Honors and awards

Campus recipients of ACAC annual awards

Members of the campus community will receive awards from the Ames Community Arts Council Sunday, June 27, during a 1:30 p.m. celebration on the Stephens Auditorium front lawn. All are welcome. Those being honored include:

  • Jennifer Drinkwater, assistant professor of arts and culture and community arts specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach, will receive the Bill Pelz Arts Advocacy Award for successful efforts to use art as a vehicle for community and economic development and bond diverse local communities.
  • The Student Union Board's M-Shop and performing arts student committees will share the Lemonade-from-Lemons Award for thinking creatively to provide virtual event options and safe live performances for audiences while creating opportunities for local musicians and comedians to perform.
  • Jordan Brooks, director of equity, inclusion and multicultural student success, College of Design, will receive the Art Educator Award (secondary education) for his efforts to merge his degrees in art, counseling and higher education to share inclusive practices. In addition to his DEI work, he uses his artist skills to support others in their creative journeys.

Wintersteen named to Iowa Business Hall of Fame

President Wendy Wintersteen is a 2020 inductee to the Iowa Business Hall of Fame, selected by a committee of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The hall of fame honors Iowans whose outstanding contributions have helped develop and improve Iowa's business climate. Wintersteen is being honored for her vision and leadership of a university where innovation and entrepreneurship are part of every college's curriculum and students have opportunities to put their ideas into action. Princeton Review ranked Iowa State #11 in the country for entrepreneurial studies out of 300 public and private universities.

Scheel receives teaching excellence award

Karen Scheel, teaching professor in the department of psychology, has received the 2021 Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association). The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in four areas: effective teaching, stimulation of student interest/advancement in psychology, commitment to student learning and intellectual growth, and advancement of one's professional identity as a teacher of psychology.

60 share P&S Cytation awards

Eighteen individuals and four teams -- 60 Professional and Scientific employees total -- from across the university community received 2020 CYtation Awards, sponsored by the P&S Council. The annual awards recognize P&S employees who go above and beyond the call of duty, do something extraordinarily well and whose actions make a real difference in the institution. They were honored this month during a virtual ceremony.

Kanwar, LeSar selected for USAID assignments

Ramesh Kanwar, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Richard LeSar, professor of materials science and engineering, have been selected for Jefferson Science Fellowships and will spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contributing their engineering expertise to USAID projects. Kanwar, a worldwide leader in developing engineering solutions for emerging global environmental problems from agricultural and livestock production systems, will work USAID's environment team in the Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, Office of Regional Sustainable Development. LeSar, an internationally recognized expert in using computational methods to study the properties of materials, will work with USAID's Center for Education.

Iowa State receives Tree Campus USA designation

For the fifth consecutive year, Iowa State University has received the Tree Campus USA designation. The Arbor Day Foundation program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals. In their applications, schools address five standards: staffing a tree advisory committee, maintaining a campus tree care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, and holding both an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

Strawhacker appointed to chair national committee

Austin Strawhacker, associate state director of America's Small Business Development Center Iowa, has been appointed chair of the Association of SBDCs' research and data committee. The committee's main goal is to advise the national organization's board and work with its president and staff to identify, collect, compile, analyze and disseminate statistical data important to achieving the organization's strategic objectives. America's SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of the Ivy College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations.

Koolbeck recognized among live event executives

Tammy Koolbeck, executive director of the VenuWorks-managed Stephens Auditorium, has been recognized by the Pollstar and VenuesNow publications as a "2021 Women of Live" honoree. The award recognizes excellence and accomplishment across the live event ecosystem. The 44  executives honored by the industry publications this year include agents, promoters, managers, venue GMs, professional sports team executives, building architects, industry advocates and technological innovators.

ISU Meats Laboratory receives Ag Leader Award

The ISU Meats Laboratory received the Iowa Ag Leader Award for Leadership in Collaboration for 2021, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced March 22. When the COVID-19 pandemic limited the state’s meat processing capacity, the Meats Lab re-opened its doors and started processing Iowa-grown pork and beef from local producers. Those efforts provided needed relief for producers struggling to market their livestock, gave students invaluable hands-on experience and helped Iowans  in need through programs such as Pass the PorkBeef Up Iowa and Turkey to Table -- initatives developed by Gov. Kim Reynolds' Feeding Iowans Task Force. Through those programs, the lab has processed more than 200,000 pounds of ground beef and pork for the Iowa Food Bank Association, which was also honored with an Ag Leader Award, for community leadership.

Martincic illustration captures gold

Miriam Martincic, assistant teaching professor in graphic design, was awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, New York City, for her illustration, "Having It All," which addresses multiple and competing expectations of women. This is one of three pieces by Martincic accepted in the uncommissioned category of the Illustrators 63 annual juried exhibition, one of the most competitive  illustration shows in the world.

Whitehead text wins national award

"Structures by Design: Thinking, Making, Breaking" (Routledge, 2019) by Rob Whitehead, associate professor of architecture, received a national 2021 Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. Of the eight college textbooks honored, Whitehead's is the only one related to physical sciences. Awardees will be recognized during an online awards ceremony at noon CDT Friday, March 19.

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