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couple transfers grad experience into deffered gift The years Christine Johnson and Kris Giles spent at Iowa State University shaped their lives. “I loved grad school,” Johnson said. “The day we first visited campus, faculty members in the sociology department presented a research project they were working on, offered me an assistantship and asked if I wanted to be a part of the project.” From that moment on, the smalltown Michigan native felt a part of Iowa State. “The sociology department did a great job and made me and the other graduate students feel welcome,” she said. “They put us together into a small study group,

and over the next two years I became really close to them. “I’m still friends with the graduate students I met in that study group.” In the meantime, across campus Giles was having a similar experience in the entomology department. “Iowa State invested in our futures from day one – what 22-year-old is going to say no to that?” he said. Their Iowa State graduate experience was so wonderful that Giles and Johnson, now a husband and wife faculty couple at Oklahoma State University, have made a $1 million deferred gift to establish graduate fellowships in their home

“This gift became a reality

because of the excellent education, wonderful experience, and outstanding training that both of us had here in Ames.”

Christine Johnson

Kris Giles & Christine Johnson

departments at Iowa State. The couple both earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State, both graduated in 1992 and 1996 – Giles with degrees in entomology and Johnson in sociology. Giles is currently a professor of entomology at Oklahoma State, while Johnson is an associate dean on the Stillwater campus. “Every day, both Kris and I interact with talented, intelligent and inspiring students who amaze us with their skills,” Johnson said. “We see so much potential in them, it is easy to see the potential in giving back to Continued on p. 2

Our Mission The ISU Foundation Women & Philanthropy program works to educate and encourage women to be philanthropic leaders at Iowa State University and in their communities.

Christine Johnson at gift announcement

Graduate Experience leads to major Deferred Gift assist other students just like them. “Because Iowa State invested in our futures we felt that we should do the same thing for future generations. This gift became a reality because of the excellent education, wonderful experience, and outstanding training that both of us had here in Ames.” The couple said they developed a financial plan that would enable them to assist future generations no matter what happened in the next 10 or 20 years.

“If you’re going to make a difference in this life, you need to have priorities and have a plan,” Johnson said. “When we sat down and talked about it, we both decided that Iowa State was a priority for us and we wanted to give back.” “We wanted to give to whomever could really make a difference for future generations,” Giles said. “Education is a difference maker, and we felt Iowa State was a great place for us to make that difference.”

Annual Workshop to Expolore Time, Talent and Treasure “The Power of Giving and Receiving,” the 12th annual Women and Philanthropy Workshop, will be held in conjunction with the spring Iowa State University Foundation governors meetings, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day in the Scheman Building and will

include breakout sessions on current philanthropic topics, a luncheon program and a keynote address. The cost for the first registration is $30, with $25 for each additional guest. For more information about this workshop, or to be added to the invitation list, call 515.294.4607, email WP@foundation.iastate. edu, or visit

ISU Foundation Women and Philanthropy Committee Colleen Armstrong West Des Moines, Iowa Rhonda Christensen Alta, Iowa Suzanna de Baca Maxwell, Iowa Kathy Geoffroy Ames, Iowa Cynthia Jeffrey Ames, Iowa Peggy Johnson Ames, Iowa Sharon Juon Waterloo, Iowa Kristi Knous Urbandale, Iowa Becky Kresowik Iowa City, Iowa Karol Nickell Urbandale, Iowa Leslie Saftig Ames, Iowa Lora Talbot Belmond, Iowa Dee Reinhart Vandeventer, Chair Cedar Falls, Iowa Michele Whitty Clive, Iowa

a message from the chair Your Women and Philanthropy Advisory Committee (WPAC) met in August to put the finishing touches on planning for the next two years. Joining us were two new committee members, Becky Kresowik, ’87 and Cyndie Jeffrey, ’72, ’79. Becky is a health care consultant in Iowa City and a member of the Order of the Knoll and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee. Cyndie is an associate professor of accounting at Iowa State, and a member of the Order of the Knoll, the ISU Alumni Association and the Campus Campaign Committee, the faculty and staff portion of Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose. Becky and Cyndie fill the seats of retiring committee members Mary Dubas ’87 and Beverly Madden ’60, ’71. We’re most grateful to them for their many years of leadership and service to the WPAC and to Iowa State University. At our meeting, we adopted a new vision statement, “To grow women’s philanthropy to enable the ISU Foundation to better meet its mission,” and reconfirmed the committee’s mission “To educate and encourage women to be philanthropic leaders at Iowa State University and in their communities. “ Over the next two years we will continue to create and develop meaningful opportunities for women to come together to inspire and motivate philanthropic action at Iowa State. Plans are underway for the 12th annual Women and Philanthropy workshop, “The Power of Giving and Receiving,” scheduled for April 13, 2011. Please mark your calendar and invite your friends. This event is all about encouraging women to take control of their financial destiny and to make a lasting impact by supporting the organizations and programs that mean the most to them. The importance of our work cannot be overstated. According to director of admissions Marc Harding, this fall’s record-breaking enrollment of 28,682 students “requires the dedicated efforts of the entire Ames/Iowa State community, faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni.” Within this issue you’ll read more about how that’s happening. Happy reading and go Cyclones!

Women and Philanthropy Committe members present at the August 13 committee meeting, left to right, Becky Kresowik, Cyndie Jeffrey, Leslie Saftig, Dee Reinhart Vandeventer, Lora Talbot, Colleen Armstrong, and Michele Whitty

Dee Reinhart Vandeventer ‘75 Chair, Women & Philanthropy Committee

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IN THIS ISSUE ƒƒ Christine Johnson and Kris Giles ƒƒ Dee Vandeventer ƒƒ Mark Your Calendar: 2011 Women & Philanthropy Workshop ƒƒ Women & Philanthropy Committee

2010 Women & Philanthropy Workshop