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President Geoffroy At a recent Iowa State University alumni event in San Francisco, one of our guests reflected on a recent visit to campus. It had been a few years since he had been back to Ames and he told those in attendance how much the campus landscape had changed. That alumnus’ comments were a perfect lead-in to my presentation on the enormous impact Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose is having on our university. Since we began this historic fundraising endeavor six years ago, we have added critical scholarships, named faculty positions and programmatic support. But nowhere has the campus landscaped changed greater than with new and renovated facilities. Each one is essential in assisting our faculty and students in meeting the academic mission of Iowa State. These hardworking individuals make this campus a special place, and the world-class facilities that have been created during Campaign Iowa State will have a profound impact on their ability to excel and succeed far into the future. I don’t want to give you the impression that you won’t recognize campus on a return visit. All of our cherished landmarks remain, as do many of the buildings you remember. No matter when you attended Iowa State, you will recognize many of our iconic structures. Central Campus will always remain untouched

as a grand legacy of this institution and the people who have walked its beautiful grounds. As we maintain cherished traditions like Central Campus, we also must be mindful to provide students and faculty with the 21st century knowledge and experiences they will need to meet the challenges of today and fulfill the promise of tomorrow. A combination of private fundraising and state assistance has made many new facilities and renovations possible, and we are deeply grateful to all of you who have helped. But there is still so much more to achieve. A listing of our current projects is located on page 13 of this issue of Connections. Once these projects become a reality, our faculty and students will have even more tools to continue to accomplish great things – wonderful deeds that have been made possible by our tremendous alumni and friends. Thank you for helping transform your campus into the Iowa State University of the present and the future. The best is yet to come!

ISU Foundation Board of Directors 2009–10


Steven T. Schuler, chair Urbandale, Iowa Sheryl K. Sunderman, vice chair Dallas, Texas Marla Franklin, treasurer Des Moines, Iowa James P. Stein, secretary Muscatine, Iowa Lloyd Bettis Glenview, Illinois


Lyle P. Campbell Paradise Valley, Arizona Mike Dubes Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Connections is published two times per year by the Iowa State

Gregory L. Geoffroy Ames, Iowa

University Foundation — a private, non-profit corporation dedicated

Cara K. Heiden Urbandale, Iowa

to securing and stewarding private gifts and grants that benefit Iowa State University. This magazine serves as a link between Iowa

Rudolf Herrmann Tulsa, Oklahoma

State and benefactors who support the university. Please send your

Sharon L. Juon Waterloo, Iowa

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Iowa State University Foundation 2505 University Boulevard | P.O. Box 2230 Ames, Iowa 50010-2230 Phone: 515.294.4607 Toll-free: 866.419.6768 E-mail:

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On the Cover

Departments 2 Campus Tour 6 Profiles 18 Profiles

Jerry and Karen Kolschowsky Oak Brook, Illinois

World-class Facilities Foster Great Learning – 10 Step onto the Iowa State University campus and you’ll immediately see the impact that has already made on the campus landscape.

Gene and Linda Lloyd Fort Myers, Florida

Pictured: Construction engineering major Jessica Meredith, Bloomfield, Iowa

Owen Newlin Des Moines, Iowa

Iconic Gift – 18 Neil and Darlene Harl have pledged $1.5 million toward renovations to Curtiss Hall. Continuing Contributions – 21 The very first contribution the Sukup family of Sheffield, Iowa, gave to Iowa State University was the most unlikely of gifts.

Charles Manatt Washington, D.C. Jim and Kathy Melsa Naperville, Illinois

Richard Stanley Muscatine, Iowa Ellen Molleston Walvoord Harvard, Illinois Senior Management Team Daniel P. Saftig President Rich Bundy Vice President for Development Lisa Eslinger Vice President for Finance Larissa Holtmyer Jones Vice President for Development Kevin Stow Assistant Vice President of Human Relations and Governance Editorial Staff Editor: Dave Gieseke Design: Katy Hammer Additional photography has been provided by Jim Heemstra The Iowa State University Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Any persons having inquiries concerning this may contact human resources, Iowa State Foundation, 515.294.4607.


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BLAST from the PAST

Once he saw the photo, Lee Maddocks knew he had to have a few copies of the promotional piece produced by the Iowa State University Foundation for Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose. Finding out just where he could get the additional copies wasn’t as easy. But we should go back to the beginning… When the ISU Foundation was planning Campaign Iowa State, one of the items developed to create awareness of the campaign was the “cube” – a promotional piece modeled after the infamous Rubik’s Cube. Instead of creating all color patterns, the ISU Foundation version was highlighted by photos of campus – including a black and white photo of a young Iowa State coed, circa 1948. That coed turned out to be Lyn Maddocks, Lee’s wife. While she attended Iowa State for more than three years, she left before finishing her studies. Lee is a 1952 industrial engineering graduate and was a long-time executive with RR Donnelley. When Campaign Iowa State was officially launched, Lee and Lyn were residing in Sarasota, Fla., and were totally unaware of the photo’s inclusion on the “campaign cube.” The ISU Foundation chose the image from a selection made available through University Archives, and the photo


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was unidentified. Lee remembers the photo was taken for a promotional piece for the home economics college. Lyn’s old college roommate, Elizabeth Brookhart Anderson (’52 dietetics), came into the picture when another Iowa Stater sent her the cube thinking it was her. “One of Liz’s acquaintances saw the cube and thought it was Liz,” Lee said. “If Liz hadn't contacted us, we probably would have never known about it.” Lee then did a little investigating, calling several different offices on campus before finally contacting the ISU Foundation. A copy of the cube now resides in the Maddocks’ Sarasota home. “The cube is a talking point for every visitor who enters our condo. I show it to everybody that walks through our front door,” Lee said. “As you can tell, we’re very proud that Lyn’s picture is on the cube – 60 years after the photo was taken. “Whenever we brag about Lyn, we also brag about Iowa State University.” The cube arrived in Florida a few months before Lyn passed away in October 2009. “I’m glad she was still alive when we received a copy,” Lee said. “It was great to relive our Iowa State days.”

During Campaign Iowa State, an additional 650 scholarships and 66 endowed faculty positions have been created.

Second Chance

Making the transition from high school to college is tough for most freshmen. Amber Connett’s freshman year, though, was tougher than most. The financial stresses the Reasnor, Iowa, resident (pictured above) experienced during 2008-09 were so challenging that she didn’t think she would be able to come back to Iowa State for her sophomore year. Then Connett was named a recipient of a $5,000 Fred Foreman Scholarship for Growth in Leadership Participation by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It was just what the agriculture education major needed to stay with her studies. “The scholarship enabled me to continue at Iowa State for another year,” Connett said. “The finances in our family had been hit really hard. I was wondering if I was going to have to leave campus and attend a community college.” Connett’s struggles actually began the summer before she came to Iowa State. The Iowa floods of 2008 swamped her family home in June, and it wasn’t until September that her parents were able to move back in. Then in December her mother passed away, and the seeds of doubt about continuing at Iowa State entered Connett’s mind. As a Foreman Scholarship recipient, Connett serves as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She, along with other ag ambassadors, promote the college to prospective students. “We go directly into the high schools and talk to students about our agriculture program,” Connett said. “But my favorite activity is talking to students who attend Experience Iowa State on campus." It’s an experience that Connett says wouldn’t have been possible without the Foreman Scholarship, which has been funded by Dana and Martha Robes of Round Pond, Me. Connett and other Foreman Scholars last year made a video thanking the Robes for their support. In the video, Connett spoke about the hardships she experienced during her freshman year. “I got a little choked up in that video,” Connett recalled. “If I am able to meet with the Robes, I would probably give them a hug because of what they have done for me.”

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We’ve reached one of our campaign goals! Benefactors have contributed more than $255 million to Iowa State University academic and student-support programs during Campaign Iowa State. That far exceeds our $195 million goal. Honoring Her Grandmother Jodi Andersen’s childhood memories revolve around her extended family living in Arcadia, Iowa. “My entire family lived there,” said Andersen (’76 English), director of donor relations at the ISU Foundation, “and Grandma’s house was Grand Central Station when we were growing up.” Her grandmother, who passed away in 2001, was such a positive influence on Andersen that she wanted to honor her. “She always had a dream of being a school teacher, but she lost her parents at a young age and couldn’t afford to go to college,” Andersen said. But Andersen didn’t feel she could create a scholarship at her age. Conversations with the ISU Foundation’s planned giving staff proved otherwise. She established a $25,000 endowed scholarship through the use of her retirement funds. The Arleen E.A. Brightwell Family Scholarship will support education undergraduate majors who have been accepted into the teaching program at Iowa State. Special consideration will be given to those Iowa State students who have “fallen through the cracks” for financial aid. “This is a huge thing I have wanted to do forever,” Andersen said. “I got very emotional when I first saw the name of the scholarship. My grandmother meant so much to me, to our family. I think she would be honored, touched and a little overwhelmed by the scholarship.”

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CAMPUS TOUR Alumni, Friends, Association Honored The Iowa State University Foundation recognized alumni, friends and an association with its most prestigious honors during the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration, Friday, April 16.

Pictured, from the left, Dan Saftig, ISU Foundation President; Blair Van Zetten, Iowa Egg Council; Kevin Vinchattle, Iowa Egg Council; Kathryn Hach Darrow, Tahira Hira, Gregory Geoffroy, Iowa State President; Labh Hira, and Rudy Herrmann.

Campanile Award — recognizes leadership level gifts to Iowa State and significant service to the university. Kathryn Hach Darrow (B.L.S. ’07 liberal studies), Mukilteo, Wash. Darrow’s recent commitment of $10 million to Iowa State’s new chemistry facility ensured the construction of the vitally important new building. She is the retired chair of the board of Hach Company, a leading producer of water-testing instruments.

Corporation, Foundation and Association Award — recognizes outstanding generosity to the university. Iowa Egg Council, Urbandale, Iowa. Since 1979, the Iowa Egg Council has given and committed more than $3.4 million to Iowa State. These financial contributions have provided the seed gift for the Egg Industry Center, sponsored research for a number of faculty members in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine,

Cardinal and Gold Award — recognizes long-term service to the university and ISU Foundation. Rudy Herrmann (B.S. ’73 industrial engineering), Tulsa, Okla. Herrmann has been active as an ISU Foundation governor, serving on the foundation’s finance committee and, most recently, as a member of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors. He serves as chair of the College of Engineering’s National Campaign Committee. He is the retired president and CEO of Dover Resources, Inc.

Campaign Iowa State Reaches Major Milestone As of Dec. 31, 2009, the Campaign Iowa State fundraising has exceeded a half a billion dollars in realized (cash, pledge payments and gifts-in-kind) gifts to support programs across the Iowa State campus. More than 110,000 donors have directed their gifts to bolster specific student, faculty, program, and facility funds. More than $779 million in gifts and future commitments have been received toward the $800 million goal, including nearly $240 million through estate gifts and pledges payable within five years. “These dollars are hard at work in support of new scholarships, construction and renovation projects, much-needed programmatic support, and assistance for endowed faculty positions,” said Dan Saftig, president of the Iowa State University Foundation. A majority of these realized gifts and commitments are dedicated to specific programs throughout the university.

and supported various areas in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Faculty and Staff Award — presented to individuals who are employed by or retired from Iowa

Facilities $125 million Programs $255 million

State who have brought distinction to the university through their work. Labh and Tahira Hira, Ames, Iowa. Labh is the Raisbeck Endowed Dean of Business, while Tahira is the executive assistant to the president and professor of human development and family studies. Since their arrival on campus in the early

Faculty $166 million Students $233 million

Total: $779 million

1980s, they have brought distinction to the university, first through their pursuits as faculty members and later through their leadership as university administrators. 4


* As of April 30, 2010


Simply the Best Build It and They Will Come With a $200,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and additional private support in hand, a next-generation, technology-equipped multimedia classroom has been carved out of space adjacent to the Learning Connections Center on the first floor of the Parks Library, opening in October 2009. “As soon as we opened the doors, students started using the space for their own projects as well as for group work,” said Susan Vega Garcia, associate professor and head of instruction at Parks Library. “It’s rare to go into the room and find an empty seat.” The new classroom space is described as “more interactive, less traditional.” The classroom’s “more interactive” feel comes from a “classroom in the round” design made necessary due to load-bearing pillars at the room’s center. The result is a space where the classroom instructor can easily move around and interact with everyone in the class. The instructor’s workstation has been situated in the middle of the room. Additional monitors have been placed between the 48 student computer workstations, allowing students to view what the instructor has on his or her computer screen.

From $100 to $1 Million All Sarah Johnson wanted was a different job. Instead she may have found a career. Johnson was working in an on-campus cafeteria when she discovered a flyer on her dorm room door encouraging people to apply for positions in the Iowa State University Foundation PhoneCenter. “My job in the PhoneCenter took me in a totally new direction as far as my career,” the senior journalism major said. “Working in philanthropy is not something you think of when you are in high school but it’s something I would like to do now since I have this experience at Iowa State.” Since closing her initial $100 gift on her first night at the PhoneCenter, Johnson has contacted thousands of alumni and raised more than $1 million for Iowa State students, faculty and programs. Her success at the PhoneCenter led her to a new role, as an intern with the Robert and Jean Watson Advancement program in the ISU Foundation during the 2010 spring semester.

The Iowa State University Foundation has been named one of the 2010 “Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For” by The NonProfit Times, the leading business publication for nonprofit management. The ISU Foundation was ranked 20th among the 50 nonprofit organizations selected for the annual honor, 10th overall among nonprofit organizations with between 25 and 249 employees, and was the only higher education foundation listed. There are more than 1.2 million nonprofit organizations in the nation. “I have the opportunity to work with many members of the ISU Foundation staff on a regular basis, and I am continually impressed with the collective professionalism, integrity, collaborative style, and talent I see every day,” said Gregory Geoffroy, Iowa State president. The rankings are established by comparing nonprofit work practices through a confidential 72-question employee engagement and satisfaction survey. ISU Foundation employees gave high marks for foundation leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, satisfaction of role, work environment, relationship with supervisor, and overall engagement. Ninety-six percent of the 95 employees said they’d recommend the ISU Foundation as a good place of employment. “Employee satisfaction speaks well of the organization as a whole and our donors should be pleased as well,” said Steven Schuler, chair of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors. “We have a terrific staff and its commitment comes through with the factors that led to this national recognition.”

Dr. Greg Harrison returned to campus recently to give a seminar and assist vet med students on avian medicine.



A lthough he has always been fascinated by wild birds, Greg Harrison didn’t get his doctor of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University for the sole purpose of starting a bird practice. It just sort of happened that way. Now, 40 years later, Harrison and his wife, Linda (’63 home economics education), are assisting the College of Veterinary Medicine’s burgeoning avian and exotic animal program. The South Palm Beach, Fla., couple has purchased the remaining inventory of two books they have edited on avian medicine and donated the books, along with the copyrights, to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Iowa State University Extension has created a dedicated Web site (https://www. where the books may be purchased. The Harrisons have also pledged a cash gift to further support this program. This gift has helped the College of Veterinary Medicine go over $39 million raised during Campaign Iowa State towards a $41 million goal. “Linda and I are interested in impacting the avian and exotic animal program at Iowa State,” Greg Harrison said. “We want to foster an educational program so students feel confident and competent to go into practice and do basic evaluations

and procedures on birds and other exotic pets.” After graduation from Iowa State, the Harrisons moved to South Florida where Dr. Harrison worked in two small animal clinics before opening his own practice a few years later in Lake Worth. “At first I was more interested in eye surgery,” he said. “But after I started my own practice I started seeing monkeys and other exotic animals. But birds were by far the most popular.” Word must have gotten out about Harrison’s skill with =birds because the next thing he knew “people were sending me birds from all over the place.” With the handwriting on the wall, Harrison established The Bird Hospital, the first Florida practice exclusively developed for pet bird medicine and surgery. It was during this time that Harrison expanded his operation. In a clinical trial to improve the breeding results of a group of hyacinth macaws, he worked with a nutritionist to develop a formulated diet. This later became the basis for Harrison’s Bird Foods, the world’s first certified organic, formulated pet food. The first Harrison and Harrison-edited book appeared in 1986. “Clinical Avian Medicine and Surgery” became a surprise best seller for the publisher, WB Saunders Company. It

was apparent that interest in this field was expanding. In 1994, the Harrisons co-edited “Avian Medicine: Principles and Application,” a comprehensive text and practical guidebook for individuals involved in captive avian medicine and stewardship. When Dr. Harrison retired from practice in 2005, he created Spix Publishing for the purpose of publishing “Clinical Avian Medicine,” which offers contemporary topics of concern to avian practitioners. The latter two books are rated as the top two avian references by virtual of sales. With their donation of the inventory and copyrights of these two books, the couple hopes that the continued interest in the books will result in significant proceeds to assist in building the avian and exotic animal program at Iowa State. In the meantime, Linda continues to publish Exotic DVM Veterinary Medicine and support the Exotic DVM Online Forum, ongoing resources for veterinary students as well as the international veterinary community. “We believe the books have a long-range potential for sales and will continue to be a source of revenue for the college,” Harrison said. “I know it’s tough to start such a program in Iowa but we do hope it will catch on. There’s a good future market for this field of veterinary medical practice.” 

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W hat ’ s I mpo r tant September 11, 2001, affected all Americans, Lloyd and Kathryn Bettis among them. And like many Americans, the couple looked at their priorities. “R ight after 9/11, K athryn and I took a fresh look at what was important to us – what had made an impact on our lives,” said Lloyd, chairman and chief executive officer of National Bureau of Property Administration, an ad valorem tax consulting firm representing Fortune 500 and international firms nationally. “Even though neither of us had been active with the university since we graduated, Iowa State University came to the front of both of our minds.” The student life experiences the couple had at Iowa State were the most memorable. Both were involved in the Greek community – Lloyd with FarmHouse Fraternity and Kathryn with Delta Delta Delta. It was their Greek experiences that brought them together during Lloyd’s senior year and Kathryn’s sophomore year. Their experiences on campus also sealed the Chicago area couple’s relationship with Iowa State. While revising their wills after 9/11, they made specific designations to support student scholarships for both FarmHouse and Delta Delta Delta members. They also wanted to support students from Monroe County, Lloyd’s birthplace, and established two endowed scholarships in honor of his mother and in memory of his father. The scholarships serve a dual purpose, since one of the Monroe County scholarships recognizes a student who was active in 4-H. “We wanted to support things that were important to us, including our focus on 4-H as well as our involvement with the Greek community at Iowa State,” Lloyd said. “We also wanted to help out students from Monroe County, as a way of encouraging them to attend Iowa State.

“There’s a lot of need there. I know I was very appreciative of the scholarship support I got while I was in college. I thought it was appropriate to give back and give others the same opportunity to attend Iowa State.” As a retired teacher, Kathryn is equally committed to helping others expand their educational opportunities. But the couple is still young. Lloyd graduated in 1970 with a major in agriculture journalism, while Kathryn finished her degree two years later in elementary education. “Since these gifts are included in our wills, we realize that these may be many years away,” Lloyd said. “While we are confident Iowa State will appreciate the gift whenever it arrives, we felt it was important to document our decision now because, like 9/11 taught us, one never knows what tomorrow will bring.” So as an additional part of their commitment during Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose, they have also funded the Greek and Monroe County scholarships on an expendable basis each year. “We felt it was important to start funding these scholarships now,” Kathryn said. “Helping others get an education and have the same kind of experiences we had is important to us.” Since reconnecting with Iowa State, Lloyd has become an ISU Foundation governor and is a member of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors. He also chairs the ISU Foundation Investment Committee. 

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Step onto the Iowa State University campus and you’ll immediately see the impact of Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose on the campus landscape. New and renovated facilities have sprouted up in nearly every sector of campus – both in terms of geography and academic discipline. The facilities are more than mere dots on campus. They represent critically needed additions to the academic landscape which will benefit Iowa State for years to come. According to Iowa State President Gregory L. Geoffroy, they are essential for the future of the institution. “The learning and research that take place within the facades of our buildings are what help us attract and retain talented faculty and students,” Geoffroy said. “While it is the faculty and students who make Iowa State special, it is the campus environment and the places they do their work that have a profound impact on their ability to excel.”

Clockwise from upper left: Coover Hall, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Sukup Family Basketball Complex, Seed Science Center

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“One of the great things

about teaching in the … King Pavilion is that the studios are very open and you can see what everyone is working on.”

Ann Sobiech Munson, assistant professor, College of Design

Transformational and inspirational With a blend of historic and modern buildings and abundant green space, Iowa State has one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. The number of Iowa State’s world-class facilities has increased substantially because of Campaign Iowa State as the campus has been literally transformed with a series of renovated facilities and new construction projects. A total of 15 buildings (see page 16) have been built or renovated to provide the modern facilities necessary to accommodate new, growing and ever more technologically advanced programs on campus. Through a combination of state funding and charitable resources, the buildings have vastly improved deficiencies in the campus infrastructure. New facilities already completed include: ƒƒ The W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center added 108,000 square feet of new space to provide veterinary services for horses and food production animals. The ultra-modern hospital features equine and food animal diagnostic areas, treatment and surgery suites, an intensive care unit, and infectious disease isolation area. ƒƒ An additional 23,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, and research and teaching laboratories has dramatically changed Coover Hall. The new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building Addition has positioned the department of electrical and computer engineering as one of the best in the nation. ƒƒ First-year core design program students and interior design majors are among the individuals who are benefiting from



the new King Pavilion, a two-story “forum” addition constructed on the west side of the College of Design. Previously the Armory housed these students. “One of the great things about teaching in the Armory that is even better now in the King Pavilion is that the studios are very open and you can see what everyone is working on,” said Ann Sobiech Munson, assistant professor in the departments of architecture and art and design and director of the Core Design Program. “The access is great for both teaching and learning plus the facility has allowed our beginning students to be able to integrate into the main college building and into our program much quicker than before.”

More than academic structures While the focus has been on improving the academic facilities on campus, Campaign Iowa State has also provided a number of structures that have improved the student and alumni experience. These include: ƒƒ The Alumni Center not only is the home of the ISU Alumni Association, but it has provided a gathering place for alumni and much-needed meeting space for university and public functions. ƒƒ In west Ames, the Sukup Basketball Complex is the new home of both men’s and women’s Cyclone basketball programs. The 37,000-square-foot facility offers all of the amenities the students need to be successful on the court, in the classroom and in life. Continued on page 14

Remaining Facility Priorities in Campaign Iowa State Curtiss Hall ƒƒ Renovation project which will include Harl Commons, a student-centered area that includes an open area for informal gatherings, and meeting rooms available to students to encourage teamwork and to improve communications. ƒƒ The Monsanto student services “mall” will include offices for career services, international programs, advising and student recruitment.

Agriculture Pavilion ƒƒ $7 million state-of-the-art agriculture pavilion located south of campus on land currently used by the department of animal science’s equine program. ƒƒ Includes a 125-by-250-foot arena with seating for 1,000 people, along with classrooms and animal holding areas. ƒƒ Ideal location for students to gain valuable experience through interactions with animals, including courses, agricultural judging and skills competitions.

Horticulture Complex ƒƒ $3 million teaching and research greenhouse space on central campus which will replace the existing structure. ƒƒ Additional teaching and research areas and a highly efficient growing space that will lead to enhanced classroom activities and greater educational opportunities. ƒƒ Each greenhouse unit will have computerized controls to manage environmental parameters that affect plant growth and development.

Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering ƒƒ Phase two of the Biorenewables Research Complex includes a building, which will house the department of agriculture and biosystems engineering and will be built adjacent to Howe Hall and the College of Design. ƒƒ The building will facilitate teaching, research, extension and international efforts, improving agriculture and animal production systems, enhancing ethanol production and harvesting, and processing different biological components to produce energy.

Coover Hall ƒƒ Phase two will include an additional 33,000 square feet and will be the home for advising and senior design, as well as offices for staff, faculty and graduate students. ƒƒ The department of electrical and computer engineering is currently spread throughout several buildings on campus, and will be consolidated in this new space.

Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Hospital ƒƒ $45.1 million renovation, expansion and remodeling of the Small Animal Hospital began in spring 2010. ƒƒ Expansion will dramatically impact a number of areas in the hospital including oncology, radiology, pharmacology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, dentistry, shelter medicine, and exotic animal care.

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“[Hach Hall] is enormously important

to the future of the department of chemistry and the university. It will help us recruit and retain the best faculty and students and provide essential infrastructure to perform cutting-edge research.”

Jacob Petrich, professor and chair of the department of chemistry

ƒƒ An unforgettable first impression has been greeting thousands of prospective students and their families with the new Soults Family Visitor Center in the Memorial Union. The facility provides a new campus “front door.” “We wanted to provide the most welcoming and impressive first ‘look’ for our future students and families,” said Marc Harding, director of enrollment services. “Since the Soults Family Visitor Center is located in the Memorial Union, our guests are able to experience the energy and synergy of students, faculty and staff right away.”

Immediate impact Not only are the facilities being praised for their functionality, but the results have also been noticeable. For Tessia Rockey, a sophomore interior design major, the impact of the King Pavilion is evident every day she steps foot into the College of Design building. “I love the industrial style, the amount of windows and how open the space in the King Pavilion is,” she said. “I’m particularly a big fan of as much natural light as possible, and the Armory just didn’t provide that. “The windows also provide a view. Now I can look outside while I’m designing and it’s inspiring.”



The Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center has proved to be a boon for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dedicated in October 2008, the hospital has done more than just improve the care of large animals, according to Dr. John Thomson, dean of the college. “We’ve made great strides in the past five years and have gotten a lot of people’s attention,” he said. “There is increased interest from clinical faculty and researchers who want to join our team.” The hospital has also had a decided impact on student enrollment in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Last year’s entering class was filled more quickly than any time during the previous 12 years. “These improvements have definitely had an influence on our students,” Thomson said. “There is a new enthusiasm with our students, and they are excited to be associated with a continuously improving program.” That enthusiasm stretches from high-profile facilities like the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center to a new next-generation, technology-equipped multimedia classroom in the Parks Library, made possible through a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and additional private support. “As soon as we opened the doors, students started using the space for their own projects as well as for group work,” said

Susan Vega Garcia, associate professor and head of instruction at Parks Library. “It’s rare to go into the room and find an empty seat.”

excited,” she said. “But what’s even more exciting is that my colleagues and I have an opportunity few chemistry professors ever will – the opportunity to design a laboratory space for our particular needs.”

More on the way One of the cornerstone projects of Campaign Iowa State will soon be open for use by chemistry faculty and students. Hach Hall is a three-story, 135,000-square-foot facility that will include undergraduate teaching laboratories and research labs for faculty, staff and graduate students. “The building is enormously important to the future of the department of chemistry and the university,” said Jacob Petrich, professor and chair of the department. “It will help us recruit and retain the best faculty and students and provide essential infrastructure to perform cutting-edge research.” The new facility is being constructed northwest of Gilman Hall, current home of the department of chemistry. It will be a substantial improvement over the old structure. Hach Hall is designed to create synergy by having labs for the same research team adjacent to one another. But more than anything else, the flexibility of the laboratory space is what appeals to Malika Jeffries-EL, assistant professor of chemistry. “As the building’s completion gets closer, I get more and more

Continuing to transform campus While support during Campaign Iowa State has renovated current structures or constructed new ones, there exists a need to continue to transform campus with construction projects. The remaining campaign priorities include a number of new buildings and renovations to current facilities in a variety of academic disciplines (see page 13). “While Campaign Iowa State’s impact has been significant, our work is not yet complete,” Geoffroy said, “and this includes the desire to renovate or add more new buildings for our students, faculty and staff. “Each project, like the ones already completed, will contribute to the value and quality of Iowa State, allowing us to continue our venerable tradition of excellence in teaching, research and outreach.” 

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Facilities Constructed During Campaign Iowa State Biorenewables Research Complex ƒƒ First phase of the $99 million Biorenewables Research Complex, scheduled to open fall 2010. ƒƒ Funding provided by the state of Iowa. ƒƒ The $32 million Biorenewables Research Laboratory will serve as the new headquarters for the Bioeconomy Institute, and provide a central home for the university’s discovery, outreach and educational activities in biorenewables.

Alumni Center ƒƒ $11.2 million, 34,500-square-foot facility, opened fall 2008. ƒƒ Home of the Iowa State University Alumni Association and includes a living room, lounges, library and memorabilia area, formal boardroom, ballroom, meeting rooms, display halls, and a multi-purpose office and activity space for the Student Alumni Leadership Council. ƒƒ Lead gift: Roy (’57 ag journalism) and Bobbi (’06 honorary alumna) Reiman.

Sally Rapp Beisser Student Services Center ƒƒ Located in the College of Human Sciences in MacKay Hall, opened in fall 2007. ƒƒ Renovated area contains conference rooms and offices for career services, classifications, advising coordination, multicultural programming, and student recruitment and retention. ƒƒ Lead gifts provided by Sally Rapp Beisser (‘71 elementary education; ‘77 guidance and counseling, M.S.; ‘99 education, Ph.D.) and Barbara Palmer (‘46 family and consumer sciences).

Electrical and Computer Engineering Building Addition ƒƒ $16.5 million, 23,000-square-foot facility, opened fall 2008. ƒƒ State-of-the-art classrooms and research and teaching laboratories equipped with the latest equipment and technology for students and faculty. ƒƒ Home of Carver High-Spec Communications Laboratory, equipped with three high-powered microscopes and other technology. ƒƒ Funding provided by private gifts and an appropriation from the State of Iowa.

Hach Hall ƒƒ $75 million department of chemistry building built adjacent to Gilman Hall, scheduled to open fall 2010. ƒƒ Building will house undergraduate teaching laboratories, student interaction space and research facilities where faculty, staff and graduate students will work. ƒƒ Lead gifts: Kathryn Hach Darrow (’07 liberal studies) and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. State of Iowa appropriated $58.9 million for the project.

BioCentury Research Farm

Hixson-Lied Student Success Center

ƒƒ First-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. ƒƒ Located just west of Ames on Highway 30, the facility opened in fall 2009. ƒƒ Lead funding for the project provided by the State of Iowa; Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a DuPont business; and Rockwell Automation.

ƒƒ $10 million, 33,500-square-foot facility, opened in spring 2007. ƒƒ The new center, located on Beach Road, provides services directed to any student in need of academic counseling, tutoring and testing. It houses three units: the Christina Hixson Opportunity Awards Program, the Rod and Connie French Athletic Academic Center, and the Academic Success Center. ƒƒ Lead gifts provided by Christina Hixson (’06 honorary alumna), and Rod (’10 honorary alumnus) and Connie French.



King Pavilion

Soults Family Visitor Center

ƒƒ $6.6 million, two-story “forum” addition constructed on the west side of the College of Design, opened fall 2009. ƒƒ Houses upper-level design students in interior design, landscape architecture and architecture, and the first-year Core Design Program. ƒƒ The first new “green” structure on campus. The building received LEED platinum status under the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines. ƒƒ Lead gift: Steven (’68 landscape architecture) and the late Barbara (’68 food science) King. More than 2,000 individual donors provided funding for the project.

ƒƒ $1 million facility on the lower level of the Memorial Union, opened spring 2009. ƒƒ Campus “front door” for prospective students and their families to visit Iowa State. Includes 90-seat presentation room, reception area and lounge. ƒƒ Lead gift: Don Soults (’61 statistics, ’68 statistics, Ph.D.).

W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center ƒƒ $48.1 million, 108,000-square-foot facility, opened fall 2008. ƒƒ Provides veterinary services for horses and food production animals. ƒƒ Lead gift: Dr. W. Eugene (’49 veterinary medicine, ’70 veterinary pathology, Ph.D.) and Linda (’10 honorary alumna) Lloyd. The project was also made possible by gifts from more than 4,000 alumni and friends.

Sukup Basketball Complex ƒƒ $8 million, 37,000-square-foot facility, opened fall 2009. ƒƒ Home for Cyclone men’s and women’s basketball programs. Each team has their own regulation-size court in addition to two smaller cross-courts. ƒƒ Lead gift: Sukup family of Sheffield, Iowa.

Memorial Union, Durham Great Hall ƒƒ Restoration of the Great Hall was completed in fall 2008. ƒƒ The facility was improved acoustically and now features state-ofthe-art audio/visual capabilities and improved lighting and sound. ƒƒ Lead gifts provided by the late Charles Durham (‘39 engineering; ‘40 civil engineering; ‘45 civil engineering, Ph.D.) and the 2007 Iowa State Senior Class.

Morrill Hall ƒƒ $10 million renovation of the historic campus structure, reopened in March 2007. ƒƒ New home for the Christian Petersen Art Museum, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and the Center for Visual Learning in Textiles and Clothing. ƒƒ Gifts and pledges came from more than 2,700 donors, including a lead gift from Lyle (‘66 agricultural business) and Nancy Campbell.

Seed Science Center ƒƒ $2 million, 5,000-square-foot expansion of the Seed Science Center, opened fall 2008. ƒƒ Expansion provides space for laboratories, staff and student offices, conference rooms and spaces for visiting scientists. It is also the home of the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP). ƒƒ Made possible through an anonymous gift.

Jack Trice Stadium ƒƒ $31 million, renovations to the east and west sides of Jack Trice Stadium, finished in fall 2009. ƒƒ Created new restrooms and concession stands plus a nearly twice-as-wide concourse on both sides. ƒƒ Lead gift provided by Richard O. “Dick” Jacobson.

Carl F. Vondra Geology Field Station ƒƒ New lodge at the department of geological and atmospheric science’s field station near Shell, Wyo., scheduled to open summer 2010. ƒƒ New facility will feature a kitchen, staff quarters and dining room/classroom. Will replace the field station’s old main building that dates back to a World War II Japanese-American internment camp. ƒƒ Lead gift: Tom (‘68 geology, ‘71 geology, M.S.) and Evonne (‘68 textiles and clothing) Smith.

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“That was the turning

point in my life. Life is too short. If I was going to do anything with my life I had to get prepared and that summer on the farm convinced me that Iowa State was the place I needed to be.” Neil Harl

When Neil H arl entered Iowa State College as a freshman in 1951, he knew that a life as a farmer was his long-term goal. “I was not at all certain I wanted to be here,” he said. “I came here not wanting to stay and was instantly homesick.” But Neil was torn – torn because he was the recipient of one of just three Iowa Centennial Memorial Scholarships. It was the first year the scholarship had been awarded, and he wanted to keep that commitment. “I couldn’t imagine wasting $300,” he remembered. “I was doing something (attending college) that I really didn’t want to do but I was determined to stick it out for a year.” In reality, Neil didn’t finish the year out. He left the Iowa State campus in March when his brother was drafted into the military and his father had surgery. He returned to the family farm near Seymour, Iowa, and thought he had seen the last of Ames. “I gleefully left campus,” he said. “I worked hard that summer. All the work fell on me and I had a good time for that first month.” Then he began to think about his long-term goal of farming. Did he really want to spend his life cultivating long rows of corn or did he want to return to college? “That was the turning point in my life,” he said. “Life is too short. If I was going to do anything with my life I had to get prepared and that summer on the farm convinced me that Iowa State was the place I needed to be.” While Neil may have become a good farmer, farming’s loss was Iowa State’s and agricultural economics’ gain. Neil went on to earn both bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Iowa State. He also holds a law degree from the University of Iowa and served on Iowa State’s economics faculty for more than 40 years, retiring in 2004.

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Long association The Harls have been synonymous with Iowa State for almost six decades. Those years have left a strong impression on the Ames couple. “We’ve spent a lot of time at Iowa State and Ames,” Neil said. “This is the place where we raised our family, where we developed our careers, and where we learned what life is really about. “We both feel very indebted to Iowa State.” That feeling is a primary reason why the Harls have pledged $1.5 million toward renovations of Curtiss Hall, the building housing the administrative offices of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Harls’ pledge will create Harl Commons, a renovated space located on the ground floor of Curtiss Hall. This student-centered area will include an open space for informal gatherings and meeting rooms available to students to encourage teamwork and to improve communications. Adjacent to Harl Commons will be a student services “mall.” “As students, and later in our faculty service, we came to believe firmly that Iowa State is one of the finest institutions in the country in helping students build their educational and personal platforms for life,” Neil said. “We are pleased and honored to be identified with Iowa State in this manner.” When Iowa State first proposed the Harls contribute to the Curtiss Hall renovation project, they weren’t convinced. “We didn’t think it was quite the right project,” Neil said. “Teaching was my life – it was very important to me. I also enjoyed conducting my research, but teaching was the important function, and the more we thought about it this project seemed to address that concern.” “We wanted to enhance the daily lives of the agriculture students,” said Darlene Harl, “and there isn’t a space like this for them right now on campus.”

Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State’s Endowed Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, says the college is approaching the renovation of Curtiss Hall as an opportunity to maintain and improve an iconic symbol of the college and the university. “We expect to present a building to the outside world, and to our colleagues and students on campus, that shows the pride we feel in agriculture, the cutting-edge nature of the sciences of agriculture, and the warm, caring approach to students that has been the hallmark of the college since its birth,” she said. “Harl Commons will do that and we’re excited that an iconic person in the college’s history such as Dr. Neil Harl has linked his legacy with that of the college.” During his tenure at Iowa State, he became a giant in agriculture. An internationally recognized expert in farm finance, taxation, estate planning, business planning, and agricultural law, he has given more than 3,300 presentations in 43 states and 19 foreign countries, as well as served on six federal commissions. He is also the founder and director of the Center for International Agricultural Finance at Iowa State, an organization that conducted three- to seven-week schools both in the U.S., and abroad. Neil and the center have been credited with helping to lay the foundation for countries transitioning to a market economy, particularly in Eastern Europe. Darlene received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in 1981. They are the parents of two sons, Brent and Rodney, four grandsons, all of whom live in Denver, and a granddaughter born New Year’s Day of 2010. And although he didn’t go back to the farm, Neil says he is still a farmer at heart. The couple owns 1,000 acres in Appanoose County, including the original 40 acres that has been in the family since 1863. “I guess my decision to go back to school worked out pretty well,” Neil said. 

“I guess my decision to go back to school worked out pretty well.” Neil Harl



Continuing C ont r ibutions From a small pipe organ to the new basketball practice facility, the Sukup family of Sheffield, Iowa, has been opening doors at Iowa State with their generosity. spring 2010


and remained as the grandchildren started to attend. The very first contribution the Sukup family of Sheffield, “Iowa State athletics has been a great source of pride and Iowa, gave to Iowa State University was the most unlikely enjoyment for our family,” Steve said. “The department has of gifts. a family feel from all their coaches, and we revel in the opAt the time, Charles, the first of two Sukup brothers to portunity to support a first-class complex for our men’s and attend Iowa State as engineering students, was heavily women’s basketball programs. involved with the music department. “We saw how a practice facility positively affected the “One of the often overlooked gems of Iowa State is its outfootball program, and standing music departwe could see how the ment,” says Charles (’76, basketball teams needed ’82 M.S. agricultural a similar facility.” engineering). “There are The family earlier students throughout the made the decision to university that are intermake a significant conested in music.” tribution to phase two of Charles was one of the Biorenewables and those students. He was a Engineering Laboratory clarinetist in the marchComplex, which will be ing band and played the built adjacent to Howe carillion in the CampaHall and the College of nile. But it was the organ Design. that really piqued his That building will be interest. While he was Iowa State athletics has been a great the central location for a student, a fundraising source of pride and enjoyment for our many of Iowa State’s effort to purchase the biorenewables-related department’s first pipe family. activities in research, organ intrigued not only education and outreach, Charles but his parents and home to the department of agricultural and biosystems as well. engineering. An atrium will connect buildings from phase “My folks are tremendously supportive people,” he said. one and phase two. “They purchased football season tickets to watch me in the “The agricultural engineering department is near and marching band, but they also helped contribute to that first dear to my heart,” Charles said. “They give exceptional pipe organ.” personal care and attention to their students. When I came Since that initial gift, the Sukup family has been a invaluhere in 1972, I remember faculty members telling me that able supporter of all things Iowa State. the department would be getting a new building in the “I never went to college but saw that I needed an engineer future.” for the company,” Eugene Sukup said. “So I guess instead of That future is now for the department, and the Sukups hiring an engineer, we raised two good engineers instead.” say it is a natural fit for their business. The family has also been supportive of a variety of “Biorenewables is a key component not only for our academic and athletics programs at Iowa State. A recent business, but for the state of Iowa and the nation,” Steve commitment was the lead pledge for the new Cyclone basketball practice facility in west Ames. The Board of Regents, said, “and this building will help facilitate the teaching and research efforts necessary to help find an alternative energy State of Iowa, has named the facility the Sukup Basketball source.” Complex. The Sukups own and operate Sukup Manufacturing Co., The family’s early involvement with Cyclone athletics also the world’s largest family-owned grain bin manufacturer, began when Charles was a student, continued when his brother Steve (’79 industrial engineering) was at Iowa State, whose product line includes grain dryers, farm and com-



–Steve Sukup

Members of the Sukup family of Sheffield, Iowa, in the lobby of the new Sukup Basketball Complex during dedication ceremonies for the facility.

mercial grain bins, bucket elevators, and material conveying stations. The company has sold products in all 50 states and some 40 countries. The firm was founded by Eugene and Mary Sukup. In addition to their sons being Iowa State graduates, so are both daughters-in-law, Mary Beth, (’75 home economics education; and Vicki, (’79 home economics education, ’01 M.Ed.) and many of their grandchildren. “We’re very hands-on still with the company,” Charles says. “All three of us (Eugene, Charles and Steve) have patents, and Dad has been inducted into the Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame.”

The Sukups also haven’t forgotten their initial gift to Iowa State. The family continues to support the department of music, funding the annual Organist of Iowa event in Music Hall every fall. “We’re all Cyclones to the bone,” Charles said, “and to think it all started with that small pipe organ.” 

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Barbara Janson (formerly Shallenberger) is passionate about undergraduate mathematics. That passion is evident through her funding of an endowed faculty position at Iowa State University. “It is because of my belief in the importance of mathematics education and the education of math professionals that I established this endowed position,” said Janson. The Janson Professorship in Mathematics is just the latest in a series of events that has kept the Thornton, Iowa, native, ISU Foundation Governor and Investment Committee member involved with the mathematical sciences. This is surprising for someone who used to think math was dull. That all changed when she took a mathematical analysis course as a junior at Iowa State. “I really had no interest in the subject. In fact I remember feeling happy when I finished my math requirements at Iowa State,” Janson recalled. “But then a friend suggested that I take this analysis class and the light bulb just came on for me.” The course was taught by a professor who later went on to The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He encouraged Janson’s interest in math, and she soon declared a major in mathematics, graduating in 1965 with a degree in that discipline. She went on to earn a master’s in mathematics from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and later an M.B.A. from the University of Rhode Island. The dedication shown by many professors who mentored her while she was an undergraduate continues to inspire Janson to this day. She has fond memories of dinners with professors and their spouses as well as discussions of art and modern dance. Janson continued her passion for mathematics as director of publication for the American Mathematical Society. It was while she was with that organization that “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform” was released through President Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excel-

lence in Education. Among other things, the report was part of the growing sense that many of America’s schools were failing miserably, particularly in sciences and mathematics. Inspired by the report, Janson left the American Mathematical Society to form her own company. Janson Publications went on to publish many projects developed under National Science Foundation funding in the 1980s and 1990s. “Many of these were very hands-on programs,” Janson said. “Problems were set in the context of real-life situations that were meaningful to kids. It was a complete reversal of the traditional approach that many schools had been using where the often dreaded and frequently contrived word problems appeared at the end of the lesson.” Janson’s passion for mathematics is now directed toward the Janson Professorship in Mathematics at Iowa State. The professorship is awarded to a research mathematician who also has a commitment to undergraduate teaching, including encouraging students to major in mathematics and helping to assure strong mathematical understanding on the part of pre-service teachers and students in other majors. “It’s great to once again be part of a project designed to help get students excited about mathematics,” the Boston resident said. “I really want to help make sure that undergraduate mathematics is as interesting and exciting as it can possibly be.” To do that, Janson says educators must not only continually improve the quality of classroom instruction, but also work on the culture within the mathematics department. She says Steve Willson, a university professor of mathematics and the first holder of the Janson Professorship, is just such an educator. “Professor Willson cares about his students,” she said. “He’s not only an extremely capable mathematician but also an inspiring teacher in the classroom.” 

“I really want to help make sure that undergraduate mathematics is as interesting and exciting as it can possibly be.” –Barbara Janson



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Emergency Funding Emergencies are an unfortunate part of life. Given the tumultuous economic times this nation has recently endured, such unforeseen changes are more difficult and making ends meet has become much more challenging for some Iowa State students. For Luke Wegner, his difficulties began with a lost paid summer internship followed soon afterward by a severe motorcycle accident. Jesse Lane’s challenging times came when the graduate student’s wife was unable to return to the work force after their infant son was diagnosed with the immune disorder cyclic neutropenia. And Alex Feygin’s dream internship with the NASA Ames Research Center in California was jeopardized when his father lost his job due to company-wide layoffs. Now, however, thanks to a pair of Iowa State alumni, engineering students who have faced unexpected financial circumstances have a place to turn. Engineering alumni Jim Johnson (’64, ’65, M.S., aerospace



engineering) of Poulsbo, Wash., and Rudy (’73 industrial engineering) and Deborah Herrmann of Tulsa, Okla., have each established separate emergency scholarship programs. The programs were created to assist engineering students with unexpected financial circumstances that make continuing their studies at Iowa State difficult. And the impact has been incredible since the scholarships were established last spring. College of Engineering financial aid staff have been able to assist numerous deserving students with emergency scholarships ranging from $1,200 to $2,500. “We felt right now, given the tough economic times that exist, these types of scholarships were important and that we should help students immediately,” said Rudy Herrmann, a member of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors. “Hopefully these funds will prevent students from having to interrupt their college education.” The Herrmanns hope that once word gets out about the impact such a program has on Iowa State students, the emergency scholarship program will grow.

“We hope that once other potential donors read these students’ stories, they will be motivated to start their own type of emergency scholarship fund in their department or college or add to existing scholarship funds that are already in place,” Herrmann said. Wegner was a recipient of one of the Herrmanns’ emergency scholarships. The senior mechanical engineering major was all prepared to start a paid internship last summer when the struggling economy forced his potential employer to cancel that opportunity. “I had turned down three other internships before accepting this one, and the others had subsequently been filled,” he said. “After my internship was cancelled it was difficult at that late date to find another one to help meet not only my academic requirements, but to earn money to help pay for the fall semester.” He eventually found a full-time position on campus before suffering a broken neck in a serious motorcycle accident, which left him unable to work for the rest of the summer.

Top: Deborah and Rudy Herrmann; above: Luke Wegner.

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Two surgeries later (along with five screws, two rods, a plate and a cage), Wegner is now able to walk again. But the experience left him without the necessary financial resources to continue his education at Iowa State. “I was sitting on the couch and couldn’t work,” he said. “My boss on campus stopped to drop off some CAD work for me to try, but I was on so many pain killers that I couldn’t focus on anything.” Then he received an e-mail announcing the College of Engineering emergency scholarship. “I thought I might be eligible for it,” Wegner said. “I submitted my application and included the X-rays of my neck after the accident. I think that might have influenced the selection committee. “Getting the emergency scholarship was a huge relief for me, and without the help of that scholarship I’m not sure I would have stayed in school for the semester.” Much like Wegner, the Lane family was in dire financial straits. With their infant son Henry suffering from a disorder that causes his body’s immune system to weaken every three weeks, the child was unable to be in daycare. Lane’s wife, Arwen, had to remain at home, significantly reducing the family’s income. The Johnson Emergency Scholarship allowed the Lanes to keep their heads above water in the proceeding months. “My family is still struggling financially, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Jesse Lane, a human computer interaction doctoral student. “But the scholarship has enabled me to finish my coursework and graduate degree. “It will have a large impact on our lives for years to come.” When his father lost his job, Alex Feygin wondered if he would be able to continue his studies at Iowa State. Despite receiving other scholarships and securing a workstudy job to help with expenses, he found himself in a financial emergency. The Johnson Emergency Scholarship quickly rescued him with a prompt award that helped the sophomore aerospace engineer remain in school. “I was able to pay some bills, which relieved a lot of stress,” Feygin said. “It allowed me to focus on staying in the top two percent of my class and on course to achieve all of my goals.”



Wegner, Lane and Feygin say the generosity of Johnson and the Herrmanns have helped make continuing their studies at Iowa State possible. “Words can’t express what this scholarship has done for me,” Wegner said. “I was at a low point last summer after my accident. With the help of this scholarship and the support of family and friends, this year is turning out to be a high point in my life.” 

Jesse Lane and Alex Feygin are just two of the recipients of emergency scholarships, established in the College of Engineering by a pair of alumni.

O r d e r of t h e K no l l

The individuals listed have recently become members in Iowa State’s most prestigious donor recognition society: the Order of the Knoll. The Iowa State University Foundation extends a heartfelt welcome — and our sincere thanks — to those who have chosen to give so generously to the people, programs and facilities of Iowa State.

President’s Circle Recognizes cumulative gifts or pledges of $100,000 to $999,999 Orville Bakke ‘56 DeWayne E. Berg ‘72 and Cathy Berg Gregory C. Brandt ‘80 and Julie Brandt Anthony Colosimo ‘83 and Kate Colosimo James E. Croxdale and Barbara J. Croxdale ‘75 Nancy K. Dittmer ‘84 Jerald Dittmer ‘80 and Cindy Dittmer Gerald Driscoll and Pamela Driscoll ‘71 Wayne Fuller ‘55, ‘57, ‘59 and Evelyn Fuller ‘55 Brian Gardner ‘74 and Rondi Gardner James Gaylor ‘56 and Marilyn Gaylor Wayne Geadelmann ‘58 and Ann Geadelmann Bruce Gielow LaVern Gordon and Rosemary Gordon Douglas Grahn ‘50, ‘52 and Ann Grahn Margaret Harding ’81 and Mark Harding James Harris and Pamela Harris ‘71 Greg Harrison ‘67 and Linda Harrison ‘63 Nolan Hartwig ‘64 and Nancy Hartwig Harold H. Hodson ‘61, ‘65 and Dixie L. Hodson Kathleen Hook Allen A. Housh ‘57 and Jean M. Housh

Dickson Jensen ‘88, ‘91, ‘92 and Luann C. Jensen ‘89 Gerald M. Kirke Michael Kitchell ‘71 and Mary Kitchell Arthur H. Klein Tracy Lemar ‘88, ‘91 and Debra Lemar Frank Lobdell and Jinx Lobdell Howard Logan ’48 and Ila Jeanne Logan ‘50 Helen Maddock ‘49, ‘52 George Meda and Elizabeth Scholtes Meda John Mertes ‘65 Gerald Moeller and Bonnie R. Moeller ‘65 Bradley H. Nelson ‘40 James Nook ‘67 and Cathryn Nook Gary Norris ‘63 and Judith Norris Scott E. Randall ‘74 and Jane S. Randall ‘72 Charles Ricketts and Phyllis Poppen-Ricketts Charles Ruehle ‘67 Charles Schmidt ‘58 and Darlene Schmidt Lyle Siefering ‘70 and Becky Siefering John Slater ‘43 and Mary Helen Slater Terry Voy ‘69, ‘80 and Sherry Voy Alice J. Walters ‘38 Peter Wenstrand ‘74 and Dana Wenstrand ‘87 Craig Wheatley ‘83 and Nancy Pehrson Amanda K. Wilhelm Steven R. Zawacky and Susan K. Zawacky ‘72

William M. Beardshear Society Recognizes cumulative gifts or pledges of $1 million or more Mark A. Blake ‘77 and Julie G. Blake ‘78 Ev Cochrane ‘82 John Corbett Neil Harl ‘55, ‘65 and Darlene Harl ‘81 Christine Johnson ‘92, ‘96 Gerald R. Olson ‘58 and Audrey G. Olson Thomas Podraza and Coey A. Podraza ‘79 Dana Robes ‘67 and Martha Robes Wendy Stavish ‘77 and Mark Stavish ‘76, ‘78 Charles Sukup ‘76, ‘82 and Mary Beth Sukup ‘75 Eugene Sukup and Mary Sukup Steven Sukup ‘79 and Vicki Sukup ‘79, ‘01 Marvin J. Walter ‘62, ‘64 and Janice Walter Kristy Williams ‘91 July 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010

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