Center announces 2015 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 ninth annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.

The 2015 calendar will be officially unveiled during a reception recognizing the 12 honorees on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, from 3:30 to 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, five faculty and four staff members who were chosen by a selection committee based on their achievements in service, teaching, research, administration and various other campus activities.

Students selected for the 2015 calendar are: Julia Anderson-Lee, graduate student in mathematics; Andrea Dvorak, senior in civil engineering; and Presha Kardile, senior in management.

Faculty selected are: Jean Anderson, director of the dietetics internship program and adjunct instructor and senior clinician of dietetics; Carolyn Cutrona, professor and chair of the department of psychology; Dorothy Masinde, associate director and internship coordinator for nutrition education in the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and lecturer in global resource systems; Ana Prokos, associate professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies and gerontology faculty associate; and Diane Rover, professor of electrical and computer engineering, faculty director of the SP@ISU program and alliance director of IINSPIRE.

Staff chosen for the calendar are: Jane Agyeman, director of the TRiO Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs; Maura Flaschner, associate director of freshman admission; Carol Heaverlo, director of professional development for Extension and Outreach; and Nicci Port, administrative specialist I in the College of Human Sciences.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity not only to read about the work of trailblazing women on campus, but to serve on a committee with distinguished ISU faculty, staff and students,” said Cathryn Kelzenberg, a senior in political science and English from Woodbury, Minn., and one of four students to serve on the selection committee. “It was a difficult and rewarding process to select the calendar honorees.”

The Catt Center sponsors the calendar with funding provided by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. The selection committee for the 2015 calendar was comprised of 13 representatives from the Catt Center and its student programs, previous calendar honorees and additional members of the ISU community.

According to Kristine (Keil) Perkins, public relations and student program coordinator for the Catt Center who oversees the project, 55 women were nominated for the 2015 Women Impacting ISU calendar. “Choosing the 12 women honored on the calendar is an incredibly difficult task, and we thank the selection committee for their time and consideration,” she said. “We encourage those who nominated a woman who was not selected for the 2015 calendar to consider submitting a nomination next year.”