Of note: news about center faculty, staff, students and alumni

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

Ihssan Ait-Boucherbil, junior in chemistry and a 2017-2019 Helen Jensen Howe Legacy of Heroines scholarship recipient, was elected as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences senator during the spring Student Government elections. Ait-Boucherbil also participated in the Vermeer International Leadership Program in 2017-2018.

LeQuetia Ancar, assistant director of student services and multicultural liaison officer in the College of Engineering, will receive a 2018 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award on May 18 at the ISU Alumni Center. Ancar is a 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar honoree.

Dr. Claire Andreasen, the most recent Legacy of Heroines scholarship donor and professor of veterinary pathology at Iowa State, has been named the initial holder of the Dr. Roger and Marilyn Mahr Professorship in One Health in the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. The announcement was made during the college’s annual One Health lecture. The Mahr Professorship in One Health will further empower Iowa State with visionary leadership to promote and help facilitate innovative multidisciplinary collaboration that embraces the university’s land grand mission. Andreasen was recognized on the Catt Center's 2013 Women Impacting ISU calendar for her outstanding work to help others achieve their potential through mentoring and leading by example.

Six students affiliated with the Catt Center presented at the Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity on March 2 at the Memorial Union.

  • Rachael Barnes presented “Who Gets to Decide? The Experiences of Multiracial Individuals.” A graduating senior in biological systems engineering with a certificate in leadership studies, she attended Ready to Run Iowa in 2017 and was honored on the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar.
  • Olivia Carrasco presented “Lost Stories: Women of Color at Iowa State University.” A graduating senior in mechanical engineering with a certificate in leadership studies, she was a member of the Vermeer International Leadership Program in 2015-2016.
  • Emily Leaverton presented “Is Anyone Listening? Starting a Conversation About African American Males’ Success in Higher Education.” A graduating senior in civil engineering with a minor in leadership studies, she was a Women in Science and Engineering peer mentor for LD ST 270, “Campus Leadership Development,” in fall 2017.
  • Brock Leum presented “Rejection and Denial: The Afro-Latinx Identity.” Leum is a junior in construction engineering with a certificate in leadership studies.
  • Julian Neely and Jazlyn Talley presented “Being Invisible: Asian American and Pacific Islander Students on Campus.” Neely, a senior in journalism and mass communication with a certificate in leadership studies, was inaugurated as Iowa State University’s Student Government president on April 12. Talley, a junior in political science, is a 2017-2019 Phyllis Davis Legacy of Heroines scholar.

Cameron Beatty has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the College of Education at Florida State University. He will teach courses in the university’s Leadership Studies Program, with a home in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Leadership and Learning Research Center. Beatty was a lecturer for Iowa State’s Leadership Studies Program from 2014-2016 and a graduate teaching assistant in 2013-2014. He most recently served as an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Beatty also was recognized as an American College Personnel Association Emerging Scholar at the ACPA 2018 convention in Houston, Texas, held March 11-14.

Iowa State University students at the Midwest Model European Union competition at Indiana University - Bloomington.
Iowa State University students at the Midwest Model European Union competition at Indiana University - Bloomington.

Iowa State University’s Germany team won the Best Delegation Award at the Midwest Model European Union competition held April 5-7 at Indiana University in Bloomington. ISU’s Estonia team placed second in the best overall delegation competition. The MMEU is attended by more than 160 students each year from 37 different colleges and universities. Of the Iowa State students who comprised the three Iowa State teams (Germany, Estonia and Luxembourg), six are affiliated with the Catt Center.

  • Martha Broadnax is the 2017-2019 Political Science Alumni Legacy of Heroines scholar and a junior in political science. She is a member of ISU’s winning Germany team.
  • Lucy Dougherty is a 2018-2019 Elizabeth Hoffman and Brian R. Binger Legacy of Heroines scholar and a junior in economics and political science. She is a member of the Luxembourg team.
  • Jessica Holtkamp has worked as the center’s Archives of Women’s Political Communication intern since fall 2017 and will continue in 2018-2019. She is a senior in political science. She competed on ISU’s Estonia team.
  • Alex Sandeen, a senior in political science, participated in the LAS Dean’s Leadership Seminar in 2015-2016. He competed on ISU’s Estonia team.
  • Steven Valentino, a graduating senior in political science and economics, served as an Andrew Goodman Foundation ambassador from 2015-2018. He is a member of ISU’s winning Germany team and also received an individual award as best finance minister.
  • Kathryn Walker, a junior in political science, is a 2018-2019 Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy of Heroines scholar. She is a member of ISU’s winning Germany team.

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics co-sponsored ISU’s three teams along with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the departments of political science, history and economics.

Dianne Bystrom, Catt Center director, will be recognized during the unveiling of Ovation, the Iowa Women’s Foundation publication honoring Iowa women, on May 15. The Standing Ovation event will be held Tuesday evening at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines. Bystrom recently spoke at events in Des Moines and at a regional communication conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On March 30, she presented “Carrie Chapman Catt and the Suffrage Movement” for the Women’s History Month program at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa in Des Moines. On April 13 and 14, she discussed strategies and challenges for student political participation at Iowa’s larger universities at the Iowa College Voter Engagement Summit sponsored by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office at the Iowa state capitol. At the Central States Communication Association’s annual conference in Milwaukee, Bystrom participated in a panel discussion on “Political Communication and the 2018 Midterm Election” on April 5 and presented “But Her Emails: Gendered Coverage of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign” on April 7 as part of a panel on “The Difference Gender Made: Gender in the 2016 Presidential Election.”

Vivian Cook, senior in performing arts and the 2016-2019 Lauri K. and James R. Young Legacy of Heroines scholarship recipient, was chosen to present “Climate Change Theatre Action at Iowa State University” at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held April 4-7 at the University of Central Oklahoma. Cook, who is from Prescott, Arizona, was one of 51 Iowa State University students selected to present at the conference.

Noah Garwood, senior in industrial design with a certificate in leadership studies, also presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. His presentation was titled “Assessing Role of Visual Note-Taking in Large Lecture Classrooms.” Garwood is from Dysart, Iowa.

Lowell Greimann, who endowed the Jane Greimann Legacy of Heroines scholarship in honor of his first wife after her death in 2006, was posthumously awarded the Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award on April 20. His wife, Jennie Greimann, accepted on his behalf during the Distinguished Awards Celebration at the Scheman Building. The award recognizes individuals or couples who are current or retired Iowa State University faculty or staff members for their substantial commitment to promoting and expanding philanthropy at Iowa State through both personal philanthropy and significant professional and volunteer service. Greimann died peacefully at his home in Ames, Iowa, from complications of acute myeloid leukemia on Nov. 23, 2017, at the age of 75.

Sarah Hillier, who graduated from Iowa State University in 2012 with degrees in political science and international studies, was recently named a 2018 Iowa STATEment maker. She was a member of the Catt Center’s ACT learning community in 2009-2010. Hillier graduated from the University of San Diego in May with a master’s degree in peace and justice studies. She hopes to next pursue master’s degrees in sports management and peace through sport in Monaco.

Caeona Krivolavy presented her research from LD ST 422, “Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice,” during the 13th annual Research in the Capitol on April 3 at the state capitol building in Des Moines. Her research, “Personal Perceptions of Destructive Leadership,” was one of only 20 undergraduate research projects chosen from all three state universities. Krivolavy graduated in May with a degree in child, adult and family services and a certificate in leadership studies. She is from Milford, Iowa.

Amber Manning-Ouellette, lecturer in leadership studies, was awarded a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Non-Tenure Eligible Travel Grant to help cover her expenses to attend the Association of Leadership Educators annual conference in Chicago from July 8-11. She also received the Iowa State Department of Psychology’s “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Lecturer” award in recognition of her teaching and for improving several courses by adding service-learning components.

Sarah Moody, junior in political science and a 2017-2018 Maxine M. Burch Legacy of Heroines scholarship recipient, was elected as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences senator during the spring Student Government elections.

Sarah Walker, senior in anthropology with a certificate in leadership studies, received an Excellence in Undergraduate Anthropology Award during the Department of Anthropology’s annual award ceremony on April 15 in the Memorial Union’s Campanile Room. She was nominated by the anthropology faculty for her excellent academic record. Walker is currently participating in the Catt Center’s Global Leadership Study Abroad Program in Sweden.

Kelly Winfrey, assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and research and outreach coordinator for the Catt Center, presented “Faking it to Making it” at the March 9 program for members of Iowa State’s 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Academy. On March 20, she spoke on the topic of women and politics for the American Association of University Women-Ames’ online network. On April 7, Winfrey presented her research on “Attacking Gender: Political Conflict and Gender Dynamics on Social Media in the 2016 Election” during the Central States Communication Association’s annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Cody Woodruff, senior in political science and a 2017-2019 Rice-Neville Legacy of Heroines scholarship recipient, was elected as an off-campus residence area senator during the spring Student Government elections.