To celebrate and promote effective teaching, advising and mentoring, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) partnered with ISU Learning Communities, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and Student Government to initiate #CyThx at Iowa State University.
We encouraged Cyclones to share with us, “Who makes you feel like a valued member of the ISU community?” In 2018, we received 337 #CyThx submissions from 100 departments/units that represent all colleges, divisions, and units.
The valued members of the ISU community received a #CyThx email along with an optional message and recognition on this #CyThx website. In addition, campus leadership (VPs, Deans, chairs, etc.) were notified of who received a #CyThx.
The following are #CyThx from 2018. Many more were submitted, but the thankers asked to not have the information published. We look forward to celebrating #CyThx again next November.
#CyThx: Someone feels valued at ISU because of the following people
Evrim Baran, School of Education Dr. Evrim has provided me with diverse opportunities that I am grateful to be part of. This
Cristina me ha apoyado desde el mismo momento en que la conocí, sea como mi supervisora en las clases de Español, o
Brad (they/them/theirs) works tirelessly and creatively to make space for the LGBTQIA+ community in general, and marginalized populations within the queer community,
Clare (she/her/hers) provides a safe space and valued mentoring. I appreciate her thoughtful advice and calming presence.
Kathy and her staff make me feel valued by always helping me and my faculty colleagues (and thereby my students and program)
Laurie makes me feel like I have a place and purpose in the honors program! She gives great advice and is always
CyThx 1. “Besides being the first face, many first-year Honors students meet at Iowa State, Emily goes out of her way to
Suzanne always helps me complete honors requirements and smooths out my daily concerns!
Great leadership, nice vision, and outstanding mentorship. I am glad to have the opportunity to be on his team.
She listens to the needs of veterinary students and tries to bring us services catered for veterinary students at the veterinary campus.
Deanna has been the most influential mentor during my time here at ISU. As an out of state student, she has gone
Dr. Harmon values and supports the Student Health and Wellness unit with his time, resources, and advocacy. He genuinely cares about the
Jennifer has served as a great leader in the LCP program. She has taught me how to be a good example to
Jazzmine is always caring about my wellbeing as a person and a student first before she sees me as an employee for
When I was fighting to come back to Iowa State, she helped me through the process and assured me that I would
Mark is always kind, friendly and welcoming. He asks how you are and genuinely wants to know. He complements things in others
CyThx 1. “Dr. Foegen makes both me and the other students, faculty, and staff of the School of Education feel like a
Tabatha gets to know each student on a deep level. She really cares about our interests, feelings, and does all she can
Dr. Hagedorn is the Most Influential Person for me in the USA. She accepted me, brought me here, and gave me such
Dr. Park is a great professor. The best part about him is his contagious smile! He is always smiling, which is very
Heather is the most warm and welcoming person ever! She is ALWAYS willing to meet, discuss, laugh, and help plan my future.
Provost Wickert, thank you for supporting me and all of ISU Theatre! We are so incredibly grateful!
ISU has been very fortunate to have you Dr. Mariscal! You have influenced my potential in wanting to pursue a Ph.D. sometime
CyThx 1. “Dr. Nadolny has believed in me and has demonstrated that I have value to the ISU community. Her support and
Thank you for believing in me, Rosie! Know you have shaped my ability to continue being a scholar and thanks to you
Dr. Gansemer-Topf continues to be someone who has continued to make me feel valued here at Iowa State through numerous ways. She
Uma was my first CA at Wallace Wilson and what I loved most about his leadership skills was that he was always
Dear Software Engineering Members: My words fail to thank you, hopefully I can express how I appreciate your time reading my humble
Senora Dominguez is hands down the best Spanish professor at Iowa State. She fosters learning and growth in everything she teaches, and
Though she has just joined the TRIO program this year, she has made me feel welcomed into the TRIO community. I can
CyThx 1. “She has greeted me every morning that I come into the office and always gives me solid advice when I
He was one of the first people that I interacted with when I came on campus and my first impression was that
He always checks up on me during my leadership class. The class is large, but he still cares about all his students.
Alicia makes me feel valued by giving honest advice, asking questions about my life and by taking my academics seriously. In all
She is always willing help, regardless of how much schoolwork and other obligations she has. She works hard and inspires me to
She is so genuine and loving and selfless. She is so patient and the best friend I could ever have. She motivates
CyThx 1. “Professor Hessling is the BEST psych teacher. He makes psych 280 so interesting and full of life and fun. You
I would like to give a special thanks to Sunde Nesbit for being such an outstanding professor. She is passionate about what
CyThx 1. “Dr. P has been the best professor that I have had in my 4 years at Iowa State. He gets
Julio is a great instructor in 422L, who has encouraged me to see myself in a better light. As a non-traditional student,
Kristin makes me feel like a valued member of Iowa State by always being ready to help me with various things such
CyThx 1. “GARY WELLS IS AN ICON! CyThx 2. “Most iconic psych teacher ever. I learned so much in his class!!!” CyThx
CyThx 1. “As I walk into Lagomarcino, I know that I will start a great day with a friendly smile from you.
Thanks for teaching me. You are a great teacher. Thank you.
Dr. Gleason not only gives me the opportunity to work with him in the teaching education program, but he also encourages me
Karen starts out every class asking us if we have anything, we want to discuss about anything. This genuine care about each
I just want to thank Taylor for being an AWESOME president of the ISU dems. No one works harder than he does
Dr. Crawford is a professional, passionate, responsible and friendly professor. I am so happy and lucky to work with her as a
Sarah always checks in on me and makes sure I am being the best me I can be. I am so thankful
Mr. Culver is very smart and knowledgeable about computer/digital technology. For some computer problems, I tried hours to figure out. But he
Carly has welcomed me into the WiSE community and helped me to become a better mentor for women in STEM. Having 1:1
Although Dr. Erin Doran and I have only interacted a handful of times she has been someone that that has deeply impacted
As Vice President at oSTEM, she is always careful to ask everyone’s opinions and listen thoughtfully as they explain their reasoning before
Liam is so friendly and excited about everything. He is friends with literally everyone. Liam is an amazing tutor and never fails
Dr. Ogilvie has been instrumental in making this University function – particularly focusing on graduate and professional students. He is the first
Thank you for being the first to take a chance on me. I met you as a sophomore and to be honest
You have taught me so much! I am always amazed at how much you know about plant pathogens and agriculture. it seems
Despite the short interactions I have had with Dr. Gleason at ISU, he has been one of the most influential individuals and
thank you for all the opportunities you’ve given me! you took a chance on me and I’ve learned so much about plant
Your class is one of the best classes I’ve ever had! I learned so much about plant pathogens and your class confirmed
I have learned so much from working with you! It is always so fun to work with you and get to talk
Dr. Sharp, you have helped to push me and inspire me to become the musician and creative mind that I am now.
your international studies class is one of my favorite classes I’ve ever taken. It was also the most challenging but challenging in
Thank you for supporting me and empowering me! I appreciate your mentorship and your friendship!
Sam truly cares about her students. As a graduate TA Sam doesn’t get a lot of praise, but she does an amazing
For being my unofficial mentor throughout these last two years of my college life and making me feel welcome here at ISU’s
She made this fabulous way to thank people and she is amazing at everything she does!
She is always supportive and encouraging of those around her! She is someone who genuinely cares about everyone she meets and is
Steffen always reaches out to me not only to check up on how classes are going, but how overall, I am doing.
CyThx 1. “Jesus is one of the hardest working people I know, he has supported me before I stepped foot on campus
Sam actually takes the time to listen as a peer mentor, is really helpful, and funny. He has helped me as an
Joseph Kupfer makes me feel like a valued member of the ISU community be being extremely attentive and helpful with any academic
In my Calculus 2 recitation period, he is the TA. Every time I go into that class, I feel unsure about my
Dr. Gupta goes above and beyond to teach, assist, and mentor me as an ISU student.
He’s the bomb. Teaches math like a pro. I have never learned so much or gain such passion for math from any
CyThx 1. “Dawn is constantly looking out for every math and stats major. She shares relevant opportunities, meets with us on a
As a Community Advisor, Natalie has truly helped me with my transition to a new state and school. Her bright spirit and
Mary is nicest person I’ve ever met! She is warm and inviting to anyone she meets and when she’s in the room
Kelly has gone out of her way to make myself and all members of our organization (SUB) feel supported and valued. I
It does not matter what my weaknesses are. She always finds a way to empower me and everyone else, to highlight our
Bridget always goes out of her way to show her appreciation for our executive team. She has been such a great mentor
Jen is one of the most caring individuals at ISU. She ensures the students within learning communities have the skills that they
Mr. Carichner spends countless hours committed to making the Iowa State Marching Band the best it can be. The marching band spends
CyThx 1. “Teela is extremely helpful, I had her for my required SE courses and even though she has never been my
Doc, you have listened to me intently in multiple situations where I felt like my voice was not heard elsewhere, even in
When I had originally received the email about the #CyThx campaign happening on campus, I sort of used it as a tool
Courtney is always positive and professional in her tireless efforts to support Iowa’s food farmers! It’s so important for ISU to have
Professor Florer is the only professor who would always say hi and ask how I’m doing if he ever sees me in
For Taking Great pictures to capture the great moments we share!!
Dr. Bolles not only encourages me and all of her students but she has checked in on me when I’m struggling and
She always makes learning fun and I enjoy being in the learning environment that she makes. She is always patient and willing
He works incredibly hard and he does it in a way where other people think that there is no work or pressure
Dr. Meyer has been a great resource for me as an undergraduate student in Kinesiology. He is always available to answer my
A thousand and many more “thanks” for all your time listening to my stories and experiences in my educational journey. I very
I love working in the Wellbeing and Exercise Lab with Maria – she is a ray of sunshine and is always so
Dr. Cochran goes above and beyond to assist students in the department with academic and research questions even though she is incredibly
Nicole is so selfless and would do anything for her friends. She is so loyal always wants to help others in need.
Pete never says “no” when you ask for his help. He takes incredible care of the greenhouse facilities and the building equipment.
He is my CA and he always makes time to talk to each person on our floor individually, just to see how
Bellinda always seems happy to see me whenever we run into each other around campus or go to the front office for
CyThx 1. “As my advisor, Ms. Gibbs has made me feel important when I thought no one else did. I had a
She is the best CA and makes our complex feel like a community!
As an assistant in one of my classes, Olivia does a lot a work that I don’t believe she get recognized for
She is extremely kind and accepting of everyone’s opinions in class and always validates what we say whether it is actually right
Dr. Popillion shows how she values students by being respectful of all beliefs and backgrounds, making learning fun, and being open to
Thank you so much for always being so helpful in answering all of my questions! I hope you have a great break!
Dr. Peters’ care for not only his students’ academic life and success but also their non-academic life and success is truly special.
I have known Heather since my sophomore year, and she has been a great advisor for me ever since. She has helped
Always has something positive (or funny) to say during studio and critiques. Super helpful and knowledgeable. I’ve grown as a designer and
Thanks for letting me join in your class and teaching me. You are a great teacher and dancer.
Janice, Thank you so much for teaching Dance 140 this semester. This was a class completely outside my domain, but I have
Holly and I have a mutually respectful working relationship. I believe she values what I do and also sees and acknowledges the
Professor Shen has hundreds of students over his sections of finance lectures, and he has taken the time to get to know
You have encouraged so many of us and despite everything you have been going through this semester, you have created a community
Dr. Clark makes me feel like a valued member with her compassion. Every time I see her, she not only asks about
Amber has been wonderful to work with! It’s apparent that she loves her advisees and loves her job. She’s inspiring because she
I am so very glad to know Anne Oldham. Her love for Dietetics as a profession, her love for her job at
I cannot imagine a more helpful, organized, knowledgeable, and passionate advisor than Anne Oldham. She eagerly helps students of all levels with
CyThx 1. “Kevin makes me feel valued as a student by respecting my independence and creativity. He’s a professor that never assumes
CyThx 1. “Dr Winham’s willingness to help and provide guidance amazed me the first time I met her. As a graduate student
I am thankful for Craig every day that I come to work at ISU. He is an outstanding and skilled employee who
Stacey makes our learning community class every week super relaxed while being able to get valuable knowledge out of it. It has
Diane is amazing! Programmatically and in terms of physical locations, the GDCB department is pulled in many directions. Diane is one of
Kenna has a way of making sure her co-workers and peers are recognized for their contributions! Likewise, she has a way of
He loves his topic and it directly affects his teaching, providing a fun, intriguing environment to learn about a topic that is
Thank you for believing in me and all your help. you are always so willing to help us. i can tell you
Maggie is a fantastic major professor and I am thankful I get to work with her! She is caring and empathetic and
CyThx 1. “Andrea makes every member of the class feel valued through her genuine concern for our growth, not only as graphic
Very supportive professor that is a good person above everything and shows respect to everyone. He makes me feel like a valued
She comes to class every day with a smile and a good attitude. She makes tests and assignments as easy as possible
When I had originally received the email about the #CyThx campaign happening on campus, I sort of used it as a tool
She always encourages me to try anything new and not be afraid of it. A lot of compliments from her, even though
She worked in my building (Willow) during my freshman year, and she was always so sweet and kind and wonderful to talk
She just does. But seriously, Nicole makes not only me feel like a valued member of the ISU community but a bunch
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Debbie, I am always grateful for your support. Whenever I need help, you are there to help. Wish you and your loved
Dr. Boessen genuinely cares about his students! He remembers names, majors, and the things you are interested in. He will always take
Thanks for all the support, patience, and help throughout my doctoral studies. I love you so much for being in my life
Kate is my sorority advisor and is a joy to work with. She has made my life as a leader a lot
Thank you very much for the opportunity to practice what I have been learning in my studies. Thank you above all for
Thanks a lot for the opportunity to put into practice what I have learners, for allowing me to share what I know,
Very helpful, always supporting students and leading them to success. She cares about students and gives valuable advice. Following her guidance, I
CyThx 1. “Tera and I became “buddies” for many projects and journeys. Her joyful, positive, and visionary ways of thinking and seeing
Professor Burke has a way of making you think critically. In life, it can sometimes be intimidating to ask questions about culture
Adry continues to make me feel like a valued member of the community by checking in with me. She shows a genuine
Professor Hegelheimer is a valued mentor not only to me, but also to many other students in the Applied Linguistics program. He
Casey cares about his community and fights for social justice within his department. I have appreciated how he takes care of his
Very supportive, always there to help. I am beyond grateful that I had the opportunity to have such an amazing class-project partner
Dr. Kollasch has been a great support throughout my research work. My research conversations with her facilitated overcoming struggles and exploring research
Dr. Kretsinger-Harries has been a joy to learn from this semester. She is thoughtful in discussions and goes above and beyond to
Johnny has done an amazing job since he first came to the DoR as Hall Director for my community of BWR. He’s
Joes is an awesome CA!!
Grace is the fricken’ best CA ever. #larchcessnaftw
Are you kidding me?! How does she not* make people feel valued is a better question? She was the first smiling face
Joel has, from the day I met him, constantly been supportive to me as a leader. When I met him my freshman
Thank you supporting me and ISU Theatre! We are so truly grateful!
You encourage me to explore the ideas that I am interested in, no matter how different they are from each other or
As my major professor, Dr. Rongerude has been a terrific mentor throughout my pursuit of a Master’s of Community Development. She has
Amy works exceptionally hard to ensure ISU Faculty, staff, and students are empowered with the tools that they need to succeed at
He once helped with problem 5 of cpr e 281 hw11 thank you
Thank you so much for always putting my values first and guiding me along the right path to succeed! You make my
Although I took the web development course online, Dr. Chang made me feel valued by frequently sending out helpful resources, making sure
Inclusive professor in the Construction Engineering department. Best teacher at ISU. Thanks Beth!
She was so supportive when I came to her with concerns about my major and even more supportive when I decided to
Brandi, goes above and beyond to make me feel like a member of the ISU community. Whether that be planning out my
Guang is the best professor I have had. It feels like he knows each of his hundreds of students personally, and he
Sid is the best TA I’ve ever had. He really makes an effort to make sure we succeed. Not only will he
CyThx 1. “Katie does an awesome job helping to facilitate the CE 120 Learning Community. She makes everyone feel included and gives
Doug is always willing to help, no matter the number of students asking for his help (most likely all at the same
They are always advocating for me! And make me feel loved.
After every meeting with Michele, I always walk away feeling more confident and energized. Michele is so encouraging and truly helps to
CyThx 1. “Thank you” CyThx 2. “This semester, I had the privilege of being a Peer Mentor for Kathy’s BUSAD 102 class.
She an incredibly passionate and motivating individual. Her ability to eagerly listen and provide effective advice to her students. She was able
CyThx 1. “It is a joy to come to work every day and have the opportunity to work with Laura Bestler. Laura
Every time I go to see Dr. Beitz, even if it’s just for a quick schedule-related question, he makes sure to ask
Marlys cares very deeply about the CELT staff and ensures that they are all taken care of. She is most appreciated!
thank you for all your advice on classes and life. My career plans and have changed a lot since I first met
Karen has a kind word for every person who enters the CELT space. No matter how difficult the challenge she handles it
Dr. Juarez is one of the few professors that is liked by almost all students. She has completely changed the way ANS214
Lesya has been a very encouraging and positive person that has shown empathy and care. She sees value in me and encourages
My original advisor at ISU resigned and I had to make another preference for who I would like to be my advisor.
Darrin works exceptionally hard to infuse quality matters throughout ISU.
He made an attempt to get to know me as a person and doesn’t just regard me as another student. It’s a
Dr. Timms is one of my mentors and has been since the day I arrived at ISU. He is well known in
Alison is awesome! She always laughing and making other people feel welcome!
CyThx 1. “Dr. Youngs has been an amazing academic advisor to me throughout my years at ISU. He also is very passionate
Although I’m no longer in Celinda’s studio, she always made me feel welcomed and valued since day one of 131. It was
Paula really makes you feel like someone is always there for you and actually cares about you. She takes the extra time
Dr. Coffman goes above and beyond, year after year for students. From my first to last year at Iowa State, this professor
Dr Day is, by far, the best faculty member at Iowa State University. He is kind, generous, supportive and is always there
Dr Mair has been an amazing mentor–he knows how to kindly push his students to excel, without pressuring them. He encourages them,
Jacob always makes me feel important and cared about. He is there for whoever needs him and is always making people laugh.
Holly is an excellent mentor and champion of faculty innovation on campus. She is always excited to support new ideas and share
You have been of great support to me in the past one year. I have learned so much from our many interesting
MK is the best student org adviser at Iowa State. She is always available to help in any way that she can,
I have met few people as supportive, genuine, and kind as you, Cameron. I know I can always ask you for advice
Joe, I look up to you as my mentor and my friend. You inspire me to continue to learn and grow. I
Liz always makes me feel special and not just like another student. She makes it her priority to create a real, lasting
Dr. Karpova designs high quality learning experiences. Her classes are difficult and challenging but push students to have the knowledge they need
Dr. Reddy-Best teaches over 400 students a semester. She explores difficult topics, such as sexuality and race in ways that broaden perspectives
Professor Su teaches us Chinese words during class to help us be prepared for the global world. She cares deeply about students
Professor Tsai is a very caring individual who makes students feel welcome to Iowa State
Ben has always been so helpful! Even though I’m not his advisee, he is always willing to help out and help me
Very encouraging to me and helpful when I have questions ranging from simple things to lifetime goals.
Steve was the first person I thought of when asked who makes me feel valued here at ISU. I’ve had him as
There are many positive things I could say about Dr. Birrell, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. His passion for the
I’ve had Jim for classes in Inventor, Solid works, and Creo. He’s solidified my passion for computer aided design and help me
Rich hosts a killer tailgate in A1 that allows us to connect with old friends and meet new ones!!
He is an extraordinary professor and mentor. His wisdom and outlook were refreshing and something I always looked forward to in his
A big thank you goes out to Dr. Lenssen. He does a great job mentoring grad students and undergrads and also takes
Mr. Bootsma brings a new definition to teaching. His enthusiasm is contagious and almost had me deciding to pursue law…something I have
Gracias querida Betsa por todo tu apoyo y ayuda en este tiempo que hemos crecida juntas en graduate school. Tengo un gran