July - August 2019

Departmental/Faculty Support for Undergraduate Student International Travel

International education best practices guides us to ensure that any undergraduate student traveling internationally outside of a study abroad program have the following resources to assist them in their preparation for international travel: 

  • Students must register their travel in ISU Abroad
  • Students must be enrolled in CISI, the university’s contracted insurance for international travelers
  • Students must have sufficient and appropriate safety, health and travel orientation so they can be successful travelers

If you are supporting international travel for your undergraduate students (connecting them with partners abroad, supporting their travel with scholarships, assisting them to attend international symposia, etc.) we value these activities and would like to help them be successful.

Please contact us at sztaylor@iastate.edu or 515-294-5393 and we will meet with the student and facilitate their travel. We can ensure they are registered properly, ensure they are covered with appropriate insurance and direct them to additional resources that will help them successfully complete their trip.

Reaseheath College (United Kingdom) Visits ISU

A group of 23 students and 2 professors from Reaseheath College, Cheshire, United Kingdom, visited Iowa State University from June 12-19, 2019. During their stay, the group visited Sukup Manufacturing, Fareway Distribution Center, John Deere (Waterloo Operations), Lanehaven Farms, Radakovich Cattle Company, Blood Dairy Farm, Gregory Feedlots, Kirkman Farms, Lauritsen Cattle Company and the Iowa State University Beef Teaching and Dairy Farms . . .more


More Than 3,000 Books Donated to Uganda Program

Pupils at public schools in rural Uganda begin learning English in 4th grade. Their final exams for admission to secondary school are given in 7th grade in English. Many students understand the concepts being tested but have difficulty communicating in English on the exam. To help students learn reading and writing, the ISU - Uganda Program began an after-school reading program. CALS students in the 2019 Uganda Service Learning Program collected more than 3,000 children’s books during spring semester to take with them to the Kamuli District of Uganda, and now pupils read aloud in small groups. They learn vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and public speaking skills with the help of service learners from ISU and Makerere University. Farouk, pictured above, is a p6 pupil at Namasagali Primary School. “We are learning good English and the books help us concentrate on our English in a fun way,” he said. *Article originally published through CALS Online

Meet Visiting Student Intern . . .Angelos Birmpakos

Crop farmers are always looking for innovative ways to improve production and environmental performance. Department of Agronomy Associate Professor, Dr. Sotirios Archontoulis, along with other faculty, staff and students at Iowa State University, is working on a project that will make yield predictions more accessible to crop farmers. Dr. Archontoulis’ project is known as “FACTS” and according to their website, “FACTS is an ongoing project developed to forecast and evaluate real-time soil-crop dynamics in specific ISU fields. Predictions and measurements will be frequently updated as new information becomes available during the growing season.” Dr. Archontoulis has been working on the project since 2015 and most recently invited Angelos Birmpakos, a visiting student intern from National Technical University of Athens in Greece to help with the project.  Read more

ISU Professor Discusses IREP Strategies in Egypt

Mark Edelman, professor & extension economist, presented a seminar titled “Alternative Models used by AgTech Angel Investor Networks in the U.S. Midwest,” to Egyptian Angel Investor networks in Cairo, Egypt, on June 17, 2019, as part of a weeklong Innovate Egypt workshop series for Egyptian angel investors, entrepreneur teams, and university entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders. Read more

Leandro Tonello Zuffo, Visiting Scholar from Brazil

Leandro Tonello Zuffo, a PhD student visiting from Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil with an interest in agronomy arrived to Iowa State University on August 30, 2018 and is conducting research with Dr. Thomas Lübberstedt, Professor and K.J. Frey Chair in the Department of Agronomy. While working with Dr. Lübberstedt, Leandro’s research focus is on the application of tools and methods provided by genome analysis to understand the composition of complex traits and phenomena, to determine and exploit genetic diversity in elite and exotic germplasm and apply this knowledge to plant breeding. Leandro also utilizes the genetic resources by using double haploid technology to accelerate plant breeding under the supervision of Dr. Lübberstedt. Iowa State University is only one of three universities in the world that does research with double haploid technology and one of the main reasons that Leandro looked forward to completing his internship at Iowa State.  Read more

Student Program Celebrates 10 Years of Working with the United Nations in Rome

AMES, Iowa – For the past 10 years Iowa State University students have worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome as part of the Dean’s Global Agriculture and Food Leadership program.

“We wanted to design a program for students to work abroad and address some challenging issues to benefit developing countries,” said Joe Colletti, senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and associate director of the Agriculture Experiment Station.  Read more

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2019 Gilman International Scholarship Recipient

Amy (Huynh) Bettle, a graduating senior in Environmental Science and Event Management at Iowa State University, was recently awarded the Summer 2019 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship!

Through the scholarship, Amy received $4,500 towards her participation in the CALS Study Abroad Dean's Global Food and Agriculture Leadership Program to Rome, Italy. Amy admits that the scholarship application was extensive with the requirements of two essays, but was able to connect with previous recipients of the award to gain advice and tips. Amy also appreciates that the award allows her to connect with a network of nearly 30,000 alumni scholars nationwide, which has already proven to be a great resource in continuing towards her professional goals.

Amy wanted to study abroad to expand her international and professional experiences. Amy said, “By traveling internationally, I hope to progress as a global citizen, both in the context of increased exposure to multiculturalism and in gaining a greater understanding of global issues.”

**According to their website, “The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.” Students interested in learning more about the scholarship can visit, www.gilmanscholarship.org.

CALS Students Travel the Globe - Summer 2019!

94 ISU students experienced global adventure through 7 CALS study abroad programs.  Check out where they are and where they've been!

Exploring the Agri-Culture of Belize
Program Directors: Theressa Cooper, Ebby Luvaga
Travel Dates: May 12-24, 2019
Student Participants: 7

Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-sustainable, Safe and Nutritious Food in France
Program Director: Kurt Rosentrater, Erin Bergquist
Travel Dates: June 9-22, 2019
Student Participants: 8
Check out their adventures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISUFrance

German Equestrian Program
Program Directors: Jill Paxton, Mark Weber
Travel Dates:  May 12-24, 2019
Student Participants: 17
Check out their adventures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2019-ISU-Germany-Equine-Study-Abroad

Study of Pork Industry in Japan and Thailand
Program Directors: Dan Andersen, Tom Baas, Maynard Hogberg
Dates of Travel:  May 13-29, 2019
Student Participants: 16
Check out their adventures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JapanThailandCALS2019

Animal and Dairy Science in The Netherlands
Program Directors: Jack Dekkers, Jessica Juarez
Travel Dates:  May 12-25, 2019
Student Participants: 20
Check out their adventures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Iowa-State-Animal-Science-and-Dairy-Science-in-the-Netherlands

Rome - Dean's Global Food and Agriculture Leadership Program
Program Directors: Joe Colletti, Elisabeth Lonergan, Steven Lonergan, John MacDonald, Shelley Taylor
Travel Dates: May 12 - June 8, 2019
Student Participants: 9

Creating a School Garden: Service Learning in Uganda
Program Directors: Julie Blanchong, Tom Brumm, Kevin Duerfeldt, Dorothy Masinde, Gail Nonnecke, Richard Schultz
Student Participants: 17

Student Spotlight

Celeste Swanson

Major: Agricultural Business and International Agriculture • Study Abroad Experience: Netherlands, Spain, United Arab Emirates, England, Argentina

Celeste Swanson is a senior from Galt, Iowa,  Being from a small town with limited international opportunities, Celeste was appreciative of the chance during her junior year of high school to travel to Switzerland, Italy and France, where she realized that there is much more to the world and gained a love for traveling internationally.

When starting at Iowa State, Celeste wanted to continue experiencing the world and growing personally, so she applied for a study abroad program as a freshman and was accepted. Celeste said, “If I didn’t step out of my comfort zone and apply for a program my freshman year, then I am not sure I would have studied abroad in college, and as a result my four years of college wouldn’t have been as exciting and I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.” Studying abroad has made Celeste a more confident person with a new appreciation for other cultures, mindsets and leadership styles. Celeste also mentioned that her international experiences have given her an edge up when interviewing and applying for internships as she can talk with employers on a higher level with more creditability.

As you can imagine, Celeste is an advocate for studying abroad whether it is talking with friends and classmates about different programs or promoting the CALS Study Abroad Office as a Student Travel Consultant. Celeste would encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone and apply for a program. After graduation, Celeste will be working full-time with John Deere and hopes to make a larger impact in international agriculture, working towards the common goal of feeding the world.

“Study abroad has made my college experience more exciting and has given me the skills for a successful future!”

Kritika Chopra

Major: Industrial Technology • Study Abroad Experience: Germany & Uganda

Kritika Chopra, native to India, arrived at Iowa State University in 2015 to study industrial technology. Being an international student, Kritika sometimes found it difficult to interact with other students and make new friends, but after participating in her first study abroad experience she became more confident in talking with other students on the travel course as well as students on campus. Kritika said, “Even though I was usually the only international student, the program directors and other students made a positive impact and made me feel welcome while studying abroad.” During her time at Iowa State, Kritika has participated in a travel course to Germany and a week-long service learning program to Uganda through the CALS Study Abroad Office and looks forward to returning to Uganda this spring (2019) to participate in another service learning program. Kritika feels that studying abroad has not only benefited her in many ways, but has also given her the opportunity to share her cultural background from India with other students while abroad as they compared and contrasted different countries and learned first-hand about a variety of cultures and lifestyles.

While in Uganda, Kritika applied the knowledge and skills she learned about grain quality at Iowa State when working on post-harvest grain storage systems for residents in Kamuli District, Uganda. Kritika looks forward to returning to Uganda this spring to meet-up with old friends, make new friends and work in a new area of service learning to better the lives of the people in rural Uganda.

Kayla Elmore

Kayla Elmore is a senior studying Animal Science at Iowa State University.  Kayla will be spending the summer attending the American Farm School, Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece, participating in a research internship as well as taking a Greek cultural experience course and a Greek language course.  Follow Kayla's blog here



Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?



Department Traveler Destination
Ag & Biosystems Engineering David Grewell Slovakia
  Ramesh Kanwar India

Agronomy Madan Bhattacharyya Scotland
  Lee Burras Costa Rica
  Brian Hornbuckle Japan
  Andrew Manu Ghana
  Kan Wang United Kingdom

Animal Science Jessica Juarez Ethiopia
  James Koltes Spain
  Anna Butters-Johnson Norway
  Elisabeth Lonergan Germany
  Steven Lonergan Germany
  Rodrigo Tarte Germany
  Curtis Youngs Uganda

Anthropology Stacy Lindshield Costa Rica

CALS Administration David Acker Uganda
  Tammi Martin Uganda

Economics Amani Elobeid Spain
  Choi Kwan Korea
  Alejandro Plastina Netherlands
  Dermot Hayes Canada
  Kevin Kimle Brazil

EEOB Donald Farrar Canada
  Corrinne Grover Belgium
  Guanjing Hu Belgium
  Jonathan Wendel Belgium

FSHN Greg Curtzwiler Canada

Plant Pathology & Microbiology Justin Walley France
  Wyatt Miller Kenya
  Steven Whitham Scotland

Seed Science Tracy Bruns Netherlands

Statistics William Meeker Korea
  Yumou Qiu Taiwan




August, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019 Application Deadline Soils, Crops and Water of Costa Rica

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