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Board of Directors' Report
of the Year
Bruns joins Association staff
Brown honored with Impact Awards
of Directors' Report (return to top)
The ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors held a planning retreat
in August 2003 and met in regular sessions in August and October.
Aug. 22 the board:
Reviewed the previous year’s work and
prioritized opportunities for the current fiscal year in a series of
breakout, committee, and whole-board sessions during its half-day
Heard Association Chair Stan Thompson’s
(’82 political science) goals for 2003-2004:
1. Further plans to secure new housing for
2. Increase membership in the Association
so that the two-year goal of 50,000 members is reached.
3. Expand the Alumni Association’s role as the “traditions
keeper” for the university.
4. Work to create and clarify existing Board policies and procedures
to enhance the health of the Association.
5. Make every effort to help secure the university’s legislative
reports from ISU President Gregory Geoffroy and ISU Foundation President
Approved the 2003 Impact Award slate and approved the general criteria
for all ISU awards, including the new ISU staff Award for Superior Service
to Alumni with a $500 stipend.
Appointed a Facility Committee, with Director Jeffrey Whiton as chair.
The ISU Foundation will conduct a feasibility study regarding the Alumni
Oct. 17, the board:
Participated in educational sessions presented by Don Kockler, business
manager, (“How to Read ISU Alumni Association Financial Statements”),
and by Julie Larson, director of outreach and events, (“ISU Alumni
Association Career Resources Overview”).
Reviewed VISIONS readership survey results as presented by Ellen Pirro
of Pirro Research.
Approved the FY03 audit and financial
statements as presented.
Approved a new Sustaining Life Membership Program to be initiated in
December 2003. Annual giving levels are $125, $250, $500,
next Board of Directors meeting will be held Feb. 27, 2004.
of the Year (return to top)
The Foss family of Fairfield, Iowa, began its long
with Iowa State in the 1940s when the late Harry (’45 DVM) and Marilyn
(’46 home ec ed) McCreedy received their degrees. The tradition
continued with Craig (’71 engineering) and Barb (’71 education)
Foss. Their three children, Jill (’99 business), Allison (’01
family studies), and Clint (a current ISU student) have continued the
family’s legacy. The Foss family was honored during Family Weekend
2003 as the ISU Family of the Year. During homecoming weekend, the Foss
Family was officially inducted into the Family
of the Year Society.
Kate Bruns joins Association staff (return to
Kate Bruns (’99 journalism and
mass communication), joined
the Alumni Association staff in November as
assistant director for electronic communications. Bruns
had spent the three previous years overseeing communications for the Department
of Residence (housing and dining programs) at Iowa State. As assistant
director for electronic communications, she coordinates the Alumni Association’s
Web site, serves as editor of the ISU News Flash electronic newsletter
and assists with other communications to Alumni Association members.
Brown honored with Impact Awards (return to top)
On Friday, Oct. 17, the Iowa State University Alumni Association
honored Roy and Bobbi Reiman and posthumously honored Doug Brown with
2003 Impact Awards during the 72nd annual Honors and Awards ceremony.
name “Reiman” is synonymous in central Iowa with “Reiman
Gardens.” And Roy (’57, agricultural journalism) and Bobbi
Reiman’s gift of Reiman Gardens and the Christina Reiman Butterfly
Wing have also made the name “Reiman” synonymous with natural
beauty, culture, and education. In addition to giving gardens and butterflies,
the Reimans have also funded an entrepreneurial scholars and lectures
program in the College of Business.
Roy Reiman served as president of the ISU Alumni Association Board of
Directors from 1980 to 1981 and is an ISU Foundation Governor, an Order
of The Knoll Campanile Award recipient, and an ISU Foundation Philanthropy
Award recipient. Bobbi Reiman is an Order of The Knoll Campanile Award
recipient, ISU Foundation Philanthropy Award recipient, and a member of
the University Museums Curators Associates. The Reimans live in Greendale,
Wis., and are life members of the Association.
Doug Brown, WOI radio’s beloved voice for 36 years, could spin off
classical tunes, read books, and provide wrestling commentary with equal
panache. Brown died Aug. 14, 2002, at the age of 66. Brown’s wife,
Pat Brown, accepted the Impact Award on his behalf.
Brown was cherished for his ability to tell a story. He earned the Governor’s
Award for his book club, which was dubbed the “Best Arts Radio Program
in Iowa.” He read more than 250 books, and his rendition of Dickens’
A Christmas Carol became a seasonal Iowa tradition. His “Music
Shop” was the oldest continuous radio program in the nation. Brown
was also the voice behind TV’s college and high school wrestling
coverage. He retired in 1999 after 36 years at WOI.
The Impact Award, established in 2002 by the ISU Alumni Association Board
of Directors, recognizes an individual, business, organization, or unit
for achievements that expand the scope and reach of; increase the involvement
of ISU alumni, students, and/or friends in the life and work of; create
positive publicity and recognition for; and bring honor to Iowa State
University during the year prior to being nominated.
New Year! (return to top)
The Iowa State University Alumni Association is celebrating 125 years
of loyalty, pride, and tradition. Association staff members are, from
left, Julie Larson, Cecilia Dunlay, Shellie Siders, Don Kockler, Carolyn
Ringgenberg, Pat Thiede, Karen Knight, Ellen Shertzer, Breck Breitsprecher,
Jeff Johnson, Scott Dahl, Beth Lott, Jan Breitman, Kate Bruns, AshLea
Anderson, David Orth, Josh Purdy, Cindy Marquardt, Shellie Henry, Carole
Briefs (return to top)
Hall of Fame
Jeff Johnson, president of the ISU Alumni Association,
was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Hall of
Fame in October. The Hall of Fame honors Southern Mississippi graduates
for service rendered to the university and for contributions to their
communities, businesses, and professions. It is the highest honor the
university bestows on its alumni. Johnson received a 1986 bachelor’s
degree in computer science from Southern Miss.
The ISU Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Leadership
Council (SALC) was recognized with the Outstanding Program Award for its
“Life 490: Succeeding Beyond a Degree” program at the Association
for Student Advancement Program’s annual conference in August.
Named SALC President
Andrea Rheinhart, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring
in management, French, and international business, has been named the
2004 Student Alumni Leadership Council president. Rheinhart served as
2003 Homecoming Central co-chair. As president of SALC, Rheinhart will
also serve as a voting student member of the ISU Alumni Association Board
of Directors. Rheinhart succeeds Matt Bornhorst, a senior in agricultural
studies, who will graduate in May 2004.
ISU Alumni Association has announced plans to reach 50,000 members by
2005. Membership currently stands at 45,643 members. Do your part to help
the Alumni Association reach its goal by renewing your membership by mail
or online at www.isualum.org/join.
opportunity for life members
In response to a request by a number of fully paid life
members of the Alumni Association regarding how they can continue to support
the outreach efforts of the Association, the ISU Alumni Association Board
of Directors has established a Sustaining Life Membership program. This
program provides members with the opportunity to give a tax-deductible
gift to the Alumni Association at one of four levels ($125, $250, $500,
$1,000) on an annual basis. The decision whether or not to participate
in this program will not impact the status of existing life members. Sustaining
Life members will be recognized with a special certificate and in a future
issue of VISIONS magazine. For more information, visit www.isualum.org/secure/sustaining.asp.