LAS recognizes 20 college alumni during Homecoming week

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University will recognize 20 alumni on Thursday, Oct. 9, at its annual Honors and Awards Ceremony at the Scheman Building.

The ceremony will take place during the university’s 102nd annual homecoming week festivities, which culminate Saturday, Oct. 11, with the football game between Iowa State and Toledo.

Five LAS alums are receiving Iowa State University Alumni Association awards, five are receiving Liberal Arts and Sciences awards, and 10 will be recognized by LAS academic departments.

A list of the award winners follows. See photos and biographical information of the recipients in the ceremony program (pdf).

ISU Alumni Association Awards Alumni Service Award – Lorraine Hoffman (MS Bacteriology ’68, Ph.D. Bacteriology ‘74)

Alumni Service Award – Ellen Nelson (BS Zoology ’72)

James A. Hopson Alumni Volunteer Award – Brooke E. Prestegard (BS Political Science and History ’03)

Outstanding Young Alumni Award – Elizabeth Kathryn Andre (BA Spanish and International Studies ’98)

Impact Award – Melvin Ejim (BS History ’14)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards Carrie Chapman Catt Public Engagement Award – Judith Goetsch Brandlin (BS Modern Language ’64)

Citation of Merit – Benjamin Bierbaum (BS Zoology ’57)

Citation of Merit – Laura Jackson (BS Psychology ’90)

Distinguished Service Award – Robert and Diane Stupka

John V. Atanasoff Discovery Award – Jun Ye (MS Physics and Astronomy ’91)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Department Alumni Awards Chemistry Outstanding Chemistry Alumni Award – Alan K. Burnham (BS Chemical Technology ’72)

Chemistry Outstanding Chemistry Alumni Award – Feng Gai (Ph.D. Physical Chemistry ’94, Ph.D. Chemistry ’94)

English Outstanding Alumni Award – Patricia J. Brown (MS English Technology ’74)

Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award – Lee B. Backsen (BS Geology ’61, MS Geology ’63)

History Outstanding Alumni Award – Jenny Barker Devine (MA History ’03, Ph.D. Agricultural History and Rural Studies ’08)

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication James W. Schwartz Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication – William (Bill) Kunerth

Naval Science Naval Science Guiding Star – Douglas G. MacCrea (BS Distributed Studies ’77)

Political Science Alumni Achievement Award – John G. Hansen (BA Political Science ’84)

Psychology Distinguished Alumni Award – John P. Campbell (BS Psychology ’59, MS Psychology ’60)

Sociology Distinguished Alumni Award – C. Mark Palmer (BA Sociology ’85)


About Liberal Arts and Sciences The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world-class learning and research community. Iowa State’s most academically diverse college, LAS educates students to become global citizens, providing rigorous academic programs in the sciences, humanities and social sciences within a supportive personalized learning environment. College faculty design new materials, unravel biological structures, care for the environment, and explore social and behavioral issues. From fundamental research to technology transfer and artistic expression, the college supports people in its community and around the world.

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Contact: Kim McDonough, Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Relations Director, (515) 294-7487,