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Robert Walton

Class of 1961
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An Iowa State University alumnus who is a world-class cattle geneticist has established an endowed undergraduate scholarship for students in animal science with an interest in genetics.

Robert Walton Sr. (L)(PhD '61 an sci), of DeForest, Wis., is the retired CEO of American Breeder Service (ABS) and an agribusiness leader known for his contributions to genetics research in the dairy, beef and plant breeding industries. While at ABS, Walton developed a mathematical formula for evaluating bulls that revolutionized the animal genetics industry and was adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Walton made gifts in the memory of family and friends, including his late wife, Janice Graning Walton who he met at Iowa State; his brother Chuck Walton, who had a successful career in professional football after being a member of the Iowa State football team in the early 1960’s; fellow graduate student and internationally honored educator, Tom Sutherland; and graduate professor Jay Lush and his wife, Adaline. Jay Lush was an animal science professor who is considered the father of modern animal breeding.

“The ISU experience under Dr. Lush played a major role in my life and career. He and his wife were the best teachers I ever had,” he said.

Known as a visionary, progressive and selfless leader, Walton served 38 years on the board of the World Dairy Expo and holds the honor of the longest serving director. Walton also has served on the boards of the National Association of Animal Breeders, Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association, Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, Wisconsin Rural Opportunity Foundation and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.

He recently was presented the Henry Wallace Award, from the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which honors an alumnus who has achieved notable professional achievements nationally or internationally and brought distinction to themselves, the college and the university through significant contributions.
Paula L (Nickles) Beckman (L) (BS '92 JLMC) is an August 2016 DMACC graduate, receiving an AS in criminal justice. Her program emphasis was computer forensics.

Krystal Jones

Class of 2012
Class of 2012

Krystal Jones earned her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University in May 2016, graduating Cum Laude. She is sitting for the Texas July Bar Examination.

Elizabeth Fox

Class of 1991
Elizabeth Fox earned a second Masters Degree, Library and Information Science, from the University of Illinois Champaign.

Lillian Howard

Class of 2015
Iowa State University graduate Lillian Howard has landed a place in the Master of Science Program in Genetic Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The program is one of only 32 nationwide that offer a master's degrees in Genetic Counseling -- a requirement for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the increasingly in-demand area of genetic counseling.

These degree programs are highly competitive; each receives around 200 applications and accepts only three to 25 students annually. Howard credits her success in securing a place in part to her experience in the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) Summer Internship Program.
"[The IIHG internship] is such a unique opportunity and truly sets you up to succeed in a master's program in genetic counseling," says Howard who received a bachelor's degree in genetics (with a minor in psychology) from Iowa State University. "The experiences that you are exposed to are things that many master's students don't see until their second year."

As the availability of and demand for genetic testing continues to rise, more genetic counselors are needed to assist patients in interpreting their test results. The IIHG internship program at the University of Iowa is helping to grow the ranks of genetic counselors.

Now in its third year, this selective eight-week internship accepts three undergraduate students annually. Interns gain hands-on experience under the direction of genetic counselors at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City in a variety of specialty clinics, including neurogenetics, cancer, women’s health, pediatrics, cardiology, and personalized genomic medicine.

"The internship strives to provide students with a similar experience as they will have during their first graduate school clinical rotation. This experience is something we can provide them to assist in the application process [to graduate school] as well as successful completion of their master’s degree in genetic counseling," says Colleen Campbell, Ph.D., IIHG assistant director.

Michael Johnston

Class of 2009
Michael O. Johnston was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Sociology at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Prior to this role, Dr. Johnston spent one year as an Instructor of Sociology at William Penn University and taught Sociology and Public Administration for two years as an adjunct instructor at William Penn University, Buena Vista University, and Iowa State University. He also worked three years in before and after school programming for children. While working in before and after school care he held the title of Lead Teacher and Health and Safety Coordinator while at Apple Tree Adventures in Norwalk, Iowa and Coordinator for the Before and After School Program at YMCA of Mahaska County.

Dr. Johnston received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) of Public Administration from Walden University in 2014; his Masters of Public Administration from Iowa State University in 2009; his Bachelors of Arts (B.S.) from Buena Vista University in 2007; and his Associates of Arts (A.A.) from Indian Hills Community College in 2005.

Dean Loumbas

Class of 1975
I returned to Iowa State University in the spring, summer, and fall of 2011 to complete a second undergraduate major in English, which was awarded to me from ISU in December of 2011.
Kim Rodgers and Mark Rodgers, Computer Science '94 at NAU Awards Banquet
Kim Rodgers and Mark Rodgers, Computer Science '94 at NAU Awards Banquet
Kim (Kirkpatrick) Rodgers, '97 Exercise and Sports Science received the Tom Lyle Award for Athletic Training Excellence from Northern Arizona University Athletic Training Education Program. Kim teaches Sports Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona and serves as the Athletic Trainer.
As you may be aware, Dr. Dan Robinson is retiring in May. A retirement reception will be held Thursday, May 1st in Ames, IA at the Alumni Center from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm with a program at 3:15 pm.

Let's all show our appreciation and support by sharing in an alum video collage he won't forget!
Video clips (for his retirement) can be sent to Dennis Culver ( by April 25.

V. Lynette Mitchell, c/o 94.

Gerald Hoewing

Class of 1971
Vice Adm. Gerald Hoewing (ISU 1971 alum) received an honorary doctorate during spring commencement at Purdue University.

Purdue awarded 10 honorary doctorates during spring commencement

Purdue University awarded 10 honorary doctorate degrees during commencement ceremonies this spring.

Nine of the honorary doctorates were presented during ceremonies May 10-12 in the Elliott Hall of Music on the West Lafayette campus. Another was presented May 12 during the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ceremony at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

One of the 2013 honorees is an ISU alum:

Vice Adm. Gerald L. Hoewing of Pensacola, Fla., who was the 53rd chief of naval personnel. Hoewing received his commission in May 1971 through the NROTC Scholarship Program and was designated a naval aviator in August 1972. He served with Attack Squadrons 147, 122 and 94, and completed several western Pacific deployments aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). In 1993, he assumed command of the fast combat logistics support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3), deploying to the Mediterranean in support of the USS Theodore Roosevelt battle group. In January 1995, he became the 20th commanding officer of USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). He later served as the senior military assistant to the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness in Washington, D.C. In 2002, Hoewing assumed the duties of chief of naval personnel/deputy chief of naval operations (manpower and personnel). He received a doctor of education degree at 9:30 a.m. on May 11.

Daryl Hartter

Class of 1976
I received a non-thesis M.S. degree from Iowa State in General Graduate Studies (Biology) in May, 1976, and haven’t been back to campus since then. In reading over my old tests and numerous term papers during my two short academic years at ISU, I was very surprised at not only the breadth of material covered in my graduate-level classes, but also the depth of detail required. Certainly this preparation came in handy when I was accepted into the doctoral program in Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; I was well-prepared and received a thesis M.S. in Physiology in December, 1978, and a Ph.D. in Endocrine Physiology in December 1982.

My wide background in several areas at ISU enabled me to combine my main area of research in Neuroendocrinology/Neurochemistry with Cellular/Ultrastructural Biology in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 1983 to work as a post-doctoral research associate in Marseilles, France at a national research institute near the gorgeous blue-green waters of the Mediterranean. I’ve taken the opportunity to go back to the “South of France” several times since! I also had a chance to work at my alma mater (KU), albeit just temporarily, from 1984-86, as a result of my outstanding education at ISU. The position was in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology in Lawrence, KS. My diverse training initiated in large part in ISU’s General Graduate Studies program has also resulted in my publishing many scientific articles in several areas of research science. I would like to express my gratitude to my professors for providing me with a rich and diverse educational experience in Ames.

Christopher Larsen

Class of 1987
Christopher Larsen, JLMC '87, received his M.Ed. in Journalism Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in December, 2007.

Brian Pierce

Class of 1980
Masters of Science
Curriculum & Instructional Technology
Iowa State University / 2001
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I received my Master's in Secondary School Counseling from Drake University in May 2009.
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Received Ph.D. in Health Studies on May 16, 2009 from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.

Ryan O'Hara

Class of 1998
Ryan O'Hara ('98, Computer Engineering) received his Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in December 2008.

Theodore Brimeyer

Class of 2007
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Theodore (Ted) Brimeyer ('07, Music) will begin graduate study at Michigan State University this June for a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting. His wife Elyse (Flagg) Brimeyer ('07, Music) will complete her Masters Degree in Education at Viterbo University in July. Both Ted and Elyse currently teach vocal music for the Johnston Community School District.
Jody Lane-Molnari** ('86 pol. sci., psych.) received her Master of Public Adminstration degree from Drake University in 2003.

John Vinzant

Class of 1992
John Vinzant* ('92 hist., pol. sci.) received his Ph.D. in August 2006, in a ceremony at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is currently working as a professor of political science in Springfield, IL at Lincoln Land Community College.
Graduation Day at Stanford's Graduate School of Business
Graduation Day at Stanford's Graduate School of Business
Kimberly (Windom) Martinez graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business on July 17, 2007 with her MBA. Kim graduated from ISU in 1998 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Honors and Distinction. Kim will be joining DaVita in a general management position later this summer.
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