Nomination Process

Nominations for the 2021 Women Impacting ISU Calendar are closed.

To nominate a woman for the 2021 Women Impacting ISU calendar, you will need the following materials ready to upload:

  • Contact information for two nominators
  • Two letters of recommendation from the nominators, in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format
  • Optional: résumé or CV of nominee in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format

Before nominating someone, please check the list of previous honorees to make sure that they have not previously been honored. We also encourage you to read the FAQs below before submitting a nomination.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to be nominated?
The calendar is open to individuals who identify their gender as “woman,” inclusive of cisgender and transgender identities. Any woman who is currently employed by Iowa State University or who is a current student at Iowa State University is eligible to be nominated. We are looking for women who have impacted Iowa State through service to their unit or a broader campus audience, in the classroom or through community relationships, and who inspire women of all generations. Faculty and staff nominees must still be employed for the entire calendar year in which they would be honored. Students graduating in May of the calendar year in which they would be honored are eligible.

Before nominating someone, please check the list of previous honorees to make sure that they have not previously been honored.

Can I nominate myself?
Self nominations will not be considered or reviewed.

Can I nominate a group/club/organization?
Nominations of organizations will not be reviewed.

I don’t work at Iowa State. Can I still nominate someone?
Yes! One does not have to work at, be enrolled at or be otherwise associated with Iowa State University to nominate a woman currently employed at or attending Iowa State.

How are the nominations judged?
A committee of representatives from the Catt Center’s student programs, previous calendar honorees and additional members of the ISU community (a mix of faculty, staff, merit) review the nominations and select the honorees. A different selection committee is formed each year.

If you are interested in serving on the selection committee, email Sue Cloud at In the fall, potential committee members will be contacted about their availability to attend one or two review meetings in mid- to late October. Nominators are not eligible to serve on the committee for that year.

How do I increase my nominee’s chances of being selected?
The 12 honorees are selected strictly based on the quality of the written nominations. Strong nominations emphasize the nominee’s contributions to campus life or her unit, and her impact on others. Emphasizing mentoring and representing student voices in your letter(s) also helps. Follow the directions on the nomination form, take time to write a compelling letter of recommendation, and keep in mind the selection committee will be a mix of people from different disciplines across campus — not everyone will be familiar with abbreviations, etc.

When will finalists be notified?
Honorees will be notified within a few days after being selected, in mid- to late October.

When and where is the reception?
A reception is held each January to publicly honor the women selected to appear on the calendar and to unveil that year’s calendar. This reception is free and open to the public. Please note: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 calendar reception has been cancelled and the 2021 honorees will be honored along with the 2022 honorees at the reception on Jan. 12, 2022.

Where can I get a calendar?
Calendars are available at the reception in January, immediately following the program. Calendars will be also available at various campus locations, including the Catt Center (309 Catt Hall), the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, and at several locations in the Memorial Union. If you would like calendars for distribution at your campus office, contact the Catt Center.

Other questions?
Contact Sue Cloud at or 515-294-9867.