Honors and awards

Compton receives advocacy award

Sara Compton, outreach manager for the Iowa State Center, is the recipient of the Bill Pelz Arts Advocacy Award this spring from the Ames Community Arts Council. Compton, who has worked at the center for more than 20 years, was recognized for supporting students and adults with a desire to participate in or enjoy performing arts -- through both her work and volunteer activities.

Financial aid staff named to state leadership posts

Jennifer Schroeder and Brittany Peterson, program coordinators in the office of student financial aid, were installed as the president and vice president, respectively, of the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators at its annual business meeting April 12. They will serve one-year terms (2019-20) as officers.

2018 P&S Council CYtation Awards

Forty-one professional and scientific staff members and teams received a Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Award for 2018 at an awards breakfast March 28. CYtation awards recognize performance that's extraordinary, beyond the call of duty or making a real difference. It's meant to honor staff who might not otherwise receive recognition for outstanding work. Summaries of the recipients' achievements are posted on the council's website.

The individual awards included the Woodin Award, which is given to a professional and scientific staff member who exhibits exemplary service, positive attitude, compassion, respect, leadership, innovation and initiative. The award is named for longtime council member and ISU employee Dan Woodin, who died in 2013. The Woodin Award winner was Karin Lawton-Dunn, a program coordinator with the Graduate College's career services office.

The 11 other individual award winners were:

  • Tiffany Berkenes, 4-H Youth Program Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Hiliary Burns, learning and development coordinator, Ames Laboratory
  • Jason Follett, academic adviser, software engineering
  • Erin Hunt, teaching laboratory associate, architecture
  • Diane Jepsen, accountant, genetics, development and cell biology
  • Jacqueline Kester, academic adviser, aerospace engineering
  • David Mwirichia, program coordinator, School of Education
  • Jessica Shannon, registered nurse, program coordinator, Thielen Student Health Center
  • Tammy Stegman, career services director, College of Human Sciences
  • Kristin Taylor, creative projects specialist, College of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach
  • Svitlana Zbarska, undergraduate research program coordinator, University Honors Program

Four teams received awards:

  • 4-H product team (10 members)
  • International students and scholars office student advisers (five members)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Science summer orientation program (two members)
  • OneApp implementation team (12 members)

Keating receives mid-career scientist award

Associate professor of animal science Aileen Keating received the Stephen B. Harris Mid-Career Scientist award from the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology section of the Society of Toxicology. Keating serves as vice president of the specialty section and served as its new career councilor (2014-16). The criteria for the award are originality, discovery and excellence in the field of reproductive and developmental toxicology (evidenced by peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals, teaching, mentorship, leadership or other evidence of expertise in the field).

Alex King receives international materials award

Alex King, professor of materials science and engineering, received the 2019 Hollomon Materials and Society Award from Acta Materialia, a publisher of science and engineering materials research and activities.The award recognizes outstanding leadership in promoting the understanding of materials science's impact on society.

Pollard named national athletics director of the year

Athletics director Jamie Pollard was named a 2018-19 Under Armour AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics. Pollard, in his 14th year at Iowa State, is credited with raising the competitive and academic bar for the Cyclone athletics programs, and increasing financial support and attendance. He will be honored by his peers in June at the association's convention.

Caldwell to receive distinguished fellows award

Barbara Caldwell, associate professor of art and visual culture, will receive the 2019 USSEA Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Fellows award in March from the United States Society for Education through Art. The award recognizes exceptional service, leadership and dedication to culturally inclusive art education and the USSEA organization.

Goggi receives Iowa Seed Association honor

Susana Goggi, professor of agronomy, received the 2019 Iowa Seed Association's Honorary Membership Award. Goggi has addressed major seed quality issues confronting the seed industry in Iowa and globally.

Munkvold chosen as Fulbright specialist

Gary Munkvold, professor of plant pathology and microbiology, is working on soybean disease research in Argentina for five weeks this semester as a Fulbright specialist, operated by the U.S. Department of State. He is serving at the National University of Northwest Buenos Aires, Pergamino. As a designated Fulbright specialist, Munkvold could be assigned to other projects in the future.

Ag engineering innovation award

Manjit Misra and Yuh-Yuan Shyy, Seed Science Center, were recognized for their innovation, the Real Time In-Line Inclined Flowmeter, by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The proprietary technology, which measures the flow of bulk materials such as seeds, grains, fertilizers, food and pet food ingredients in real time as they move through an inclined pipeline, was among the society's "AE50" for 2019, the best innovations in engineering and technology for agricultural, food and biological systems. The duo markets the product through their company, FloMetrix.

Reiman Gardens included in national exhibit

Reiman Gardens is one of 21 public gardens in the country to be featured in an exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C., through Oct. 15. "Celebrating New American Gardens" showcases locations that have created new gardens or renovated a garden in the last five years. It includes Reiman Gardens' Hillside Water-wise Garden, which represents a relatively new style of sustainable gardening in an imposing setting on an acre of terraced hillside.

University relations staff earn CASE gold awards

Staff in the office of university relations earned two gold awards in the 2019 Region VI competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Videographer Dave Olson was recognized for Iowa State graduate helps build a fitness community for women in the general information video (long video) category. Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff earned a gold in the internal audience digital publication category.

Burt named emerging scholar by higher ed publication

Brian Burt, assistant professor of education, was named a 2019 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. Burt, who researches institutional policies and practices that influence students' educational and workforce pathways, is one of 15 scholars recognized as representing "the very best of the U.S. academy" from among hundreds of nominees all working toward a more equitable and just society.

Stewart receives Ames Humanitarian Award

Vice president for diversity and inclusion Reg Stewart received the 2019 Ames Humanitarian Award, sponsored by the city's Human Relations Commission. Each year, the award recognizes an Ames resident whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, especially in efforts to promote -- and engage others in promoting --diversity, inclusion and equity. Stewart was honored during the citywide celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21.

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