View the 2018 #CyThx Honorees

In 2018, we encouraged Cyclones to share, “Who makes you feel like a valued member of the ISU community?” We received 337 #CyThx submissions from 100 departments/units that represent all colleges, divisions, and units. Many more were submitted, but the thankers asked to not have the information published.

These valued members of the ISU community received a #CyThx email along with an optional message and recognition on this #CyThx website. Also, campus leadership (VPs, Deans, chairs, etc.) were notified of who received a #CyThx.

Below are the #CyThx from 2018 (alphabetical by first name), or download the #CyThx 2018 Honorees (PDF).

#CyThx 2018: Someone feels valued at ISU because of the following people​

Joan Su, AESHM

Professor Su teaches us Chinese words during class to help us be prepared for the global world. She cares deeply about students and their success.

John Levis , English

Very supportive professor that is a good person above everything and shows respect to everyone. He makes me feel like a valued member of the

Jonathan Sharp, Music

Dr. Sharp, you have helped to push me and inspire me to become the musician and creative mind that I am now. You recognized strengths

Jonathan Wickert, SVPP

Provost Wickert, thank you for supporting me and all of ISU Theatre! We are so incredibly grateful!

Joseph Kupfer, Philosophy

Joseph Kupfer makes me feel like a valued member of the ISU community be being extremely attentive and helpful with any academic needs. He always

Joshua Selsby, Animal Science

My original advisor at ISU resigned and I had to make another preference for who I would like to be my advisor. I went with

Julia Dominguez, Spanish

Senora Dominguez is hands down the best Spanish professor at Iowa State. She fosters learning and growth in everything she teaches, and you can tell

Julio Rivas, Psychology

Julio is a great instructor in 422L, who has encouraged me to see myself in a better light. As a non-traditional student, it is easy

Junyan Shen, Finance

Professor Shen has hundreds of students over his sections of finance lectures, and he has taken the time to get to know as many students

Karen Couves, CELT

Karen has a kind word for every person who enters the CELT space. No matter how difficult the challenge she handles it with ease and

Karla Ruden, English

When I had originally received the email about the #CyThx campaign happening on campus, I sort of used it as a tool to reflect upon

Kelly Freeman, Memorial Union

Kelly has gone out of her way to make myself and all members of our organization (SUB) feel supported and valued. I have always appreciated

Kelly Reddy-Best , AESHM

Dr. Reddy-Best teaches over 400 students a semester. She explores difficult topics, such as sexuality and race in ways that broaden perspectives and empower students

Ken Tsai, AESHM

Professor Tsai is a very caring individual who makes students feel welcome to Iowa State

Kristin Towers, Psychology

Kristin makes me feel like a valued member of Iowa State by always being ready to help me with various things such as scheduling and

Laura Bestler, CELT

CyThx 1. “It is a joy to come to work every day and have the opportunity to work with Laura Bestler. Laura knows exactly how

Lee Burras, Agronomy

He is an extraordinary professor and mentor. His wisdom and outlook were refreshing and something I always looked forward to in his classes. Always encouraging,

Leo Timms, Animal Science

Dr. Timms is one of my mentors and has been since the day I arrived at ISU. He is well known in the Dairy Science

Lesya Hassall, CELT

Lesya has been a very encouraging and positive person that has shown empathy and care. She sees value in me and encourages me to a

Liz Harris, AESHM

Liz always makes me feel special and not just like another student. She makes it her priority to create a real, lasting relationship with me

Loreto Prieto, Psychology

CyThx 1. “Dr. P has been the best professor that I have had in my 4 years at Iowa State. He gets to know each

Maggie LaWare, English

Maggie is a fantastic major professor and I am thankful I get to work with her! She is caring and empathetic and always makes time

Maria Perez, Kinesiology

I love working in the Wellbeing and Exercise Lab with Maria – she is a ray of sunshine and is always so helpful. I feel

Mark Rowe-Barth, Student Wellness

Mark is always kind, friendly and welcoming. He asks how you are and genuinely wants to know. He complements things in others that he likes

Marlys Carlson, CELT

Marlys cares very deeply about the CELT staff and ensures that they are all taken care of. She is most appreciated!

Mary Meis, Kinesiology

Mary is nicest person I’ve ever met! She is warm and inviting to anyone she meets and when she’s in the room everyone smiles more!

Matt Obbink, Industrial Design

Always has something positive (or funny) to say during studio and critiques. Super helpful and knowledgeable. I’ve grown as a designer and feel like I

Mia Massa, Physics & Astronomy

As Vice President at oSTEM, she is always careful to ask everyone’s opinions and listen thoughtfully as they explain their reasoning before moving forwards. Mia

Michael Bootsma, Accounting

Mr. Bootsma brings a new definition to teaching. His enthusiasm is contagious and almost had me deciding to pursue law…something I have never considered. His

Michael Golemo, Music

Doc, you have listened to me intently in multiple situations where I felt like my voice was not heard elsewhere, even in times I’m sure

Mike Rentz, NREM

For being my unofficial mentor throughout these last two years of my college life and making me feel welcome here at ISU’s NREM department.

Mike Retallick, AGEDS

Very encouraging to me and helpful when I have questions ranging from simple things to lifetime goals.

MK Misak, Alumni Association

MK is the best student org adviser at Iowa State. She is always available to help in any way that she can, whether it be

Nicole Bever, Dietetics

She just does. But seriously, Nicole makes not only me feel like a valued member of the ISU community but a bunch of other people

Nicole Sorensen, Kinesiology

Nicole is so selfless and would do anything for her friends. She is so loyal always wants to help others in need. She makes going

Pat Halbur, VDPAM

Great leadership, nice vision, and outstanding mentorship. I am glad to have the opportunity to be on his team.

Pete Lawlor, Horticulture

Pete never says “no” when you ask for his help. He takes incredible care of the greenhouse facilities and the building equipment. He definitely makes

Rebekah Reynolds, NREM

She is always supportive and encouraging of those around her! She is someone who genuinely cares about everyone she meets and is one of the

Robert Hessling, Psychology

CyThx 1. “Professor Hessling is the BEST psych teacher. He makes psych 280 so interesting and full of life and fun. You can tell he

Sam Fuller, Political Science

Sam truly cares about her students. As a graduate TA Sam doesn’t get a lot of praise, but she does an amazing job. She goes

Scott Feinstein, Political Science

your international studies class is one of my favorite classes I’ve ever taken. It was also the most challenging but challenging in a good way.

Shu-Hui Chang, Computer Science

Although I took the web development course online, Dr. Chang made me feel valued by frequently sending out helpful resources, making sure students’ concerns were

Steve Butler, Mathematics

He works incredibly hard and he does it in a way where other people think that there is no work or pressure at all. He

Sunde Nesbit, Psychology

I would like to give a special thanks to Sunde Nesbit for being such an outstanding professor. She is passionate about what she teaches and