Honors and awards

Holiday video earns CASE Gold Award

President Wendy Wintersteen's 2023 holiday video has earned Iowa State University a Gold Award in the national 2024 Circle of Excellence Awards sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The annual competition recognizes outstanding marketing, communications, alumni relations, fundraising and advancement work in higher education. The production team for the holiday video included representatives from the president's office, strategic relations and communications, extension and outreach, admissions and College of Engineering, with collaborators in the music and theatre department, facilities planning and management and several college and unit leaders. Watch the 90-second video, which features "The Bells of Iowa State" and about a dozen iconic campus locations.

Pappajohn Center recognized again among entrepreneurial universities

Iowa State's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship was the runner-up in the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities' (ACEEU) prestigious 2024 Triple E (Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence) Awards, in the category of America's Most Impactful Initiative of the Year. The award was presented at the ACEEU's 2024 Americas Forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Triple E Awards recognize global efforts in entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education.

Additionally, center director Judi Eyles was invited to participate on a panel group discussing "Driving Innovation and Community Impact: The Critical Role of Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities."

The 2024 recognition follows the center's success last year when it was named 2023 Entrepreneurial University of the Year, the council's highest recognition.

Learning Communities Awards recipients announced

Iowa State's 2024 Learning Communities Awards were presented on Monday, May 13. 

  • LC Advocate Award: Valentina Salotti, dean's office, Ivy College of Business
  • Outstanding Innovation Award: Karen Scheel, psychology department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Champion Award: Carrie Richie, psychology department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Early Achievement in Learning Community Coordination: Christina Moore, student services, College of Engineering
  • Collaborator Award (4): Barb Clawson, horticulture department; Brenna Dixon, department of English; Kody Henke, office of student assistance; Rachel Smith, School of Education
  • Scholarship Award: The Sky is the Limit Team (Clark Coffman, genetics, development and cell biology; former student Maria Espino and Corinna Most, ecology, evolution and organismal biology)

Francis, Woteki honored for work

Food science and human nutrition professor Sarah Francis won the Excellence in Nutrition Education Award from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and its foundation. Food science and human nutrition professor Catherine Woteki was named the ASN volunteer of the year. Woteki is the chair of the ASN Foundation Board of Trustees. The awards recognize outstanding contributions and pioneering advancements in the field of nutrition, and are a testament to excellence and innovation.

Freestone receives service award

Sarah Freestone, senior assistant director in the office of student financial aid, received the Meritorious Service Award from the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The award recognizes a significant contribution to the association or the financial aid profession. Selection is based on leadership; work on an important project or significant service to students, the association or the profession.

Shimkat recognized for rural Iowa leadership

Lisa Shimkat, director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center, received the Rand Fisher Rural Leadership Award, sponsored by the IADG Community Foundation, during this month's 8th annual Iowa Rural Summit. The award recognizes individuals in rural economic and community development, philanthropy, the arts and utilities. Shimkat was was cited for her role directing the 15 SBDC locations across the state that provide business counseling for entrepreneurs in all areas of starting, operating and expanding a business, and for her service on several state and national development boards.

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