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TRINA ZIMMER, administrative specialist; provides secretarial support to the Dean, including appointments, correspondence, etc. This position includes the coordination of foreign travel grants, faculty professional development assignments, promotion & tenure materials as well as third year reviews and non-tenure eligible appointments; consulting; Distinguished and University Professor Awards; Rossmann Manatt Award, Regents Faculty Award; Andre, Carver and Wallace Alumni Awards, Superior Achievement Award for Early or Mid-Career Alumni and Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award. Attends Ag Cabinet meetings; provides support for administrative searches. Telephone coordinator.
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CARLA PERSAUD, secretary; provides administrative support for the Senior Associate Dean and Associate Director of the Experiment Station. Assists with special internal university grant programs.
ROXANNE CLEMENS, research coordinator; plans, coordinates, and facilitates college-wide research emphasis areas and ensures development of a pipeline of projects and proposal that focus on team research across disciplines and institutions and integration of research, education, and extension/outreach. Her responsibilities include identifying and targeting funding opportunities to researchers, communicating with program leaders at federal funding agencies regarding funding opportunities and solicitations and coordinating visits to the agencies, developing targeted workshops and seminars to enhance team and grant success, assembling and editing large proposals to achieve uniform voice and style, and communicating best practices for proposal development and submission.
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MAUREEN STOHLMEYER, account specialist; manages and administers the college scholarship program of freshmen, upper class, transfer and graduate scholarships, managing over 140 scholarship accounts, web page content, online applications, and processes and awards approximately 600 college scholarships each academic year. Manages academic program accounts. Provides assistance to the Associate Dean for Academic and Global Programs. Manages the college Awards Program. Manages the Faculty & Staff Awareness Program and accounting..
AURELIO CURBELO-RUIZ, multicultural liaison officer, director, Agriculture Multicultural Programs; coordinates the college Multicultural Affairs Program and cooperates with other colleges and the Multicultural Student Affairs Office to coordinate and integrate minority student retention and recruitment initiatives programs. Works with faculty, staff, and students in the college to promote an environment conducive to the successful recruitment, retention, graduation, and placement of minority students. Provides leadership for the college’s summer George Washington Carver internship program, acts in an advisory capacity to the college’s Diversity Committee. Advisor to MANRRS (Minorities In Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) and leads a learning community of minority students in the college. Serves on various university committees representing the college on diversity issues. Collaborate with university departments, offices, and student organizations in the delivery of programs and services that respond to the needs of students. Promotes the academic achievements of students through professional development opportunities, leadership activities, and community service programs at Iowa State University.
Associate Dean / Extension Programs and Outreach; Director, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension
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JULIE HONEICK Secretary III; assists and helps to promote the ongoing outreach initiatives and services for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Schedules meetings; provides information to staff and public regarding Ag and Natural Resources programs; gathers data and assists in preparing ANR Extension reports; maintains financial records for ANR fund accounts; approves travel vouchers, purchase requisitions, and p-card purchases; prepares monthly electronic ANR newsletter; purchases and maintains inventory of equipment for ANR field specialists.
Administrative Services / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station
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JOSIE SIX, director; provides fiscal administrative leadership and support in the operation of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, the college, and Extension. Prepares internal and external financial documents; organizes the financial planning/budget process; and advises and counsels the dean, directors, and researchers on fiscal matters.
CATHY GOOD, administrator for research programs; coordinates activities related to the preparation, processing and review of project documentation for Hatch and Multistate projects and assists faculty with project requirements for USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants. Prepares reports about the Station’s research program for USDA, internal and external agencies and ISU faculty; and assists with retrieval of CRIS information. Is the experiment station site administrator for and provides assistance to departmental users of Current Research Information System (CRIS) Web Forms. Assists with coordinating departmental and center external reviews.
RITA KNIGHT, administrative specialist; provides support for the administrator for research programs and director of budget and finance; maintains database for multi-state and Iowa projects; approves graduate student tuition for college; authorizes travel for directors and department chairs; approves reimbursement for travel/p-cards/employee reimbursements; reconciles/approves use of multi-state travel account; supervises Curtiss Hall mail room duties; coordinates new faculty orientation; maintains hourly payroll and vacation/sick leave; CALS administration key coordinator; budget book coordinator; manages confidential document destruction.
LISA SHEN, accountant; responsible for developing and overseeing the college extension budget; reviews Goldsheets for college approval; special projects.
MICHELE ROGERS, accountant; responsible for developing and overseeing the college budget. Reviews Goldsheets for college approval; approves P-card purchases. Works with the Midwest Poultry Research Project from Pre-Award development to Post-Award financials. Prepares the annual FAEIS report. Computes and allocates Student Computer Fees to departments. Cross-trained to provide backup to the human resource areas; approves purchase requisitions for Ag Administration accounts. EASE form coordination for administration. Financial reporting for George Washington Carver Diversity Program. Reviews and approves special course fees for college.
JANET BRODIE, accountant; approves proposal budgets and advises faculty on pre-and post-award compliance issues, completes invoicing and assists in preparation of extension requests and budget modification requests for the Iowa Soybean Association awards, works on the budget process for IAHEES, prepares financial reports for required federal reporting on USDA formula funds, and approves purchase requisitions for Ag Administration accounts.
KATHEY SCHUCKERT, program coordinator; responsible for managing the human resources activities in the college, coordinating special initiatives, and providing consultative assistance to departments on human resources issues, university policies and procedures. In addition, Kathey is the HR liaison between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Resources Services
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MIKE GAUL, career services director; serves as the coordinator of Career Services activities for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Audiences worked with include undergraduate and graduate students in the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences, college faculty with special emphasis on faculty advisers, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, and employers of our graduates. Specific elements of the position include developing programs that serve all of the above mentioned audiences.
Programs with special emphasis include Agriculture Career Days, Iowa State University Career Management Services (ISU CMS) website, seminars, and other programs for students to assist them in: a) resume preparation, b) interview skills, and c) job search methods. Promote on-campus visits by employers needing employees for full-time and summer employment. Work with alumni who are in the process of changing employment or are considering a significant career change. Target employers not familiar with Iowa State University to consider Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students for their personnel needs. Publicize career opportunities available in agricultural and life sciences areas to potential students.
LOIS BENNING, administrative specialist; coordinates all aspects of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services Office including arranging and executing company interviews; writing and distributing Career Service Notes; assisting in counseling students on resumes, cover letters, interview process; coordinating two Ag Career Days annually; handling purchasing and budget.
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BRIAN MEYER, director of college relations; provides leadership for internal and external relations in support of programs and goals of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. Advises administrators, faculty and staff on communications and public relations issues and strategies, and oversees the operation of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service.
ED ADCOCK, communications specialist; works on internal and external information and public relations projects for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Experiment Station. Writes, edits and coordinates the college administration Web site, news releases, publications, exhibits, videotapes and other communications projects. Works with news reporters, providing information on college activities and sources for public relations issues. Advises and consults with faculty and staff on public relations issues.
JULIE STEWART, communications specialist, provides coordination and leadership for internal communications, financial and administrative management, alumni communications and media relations for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service. Coordinates and distributes a weekly online faculty-staff newsletter. Creates and manages digital photo databases. Provides coordination and support for alumni programs, including database management, communications and events. Serves as first contact for media seeking faculty-staff expertise and maintains news media distribution system. Manages office, financial accounts, and tracks project costs.
MELEA REICKS LICHT, communications specialist; is the editor of STORIES, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni magazine, and works on communication and public relations projects for the college and Experiment Station. Writes, edits and coordinates news releases, publications, exhibits and other communications projects. Works with news reporters, providing information on college activities and sources for public relations issues. Advises and consults with faculty and staff on communications issues, especially as it relates to alumni relations.
BARBARA McBREEN, communications specialist; specializes in student recruitment, broadcast communications, photography and works on marketing projects for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Experiment Station. Writes and edits news releases, web content, publications, exhibits, slide shows and video segments. Works with news media, providing content, sources and information on college activities. Advises and consults with faculty and staff on marketing and media opportunities, especially as it relates to student recruitment.
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RAY KLEIN, executive director of development; is the lead development officer in the Agriculture and Life Sciences Development Office. Ray works closely with the dean, department heads and faculty to identify prospects, prepare proposals, and to develop strategies when calling on potential donors. This includes prospect research and cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. Ray is also responsible for the fundraising for capital building campaigns for Curtiss Hall, and the Agriculture Pavilion. Ray is an employee of the ISU Foundation and is the liaison between the college and the foundation.
RYAN HARMS, director of development; provides liaison support to the departments of Agriculture Education and Studies, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Economics, Entomology, Natural Resource Ecology Management, and Sociology. Ryan is also an employee of the ISU Foundation.
SARAH ROELFS, director of development; provides liaison support between Agriculture Education & Studies, Horticulture, Food Science & Human Nutrition and Genetics, Development & Cell Biology.
SARAH BEHOUNEK, development coordinator
Phone: 294-9332 FAX: 294-6613
MOLLY HARMAN, development coordinator
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DENISE BJELLAND, senior associate director; manages day-to-day operations and serves as financial manager of the Global Agriculture Programs office, oversees project and financial management of funded grants/agreements, and provides overall leadership of global agriculture programs.
SUE FINESTEAD, account specialist; initiates payments, travel reimbursements, purchasing transactions, personnel actions, and maintains databases and website for Agriculture Study Abroad and Global Agriculture Programs. Assists Associate Dean of Academic/Global Programs with international travel arrangements and other projects as assigned.
SHELLEY TAYLOR, assistant director, Global Agriculture Programs, director, Agriculture Study Abroad; provides senior leadership in Global Agriculture Programs (GAP) for academic programs abroad, identifies and supports international opportunities for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students. Promotes the integration of international programs into the college graduate and undergraduate curriculum, and provides oversight on planning, negotiating, directing, and evaluating CALS academic programs abroad, including safety, health, and security aspects of study abroad.
DIFEI SHEN, Global Academic Programs Coordinator; develops new programs, particularly in the region of East Asia, assists with design and evaluation of academically rigorous study abroad programs, and assists in the development and teaching of new curricula for the Global Resource Systems major.
JODI CORNELL, program assistant, Agriculture Study Abroad; provides professional support and leadership in Global Agriculture Programs, Agriculture Study Abroad office. Assists in program development and maintenance for undergraduate study and work abroad programs including travel courses, exchanges and work abroad programs. Includes planning, directing and evaluating College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student study abroad programs, recruiting students, developing promotional materials and processing applications.
EDUARDA BECERRA, program assistant; coordinates the Foreign Visitor Program in the college and the USDA/FAS Borlaug Fellowship Program. Responds to proposal requests for projects and seeks funding sources. Recruits and plans the Winter Break Panama study abroad program. Coordinates and participates in programs abroad with faculty and staff. Provides Spanish translation and/or interpretation and coordinates Spanish language courses for faculty, staff and students in the college.
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MARK HONEYMAN, coordinator of research farms and professor of animal science; overall administration and coordination of research farms that are located in Central Iowa and across the State of Iowa that serve the entire College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
PSALLY MEDFORD, secretary; provides secretarial support for coordinator and farms manager, coordinates annual progress reports for research and demonstration farms, responsible for processing payroll and personnel procedures.
DENNIS SHANNON, farms manager; supervises and manages farm operations for research farms that are located across the state which includes crops, livestock, machinery and equipment, and buildings.
KENT BERNS, superintendent; supervises management of land, tenants, and custom farm operations in central Iowa for which ISU is responsible. Also manages the Johnson, Hinds, and Curtiss research plots and numerous corn breeding isolation plots in addition to the Ames area farms. Supervises one full time merit position, two seasonal employees, and one student. Interacts with the Ag450 farm and numerous research projects.
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THOMAS POLITO, director; provides administrative leadership to outcomes assessment, learning communities, new student orientation, student recruitment and retention, serves on the University Recruitment Committee, the University Registration and Classification Committee, the college Academic Affairs Committee, the college Curriculum Committee, and the college Recruitment Committee. His other college responsibilities include serving as academic adviser for all the Agriculture Exploration (undecided) students and reviewing and taking action on requests for exceptions to University policies regarding undergraduate registration and degree requirements. He is an assistant professor in the department of Ag Ed and Studies and Agronomy. In Ag Ed and Studies and Agronomy. In AgEdS he teaches AgEdS 110C, orientation for new students, and serves on departmental committees. In Agronomy he co-teaches Agron 356, Site Specific Crop and Soil Management, is the coordinator for AgPaq, the department’s junior level learning community and he serves on the department’s teaching panel.
BETH FOREMAN, student services specialist; is responsible for coordinating special recruitment events and prospective student campus visits and tours for both individuals and groups. The position also helps manage the recruiting and marketing message content for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Beth serves as the advisor for the student ambassadors, and manages the risk management processes for those events. Beth is a member of the university recruitment committee and the college recruitment committee.
DAVID ROSS, half-time clerk; continually updates the degree audits. Evaluates and makes changes as advisers send changes for the degree audits. Monitors the degree audit screen to insure compatibility with the registrar’s screen regarding curriculum, adviser, and catalog changes. Enters minors and options. Represents AgLS on the DARS Steering Committee. Evaluates degree audit processes and makes recommendations for changes when needed. Enters similar information and course substitutions on transfer degree audits, which are run for transfer students admitted to ISU prior to their arrival. Assists with orientation and college convocations as well as maintaining student records and assisting students with schedule changes.
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ANDY ZEHR, program coordinator; develops and implements college level undergraduate marketing and recruitment programs. Responsible for direct marketing to students and those who influence them, collaborating on recruitment and marketing communications and leading efforts for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in a recruitment program targeting prospective students (first time and transfer), parents, alumni, academic units, faculty, cooperative extension, educators and specialists, business/industry collaborators, high school teachers and counselors, community colleges, and the university office of admissions. Works with university and college administration and faculty to determine and implement innovative strategies for student recruitment and college marketing.
LAURA STEWART, program assistant; works with undergraduate students from the time they are prospective until they enroll for their first semester. Responsible for managing all recruitment and marketing communications targeted toward prospective students, and their family members. Also, manages all of the college level orientation activities and represents CALS on the University Orientation Committee. Develops and manages processes to track and Serve APP students and their ISU CALS academic advisers.