Alumni News In Brief, Fall 2010

Max And Lorene Sitting In A Tree…

Max and Lorene Mugge might not be sitting in their “anniversary tree,” but 59 years after they picked up the little seedling from the forestry exhibit at Veishea on Iowa State campus they still enjoy its shade.

Lorene tucked the tiny tree into her purse while she and her boyfriend Max were visiting

Iowa State campus during “Senior Skip Day” in 1951. She carried it back to Cleghorn, Iowa, where she planted it in her parents’ backyard. Since she and Max were married that December they consider the tree their “anniversary tree.” At 76 years old, Lorene jokes the two of them and that tree have made it through several tough Iowa winters. Their granddaughter Erin Mugge (’07 zoology), a recent College of Agriculture and Life Sciences grad, slipped a photo of the tree under a faculty member’s door with a note from Lorene. “We will have our 60th wedding anniversary next year, as will our special tree,” Lorene says.

ISU Honors Idals Water Chief As “Extraordinary Partner”

The government official who oversees water programs for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) was honored in July by the college. Dean Lemke (’72 agricultural engineering), IDALS water resource bureau chief, was presented the Impact Award for Extraordinary Partnership by Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean. Read more.

Young Alums Fly High On Curtiss Hall Banners

Emma Flemmig (’10 biology, agronomy, international agriculture) and Charles Stewart (’00 agricultural biochemistry) are featured in two banners hanging on the front of Curtiss Hall. Stewart works for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, Calif. Flemmig is the world president of International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences. The banners are being used to showcase the college by sharing alumni stories. Each banner has a URL that links to their stories – visit: and

College And Alumni Association Awards

The following were recognized in October at the 2010 Iowa State University Honors and Awards Ceremony.

  • Glen Mente (’61 animal husbandry, MS ’63 animal nutrition) and Mary Jo Mente, of Ames, National Service Award from the ISU Alumni Association
  • James Borel (’78 agricultural business), of West Chester, Pa., Floyd Andre Award from the college
  • Dana Robes (’67 dairy science) of Boca Grande, Fla., Henry A. Wallace Award from the college
  • Rose Marie Boughton (’58 dietetics) of Bloomington, Minn., George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award from the college
  • Andrea Falk Sellers (’94 agricultural biochemistry) of Lake Lotawana, Mo., Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the college
  • Wayne Fuller (’55 agricultural business, MS ’57 agricultural economics, PhD ’59) of Ames, Distinguished Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Alumni And Iowa Egg Council Honored

The ISU Alumni Association and the ISU Foundation recognized alumni and an association with its most prestigious honors during the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration in April.

Nancy Cox (’70 bacteriology) and Roy Reiman (’57 agricultural journalism) received the distinguished alumni award, which honors alumni who are nationally and/or internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their professions or life’s work. The Iowa Egg Council received the Order of the Knoll award recognizing outstanding generosity to the university by a corporation, foundation or association.