Iowa State University Alumni Association

Jay and Karen Chapman 2017

Jay G. Chapman
Aerospace Engineering ‘90
MS ‘93

Karen E. Heldt Chapman
Business Management ’92

Urbandale, Iowa

There are no two people who better personify Cyclone spirit than Jay and Karen Heldt Chapman. Whether it’s their monetary and volunteer contributions to Iowa State Athletics, the ISU Foundation, the ISU Alumni Association, the College of Engineering, and the Department of Music or simply the pure joy, enthusiasm, and moral support they bring to all things Iowa State, Jay and Karen have distinguished themselves as one of Iowa State’s most visible, active, and devoted couples.

Jay, who is employed as an ALM risk management manager at Wells Fargo, is a longtime board member and current president of the Cyclone Gridiron Club, as well as the past president of both the Alumni Band Society and the 1858 Fan Club (formerly Greater Des Moines Cyclone Club). He has also been active as an ISU Alumni Association Board associate.

Karen, who is currently serving as a Board associate for the ISU Alumni Association, has been active with Alumni Band; like her husband, she is also a past president of the 1858 Club. As a couple, the Chapmans are members of the College of Engineering’s Forever True, for Iowa State campaign cabinet and have received such honors as the ISU Alumni Band Society’s Noteworthy Service Award (2003), the ISU Foundation’s Order of the Knoll Young Alumni Award (2008), and the C.Y. Stephens Bravo Award Young Patron of the Arts award (2011). They were both inducted in 2017 as honorary members of Kappa Kappa Psi Iota Omega Chapter. In 2011, Jay was presented with the Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award in celebration of the breadth and depth of his ISU volunteerism.

Longtime season ticket holders and alumni band musicians, they are Cyclone Club members who can be seen at nearly every ISU sporting event. They are ISU Alumni Association life members and sustaining life donors, as well as Order of the Knoll Campanile Society and President’s Circle members.


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