Of note: news about center faculty, staff and students

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

Rachael Barnes, senior in biological systems engineering with a certificate in leadership studies; Emily Leaverton, junior in civil engineering with a minor in leadership studies; and Julian Neely, sophomore in journalism and mass communication with a certificate in leadership studies; were among the 20 Iowa State students accepted to attend the 2017 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Fort Worth, Texas, from May 30 to June 3. The conference focuses on building skills, alliances and knowledge about issues of race and ethnicity in higher education. Barnes is from Bettendorf, Iowa, and Leaverton is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Neely, who is from Johnston, Iowa, was elected at the Jan. 11 meeting of the Iowa State Student Government to be its director of diversity and inclusion.

Dianne Bystrom, Catt Center director, participated in a panel presentation on media relations for the Jan. 6 leadership development workshop for the 2016-2017 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Academy at Iowa State. On Jan. 12, she gave presentations in Des Moines, Iowa, on “How to Get Elected or Appointed to Public Office” for the 2016-2017 Leadership Iowa class and on “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 2016 Election Results and the Status of Women in Politics in 2017” for the monthly meeting of the Iowa Women’s Leadership Project. Bystrom gave a presentation on “Connecting with the Community: The Leadership, Engagement and Research Programs of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics” at the weekly meeting of the Ames Morning Rotary on Feb. 8. At the request of Iowa Sister States, she met with a delegation of emerging leaders from Kosovo to discuss the work of the Catt Center on Feb. 14. On Feb. 17, Bystrom presented “The Political Status of Women in Iowa” at the Ready to Run Iowa workshop on “Getting Started in Iowa Politics.” She gave a presentation on the “Life, Legacy and Impact of Carrie Chapman Catt” to the Iowa chapter of the American Association of University Women on Feb. 21. On March 4, she participated in a roundtable discussion on “Women in the 2016 Election” and served as the chair and discussant for a panel of papers on “Women and Politics” for the annual meeting of the Iowa Association of Political Scientists held in Des Moines. On March 8 – International Women’s Day – Bystrom gave a presentation in Urbandale, Iowa, on “The Status of Women in Elected and Appointed Office in Iowa and Nationally” for a program sponsored by the Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee of the Des Moines district of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Civil Rights.

BriAna Campbell, junior majoring in journalism with minors in communication studies and political science and an Elverna Christian Legacy of Heroines scholar, was awarded two Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. She received a $1,000 WOI scholarship for demonstrating an interest in electronic and multimedia studies and the $1,750 William E. and Ruth E. Holmes Memorial scholarship for her high academic excellence and working to support herself. Campbell is from Emmetsburg, Iowa.

Vivian Cook, junior in performing arts and French and the Lauri K. and James R. Young Legacy of Heroines scholar, was recognized by peers from universities in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Missouri at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which was held in Des Moines from Jan. 22-28. She tied for second place in the Society of Directors and Choreographers Directing fellowship. Her future goal is to become an artistic director for a repertory theatre company with an interest in political theatre or theatre for social change. Cook is from Prescott, Arizona.

Tara Edberg, lecturer in leadership studies, was elected to the Leadership Education Member Interest Group of the International Leadership Association. She will serve as the chair-elect in 2017 and will be the chair in 2018. Edberg and Julie Snyder-Yuly, lecturer in leadership studies, received Engineering-Liberal Arts and Sciences Online Learning grants for courses they will teach in the summer and the 2017-2018 academic year. Snyder-Yuly received $3,000 to revise the online delivery of LD ST/W S 333, “Women and Leadership,” and $1,000 to revise the online delivery of LD ST 122, “Leading with Purpose.” Edberg received $9,000 to develop an online section of LD ST 370x, “Global Leadership: Understanding Culture and Leadership.”

Rachel Jones, senior in kinesiology and health and world languages and cultures, was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in U.S. history, dating back to its founding at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Nearly 600 Iowa State students qualified by their grade point average, but only 27 juniors and 82 seniors received an invitation. Jones is the 2016-17 Katherine Bruntlett Annin Legacy of Heroines scholar.

Caeona Krivolavy, senior in child, adult and family services with a certificate in leadership studies, was nominated for the Iowa State University Student Employee of the Year Award and was recognized Monday, Feb. 13, at an annual event in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Krivolavy, who serves as an undergraduate research assistant for leadership studies lecturer Amber Manning-Ouellette, was one of 93 students nominated for the award. She was nominated by Manning-Ouellette. Krivolavy is from Milford, Iowa.

Amber Manning-Ouellette, lecturer in leadership studies, was awarded a $4,000 grant to support peer mentoring and fund service-learning for the Exploring Careers, Education and Leadership learning community in the 2017-2018 academic year. The EXCEL learning community was established in 2016 for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is the second year EXCEL has received university-sponsored funding. EXCEL aims to help students learn about leadership, explore potential majors and build connections for future careers. Students participating in the learning community take leadership courses during the fall and spring semesters.

Hunter Martin, senior in public relations and women’s studies, was accepted into American University, located in Washington, DC, to study international media starting in the fall of 2017. She received the highest level of merit and graduate assistantship offered. Martin is the Catt Center's public relations and events planning intern and is from Ceresco, Nebraska.

Melissa Moy, senior in biology with a certificate in leadership studies and a Helen Jensen Howe Legacy of Heroines Women in Science scholar, will be the genotyping production scientist intern for Monsanto in Ankeny, Iowa, beginning on May 15. She plans to earn a doctorate in biology to fulfill her goal of becoming a biological research scientist with an emphasis in genetics. Moy is from Aurora, Illinois.

John Murphy, freshman in speech communication with a certificate in leadership studies, was one of 10 students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences selected to serve as a 2017 Cyclone Aide. Cyclone Aides are undergraduate students who serve as leaders to new students during campus visits, academic advising appointments, orientation and Destination Iowa State. Murphy is from Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Hannah Nation, senior in event management with a certificate in leadership studies, is the first non-apparel merchandising and design student selected to be the managerial producer for the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management’s annual student-run Fashion Show. Now in its 35th year, the ISU Fashion Show features more than 150 student-designed garments on the runway and in the mounted exhibitions. The 2017 Fashion Show will be presented on April 8 at 7 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium. After graduation, Nation hopes to pursue a career working on large-scale music festivals or at venues that host a variety of events. She is from Ogden, Iowa.

Jeane Robles, senior in genetics and a Helen Jensen Howe Legacy of Heroines Women in Science scholar, was honored Dec. 5 with the Women in Science and Engineering Undergraduate STEM Leadership Award for her work mentoring students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She plans to pursue an advanced degree in student affairs with a focus on research in student learning by combining her bachelor’s degree in genetics to develop effective teaching strategies. Robles is from West Des Moines, Iowa.

Mary Ullestad-Heneke, program coordinator II for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences administration, is a recipient of the 2016 CYtations Award. These awards are presented to Professional and Scientific employees who have performed above and beyond the call of duty and act in such a way so as to make a difference at Iowa State. She will be one of three P&S employees recognized with the CYtations Award at the Professional & Scientific Council awards ceremony on March 23. As part of her award, Ullestad-Heneke will receive a one-year family membership to Reiman Gardens. Among her responsibilities with LAS administration, she does the accounting for the Catt Center and Leadership Studies Program.