Highlighting ISU Staff

Help us highlight P&S employees doing great/fun things by including #highlightingisustaff and/or #pscouncil in your tweets! You can also nominate a fellow Professional and Scientific employee (or team of employees) for the Highlighting ISU Staff section of the Professional and Scientific Council Newsletter! Submit your nominations using this link, tell us about a P&S employee or team doing great work in your area in 100 words or less and include a picture of them or the output for which they are bing highlighted. One submission will be regularly included in the newsletter as determined by the P&S Council Awards Committee. Other submissions will be featured on social media with the tag #highlightingISUstaff on the P&S Council web page Highlighting ISU Staff and/or included in future newsletters.

From the January 2020 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Brian Rowe-Barth for his outstanding work as the Hospital Relations Coordinator with the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center

Brian Rowe-Barth. January 2020 Highlighting ISU staff award recipientBrian was nominated by Stephanie F West, Director of Hospital Relations with the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, who said: "Brian, our Hospital Relations Coordinator, is a voice of calm in difficult situations. He effectively supervises the front desk staff for our small animal and large animal hospitals, supporting them as they handle myriad difficult situations on the phone and in person. He competently and kindly smooths over client issues, doctor concerns, and generally keeps everyone calm and happy in our teaching hospital. Thank you Brian!"





Congratulations, Brian, and thank you for all that you do!


From the December 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Brett Willenborg for his outstanding work as an Administrative Specialist I in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Brett Willenborg, December 2019 Highlighting ISU staff spotlight recipientBrett was nominated by Jessica Bell, Program Coordinator I in the Grants Hub, who said: "Brett is a lifesaver! I often find myself needing assistance with organizing schedules and meetings and he has always saved the day. I know when I need help he will jump in and do what he can and lead me in the right direction. His willingness to take on tasks helps me stay focused on other things as I know once he says he’ll do something I don’t have to worry about it any longer. Thanks Brett!"


Congratulations, Brett, and thank you for all that you do!


From the November 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Julia Gwebu, Megan Moore, and Isaac Ehlers with the Student Loan Education Office for their outstanding work as Financial Literacy Advisors.

November 2019 Highlighting ISU staff award recipients. Student Loan Financial Literacy Advisors, Julia Gwebu, Megan Moore, and Isaac EhlersThe Financial Literacy Advisors were nominated by Jennifer Schroeder, Program Coordinator in the Student Loan Education Office, who said: "The advisers in the Student Loan Education Office are dedicated to improving the financial wellness of our students. The advisers continually work to improve service and delivery of our message to help engage students on a topic that is usually avoided, financial management. At times, the advisers must conduct difficult meetings with students regarding their ability to afford a college education. The advisers strive to work with students to find a way to pay but that is not always practical . The advisers use compassion and honesty when counseling students individually and ingenuity when developing programming to spread financial awareness."

Congratulations, Julia, Megan, and Isaac, and thank you for all that you do!


From the October 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Marisa Mendoza for her outstanding work as a Program Assistant in Aerospace Engineering.

Cindy Robertson, September 2019 Highlighting ISU Staff recipient. Marisa was nominated by Arlene Grebasch, Administrative Assistant, Aerospace Engineering, who said: "Marisa has been a consummate professional since her first day at Iowa State. She handles her responsibilities extremely well and still finds time to help out in the Aerospace office. She's been a leader during the transition to Workday, never missing a beat and keeping the faculty up to date as well with the new processes. Marisa also took time to share her knowledge with other graduate assistants. Aerospace is lucky to have Marisa on our team!"


Congratulations, Marisa, and thank you for all that you do!


From the September 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Cindy Robertson for her outstanding work as a Program Assistant II with the Seed Science Center.

Cindy Robertson, September 2019 Highlighting ISU Staff recipient. Lori Youngberg, Program Coordinator II with the Graduate Program in Seed Technology & Buisness, nominated Robertson, and said: "Cindy has been a true team player at the Seed Science Center from the very first day she started the job. She is always willing to take on new projects, is extremely professional and is a very talented graphic designer. She is very driven to have all our publications, websites, advertisements and promotional items look their very best. Cindy is quick to ask how she can help and is not afraid to learn how to do new things. We really value Cindy and are lucky to have such a talented person working at the Seed Science Center!"

Congratulations, Cindy, and thank you for all that you do!


From the August 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Josh Obrecht for his outstanding work as a GIS Analyst with the GIS Facility in the College of Design.

Josh Obrecht, August 2019 Highlighting ISU Staff recipient 

Robin McNeely, GIS Manager with the GIS Facility, nominated Obrecht, and said: "Josh is a great person to work with, always   happy to take on a new projects, does thorough and high quality GIS and programming work, and gets our clients what they   need."



 Congratulations, Josh, and thank you for all you do!




From the July 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Cathy Owen for her outstanding work as a Program Assistnt II with the Grants Hub.

Cathy Owen, Highlighting ISU Staff recipient, July 2019Jessica Bell, Program Coordinator I with the Grants Hub, nominated Owen, and said: "The Grants Hub had an employee retire, and Cathy Owen has been pivotal in taking on additional responsibilities while we search for the retiree's replacement. Cathy's willingness to jump in and learn new things has been a huge asset to the team!"

Congratulations, Cathy, and thank you for all you do!




From the June 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Nora Ryan for her outstanding work as an Inclusion Services Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Steven Moats, Director of Student Accessibility Services, nominated Ryan, and said: "Dr. Ryan (Nora) joined the ISU family as a professional staff member in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) in March 2017. As ISU's first "Inclusion Services Coordinator," Nora has become a key partner in Student Accessibility Services (SAS) work with campus partners related to ensuring access and inclusive practices that benefit student, faculty, and staff with varying abilities. Nora regularly demonstrates understanding of the issues and policy while using excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills that lead to improvement of the situation-at-hand. Nora is expert at collaborating across departments while keeping in mind the obligations of the university and rights of individuals. She demonstrates a positive, "can-do" attitude in difficult situations while relying upon her outstanding communication skills, experience, and expertise to solve problems and plan for improved access/inclusion."


Congratulations, Nora, and thank you for all you do!

From the May 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Seth Miller for his outstanding work as an Enrollment Service Adviser in the Office of Student and Financial Aid.

Seth Miller, May 2019 Highlighting ISU Staff recipientJennifer Schroeder, Program Coordinator for Student Loan Education/Financial Aid, nominated Miller, and said: "Seth Miller has been with the OSFA for about 6 years. I would like to recognize Seth because his dedication to students is outstanding! Seth has the ability to connect with students in a way that allows him to explain the complex financial aid process. Seth is an outstanding co-worker as well due to his dependability. Seth is always willing to jump in to help cover appointments or shifts when another adviser calls in sick or when the office needs some extra help."


Congratulations, Seth, and thank you for all you do!

From the April 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Ron Cox for his outstanding work as the Director of CIRAS.

Ron Cox, Director of CIRAS, April 2019 Highlighting ISU staff recipientTiffany Thuney, HR coordinator in the College of Engineering, nominated Cox, and said: "Ron is always ready to jump in to  go above and beyond. He has volunteered to lead strategic teams and participate in committees as change progresses  across campus. He is able to bring an outside, engineering and internal perspective to these teams. As director of CIRAS,  Ron has grown the center year over year, impacting not only ISU but communities in 95 of Iowa’s 99 counties with an  economic impact of millions of dollars. He has assisted with matching 153 capstone projects with companies across the  state. Ron is truly motivated to help others and it shows in his relationships across our campus, our community and our  state."


Congratulations, Ron, and thank you for all you do!


From the March 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Camille Schroeder for her outstanding work as a Programs Manager in Engineering Outreach/CIRAS.

Camille Schroeder, March 2019 Highlighting ISU Staff Nicolle Fannin, Program Coordinator for Engineering Outreach, nominated Schroeder, and said: "Camille is a true cyclone.  She goes above and beyond leading the largest outreach department of any college, promoting diversity in STEM, working  on a grant through CIRAS and leading Manufacturing Day efforts for the state of Iowa. Her innovative approach, personable  and excellence management skills is key in the success of all the programs, boards and events she takes part in. It is no  wonder that her work with the help of a small staff and planning team reaches diverse audiences all over Iowa with over 100  events a year."


 Congratulations, Camille, and thank you for all you do!





From the February 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Ranae Roberts for her outstanding work as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Thielen Student Health Center.

Sara Parris, associate director of the Thielen Heallth Center, nominated Roberts, and said: "Ranae is a dedicated mental health provider that consistently goes above and beyond for her patients. Her personality puts her patients at ease, instantly building trust. Every week we receive positive feedback from her patients and how she has helped them through a delicate situation or impacted their time here at Iowa State. Ranae has been instrumental in the growth and success of the mental health program at TSHC, which is an important service for our students and the health of the university." 

Congratulations, Ranae, and thank you for all you do!





From the January 2019 Newsletter:

This month we recognize Taren Crow for her outstanding work as Director of LAS Career Services.

Leslie Grinder's nomination stated, "Taren has transformed Career Services for Liberal Arts and Sciences students. She enlisted college support to to double the staff of her office to provide rich and personalized services for the thousands of undergraduate and graduate students in Liberal Arts and Sciences. She developed a careers course which began in fall 2018 and established a scholarship program for unpaid internships to remove financial barriers for students to get invaluable experience in their chosen field. She has spoken on professional development topics at Young Professionals of Ames, the P&S Professional Development Conference and P&S Seminar Series.

Congratulations, Taren, and thank you for all you do!