Center announces 2020 Women Impacting ISU calendar honorees

CATEGORIES: November 2019, Voices

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 fourteenth annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.

The 2020 calendar will be officially unveiled during a reception recognizing the 12 honorees on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 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. 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 2020 calendar are: Martha Broadnax, senior in political science and Kelsey Culbertson, senior in environmental science.

Faculty selected are: Heather Bolles, associate teaching professor in mathematics; Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty, Office of the Senior Vice-President and Provost; Cynthia Fletcher, professor in human development and family studies and resource management state specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; and Angela Shaw, associate professor and Extension and Outreach specialist of food microbiology/safety in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Staff chosen for the calendar are: Joyce Hagley, secretary II, TRIO Student Support Services Program; Larissa Holtmyer Jones, CEO, Iowa State University Foundation; Angie Hunt, interim director, News Service; Audrey Kennis, student retention coordinator, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Janet Krengel, secretary III, philosophy and religious studies; and Allie Parrott, assistant director, Program for Women in Science and Engineering.

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.

Six students, two faculty, and six professional and scientific employees comprised the 14-member selection committee this year, representing a diverse cross-section of the Iowa State community.

“Serving on this committee was an amazing opportunity to see some of the inspiring women that have had far-reaching impacts on their fields of study, students and their educations, and campus as a whole,” said Morgan Fritz, a sophomore in political science from Lake Mills, Iowa, and a Katherine Bruntlett Annin Legacy of Heroines scholar. “Seeing some of the names behind the successes and advancements of Iowa State University was absolutely incredible.”

According to Kristine Perkins, public relations/student programming coordinator for the Catt Center who oversaw the project this year, 62 women were nominated for the 2020 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 2020 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 2020 Women Impacting ISU calendar will include photographs and narratives of the women who were selected.

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