Honors and awards

Schaefer receives innovation award

Vernon Schaefer, professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering, received the 2021 Wallace Hayward Baker Award from the Geo-Institute. The award recognizes ingenious innovation in the field of ground modification. Schaefer's work focuses on promoting and conducting soil improvement technologies and developing the GeoTech Tools as a comprehensive, systematic selection tool. The Geo-Institute is a membership organization focused on geoprofessionals and the geo-industry. It was created by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1996 as one of its specialty institutes.


Madison recognized for service to regional compact

Olivia Madison, professor emerita and dean emerita of library services, was honored this month for her service to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, one of four regional compacts in the country that develop and support best practices, collaborative efforts and cost-sharing opportunities to ensure strong, equitable education opportunities and outcomes. Madison has served the MHEC since 2011, including committee membership and as treasurer, vice chair and 2019-20 chair.

Wintersteen honored with Food Systems Leadership Award

President Wendy Wintersteen received the 2020 Food Systems Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Wintersteen was presented with the award Nov. 4 during APLU's Community of Scholars Celebrating Excellence program.

The award is the highest recognition bestowed by APLU for a leader in the food system. The honor recognizes senior leaders who have made extraordinary impact on the food system through leadership and service, and who exemplify the core principles established by the Food Systems Leadership Institute, including personal leadership, organizational leadership and food systems leadership. 

Pappajohn Center is a finalist for venture award

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship was one of five finalists for the Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, the worldwide academic association of entrepreneurship educators. The award, one of nine the consortium sponsors, recognizes centers that creatively support the process of launching and accelerating university-affiliated startups through competitions, incubators, accelerators or other programs.

Olson named president of regional association

Chad Olson, associate director of student financial aid, started his one-year term this month as president of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The association includes financial aid administrators from nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Six receive alumni association's Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award

Six ISU faculty and staff members selected for the ISU Alumni Association's 2020 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award were recognized during a virtual celebration this fall: Mark Bryden, professor of mechanical engineering; Thelma Harding, recruitment and retention coordinator and director of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement program in the Graduate College; Pol Herrmann, Bob and Kay Smith Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Ivy College of Business, Steven Hoff, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering; Brenda Thorbs-Weber, academic advisor and director of multicultural student success in the Ivy College of Business; and Jeremy Withers, associate professor of English. The award gives former ISU students a way to recognize current or former faculty or staff members who had a significant influence in their lives as students at ISU.

Maier receives Sukup Global Food Security award

In its annual meeting, held virtually in July, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers presented the 2020 Sukup Global Food Security award to Dirk Maier, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to global food security through research, outreach and teaching. Maier leads an internationally recognized research and outreach program in post-harvest engineering and technology applied to grain and feed operations and processing. He also leads international outreach of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, which focuses on enhancing the market preference, consumption and utilization of Iowa and U.S. corn, soybeans and their value-added products for the global grain and feed industry. 

Estes named to opera hall of fame's first class

Simon Estes, the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist-in-Residence in the music and theatre department, is one of 10 honorees in the inaugural class of Opera America's Opera Hall of Fame. The hall of fame recognizes the achievements of outstanding living American artists, administrators and advocates who have strengthened the art form and the field. It was established in 2020 to celebrate Opera America's 50th anniversary.

Learning Communities program recognizes 2020 awardwinners

Awards honoring individuals and teams for their extraordinary contributions to learning communities at Iowa State were presented at the annual Learning Communities Institute. This year's winners:

  • Stacey Barnes, Learning Community Scholarship Award
  • Autumn Cartagena, Outstanding Innovations Award
  • Clark Coffman, Learning Community Scholarship Award
  • Martino Harmon, Corly Brooke Learning Community Advocate Award
  • Clayton Johnson, Early Achievement in Learning Community Coordination
  • Mary Jo Krakau, Learning Community Partner Award
  • Matt Pistilli, Learning Community Collaborator Award
  • Shawna Saad, Learning Community Champion Award
  • Katie Shields, Early Achievement in Learning Community Coordination
  • Learning Community years of service honorees: Janessa Boley, Jennifer Bundy, Clark Coffman, Alicia Edwards, Michale Hansen, Clayton Johnson, Carly Miller, Samantha Robinson-Adams, Kenyatta Shamburger, Ben Chamberlain, Shannon Grundmeier, Beth Hartmann, Christiana Langenberg, Karen Scheel, Howard Tyler, Tom Daniels, Mary Wiedenhoeft, Lora Leigh Chrystal, Mani Mina

Procurement services receives national excellence award

Procurement services earned the 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. The award's criteria evolve continuously and measure and provide benchmarks for best practices in public procurement in areas such as innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership. Iowa State is the only agency in the state and one of just 15 higher education organizations in the U.S. to receive the award. Other recipients include counties, cities and school districts.

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