Center announces 2019 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 thirteenth annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.

The 2019 calendar will be officially unveiled during a reception recognizing the 12 honorees on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Sun Room/South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. The half-hour program will begin at 4 p.m. After the program, copies of the calendar will be distributed for free. The reception is free and open to the public.

Students selected for the 2019 calendar are: Ihssan Ait-Boucherbil, senior in chemistry; Tia Carter, senior in kinesiology and health; and Zoey Shipley, senior in political science.

Faculty selected are: Connie Hargrave, associate professor in the School of Education; Brenda Jones, university professor of art and visual culture; Mayly Sanchez, professor of physics and astronomy; and Amy Slagell, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Staff chosen for the calendar are: Laura Bestler, program coordinator II at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching; Carmen Flagge, multicultural liaison officer and coordinator of diversity programs for the College of Human Sciences; Linda Marticke, intramurals coordinator for the Department of Recreation Services; Michelle Roling, counselor and eating disorder services coordinator for Student Counseling Services; and Denise Williams-Klotz, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Each year, a committee of students, faculty and staff – including past calendar honorees – evaluates the nomination packets and deliberates over the course of two meetings to select the final honorees. The committee chooses the 12 honorees based on their achievements in service, teaching, research, administration and other campus activities.

One student, five faculty, seven professional and scientific employees, and one merit employee comprised the 14-member selection committee this year, representing a diverse cross-section of the Iowa State community.

According to Sue Cloud, communications specialist for the Catt Center who oversaw the project this year, 70 women were nominated for the 2019 Women Impacting ISU calendar. “Each year, we receive many nominations of women who have impacted Iowa State in so many ways. We appreciate the work that the members of the selection committee do to select just 12 from that remarkable group of women," she said. “If you nominated a woman who was not selected for the 2019 calendar, we encourage you to consider submitting a nomination again next year.”

The Catt Center sponsors the calendar with funding provided by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. The 2019 Women Impacting ISU calendar will include photographs and narratives of the three students, four faculty and five staff members who were selected.

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