Honors and awards

Engelken named mentor of the year

Dr. Terry Engelken, professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, received the 2023 Mentor of the Year Award from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners at its annual meeting in Milwaukee in September. The award recognizes members who have dedicated time and expertise to foster the growth, development and success of pre-veterinary or veterinary students.

Schultz receives national distinguished service award

Madeline Schultz received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. She was recognized for her work as the Women in Agriculture program manager with ISU Extension and Outreach's farm management team. With her team, Schultz developed 10 curricula and more than 200 Annie's Project and other multi-session farm management courses for women. She also began extension's annual Women in Ag leadership conference.

Walton honored for distinguished service to national council

Marlee Walton, associate teaching professor of civil engineering, received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for her dedicated service to the council and the engineering and surveying professions. Since 2009, Walton has contributed to the work of more than a half dozen NCEES committees. She also is the council's representative to ABET's Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission and serves in leadership roles in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society.

Lyte receives veterinary research award

Mark Lyte, professor of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine and the W. Eugene Lloyd Chair in Toxicology, is Iowa State's recipient of a 2023 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence. Zoetis is the world's largest producer of medicine and vaccinations for pets and livestock, and the award recognizes researchers whose innovative studies have advanced the scientific standing of veterinary medicine.

Statistics team contributes to national award for resource inventory

The Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) has received a 2023 Project Award from the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units national network. The NRI is a nationwide longitudinal survey (dating to 1982) to assess the status, condition and trends of soil, water and related resources on nonfederal lands. Staff at ISU's Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service have collaborated on the inventory since its inception.

Easterling recognized for civil engineering leadership

W. Samuel Easterling, James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering, is a co-recipient of the 2023 Thomas A. Lenox Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Leadership Award presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It recognizes "extraordinary leadership in civil engineering education." As a leader of the society's department heads coordinating council, he was recognized for increasing civil engineering department heads and chairs' engagement with the society.

Lelonek recognized for early impact

Taylor Lelonek, program specialist in the office of student financial aid, is the recipient the 2023 Dan Kreidler Newcomer of the Year award, presented by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators. The award celebrates a newcomer who has given a unique and notable contribution to the association and the field of student employment within the first two years of membership. Lelonek's nomination noted her work ethic and attention to detail, and her expansion of Iowa State's National Student Employment Week celebration to encompass wellness activities for student employees, including therapy dogs.

Johnson, Olson honored by student aid administrators group

Roberta Johnson, executive director of the office of student financial aid, received the Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for her 40 years as a "tireless advocate and champion for student success and accessibility." The award is one of the highest awards that association bestows. Johnson retired from Iowa State on July 5.

Chad Olson, director of financial aid, received a Regional Leadership Award from the association. The six regional awards honor recipients who have exhibited high integrity and character, have shown creative leadership, and have inspired and encouraged others to actively participate in professional development. 

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