Center announces 2023 Women Impacting ISU calendar honorees

CATEGORIES: November 2022, Voices

Twelve women whose leadership has made a difference at Iowa State University will be honored on the 2023 Women Impacting ISU calendar.

The 2023 calendar will be officially unveiled during a reception recognizing the honorees on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The program will begin at 4 p.m. and will be livestreamed. After the program, copies of the calendar will be distributed for free. The event is free and open to the public.

Students selected for the 2023 calendar are: Lisa Dazzell, a graduate student in psychology; Arianna Fischer, a senior in business analytics and accounting; and Natalia V. Ríos Martínez, a senior in political science, international studies and public relations.

Faculty selected are: Stephanie Clark, Virginia M. Gladney Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and director of the ISU Creamery; Shannon Coleman, associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and state extension specialist for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach; Kimberly Greder, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and family wellbeing state specialist for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach; and Arti Singh, assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy.

Staff chosen for the calendar are: Gayle Brown, lead public health veterinarian at the Center for Food Security and Public Health and associate teaching professor for the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine; Tera Lawson, training, development and outreach coordinator for Procurement Services; Latoja Schaben, ISU women’s basketball assistant coach; Jennifer Suchan, university registrar in the Office of the Registrar; and Toyia Younger, senior vice president for student affairs in the Division of Student Affairs.

Each year, a committee of students, faculty and staff – including past calendar honorees – evaluates the nomination packets to select the final honorees. The committee chooses the 12 honorees based on their impacts in service, teaching, research, administration, scholarship and involvement in campus activities, depending on each nominee’s role on campus.

Forty-four women were nominated for the 2023 Women Impacting ISU calendar, including seven students, one merit staff member, 17 P&S staff members, 19 faculty members, and one contract employee.

This year’s selection committee included five faculty members, three students, and ten professional and scientific staff members. The members represented four undergraduate colleges and the Graduate College; Finance (Accounts Receivable); the Ames National Laboratory; Environmental Health and Safety; the ISU Foundation; the Memorial Union; the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Strategic Relations and Communications.

“WOW is this hard,” said Kelly Hanfelt, committee member and senior executive director of development at the ISU Foundation. “There are so many deserving women on our campus!”

Another committee member, animal science major Abigail Iverson, said, “I thought that all of the nominees were phenomenal women. It was hard to choose!”

“Thank you to this year’s selection committee for all their hard work in reviewing the nominations, and thank you to the nominators, who all wrote heartfelt letters of support for their nominees,” said Sue Cloud, communications specialist at the Catt Center and organizer of the calendar selection process. “The Catt Center is proud to be a part of a project that recognizes the positive impact of Iowa State women on this campus and beyond.”

The Catt Center sponsors the calendar with funding provided by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Copies of the calendar will be available after January 24 at various campus locations, including the Catt Center, Beardshear Hall and the Memorial Union. If you would like calendars for distribution at your campus office, email the Catt Center at

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