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Notes will be refreshed and updated here periodically. Last update Feb. 28, 2017.

Alumni Bookshelf

Dimitra Jackson Smith (MEd '05, PhD '10) has published the book "Teele and Guba's Exciting Escapades Through STEM."

Jan. 24, 2017 -- Josiah Dykstra (MS '04 info assurance) is the author of his first book, Essential Cybersecurity Science (O'Reilly, 2016). This book provides practical and hands-on advice, case studies, and guidance for students and practitioners of cyber security.

Jan. 21, 2017 -- Cheryl Mullenbach (A)(MS '01 interdisciplinary grad studies) has released her fourth book, Women in Blue (Chicago Review Press).

Awards & Honors

Feb. 27, 2017 -- Allie Lansman ('16 dietetics) was named the 2017 Outstanding Young Alum by the Iowa 4-H Foundation at its 2017 Legacy Awards Gala in Des Moines. Lansman is one of the youngest individuals ever to receive the distinguished honor.

Feb. 24, 2017 -- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced Danielle Hermann ('01 architecture, MA '08), an associate principal with OPN Architects in Des Moines, Iowa, as a recipient of the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award. This national award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the professional early in their architectural careers.

Feb. 24, 2017 -- Crystal Matelski ('13 el ed) is one of two professionals who have been selected to receive the 2017 Early Achievement Award from Des Moines Area Community College.

Feb. 23, 2017 -- Nathan Unsworth ('07 animal ecol), administrative parks superintendent for the City of Newton, Iowa, was awarded the Amy Jennings Young Professional Impact Award by the Des Moines Young Professionals Connection and Juice.

Feb. 18, 2017 -- Gateway Market sommelier Kelsey Seay ('11 integrated studio arts) of Des Moines was crowned champion of Winefest's third annual Iron Somm -- becoming the first woman to win the competition -- a five-course culinary challenge held annual to raise money for the Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation.

Feb. 17, 2017 -- Richard D. Allen ('63 ag business), a retired statistician from Fairfax, Va., has been inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service Hall of Fame.

Feb. 13, 2017 -- John ('71 ag journalism) and Beverly ('70 home ec ed) Gilbert of Iowa Falls, Iowa, were honored by Practical Farmers of Iowa as the recipients of the organization's 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award. They operate Gibralter Farms, a 770-acre diversified row crop, dairy, and livestock farm that also features a restored shallow water wetland and prairie marsh remnant, as well as employs numerous soil and water conservation practices.

Feb. 13, 2017 -- Michael James Kane ('81 mech engr), a principal at Fish & Richardson in Minneapolis, Minn., has been named among Minnesota Lawyer's "2016 Attorneys of the Year" for his win at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Halo Electronics, Inc., in June 2016.

Feb. 8, 2017 -- The National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) has named Jean Duffy Ulrichson (L)('87 family resource mgmt & services) of Des Moines, Iowa among its 2016 "Top Women Advisors."

Feb. 7, 2017 -- Yvonne Kinzler ('78 home ec ed) received the 2016 Community Involvement Award from the Ames (Iowa) Chamber of Commerce for her personal involvement in civic and service organizations.

Feb. 7, 2017 -- Teri Veysey ('86 phys ed)(pictured, right) was named the Ames (Iowa) Main Street Cultural District's Volunteer of the Year for 2016.

Feb. 7, 2017 -- Judi Eyles (L)('93 marketing) was named the Ames (Iowa) Campustown Action Association's Volunteer of the Year for 2016.

Feb. 7, 2017 -- Tera Lawson (A)('02 journalism & sociology, MEd '15) was one of the 2016 recipients of the Young Professionals of Ames' (Iowa) "4 Under 40" Award.

Feb. 3, 2017 -- Sandra Larson ('75 biology, '88 civil, construction, and environmental engr) is the 2017 recipient of the Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board. She has been the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation's Systems Operations Bureau for nearly 30 years.

Births & Adoptions

Feb. 2, 2017 -- Christopher Meeks (A)('03 indus tech) and his wife, Loren, welcomed a son, Christopher Hugh Meeks, Jr., on Aug. 16, 2016.


Feb. 23, 2017 -- Jean Bertrand (MS '83 animal sci) has been appointed associate dean for undergraduate studies at Clemson University's College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences.

Feb. 23, 2017 -- John Williamson ('77 ag business) recently began his third career as a humanitarian assistance adviser to the military at the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years in 2001 and from Analytic Services, Inc., in 2015.

Feb. 23, 2017 -- Larry Shannon (PhD '74 fisheries biology) has been appointed interim dean of the College of Science and Technology at Lincoln University.

Feb. 23, 2017 -- Casey Balvanz ('09 animal sci, DVM '13) is the new owner of Rivervale Veterinary Clinic in Union, Iowa.

Feb. 23, 2017 -- Josh Kibbie ('16 ag studies) has joined the staff of First State Bank in Humboldt, Iowa, as an ag lender.

Feb. 23, 2017 -- Elizabeth Edgington ('12 public service and admin in ag) is the new program coordinator for the ISU Office of Responsible Research.

Feb. 17, 2017 -- Jeff Janak ('83 microbiology) of Carrollton, Texas was named Repligen Corp.'s 2016 Sales Manager of the Year and subsequently promoted to director of the company's North American sales team.

Feb. 14, 2017 -- The Iowa Architectural Foundation has elected a new board of trustees, which includes Iowa State alumni Joshua Miltenberger (L)('05 construction engr), a project manager with McGough, and John Schmacker ('67 indus admin & accounting), a retired American Red Cross executive. Schmacker will serve the Board's executive committee as treasurer, along with past chair Michelle Sacco ('05 architecture) of RDG Planning & Design.

Feb. 3, 2017 -- Chris Wiewiora (A)(MFA '14 creative writing & the environment) is serving in the 2017 AmeriCorps as an environmental educator at Canyonlands Field Institute in Moab, Utah.

Feb. 2, 2017 -- Vanessa McNeal ('15 child, adult, and family services) is set to release a new documentary, "The Voiceless," which features the stories of five men and their experiences with sexual violence.


Feb. 23, 2017 -- Darrin Rahn ('12 ag business) has been accepted to Harvard University's master's of business program.

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