Twelve women whose leadership has made a difference at Iowa State University were honored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics on the fifth annual “Women Impacting ISU” calendar.
More than 1,000 copies of the 2011 calendars were distributed free after an official unveiling and recognition reception on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2010, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Sun Room of Memorial Union. The reception was free and open to the public.
The “Women Impacting ISU” calendars was formatted as a large poster with a 2011 calendar. The poster also included photographs of the six students and six faculty and staff members who were selected based on their achievements in administration, teaching, research, service and various other campus activities.
Funding for the calendar was provided by a grant from the Women’s Enrichment Fund administered by the Women’s Leadership Consortium and made available through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
The Catt Associates, a student leadership organization affiliated with the Catt Center, sponsors the calendar. Members of Catt Associates publicize and collect the nominations; organize the recognition reception; and help design, order and distribute the calendars. A committee comprised of representatives of the Catt Associates and Catt Center as well as previous calendar honorees selected the 2011 recipients.
“With so many influential women on the Iowa State campus, this year’s selection was far from easy. We received nominations for so many women that are part of the fabric of Iowa State and who serve as the backbone of their departments and organizations that narrowing the pool down to only 12 recipients is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do,” said Megan Fiddelke, a graduate administrative assistant at the Catt Center.
“It was a privilege to serve on the committee to select the 2011 calendar honorees,” she added. “The accomplishments these women have exhibited are indicative of not just themselves as individuals, but of the caliber of the achievements of all Cyclones. It has been an honor to share in the responsibility of recognizing the women that were chosen for the calendar this year.”
Students selected for the 2011 calendar are: Rachel Goldmsith, graduate student in civil, construction and environmental engineering; Indria Jenkins, graduate student in psychology; Annie Olson, senior in mathematics; Chandra Peterson, senior in political science and philosophy; Kayla Pinegar, senior in accounting; and Claudia Prado-Meza, graduate student in sociology.
Faculty and staff selected are: Ginny Arthur, associate director of Residence Life; Diane Birt, distinguished professor of food science and human nutrition; Bonnie Bowen, adjunct assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology; Lora Leigh Chrystal, program coordinator for the Program for Women in Science and Engineering; Thelma Harding, program coordinator for the Graduate College/Graduate Minority Assistant Program; and Zora Zimmerman, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Jenn Boccella, a public relations intern at the Catt Center and a senior in communication studies and journalism, serves as the photographer for the calendar. She will assist Sheena Lara, graphic designer for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in designing and formatting the 2011 calendar.
Read more details about the 2011 honorees.