The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is pleased to recognize the accomplishments and activities of its faculty, staff, students and alumni:
Cameron Beatty, assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Florida State University, received the 2021 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award from NASPA Region III, an organization for student affairs administrators in higher education. Beatty earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Iowa State in August 2014. He taught courses for Iowa State’s Leadership Studies Program as a graduate teaching assistant in 2013-2014 and as a lecturer from 2014-2016.
Dianne Bystrom, director emerita, co-moderated a panel discussion via Zoom on “Women in Politics and Government Leadership” for the College of Saint Mary on March 4 as part of Women’s History Month and in celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020. Bystrom helped lead a conversation featuring women faculty members from CSM, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who have served in and/or run for local and state political office. She also presented “A Century of Suffrage: The History of Women as Voters” on March 8 via Microsoft Teams to the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
Teagan Gara, a junior in journalism and mass communication and political science and the Sharon and Alice Rodine Leadership and Advocacy intern at the Catt Center, has been awarded the Hugh S. Sidey Scholarship in Print Journalism. The award supports aspiring print journalists at Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication who exhibit an extraordinary understanding of the responsibilities of covering the chief executive and the core principle of social responsibility that resides with the print journalist. Gara will receive $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and an invitation to join the White House Historical Association at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to network with other political communicators. This is contingent on travel and other restrictions of COVID-19.
Lynette Hornung, past Catt Center staff member, started a new position as Microsoft security architect at Catapult Systems in Annapolis, Maryland.
Karen Kedrowski, center director, was named to the Publications and Communications Committee of the new Civic Engagement section of the American Political Science Association in January. She was featured on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River” on February 17. She will also present virtually on Carrie Chapman Catt before the Urbandale Senior Center on March 10 and “Madam Vice President” to the Des Moines Gold Kiwanis on March 11.
Szuyin Leow, 2013-2014 Elizabeth Hoffman and Brian R. Binger Legacy of Heroines scholar and 2013 Women Impacting ISU Calendar honoree, started a new position as vice president of customer success and services at LogicGate in Chicago, Illinois.
Anna Olson, Kedrowski and Fitzgerald Family Legacy of Heroines scholar, and Eliana Crabb organized the 2021 Women’s Week at Iowa State University. The goal of the conference is to empower and highlight strong women, with keynote speakers and panels discussing topics pertaining to women held throughout the week.
“Toward a Universal Suffrage,” the traveling exhibit featuring African American Iowa suffragists, was at the Sioux City Public Museum from February 1-15. Its next stop is the Dubuque Public Library starting on March 15.
Kelly Winfrey, coordinator of research and outreach for the center and assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, moderated the virtual panel “Post-Election and Post-Impeachment” What’s Next?” that discussed the events of Jan 6, President Biden’s first 100 days in office and former President Trump’s second impeachment trial.