Iowa State University Alumni Association
 

Committee Structure

Operational Committees

Programmatic Committees

Council Appointments

Liaisons  

 

Operational Committees

AUDIT COMMITTEE

Cheryl Tuttle, Chair
Nancy Dittmer, Board Associate
Craig Marrs, Board Associate
Mary Scheve, Board Associate
Donald Seibel, Board Associate
Don Behning, Lead Staff Liaison

Debra Carroll, Staff Assistant

Objective:

To review the fiduciary actions of the Association to ensure that appropriate accounting policies and internal controls are established and followed. The committee is also responsible for ensuring that the Association issues financial statements and reports on time and in accordance with its regulatory obligations. Furthermore, the committee serves as the link between the Association and its independent, outside auditor.

The Audit Committee shall, at its sole discretion, have the authority to review any of the operations of the Association, its Board, or any of the Board committees. The members of the committee are independent of management and cannot be currently serving on the Executive Committee. The committee reports directly to the Board as a whole.

Responsibilities:

Pre-Audit

  • Recommends the appointment (or reappointment) of the independent audit firm directly to the Board of Directors. (RA)
  • Reviews and approves the scope and approach of the audit as proposed by the independent auditor. (RA)
  • Reviews the independent auditor’s fee arrangements. (RA)
  • Reviews, with the Association’s counsel, any legal matters, including the chief executive’s compensation and benefits, to ensure that no irregularities exist. (I)

Audit

  • Institutes special investigations, if necessary, and, if appropriate, request funding from the ISUAA Board of Directors to hire special counsel or outside experts to assist. (RA)
  • Reviews management letters, including management responses and any plans to address recommendations made by the external auditors. (RA)
  • Reviews and approves the results of the audit with the external auditors. (RA)

Post-Audit

  • Answers board members’ questions about the annual independent audit. (SR)
  • Conducts a post-audit review of the financial statements and audit findings, including any significant recommendations made by the independent auditor in conjunction with its audit. (RA)
  • Reviews the performance of the independent auditor. (I)

Other

  • Monitors compliance with the Association’s code of ethics and conflict-of-interest and nepotism policies. (RA)
  • Reviews the findings of any examinations by regulatory or tax agencies. (I)
  • Provides oversight of the internal control structure of the Association, and periodically reviews the adequacy of the control structures with the external auditors. (SR)
  • Monitors compliance with federal, state, and other regulatory reporting requirements. Reviews accounting changes or regulations proposed or adopted by regulatory bodies or by Association management. (SR)
  • Reviews tax policy changes from the Internal Revenue Service and proposed changes to Association programs or activities with respect to their potential impact on the Association’s tax-exempt status or the Association’s definition of tax-exempt activities, respectively, under IRC
    501(c)(3). (SR)

Committee Action Key:

I: Committee will INFORM board of action taken
RA: Committee will RECOMMEND ACTION to board
SR: Committee provides a SUMMARY REPORT to board

ISU Alumni Association Audit Committee Charter

Purpose:

The Iowa State University Alumni Association Audit Committee (hereinafter Audit Committee) is appointed by the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors (hereinafter Board) to oversee the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Iowa State University Alumni Association (hereinafter ISUAA) and audits of the financial statements of the ISUAA. The Audit Committee shall assist the Board in monitoring (1) the integrity of the financial statements of the ISUAA, (2) the compliance by the ISUAA with legal and regulatory requirements, and (3) the independent auditor’s qualifications, performance and independence. The Audit Committee shall have and may exercise all the powers of the Board with respect to the specific authority delegated to the Audit Committee in this Charter or hereafter specifically delegated to the Audit Committee by the Board, except as may be prohibited by law.

The independent auditors of the ISUAA are ultimately accountable to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention, and oversight of the work of the independent auditor, including resolution of disagreements between management and the independent auditor. In fulfilling that responsibility, the Audit Committee has the authority and responsibility to select, evaluate, and, where appropriate, replace the independent auditors. The Audit Committee shall recommend to the Board of Directors for approval all audit engagement fees and terms. The Audit Committee shall have the authority to engage in all other significant non-audit engagements of the ISUAA’s independent auditor. The Audit Committee also has the responsibility for evaluating and determining that the audit engagement team has the competence necessary to conduct the audit engagement in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (“GAAS”).

Committee Membership Structure:

The Audit Committee shall consist of five (5) members appointed for one (1) staggered four-year term by the Board. Audit Committee members may be removed by the Board. The Audit Committee shall consist of at least three (3) non-ISUAA Board members and at least one (1) but no more than two (2) members of the Finance Committee. All committee members must have the ability to read and understand a set of financial statements with comparable breadth and complexity of accounting issues. The members of the Audit Committee shall be appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Governance Committee. The Board of Directors shall also elect a chairperson of the Audit Committee. It is the responsibility of the chairperson of the Audit Committee to schedule meetings and provide the Audit Committee with a written agenda for all meetings. The vice chair will serve in the role until the chairperson position becomes vacant. At that time, it is expected that the vice chair will become the chairperson. Until the vacancy occurs the vice chair will assist the chairperson in the execution of his/her duties, serve as the chairperson if he/she is unable and perform other duties as assigned by the chairperson. A majority of the Audit Committee members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. No Audit Committee member may accept any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee from ISUAA.

Responsibilities:

The Audit Committee shall:

Financial Statement and Disclosure Matters

  1. Review the annual audited financial statements with management, including the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO, vice president for finance and facility operations, and other employees deemed necessary by the Audit Committee, and the independent auditor, including major issues regarding accounting and auditing principles, practices, and judgments, as well as the adequacy and effectiveness of accounting and financial internal controls that could significantly affect the ISUAA’s financial statements.
  2. Review an analysis prepared by management and the independent auditor of significant financial reporting issues and judgments made in connection with the preparation of the ISUAA’s financial statements.
  3. Meet periodically with management to review the ISUAA’s major financial risk exposures and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures, including a review of the adequacy of reserves.
  4. Periodically discuss and review the ISUAA’s approach to risk assessment and risk management.
  5. Review major changes to the ISUAA’s auditing and accounting principles and practices as suggested by the independent auditor, internal auditors, or management.
  6. Discuss with the independent auditor any material changes to the ISUAA’s accounting principles and any matters required to be communicated by the independent auditor relating to the conduct of the audit including the independent auditor’s judgments about the quality of the ISUAA’s accounting principles and estimates.
  7. Review annual federal and state corporate tax returns, supplemental schedules, and forms.
  8. Review such other matters with the independent auditor as considered necessary.

Oversight of the ISUAA’s relationship with the independent auditor

  1. Retain, evaluate on an annual basis, and, if necessary, replace the independent auditor with the approval of the board.
  2. Approve all services, including non-audit engagements, to be provided by the independent auditor prior to the engagement with the approval of the Board. The Audit Committee may delegate the authority to pre-approve non-audit services to one or more members of the Audit Committee in an amount not to exceed $5,000, but any such approval shall be reported to the Audit Committee at or prior to its next regularly scheduled meeting.
  3. Be responsible for determining the compensation paid to the independent auditor for both audit and non-audit related services with the approval of the board.
  4. Establish clear hiring policies for employees or former employees of the independent auditor.
  5. Review the independence of the independent auditors, giving consideration to the range of audit and non-audit services performed by them. In this connection, the Audit Committee is responsible for ensuring the independent auditors furnish at least annually a formal written statement delineating all relationships with the ISUAA.
  6. Review and evaluate the lead partner of the independent auditor team.
  7. Obtain and review a report by the independent auditor, at least annually, describing the firm’s internal quality-control procedures; any material issues raised by the most recent internal quality-control review, or peer review of the firm or by any inquiry or investigation by governmental or professional authorities within the preceding five (5) years respecting one or more independent audits carried out by the firm and any steps taken to deal with any such issues and all relationships between the independent auditor and the ISUAA; and report conclusions to the Board.
  8. Meet with the independent auditor and the senior internal auditing executive prior to the annual audit to review and approve the planning, scope, adequacy, and staffing of the annual audit.
  9. Review with the independent auditor any problems or difficulties the auditor may have encountered and any management letter provided by the auditor and the ISUAA’s response to that letter. Such review should include:

a. Any difficulties encountered in the course of the audit work, including any restrictions on the scope of activities or access to required information.
b. The level of satisfaction by the independent auditor that it has had timely access to all relevant data and information.
c. Any changes required in the planned scope of the internal and external audit.
d. The internal audit department responsibilities, budget and staffing.

Compliance Oversight Responsibilities

  1. Review with the ISUAA’s General Counsel legal matters that may have a material impact on the financial statements, the ISUAA’s compliance policies and any material reports or inquiries received from regulators or governmental agencies.
  2. Establish procedures for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by the ISUAA regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.
  3. Review and reassess the adequacy of this charter annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
  4. Perform a self-evaluation of the Audit Committee’s performance on an annual basis.
  5. Adopt an orientation program for new Audit Committee members. All Audit Committee members are encouraged to attend educational programs to enhance their Audit Committee membership.
  6. Make regular reports to the Board. 

While the Audit Committee has the responsibilities and powers set forth in this Charter, it is not the duty of the Audit Committee to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the ISUAA’s financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and the Applicable Rules and Regulations. These are the responsibilities of management and the independent auditor. It is also not the duty of the Audit Committee to conduct investigations, or to assure compliance with laws and regulations and the ISUAA’s Code of Ethical Conduct.

The Audit Committee shall have the authority to engage outside advisors, including legal, accounting or other consultants to advise the Audit Committee or as it determines necessary to carry out its duties. The Audit Committee may request any officer or employee of the ISUAA or the ISUAA’s outside counsel or independent auditor to attend a meeting of the Audit Committee or to meet with any members of, or consultants to, the Audit Committee.

The Audit Committee will meet as often as the members shall determine to be necessary or appropriate but at least four (4) times during each year. In addition, the Audit Committee will make itself available to the independent auditors of the ISUAA as requested. Reports of meetings of the Audit Committee shall be made to the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting following the Audit Committee meeting, accompanied by any recommendations to the Board approved by the Audit Committee. 

Adopted by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors on Feb. 27, 2004. Revised and approved by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors on Feb. 26, 2010; May 18, 2012; May 13, 2013; and Feb. 28, 2015.


CEO EVALUATION COMMITTEE

Melanie Reichenberger, Chair, Immediate Past Board Chair
Mark Aljets, Board Member
Lawrence Cunningham, Board Chair-elect
Nicole Schmidt, Board Chair
Heidi Long, Lead Staff Liaison

Objective:

The CEO Evaluation Committee is responsible for leading the development and approval of annual goals and the annual performance review of the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO. The development of the upcoming fiscal year annual goals and evaluation of the past fiscal year’s goals will be done in close communication with the president of Iowa State University (ISU). Also in conjunction with the ISU president, the CEO Evaluation Committee will recommend to the ISUAA Board of Directors annual salary increases or other compensation changes for the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO. The committee consists of the Board chair, chair-elect, a Board member, an ISUAA staff liaison, and the Board's immediate past chair, who serves as committee chair.

Responsibilities:

  • Goal Development:
    • Lead development and approval of ISUAA-specific goals for the upcoming fiscal year with ISUAA Board of Directors and Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO during the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year.
    • Share Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO's newly developed goals with ISU president to incorporate with ISU president’s goals for upcoming fiscal year.
       
  • Goal Evaluation:
    • Arrange for the mid-year ISUAA Board of Directors update of the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO's progress toward achieving annual goals.
    • Conduct year-end ISUAA Board of Directors evaluation of the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO’s performance. Share year-end evaluation with the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO and the ISU president
       
  • Compensation:
    • In conjunction with the ISU president and the ISUAA Finance Committee, make recommendation to the ISUAA Board of Directors for the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO's compensation changes for Board of Directors approval.

Adopted by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors via email on Feb. 16, 2008.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Nicole Schmidt, Chair, Board Chair
Dan Buhr, Board Vice Chair of Finance
Lawrence Cunningham, Board Chair-elect
Katherine Hallenbeck, Board Vice Chair of Records
Joan Piscitello, University Treasurer
Melanie Reichenberger, Immediate Past Board Chair
Jeff Johnson, Lead Staff Liaison
Don Behning, Staff Liaison
Heidi Long, Staff Assistant

Objective:

To provide strategic direction and oversight to the board and staff on all matters pertaining to the Association, and interpret and carry out all policies of the Board. The committee consists of the chair of the Board, who also serves as chair of the committee, as well as the immediate past chair, the chair-elect, the vice chair of records, the vice chair of finance, the treasurer, and the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO as an ex-officio/non-voting member. Members of the committee may include other Board members as assigned by the Board chair.

Responsibilities:
 

  • Establishes the overall annual goals of the Association, in consultation with the Board chair, consistent with the Association’s strategic plan and long-range planning goals.
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for the board. Gives preliminary study to all matters coming to its attention, and if desired, delegates the work to an appropriate operational or programmatic committee or chair-appointed task force and working group for further study, review, and recommendation.
  • Reviews reports and recommendations from committees, task forces, working groups, and liaisons appointed by the Board chair.
  • Approves and/or assists in the ISUAA long-range planning.
  • If required by emergency circumstances, takes official action, with proper Board notification, on behalf of the Board of Directors when the board is not in session.
  • Establishes procedures for maximum utilization of each board member’s potential.
  • Participates in the selection, supervision, and evaluation of the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO, in consultation with the president of Iowa State University. 

Adopted by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors on Feb. 27, 2004.


FINANCE COMMITTEE

Dan Buhr, Chair, Vice Chair of Finance
Thomas Connop, Board Member
Phyllis Fevold, Board Member
Kate Gregory, ISU President's Representative
Joan Piscitello, University Treasurer
Tim Quick, Board Member
Kurt Tjaden, Board Member
Abby Croll, Board Associate
Craig Marrs, Board Associate
Don Behning, Lead Staff Liaison
Shellie Andersen, Staff Liaison
Jeff Johnson, Staff Liaison
Debra Carroll, Staff Assistant

Objective:

To promote the sound financial management of the Iowa State University Alumni Association, consistent with the strategic plan of the Association and the highest ethical standards. This committee is responsible for the Board’s financial oversight and fiduciary responsibilities. The committee monitors and evaluates the Association’s financial resources and adherence to operating and capital budgets. The committee recommends and interprets financial policy and monitors its implementation.

Responsibilities:

  • Reviews on a quarterly basis the departmental and overall financial performance of the Association’s operations. 
  • Reviews material variances between budgeted and actual results and, where necessary, assures that appropriate management action is being taken to correct those variances.
  • Ensures the creation of meaningful and accurate financial statements and their timely distribution to the Board.
  • Assists the Board, in conjunction with the ISUAA director of finance, in its understanding of the Association’s financial position and results of operations.
  • Works with the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO and the vice president for finance and facility operations to develop long-range financial and capital plans, consistent with the strategic plan of the Association.
  • Strengthens the health of the ISUAA by diversifying financial resources.
    • Grow membership to 60,000 to allow the ISUAA to serve Cyclones everywhere and advance Iowa State University.
    • Secure $12.5 million for the ISUAA Outreach and Engagement Endowment.
    • Expand business partnerships to achieve $300,000 in corporate/affinity sponsorship and entrepreneurial efforts annually.
  • Develops and recommends to the Executive Committee all financial policies for approval by the entire board.
  • Reviews quarterly, or as often as deemed necessary, the performance of the Association’s investments.
  • Reviews quarterly, or as often as deemed necessary, the investment strategies utilized by the Association, and ensures that those strategies are consistent with both the investment policy and strategic plan of the Association.
  • Evaluates supplemental budget requests, and if approved, forwards such requests to the Executive Committee for further action.
  • Reviews the proposed annual budget and three-year financial projection of the Association, and forwards, with any recommended changes, to the Executive Committee and Board for further action.
  • Reports that the Memorandum of Understanding between the ISUAA and ISU and use of funds have met ISU's legal responsibility and/or donor intent.
  • Performs other oversight functions as requested by the full board.

Revised and approved by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors on May 19, 2017.


GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Lawrence Cunningham, Chair, Board Chair-elect
Mark Aljets, Board Member
Wendell Davis, Board Member
Duane Fisher, Board Member
Katherine Hallenbeck, Board Member
Erin Herbold-Swalwell, Board Member
Suzanne J. Wyckoff, Board Member
Mick Barry, Board Associate
Ben Golding, Board Associate
Jeff Johnson, Lead Staff Liaison
Heidi Long, Staff Assistant

Objective:

To assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities for developing the volunteer leaders of the Iowa State University Alumni Association. The committee provides oversight for the Board on matters of governance of the Association. The Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO and staff members are responsible for implementing the procedures that are adopted by the committee.

The committee meets at least quarterly, and more frequently if deemed necessary. The committee shall review and reassess its role and responsibilities at least every two (2) years and recommend proposed changes to the Board.

The committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the Board on matters of core governance and Board composition issues. The chair-elect shall serve as the chair of the Governance Committee.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops and recommends for Board approval criteria for nominations and composition of the Board and Board committees.
  • Establishes and administers a self-evaluation process for each individual Board member and the Board as a whole. The committee should contact Board members who are not meeting the Board’s approved attendance policy or obligations to determine said Board member’s interest in continuing to serve on the Board.
  • Monitors stated objectives of the Board and committees.
  • Identifies and facilitates the recruitment of qualified candidates willing to serve on the Board.
  • Presents to the Association’s members a proposed slate of Board candidates willing to serve on the Board, in accordance with the requirements in the bylaws.
  • Oversees Board orientation and education.
  • Presents for Board approval proposed appointments, recognition of, and service to various auxiliary and constituent groups.
  • Reviews governing documents of the Association and Board, including Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, and any governance policies of the Association, including ethics and grievance policies, for accuracy and strategic focus and makes recommendations for amendments to such documents to the Board or Executive Committee.
  • Reviews the Board of Directors Handbook annually.

Adopted by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors via email on June 17, 2016. Approved by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors on Aug. 18, 2012.


OFFICERS NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Kurt Tjaden, Chair
Eric Burrough, Board Member
Trent Preszler, Board Member
Melanie Reichenberger, Immediate Past Board Chair
Nicole Schmidt, Board Chair
Jeff Johnson, Lead Staff Liaison
Heidi Long, Staff Assistant

Objective:

To nominate officers for the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors. The committee consists of the current Board chair, immediate past Board chair, and three (3) elected directors. Each of the elected directors cannot be current officers, must  have served two or more years, and must not be interested in serving as an officer for the upcoming year. The immediate past chair shall select one of these three individuals to chair the committee. Elected and appointed directors are encouraged to provide committee members with officer recommendations immediately following the Winter Board meeting each year.  The Nominating Committee will meet in person or by telephone to make recommendations for the officers.  The slate will be distributed to all Board members, a vote conducted, and the results announced to the Board via electronic means 10 days prior to the Spring Board meeting.

Responsibilities:

  • A nominating ballot will be presented by the Officers Nominating Committee Chair, or his/her designee, at the Winter Board meeting. The ballot will also be emailed to all Board members. Each Board member will have the right to nominate a person(s) for each of the offices with their consent.
  • The completed nominating ballots are to be returned to the ISUAA executive assistant or the designee of the Officers Nominating Committee chair.
  • The Officers Nominating Committee will review all nominations and select up to two individuals for each office.
  • The Officers Nominating Committee Chair, or his/her designee, will contact each candidate to confirm his/her willingness to serve and their acceptance of the nomination.
  • Election ballots will be emailed to all Board members.
  • Board members are to return their completed election ballots to the ISUAA executive assistant or the designee of the Officers Nominating Committee chair.
  • After the votes are counted, the following actions will be taken:
  1. The ISUAA executive assistant, or the designee of the Officers Nominating Committee chair, will inform all committee members of the results.
  2. The Officers Nominating Committee chair, or his/her designee, will call each candidate with the results.
  3. The Officers Nominating Committee chair, or his/her designee, will announce the results to the Board via email at least 10 days prior to the Spring Board meeting.

Adopted by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors on Feb. 24, 2012. Amended on Feb. 28, 2014.

 

Programmatic Committees

The following committees of the Board of Directors have been organized to advise the staff in the execution of current programs and services and to plan for the future. All members serve a one-year term, except certain members of the Awards Committee. In addition to other responsibilities, all committees will monitor and recommend changes, additions, and deletions to the current strategic plan to the Executive Committee. Other duties may also be assigned to committees at the discretion of the chair or the Executive Committee from time to time, not in conflict with specific powers conferred upon or reserved unto the Board.


AWARDS REVIEW AND SELECTION COMMITTEE

Kari Hensen, Chair
Wendell Davis, Chair-elect
Thomas Connop, Board Member
Geof Grimes, Board Member
Kim McDonough, Board Member
Amy Williams, Board Associate
Paxton Williams, Board Associate
Ben Zelle, Young Alumni Council Representative
Carole Custer, University Representative
Katie Lickteig, Lead Staff Liaison

Objective:

To serve as the impartial liaison to the ISUAA Board of Directors in selecting ISUAA awardees by reading, reviewing, and ranking awards nominations of outstanding alumni, faculty/staff, students, and friends. Based upon individual award criteria, members of this committee select award recipients of the ISUAA awards to be honored.

The chair and chair-elect positions of the Awards Review and Selection Committee will be held only by elected members of the ISUAA Board of Directors.

Current members of the ISUAA staff, Board of Directors, and Awards Review and Selection Committee are ineligible to receive ISUAA awards.

Selection of the Committee:

The current Board chair, in consultation with the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO and the ISUAA executive assistant, will make assignments based upon ISUAA staff committee liaisons’ recommendations of potential individuals who are not currently serving a term on the ISUAA Board of Directors.

Committee Terms:

Members of the ISUAA Board of Directors may serve terms of two (2) to three (3) years each, with the option to be reappointed. Board associates (non-ISUAA Board of Directors members) and university liaisons will serve a term of three (3) years each, with the option to be reappointed. Terms will be served based upon the academic calendar year, July through June annually.

Committee members include the following:
Chair/Chair-Elect (board members)     2**
Board of Directors     2
University Liaison     1
Board Associates     2
**These positions must be consistent and serve the minimum two-year commitment.

Time commitment:

Based upon the current award deadlines of Feb. 1 and Dec. 1, awards committee members must be available for:

• A one-hour phone conference call every January & March.
• Consultation via email throughout each year.

Responsibilities:

  • Processes nominations by reading, reviewing, and ranking a set of 10-40 nominations in a one-month time-frame based upon the criteria established for each award.
  • Possesses the ability to think analytically and objectively.
  • Recommends changes or improvements to ISUAA Board of Directors and staff on the awards selection process, awards criteria, nomination forms, etc.
  • Recommends the creation of future awards, or the elimination/merger of current Association awards.
  • Suggests strategies to build and diversify the applicant pool for Association-sponsored awards.

Timeline:

  • Assignment of Board of Directors members to the Awards Review and Selection Committee will be made by the end of June each year.
  • The Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO and ISUAA executive assistant need to be notified in May of each year if there are non-Board of Directors member positions to be filled. Open position(s) must be filled by July of each year to be included in the award selection process.

Conflict of Interest Policy for members of the Awards Review and Selection Committee:

  • Nominations submitted by Awards Review and Selection Committee members:
  1. Members of the Awards Review and Selection Committee are ineligible to submit nominations for any award selected by this committee.
  2. If a member of the ISUAA Board of Directors submits a nomination prior to becoming a member of the Awards Review and Selection Committee, that member cannot provide markings of the nominations for that particular award and must leave the room when the award is being discussed.
  • Nominations submitted for a family member of an Swards Review and Selection Committee member:
  1. If a family member of an Awards Review and Selection Committee member is nominated for an award selected by this committee, that committee member cannot provide rankings of the nominations for that particular award and must leave the room when the award is being discussed.

Note: The definition of “family member” is “…an individual's spouse, partner, parents, siblings, children, and corresponding in-law and step relations” as defined in the Board’s Conflict of Interest Policy, Article II – Definitions, Item 3 - Family..

Approved by the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors on Feb. 16, 2007. Revision adopted May 18, 2012. 


DISTINGUISHED AWARDS COMMITTEE
(A Non-Board Appointed Committee)

Jeff Johnson, Chair, Lead Staff Liaison
Carole Custer, University Representative
Larissa Holtmyer Jones, ISU Foundation Representative
Miles Lackey, ISU President's Office Representative
Jonathan Wickert, ISU Senior Vice President and Provost
Julie Larson, Staff Liaison

Objective:

The Iowa State University Distinguished Awards Review and Selection Committee serves as the impartial liaison to the Office of the President and the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors for the slating of recipients to receive the university’s highest honors bestowed upon ISU alumni and friends: the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Honorary Alumni Award, respectively. Committee members arrive at the slate by individually reading, further researching, reviewing, and ranking awards nominations, based upon individual award criteria, and then coming together with the full committee to discuss and agree upon a final slate. The committee slate is then sent to the ISU president for his or her final approval or decision.

The chair of the Distinguished Awards Committee will be the Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO.

Selection of the Committee:

The Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO, in consultation with the president of the university, will make appointments to the committee as needed.

Committee Terms:

University appointees serve indefinite terms. All terms are served based upon the university's fiscal year, July through June annually. All open positions must be filled by July of each year.

Committee Members:

  • Talbot Endowed ISUAA President and CEO (Serves as chair and ex-officio/non-voting)
  • President, Iowa State University Foundation
  • Executive Vice President and Provost or his/her designee
  • Director, University Marketing
  • President’s Office Representative

Responsibilities:

  • Based upon the current awards deadlines of August 1, committee members must be available for the following:
    • One (1) on-campus meeting, September each year.
    • Available for consultation via email, fax, U.S. mail, and/or phone throughout each year.
  • Process nominations by reading, researching, reviewing, and ranking a set of nominations in a one-month time-frame based upon the criteria established for each award.
  • Ability to think analytically and objectively.
  • Recommend changes or improvements on the awards’ selection process, nomination forms, ceremonies, and printed pieces.
  • Recommend strategies to better recognize and bring greater visibility to the program and its recipients (on and off campus).
  • Use additional methods to further research, verify, and qualify nominees for slating (i.e., Google)
  • Suggest and help implement strategies to build and diversify the pool of nominations.


STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 1 ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Eric Burrough, Chair
Kari Hensen, Board Member
Sam Perington, Board Member
Darryl Samuels, Board Member
Deborah Stearns, Board Member
Dana Wilkinson, Board Member
Jeremy Davis, Board Associate
Sarah Miller, Board Associate
Hillary Kletscher, Young Alumni Council Representative
Shannon Foote, Lead Staff Liaison
Kate Bruns, Staff Liaison
Scott Dahl, Staff Liaison
Katie Lickteig, Staff Liaison
Beth Lott, Staff Liaison

Objective:

To provide support to staff on all strategic plan sub goals related to engaging ISU Alumni Association members and Cyclones everywhere by tailoring efforts to their geographic location, ISU experiences, and life stages.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain focus on and support staff with the implementation of each sub goal that falls under this area of the strategic plan.
  • Regularly review progress of staff tactics for each of the sub goals and report that progress to the Board.
  • Provide input to staff on new tactics as current tactics are completed.
  • Review or request program audits as necessary.
  • Explore new engagement opportunities that convert to new members.
  • Engage board members in developing an ongoing list of potential members, donors, sponsors, and advertisers for ISU Alumni Association services.
  • Provide guidance and support of engagement activities, club events, communication efforts, and other related marketing and engagement items.
  • Be brand ambassadors.


STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 2 STRUCTURE COMMITTEE

Erin Herbold-Swalwell, Chair
Heather Duncan, Board Member
Jeff Grayer, Board Member
Geof Grimes, Board Member
Julie Rosin, Board Member
Stephanie Salasek, Board Associate
Eric Wittrock, Board Associate
Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Young Alumni Council Representative
Carole Gieseke, Lead Staff Liaison
Sarah Craw, Staff Liaison
Amanda DeMaris, Staff Liaison
Angie Schaper, Staff Liaison

Objective:

To provide support to staff on leading ISU alumni relations efforts across Iowa State University and nurturing relationships with other ISU entities to advance the interests of Cyclones everywhere.

Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain focus on and support staff with the implementation of each sub goal that falls under this area of the strategic plan.
  • Regularly review progress of staff tactics for each of the sub goals and report that progress to the Board.
  • Provide input to staff on new tactics as current tactics are completed.
  • Review or request program audits as necessary.
  • Provide guidance and support for activities to ensure that the independent voice of Cyclones everywhere is heard.
  • Brainstorm ways that the ISUAA can strengthen its position as a university entry point and a campus resource for alumni.
  • Provide guidance to the staff as it defines leadership and collaborative partnership roles with key university partners.  
     

STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 3 INTERNAL ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

Kathy Peterson, Chair
Ken Bonus, Board Member
Donald Hoy, Board Member
Trent Preszler, Board Member
Dan Bumblauskas, Board Associate
Karen Chapman, Board Associate
Matthew Beyer, Young Alumni Council Representative
Julie Larson, Lead Staff Liaison
Heather Botine, Staff Liaison
Lainey Crawford, Staff Liaison
Susan Pratt, Staff Liaison

Objective:

To provide staff support on attracting and retaining talented staff committed to advancing the ISU Alumni Association and engaging Cyclones everywhere.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide ideas, guidance and support to assist staff in reaching the sub goals.
  • Maintain focus on and support staff with the implementation of each sub goal that falls under this area of the strategic plan.
  • Regularly review progress of staff tactics for each of the sub goals and report that progress to the Board.
  • Provide input to staff on new tactics as current tactics are completed.
  • Conduct annual reviews to ensure activities and resources are applied to meet strategic plan goals successfully.
  • Be advocates for the ideas generated to attract and retain staff.
     

Council Appointments

ISU INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC COUNCIL 

The Iowa State University Intercollegiate Athletic Council advises the president of the University on matters relating to intercollegiate athletics. The Athletic Council establishes and monitors the implementation of policies for the oversight of the intercollegiate athletic program of the University as permitted by NCAA and Big 12 Conference rules, which are subject to review by the president of Iowa State University. The council consists of 13 members. Two alumni representatives serve three-year terms each, and each may be reappointed for one additional three-year term.

Alumni Association appointees
Kevin K. Drury
Alan R. Tubbs

Liaisons

RICK MANAGEMENT LIAISONS

Kate Gregory, Board Member
Don Behning, Lead Staff Liaison

YOUNG ALUMNI COUNCIL LIAISONS

Kim McDonough, Board Member
Chelsea Trowbridge, Lead Staff Liaison
Sarah Craw, Staff Liaison
Brandon Maske, Staff Liaison
Coreen Robinson, Staff Liaison

 

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