July-August 2018

Did you know . . .

Perry International located in Chicago provides various travel services including securing visas, passports and document legalizations.   Visas can be expedited to meet documented departure dates.  Check out all of the services Perry International has to offer here

CALS Global Programs to Host International Groups

Global Programs will be hosting a group of 13 students and 2 group leaders from Yeungnam University in South Korea from July 6-16, 2018. CALS has hosted the group every other summer since 2003.

Also being hosted by Global Programs will be a group of 14 students, scholars and a professor from Northeast Agricultural University in China. The group will be mentored by faculty in the Department of Animal Science and Department of Food Science from August 15 – October 10, 2018.

Iowa State Team Wins Worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge

Three Ugandan student partners were recently recognized for winning the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge. All three students graduated from Makerere University in Uganda and partnered with Iowa State students in the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) ISU Uganda Program in 2014 and 2015, which led them to pursue graduate work at Iowa State . . .read more

2017-18 Academic Year Scholarship Report

The CALS Study Abroad Office awarded $187,328 to students studying abroad throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Donors have allowed the CALS Study Abroad Office to offer these scholarships to offset the costs of international experiences for undergraduate students. Click here for the 2017-2018 academic year scholarship report.

2017-18 Student Statistics

The CALS Study Abroad Office served more than 500 students that were interested in international travel during the 2017-18 academic year. Click here for more statistics in our annual report.

1972 SPAN Program Alumni Reunite

A group of Iowa State University alumni recently reunited to share memories about their international travel to Ghana in 1972 under the Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN) Program.  Read a copy of the 1972 article here.

CALS Study Abroad Program Director Q & A

Mary Wiedenhoeft, Professor in the Department of Agronomy has been co-leading a travel course to New Zealand since 2007. Below are some questions that we asked Mary about leading faculty-led study abroad programs through the CALS Study Abroad Office.

What program do you co-lead?

  • The “Agricultural Systems of New Zealand” is a 2-week program to the North Island of New Zealand. Leo Timms (Animal Science) and I have led this program in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2016 and will be leading it again this fall (2018).

Why do you lead study abroad programs?

  • My appreciation for international travel started in June 1978, when I was a junior in Agronomy at Iowa State University.  During that time, I participated in a 4-week travel course to 13 different countries in 30 days, on a bus, planes, and ferries.  The opportunity allowed me to visit historical landmarks, as well as, farms and agricultural industries in Europe. When I returned to teach at Iowa State in 1999, I was still interested in international travel, but wanted to wait until my children were older to pursue leading a travel course thru the Department of Agronomy. In the summer of 2006, I was contacted by Shelley Taylor in the CALS Study Abroad Office asking if I had an interest in co-leading a program to New Zealand with Dr. Leo Timms from the Department of Animal Science. I knew it was the right time! With my previous experience and contacts in New Zealand we started the “Agricultural Systems of New Zealand” faculty-led study abroad program.

Why should other faculty and staff consider leading a program?

  • Although leading a travel course can be a lot of work, many of the programs have at least one additional co-leader to help with the planning, logistics and travel. I personally have enjoyed learning more about myself while traveling abroad and working to enhance some of my personal skills. I have also enjoyed interacting with the students on a more personal level and watching them grow as they step out of their comfort zone.

What have you learned by leading programs?

  • Every time I travel abroad, I am reminded that there are so many different cultures and each culture has their own way of doing things. I have also had the opportunity to learn first-hand about agriculture and different farming techniques around the world. I recently had the opportunity to see an avocado tree!

What has been most memorable about leading a program?

  • Watching students learn about a different culture and also better understand their personal culture. I also enjoy watching students with no prior international experience step out of their comfort zone and understand that it is alright.

Is there a place that you would like to visit, but haven’t?

  • I have always wanted to visit (historical) Eastern European areas such as Bosnia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Prague and many others. Africa, Central America and Antarctica are also on my bucket list!

What do you like to do in your free time?

  • I love traveling as well as cooking, reading, biking and hanging out with people. I also like learning more about history.

Why should students study abroad?

  • Because they get to better understand their culture as well as learn about different cultures.
  • They get to step out of their comfort zone.
  • They get to learn about things in other countries that we don’t necessary teach about at Iowa State. For example, tropical agriculture or irrigations systems that we don’t use in the Midwest.





ISU students participating in "Agricultural Systems of New Zealand", Fall, 2016, led by Mary Wiedenhoeft and Leo Timms




CALS Study Abroad - Summer 2018!

120 ISU students experienced global adventure through CALS study abroad programs.  Check out where they are and where they've been!

Travel Courses

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Systems of Brazil (GRS)
Program Directors: Catherine Swoboda, Kevin Duerfeldt
Travel Dates: May 5-19, 2018
Student Participants: 13

Grain and Feed Production, Food Processing and Utilization in Argentina (ABE)
Program Directors: Dirk Maier, Sam Cook
Travel Dates: May 5-19, 2018
Student Participants: 8
Check out their blog: http://isuargentina2018.blogspot.com.ar/

UK Heritage Livestock (An Sci)
Program Director: Jodi Sterle
Travel Dates: May 6-22, 2018
Student Participants: 24
Check out their adventure on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISU-2018-UK-Livestock-Heritage-Study-Abroad-194811567951604/

Exploring Peru: Natural Resources & Local Communities (NREM, GRS)
Program Directors: Richard Schultz, Emily Zimmerman
Travel Dates: May 6-22, 2018
Student Participants: 13

Wildlife Conservation in Tanzania (NREM)
Program Directors: Stephen Dinsmore, Julie Blanchong
Travel Dates: May 8-23, 2018
Student Participants: 12

Enhancing Students Global Experience: Agriculture in Costa Rica (AGRON)
Program Directors: Mark Westgate, Linda Westgate, Kan Wang
Departure Dates: May 12-25, 2018
Student Participants: 6

Rome: Dean's Global Food and Agriculture Leadership Program (GRS)
Program Directors: Joe Colletti, Carmen Bain, Sergio Lence, Shelley Taylor, John T. MacDonald
Travel Dates: May 6-June 2, 2018
Student Participants: 7

Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-Sustainable, Safe, and Nutritious Food in France (FSHN, ABE)
Program Director: Kurt Rosentrater
Travel Dates: May 20-June 2, 2018
Student Participants: 11
Check out their adventure on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISUFrance/?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser

Creating a School Garden: Service Learning in Uganda (GRS, ABE, NREM)
Program Directors: Gail Nonnecke, Dorothy Masinde, Richard Schultz, Kevin Duerfeldt, Tom Brumm, Julie Blanchong
Travel Dates: May 28-July 13, 2018
Student Participants: 14

International, Industrial/Academic Leadership Experience in Taiwan (ABE)
Program Director: Joe Vanstrom
Travel Dates: July 2-20, 2018
Student Participants: 5

Exchanges/Summer-Long Programs

American Farm School, Perrotis College, Greece

  • Natalie Jouzi, Nutritional Science major
  • Austin Staudt, Ag Business major
  • Nathan Yeager, Ag Business major

St. John's, Virgin Islands (Horticulture)

  • Amanda Gorzney, Global Resource Systems major
  • Olivia McAleer, Dietetics- HSci major
  • Nene Thiam, Agronomy major

Institut Polytechinque LaSalle Beauvais, France (Exchange)

  • Katrina Wolfson, Food Science-Ag major

Student Spotlight

Anne Dinges

Major: Agronomy & Global Resource Systems (GRS) • Study Abroad Experience: Costa Rica & Greece

Anne Dinges, a junior in Agronomy and Global Resource Systems (GRS) from Byron, Illinois recently returned from a semester abroad at the American Farm School- Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece. Anne is an active member in the Iowa State University International Agricultural Club and feels her involvement helped better prepare her for her adventures abroad. Aside from a semester abroad in Greece, Anne also participated in the Integrated Management of Tropical Crops, a faculty-led travel course to Costa Rica. Anne enjoyed the structure of a faculty-led travel course, but wanted to expand her horizons and step more out of her comfort zone, so she decided to complete a semester abroad through the CALS Study Abroad office. During her time in Greece, she felt more of a sense of responsibility and independence in decision making, all the while learning to be more flexible as situations arose. Anne enjoyed the friends she made during her time abroad and was surprised that even though there were cultural differences and language barriers, there were still many similarities in interests and conversational topics. Anne’s advice for students considering to study abroad would be, “start small and build up to larger adventures as you gain more confidence.” Anne will continue traveling abroad this summer as she will be visiting Uruguay for her GRS internship. Be sure to check out Anne’s blog from her semester abroad in Greece, https://annedventureblog.wordpress.com.

Cody Smith

Major: Agriculture and Life Sciences Education & Political Science • Study Abroad Experience: Panama

Cody Smith, past Vice President of the Student Body and a senior from Crawfordsville, Indiana majoring in Agriculture and Life Sciences Education and Political Science went #CALSGlobal while studying abroad on a travel course in Panama focused on the management of agricultural systems for the purposes of natural resource conservation. Cody’s goal while studying abroad was to broaden his horizons and continue to advance his foreign language skills. He did just that. During his time in Panama, Cody and his peers were able to immerse themselves into the culture of the Ngobe people, an indigenous tribe, as the two groups came together to build a shade shelter. The experience of working side-by-side with the Ngobe people and seeing the demonstration of cooperation made Cody realize, “that if other Americans could see this, maybe they wouldn’t be so judgmental and quick to divide people based on appearance or the language they choose to speak.” While in their village, Cody gained the confidence to communicate with the tribe members in Spanish and was able to compare and contrast conservation methods between U.S. farmers and Panamanians. The experience in Panama helped further shape his career goals and put everything he has learned at ISU into perspective. Although financing was a big factor, Cody felt “the experience gained outweighed the cost of the trip” and the offset of scholarships and additional funding secured his decision to study abroad.






Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?



  • David Acker, CALS Admin, Uganda, project follow-up
  • Dong Ahn, Animal Science, Korea, participate in international conference; project collaboration
  • Emily Berg, Statistics, Canada, China, participate in international conferences
  • Denise Bjelland, CALS Global Programs, Uganda, project collaboration
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, Mexico, Vietnam, Canada, participate/present at international conferences; project collaboration
  • Eun Kwan Choi, Economics, United Kingdom, invited presentation at international conference
  • Phillip Dixon, Statistics, Scotland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Karin Dorman, Statistics, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Domak Dutta, Statistics, Scotland, Mexico, Canada, participate/present at international conferences
  • Ulrike Genschel, Statistics, Italy, invited presentation at international conference
  • David Grewell, ABE, Bali, invited presentation at international conference
  • Dileepkumar Guntuku, Seed Science, India, project collaboration
  • Brian Hornbuckle, Agronomy, Spain, invited presentation at international conference
  • Robert Horton, Agronomy, China, project collaboration
  • Helen Jensen, Economics, Canada, research
  • Jae-Kwang Kim, China, Hong Kong, Canada, present/participate in international conferences
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, Ghana, participate in international conference
  • Sergio Lence, Economics, Bolivia, research
  • Elisabeth Lonergan, Animal Science, Canada, Australia, administrative; professional development
  • Steven Lonergan, Animal Science, Australia, professional development
  • Ranjan Maitra, Statistics, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Andrew Manu, Agronomy, Ghana, research; project follow-up
  • Tammi Martin, CSRL, Uganda, project follow-up
  • William Meeker, Statistics, Brazil, Canada, teach short course; participate in international conference
  • Brian Meyer, Ag Communications, Uganda, project follow-up
  • Bradley Miller, Agronomy, Brazil, participate in international conference
  • Max Morris, Statistics, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Daren Mueller, Plant Pathology, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Gary Munkvold, Plant Pathology, Romania, workshop participation
  • Jarad Niemi, Statistics, Scotland, Canada, participate in international conferences
  • Daniel Nordman, Statistics, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Benjamin Pease, Horticulture, United Kingdom, invited presentation at international conference
  • Shauyang Qu, Ag Ed & Studies, China, research
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Uganda, project follow-up
  • Brian Steward, ABE, China, project collaboration
  • Susan Vanderplas, Statistics, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Roy Vivekananda, Statistics, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Kan Wang, Agronomy, Kenya, organize workshop
  • Li Wang, Statistics, Hong Kong, Canada, present/participate in international conferences
  • Tong Wang, FSHN, China, project collaboration; invited presentation at international conference
  • Wei Wang, Plant Pathology, China, participate in international conference
  • Curtis Youngs, Animal Science, Kosovo, Ethiopia, teach short course; research
  • Cindy Long Yu, Statistics, Hong Kong, participate in international conference
  • Jianming Yu, Agronomy, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Mian Zhou, Plant Pathology, China, participate in international conference
  • Zhengyuan Zhu, Statistics, China, invited presentation at international conference





August, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 4:45-6:45 p.m.  CALS Freshman and Transfer BBQ, Kildee Pavilion

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