Three from LAS chosen for Women Impacting ISU calendar

Three women in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences whose leadership has made a difference at Iowa State University were honored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics on the 12th annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.

Students Emily Barske, senior in journalism and mass communication, and Stacy Ko, doctoral student in counseling psychology, along with Daniela Dimitrova, professor and director of graduate education in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, were chosen to be on the 2018 calendar. They were honored during a reception officially unveiling the 2018 calendar on Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Memorial Union.

The Catt Center sponsors the calendar with funding provided by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Each year, a committee of students, faculty and staff – including past calendar honorees – evaluates the nomination packets and deliberates for four hours over the course of two meetings to select the final honorees. A student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Brooke Almasi, senior in public relations with a minor in American Indian studies, served on the selection committee for the 2018 calendar.

“I was grateful to serve on the Women Impacting ISU calendar selection committee,” Almasi said. “I loved reading the nominations of inspiring women who are working to create an innovative and welcoming environment at Iowa State.”

One student, four faculty, five professional and scientific employees, and two merit employees comprised the 12-member selection committee this year, representing a diverse cross-section of the Iowa State community. According to Kristine Perkins, public relations and student programs coordinator for the Catt Center who oversees the project, 70 women were nominated for the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar.

“Choosing the 12 women honored on the calendar is an incredibly difficult task, and we thank the members of the selection committee for their time and consideration,” she said. “We encourage those who nominated a woman who was not selected for the 2018 calendar to consider submitting a nomination next year.”