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:

Dianne Bystrom, Catt Center director, participated in a roundtable discussion on “Gender and Elections: Reflections on the 2016 Elections” on April 6 at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, Illinois. Participants on the panel discussed their chapters in the forthcoming fourth edition of “Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics.” Bystrom discussed her book chapter on “Gender and Communication on the Campaign Trail: Media Coverage, Advertising, and Online Outreach.”

Vivian Cook, a junior in performing arts, received the Sesquicentennial Leadership Award this spring based on her development of ISU's Annual One Day Plays. Cook is the Lauri K. and James R. Young Legacy of Heroines scholar and is from Ames, Iowa.

Rachel Jones, who graduated in May with degrees in kinesiology and Spanish, accepted an invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in the United States with a history dating back to its founding at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Of the 600 Iowa State students who qualitied based on their grade point average, 109 were invited to join Phi Beta Kappa due to their broad and challenging academic programs. The ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences paid her lifetime membership fee. Jones, who is from Loveland, Colorado, was the Katherine Bruntlett Annin Legacy of Heroines scholar from 2015-2017.

Krista Klocke, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree and doctorate in rhetoric and professional communication at ISU, presented her research on “The Macho-Feminine Mystique and the Visual-Rhetorical Persona Construction of Senate Candidate Joni Ernst” at the Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference on April 12 in the Memorial Union. She was one of five presenters who received a Best Oral Presentation Award. As an undergraduate student at Iowa State, Klocke was a Phyllis Davis Legacy of Heroines scholar from 2012-2015. She is from Ames, Iowa.

Amber Manning-Ouellette, lecturer in leadership studies, was presented with the Wilbur Layton Faculty Recognition Award on April 25 during the Division of Student Affairs spring 2017 awards breakfast at the Memorial Union. The annual award is presented to a faculty member who has collaborated with the Division of Student Affairs to serve students and has been a strong supporter of student success. Ashley Dorris, leadership and service coordinator for the Student Activities Center, nominated Manning-Ouellette for the award.

Fifteen Leadership Studies Program students presented at the Iowa State University Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression on April 11 in the Memorial Union. The symposium provides undergraduates from all academic disciplines the opportunity to share their research. The first symposium was held in April 2007. The event has since grown to include more than 100 students presenting on topics that span the broad range of disciplines studied at Iowa State. The following 13 students presented as part of LD ST 422, “Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice,” taught by Manning-Ouellette.

  • Renee Anderson, sophomore in anthropology, “Sexual Assault: How Education Affects Perception.”
  • Liera Bender, sophomore in psychology, “Increased Suicide Rates in Iowa.”
  • Levi Bruns, sophomore in mechanical engineering, “Economic Impacts of Coal Mining: A Study on Coal Mining’s Long Lasting Impacts.”
  • Harrison Guetzko, junior in management, “Music and its Importance in the Development of Children.”
  • Katlyn Malone, junior in computer engineering, “The Inclusive Engineering Environment: Exploring Company Practice Using Various Leadership Approaches.”
  • Alissa Mathisen, senior in public relations, “A Historical Look at the Public Perceptions of Law Enforcement.”
  • Danielle Mettenbrink, senior in aerospace engineering, “Preventing Software Piracy in a Global World.”
  • Annika Mikkelson, senior in event management, “The Rise of Mental Health and the Effectiveness of Resources Available on College Campuses.”
  • Keaton Mohr, senior in public relations, “’New’ News: The State of News Consumption and Helping Inform College Students.”
  • Hannah Nation, senior in event management, “Pit Bulls Today.”
  • Ashley Roth, junior in public relations, “Paternity Leave: Fathers' Impact on Families.”
  • Margaret Standish, senior in chemistry, “Housing Programs: The Impact on the Quality of Life of People in Poverty.”
  • David Weinstein, senior in software engineering, “Social Media’s Role in Facilitating Political Revolution.”

Two other Leadership Studies Program students presented research during the symposium:

  • Elizabeth Amado, senior in aerospace engineering, “Early Education and Gender Equality.” Amado was mentored by Manning-Ouellette.
  • Abbie Burney, junior in biology, “Investigating Retinal Development Through Loss of Function Analysis.”

Danielle Propst, senior in anthropology and community and regional planning, was one of seven seniors honored with a Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award by the Iowa State University Alumni Association on April 21 at Reiman Gardens during the 2017 Young Alumni Council Luncheon. The award recognizes outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Propst is the Haselhoff Family Legacy of Heroines scholar and is from Marshalltown, Iowa.

Stephen Valentino, senior in political science, was one of 14 ISU students to score third place in the Midwest Model European Union competition that took place at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, in April. MMEU is an educational simulation of the European Union Council and its ministries, designed to help college and university students learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation where team members play the roles of prime ministers and presidents, commissioners, ministers and diplomats, spending three days debating policy, resolving disputes, building compromises, and chartering the course of the European integration. Valentino has been an Andrew Goodman Foundation ambassador since 2015 and is from Long Valley, New Jersey.