Iowa State University Alumni Association

Carole Gieseke

Vice President for Communications/VISIONS Editor
Life Member

(515) 294-6560

Carole leads the communications team and serves as the editor of VISIONS, the Alumni Association's quarterly magazine. She coordinates the production of the ISU wall calendar and oversees all other Alumni Association publications, electronic communications, branding, Alumni Center displays, and image initiatives. Carole joined the staff in 1997 after 15 years as Northwest Missouri State University's director of publications.

About Carole

Hometown: Born and raised in Independence, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City and home of Harry Truman. Except for a couple of years elsewhere in Missouri, I lived in Maryville, Mo., from 1977 until moving to Ames in 1997.
Favorite ISU tradition: The swans, Lancelot and Elaine
Favorite food: I'm a vegetarian, and I love fresh Iowa produce in the summer! I also love fresh-baked bread and pastries and really good cheese.
What I like about my job: I love almost everything about my job, but one of my favorite things to do is to dream and plan an issue of VISIONS, and then watch it become a reality in the hands of talented writers, photographers, and designers.
In my spare time, I like to: Travel and blog about Iowa (
Something unique that most people don't know about me: I love Broadway musicals. I've seen 40 shows in New York ... If I could have one wish, it would be to have a big, Broadway-caliber singing voice and be able to go on stage and belt out a show-stopper! Alas, I can't carry a tune.

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