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

Rebecca Nation, Academic Success Center

Rebecca is a supportive colleague focused on high-quality work and high-quality relationships. She focuses her time and energy on developing her team members – from

Ron Deiter, Economics

“Dr. Deiter has played an instrumental role in developing one of the most highly reputable Agricultural Business programs. His emphasis on helping students feel ready

Sara Marcketti, CELT and SVPP

“Grateful for you and your leadership – especially through everything we accomplished since November 2019… thank you for your commitment and kindness to help make

Sharron Evans, Dean of Students

In addition to being a strong advocate for ISU students, Sharron Evans has always been supportive of the staff within the Dean of Students Office

Simanta Mitra, Computer Science

Dr. Mitra always makes sure that his students are having fun throughout the semester. I am always grateful for how kind he is, and how

Steven Lonergan, Animal Science

Dr. Lonergan does a great job of helping his students and advisees feel like a valued member of the ISU community by attempting to form

Suhan Yao, Engineering LAS Online

Suhan Yao has been an invaluable resource for all aspects of online instruction. She provided just in time instructional support during the Pandemic and helped

Taylor Anne Barriuso, English

#CyThx comments only shared with the person thanked (CyThx 1) “When I took classes with her, I could always tell that she was genuinely interested

Teresa Reguero, Animal Science

They motivated me to believe in myself and help me understand the opportunities that ISU offers to better succeed in my future.

Timothy Stewart, NREM

I can tell that Dr. StewartÕs passion in life is teaching every time I sign onto WebEx. His smile and kindness makes my day better

Tyler Knaplund, Psychology

Tyler teaches a career search class for psych students, he does everything in his power to help students find their passions and form and reach

Wendy Wintersteen, President

President Wintersteen leads our university with grace, humility, and strength. She is a role model for all who interact with her and makes personal connections