CyThx at Iowa State University

CyThx at Iowa State University

To celebrate effective teaching, advising, and mentoring, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) partners with ISU Learning Communities, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Government, and Graduate and Professional Student Senate for the annual recognition project #CyThx at Iowa State University.

In our third year, #CyThx once again promoted ISU’s Strategic Goal 4, “Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other.” #CyThx invites Cyclones to share, “Who makes you feel like a valued member of the ISU community?”

For 2020, we collected 277 #CyThx submissions representing 102 units at Iowa State. We have shared each #CyThx with each recipient and their unit leader. Please note, some people received multiple #CyThx.

The #CyThx website hosts the message for those community members who wanted it published publicly. This year, those Cyclones who requested a private #CyThx message states, “#CyThx comments only shared with the person thanked.”

Below are the #CyThx from 2020 (alphabetical by first name) with the #CyThx messages, or download the list of #CyThx 2020 Honorees (PDF).

#CyThx 2020: Someone feels valued at ISU because of the following people

Amani Eleboid , Economics

“‘-provide resources for me -listen to my life -reach out to check on me -validate my feelings -are understanding” (CyThx 1) “Dr. Elobeid is absolutely

Amy Brandau, Economics

“Amy’s wisdom makes us feel supported and taken care of at Iowa State. She makes herself readily available to connect with students to provide insight.

Amy Ward, CELT

Amy is a do-er! She has a huge heart and wants to help people succeed.

Angela Koppes, Interior Design

She is understanding of the current situation us students are facing with COVID and so helpful when it comes to interior design projects.

Arka Ghosh, Statistics

Dr. Ghosh is an excellent professor as he makes sure to engage the class constantly by asking interesting questions, and also highlight the important material

Bill Dilla, Accounting

Bill always makes me feel like my opinions matter, and like I make a valuable contribution to the department. He listens to what everyone has

Brad Dell, Music and Theatre

“Brad is the ultimate cheerleader. He sends out emails and texts, encouraging the Theatre faculty & staff to face whatever the future brings with grace,

Brad Skaar, Animal Science

Dr. Skaar offered to meet in person with students if they wanted to and I did. He went out of his way to get to

Brian Behnken, History

Professor Behnken is so welcoming and enthusiastic. He is free to be himself and makes me feel like I am free to be myself at

Brianna Stoever, English

They actually take time to listen to speeches, and point out not only the bad things but also what they liked. The pointing out of

Carrie Giese, Student Wellness

She is always super welcoming and positive. She genuinely cares and wants to know how I am doing and if I have any concerns. She’s

Chad Hart, Economics

Chad really shows that he cares about his students and really wants them to understand what he is teaching. He is willing to stay after

Charissa Menefee, English

I love having Dr. Menefee as a theatre professor. Her classes are intriguing and on top of that, she’s so sweet and caring towards us.

Chris Meissner, Psychology

Dr. Meissner has done absolutely everything possible to make me feel appreciated, respected, and safe at ISU during these unprecedented times. He is an incredible

Darin Wohlgemuth, Economics

“Thanks for what you do” (CyThx 1) “Darin and I have offices in the same space in Heady Hall. This semester, he and I have

Deidra Schleicher, Management

“Deidra is a wonderful department chair who truly demonstrates an amazing commitment to both to faculty and to making the Ivy College of Business and

Dermot Hayes, Economics

Dr. Hayes is the reason I decided to major in economics. He genuinely cares about student success. Dr. Hayes is one of the top researchers

Ebby Luvaga, Economics

“Dr. Luvaga is the most fantastic person to lead our Agricultural Business Learning Community as she does. We are incredibly lucky to have her in

Elizabeth Stegemoller, Kinesiology & Health

Dr. Stegemoller works hard to provide opportunities for students and community members to build meaningful relationships through the Iowa State Neurophysiology lab. Through lab meetings,

Eric Smith, Supply Chain Management

Professor Smith is not only a great professor but a valued mentor to many SCM majors. His classes have an extremely welcoming atmosphere that encourages

Erin Doran, School of Education

Erin’s class is intuitive and interesting. She grades on time and provides timely feedback. She has her own opinion and brings up controversial subjects but

Erin Baldwin, Student Wellness

“Thank you for going above and beyond to help our students, staff, and community to be as healthy and mindful that we can be here

Eulanda Sanders, AESHM

Dr. Sanders has supported me in every way when it comes to my research interests. As a first generation student, at times this degree can

Evrim Baran, School of Education

Dr. Evrim Baran is always positive, caring, approachable, empathetic and supportive and never judgmental. She extensively goes above and beyond to ensure that our needs

Garman Herigstad, Graphic Design

I’m an older student, and they have made me feel welcome. And they have also been accommodating because I have an age related handicap (arthritis.)

Grace Wolf, Academic Success Center

Grace cares deeply about supporting students and meeting them where they are. She pours her energy into connecting students to the resources they need and

Gretchen Anderson, CELT

Gretchen cares very much about student and instructor success. She has a kindness and grace that radiates through even to the toughest of customers!

Gulbahar Beckett, English

Dr. Beckett goes above and beyond to support and motivate her students. Her support and advice have helped me to keep going and have inspired

Idris Azeez, Computer Science

Idris is a student in my graduate class in Deep Learning. He has voluntarily conducted training sessions for students in the class in Python and

Jacob Meyer, Kinesiology & Health

“Dr. Meyer is an amazing mentor. I can’t thank him enough for getting me through tough times during the pandemic. Dr. Meyer and the Wellbeing

Jacob Schrader, Economics

Jacob is extremely passionate about the Iowa State community and serves through his involvement in various organizations and committees. I appreciate his engagement in many

James Andrews, History

Professor Andrews is one of the best professors I have ever had the pleasure of having at Iowa State. I have never had an instructor

James Koltes, Animal Science

I appreciate the effort he put into online teaching this year. Despite the online format, he worked really hard to provide valuable experiences to students

James Rodde, Music and Theatre

Dr. Rodde has made this semester incredible for his choir members despite the circumstances. He works endlessly to give us a year to remember, filled

Jan Wiersema , Agronomy

Dr. Jan is someone who genuinely cares about every student she encounters. She inspires students to challenge themselves and others, and her passion for what