Of Note: Center Recognizes Staff and Student Accomplishments

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is pleased to recognize the accomplishments and activities of its supporters, students and staff:

Sawyer Baker, the Alice Rodine community activism intern at the Catt Center, was a finalist for the Iowa State Homecoming Cardinal Court Scholarship. Applicants were required to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and a minimum of 90 hours of course credits at Iowa State. Applicants were judged on their character, outstanding achievement in academics, dedication to the university and city of Ames, and two short essay questions. The 2012 Homecoming King and Queen, and winners of the scholarship, were announced before the Iowa State football game on Oct. 27.

Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, gave three presentations in October about the 2012 election. On Oct. 3, she discussed the presidential and congressional races as well as the impact of the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning lecture series sponsored by the Iowa State Alumni Association. Bystrom discussed the status of women as voters and candidates in the 2012 election on Oct. 8 with the PEO Chapter LQ in Ankeny, IA, and on Oct. 23 with the Ames, IA, branch of the American Association of University Women.

Valerie M. Hennings, scholar-in-residence at the Catt Center, spoke to the membership of the Ames chapter of Beta Tau Delta on Oct. 1 about women’s political participation and the 2012 elections. In addition, Hennings recently received the Best Dissertation Honorable Mention Award from the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association. The award recognizes the best dissertations on women and politics completed and successfully defended in the previous calendar year.

Clinton M. Stephens, scholar-in-residence at the Catt Center, traveled to Toronto, Canada, in September to attend the Engineering Leadership Educators Consortium. He joined representatives from 12 campuses across North America to share best practices in teaching leadership development with students majoring in engineering. Stephens will also present "Measuring Good Work: Tools for Assessing Your Leadership Program" with graduate student Cameron Beatty at the Leadership Educators Institute on Dec. 10 in Columbus, OH. Their presentation will cover quantitative and qualitative assessment measures that practitioners can implement to evaluate leadership development programming on their campus.