/2017 Homecoming Honors and Awards

2017 Homecoming Honors and Awards

2017 Homecoming Honors and Awards

The College of Business honored three valuable individuals and one corporate partner at the university’s 86th annual Honors & Awards Ceremony, October 28, 2017.

Citation of Achievement

Established in 1985 to honor distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in life beyond the campus

Richard LiddyRichard (Dick) Liddy
Liberal Arts and Sciences ’57
Naples, Fla.

When Dick Liddy graduated from Iowa State University, a business major didn’t exist. He graduated with four minors, one being industrial administration — also known as business. With his Iowa State degree in hand, Liddy took his first job with Connecticut General Life Insurance (now Cigna) in Hartford Conn., staying for 25 years before advancing his career to become executive vice president of Continental Corporation in New York City. His duties were both domestic and international with businesses and operations all over the world.

In 1988, he joined GenAmerica Financial in St. Louis, becoming president and chairman of the board, serving until his retirement in 2000. Liddy’s career highlights include leading three subsidiaries through public offerings – one on the New York Stock Exchange and two on NASDAQ. In 1984, he was asked to organize instructional seminars for the Chinese government officials in Beijing; it was a time when most westerners were not involved in China.

Liddy said he focuses on these blessings: to have earned an affordable degree from Iowa State; to have learned the importance of Midwest values and Iowa work ethic; a desire to never stop learning; gratitude to the good people who helped him along the way; and for having a long and successful marriage to his wife, Jo (’59 applied art). Jo and Dick are ISU Alumni Association life members and Order of the Knoll Campanile Society members.


Citation of Achievement

Established in 1985 to honor distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in life beyond the campus

Portrait of Drew VogelDrew Vogel
Industrial Administration ’73
Orange City, Iowa

Drew Vogel is chairman and CEO of Vogel Paint Inc. The family business began in Friesland, Holland, where his grandfather worked in his father’s paint shop applying finishes to the homes and carriages of Dutch farmers. In 1913 the Vogel family immigrated to the United States, initially to Michigan, and then to Northwest Iowa, where they settled in Orange City. Vogel earned his ISU business degree with an emphasis in finance. During his college years, he spent summers working at various Diamond Vogel locations. After graduation, he joined the family business and became part of the third generation to lead Vogel Paint. Through its history, the company has grown both organically and through acquisition. In 1967 Vogel Paint bought the Diamond Products Manufacturing Company of Marshalltown, Iowa. In the early 1970s the company became Diamond Vogel Paints®. Drew Vogel has played an important role in its growth and key acquisitions over the years. Today, Vogel Paints has seven manufacturing facilities, 65 service centers, and employs more than 800 people.

While working for Vogel over the years, Drew and his wife, Jean, have lived in Des Moines, Omaha, Minneapolis, and Denver. They eventually moved to Orange City, where they have remained for the last 30 years.

The Vogels are ISU Alumni Association life members.


John D. DeVries Service Award

Established in 1985 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the College of Business

Portrait of Ron BanseRonald Banse
Industrial Administration ’75
Omaha, Neb.

Ron Banse has been a good friend to the College of Business for many years, serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council since 1994 and providing quality advice to four deans. He had a great working relationship with College of Business Founding Dean Charles Handy and has been instrumental in growing a strong relationship between the college, business students, and the Union Pacific Railroad.

Recently retired, Banse was the general director of the Financial Review Department for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, where he worked for more than 41 years. During that time, he spent 20 years in internal audit. Banse also held positions in accounting, administration, regulatory analysis, and financial planning with the Union Pacific Resources Company in Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas.

Helping students succeed has always been important to Banse. During his years at Union Pacific, he worked closely with the College of Business’ career services staff to connect students with internship and career opportunities. He also improved the recruiting model for Union Pacific to connect departmental leaders with business students in their chosen majors. Banse and Union Pacific also led the way in providing support for a business-specific career assessment tool to help students determine majors within the College of Business.

Banse, an ISU Alumni Association annual member, is a member of the Order of the Knoll Campanile Society and President’s Circle, as well as a former member of the College of Business Accounting Advisory Board. He received the College of Business Citation of Achievement Award in 2004 for outstanding achievement in life beyond campus.


Russ and Ann Gerdin Award

Established in 2009 to honor contributions from valuable corporate partners or individuals who are not College of Business graduates.

The award honors Russ and Ann Gerdin, who made the lead gift for the Gerdin Business Building. Neither attended Iowa State.

REG LogoRenewable Energy Group (REG)

For many years, REG has been a partner of Iowa State University and the College of Business. The company’s leadership has shown a strong commitment to higher education in many ways, including its outstanding internship program that had about 60 participating interns in Ames over the summer, as well as its extensive employee enrollment in MBA and masters programs. REG has supported the College of Business’ annual Young Women in Business Conference since 2014. Company representatives visit classes each year to interact with faculty and students, and they also serve on department advisory councils across campus. Approximately 70 members of REG’s current workforce are Iowa State alumni.

REG generously funds the REG MBA Scholarship, which supports a graduate student enrolled in the Concurrent Interdisciplinary Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) MBA degree program, with academic achievement and preference for students majoring in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, and biological systems engineering or who have a focus in the areas of finance or supply chain management.

With its headquarters in Ames, REG started in biomass-based diesel in 1996 and has grown into a leading advanced biofuels producer and renewable chemicals company. REG focuses on converting natural fats, oils, and greases into advanced biofuels and converting diverse feedstocks into renewable chemicals. With 14 active biorefineries across the country and in Europe, research and development capabilities, and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is a long-term leader in bio-based fuels and chemicals.


Faculty and Staff Awards, sponsored by the Dean’s Advisory Council

■ P&S Superior Service Award: Gracen Kostelecky

■ P&S Student Impact Award: Alex Andrade

■ Merit Superior Service Award: Pat McGriff

■ Merit Student Impact Award: Karen Mallas

■ Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Superior Service Award: Mike Bootsma

■ Junior Faculty Research Award: Hui Feng

■ Senior Faculty Research Award: Jamie Brown

■ Junior Faculty Teaching Award: Sam Lee

■ Senior Faculty Teaching Award: Anne Clem


University Awards

■ Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa: Lisa Shimkat

■ Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award: Diana Wright

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