Center Announces 2013 Women Impacting ISU Honorees

Women whose leadership has made a difference at Iowa State University will be honored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics on the seventh annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.

The 2013 calendar will be officially unveiled during a reception recognizing the 12 honorees on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. The reception is free and open to the public. During and after the reception, 1,000 copies of the calendar will be distributed for free.

The Women Impacting ISU calendar includes photographs of the three students and nine faculty and staff members who were chosen by a selection committee based on their achievements in teaching, research, service, administration and various other campus activities.

Students selected for the 2013 calendar are: Ruth Cardenas, senior in child, adult and family services; Szuyin Leow, senior in mechanical engineering and economics; and Stephanie Zywicki, doctoral student in education.

Faculty and staff selected are: Claire Andreasen, associate dean for academic and student affairs and professor of veterinary pathology for the College of Veterinary Medicine; Denise Bjelland, director of global programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Natasha Croom, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies; Mary Jo Gonzales, associate dean of students and director of the Academic Success Center; Elizabeth Hoffman, former executive vice president and provost and professor of economics; Jane Jacobson, director of student academic services for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Sue Lamont, the C.F. Curtiss distinguished professor of animal science and equity adviser for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Barbara Mack, late assistant director and associate professor for the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication; and Deb Vance, assistant director of the International Students and Scholars Office.

“There are so many incredibly accomplished and dedicated women at Iowa State, all of whom would be very deserving to be recognized on the calendar,” said Jesa Wolthuizen, a December 2012 graduate in journalism and mass communication from Akron, IA, and one of eight students to serve on the selection committee. “Reading the heartfelt praises of the nominators furthered my appreciation for each of the winners. They all are truly exceptional women.”

The Catt Center sponsors the calendar with funding provided by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. The selection committee was comprised of 15 representatives from the Catt Center and its student programs, previous calendar honorees and additional members of the ISU community.

Following the reception, calendars will be available around campus at these locations: Carrie Chapman Catt Center, 309 Catt Hall; Department of Residence, 1203 Friley; Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, 101 Hamilton Hall; Women's Center, Margaret A. Sloss House; Student Answer Center, ground floor of Beardshear Hall; and the Office of the Vice President for Business and Finance, 1350 Beardshear Hall.