Center announces 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar 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 12th annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.

The 2018 calendar will be officially unveiled during a reception recognizing the 12 honorees on Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Sun Room/South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. The program will begin at 4 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. During and after the reception, copies of the calendar will be distributed for free.

Students selected for the 2018 calendar are: Rachael Barnes, senior in biological systems engineering and global resource systems; Emily Barske, senior in journalism and mass communication; and Stacy Ko, doctoral student in counseling psychology.

Faculty selected are: Daniela Dimitrova, professor and director of graduate education in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication; Kayla Sander; senior lecturer of accounting; Eulanda Sanders, professor and chair of the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management; and Judy Vance, the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik professor of engineering and professor of mechanical engineering.

Staff chosen for the calendar are: LeQuetia Ancar, assistant director of student services and multicultural liaison officer in the College of Engineering; Sherri Angstrom, secretary III for the Faculty Senate; Monica Howard, director of student programs for the College of Veterinary Medicine; Erin Pederson, licensed psychologist with the Student Counseling Service; and Barbara Woods, human sciences special project manager for Extension and Outreach.

“I was grateful to serve on the Women Impacting ISU calendar selection committee,” said Brooke Almasi, senior in public relations with a minor in American Indian studies from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the student serving on the selection committee for the 2018 calendar. “I loved reading the nominations of inspiring women who are working to create an innovative and welcoming environment at Iowa State.”

The Catt Center sponsors the calendar with funding provided by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Each year, a committee of students, faculty and staff – including past calendar honorees – evaluates the nomination packets and deliberates for four hours over the course of two meetings to select the final honorees. One student, four faculty, five professional and scientific employees, and two merit employees comprised the 12-member selection committee this year, representing a diverse cross-section of the Iowa State community.

According to Kristine Perkins, public relations and student programs coordinator for the Catt Center who oversees the project, 70 women were nominated for the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar. “Choosing the 12 women honored on the calendar is an incredibly difficult task, and we thank the members of the selection committee for their time and consideration,” she said. “We encourage those who nominated a woman who was not selected for the 2018 calendar to consider submitting a nomination next year.”

The 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar will include photographs of the three students, four faculty and five staff members who were chosen by the selection committee based on their achievements in service, teaching, research, administration and various other campus activities.

Visit the Catt Center's website to see a list of past honorees.