past successes and ensure that we strive every day to create an environment that is as welcoming as possible to all people – regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation,” Leath said in a memo to the campus community. The study

Jerlando Jackson (L)(PhD ’00 educational leadership and policy studies), founder of The Jackson Consulting Firm and distinguished professor of higher education at University of Wisconsin-Madison, has donated his services to conduct the diversity review and develop the final report for his alma mater. Some of the report findings highlighted Iowa State’s already-positive practices, such as aligning groups based on affinity, recruiting diverse candidates for open faculty and staff positions, the presence of a supportive climate on campus, and a strong town-gown relationship. Jackson’s key recommendations for improvement included: • Provide incentives for colleges and units to increase diversity

Also in 2014 the University Committee on Women published the findings of its Status of Women at Iowa State University report. Key findings showed improvement since a similar report was conducted in 2002; however, the report indicated improvement was still needed in areas including representation, professional development opportunities, work/life balance, and knowledge of diversity initiatives on campus. Vice president for diversity and inclusion

Chief among Jackson’s recommendations in the university-wide diversity review was to create a chief diversity officer position, and in early 2015 Leath created a firstever position for Iowa State: the vice president for diversity and inclusion. A search committee was formed, a job description was written with broad campus input, and recruitment efforts began. By September, candidates were invited to campus for public forums and a series of interviews. Reginald Stewart was Iowa State’s choice. He began his duties on campus Dec. 1. Stewart is the former chief diversity officer and adjunct professor of educational leadership at the University of Nevada in Reno. “Iowa State’s commitment to diversity isn’t simply measured by statistics; it’s a principle that guides our land-grant mission of education, research, and service,” Leath said in naming Stewart to the position. Stewart says he was attracted to Iowa State because it was a well-known, 11


ISU President Steven Leath meets with students in an informal setting.

well-respected institution and that the university had put a great deal of thought into the establishment of the diversity and inclusion position. “President Leath communicated that ISU has a dedicated faculty and staff, an engaged student body, and a desire to add a national reputation as a leader in diversity and inclusion to an already impressive list of accolades,” he said. “It was clear that Iowa State wanted to see long-term evolution in its diversity and inclusion efforts and was willing to invest the time needed to implement structural and procedural change.” Working together

But before Stewart even arrived on campus, the Iowa State community was faced with overt acts of racism and bigotry during a peaceful protest against a presidential candidate outside Jack Trice Stadium on Sept. 12, 2015. A public forum, coordinated by ISU’s Student Government and Latinos United for Change (LUCHA), was held on Sept. 30 in response to the incident, in which a woman ripped a student’s protest sign. That forum, President Leath said, “reminded us all that racism, bigotry, discrimination, and marginalization are happening on the Iowa State campus. The forum provided me an opportunity 12

to listen, learn, and feel – to truly understand what some of our minority students, faculty, and staff have endured – and it underscored the importance of empathy and action.” As a result of the public forum, and of subsequent meetings with groups on campus, Leath and his senior administration took a number of steps to continue addressing these issues, including: • Assigning ISU Police officers as liaisons to Multicultural Student Affairs to establish a strong partnership with ISU’s multicultural community • Developing a plan to expand the safety escort service • Developing a plan to relocate multicultural artwork to more visible areas on campus • Establishing a Diversity in Art course and a multicultural art exhibition • Launching a process to develop the university’s new strategic plan, which includes a subcommittee to ensure a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus environment In a letter dated Nov. 20, 2015, Leath told the university community that the university was developing an initial plan of action in close collaboration with Vice President Stewart and all stakeholders focused on three areas:

• Classrooms: Existing training for faculty, lecturers, and teaching assistants on issues of diversity will be evaluated and, where necessary, new training will be developed and offered annually. • Academic advising: A framework will be established to enable departments to understand more about the cultural climate in all of our programs. • Student experience: Student orientation programming will be evaluated to ensure it includes culturally dynamic opportunities for students to engage with one another. Existing diversity committees and initiatives within colleges and departments will be reviewed and evaluated to determine gaps and ensure student representation. All student clubs and their advisers will be expected to understand the university’s expectations for creating a welcoming and inclusive culture. “Acts of racism, bigotry, discrimination, and marginalization have no place on college campuses or in society,” the president concluded, “but we cannot ignore the fact that they are happening, and Iowa State is not immune. The reality is there are students, faculty, and staff on college campuses across the country, including here at Iowa State, who do not feel completely accepted, welcome, or safe. We must acknowledge this openly and candidly. We must work together to change this reality by taking action every day to reinforce a culture of inclusion and respect that upholds freedom of speech and expression in a way that fosters open discussion and civil discourse.” – Carole Gieseke SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS

“ It was clear that Iowa State wanted to see long-term evolution in its diversity and inclusion efforts and was willing to invest the time needed to implement structural and procedural change.” – Reginald Stewart ISU vice president for diversity and inclusion



A DIALOGUE with Iowa State’s College of Design dean, Luis Rico-Gutierrez

Iowa State’s College of Design dean, Luis Rico-Gutierrez, has strong opinions on the importance of diverse communities. Rico-Gutierrez was born and raised in Mexico. He’s lived in Europe, on the East Coast, and now in the Midwest. Living among people in so many different cultures, he says, “makes you appreciate how everybody has a different perspective on things – and all of those perspectives, on different levels, are very useful.” Involved not just in his own college but campus-wide in creating inclusive environments for students and faculty, Rico-Gutierrez has helped facilitate a number of campus initiatives. “I feel very invested in this because I’ve seen the benefits,” he says. “I mean, I’m an immigrant myself.” What follows is an edited discussion with Rico-Gutierrez on the subjects of inclusion, equity, and embracing our differences. Interview by Carole Gieseke Q: This is such a complex subject. Let’s start by talking about why diversity and inclusion are important. A: In design, creativity and innovation are the cornerstones of everything that we do. And the one thing we know about creativity and innovation is that having different perspectives is what makes the process possible. So, yes, we should care about diversity and inclusion from a social perspective; we need to care about it from many different [points of view], but for me the most important one is that if we want to be truly creative and truly innovative it takes all the different perspectives. So why do you think the discussion of diversity makes people uncomfortable? There are a couple of reasons. One, you can look at diversity and inclusion as just a numbers game. That’s a self-defeating exercise in a way. Yes, the numbers are a foundation; they allow us as a group to have the right ingredients to make everything happen. But if we just stop there, what happens to quality? What about bringing the right people to the job? [Diversity is more than] just meeting a quota. The numbers are like gathering the ingredients for a recipe, but the magic happens when you put them together. There is a second step. The first one is building diversity. The second is to imple14

ment diversity. That’s when people begin to realize why we’re putting the numbers together in the first place. When we implement diversity, we’re really harnessing the power of having all those different points of view and perspectives that allow us to come to a more effective, different, innovative solution. There are a lot of issues related to social justice that need to be part of the conversation, but ultimately it is about everybody being able to participate and contribute to a common goal that we have as an organization. What’s the difference between diversity, equity, and inclusion? Equity and inclusion are two components of the same thing. They’re two ingredients to creativity and innovation and plain and simple collaboration. But equity is not enough. Inclusion is necessary to make sure everybody is able to participate in collaborative work at the same level. As an organization, we should be able to differentiate and support people where they need additional support. I particularly don’t like the word “diversity” because it refers to all the different groups. What I don’t like about the term is it emphasizes the differences, where “inclusion” is something that brings them together. It’s more dynamic. It’s coming together.

How healthy is the culture at ISU? It’s interesting how many times we [at Iowa State] attribute the [diversity] challenges we have to the part of the country where we live. And there’s something to that. But I used to live in Pittsburgh and the same discussions we had there about why it was so hard to create an inclusive environment were almost verbatim the conversations that we have here. [So] just to say that it’s

“ You can look at diversity and inclusion as just a numbers game. That’s a self-defeating exercise…. The numbers are like gathering the ingredients for a recipe, but the magic happens when you put them together.” because we’re in Iowa, that’s not going to fly. The second thing I would say is that actually if you go outside to the streets of Iowa in all the little towns, we are a pretty diverse place if you know where to look. People coming from other countries is probably the only way that some communities will be viable in the future. People in this state have embraced the “new Iowans” SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS

Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design and a professor of architecture, holds a bachelor’s degree from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Queretaro, Mexico; a graduate degree from Fundacion Rafael Leoz in Madrid, Spain; and a master’s degree in building science from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. He is professionally accredited in Mexico and Spain. Prior to joining the Iowa State faculty in July 2009, he served as associate dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts and associate head of its School of Architecture.

as not just workers but as potential future entrepreneurs. They are the next ones opening stores on Main Street Anytown Iowa. Those things are very encouraging. [I believe that] this university is a welcoming place. Upper administration is very receptive to these issues. We all understand that this is important; but sometimes we (yes, I include myself) take it for granted. We should not take for granted the issues, the problems, the effort that it takes to build an inclusive environment. Sometimes we feel that because we talk about it that that’s all we have to do. What needs to be improved? Every time there is a search, we’re looking for the best candidate to fill the position, but at the same time it requires that we look everywhere for the best candidate. We need to look in unusual, non-traditional places for these candidates. [We need] to make sure that we recognize and emphasize that our differences are what VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016

net we cast to bring new perspectives, the better we’re going to be. We need to constantly talk about these issues, and there has been a lot of discussion about issues of freedom of expression. Freedom of expression should have a purpose; just shouting whatever comes to our mind in the middle of the desert is not very useful. We should shout and engage in discussions with each other, as intense as they have to be but with the purpose of achieving that level of excellence. Also, freedom of expression shouldn’t be used as a way of hushing people. (“OK, OK, that’s fine, that’s your opinion, but let me just keep saying what I was saying and let me ignore you.”)

make us stronger as a group and ask people to be mindful of that. I’ll be hard pressed to think of anybody here that has a negative attitude about issues of diversity, but … diversity is a question each generation in every culture has had to confront. Even if we all have the best intentions in talking about these issues or demonstrating how we feel about them, different communication styles can result in communication breakdowns. We need to make extra effort in working together to understand each other. Do you think we need to change our policies? I think the burden is on us as administrators to think about this as an important subject all the time. The levels of excellence that we aspire to can only be reached if we work together in this. And, to be completely honest, if we all think the same way, if in the team everybody contributes the same way and has the same perspective, we’re not going to go very far. So the wider the

Under your leadership, the College of Design has become a truly inclusive community. Could you give us some specifics? My first priority is to create an amazing academic experience for our students and nurture the careers of our faculty, and a diverse environment goes a long way in achieving that. We have mentorship programs at the student level to help students of any background, but we make an emphasis on diverse populations to be successful in their careers. In going to different places with our Hometown Design Program, we always take into consideration the diverse composition of each community. It is the first task of the students and of the faculty to make sure everybody has a voice in the process. Afterwards our students will become ambassadors of this practice wherever they go. It’s going to be under their skin – they will understand how diverse contributions make the process better and hopefully in their future businesses and organizations they will embrace this form of collaboration that we need to see all over the world. Speaking about the world, one of the things we are trying to emphasize is in our international programs. For example, we have the Rome program, and going over there opens the eyes of our students to diversity in a pretty in-your-face kind of way. They meet people who think very differently and approach life very differently. This is what we hope students can experience abroad and in the classroom. Diversity and cross-cultural engagement broadens their perspectives and deepens their understanding as designers and, overall, human beings. 15

Record enrollment • Fall 2015 total enrollment: 36,001 • Record international student enrollment of 4,041, up from last fall’s record of 4,028. • Record diversity: Total U.S. multicultural and international enrollment is 8,366, or 23.24 percent of the student body. (The previous record set in fall 2014 was 8,093.) • U.S. multicultural enrollment is 4,325 (12 percent of total enrollment), a new record and an increase over last fall’s 4,065 students. • Record U.S. multicultural enrollment among new freshmen: 888 students, up from last year’s record of 802. Multicultural students represent 14.3 percent of new freshmen at Iowa State.


“It’s a powerful place. It really has a wonderful opportunity to be a leader in the nation.” – John-Paul Chaisson-Cárdenas, speaking of the state of Iowa. Chaisson-Cárdenas heads the state 4-H Youth Development program for ISU Extension and Outreach. He says the beauty of Iowa comes from its changing face: About 20 percent of youth in Iowa are now youth of color.

• Black Faculty and Staff Association • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBTQA+) Faculty and Staff Association • Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association • American Indian Faculty and Staff Council • Colegas, Building Community

“I don’t think the conversations happening on campus would be happening if it weren’t for Nicci’s passion and leadership.” – Brad Freihoefer, director of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services on campus, speaking about Nicci Port (below), an administrative specialist in the College of Human Sciences who has been a pioneer for the LGBT community since 2004


Iowa State’s faculty and staff diversity networks cultivate and connect ISU’s diverse faculty and staff populations with the greater community. The groups support recruitment and retention by addressing social and professional components essential to an enhanced quality of life for faculty and staff. Current networks are:


The Morrill Act of July 2 is signed by President Abraham Lincoln.


The Iowa Agricultural College is founded on March 22.


On Sept. 11 the Iowa legislature officially accepts the provisions of the Morrill Act, giving Iowa the honor of becoming the first state in the U.S. to do so.


70 men and women are received for preparatory training on Oct. 21, making Iowa State the first land-grant institution to be co-educational from the beginning.


Iowa Agricultural College is formally opened for the admission of students on March 17; the first class consists of 173 students: 136 men and 37 women.


26 students graduate in the first class: 24 men and 2 women.

Campus diversity timeline


Carrie Chapman Catt helps organize the Ladies Military Companies.


“Out of the 30,034 students pursuing undergraduate degrees at Iowa State, 75.2 percent of them identify as white. That number has decreased by 12.9 percent in the past 10 years, but it is still the overwhelming majority.” – From Iowa State Daily article by Luke Manderfeld “ Negro students are entirely welcome at this institution; they have no discourtesy whatever shown them by fellow students or others. [However], it is not always easy for a Negro student to find rooming and boarding accommodations.” – Albert Storms, former ISU president, to a colleague in 1910

“Our lives begin to end

the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

– Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the sign carried by Jovani Rubio, an ISU senior in mechanical engineering, at a Sept. 12, 2015 protest against presidential candidate Donald Trump at the annual Cy-Hawk football game in Ames

ISU Police Department has named three officers as multicultural police liaisons on campus: Nick Grossman, Dwight Hinson, and Natasha Greene. All three volunteered for their roles to ensure that multicultural Iowa State students are heard and that they feel safe on campus. JIM HEEMSTRA

Nick Grossman and Dwight Hinson

“ Any educational efforts in the state that do not include [ethnic studies in the curriculum] shortchange students because a society that plans for the future without a complete picture of the past sets itself adrift without a compass. At Iowa State University, several programs, most notably American Indian Studies, Women and Gender Studies, African and African-American Studies, U.S. Latino Studies, and Asian-American Studies, provide crucial knowledge and perspectives in addition to disciplines such as anthropology, history, or sociology.”


– Sebastian Braun, associate professor of anthropology and director of the ISU American Indian Studies Program

1896 1894

George Washington Carver is the first African American student to graduate from Iowa State.

Carver receives his master’s degree after being appointed to the Iowa State faculty as an assistant botanist for the Experiment Station.



Delfin Sanchez de Bustamante of Argentina is the first international student from outside North America to receive a degree from Iowa State.


The Cosmopolitan Club (above) is organized with 38 members, 25 of whom represent 12 different countries; the club’s purpose is to foster international friendship.

1923 1918

Ada Hayden is the first woman to receive a PhD from Iowa State, in botany.

Jack Trice, Iowa State’s first African American football player, is mortally injured during a game against the University of Minnesota.


Across the state, ISU Extension community specialists are helping refugees adjust to life in Iowa, and, at the same time, helping their new communities adjust to them. “If the community is not welcoming, not a good place to live, then you can miss out on such a big opportunity.”


– Himar Hernandez, assistant director of community and economic development with ISU Extension

“ …because we have students who do not feel like they are a part of the Iowa State family, we still have work to do. We still have students that go into classes and are made to feel less than; are told that they shouldn’t be here, are told that they won’t survive here; and that they have nothing to contribute. Because that reality still exits, we have opportunities to build a community where students, faculty, and staff are comfortable…where they feel that the Cyclone brand applies to them. If I am exposed to something different and exposed to someone different it gives me an opportunity to reflect on myself and think about ‘How can I be different? How can I learn from you and take what I learn and make a difference in someone else’s life or in my community?” – Kenyatta Shamburger, assistant dean of students/director of ISU Multicultural Student Affairs

“ If you hear little insults every day

or you see them enacted every day – and it’s a reminder that you’re an ‘other,’ that you’re definitely one of not many here on campus – it takes a toll on you.”

– Der Vang, multicultural liaison officer in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who works with students of color in the college

A newly revised Education for Social Justice Graduate Certificate at Iowa State supports awareness of social justice issues and challenges participants to move toward advocacy and engagement with social justice actions and movements. In certificate courses, students from across campus engage in thoughtful and sustained inquiry into social justice struggles in classrooms, schools, and educational systems. They also inquire into the complex relationships between schooling and broader cultural, economic, political, and social structures, policies, and practices.

1970 1969

The first Black Cultural Affairs Week is held on campus.


ISU names a building for George Washington Carver. The Black Cultural Center on Welch Avenue is dedicated.

1984 1972

The University Committee on Women is established.

The football stadium is officially named Cyclone Stadium and Jack Trice Field.


The first “Take Back the Night” event is held to emphasize women’s right to safety.

Campus diversity timeline


The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is established.



“ Iowa State breaking the record number of multicultural students enrolled doesn’t mean much to me when the university breaks the record for student enrollment every year. I recognize that the institution is making some progress with the issue of diversity, but where they continue to lack is in inclusion. Far too many students of color are coming and leaving, having made no substantial connection to the university.” – Markus Flynn, senior in kinesiology and health. Flynn is the head of Iowa State’s Black Student Alliance.

Modeled on the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE), the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) is a comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity at Iowa State and beyond. The conference, now known as the Thomas L. Hill ISCORE, has been held on campus annually since 1999.

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Five of Iowa State’s seven academic colleges are currently led by female deans.

There are more than 60 multicultural student organizations officially recognized on the Iowa State campus. (See the full list at orgtype/15)

Together for a better education Across Iowa, ISU Extension and Outreach partners with community organizations, school staff, and local volunteers to implement “Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación” (Together for a Better Education), also known simply as Juntos. Juntos reduces the high school dropout risk by bringing together Latino middle school youth and their parents so they can support each other: Parents learn how they can help their children be successful in school; youth explore different paths they may take for their future; families come to understand the long-term benefits of completing high school and learn what they can do to make higher education a realistic option after graduation.



Tom Hill becomes Iowa State’s vice president for student affairs, the first African American to hold the position on campus.



Gene Smith is hired as the first African American athletics director at Iowa State.

The September 29th Movement is organized to protest the naming of Catt Hall after Carrie Chapman Catt, whom organizers maintain made racist and offensive comments during her women’s suffrage campaign.


The “Safe Zone” sticker is introduced on campus as a demonstration of commitment and support for the LGBT community. Iowa State’s football stadium is named for Jack Trice, making ISU the only Div. I school to have a football stadium named for an African American.


After adding a cooperative agreement with Fudan University in China, ISU has 154 agreements with universities and agencies in more than 50 countries. 38 representatives from 17 Tribal Colleges are invited by the College of Agriculture to attend the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Science (MANRRS) conference on campus.


Elizabeth (Betsy) Hoffman is hired as the first female executive vice president and provost of Iowa State.


Reginald Stewart is named Iowa State’s first vice president for diversity and inclusion.


STUDENTVOICES “ You hear ‘Islam’ in

the media and you see terrorists”

Every day Uzma Razak, a junior in supply chain management from Johor Bahru, Malaysia, wakes up before the sun to say her first prayer, called subuh in Malay. She then eats breakfast and heads to class. Before lunch, a second prayer: zohor. After lunch, Razak will sit through more classes, then she’ll head home to study. The third prayer, Asr, comes midafternoon. Between the last meal of the day and putting her head to the pillow, two more prayers must be said: the Maghrib and Isha. Generally, Razak says she doesn’t feel ashamed of praying in public. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t received a few lingering glances here and there. “Everyone is mostly friendly,” said Razak. “But I do accept weird looks occasionally.” Razak said she knows some people aren’t as tolerant of the Islamic faith. It’s “rational to be afraid” of Muslims when all people hear about is “the extreme things about ISIS,” said Razak. This fear of the Muslim community based on one sliver of its population is one that Humza Malik (a sophomore in electrical engineering who was born and raised in England), and other officers of the Muslim Student Association ask the organization’s members to consider cautiously. He, too, said he understands why people fear Muslims. “The media is confusing people,” he said. “You hear ‘Islam’ in the media and you see terrorists, Al Qaeda, and it starts to dig into people’s minds. If you don’t have a Muslim friend or a mosque near you, if the only thing you hear about Muslims is on TV, and it’s Jihad, that’s going to [affect] how you see Muslims.” 20

Uzma Razak and Humza Malik

Malik and other members of the Muslim Student Association use outreach methods to educate people who might have an exaggerated idea about Islam. The association sets up a table at noon every Thursday in Parks Library, where passersby can ask questions about the Quran and the religion.

“We’ve had people who are really aggressive and try to explain what Islam is to me, so they obviously don’t come to listen to me,” Malik said. “Growing up around different cultures and different religions molded me to be patient and tolerant.” – Danielle Ferguson SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS

“ There are issues here in Iowa that need to be fixed” Julian Neely, an ISU freshman from Johnston, Iowa, is a passionate member of the Black Student Alliance and president of the Freshman Action Team, an initiative to get freshmen involved in the black community. “We [try] to get freshmen involved with our organizations so they can just feel more comfortable on campus, especially those trying to adapt to the Iowa State campus who don’t see a lot of people who look like them,” Neely said. Neely’s breakthrough moment as president of the Freshman Action Team came last fall during a Black Student Alliance demonstration to show solidarity with the students facing discrimination at the University of Missouri. He spoke to a large

crowd at Beardshear Hall, calling on ISU President Steven Leath and other administrators to show solidarity with underrepresented students. With his first semester on campus behind him, Neely reflected on the atmosphere in Iowa for young, black people. “There are issues here in Iowa that need to be fixed,” he said. He described two types of racism and discrimination that black Americans face. “Systematic racism comes from those who are in power, such as administration or police officers,” he said. “From peers, I think it’s more just prejudice or ignorance.” He said confronting micro-aggressions, the type of discrimination he believes

students face most often on campus – such as students asking to touch a black person’s hair or saying things like, “Do you rap because you’re black?” – is a good first step. He said addressing what he calls the “unconscious bias” is the major short-term goal for the alliance. “It’s hard to change somebody’s mindset, but you have to make them aware of what they’re saying.” Neely said the alliance also hopes to continue to reach out to other minority student organizations and strengthen a support network for those who are marginalized. – Christie Smith

Julian Neely



STUDENTVOICES “ It’s like I’m an in-betweener” Maria Alcivar

Maria Alcivar was 11 years old when she left Ecuador with her mother and brother to live in New Jersey, fleeing a dangerous home life. Alcivar was undocumented for 14 years before receiving a green card and ultimately her citizenship in July of 2015. Alcivar’s mother fearfully told her children not to share where they were from or how they arrived in the country. “It’s this fear that you have. Like when I would be driving, even now, driving and there’s a cop car behind me, I still get 22

nervous,” she says. Aside from fear, Alcivar described a feeling that many undocumented students can identify with: the feeling of being left behind or forgotten, and struggling to keep up. When Alcivar applied to Iowa State, she was still undocumented. Had it not been for someone in the admissions office helping her, she wouldn’t have been able to attend and further her education. “It’s not an easy thing to do. It’s not a system where you can just go and apply or

get in line,” Alcivar said. “There’s not such a line. If that were the case then we would all be in line.” Alcivar’s journey in this country has been more than growing up with a single mother and worrying about her undocumented status. As a Latina immigrant woman, she has dealt with the strife that comes with living away from her home country. “I’m like an in-betweener,” she says. “I don’t fully fit the ‘stereotypical American girl’ here, and then when I go home to Ecuador, I don’t fit the Ecuadorian girl [either].” Today Alcivar is a graduate student in human development and family studies, working toward a master’s degree. She’s an outspoken member of Latinos Unidos for Change (LUCHA) and has been asked to serve on one of the six committees for the university’s strategic planning process. Her area of focus: to discuss what it means to have a safe and inclusive environment. “The difficult conversations are a good start, being open to uncomfortable dialogue between people,” Alcivar said. “But at some point we need to push for policies that will enable change for marginalized people, not only at Iowa State but in the United States in general.” – Rakiah Bonjour


Alex Peters

“At the end of the day, I know who I am” The first time Alex Peters was told he was pretty was when he was wearing a dress – a significant moment for a slightly chubby child whose mother nicknamed him “Muffin Top.” Peters grew up in Truro, Iowa, a town of about 400, in a home he describes as abusive. “Growing up, we pretty much didn’t talk at all,” Peters said. “I tried to really avoid [my stepfather] because I knew what direction I was going in … so I just tried to steer clear of him.” While Peters – who today identifies as a gay man – was exploring what it meant to be gay, a staff member in his high school said during class that gay people would burn in hell. For Peters to survive, he was always careful not to rock the boat so as not to dislodge the hard pit of his true self that was just under the surface. He was not flagrantly different, but he also was not conforming enough to be accepted by his family and community. A break came every two weeks when Peters went to stay with his father. VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016

A picture of a young Peters in a lace dress, mismatched plastic dangling earrings, and a sun hat prove an early testament to the way he was allowed to express himself at his father’s home. When he lived with his mother, though, he lived in fear. “You know deep down your family isn’t OK with it, so you have to push it down and hide it out of fear of being rejected,” Peters said of his true identity. “I knew of some people who got kicked out of their house for being gay, and I didn’t want that to happen to me, especially when I knew I couldn’t support myself.” Peters wanted to change schools and live with his father, but the courts denied his father’s four-year custody battle. However, when his biological mother found out Peters was gay, she told him she was “done” with him, and he went to live with his father and stepmother Rochelle Peters, to whom he refers as his “real mother.” In his new surroundings, Peters began to make the transformation to outwardly become the person he had always been inside. His new high school was supportive,

with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender alliance club and a student body and staff that were inclusive. And after moving in with his father he was also able to express himself at home. The teen who had always hidden himself picked out his own clothes for the first time. “He was able to be his true self,” Will Peters, Alex’s father, said. When Alex came to Iowa State, he transformed again. He joined the LGBTA Alliance, where he met people with similar backgrounds. As a sophomore in apparel merchandise and design, he recently began to cross dress and perform in drag shows. “We want him to be him,” Rochelle Peters said of Alex’s performances. “At the end of the day, I know who I am,” Alex said. “I just try to be that supportive parent for people since I didn’t have that.” – Makayla Tendall



“ They don’t get us; we don’t get them” International students in the new International First Year Experience class were asked to write four things that defined them. The students slowly walked up to the chalkboards where they could write and share their descriptions. Some thought about their answers before haltingly scratching them on the chalkboard. Two Asian students stood at the board next to each other, looking nervous until the instructor, Tze Lam, a junior in nutritional science from Singapore, came over to give them a nudge in rapid Mandarin. Domestic students may have written a hobby, a goal, or a word that describes a relationship with friends or family. All but one of the seven international students in the small 8 a.m. class wrote something about their home country, which may not have defined them until they moved to a different continent. Other students wrote a word that described their major or a food they missed from their home country. Jing-Ru Tan, a junior economics student from Malaysia, described his first few weeks in Iowa. “I’ll die if no one talks to me,” he wrote on the board. The International First Year Experience course was first implemented this fall.

With a total of 4,041 international students from more than 100 countries enrolled at Iowa State last semester, the course is meant to serve as a safety net and way to connect international students to campus resources, to a mentor, and to each other. “My advice to the incoming international students is to have an open mind, go out, explore, and meet new people,” Lam said. “I always say, ‘Do what the room does.’” International students go through a variety of adjustments when they first arrive. After the honeymoon phase, when the novelty and excitement of moving to a new country wears off, small annoyances begin to grate on students’ nerves, whether it’s missing family or traditional foods, a roommate, or being hundreds or thousands of miles away from home. For Tan, who is outgoing and thrives on interaction, that nagging annoyance was the lack of interaction with others. Though he transferred to Iowa State from a college in his home country with his girlfriend, Sylvia Wong, a sophomore in biology, something was still missing in his adjustment to life in Iowa. At the bus stop or around campus, the “Iowa nice” complex became apparent in the way a domestic student or Ames resident would smile in greeting or ask a few questions, but the

Tze Lam

conversation would stop there. “They don’t get us; we don’t get them,” Wong said of domestic students. “It’s definitely lonely. We know the pain. We know how hard it is to come thousands of miles away from home. The locals don’t know.” – Makayla Tendall

“ It’s definitely lonely. We know the pain. We know how hard it is to come thousands of miles away from home.” – Sylvia Wong, sophomore in biology from Malaysia



Jing-Ru Tan and Sylvia Wong



ALUMNIVOICES Building a bigger and better table Without question “all lives matter,” as many will cry out when the Black Lives Matter Movement organizers remind us that black lives have not mattered enough in our society up to now. Latina/os, Native Americans, and other disenfranchised and underserved groups make the same claim. Latino and Latina lives matter! Native American lives matter! This phrase was never intended to mean that black lives meant more than others. The meaning always was “black lives matter, too!” In America we have a long history of African American lives being counted for less than those of the white majority, from the counting for three-fifths of a person in the Constitution to the continuance of slavery for blacks only and the Jim Crow laws that were the law of the land up through the middle of the 20th century to the shorter life expectancy of African Americans today. The reality is, for all of our progress, America still struggles to allow many different minority populations full access to its benefits. In response, over the years, attention has been focused on programs and curriculum dealing with issues of equity including ethnicity, “race,” gender, sexual orientation, and abilities. Diversity and inclusion advocates in institutions of higher learning throughout the United States are attempting to not only build their diversity, but also to forcefully affirm it. My work in the ISU/Ames community as a community activist, mother, student, professor, and multicultural educator has been centered around equity and social justice in education in the public schools and institutions of higher learning. I am convinced we have to include a diversity of cultural backgrounds working together to bring dynamic, creative perspectives as we approach the challenges we face and continue to move forward. Right now we could use more diversity of voices at the table to see this task through. The first thing that must be done is to concentrate on inclusivity. This has not been easy or comfortable for most. 26

Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” Pushing this sentiment further, I say: “First they ignore you, then they invite you to the table and ignore you.” My advice is you use your seat at the table to teach them some manners and how to build a bigger and better table. Yes, differences of viewpoints can and do bring tension, stress, and friction. Nothing moves ahead without those things. We have to lose our fear of the “other” and invite all stakeholders to the table,

“ The barriers we

face, or think we face, can be dismantled when we work together on mutual problems.” – Carlie Tartakov

to interact, get to know each other, gain appreciation, connect, and learn to care about each other. This is how you lead to a higher level of understanding and knowledge, the first step in breaking the lines of separation. This is a national problem, as most of us live in segregated spaces. In so many ways we are more segregated now than before the landmark Brown vs Board of Education decision came down in 1954, integrating our nation’s schools. People need to feel they are listened to, understood, and valued. Sometimes we need to stay in our comfort zones for this reason. There are many affinity groups and identity groups established for that purpose, from marching bands to ethnic clubs, international clubs, fraternity/sorority houses, and honor societies. These groups are good for providing us with opportunities to grow in directions we need, but

can limit their menu by bypassing a varied and rich selection of prescribed spaces, and missing the opportunities we can gain from joining groups with the more varied membership of people we need to get to know just as much. The university has the opportunity to open more spaces where its different communities can have meaningful opportunities to work, study, and live together. The barriers we face, or think we face, can be dismantled when we work together on mutual problems. Before retirement, I directed an ongoing successful program called University Studies: Dialogues on Diversity, where faculty, staff, and graduate assistants facilitated classes of undergraduate students in activities and conversations where dividing lines are examined, among them “race,” ethnicity, economic class, gender, and sexual orientation. The program’s model continues to serve as a strategy for breaking down the barriers among us as people. We must push each other to find ways to interact with members of our community outside the mostly segregated spaces we are normally offered. The university offers that opportunity in a multitude of ways. It is a delicate balance. Just think: Most places of worship have not managed to do it. I was reminded by an article I read in the New York Times recently that though developing affinity groups makes people feel more comfortable, it could actually help in creating more separation, the opposite of what was intended. This may be true if those are the only sorts of groups we have available to us. I have learned that, like home cooking, some attending to the familiar can be nutritious without limiting our ability to reach out to the wider variety of interesting options beyond. An effective university offers us the opportunity to develop both. Both are necessary for our progress as a society seeking full inclusion and social justice for all our citizens. Carlie Tartakov (L)(PhD ’95 professional studies in education) is an emerita professor of curriculum and instruction in Iowa State’s College of Human Sciences. She is a former member of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors and currently serves on that board’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She lives in Amherst, Mass.


How can we be better? My quest toward a college degree was far from a given for me. As the daughter of foreign-born parents who hadn’t attended college in Mexico nor the U.S., I knew it was up to me to own the responsibility. I was fortunate to have friends and advisers at Perry (Iowa) High School to guide me through the entrance exam, application, and financial aid processes. Together, we navigated what could otherwise have been a long, confusing road. I was drawn to Iowa State for the simple fact that my friends enrolled there and it was close to home. Had it not been for that, I may have sought connections elsewhere. I’m telling this story because I believe it’s an experience shared by many firstgeneration Latino Iowans. The largest, youngest, fastest-growing minority group in our state, Latinos have the potential to lift Iowa State to become a premier example of diversity and inclusion in higher education. In my time at ISU (2000-2004), connections with Latino faculty and staff were hard to come by. While I knew the numbers of Latinos at ISU would be low, that expectation did not diminish my desire to connect with those who shared my bicultural identity. Joining the College of Business’ Multicultural Business Group was invaluable, giving me the cultural connections with other minority students that I needed. Toward the end of my college experience, I finally began hearing from successful people who looked like me and shared my culture. I’m so thankful to those individuals and to the university for exposing me to their stories, which inspired and motivated me. It was also humbling to address my class at the College of Business commencement. A memorable experience for many reasons, it allowed me to reflect on the fact that I beat the odds for Latino graduates. At that time, typically only one out of two Latinos graduated with a four-year degree. While the statistics are changing, I hoped to inspire others. My education and hard work paid off. VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016

I have a fulfilling career as the youngest CEO in my organization’s family of companies. It’s my job to introduce more of the nation’s credit unions to the great potential of service to the Latino population. I feel a calling to apply my lessons learned, to help those who have helped me achieve the next level of success. I’m filled with gratitude as I think about ISU’s courage in choosing to answer the question: “How can we be better?” The university is taking the first of many steps to pave the road in serving tomorrow’s leaders. Imagine ISU as the premier four-year university attracting, retaining, and graduating young, influential multicultural students. Currently, even though more multicultural students are attending college than ever before, they tend to choose two-year rather than four-year degree programs because they attend school part-time, live off campus, and have outside responsibilities (such as providing and caring for family members). If this dynamic is altered and multicultural students begin to feel part of a larger whole, I believe they, along with their families, will create thriving communities that perpetuate growth and change across the state and nationwide. Miriam De Dios (A)(’04 management and marketing) is CEO of Coopera Consulting in Des Moines, the only exclusive Hispanic credit union consulting company in the nation. De Dios is a graduate of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal executive education program at Harvard Business School. She also serves as senior vice president for Affiliates Management Company, Coopera’s parent company.

Miriam De Dios

Demographic trends The growth of the Latino population has boosted Iowa’s population. According to the State Data Center of Iowa, Latinos are the state’s largest race or ethnic minority, constituting 5.6 percent of the state’s total population. It is anticipated Latinos will constitute 13 percent of the state’s total population by 2050. Nationally, 1 out of 6 U.S. residents is Hispanic.

“ The largest, youngest, fastest-growing minority group in our state,

Latinos have the potential to lift Iowa State to become a premier example of diversity and inclusion in higher education.”

– Miriam De Dios


Art Museums at Iow and Gateway Hotel &


Making Connections. Enjoying the Adventure.

wa State University & Conference Center Christian Petersen For your enjoyment on the Iowa State University campus, you will find full size and larger sculptures created by notable Iowa, national, and international artists. One of the most impressive is the work of Christian Petersen, Iowa State University’s only artist in residence spanning a career of 21 years. Christian Petersen (1885 – 1961) ISU Artist in Residence Danish-American sculpture, Christian Petersen, produced major works of art located throughout the grounds and buildings on the Iowa State University campus. A small collection of Christian Petersen’s sculpture reproductions are displayed at the west end of the lobby inside the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center at Iowa State University. Petersen’s sculptures on display inside the hotel are The Cornhusker, Abraham Lincoln, The Veterinarian Medicine Mural with the Gentle Doctor, and Petersen’s 4-H Calf.

Abraham Lincoln

4-H Calf

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Alumni Profile

Robert Bullard: 26 miles toward justice BY KATE BRUNS

labama native Robert Bullard arrived at Iowa State in the mid-1970s knowing two things: One, Iowa State was a great place to follow in the footsteps of his hero, George Washington Carver. (“Even as kids in elementary school during Black History Month,” Bullard says, “everyone knew Carver went to Iowa State University.”) And two, he wanted to carve out a new field of study, starting with an exploration of urban sociology. Bullard (A)(PhD ’76 sociology) returned to Ames in October 2015 for the first time since graduation when he received the 2015 Alumni Merit Award from the ISU Alumni Association; he says it was great to reconnect with the university and the program he says gave him his analytical and quantitative foundation. “Dr. Bob Richardson was my major professor – an urban sociologist from Detroit,” Bullard remembers. “My other major professor was Dr. Gerald Klonglan, who was a rural sociologist. With that combination, I was able to do what I wanted to do in terms of building my skills and building a framework that set the stage for what I have been doing over the last 30 years.” What Bullard has been doing has led him to be widely known as the “Father 30

of Environmental Justice,” a movement he defines as looking at environmental issues not just through a scientific lens, but through a sociological one. Hurricane Katrina was a prime case study; in fact, Bullard took a sabbatical in the storm’s aftermath to assist and learn on the ground. Bullard has authored 18 books on environmental justice topics and is considered an international expert on such topics as sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, transportation, and emergency response. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century, and in 2014 the Sierra Club created an award in environmental justice and named it after him. Despite his extensive research and advocacy, Bullard says he is a teacher at heart. He is dean and distinguished professor of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, following in the footsteps of Carver and teaching at a historically black university after graduating from Iowa State. “The best reward is to have a student come back to me, five or 10 years down the road, and say, ‘Dr. Bullard, I was in your class and now I’m an environmental engineer or a toxicologist or an

“This is not a task for sprinters. It’s not a marathon. It’s a marathon relay. We have to run our 26 miles and then pass it off to the next group to run the next 26 miles.” –– ROBERT BULLARD

epidemiologist or CEO of a nonprofit.’ Knowing that something you taught or a book you wrote was a tipping point for someone is very rewarding. I have been doing this a long time, and it’s not as lonely as it used to be. There are a lot of SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS


young people now who take the environment and climate and equity as their issue, and rightfully so. The millennials get knocked down a lot, but they have the wherewithal, I think, to change the world.” While environmental justice is a broad, interdisciplinary field, Bullard says without hesitation that climate change is the number-one environmental justice issue of the century. “The challenge is to get not only our government and the other governments of the world, but to get our organization leaders, faith leaders, and young people to really understand that they can make a difference,” Bullard says. “They can lend their voice to different issues in terms of clean energy and renewables. They can lend their voices to building healthy, safe, and sustainable communities; walkable communities; and good, clean, efficient transportation. We can change a lot of things just by organizing and mobilizing ordinary people. I don’t think the government can do as much as people can do on their own as a collective. “This is not a task for sprinters,” Bullard says. “It’s not a marathon. It’s a marathon relay. We have to run our 26 miles and then pass it off to the next group to run the next 26 miles.”  VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016




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ISU Marching Band, led by Jay Chapman, ’90

Let’s go, State! Back row: Brady Sutton, Jennifer Garrels, Bruce Anderson, and Jay Chapman. Front row: Kate Sutton, Diane Heldt, Stephanie Hansen, and Karen HeldtChapman. Fun in the photo booth

The fifth-annual Cardinal & Gold Gala

A rockin’ Mardi Gras bash!


n Feb. 12, 2016, nearly 575 Iowa Staters put a Mardi Gras spin on their Valentine’s Day weekend at the fifth-annual Cardinal & Gold Gala. The event, held at Des Moines’ Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in support of first-generation student scholarships and alumni programming, netted more than $70,000. Coordinated by the ISU Alumni Association, and with the assistance of many hardworking volunteers, the event featured Mardi Gras-inspired food stations in addition to silent and live auctions, a rousing game of “purple or green,” and a surprise show from members of the ISU Marching Band. Dan Winters (A)(’03) emceed the evening’s festivities, and David Whitaker was the auctioneer. Coupled with dollars raised from the Gala and from four additional endowed scholarships, $255,000 has been raised to date to support first-generation scholarships. Since the inaugural event, 40 ISU students have benefitted from these scholarships. The following ISU students are the 2015-16 Cardinal & Gold Scholarship recipients: 32

n Nicholas Lane, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Indianola, Iowa n Jason Fredericks, College of Business, Springville, Iowa n Miranda Seals, College of Design, Sigourney, Iowa n Christopher Grow, College of Engineering, Waukee, Iowa n Amanda Willems, College of Human Sciences, Denison, Iowa n Taylor Barwick, College of Human Sciences, Sioux City, Iowa n Hannah Overton, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mingo, Iowa n Haley Haskell, Terry & Craig Denny ISU Alumni Association Cardinal & Gold Gala/College of Human Sciences Scholarship, Des Moines, Iowa n Victoria Farwell, Lora & Russ Talbot ISU Alumni Association Cardinal & Gold College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship, Council Bluffs, Iowa n Haley Grein, ISUAA Board of Directors Cardinal & Gold Leadership/Terry Denny Memorial Scholarship, Wesley, Iowa SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS

Photos by Jim Heemstra

Silent auction

Mary Jo and Glen (’61) Mente**

SAVE THE DATE! Next year’s Cardinal & Gold Gala will be Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Hope you are ready for a Scholarship recipients

2016 Honorary Gala Co-Chairs Becky (’74) and Evan (’74) Stadlman** Cynthia Thorland (’84) and Fritz Weitz** 2016 Benefactors & Table Host Committee Ron Barnes (’87)** Bree Cooper (’98)** Mike Cooper (’97)** Kevin Drury (’83)** Jon Fleming (’75)** Paul Kruse (’80)** Teri Kruse (’81)** Graig Stensland (’02) Brian Torresi (’03)** Dwayne Vande Krol (’93)** Michele Whitty (’79)* Peter Wolf (‘07)** Special thanks to Stacy Dreyer,* Gala Auction Coordinator


2016 Benefactors Forever True ($5,000) Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Davis Brown Law Firm Brad and Lesa Lewis Nyemaster Goode, P.C. Mittera Group Becky (’74) and Evan (’74) Stadlman** Cynthia Thorland (’84) and Fritz Weitz** Bells of Iowa State ($2,500) Audi Des Moines, Acura of Johnston, VW of Des Moines Mary Greeley Medical Center McFarland Clinic PC & Dr. Jon Fleming (’75)** Rueter’s Equipment Companies Sigler Companies Lora and Russ Talbot** Tim (’76) and Mary (’78) Wolf**

Cardinal & Gold Supporters ($500) AO Wealth Advisory Mark (’79) and Ann (’78) Aljets** Craig (’71) and Barb (’71) Foss** Jeff (’14) and Peggy Johnson** Ric (’71) and Carol (’71) Jurgens** Angie (’93) and Wade Lookingbill** Jill (’80) and Dan Stevenson** Ed (’66) and Ana (’84) McCracken** Michael (’77) and Carrie (’77) Thrall** Dwayne (’93) and Lori (’93) Vande Krol** 2016 Table Hosts Ryan Brooks (’06)* Gary and Heather Botine** Jamie Bunn (DVM ’98) and Kaaren Olesen* Jay (’90) and Karen Heldt (’92) Chapman** Mike (’97) and Bree (’98) Cooper** Davis Brown Law Firm Craig K. Denny (’71, ’73)** Kevin (’83) and Jeanne Drury** Ron (’71) and Pam (’71) Hallenbeck*

“Roaring good time!”

Andrew (’96) and Kari (’96) Hensen** Chuck (’81) and Heidi (’81) Howlett** ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Al (’56) and Ann (’56) Jennings (3 tables)** B.J. (’04) and Emily Jordison Al (’87) and Terri (’87) Krysan** Shane (’10) and Catherine Lucas Don (’80) and Laurie Nickerson* Al (’78) and Ted (’77) Oberlander** Larry (’73) and Pam Pithan** Travis (’08) and Marisa (’07) Roseberry* Tyler (’05) and Brittney (’06) Rutherford* Jacqueline Vanni Shanks (’83) and Brent Shanks (’83)* Timmins, Kroll & Jacobsen, LLP Kurt (’85) and Kristyn (’85) Tjaden** Steve (’78) and Michele (’79) Whitty* Peter Wolf (’07) (2 tables)** * ISU Alumni Association Annual Member ** ISU Alumni Association Life Member



Cy’S DAYs OF sERVICE Show your CYCLONE PRIDE! Cyclones unite! April is the month to organize your friends, family, and colleagues and do your part to show what a tremendous impact Cyclones can have on their local communities. Help with an existing project or create your own – don’t forget to log your hours and post your photos. And be sure to wear Cardinal & Gold!


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Homecoming 2016 Oct. 28-29

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‘65 & ‘66

Graduates of the classes of 1965 and 1966 are invited to return to campus to celebrate their special milestone. Class members will be recognized at the 50-year medallion ceremony and enjoy a mix-and-mingle reception, plus participate in campuswide activities open to all alumni, students, and friends: the Homecoming Pep Rally, Cyclone Central Tailgate, and the Homecoming football game. For more reunion information, go to or contact Chelsea Trowbridge,, (515) 294-2584

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Who inspires you? “Inspirational” faculty and staff will be honored May 20 at the annual Faculty-Staff Inspiration Awards reception. This year’s event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception at the ISU Alumni Center; the program starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, see page 46

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owa State University will honor five outstanding individuals, three couples, and one corporation at the 2016 Distinguished Awards Celebration on Friday, April 15. The Distinguished Alumni Award (the highest honor given to alumni) and the Honorary Alumni Award (the highest honor given to non-ISU graduates) are administered by the ISU Alumni Association. The Order of the Knoll awards are the highest honors administered through the ISU Foundation. View full biographies of the 2016 honorees at:

Nominate alumni and friends for the distinguished alumni and honorary alumni awards at:


D.L. “Hank” Harris** DVM ’67, PhD ’70 veterinary microbiology Ames, Iowa The discoveries and innovations of veterinary researcher Hank Harris have transformed global practices in swine production and health. His work identifying the cause of swine dysentery has nearly eradicated the disease, and his development and implementation of the swine multisite production system has changed production on a global scale, making his work in swine health some of the most significant in history. Harris founded two successful international vaccine companies – NOBL Labs and Harrisvaccines, Inc. – while an Iowa State faculty member from 1970 to 1982 and again from 1992 to 2014. Harrisvaccines, Inc. was the first to develop and sell a vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza virus. NOBL Laboratories was sold to Boehringer Ingelheim VetMedica in 1992; Harrisvaccines is now a part of Merck Animal Health. Both companies remain located in the ISU Research Park. Harris holds nine patents with more pending, has participated in more than 20 international scientific meetings, and has authored more than 140 publications, including one book.

Charles Lettow* ’62 chemical engineering, MA ’01 history McLean, Va. As a trained Iowa State engineer with a diverse educational background, Judge Charles Lettow is regarded as one of the United States’ most thoughtful and analytical jurists. Lettow was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed in 2003 as a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. In this role, Lettow hears cases in which citizens raise claims against the federal government, many of which are highly complex and technical in nature, involving such topics as patent infringement, contracts, taxes, takings of property, and nuclear power. Lettow has been practicing law since 1968. After earning a law degree from Stanford and serving in clerkships with a federal appellate judge and the chief justice of the United States, he worked in the Executive Office of the President for several years. He then 36

The nomination deadline for spring 2017 awards is Aug. 1, 2016.

spent 30 years with the firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Washington, D.C., where he argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and more than 40 cases in U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Long Vo Nguyen** ’63 physics, MS ’65, PhD ’75 computer science McLean, Va. Long Nguyen is founder, chairman, and CEO of Pragmatics, Inc., which he established in 1985. He previously had a distinguished academic career teaching computer science at Georgetown and other universities. Nguyen is a past member of George Mason University’s board of visitors and the Academy for Government Accountability’s board of trustees. He has established relief funds for numerous disasters, including earthquakes in Nepal, the Philippines typhoon, tornadoes and storms in Oklahoma, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Hurricane Sandy, the Haiti earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina. He has created endowments at George Mason University and Iowa State University to honor past academic advisers. In 2007, he established an endowed chair in software engineering at Iowa State in honor of his parents. Nguyen was honored as the 2010 Greater Washington Government Contractor Executive of the Year and the 2010 Greater Washington Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the IT services category.


Ruth M. Harpole** Mendota Heights, Minn.

Janice Marie Harpole Jessen** Oak Park Heights, Minn.

The name Harpole is one of the most recognized in the Iowa State family, as the connection dates back to 1918. But two of the family’s most engaged members are not graduates of the institution: Ruth Harpole and her daughter, Jan Harpole Jessen. When Harpole, a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, married her late husband, Murray, class of 1943, she also married his beloved alma mater. For seven decades, Harpole has immersed herself in the university’s culture and mission, and three SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS

of her four children went on to earn degrees from Iowa State. Her fourth child, Jan Jessen, attended ISU for three years before ultimately graduating from the University of Minnesota. Yet Jessen’s passion for Iowa State remains a constant force in her life. Harpole and Jessen are true Cyclones – even if their diplomas list other institutions – and they played critical roles in the Harpole family gift that kick-started the current renovation of Marston Hall. Other gifts from the Harpole family have supported funds throughout the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.


Union Pacific Corporation Omaha, Neb. Union Pacific Corporation is one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is North America’s premier railroad franchise. The railroad’s diversified business mix includes agricultural, automotive, chemical, coal, industrial, and intermodal products. Iowa State has benefitted greatly from its ongoing partnership with Union Pacific. Its comprehensive engagement plan brings together philanthropic investment in faculty and students with research collaborations, sponsored case competitions, involvement in student organizations, student recruitment, and a strong general campus presence. Through their service on several advisory boards at Iowa State, industry experts from Union Pacific are helping to improve curricula, shape governance, and guide decision-making. In the 2014-15 recruiting cycle, Union Pacific hired 34 Iowa State graduates, and in 2015, Union Pacific had 21 summer interns from Iowa State – the most interns from any of the 30 universities from which they actively recruit.


Donald F. and Sharon A. Greenwood** Don: ’76 civil engineering Sharon: ’75 family environment Olathe, Kan. One of Don Greenwood’s favorite Iowa State memories took place during his sophomore year of college. “In 1972, we finished a football game against number two Nebraska in a tie,” he said. Jump ahead a few decades, and both Don and Sharon Greenwood’s passion and advocacy for Iowa State continues to grow. Recently retired as the president of construction at Burns & McDonnell, Greenwood can look back on how Iowa State shaped his life. During his fruitful career and a lifetime of service, Greenwood has received the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering PACE Award, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Design-Build Institute of America, and the AdHoc Group Against Crime Community Guardian Founder’s Award. He was also inducted into the Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014. Greenwood serves as an ISU Foundation governor. Both he and Sharon, a retired inside sales manager for Midtec Associates, give generously to support a variety of areas within Iowa State’s College of Engineering. VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016


Craig K. Denny and the late Terry M. Denny** Craig: ’71 civil engineering, MS ’73 civil engineering Terry: ’71 elementary education Lenexa, Kan. For many years, Craig and Terry Denny were not only enthusiastic supporters of Iowa State but also cherished friends. Considering how Iowa State was weaved into their personal history, it makes sense that the couple would only grow in their passion through the years. “Iowa State means everything to me,” Denny said. “I met Terry at Iowa State. I learned my profession at Iowa State. Iowa State provided the foundation for the rest of my life.” Denny, a senior principal and senior consultant for Terracon Consultants, Inc., is a long-time ambassador for Iowa State. Along with his position as an ISU Foundation governor, he currently serves on the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board. Additionally, from 2004-12 he was on the Campaign Iowa State College of Engineering campaign team, and he serves on the campaign cabinet for the upcoming campaign. “I’m grateful to accept this award, particularly for Terry. She was an inspiration and my rock for the 42-plus years we were together,” Denny said.


David G. Topel and Jay-Lin Jane-Topel* Jay-Lin: PhD ’84 biochemistry and biophysics Ames, Iowa David Topel has always been heavily involved with Iowa State University – his time as a faculty member was spent serving Iowa State as much as he spent within the classroom. The retired dean, M.E. Ensminger Endowed Chair, and professor emeritus of animal science has served on the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Academic Council, the Committee for Agricultural Development, the Council of Deans, the President’s Council, the selection committee for both the athletic director and the vice provost for extension, the University Student Services Committee, and the Governor of Iowa Science Advisory Council, where he represented Iowa State. No stranger to service, ISU distinguished professor Jane-Topel has given her time as the president of the Starch Roundtable, a member of the American Association of Cereal Chemists Nomination Committee, the Starch Update Conference Scientific Committee, and the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence Scientific Committee, and has been on the editorial board for six leading scientific journals. *Annual member of the ISU Alumni Association **Life member of the ISU Alumni Association NOTE: Only ISU degrees are listed


The Distinguished Awards Celebration Friday, April 15 2:00 pm, Memorial Union Great Hall


Newsmakers I O WA S TAT E A L U M N I I N T H E N E W S

 Diabetes research

 Highway expansion

A research project for the Diabetes Research Connection by Subhadra Gunawardana (MS ’95 veterinary physiology and pharmacology) recently raised more than $50,000 through a crowdfunding campaign. Her research project aims to reverse type 1 diabetes without insulin replacement. The Diabetes Research Connection is a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, Calif.  Nationally recognized

Theaster Gates is in the news again – or should we say “still”? It seems that Gates (’96 community and regional planning, MA ’05 interdisciplinary graduate studies) is always grabbing national headlines. Two stories caught our attention: An October piece on “The Eye,” Slate magazine’s design blog, and a cool story in The New York Times T Magazine in December. The Times article was titled “Three Artists Who Think Outside the Box” and featured Gates and two other artists who are “changing what art can – and should – do for the world.” The Eye focused on Gates’ Stony Island Art Bank, a formerly dilapidated 1920s savings and loan building turned cultural center on the South Side of Chicago. Gates was also featured in our VISIONS Across America issue in 2014.  Digital humanities

Lisa Hermsen (MS ’96, PhD ’02), the Caroline Werner Gannett Chair of Humanities at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., worked on a proposal that resulted in RIT becoming the first in the nation to offer a degree in digital humanities. Hermsen was the lead on the proposal in terms of its design and was primary author of the proposal, which was submitted to the New York Department of Education for approval.

After spearheading an effort to get a dangerous portion of Highway 63 expanded to four lanes, a local Missouri state representative sponsored a bill to name the highway after ISU alumna Harriett Trey Beard (A) (’48 textiles & clothing). She is now busy working to get Highway 63 expanded to four lanes all the way to Ottumwa, Iowa.  A new kind of theatre

Peter Aitchison (’89 speech communication) and Kristin Halsey Aitchison (’90 speech communication) met as students in the theatre department at Iowa State. Since graduation, Peter has worked in summer stock, commercials, film, and theatre; Kris is both an actor and a director. The couple recently launched their own company, Hero Now Theatre, along with a third partner, in the Twin Cities. In January, Hero Now presented its second production: Terra Nova. This show is notable for two reasons. First, Peter and Kristin met while performing in the production at Iowa State. Second, the company presented the show outside. In January. In Minnesota. In a crazy way, this makes perfect sense. Terra Nova tells the story of two expeditions, both heading for the South Pole at the same time in 1911. One never returned. So Hero Now’s winter theatre experience began the minute theatre-goers got out of their cars. Performances took place inside a performance tent set up on a soccer field in a northeast Minneapolis suburb. TOP JOBS

• Mannava Sivakumar (PhD ’77 agronomy) has been appointed as the acting 38

secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Sivakumar was the former director of the Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and is currently the editor-in-chief of the Weather and Climate Extremes Journal and a senior consultant with World Bank and WMO. • On Jan. 11, 2016, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Governing Council selected Judson Horras (A)(’97 psychology) to become president and CEO of the trade association representing inter/national men’s fraternities. Horras most recently served as the administrative secretary of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, while concurrently serving as interim president and CEO of the NIC during its historic restructuring in fall 2015. • Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture and planning practice headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area, has named Kurt Parker (’89 landscape architecture) as a principal of the firm. Parker joined Rhodeside & Harwell in 1994. He is a landscape architect who has overseen major projects for the firm, including site and landscape development for new U.S. Embassy campuses in North and West Central Africa, the Balkans, and the Southwestern Pacific Region. ALUMNI HONORS

• When the Allegheny Arboretum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania was recently recognized as having one of the most beautiful campus arboretums in the United States by Best College Reviews, an Iowa State alum was honored by association. Jerry Pickering (PhD ’64 botany), a retired professor of biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania had, near the final years of his tenure, taken a sabbatical to investigate and help create SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS

an arboretum for the campus. The result: a living museum that provides not only beauty to the campus in southwestern Pennsylvania but also an outdoor classroom where each specimen is carefully labeled, maintained, catalogued, and mapped. Pickering remains a member of the Allegheny Arboretum board. (A side note: ISU’s own Reiman Gardens was also on that list of the 50 most beautiful college arboretums.) • Mike Retallick (L)(PhD ’05 ag and life sciences ed), an associate professor in agricultural education and studies at Iowa State, is one of six individuals to receive the National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Mentor Award. Retallick is a scholar of experiential learning. He has been recognized nationally for his theoretical work in the field, but is well known for his practical applications for classroom teachers. Retallick has mentored undergraduate and graduate students seeking certification and careers in agricultural education, helped agriculture teachers improve their instruction and taught them to manage the career-life balance, and supports teachers and students by volunteering with FFA, the FFA Foundation, and through local leadership positions. • Jeff Grummer (A)(’89 journalism and mass communication) and Rod Bodholdt (A)(’88 journalism and mass communication), co-owners of B&G Productions in Ames, have collaborated on many memorable projects. Now, one of them has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “I Will – The Jack Trice Story” was nominated for a Midwest Emmy in the sports documentary category. B&G, along with production partner Cyclones. tv, was informed that the show was one of just two finalists. • The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter, has announced that architect Edd Soenke (’67 architecture) recently received an award from the National Institute of Building Sciences. Soenke accepted the NIBS Honor Award for his seven years of work on the Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment as VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016

the chairperson of the Low Vision Design Committee. Design Guidelines is the first document of its kind in the United States to offer assistance to design professionals and others in accommodating a growing segment of the population who lives with the spectrum of vision disorders contributing to low vision. Soenke is owner/ architect at The Design Partnership in West Des Moines, Iowa. • Ryan Augustine (’12 agricultural studies) was recently awarded the Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award for his startup business, AccuGrain. Augustine participated in the Student Incubator Program and Econ 334, the Entrepreneurship in Agriculture course, during his time at Iowa State. • Lacie LaRue (’02 Spanish) has been named to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s first-ever “40 Under 40.” The 40 Under 40 is a list of extraordinary young nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, foundation officials, donors, and social entrepreneurs from across the country. LaRue, the senior director of annual giving at the Oregon State University Foundation in Corvallis, Ore., got her start in fundraising as an 18-yearold student caller at the ISU Foundation, and she’s risen quickly up the ranks. LaRue has helped Oregon State break away from staid ideas of annual giving, bringing a data-driven approach to keeping donors in the fold and encouraging them to give more. A self-professed “data nerd,” LaRue works with an unusually complex set of information and divides supporters into more than 2,000 segments. “It allows us to create a giving experience that is unique to that individual’s philanthropic interest at the university and helps strengthen the relationship,” she says. ALUMNI BOOKSHELF

• Kelly Norris (A)(’08 horticulture, MS ’11), director of horticulture for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, recently released a new gardening book, Plants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden. His earlier titles include A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for

Beginners and Enthusiasts and Iowa Gardener’s Travel Guide. Norris also won a 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Award for his iris-breeding business, Rainbow Iris Farms. • Brandon Schaefer (’03 Spanish/international ag/ag business) has published Build A Better Life: Practical Tools and Strategies to Develop and Lead Your Life and Business the Way Jesus Would. The book provides practical assistance with strategies to empower readers to live a more productive, healthier, and happier life. Schaefer is the founder and executive director of Five Capitals, a global initiative working with business and church leaders in the areas of personal development, leadership skills, and organizational growth. • Patrick James Brown (L)(’72 political science) recently sent us a copy of his new book, The Mick, with this note: “Not only did I graduate from Iowa State, but so did my editor, Greg Lauser [’70 political science], whom I asked to edit my novel because he is so much smarter than I am. Greg was editor of the Iowa State Daily, I merely the sports editor of the 1972 Bomb.” The Mick tells the story of Jack O’Connor, a poor Irish lad, as his life takes him from the Easter Rebellion in 1916, through World War I, back home to Ireland (where he discovers an unspeakable tragedy), and then on to America, where he works as a Mob enforcer. • Author Patricia Tice (L)(’75 child dev, ’83 professional studies in ed) has combined her formal training in psychology and human behavior with her experience and training in manners and etiquette to create a book that is a resource on dealing with different people, attitudes, and behaviors in the world of agriculture. Agri Manners – Essential Etiquette for Professional Success was published in December by Agri Marketing magazine. (A) = ISU Alumni Association annual member (L) = ISU Alumni Association life member 39


Adam Blake Wright writes about food and sustainable agriculture.

Advocates in all fields By Avery Amensen


ith Iowa State University’s position as a change-maker regarding issues such as food security and sustainable farming, it makes sense that students would flock to Ames to learn how to shape tomorrow’s agriculture landscape. What may not be so common, however, is students seeking to influence agriculture through their writing. Adam Blake Wright, a third-year graduate student at Iowa State, is pursuing a dual master’s degree in creative writing and sustainable agriculture. “I want to write about food and couldn’t ask for a better combination of majors to help me achieve this goal,” he said. “Being from North Carolina, I underestimated exactly how dominant agriculture is in Iowa. There is a reason this state is called the Heartland of America, and as such, I am learning more about agriculture than I ever expected.” “Currently I write about sustainability for the food magazine Edible: Iowa River Valley. I would love to be a professional food 40

writer,” said Wright. “Until that dream happens, I hope to work in farm-toschool education. I love working with children and believe wholeheartedly that our current agricultural structure will change dramatically as we face issues like climate change, growing populations, and peak oil in the coming decades. It’s so important to prepare youth for these challenges, as they will be dealing with them much more directly than any generation before.” In 2015, Wright served as a writer-inresidence for the Iowa Lakeside Lab, a 147acre biological field station in the Iowa Great Lakes region. Additionally, he is working on a young-adult novel that deals with agricultural issues. “I am about halfway done with my first draft and hope to have the second half of the book done by the end of the year,” he said. Wright received support from the Dr. Pearl

Hogrefe Creative Writing Fund in spring 2015, allowing him the time to concentrate more fully on his craft. And it paid off, as he received an award from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts for an article he published in Edible last June. Anticipating the future of the agriculture industry and preparing to tackle global challenges such as food insecurity is an important task, and Iowa State is up for the challenge. But with that comes other factors, including training advocates in all fields – especially communications. “Change can’t happen in isolation. It needs to be facilitated through educated writers who can tell the story of what is going on,” Wright said. With Iowa State’s master’s program in creative writing and environment – one of the few in the country – students learn how to be effective communicators in many areas, including forestry, policy work, activism, and, yes, agriculture. Wright leads the way in this endeavor, proving that Iowa State is up for that challenge, too. 


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Honest conversations Conversations about race continue to be among the hardest and most uncomfortable for most people to have. Such conversations tend to lead groups and individuals to either feeling shame or blame. Neither outcome is necessary. When my family and I moved to Iowa in 1999, we were asked – and still get asked! – these questions: Are there any other blacks in Iowa beyond athletes and prisoners? What is it like being the only blacks at most alumni, university, and sporting events? Do you guys feel out of place in Ames, and are you really happy here? So, let me put these answers out there for everyone: • The 2014 census showed Iowa’s population total at 3,107,126. Of this number, 3.4% or 105,642 are black and the majority of us are not athletes or prisoners. • While it’s true that my wife and I are often the only blacks at a number of Iowa State-related events, we don’t feel out of place. My staff and others at the university work hard to design, encourage, and invite ALL Iowa Staters to attend ISU events. This will remain a priority. (More on this later.) • Peggy and I don’t feel out of place in Ames or Iowa. We believe the only way to remain on the outside of any situation is to stay on the sidelines. We are issues- and needs-oriented people. If something needs doing, we find ourselves initiating a solution or joining with others to meet that need. Since our arrival in Ames, I’ve been involved in visioning efforts for our city, served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Ames Economic Development Council, and served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation. I’m also a Rotarian. Peggy served on the Youth and Shelter Services (YSS) Board of Directors, chaired the Risky Business Conference, served on the Rose McKay Scholarship 42

Committee, and is a member of the PEO-Chapter HN group. She’s also been active with United Way, the YSS Diversity Committee, and the City of Ames Human Relations Committee. We’re both active supporters of Iowa State, United Way of Story County, the Boys and Girls Club of Story County, YSS, the Ames Public Library, and the Mary Greeley Medical Center. We’ve also found great involvement with two churches in Ames. Being in a community is more than just living and working there. We feel strongly that one needs to be involved in a community to really feel a part of it. For us this comes naturally. For others, whether it’s because of their race, socio-economic status, gender, age, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, veteran status, disability, or otherwise,

A commitment to diversity is really about creating a culture that values all human beings and the selfworth and perspectives of others. It’s about building unity and community. getting involved in a majority-driven or majority-dominated organization, group, effort, profession, or community can be downright intimidating. Such groups are traditionally not known for looking around their tables and asking the really hard and necessary questions: Who is not at the table? Whose perspective are we not hearing/considering? Any commitment to diversity requires intentionality. It can never be viewed as checking off a box or performing an act of goodwill. It’s also not about being politically correct. A commitment to diversity is really about creating a culture that values all human beings and the self-worth and perspectives of others. It’s about building unity and community. Here at the ISU Alumni Association, even before I arrived, there’s been a

strong commitment to fostering diversity...and inclusion. This organization, like most organizations of its type on predominantly white college and university campuses, still finds it hard to attract individuals of color to the profession, to events, to membership, and to volunteer/ donor roles. We will stay at it, though. With Iowa State’s enrollment now standing at 36,001, of which 23% are non-Caucasian, the Association’s Board of Directors and staff are ramping up their efforts to make our diversity and inclusion efforts more transparent and much more intentional. We have to be more diverse. We have to. Why? Diverse students want to connect with like alumni as well as majority alumni. Employers want to hire minority alumni and students. Groups want to attract diverse opinions and need to have access to Iowa State’s diverse alumni. Iowa State and the state of Iowa have rich stories to tell about diversity and inclusion, but with many diverse faces either sitting on the sidelines, active only in their own groups, or not feeling welcome or comfortable involving themselves in majority groups, the story of a white-only Iowa and Caucasian-based alumni association are perpetuated. As many of you know, I received my PhD from Iowa State in May 2014. My dissertation was titled “Decision to join the Iowa State University Alumni Association: Experiences of five African American alumni of Iowa State University.” Two research questions guided my study: 1. Why do Iowa State University African American graduates join the ISU Alumni Association? 2. How did their experiences at Iowa State University influence their decision to join the ISU Alumni Association? This was a qualitative research dissertation. The subjects that I interviewed were all African Americans who graduated from Iowa State during different decades. They were each interviewed independently and were not brought together for group responses. After analyzing their responses, the following themes, while not generalizable, emerged as findings from the study: • Following graduation from ISU, participants were confident that they SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS

received value from their Iowa State degree. • Following graduation from ISU, participants found value in maintaining connections with key influencers on their academic accomplishments. • While at Iowa State, each participant felt academically supported. • While at Iowa State, each participant found social connections. Again, while these findings are not generalizable, my research informed me that Iowa State and the Association, going forward, should pay attention to the following recommendations: Recommendations to Iowa State University Establish and categorize a web-based “Frequently Asked Questions” section. First-generation college students don’t always know what questions to ask about navigating the college experience. Expand and market Iowa State’s web-based advising tools to assist these students. n Ensure residence hall leaders and academic advisers fully embrace diversity. Cultural differences can make verbal and nonverbal communications extremely difficult. Iowa State needs to provide additional training to these campus leaders. n Ensure all university employees have some level of ongoing diversity training. n Have deliberate discussions with faculty about the negative impacts they have on African American students when these students are singled out in classes to respond as perceived experts on race-related topics. n Don’t assume all African American students speak for all other African American students or African Americans in general. n

As the Association hires its first-ever vice president for marketing, engagement, and business development, part of her portfolio will be to aid the Association in analyzing and using data to do more segment-based marketing and engagement activities. As the Association seats its future boards, it will use student enrollment VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016

data to arrive at the most diverse and inclusive board it can. The board currently takes into consideration gender, race, colleges, years of graduation, and geography. Beginning next year, the board will add information related to veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and gender identity. Programmatically, we will continue our efforts to form special-interest alumni groups. Continuing efforts are being placed on the formation of a Black Alumni Society and a Lavender Society of Alumni and Allies. Our board recently adopted the folIdentify why African American students have come to the university. Through surveys and one-on-one conversations, ISU personnel should seek to learn this information up front. n Don’t operate from a “one-size-fits-all” mentality when it comes to engaging African American students. Students want to be acknowledged, heard, and treated with respect and as individuals. n

Recommendations to the ISU Alumni Association Share more stories about African American alumni members in order to attract additional African American members. n Survey and then invite those African American alumni of ISU who respond in the affirmative to the themes that emerged from this study to join the Alumni Association. n Enlist current African American members as ambassadors for the Alumni Association. n

lowing Culture Statement for the ISUAA: “The Iowa State University Alumni Association welcomes all, recognizes and values differences, and seeks alternative perspectives in all it does.” The Association also will ask for more diversity-related data when surveying alumni and friends, especially when producing the next Alumni Directory.

Any commitment to diversity requires intentionality. It can never be viewed as checking off a box or performing an act of goodwill. It’s also not about being politically correct.

For our mixed- and multi-racial alumni and students, such data is even more necessary today. Finally, we all must eradicate the myth that diversity and inclusion efforts are about segregation. It is well known by behavioral scientist that once people are comfortable in their own groups and communities, they are more likely to feel empowered to come together with other groups. The Association is committed to bringing these diverse groups and our majority groups to the table to forge partnerships and ultimately a stronger Iowa State community. Yes, today, divisions exist and they are real. Doing nothing about them won’t make them any better; therefore, we’ve decided to roll up our sleeves and increase the different voices at our table. In doing so, we believe we are being true to Iowa State’s land-grant heritage. Plus, for the state of Iowa and Iowa State…it’s the right thing to do. Thanks for journeying with us on this necessary adventure and being part of this important conversation.

Jeff Johnson (PhD ’14 education) is the Lora and Russ Talbot Iowa State University Alumni Association Endowed President and Chief Executive Officer. He has been the Association’s president and CEO since 1999.



Wallace E. Barron Award honors outstanding seniors The ISU Alumni Association established the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award in 1968 to recognize outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activ-

Angadbir Singh Sabherwal* Mechanical engineering Chandigarh, India

Krista Klocke* Speech communication / communication studies Ames, Iowa

ities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. The award is named for Wallace E. “Red” Barron (class of 1928), who served as director of alumni affairs at Iowa State from 1937 to 1968. The 2016 recipients are:

Joseph Webb* Nutritional science Murray, Iowa

Kaitlyn Aldrich* Civil engineering Urbandale, Iowa

Christina Hillman Child, adult and family services Dover, Del.

Read about these students’ accomplishments or nominate a student for the 2017 award online at The nomination deadline is Dec. 1, 2016. * Member of the Student Alumni Association

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Get inspired! The 2016 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Awards Inspirational faculty and staff will be recognized at the ISU Alumni Association Inspiration Awards and Annual Reception on May 20. The ISU Alumni Association established the Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award in 2011 as a way for former ISU students to recognize current or former ISU faculty or staff members (even posthumously) who had a significant influence in their lives as students at ISU. The Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award is partially funded by earnings from the Nancy (L)(’72 food science) and Richard (L)(’72 agriculture, MS ’77) Degner Alumni Association Endowment. The event is funded in part by Martin (A)(’55 animal science, ’65 DVM) and Sue (A) Roepke. Here are the 2016 recipients, along with heart-felt words from their nominators:

Larry Ebbers** Professor of Higher Education, ISU School of Education ’62 ag ed, MS ’68 ag ed, PhD ’71 education “I can think of no other individual in higher education who has done more to make the world a better place by inspiring, supporting, and influencing others than Dr. Larry Ebbers.”

Garry Greenlee Ames, Iowa Associate Director, ISU Recreation Services “Many alumni still brag about their intramural t-shirts or commiserate about their near misses to get a shirt. Behind the shirt was Garry, who worked hard for hundreds of thousands of students that now have a lifetime of memories.”

Debra (Solberg) Gibson** Ames, Iowa Senior Lecturer, ISU Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication ’81 home ec journalism / family environment “I’m still finding out just how much she’s inspired me. But when I try to sum it up, it’s this: I get to go to a job I love tomorrow because of Deb Gibson.”

Matthew Ellinwood Ames, Iowa Associate Professor of animal science, ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences MS ’82 ag journalism, PhD ’87 professional studies in education “He motivates students to utilize their strengths to the best of their abilities and to pursue their dreams with a level of passion they previously believed to be impossible.”

Tom Hill* Lancaster, Texas ISU Senior Policy Adviser to the President “His work is embedded in the ISU culture and continues to make a positive difference with students, faculty, and staff. He inspires through his tenacity, support, and dedication to all ISU students.”

Read more about these inspirational faculty and staff or nominate someone for the 2017 award online at The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. * Annual member of the ISU Alumni Association ** Life member of the ISU Alumni Association Note: Only ISU degrees are listed 46

“As a student, I could see the immense satisfaction these two professors derived from nurturing students, propelling their students to achieve their potential.” William Edwards** Boone, Iowa Emeritus Professor, Department of Economics ’69 ag business, MS ’71 econ / ag econ, PhD ’79 ag econ

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Two new professionals join Association staff Sarah Crim (A) joined the ISU Alumni Association staff in November 2015 as assistant director for member services. She previously worked as a graduate assistant in the University of Northern Iowa Office of Alumni Relations. In her current position, she works with the ISUAA’s Student Alumni Association membership program, Legacy Club, and commencement initiatives. She also coordinates New Grad member recruitment and is a Young Alumni Council staff liaison. Crim’s hometown is Boone, Iowa, but she moved with her family to five states while growing up.

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T H E 2 0 1 6 I S U A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S S L AT E The ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors recommends the following candidates for membership on the board. Each of these individuals has agreed to serve a four-year term. As a member of the ISU Alumni Association, you are invited to go online ( before April 29 and cast your vote for the slate of new ISUAA board nominees or write in the name(s) of others you would like to see serve on the ISUAA board. To request a printed copy of the ballot, please call (877) ISU-ALUM and request that one be sent to you by mail. Each member may complete only one ballot. Final results will be announced at the Annual Reception on May 20. Thanks in advance for your participation.

Daniel A. Buhr* ’95 electrical engineering Ames, Iowa

Dan Buhr is the executive officer for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at Iowa State. After leaving his last Navy squadron in 2008, Dan attended the Army Command and Staff College, where he earned his MBA. He then transferred to the U.S. Strategic Command, where he flew for three years as the strategic operations chief for the National Airborne Operations Center; he served as President Obama’s nuclear strike advisor and later as the director of the Warrior Transition Program. He says, “I have a very unique and broad view of this world and can offer insight and strategic advice on matters that pertain not only to a local viewpoint but also on a larger national and global view.” Duane M. Fisher** ’73 agriculture education, MS ’80 Mt. Auburn, Iowa

Duane Fisher taught agriculture education at Vinton Shellsburg Community Schools for 37 years and was the FFA adviser for the high school. As a student at Iowa State, he was involved in freshman student government and was an active member of the Ag Ed Club. All three of his children have attended Iowa State. Duane says that becoming a member of the ISUAA board of directors “is a way to thank ISU for providing great options and opportunities for all students and to work to provide students of the future such advantages.” Jeffrey Grayer** ’05 liberal studies Grand Blanc, Mich.

Jeff Grayer and his wife, Rhonda Stevens-Grayer (’88 finance), are the proud parents of five children. Jeff is currently an owner and director of business development for WT Stevens Construction, Inc. in Flint, Mich. One of Iowa State’s most accomplished men’s basketball players in history during the 1980s, Jeff was also an Olympian and an NBA first-round draft pick. He is a member of the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame and was named to the Cyclones’ all-century team in 2008. He played professional VISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016

Members of the ISU Alumni Association are invited to attend the Inspiration Awards and Annual Reception on May 20, 2016 (reception at 5:30 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m.) in the ISU Alumni Center. To register, please do so online by April 29 at annualmeeting. For more information, or to register by phone, call toll-free 1-877-ISU-ALUM. Locally, call 294-6525.

basketball for nine years with five teams. He was also a full-time assistant under Coach Greg McDermott for a short period of time. Jeff is eager to put his strong ties with ISU athletics to work connecting former athletes and loyal followers to ISUAA membership. Kathy A. (Sullivan) Peterson** ’95 speech communication Aurelia, Iowa

Kathy Peterson is the founder and president of PeopleWorks, Inc., in Storm Lake, Iowa. Kathy’s business specializes in providing keynote presentations and human resources, management, and leadership training. As a student, Kathy was involved in a number of student organizations, including the University Chorus, Fraternity Little Sis Program, Phi Kappa Phi, Society for Human Resource Management, and American Society for Training & Development. Kathy and her husband, Tim (’95 ag business), met at ISU and are proud to be the fifth generation to live and work on the Peterson family farm. Kathy says, “My background in human resources, leadership, and agriculture, along with my enthusiasm for ISU, will be the perfect blend for this board.” Thomas A. Connop** ’76 history Dallas, Texas

Tom Connop is a native of Henry County, Iowa. He obtained a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1979. Tom began practicing law in St. Paul, Minn., in 1979, relocating to Dallas in 1984. He is an attorney at Locke Lord LLP in Dallas, and he has been a shareholder/partner in the firm since 1987. His practice focuses on commercial litigation in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels. “I have had the extraordinary privilege of serving on the LAS Dean’s Advisory Council for the past 10 years,” he says. “This experience has reminded me of the abiding gratitude I have for the institution that provided the foundation for my career.”

*Annual member of the ISU Alumni Association ** Life member of the ISU Alumni Association Note: Only ISU degrees are listed


Thank you to our 2015 Sustaining Life donors


he Iowa State University Alumni Association would like to thank and recognize all new and continuing Sustaining Life donors who made gifts this past calendar year. Thanks to the support of the following alumni and friends, the 2015 Sustaining Life donor program has brought in more than $291,000 in revenue, which helps provide additional funding support for the Association’s programs and services. To become a 2016 Sustaining Life donor, go to sustaining to donate online.

TWELVE-YEAR DONORS JaNelle (’69S) and Lloyd (’57A) Anderson Jacque (’74F) and James Andrew David Babler (’76A) Irene Beavers (’53F) Charles (’87M) and Mary (’86C) Bendgen Jim (’70E) and Mary Ann Black Julie (’78D) and Mark (’77A) Blake Douglas (’62E) and Pat (’61F) Bosworth Beverly Bowers (’73S) Winton Boyd (’66S) Martha (’76F) and J. Douglas (’76A) Brown George Burnet (’48E) Lyndon Cakerice (’81E) Douglas (’72S) and Joan Carlson Robert (’74E) and Elizabeth Carlson Joel Cerwick (’66E) Jack (’56E) and Dilla Cosgrove Burton Cooper (’72A) Darrell (’54E) and Janice (’54F) Coy Robert Crom (’50A) Craig Denny (’71E) Robert (’56E) and Marie Dierks G. Truman (’58S) and Karleen Draper* Glenda (’60F) and Donald (’59A) Eggerling Keith (’57S) and MaryAlice (’57S) Erickson Mary Evert (’57F) Gary Flander (’80C) Jon Fleming (’75S) Barbara (’71D) and Craig (’71E) Foss Charles (’53S) and Joanne Frederiksen Donald (’58A) and Doris Goering Geoffrey (’69E) and Vicki Grimes John (’67A) and Barbara Hagie Robert Hall (’54E) Pamela (’71F) and Ronald (’71S) Hallenbeck Kyle Harms (’89S) Karen Heldt-Chapman (’92M) and Jay Chapman (’90E) Peter (’77E) and Pamela Hemken Eugene Hohenshell (’62E) Palmer (’70A) and Sheryl Holden Gary (’61E) and Donna (’08) Hoover Harold (’65E) and Clara (’64S) Hoover Gregory (’82A) and Elizabeth (’82M) Hora Richard (’62E) and Sandra (’62F) Horton James Howe (’73A) Al (’56E) and Ann (’56F) Jennings Jeffery (’14H) and Peggy Johnson Sharon Juon (’69S) Kellie Jo Kilberg (’89S) Dale (’67S) and Jane (’67F) Kiser Gerald (’62A) and Karen (’08) Kolschowsky Patrick (’94E) and Deanna (’93M) Kueter William (’53A) and Laura LaGrange Barbara Lemmer (’82A) Lawrence (’73S) and Barbara Litscher Jerry (’62E) and Bonnie Loupee Tom (’82M) and Nancy (’78F) Macklin Warren (’61E) and Beverly (’60F) Madden Robert Manders (’63E) Thomas Manning (’64E) Steven (’67S) and Michelle Mores James Myers (’58E) Patty (’72S) and Allen (’72S) Olson* Scott (’69E) and Penny Olson Barbara (’92D) and Les (’92D) Omotani Gary (’78A) and Vicki (’78A) Owens Calvan (’59V) and Lois (’57A) Pals Gerald (’58S) and Margaret Pint Dennis Puffer (’68A) Carol (’75S) and Marlin (’75E) Reimer Dana (’67A) and Martha Robes Nicholas Roby (’81S) and Deborah Tharnish (’77S) Richard (’73A) and Sharon (’71S) Rodine Gary Sams (’70A) Charles (’58A) and Darlene Schmidt Margaret (’98F) and Ryan (’95A) Schon Neil Schraeder (’81S) Rudy Schuver (’53A)


Bernard (’95E) and Suzanne (’89S) Schwartze Paula (’75S) and Mark Seward Gary (’60A) and Harriet (’60F) Short Lee Simmons (’72S) Michael Sinclair (’80S) Marc Snyder (’85M) Gary (’69A) and Susan Speicher Elizabeth Stephenson (’52F) Lora and Russ Talbot Franklin Townsend (’80A) Sandra (’58F) and Roy (’57E) Uelner Connie (’84S) and Roger (’80A) Underwood Sarah (’71F) and Jay (’59A) Van Wert Lori (’93S) and Dwayne (’93M) Vande Krol Judith Walrod (’66F) Sharon Waterstreet (’78A) Melvin (’13) and Kathryn Weatherwax Richard (’67S) and Sandra Wellman Michael (’79V) and Maria (’77E) Westfall Gerald (’61A) and Carol (’61F) Wheelock Thomas Whitson (’63A) Eric Wittrock (’92E) Mary (’78C) and Timothy (’76A) Wolf Ralph (’57A) and Gertrude (’52F) Yoder Donald (’60E) and Carolyn Zuck ELEVEN-YEAR DONORS James (’65A) and Cathryn Ahrenholz Peggy Allen (’67F) Stephen Anderson (’80V) Roger Benning (’63E) Sue Bockholt (’65F) Barbara Brittingham (’67S) Loyd (’69A) and Sue Brown John Burnstrom (’54A) Linda Chandler (’68S) Stephen Cooper (’70E) Paul (’63E) and Shirley (’63F) Dana Dayle Downer (’60A) Kevin (’83A) and Jeanne Drury John Faaborg (’71A) Mary Finley Newton (’56F) Craig Griffin (’83E) Warren (’61A) and Catherine Hadley Roger Hansen (’65A)* Barbara (’43F) and Dean Harrington* Jack Hegenbarth (’59S) Caroline Hetfield Maynard (’66A) and Anne Hogberg Joseph Huber (’89E) Gerald (’68A) and Gwen Johnson Christopher (’73S) and Vernette Knapp Melvin Larsen (’46E) Jane Lohnes James Mefferd (’66S) Lyle (’44E) and Harriet Morse Curtis Mosier (’74S) Ruth Anne Ohde (’62S) Carol (’56F) and Donald (’55A) Olson Frank (’65S) and Marcia Parrish Norman Petermeier (’63E) Sonia Porter (’60F) Roger Reimers (’82A) Sandra Searl (’87S) Carolyn (’69D) and Charles (’68E) Sidebottom* Robert (’60S) and Norma (’60F) Snyder Jean (’60S) and Michael (’59E) Steffenson Omar Stoutner (’70A) Kevin (’87S) and Shelley (’87C) Stow Judith Strohm (’53F) Dale (’74A) and Mary Jane Weber Joan Welch (’55S) David (’79V) and Lorraine (’78F) Whitney Tom Wilson (’84M) Dean Wolf (’61E) Gary Woods (’62A) Steven (’73A) and Kathy (’72D) Zumbach TEN-YEAR DONORS Dale Anderson (’57S) Ronald (’68E) and Keitha (’67F) Anderson Janet (’59S) and William (’59S) Bancroft


A: Agriculture; B: Agricultural Engineering; C: Design D: Education; E: Engineering; F: Family and Consumer Sciences; H: Human Sciences; M: Business; S: Liberal Arts and Sciences; U: Interdisciplinary; V: Veterinary Medicine; X: Attended; O: Honorary

James (’78A) and Marcia (’78F) Borel Kevin (’80A) and Chris Brooks Betty Brown (’43F) Melissa Brush (’91S) Stewart Burger (’72F) Douglas Caffrey (’72A) Robert Callahan (’61E) Curtis Clifton (’92E) Carrol Collins (’50A) Richard (’52S) Duroe Thomas (’69E) and Cheryl Grinna Merlyn (’58E) and Irene Gutz Joann (’55F) and Robert (’55S) Hanson James Harris (’74E) Carol (’86S) and David (’82E) Hawn Jeaneyl Hazlett (’75V) John Hunt (’64S) Maryl Johnson (’73S) Ross Johnson (’68S) Robert Kramer Daniel (’59S) and Sharon Krieger Jerry Ladman (’58A) Joseph (’59E) and Vilia Ma Sandy (’59C) and Everett May Glen (’61A) and Mary Jo Mente Sue (’77D) and Jay (’73A) Merryman William Millen (’70S) James Moyer (’51E) Walter (’69E) and Deanna (’64S) Nodean* Merle Oleson (’59A) Wayne (’60S) and Eleanor Ostendorf Edward (’82C) and Carolyn Ottesen Frederick Peitzman (’61E) Victor Pierrot (’63E) William Reinhardt (’48E) Eric Rogers (’93S) Stephen Sandman (’78A) John Saunders (’62E) Mary (’83M) and Raymond Scheve Michael Shepherd (’74S) Marcia (’85M) and Steve Stahly Chelon Stanzel (’61F) Thomas Stephens (’78U) Neal Suess (’84E) James (’76E) and Pamela Swales Dennis (’70A) and Mary Thomas Bebe Tucker (’43F) Linda (’70F) and Doug (’67E) Ward Michael (’77E) and Pamela (’77S) Weston NINE-YEAR DONORS Kenneth Allbaugh (’47E) Jeffrey (’70A) and Jean (’70F) Anliker Alvin Barden (’55A) Bruce Bowen (’67S) Matthew (’90S) and Susan (’86D) Bravard Janice and Jeffrey Breitman Richard Caputo (’72S) John (’82E) and Kim Carlson Denny (’65E) and Marcy Chaussee Harold (’50A) and Rachel Crawford Chris Cunningham (’79A) James (’87V) and Julie DeLano Evelyn (’60F) and Thomas Fisher Elaine (’85M) and Brian Gifford Jane Gustafson (’57F) David Hahn (’80V) Barbara Harre (’82S) Cecilia (’89U) and Harry (’89U) Horner Barbara Janson (’65S) John (’70S) and Cheryl Kingland Joel Leininger (’72V) David Metzger (’86B) John (’63A) and Kay Mortimer Robert Palmer (’62E) Nancy (’78S) and Patrick (’77E) Pinkston Nancy (’83A) and Douglas (’83A) Pringnitz Carl (’67E) and Valerie Rausch Richard (’61A) and Elaine Rypkema Richard Schmidgall (’83E) Vincent Schwenk (’59E) John (’59E) and Patricia Shors Mary (’56F) and William (’56E) Snyder Vaughn Speer (’49A) Charlotte (’43F) Stafford Julie (’67F) and Laird Trusler

Nancy Turnquist-Peterson (’81V) and John Peterson (’78E) Steven (’84F) and Lori Uelner Donna Willett (’54F) EIGHT-YEAR DONORS Claire Andreasen Marianne Berhow (’53F) Verna (’57F) and William Boland Kenneth Bucklin (’62E) Dennis Casey (’64A) James Crouse (’57E)* Nancy (’72F) and Richard (’72A) Degner Larry (’62A) and Barbara Ebbers Richard (’54A) and Lynn Engen Fred (’61E) and Marilynn Forsberg Jill Haas (’82F) Bruce Hamilton (’73S) Phyllis (’61F) and Donald (’60S) Holmes Melissa Houston (’95E) Janice (’62F) and Dale (’60E) Johnson Lee Johnson (’73E) Kent Lage (’86E) Jami Larson (’74S) and Teresa Beer Larson (’73S) Kent Mattison (’74E) Gerald (’55E) and Barbara Montgomery Keith Naeve (’60E) Grace (’63F) and Richard (’62E) O'Leary Brian Rumpf (’88E) Thomas Ruzicka (’57A) Janis Scharingson (’71S) Kevin Shepherd (’83E) Robert Stober (’61E) Michelle Stotts (’88M) Jerry (’68F) and Karen (’67S) Tow Sara Turner Ronald (’66A) and Patricia (’66F) Vansteenburg Robert (’49A) and Lois Vohs Donald Westlake (’59S) SEVEN-YEAR DONORS Carol Anderson (’76F) John (’64S) and Joan (’64S) Axel Gretchen Backlund (’48F) Harold Barfknecht (’70S) James Barr (’62E) Mark Batchelder (’95S) Jan Berg Kruse (’76F) and Rod Kruse (’74E) Tom Bjelland (’73A) Richard Boettcher (’61E) Timothy Bray (’85E) Keith Bruening (’80S) Arnel Citurs (’88E) Frank Clark (’54A) Craig Claussen (’69S) Marilyn (’75F) and Dwight (’74A) Conover Dick (’54S) and Roberta Cox Wayne (’52V) and Myrlane Danker Kevin Dittmar (’85B) Christine Dunahoo (’97S) Paul (’58V) and Jan Ehrig Don Francois (’84B) Connie Funk (’78F) Katherine (’70S) and William (’70S) Gilbert Thomas (’69A) and Colleen Good William (’72A) and Linda (’68F) Good Elizabeth (’76F) and Randall (’76A) Hertz Jay (’89A) and Julie (’88A) Jacobi James Jacot (’87E) Carol Jensen (’88M) Betty (’59F) and Dennis (’59A) Keeney Fern Kelsay David (’77V) and Diane Larson Jean (’90M) and James (’69A) Martin Lois (’68F) and John (’67E) Mather James (’72A) and Connie Mohn James Naibert (’77S) Louann (’71D) and Doug (’71E) Peterson Richard Pratt (’56A) Willis Ryan (’62E) Deborah (’83E) and Jeffery (’81E) Schebler Keith (’56A) and Nancy Schmidt Roger Sebert (’66S)

Elizabeth Snoddy Cuellar (’52F) Shirley Snyder (’51F) Mitchell Stock (’69S) Bob Suominen Jane Swanson (’61F) Ruby (’87M) and Ramon Trice Byron Veath (’51E) Ivan (’52A) and Genevieve Wikner Lynnette (’82S) and Jeff (’81E) Witt Jane (’77F) and David (’72E) Wombacher Charles (’65E) and Penny Yost SIX-YEAR DONORS Donald Adams (’72E) John Albright (’76S) Howard (’88M) and Ann (’87M) Anderson James Anglin (’79E) Gloria (’67F) and Leo (’65A) Beebout Ruth Ann Bennett (’59F) Roberta Boeke (’50F) Rose Boughton (’58F) Catherine Breed Lorraine Bruns (’47F) Susan Chadima (’79V) and Michael Steitzer (’75C) L. Eugene (’51A) and Beth Chappell Marcia (’68S) and John (’67A) Cook David Cranston (’68S) Paul Davey (’54S) Julia (’85S) and Jon (’85A) Ellis James Fetrow (’61A) Richard Freeman (’50A) Wayne Friesner (’66S) Donna (’67S) and Carl (’66E) Gahwiler Edward (’83C) and Martha (’83S) Gschneidner* John Hayes (’66E) Judy Hopson John Hsu (’63S) Carol (’58F) and Gerald (’53A) Hunter Margaret Hunziker (’42F) Kent (’78S) and Sara Johnson* Alice Keene (’05E) Jennifer Larsen (’75S) Dennis (’71E) and Karen (’69F) Licht Joanne (’59F) and Richard (’57S) Liddy Robert (’58S) and Nancy Lindemeyer Karen (’82M) and Joel (’82M) Longtin Angela Lookingbill (’93M) Ralph Martin (’56A) Lyla (’71D) and Thomas Maynard Charles (’85E) and Lori (’83S) Miller Pamela (’75D) and John (’72A) Miller Sondra Mount (’65F) Cathy Nelson (’79S) Jeanne (’62F) and David (’61E) O'Melia Brenda Richmann (’85M) Kristine Roberson (’73S) Allan (’83E) and Diane (’79S) Roderick Kay Runge (’69S) Andrew Shell (’71E) Lyle (’57A) and Becky Siefering Karen (’71D) and Roy (’70S) Siple Erma (’70F) and Norm (’69A) Skadburg Ryan Slattery (’00M) David (’91E) and Christine (’91D) Slump Richard Sperring (’52E) Sandra Steffenson Tamkin (’90S) James (’75V) and Tamara Stein Shirley Stow (’76D) Luther (’60A) and M. Jane (’57F) Thompson Doug (’59A) and Clarita (’59F) Vandermyde David VanHorn (’89E) Mary Wettach (’78S) Alan (’71E) and Nancy (’71S) Wilcox Samuel (’67A) and Carol Wise Michael (’70A) and Diane (’69S) Wonio FIVE-YEAR DONORS Jerry Adamson (’72A) Kenneth (’50A) and Edna (’48S) Anderson Richard (’55A) and Beverly Anderson Donald Arends (’52A) Robert Ashby (’92C) and Kerry Walter-Ashby (’92S)


Ronald Baker (’70V) Margaret (’85S) and Todd (’84A) Barker Edwin Bartine (’64A) Todd (’88A) and Karey (’88M) Bishop James Blum (’70E) Douglas (’81S) and Susan (’81S) Boden Barbara (’61F) and James (’60E) Bunning Emily Burton (’76A) Judith (’62F) and Leroy Butler Carl Carlson (’71A) Doris Chandler Dean Christensen (’59E) Frank (’54A) and Dorothy Clark Donald Cook (’74V) Jack Cox (’50E) Joe (’58E) and Patricia Cunning Glenn (’66E) and Viola DeStigter Eric Dolbeare (’77A) and Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare (’76S) Donald (’66V) and Dianne Draper Albert (’67A) and Suzanne Duroe Jane (’88D) and William (’69A) Edwards James (’73A) and Dagni Falvey Jean Fenchel (’57F) Yvonne Ferris (’56S) Anthony Germann (’60A) Paul Gesell (’81A) Murl Grandia (’56E) Brenda Greaves (’83D) Roger Grundmeier (’72A) James (’79V) and Susan Hagedorn Sally Hanson (’58F) Ruth Harris Dale (’93E) and Kathleen (’77D) Heinrichs Keith Helgevold (’85E) Jean (’50F) and Lowell (’50A) Johnson Shirley (’71F) and John Knipfel Charlene Korslund (’51F) Dean Kruse (’69S) David Kuivanen (’78E) Kathleen Manatt (’58F) Allan Mattke (’60A) Bradley Maurer (’78D) Gail McKinzie (’76D) David Meyer (’67E) Todd Miszner (’83A) Lisa (’00D) and Justin Nolan R. Allan (’78C) and Thea (’77S) Oberlander Barbara Palmer (’46F) Steffan Paul (’91S) Harold (’73E) and Mary Paustian* Pamela Peterson (’84S) Myrna (’82F) and Ronald (’57A) Powers Jennifer (’82S) and Randall (’81A) Ramundt* Kathy Rhode (’82S) Jack (’85S) and Susan (’78A) Robbins Richard Roepke (’70A) Denise (’78S) and William (’74A) Ryan Thomas Samuelson (’84S) Jack Sawyer (’52S) Kristin Sears (’76A) and F. Dean Seiber Duane Seehusen (’74V) Robert Shaw (’72S) Joyce Siefering (’65F) Victor (’50E) and Shirley (’09S) Smith Rebecca (’74S) and Evan (’74A) Stadlman Gerald (’61V) and Carolyn Te Paske Dean Teslow (’72A) Ronald Thompson (’76E) Glen Vetter (’72A) Lynn Vorbrich (’60S) Robert (’57E) and Mary Ann (’56F) Wagner A. Loy (’57F) and Robert (’56A) Walker Christine Wehrman (’70F) Juliana Wernimont (’83D) Garnett Whitehurst (’80A) Norman (’59E) and Margaret Wirkler Suzanne Wyckoff (’70S) FOUR-YEAR DONORS Robert Arnold (’53E) Dorothy (’63F) and Curtis (’59A) Askelson* Roger Bagbey (’03E) Marvin Bigbee (’58E) Benjamin Boden (’05H) Donald Brandt (’49E) Jean (’68F) and John (’54A) Brayton Greta Budweg (’81S) Mike (’67E) and Jane (’67S) Carlstrom Carol (’60F) and Keith (’59A) Clement Rachel Collie (’96A) Russell (’55E) and Carolyn Copley Darrell Cox (’83A) Helen Dane (’82V) and Roger Hohle John Dear (’67S) Robert Dighton (’56E) Thomas (’51S) and Barbara Dougherty James (’56E) and Etna (’56F) Doyle Sharon Drendel Lora Duncan (’94A) Timothy (’87M) and Marjorie Dye Laurie (’85M) and Kenneth (’82M) Eastman Carol Elliott (’72S) Curtis (’90M) and Teri (’90S) Ford James (’60A) and Clare Frevert Gwen Friedow (’85S) Jerry (’62A) and Jeanette Gault Lowell Greimann (’64E)

Luan Hammell (’71F) Michael (’88E) and Tamra (’88F) Harper Allen Harves (’65S) Rudolf (’73E) and Deborah Herrmann William Hicks (’60V) Philip Hill (’59A) Albert (’51A) and Carolyn Johnson Julie (’92M) and Darron (’91S) Jones Tracy Kolosik (’81M) Virginia Koon (’68F) Kevin Krogmeier (’75U) Judd (’54A) and Ramona Leland JoAnn Lyon (’46F) Ana (’84F) and Edward (’66E) McCracken Carol McGovern (’63F) Thomas McIntosh (’67A) Douglas Meyers (’88E) Donald (’73S) and Marcia Miller Emily Myers (’52F) Joanne Nelson (’63F) R. Ted Payseur (’72S) Gregory Penn (’83S) Jewel (’55F) and Samuel Porter Richard Reade (’47A) Alan Renken (’67E) Megan (’97A) and Brent (’96A) Reschly Diana and Mark Rettig Alice Rhatigan (’57F) Elizabeth Richards (’80E) Sharon (’64F) and Richard (’64S) Richman Keith Rolston (’64V) David Rush (’85E) Eldon Schroder (’46E) Richard (’73S) and Lynda (’73F) Schuler* John Seward (’58A) Gordon Smith (’61A) Timothy Smith (’77S) Thomas Stanton (’53S) Ann (’61F) and Raymond (’61S) Steben Gregory Strand (’75V) Rollin Swanson (’59A) Taylor Swanson (’03E) Terrence (’79S) and Maureen Tobin Paul Van Roekel (’80V) Patricia VanGorp (’75D) David Villa (’68E) Ronald Voss (’69A) Robert (’09) and Martha Jean (’09) Watson Diana (’78F) and Mark Weber Tara Whitmire (’01S) Donna Whitney (’09) Dana Wilson (’81B) THREE-YEAR DONORS Dale Anderson (’95M) and Mary Montgomery (’83S) Jeanne Astleford (’63F) Patricia (’81S) and Scott (’80E) Benesh Elizabeth (’86E) and Scott (’84E) Benjamin Louise (’57F) and Arthur (’57A) Bine Janet (’85E) and Don (’84A) Borcherding BoonChuan Chew (’91S) James Christensen (’78A) Janice (’78S) and Timothy (’77S) Coble Jeffrey Couch (’77S) Jeffrey Crain (’89S) Michael Davis (’71V) David (’79E) and Margaret (’79F) Dedic Diana (’85S) and Jon DiCesare Karl (’73A) and Judy (’70S) Eby William Ellingrod (’54E) Rebecca Eustice (’73S) Linda Evans (’88D) Robert Farr (’61S) Rebecca (’91F) and Mark (’89S) Ferley Marne (’88M) and Chris Gade William (’68S) and Jean (’69F) Giddings Raymond Glynn (’41A) John Grundmeier (’81A)* Roger Hamm (’67S) Wayne Hartwig (’66E) Fredric Heinz (’78A) Sara (’00S) and Matthew (’00E) Hillis Julie Hoefler (’91A) Douglas (’73A) and Nancy Hofbauer Merna Hoft (’49F) Ronald (’82D) and Rebecca (’73D) Holten Elizabeth Horne (’51F) David Johnson (’70E) Lori (’02M) and Daniel (’00M) Kartman Sharon (’90E) and Kyle Krause Pak Leung (’86A) Alice Lissner (’61F) Joseph (’63S) and Teresnia Longval Charles (’59A) and Donna Lusher Cynthia Mather (’89V) Edward (’60E) and Judith (’60F) McCall Karen McGregor (’82S) Susan Meyers (’65F) Richard Milder (’65S) Bonnie (’65F) and Gerald Moeller William Moran (’73E) Barbara (’77F) and Ervin (’77E) Mussman Diana Nevins (’85S) Kathleen Niedert (’73F) Thomas (’59S) and Elizabeth Phelps Sandra (’61F) and Darold (’60A) Plate Jamie and Ellen Pollard John Pothoven (’68A) Shirley (’72S) and Gary (’70E) Pullen Layne (’63F) and Gary Rabold


Sybil (’67S) and Noel (’66S) Rasmussen Duane (’56E) and Kathryn (’55F) Renken James Rhyne (’65S) Richard Rickert (’68A) Gene (’72V) and Sandi Rinderknecht Patricia Rozek (’86S) Wendy Scott (’78F) Marc (’83E) and Carolyn (’83E) Sequeira James (’72A) and Penelope (’69S) Shenk Robert (’78S) and Shawn Simonsen Katherine (’56F) and William (’56A) Smith William (’59V) and Norma (’57F) Speer Scott (’95S) and Priscilla Stanzel Cynthia Thorland (’84S) and Frederick Weitz Dee (’75S) and David (’73S) Vandeventer Barbara Weeks (’78S) Marianne Wilcox (’65F) Sally (’70D) and Wayne Wilson Anna (’62F) and Roger Winans Murray (’73A) and Valerie Wise Marilyn Wolf (’60S) Dorothy (’61F) and Doyle (’60A) Wolverton Renee Woodall (’94D) Barbara Woods (’81F) Carrie (’02F) and Michael (’02E) Zorich TWO-YEAR DONORS Stuart Anderson (’91E)* John Bahr (’59E) William Beckman (’72E) and Connie Matsui Beckman Don (’79A) and Monica Behning Jolee (’78E) and Steven (’77E) Belzung Thomas Benson (’85E) Royal (’54A) and Shirley Bierbaum Carla Bobka (’87F) William Bordwell (’77A) Marcie Bowser (’98A)* Gregory Buffington (’67E) Eric (’97V) and Brenda Burrough Caroline Chantry (’78S) Robert (’64V) and Linda (’62F) Christensen Terry (’71S) and Pamela Cobb Charles Connell (’73E) Larry Crane (’91C) Susan Crofoot (’45F) Donald Dahm (’68S) George Davis (’46E) Ruth Dawson (’54F) John Dewey (’76S) William (’63A) and Susan (’63F) Dohrmann Justin (’01E) and Christy (’00S) Doornink Jean (’63S) and Frederick Dyer Jerry (’73E) and Diane (’69S) Eilers* William (’62E) and Mary (’61F) Ellingson Joel (’92V) and Kristie (’88M) Elmquist Kathleen Epstein-Ritts (’80S) and Charles Ritts (’70S) Thomas (’60A) and Ruth Feldmann Alan Fisher (’50A) John Franklin (’62A) Marcia (’73F) and Harvey (’70S) Freese Daniel Gannon (’68A) Wayne Geadelmann (’58A) Patricia Gibson (’73S)* J. D. (’07E) and Julie (’05M) Greiner Jean Hammar (’63F) Karen (’73S) and Philip (’73S) Harris Jan (’65S) and Sharon (’65S) Haugen Thomas (’89A) and Lisa (’89M) Hemesath Michael (’99M) and Sara (’98F) Holz John Hoper (’62E) Bryon (’76F) and Laura Hotzler Casey Houston (’00E) Sandra (’65F) and Gary (’64S) Johnson Carrie Jorgensen (’93A) Charles Jorgensen (’58S) Lester (’62S) and Shirley (’62F) Juon Korlin Kazimour (’85M) Vincent Kenneally (’52A) Bryan (’69E) and Susan Kinnamon Michael Krull (’00S) Tony Kruse (’04S) Timothy Kuntz (’88S) Stanley (’62A) and Virginia Laures Paul Lebuhn (’49S) Cynthia Leigh (’76S) Verne Logan (’57A) Gregory (’75E) and Cheryl Long Jodi (’96M) and Duane Maciejewski Roger (’71V) and Marilyn Mahr Dennis (’73S) and Susan Martin Terry (’83E) and Angela (’82S) McAlister Kim (’02S) and Dustin (’02S) McDonough Bruce Monson (’85S) Rachel Morgan (’39F) Gretchen (’96F) and Michael (’05D) Mosher Paula Norby (’78S) Donald (’49E) and Evelyn Norris Alf Odegaard (’42A) Cheryl (’73D) and Larry (’71D) Olofson Mark Olson (’76S) James Pammel (’56A) Daniel Patrick (’01V) Robert (’62E) and Jeanette Pedersen Lynnette (’73F) and Dennis (’71S) Pelisek Steven Petska Jan Powell (’80A)

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A CYCLONE H ere we go again. The words came quickly to Cyclone running back Mike Warren’s head when he learned Paul Rhoads wouldn’t be back to coach him in 2016. The redshirt freshman and son of two Army officers had grown up in a perpetual state of transition, moving from North Carolina to Hawaii to Germany and everywhere in between, rarely staying in one place more than two years of his life. Iowa State, Warren thought, was a place that could stick. But now, after less than two seasons in Ames, he questioned if he’d truly found a home after all. But then home found him.

“Do you remember me?” Matt Campbell asked Warren as the two shook hands on a warm September evening at Toledo’s Glass Bowl. Of course Warren remembered Campbell; he had wanted to join Campbell’s Toledo squad a few short years ago, but then chose to follow his position coach Lou Ayeni – the man who had recruited him – when Ayeni was offered a gig at Iowa State. With family living in Oklahoma and Texas and a chance to play in the Big 12 Conference, Warren knew he wanted to follow Ayeni to Ames. Ayeni believed in him and the two had already forged a tremendous bond. That was his guy; he had to stick with him. Iowa State was a great opportunity; he had to seize it. But he really liked Matt Campbell; Campbell, he says, has great integrity, is selfless and family-oriented. Of course he couldn’t have forgotten the energetic, up-and-coming coach who had seen his potential and enthusiastically offered 52

a scholarship to the Army Brat from Lawton, Okla. “It’s funny, because when I first started talking to Mike he didn’t want to talk to me,” Ayeni remembers. “He’s a quiet guy, but we had an instant connection because we both have similar mindsets of being very driven. We share a passion and a drive in a day and age when kids want everything given to them and nobody wants to work for anything anymore.” Warren worked especially hard that night of Sept. 19, when he earned his first career start and rushed for 126 yards in the Glass Bowl, but his team lost in double overtime. Heartbreak. Frustration. Disappointment. The Cyclones had now lost two games in a row that they had been expected to win, and the season was instantly shrouded in negativity. On the other side of the stadium, the fans stormed the field and enveloped in a sea of blue and gold the Rockets’ 35-year-old head coach. After earning his second-straight victory over a power conference team, Matt Campbell was about to become a household name in college football.

Mike Warren plans to spend this summer in the weight room with the goal of being an even stronger running back in 2016. The soon-to-be-sophomore was the nation’s top freshman back in 2015.

2015 was an up and down year for the Cyclone football team, ending with a major down that resulted in the emotional dismissal of Rhoads after seven seasons. But 2015 was a personal “up” for Warren, who came into the season with quiet expectations of playing time and ended it as the nation’s top freshman running back. He raced for 1,339 yards – the most ever by an ISU rookie – and was named Big 12 Offensive SPRING 2016 WWW.ISUALUM.ORG VISIONS


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Freshman of the Year, the Associated Press Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, and a first-team freshman All-American. Off the field, Warren spent 2015 settling into a routine. He had made friends, had decided to major in kinesiology, had adopted a pretty mundane schedule of “study, football, sleep, repeat.” But he liked it. There was just something about Ames that, to him, felt like home. What Warren never knew – what he couldn’t have known – was that while Iowa State was starting to feel more and more like home to him, it felt like home to someone else he knew: Matt Campbell. Campbell fell in love with Iowa State the year before, when the Rockets came to Ames to play in ISU’s Homecoming game. That day in October 2014, Iowa State got silently scrawled onto the list of dream jobs in Campbell’s head. So when Campbell seized the opportunity to take his dream job on Nov. 28 and announced he would retain Ayeni as an assistant, Warren breathed a deep sigh of relief. “It’s almost,” Warren says, “like it was meant to be.”

Michael Warren was born to Curtis and Barbara Warren on the very first day of 1996, the year Cyclone Troy Davis would end up rushing for 2,185 yards and finish second on the Heisman Trophy ballot. Twenty years later, Warren’s eyes light up as he talks about Davis, fresh off the news that the two-time Heisman Trophy finalist would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016. “I’ve watched almost all of his highVISIONS WWW.ISUALUM.ORG SPRING 2016


light tapes,” Warren says. “He’s a really special player. He had the will and the want – he wanted to be great, and he never gave up.” Knowing ISU has that history of success running the football and that Campbell is eager to embrace it, Warren admits he’s given a thought or two to the idea of reaching the big 2K. “You can’t set the bar too low,” he says, smiling. “You’ve got to make your goal almost intangible so that you’ll work harder to reach for it. Coach Ayeni always says to always be better than you were the day before, and I’m determined to do that.” “Mike’s got great vision,” Ayeni says. “He’s fast enough to run around you and tough enough to run through you. The thing about Mike is that he wants to be a great player, and that makes it fun for me; it makes it fun to coach him. “Running the ball, Mike’s a natural. I’ve told him that he’s gotta put that armor on him – he’s gotta live in that weight room this summer. If he can improve as a blocker and improve in the pass game, he’ll go from good to great.” Warren knows his outstanding freshman season helped put Ames on the map, but also put a target on his back. He will use this offseason to bulk up; he wants to spend less time soaking in the cold tub after games, and he knows he needs to be harder to bring down this season. On the field, that is. Off the field, there’s no bringing Warren down now. He’s happy to be home. 


Calendar Cy’S DAYs OF sERVICE

 Alumni Events April: Cy’s Days of Service, all month April 15: ISU Distinguished Awards Celebration April 22: Young Alumni Council meeting

 Events in the ISU Alumni Center May 7: Commencement reception May 20: ISUAA Board of Directors spring meeting and annual reception May 30: Memorial Day Ceremony

 On campus April 9: ISU Fashion Show May 6: Graduate Commencement May 7: Undergraduate Commencement July 17: Garden Art Fair, Reiman Gardens

 Cyclone Athletics April 16: Cyclone Gridiron Club spring football game May 16-25: Cyclone Tailgate Tour For all Cyclone sports schedules, go to

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entertainment April 5: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Stephens April 19-20: Blue Man Group, Stephens Through July 29: Campus Beautiful: Curating a Democratic Public Art Collection for Student Learning, Christian Petersen Art Museum Through July 29: Christian Petersen, Sculptor: The Founding Artist of the Art on Campus Collection, Christian Petersen Art Museum Through July 31: From Dawn to Dusk: Paintings by Gary Bowling, Brunnier Art Museum Through July 31: 40/40+, Brunnier Art Museum Through July 31: Gathering Glass: University Museums and the Iowa Questers, Brunnier Art Museum

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 Awards April 15: Distinguished Awards Celebration April 22: Wallace E. Barron Award Recognition May 20: Faculty/Staff Inspiration Awards

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