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Notes will be refreshed and updated here periodically. Last updated Sept. 15, 2017.

Alumni Bookshelf

Randy Bartlett (’86 com sci & stat) is the author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Business Analytics: Using Data Analysis Tools to Improve Your Organization’s Decision Making and Strategy (McGraw-Hill).

Mary Dickens Johnson (A)(’76 anthro/intl studies/African studies) has published her first book, A Collection of Articles on Procurement Topics (Lambert Publishing). The book is a compilation of articles on subjects related to government and commercial contracts procedures, international treaties and export regulations, as well as related business issues.

Awards & Honors

Brad Taylor (’78 ag and life sci ed, MS ’00 professional ag) of Roland Story Community School has been named the Iowa Agri-Science Teacher of the Year by the Board of Directors of the Iowa Association of Agriculture Educators.

Kevin Holst (’89 ag studies), a farmer near Eldridge, Iowa, was honored with the “Way We Live Award” Aug. 11 at the Iowa State Fair.

Marty Braster (MS ’03 agronomy), environmental management specialist for the Rathbun Regional Water Association, was honored as “Iowan of the Day” by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation Aug. 17.

Vanessa McNeal (’15 child, adult, and family svcs) received two international IndieFEST Film Awards for her documentary “The Voiceless.”

U.S. Army Capt. Steven Woods (’12 psychology) recently participated in the 2017 Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, Ga. His two-person team finished in the top half of the three-day event considered to be one of the toughest, most physically demanding competitions in the world.

Stop Foodborne Illness presented its first annual Dave Theno Food Safety Hero Award July 9 at the International Association of Food Protection (IAPF) conference in Tampa Bay, Fla. This prestigious award recognizes the numerous contributions the late David M. Theno (’72 journalism) made to the food safety field. For 40 years, Theno worked to advance collaboration between the scientific community and the meat industry to solve food-safety issues and in so doing, left an indelible mark on the food safety landscape. Theno died June 19 while swimming off the coast of Lanai, Hawaii.

Charles E. Sukup (L)(’76 ag engr, MS ’82) has been named a 2017 recipient of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Sophia Borts (’15 ag and life sci ed) has been promoted to administrative specialist at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

Lindsay Calvert (’13 journalism, MS ’16 ag & life sci ed) has been promoted to director of learning and development at the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Michael Dosmann (MS ’98 hort) has been promoted to keeper of the living collection for Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum.

Mike Finch (’11 an sci) has joined the swine production sales and services team for Deluxe Feeds, Inc., a division of Kent Nutrition Group in Sheldon, Iowa.

Aaron Grell (’00 indus tech) has been hired as a national product manager for LNS Group’s air filtration produce line.

Stephen S. Mosher, J.D. (L)(’70 elec engr) has been appointed to the Board of Visitors of Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas for the 2017-2020 term. He also serves on the dean’s advisory council of Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth.

Mark Smith (’80 an sci) has been elected president and CEO of First National Bank in Fairfield, Iowa.

Mike Telford (L)(’76 an sci) has been named executive director of Iowa Farm Animal Care.

Emily Pontius (A)(’98 journalism) has been elected shareholder of Fredrikson & Byron in Des Moines.

Joseph Alan Smith (’16 performing arts) has created a web TV series called “Outed,” which was filmed in Iowa with support from the Iowa Arts Council. It will be released this fall.

Jane Kersch (A)(’16 pol sci & global resource systems) has accepted a position with the Americorps Emergency Response Team in St. Louis, Mo.

Jose Rojas (MS ’93 an sci) has been named director of breeder/hatchery at Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Jon Thompson (’92 ag and life sci ed) is a new strategic account manager with Ceva Animal Health’s swine division.

Leslie Baker (L)(’86 ag journalism) has been hired as the executive director of the Reining Horse Foundation.

Jim Gulliford (L)(’73 forestry, MS ’75), long-time executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, has stepped down from his role. He will continue his involvement in agriculture and conservation work as a project and policy consultant.

James Dean, M.D. (A)(’91 biochemistry) has made a recent career move to Pharmacyclics, LLC from CTI BioPharma Corp., where he led the global study teams developing pacritinib and pixantrone. He previously worked at Seattle Genetics and at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Donovan D. McCargo (M.Ed ’05)(pictured, right) has been named assistant vice president and dean of students at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa. He previously served as dean of students at the Community College of Philadelphia since 2014.

Amber Hammes (’17 ag and society) has been hired as a project coordinator for Dow AgroSciences.

The Reverend Lisa Meshke (’04 finance, MBA ’06) was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on May 20, 2017. She is currently serving as pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, Minn.

Paul Movall (L)(’86 computer engr, MS ’87) has been promoted to Senior Technologist, HDD Firmware, at Western Digital Corporation.

Zach Boss (’13 ag business) has been promoted to assistant vice president for Security State Bank in Independence, Iowa.

Angela Anderson (A)(’05 public service & admin in ag) has started a new position as director of customer outreach at the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Corey Wagner (’05 animal sci, MS ’07 meat sci) has accepted a position as FSQA manager for Seaboard Triumph Foods in Sioux City.

Terry L. Allers (L)(’70 arch)(pictured, right), AIA, NCARB, was recently elected second vice president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The nonprofit, which is made up of the U.S. licensing boards, develops the national architectural experience program and licensing exam.

Jessica Denner (’08 food sci) is a new senior quality assurance specialist for the human nutrition and health division at Kemin.

David Freeman (’08 food sci) has accepted a position as a technical specialist and product manager for Global Filter, LLC in Cedar Rapids.

Larry Genalo (MS ’74 math, PhD ’77) retired Aug. 2 after 46 years of service to the Iowa State University faculty. He retired as university professor and associate chair of undergraduate education in materials science and engineering.



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