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Frank C. Pellett - Department of Horticulture - Iowa State University


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                                                                                    Table of Contents

Greetings from the Department Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     4
Horticulture Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        6
Horticulture Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      7
Horticulture Resource & Career Center . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .                      8
Horticulture Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       10
Turf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11
Undergraduate Degrees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               12
Graduate Students / Graduate Degrees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        13
Internships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     14
Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      19
Study Abroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        20
Awards & Recognitions . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              29
Reiman Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            32
Hort Research Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             34
Alumni Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        36
Letters from Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           40
In Memorium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         50
Opportunities for Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                51

                                                        Department of Horticulture Alumni Newsletter
                                                                       prepared by June Van Sickle
 Greetings from the Department Chair

Rarely do I have reason to be on campus late in the
evening during a semester break when seemingly no one
else is around, but such was the case last Saturday night.
You see, my wife and I conspired and actually suc-
ceeded in surprising our daughter with a sweet-sixteen
birthday party and we chose the Pioneer Room in the
Memorial Union as the party venue. Sure it was a little
pricey, but hosting 25 teenagers in our home didn’t seem
like a very good idea. Anyway, as the party reached
its conclusion, it became my job to retrieve the family
vehicle from the parking lot behind Horticulture Hall and drive back to the Union to pick up the remaining
revelers. But the short walk from the Union to Horticulture Hall and what happened during that ten-minute
jaunt served to remind me why my decision to come to Iowa State back in 1987 still ranks as one of the best
decisions I’ve ever made.

First, how well do you remember the Memorial Union? The old building has undergone quite a facelift during
the past year, but from the north and west, it looks much the same as it might have on opening day in 1928.
It would be impossible to count the number of times I’ve walked through Gold Star Hall, the beautiful and
inspiring memorial originally created to honor those Iowa Staters who died in World War I, but last Saturday
night the warmth and quiet dignity of that cathedral-like space caused me to pause and more fully appreciate
this wonderful landmark and the men and women to whom it is dedicated.

Leaving the Union via the north entrance, I charged into the penetrating cold, but couldn’t resist a quick
glance to my left to see one of my favorite pieces of artwork on campus, the Fountain of the Four Seasons by
Christian Petersen. Since 1941 this beloved sculpture has served as a gathering point for students and a must-
see attraction for visitors, and just like thousands before me, I was compelled to stop and pay homage to the
four female native-American figures keeping watch over the now dormant fountain. I doubt anyone noticed
                              the penny I flipped into the ice-filled basin at their feet, and perhaps you’ll think
                              I’ve gone a bit soft in the head, but as I made my way to the crossing at Union
                              Drive, I swear I heard a faint but clearly audible “thank you” from somewhere
                              (someone) behind me.

                            Safely across Union Drive, I focused on the sights and sounds of one of the most
                            beautiful clock towers in North America. The ISU campanile commands your at-
                            tention from practically every vantage point on central campus, and on this night
                            its stark silhouette and illuminated clock face created a picture-perfect sight. But
                            the campanile must be experienced with all of the senses, and as I mounted the
                            steps and positioned myself directly under this imposing structure, the Bells of
                            Iowa State began to chime the eleventh hour. And on this frigid and calm winter
                            evening, the sounding of the hour settled over the campus like a warm, familiar
But now time was growing short and my wife and daughter surely were beginning to wonder what had be-
come of me, so I pushed on. Sprinting across the desolate plain of ice and snow between Curtiss Hall and
Beardshear Hall, I searched the horizon for an old friend. And then, there, in the distance the warm and invit-
ing glow from the Horticulture greenhouses appeared through the fog. For almost one hundred years, those
                                                           glass houses have helped advance the science and
                                                           practice of horticulture in Iowa. They’ve hosted
                                                           plant sales, impromptu student-faculty discussions,
                                                           and served as a beacon of learning and understand-
                                                           ing to students like you and me. And now on this
                                                           darkest of winter nights they were welcoming me
                                                           back to a place all of us have called home.

                                                          But as I drew nearer to the warmth and shelter of
                                                          those greenhouses, I was reminded that change is
                                                          afoot and as faithful as those greenhouses have
                                                          been, their time was drawing to a close. They’ve
                                                          simply outlived their usefulness and the time for
                                                          replacement is at hand.

As many of you know, approval has been granted and plans drawn for a new greenhouse range to be con-
structed on the current site. And those plans will be implemented, but only if we can raise the necessary
funds. Simply stated, to reach our goal of raising $6 million, we’ll need your help. So as ISU celebrates its
150th birthday, please consider assisting the Department of Horticulture, one of the oldest academic units on
campus. No gift is too small or insignificant, and every one of you can help.

So, if you’re planning a visit to campus this year, please stop in to see us. And if you have time, swing by
the old greenhouse range, take a few pictures, grab a piece of crumbling wall, and say goodbye to an old and
loyal friend. To be sure, we’ll miss the warm and familiar glow on dark, cold January nights, but the future is
brighter and more exciting than you can imagine!


Jeff Iles, Chair
Department of Horticulture
   Faculty . . . Department of Horticulture

Rajeev Arora, Professor                                      Jeffery K. Iles, Professor & Department Chair
 <> Crop physiology -- study                 <> Landscape Plant
 of plants response to low temperature stress.                 establishment and maintenance; landscape
Nick E. Christians, University Professor                       plant selection
 <> Reducing maintenance                   Richard P. Jauron, Ext. Program Specialist II
 costs and energy consumption in the turfgrass                 <>
 industry; alternative pest management strategies              Consumer/Home Horticulture
 for turfgrasses.                                            Coralie Lashbrook, Assistant Professor
Kathleen Delate, Associate Professor                           <> Molecular biology of plant
 <> Sustainable/organic                     stress responses; developmental & environmental
 horticultural and agronomic crop production and               control of abscission & dehiscence
 marketing.                                                  David D. Minner, Professor
Paul A. Domoto, Professor                                      <> Sports Turf management
 <> Pomology - growth, and                   and construction; turf and landscape irrigation; golf
 development; stock-scion relationships, mineral               course and landscape management; alternative pest
 nutrition, trickle irrigation, stress tolerance, and pest     management.
 management.                                                 Gail R. Nonnecke, Professor
Shui-zhang Fei, Associate Professor                            <> Culture, management,
 <> Turfgrass breeding, genetics               and physiology of small fruit crops; growth and
 and biotechnology                                             development and soil-plant interactions of
Richard J. Gladon, Associate Professor                         strawberry, raspberry and grape.
 <> Crop production in                     Barb Osborn, Resource and Career Coordinator
 controlled environments. Ammonium versus nitrate              <>
 nitrogen nutrition of greenhouse food and                   Rose Rollenhagen, Senior Lecturer
 ornamental crops.                                             <>
Mark Gleason, Professor, Plant Pathology                     James Romer, Extension Program Specialist III
 <> Research, extension, and               <>
 teaching on sustainable disease mgmt. of fruit                Master Gardener coordinator
 (apple, strawberry), vegetable (muskmelon), and             Loren C. Stephens, Associate Professor
 ornamental (hosta) crops; plus turfgrass and shade            <> Propagation, genetics and
 trees.                                                        breeding of horticultural crops, including
William R. Graves, Professor                                   application of tissue culture methods.
 <> Physiology and Ecology of              Henry G. Taber, Professor
 Woody Landscape Plants.                                       <> Cultural techniques and
David J. Hannapel, Professor                                   adaptation for vegetables; fertilizer efficiency,
 <> Molecular biology of growth                 irrigation efficiency.
 and development; characterization of potato tuber           Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Associate Professor
 proteins involved in the process of tuberization;             <> Functional landscape
 regulation of potato gene expression by hormones              design, construction, and management; curriculum
 and environmental factors.                                    development related to landscape issues.
Cynthia Haynes, Associate Professor                          Mark Widrlechner, Assistant Professor
 <> Consumer horticulture;                  <> Plant Introduction Station
  Human Issues in Horticulture; youth and                     Agronomy/Horticulture. Germplasm conservation,
  undergraduate education                                      evaluation of landscape plants.
                                                  Staff...Department of Horticuture
Technical Staff
         Anjan Banerjee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Research Associate with Dr. Hannapel
         Christopher Blume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Research Associate with Dr. Christians
         Mark Hoffmann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . System Support Specialist
         Young Joo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visitng Scientist with Dr. Christians
         Yonghong Li . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visiting Scientist with Dr. Fei
         Yan Hui Peng . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Post Doc with Dr. Arora
         Dennis Portz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Research Associate with Dr. Nonnecke
         James Schrader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Scientist III with Dr. Graves
         Hui Wei . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Post Doc with Dr. Arora

Greenhouse Manager                                        Hort Research Station Staff
         -- Arlen Patrick                                    -- Rich Clayton
                                                                -- Jim Kubic
                                                                    -- Nick Howell, Superintendent
                                                                       -- Lynn Schroeder

                Office Staff for Department of Horticulture
                             Administrative Specialist -- Kim Gaul
                             Office Support Staff -- Colleen Johnson
                                                  -- June Van Sickle
                                                  -- Cathy Yang

Area Staff
                        Eldon R. Everhart, Field Specialist -- Harlan, IA
         Vince Lawson, Superintendent -- Muscatine Island Research Farm / Fruitland, IA
                       Patrick O’Malley, Field Specialist -- Iowa City, IA
                    Mike White, Viticulture Field Specialist -- Indianola, IA
Hort Resource & Career Center...
December 18, 2007

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Hello from the faculty, staff, and students of the Department
of Horticulture. This fall a new departmental undergraduate
programs committee was formed to make sure our department
is offering the most appropriate curriculum to meet the needs
and demands of our industry. Undergraduate student enrollment is at 175. This number indicates a strong
job market for our graduates and a continuing interest in horticulture fields. We hope as you are traveling the
United States, you are spreading the good word that horticulture is a wonderful major with a vast number of
opportunities for our students. The Horticulture Club and the Turf Club continue to be very active on campus.
They are working together to provide a network for students both socially and for internship possibilities. Our
graduate student numbers remain strong with current enrollment at 28 students.

        We have provided some pod casts and student video clips on our website this year. We hope that with
the addition of this information, it tells our departmental story even better. We hope that you are all enjoying
browsing our homepage. We are always adding new features as things develop. The address for our homep-
age is Plan to visit us soon!

        I want to thank those of you who provided financial support for our newsletter this year.. This news-
letter has been published annually since 1926 and we thank you for your contributions so this tradition can

Here are some of the highlights of 2007:

• The number of undergraduate scholarships remains to be strong.

• 14 freshmen entering the ISU Department of Horticulture Fall 2007. The transfer numbers are increasing
each year as well.

• Turf students placed 1st in the Turf Bowl Competition at the GCSAA National Conference in Anaheim,
California. This is the 8th time in the last nine years that the Iowa State University Turf Club took first place.
Another team of turf students took 2rd place in the 3rd Annual Student Collegiate Challenge at the STMA
National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The turf club has greatly increased their income through various
fund raising projects. Their goal is to send as many people to the GCSAA Conference as they can.

    Horticulture Club: The sales included: poinsettias, perennial and annual bedding plants, and spring bulbs.
Students participated in the PLANET student career day’s event and competitions at Michigan State Universi-
ty in East Lansing, Michigan. PLANET offers an accreditation process for undergraduate landscape contract-
ing programs, and the ISU Department of Horticulture is currently pursuing this level of accreditation.

• The Department placed 98% of its graduates within 90 days of graduation. Industry demand for our gradu-
ates is currently greater than we can supply.
• The Department is continuing with two semesters of Learning Communities for the freshman students.
Included in the learning community are the peer tutors that assist the students with studies, take the students
on industry field trips, and organize social activities for the freshman. The students take classes together and
study and interact on a daily basis. A peer mentor largely facilitates these activities. Visit our learning com-
munity website at:

• The Learning Community continued the service-learning project from the past five years. The project was
taken from the USDA Food Recovery and Gleaning Initiative. The students picked apples at the Horticulture
Research Station. Cargill funded a grant that allowed the students to plant their own apple tree block out at
the Station. This will help to sustain this project for years to come. The horticulture learning community
students have paired up with the food science and human nutrition learning community students to jointly ad-
minister the service learning project. Together the students picked, graded, and packaged the apples together.
The apples were then donated to several area food shelters and pantries.

• The Department offered a 3-credit study abroad course to the Ukraine in May, of 2007 organized by Rich-
ard Gladon, and Gail Nonnecke took a spring break trip to Costa Rica. Dr. Nonnecke also led a group to
Uganda in 2007. The Department has now offered study abroad courses to Scotland (1993 – 35 students),
The Netherlands (1998 – 12 students), Italy (1999 – 30 students), England (2000 – 32 students), Greece (2001
– 26), Ireland (2002 – 28), Austria/Hungary (2003 – 18), France (2004 – 15), Scotland (2005 – 18 students),
and Norway/Sweden (2006).

        In closing, let me once again extend an invitation to all our alumni and friends to visit often and keep
in touch!


Barb Osborn
Program Coordinator
Department of Horticulture

                                                       The horticulture learning community students
                                                        are pictured visiting Prairie Moon winery in
                                                        rural Ames, IA. The students take field trips
                                                                around the Ames community, visiting
                                                                    horticultural related businesses.
                                                                          Horticulture Club...
                                                   Founded in 1902, the ISU Horticulture Club serves the
                                                   undergraduate student body as one of two organizations
                                                   that supports and encourages leadership development
                                                   through participation in horticultural activities. Nearly all
                                                   of the emphasis areas of our curriculum are represented by
                                                   our more than 40 members. After 105 years, the dynamics
                                                   of Hort Club remain the same: to have fun while instilling
                                                   students with knowledge and exposing them to opportuni-
                                                   ties within the exciting world of horticulture. We eagerly
                                                   pursue any opportunity that might be of interest to our
                                                   members. Busy is good!

                                                    2007 has been a year full of travels, sales, and meetings.
                                                    In January, seven members traveled to Chicago to at-
                                                    tend the Mid-America Horticultural Fair and Trade Show.
                                                    Mid-Am is the largest green industry show of its kind in
                                                    the Midwest and one of the larger shows in the country.
                                                    February brought the annual spring bulb sale, held over
                                                    Valentine’s Day around campus. A colorful array of forced
flowering bulbs found homes in dorms and offices on campus. This popular sale is one of our best PR op-
portunities on campus. March was a month of competitions with teams representing us at PLANET (Profes-
sional Landcare Network) Student Career Days and MACHS (Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society).
Both teams competed well, and brought home new ideas for Hort Club to consider. Notable achievements at
MACHS included the election of one of our own (Elizabeth Childs) to the MACHS Executive Committee,
Megan Fitzgerald’s first place finish in the Plant Judging Contest, and Tyler Johnson’s second place finish on
the General Knowledge Exam. The success of our teams in March was followed by record-breaking sales at
our VEISHEA Plant Sale. The sale raked in nearly $9,000, the most in recent years, thanks to the dedicated ef-
forts of Hort Club members. Members grow a wide array of unique annuals and perennials, promote the sale,
and staff the sale during VEISHEA. Our VEISHEA exhibit was also well received by families who partook of
expert advice sessions from horticulture faculty and an array of children’s activities.

Not to be derailed by a relaxing summer break, the arduous efforts of Hort Club continue into this semester.
Highlights so far have included the ordering of new Hort Club apparel (we believe in not only being good, but
looking good, too), a fall trip to St. Louis, and prepa-
ration for a stellar poinsettia sale in December. If
you’re ever around, please check in on the activities
of the ISU Horticulture Club. We love hearing from
alumni and would be honored to host you as a guest
at an upcoming Hort Club meeting. Who knows,
maybe we’ll see you when we’re out and about
throughout the next year.

Horticulturally yours,

Kelly D. Norris
Turf Club...
Once again this has been an extremely busy year for the Iowa State Turf Club. As the club is getting ready
for a full calendar of events in 2008 it is a good time to look back and see what kind of success the club has
had in 2007. With a large portion of upper-classmen members graduating from the Turf Club, it was very
important to get younger members involved. These younger members answered the call with taking officer
positions, helping with fundraisers, and attending educational conferences. The future looks very bright for
the turf club with membership numbers being at its highest point in several years.

With all the great success the Turf Club has had throughout the years none of this would be possible without
the fundraising the club does during the year. The Turf Club was once again fortunate enough to have Rei-
man Gardens as its major fundraiser. Members of the Turf Club would make several fall and spring fertil-
izer and herbicide applications to all the turf grounds at Reiman Gardens.

Putting these fundraising dollars to good use is quite easy with helping members to attend national turfgrass
conferences. This past year we were fortunate as a club to have members attending the Sports Turf Manag-
ers Association (STMA) Conference in San Antonio and also the Golf Course Superintendents Association
(GCSAA) Conference in Anaheim. During these conferences Turf Club members participated in education-
al seminars, job fairs, and also competed in the collegiate turf bowl competitions.

At the STMA conference two teams represented Iowa State in the 3rd annual turf challenge competition.
The teams placed 2nd and 5th out of 26, getting edged out by the University of Tennessee. During the
GCSAA Conference members competed in the 13th annual Turf Bowl competition. The Turf Club had 19
members and five teams competing in the competition. With a record number of 81 teams competing in the
turf bowl, it was definitely stiff competition. Fortunately for the sixth straight year Iowa State was able to
place first in the competition. Those members included Adam Hebbel, Matt Klingenberg, Mark Newton and
Brad Johnson (see photo below). Also placing very well were the other four teams which placed 2nd, 26th,
34th and 46th.

With another successful year in the books the
Iowa State Turf Club looks to keep building on
their success in the future. As a club we would
like to thank everyone that is involved and has
supported us in the past. Without this positive in-
volvement from everyone within the Horticulture
Department, none of this would be possible.


Brad Johnson
                           Undergraduate Degrees Awarded -- 2006-2007

FALL / 2006
 Thomas Edward Abbas . . . Hampton, IA
 Zachary B. Baughman . . . Chariton, IA
 Matthew J. Brezina . . . Perry, IA                 SPRING / 2007
 Austin James Fischer . . . Garnavillo, IA            Tyler Joseph Erpelding . . . Algona, IA
 Ashley J. Heise . . . Cedar Falls, IA                Michael Henry Genson . . . Linn Grove, IA
 Cathryn Rose Hollestelle . . . Cedar Rapids, IA      John Robert Hall . . . Scranton, IA
 Jeffrey Michael Johnson . . . Fontanelle, IA        *Matthew Steven Helgeson . . . Lake Mills, IA
 Joshua Reese Kieffer . . . Belmond, IA               Emily Ann Hoffmann . . . Dixon, IA
 Jessie Joelle Liebenguth . . . Bellevue. NE          Chang Hyuk Ko . . . Daegu, South Korea
 Jason Thomas Morgan . . . Blooming Prairie, MN       Jacob Andrew Kocak . . . Jackson, MN
 Justin Ryan Morrison . . . Des Moines, IA            Matthew Joseph Leinen . . . Denison, IA
 Brett A. Rasmussen . . .Adair, IA                    Ryan Virgil Leingang . . . Muscatine, IA
 Showalter, Drew Edward . . . Hampton, IA             Jeff Michael Mueggenberg . . . Ames, IA
 Luke Ray Solem . . . Brooklyn, IA                    Thad Michael Pothast . . . Marshalltown, IA
 Alexaner Jordan Tucker . . . Oskaloosa, IA           Jeffry Jay Prater . . . Moravia, IA
*Ward Loren Wester . . . Meriden, IA                  Derek Dwain Richards . . . Lake Mills, IA
 David James Woodruff . . . Greenfield, CA             Benjamin Allan Saunders . . . Iowa City, IA
                                                      Anton Dale Shoemaker . . . Winterset, IA
                                                      Jeremiah Lanz Weigelt . . . Lakefield, MN
          SUMMER / 2007
            Jessica Ann Kluver . . . LeMars, IA                           *Graduated with distinction
            Benjamin David McIntosh . . . Missouri Valley, IA
            Grant Howard Neff . . . Ottumwa, IA

 Graduate Students...
 FALL / 2006
  Fredy R. Romero Orellana (PhD) . . . New York, NY

 SPRING / 2007
  Christopher James Blume (MS) . . . Ames, IA

 SUMMER / 2007
  Federico Jose Valverde (PhD) . . . San Jose, Costa Rica

                                                                  GSHS Officers for 2007-08
                                                                  (left to right) Olivia L., Tigon W., Emilie J., Elizabeth D.

                                                   Students Currently Enrolled
                                                         in the Graduate Program . . .

                                                      Name                           Degree             Major Pprofessor
                                                      Angela Beaman                  MS                 R. Gladon
                                                      Nic Boersma                    MS                 N. Christians
                                                      Nickolee Z. Boyer              Ph.D.              W. Graves
                                                      Suqin Cai                      Ph.D.              C. Lashbrook
                                                      Brian Campbell                 Ph.D.              D. Hannapel
                                                      Keting Chen                    MS                 R. Arora
                                                      David DeVetter                 MS                 N. Christians
                                                      Craig Dilley                   Ph.D.              G. Nonnecke
 Emilie working on her research in the Greenhouse. Katey Dimmlich                    MS                 R. Gladon
                                                      Elizabeth Duncan               MS                 A. VanDerZanden
                                                      Joe Hannan                     MS                 P. Domoto
                                                      Wei Hao                        MS                 R. Arora
                                                      Matt Helgeson                  MS                 W. Graves
                                                      Andrew Hoiberg                 MS                 D. Minner
                                                      Ryan Holl                      MS                 D. Minner
                                                      Emilie Justen                  MS                 C. Haynes
                                                      Nick Kray                      M.AG.              N. Christians
                                                      Olivia Lenahan                 Ph.D.              W. Graves
                                                      Bernard Obaa                   MS                 G. Nonnecke
                                                      Majken Pagter                  MS                 R. Arora
                                                      Bryan Peterson                 MS                 W. Graves
                                                      Dennis Portz                   MS                 G. Nonnecke
                                                      Bruce Quint                    MS                 W. Graves
                                                      Lisa Smiley                    M.AG.              P. Domoto
                                                      Lee Trebbien                   MS                 P. Domoto
                                                      Xiang Wang                     MS                 R. Arora
Members of the Graduate Student Horticulture Society. Tigon Woline                   MS                 A. VanDerZanden
                                                      Chunzhen Zhang                 PhD                S.Fei, D.Hannapel
I spent this summer working as an intern on the ground staff at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet
Club, better known as Wimbledon. The ground staff was responsible for maintaining forty-one grass tennis
                                 courts, one croquet lawn, several ornamental lawns, and several clay tennis
                                 courts. I was able to gain valuable experience in many different aspects
                                 of turfgrass management. My responsibilities included: mowing, edg-
                                 ing, painting, seeding, verticutting, and rolling the grass courts, as well as
                                 renovating the courts after the tournament. During the Wimbledon tennis
                                 tournament, I was responsible for tarping Centre Court when it rained.
                                 Overall this was a great experience being involved with one of the premier
                                 sporting events in the world and having the opportunity to live in London
                                 for a summer.
                                 ________________________________________                 Joe Bowser

This past summer I had the good fortune of being the editorial intern at Better Homes & Gardens Special
Interest Media in Des Moines, IA. My work with the garden group included writing, producing, and assisting
with stories destined for publication in Garden, Deck & Landscape, Nature’s Garden, Perennials, and www. It is difficult to speak succinctly about the bountiful experiences gleaned from this past summer’s
work. This internship afforded me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and well-respected
editors of horticultural media in the country. I learned a great deal about the publication process, ethics, and
mass market journalism while applying my horticiultural knowledge.
        My internship will be a valuable memory and lasting milestone of my horticultural education here at
Iowa State. As an honors student I’ve been fortunate to be able to craft my own degree program tailored to my
diverse interests, including communications and plant breeding. This internship fits tightly within that plan.
But my internship is more than a satisfaction of academic credit. It is a life experience that I will rely on as I
pursue my career as an author and plant breeder.
                                       __________________________________________ Kelly D. Norris

                                   This summer I interned at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. It hosts
                                   the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins spring training camp as well
                                   as games. It is home to the Advanced A Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter
                                   Hammerheads. I worked on the grounds crew and worked the Palm Beach
                                   Cardinals games. My duties included:
                                   mowing, fertilizing, mound repairs, in-
                                   field skin maintenance, tarping, aerating,
                                   verticutting and overall maintenance of
                                   the facility.
        This opportunity was invaluable to my education experience. I
learned how to maintain Bermuda and Saint Augustine warm season
grasses, which before I have only looked at in the greenhouses. I also
learned how vital communication is with fellow employees and front of-
fice personnel when it is time to tarp the field, and in Florida it is a daily
        Through my Horticulture degree at ISU I have been able to put my classroom knowledge to work
through different internships. This has been a huge factor in building a great resume and getting to know great
leaders in the Turfgrass Industry.     ____________________________________ Michael Poll
                           This summer I had the opportunity to intern at The Club at Cordillera in Edwards,
                           Colorado. There are four courses at Cordillera and I had the opportunity to work on
                           The Summit Course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Cordillera is located in the presti-
                           gious Vail Valley and is home to the Lodge at Cordillera, a premier resort destina-
                           tion for golfers and skiers alike. The Club at Cordillera is one of the premier golf
                           clubs not only in Colorado, but also in the country.
                           Interning at the Club at Cordillera was very important to me in many ways. The
                           internship not only gave me more teaching in the science of turfgrass management,
                           but it also gave me the chance to understand and practice the business management
                           side of the industry. I was treated like the 2nd assistant superintendent and given
                           responsibilities such as being in charge of
                           the crew and being in charge of my own
weekend. I was involved in everything from spraying greens and
tees to verticutting and managing the crew. The internship gave me a
great insight to money and time management, meeting the member’s
needs, and managing water as a scarce resource.
        Interning at The Club at Cordillera was a very rewarding
experience and beneficial towards my career. I got to work in a great
environment with great people (even though a few were Penn State
grads) while learning all aspects of the turfgrass industry. All that I
learned this past summer will come to good use as soon as I graduate
and secure a job in the golf industry.
                _____________________________________________________ Ryan Madden

I recently completed my 6-month internship at Plant Delights
Nursery in Raleigh, NC. Plant Delights is a mail order nursery
growing unusual and hard-to-find perennials. Plant Delights is
also home to Juniper Level Botanical Garden, a six-acre “must-
see” garden featuring 17,000 unique plants.
        For most of the first 6 weeks I assisted the Facilities Co-
ordinator maintain and repair the grounds and greenhouses. The
following week I worked with the Grower. The next seven weeks
were spent with the Stocking Supervisor getting through the busi-
est shipping season. The remainder of the internship was spent in
the Propagation Department.
        During my internship I learned how to repair the many
                                                    components of
                                                    the greenhouses, especially irrigation, and different pieces
                                                    of equipment. I cut back and deadheaded many plants, saw
                                                    when to do this and how long it would take each species
                                                    to recover. One of the more difficult parts of my intern-
                                                    ship was selecting the best available plants to be shipped to
                                                    customers or in some cases recognizing that there were no
                                                    plants of a particular species large and healthy enough to
                                                    be shipped. My favorite part of the internship was in the
                                                    Propagation Department. I learned how to propagate many
                                                    species from cuttings, divisions, and seeds.
                                                    _____________________________ Justus Moodie
                                        My internship at Country Landscapes this summer proved to be a great
                                        learning experience. I began full time at the beginning of May, work-
                                        ing 8 AM to 6 PM, 5 days a week. As the summer progressed, I became
                                        more familiar with how the company operated.
                                               The first several weeks we spent preparing for the season. We
                                        unloaded plants from delivery trucks, set up and mulched, balled and
                                        burlapped trees, hooked up the irrigation system, and learned how to use
                                        the computers to ring up sales.
                                               Another feat we as the nursery workers were to learn was how to
                                        operate the loaders. This was possibly my favorite part of the job. At
                                        first I was quite nervous and afraid that I would crash a loader bucket
into the back of someone’s truck, but by the end of the season, I enjoyed maneuvering the machines. I found
it very entertaining when a slightly older gentleman would ask with uncertainty, “Are you going to be loading
the mulch?” and I would respond, “Yep, I sure am!” Each task
had its challenges, which made the job interesting and mean-
        With each task I learned useful bits of information. A
major challenge for me was remembering what I learned in my
Woodies class and applying it to help answer cusstomers’ ques-
tions. Several times I had to phone one of my superiors and
ask them what plant to suggest to a customer with this sort of
landscape or that sort of landscape. This experience refreshed
some of the information I had forgotten, as well as helped me
learn some new facts. I also gained experience building urn
and boulder fountains, working with customers, designers, and
delivery drivers, and pulling plants for jobs.
        This internship gave me irreplaceable insight about my-
self and the industry. The knowledge I gained will be a great
asset in my career as a horticulturist.        ____________________________________ Karli Christensen

       During the summer and fall of 2006 I participated in an internship with C. Raker and Sons, in Litch-
field, MI, as their Liner Profit Center intern and grower. Going into this internship, I knew I wanted to work in
the vegetative annual sector of the industry, and I was confident that my career path was taking me in the direc-
                               tion of being a vegetative young plant specialist. This was the perfect internship
                               for me to test my career direction because the jobs they had me performing were
                               the same as those assigned to a vegetative young plant grower. Raker was going
                               through a hiring change, and as a result, they gave me the interim grower posi-
                               tion until they found a permanent, full-time grower. I was put in charge of the
                               propagation area, and I make the necessary changes to ensure that high-quality
                               rooted liners were produced. I learned how to make a production schedule and
                               the importance of writing cultural notes to develop production plans for future
                               use. I was in charge of various perennial and annual crops, and that helped me
                               develop and categorize a time management schedule that ensured proper culture
                               for all crops. This interim grower position helped me learn how a commercial
                               greenhouse operates on a daily basis, and it also showed me that if I make a mis-
                               take, I am interfering with the quality or whether the crop gets to the consumer
                               on time.
                               __________________________________ Eric Pitzen - C. Raker & Sons, Inc.
  During spring semester, 2007, I participated in a Vic and Margaret Ball Internship with Tagawa Greenhouses
Enterprises in Brighton, Colorado. During my internship I learned different skills that will be applicable in
my future career. I also learned and evaluated how a commercial greenhouse operates on a daily and seasonal
        I performed many different types of work during my internship, with the majority of my time spent
in annual plug production and finished production of annual cell packs and hanging baskets. My internship
was constructed so that I would learn all processes of production and perform all the jobs of the greenhouse in
chronological order.
        One of the most interesting weeks of my internship was spent in sales and marketing. Here I was able
to travel with Tagawa’s category managers to different Home Depot locations organizing and setting up stores
to make them look more eye-appealing to customers. Some of my internship was spent learning the business
aspects of a greenhouse and the Tagawas company. I shadowed individuals, inquiring how and what they do
affects what happens in the greenhouse. This was very informative because it consolidated all the information
and questions that I accumulated while completing my internship.
        My six-month internship at Tagawa’s had a huge impact on my career plans and goals. Before arriving
at Tagawa’s, I thought I wanted to be a vegetative-young plant grower in a commercial greenhouse operation.
After leaving my internship, I learned that type of position was not for me. This internship experience enabled
me to determine my areas of strengths and weaknesses, interests and dislikes. I believe I need to improve my
business and marketing acumen. With this in mind, I made changes in my class schedule at Iowa State to help
strengthen those two areas before I graduate. I determined my future plans are to work in new product devel-
opment, for a leading company in the areas of breeding, development and production of vegetative plants. I
would like to be the company’s breeder relations individual and travel nationally and internationally looking
for new and improved species that can be introducted into the American market.
                __________________________________________ Eric C. Pitzen - Vic & Margaret Ball
                                           I spent my summer as the education intern at Reiman Gardens. I
                                           learned a great deal from everyone I worked with; they all taught me
                                           something whether I was doing a project for them or just working
                                           with them. My duties this summer consisted mainly of youth tours
                                           and preparing youth activities, but I found out quickly that I had to be
                                           flexible and alter my schedule day by day. I helped the indoor horti-
                                           culture students quite often, watering, potting, and setting up hallway
                                           displays. I also helped the volunteer coordinator and the events coor-
                                           dinator with little jobs.
                                              I enjoyed working with everyone through-
                                           out the summer and learning about the dif-
                                           ferent areas that are part of public gardening.
                                           Moving around day to day taught me how to
be flexible and adjust to working in various situations. I was able to learn the distress
of a volunteer coordinator, trying to get people to volunteer when we needed them
and all of the contacts an events coordinator needs to have and always be on track
with when setting up an event. I really enjoyed working with the indoor horticultur-
ist because I learned how to make arrangements for the hallway displays and large
        I did, of course, enjoy giving the youth tours and working with kids that came
to Reiman Gardens. I learned a lot about how to interact with children and tour groups in the public garden
and what to expect in this setting. This internship showed me what I want and do not want in future intern-
ships and possible jobs. I think it was really important that I experienced something like this before graduat-
ing from college and I cannot wait to find another exciting internship like it for next summer.
                ____________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Childs
                               This summer I packed up my things and moved to the Chicago area, ready and
                                 excited to start my internship at Phillip’s Flowers in Westmont, Illinois. I was
                                 hoping to gain a new perspective of and additional work experience in the floral
                                 industry. I wanted to diversify and expand my knowledge in the retail floral
                                 business. Over a fourteen week period, I learned a lot about the company and
                                 floral design, but most importantly, I learned a lot about myself. I now have a
                                 clearer picture of what I want in my future as a floral designer and hopefully
                                 future owner of a floral design business.
                                     I started my internship the Wednesday before Mother’s Day. As a major
                                 supplier of Chicago land’s floral designs, Phillip’s Flowers awe-struck me those
                                 first couple of days with the amount of merchandise that was flowing in and out
                                 of their doors. After the holiday, things went back to normal in the company,
and I settled into the many facets of my internship. Although the majority of my time at Phillip’s was spent
in their Event Department, I did get a chance to spend time in almost all of the departments Phillip’s offers in
their company including production, dispatch, retail, whole-
sale, phone room, plants, administration, and branch stores.
Each department offered something different and something
for me to learn.
    I spent a majority of my time in the events department,
which I enjoyed very much. The ladies I worked with were
great mentors and very fun to be around. I learned a lot in
this department that I can use down the road, and I was really
able to use my creativity on such projects as standing orders.
I enjoyed this so much because flowers were at my disposal,
and I had access to about any flower which made designing
fun and exciting. I believe I enjoyed the event department
because I learned some new design techniques, but most im-
portantly, I was exposed to new things. I worked on elaborate and colorful Indian weddings, something that is
not common in Iowa. I also had the chance to go on set-ups and see some really gorgeous venues. My experi-
ence in events gave me a lot of great ideas for designs. I also enjoyed this department because I was able to
meet with customers for a bridal consultation. I really enjoyed this because I am a people person, and I really
enjoy working and conversing with customers.
    The impact my internship had on my career and education is almost too large to express in words. My
experience in a successful retail florist company solidified my interest in floral design as I am still passionate
about the floral industry and excited to make big strides in my career. It also provided me great opportuni-
ties for the future. Finally, the internship better prepared me for a fast-paced job in the floral industry. I
learned how to adjust in a new work environment and effectively work with new co-workers. In just a couple
of years, I will be out on my own, hopefully working in a floral design business and using what I learned at
Phillip’s Flowers to help fuel my success.
                                                                                               Megan Staley

            Internships give our students very practical “hands-on” experience and
          often play a very important role in future employment. Thanks to all of you
                        out there who provide internship opportunities.
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                                                                                         those who received them.
                                                                                                                    majoring in Horticulture.

   Pickett-Volz-Nichols     Bob Clark Mem. Scholarship
  Edward R. Robinson        Dan Cooper Scholarship             A.E.Cott Scholarship
  Ralph Williams              Dept. of Horticulture
                                                                Mary E. Amos
   Scholarship                    Federated                      Hort Fund
Minnesota Nursery &               Garden Club
                            E.S. Haber Scholarship              Bauske Scholarship
Landscape Association
                           Erwin Memorial Scholarship       Bayer Environmental
                                                            Science Scholarship
                           Hattie Meyer Traviss
                            Hort Club Scholarship
    Nau Memorial
                                  Hughes Award
    Naomi Maahs
                            Iowa Turfgrass Inst.
                                                              Bradbury Scholarship
                              Kemper A. Kirkpatrick
      Sterling-Ainsworth           Scholarship             Jerry Benning Scholarship
                                 Lyle Cox Memorial
      Wheelock-Wilson                                      Charles V. Hall Scholarship
 Toro Scholarship                                               S.C. Emmack
                           Isabelle M. Isley Scholarship
                                                               Robert M. Clark
Zimmerman Memorial         Elmer Lundberg Scholarship        Memorial Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                Scholarships Awarded...2006-07
Study Abroad... Ukraine
My name is Chelsea Wetjen and I am a junior here at ISU majoring in Animal Science and Food Safety. This past May, I
spent the most incredible two weeks of my life in a country that I absolutely fell in love with-Ukraine. These excerpts are
from my journal that I wrote up during our trip and I hope that through my eyes you will be able to see what I saw and
begin to feel what I felt. I also hope that you will see Ukrainians as I did- as warm, caring, embracing people who were
always willing to share what little they had. Ukraine is an amazing country, and I encourage every one of you to travel
there- I promise that you will remember Ukraine for the rest of your life. Enjoy.
                                                         Day 1: May 6-Traveling to Ukraine
                                                         Yesterday was spent traveling. The airport in Detroit was amazing. It had
                                                         the most amazing underground moving sidewalk with psychedelic lights
                                                         and crazy music to go along with it. The flight to Amsterdam was very
                                                         smooth and I sat next to a Dutch couple. It was definitely awkward wak-
                                                         ing up after sleeping to find I was lying on the Dutch man! Thank God he
                                                         was still snoozing!! We landed in Amsterdam early but not early enough
                                                         to explore their amazing airport. I was in awe that I was in Europe. I
                                                         guess I still can’t believe it! The airport in Kyiv was quite a shock after
                                                         the first two. You could still feel a Soviet presence in the cold and almost
                                                         hostile concrete environment. No decorations, no carpeting, nothing that
                                                         even hinted of warmth, welcome, and comfort. We all got into Ukraine
                                                         without a hitch and I believe that’s when it actually hit me that we were
                                                         here. I was a little nervous when I saw our bus - it was definitely some-
                                                         thing from the 80s. We stopped to take our group picture by the sign into
                                                         Kyiv that proclaimed “City of Heroes.” I think that sign will be my first
                                                         glimpse into the strong nationality of the Ukrainian people. For supper
                                                         we ate at the University dining center. I think our main dish was pork but
                                                         whatever it was it was amazing, especially after plane food. The supper
                                                         was one of the best meals I have ever tasted. And the pear juice was
                                                         unlike any juice I have ever tasted. It was great. After supper our group
                                                         went to get water, which was an experience. I had my first experience
                                                         using Hryvnia, and without the number on the screen I wouldn’t have
                                                         been able to pay. For a huge jug of water and a water bottle it was only
                                                         $2 American dollars. This was eye opening for me. I felt so rich and
                                                         privileged knowing that my 8 Hryvnia for water, something so cheap
                                                         for me, was a big deal to most Ukrainian people. After returning to our
                                                         hostel with our water, I went to bed for the best night of sleep ever.

                                                         Day 3: May 8-Kyiv
                                                         After yet another wonderful breakfast we started on our bus tour of Kyiv.
                                                         Our tour guide was a feisty woman who was very “get down to business”
                                                         and didn’t like to stray from her set path. Our first stop was the monu-
                                                         ment dedicated to the Kyiv founders. It was a beautiful monument that
                                                         looked over the Dnieper River. I liked the story she told us about how
                                                         new brides had to throw their bouquet over their shoulders and it had
                                                         to land in the monument and if it didn’t the marriage wouldn’t last. From
                                                         this viewpoint you could also see the Motherland statue. After taking our
                                                         pictures and admiring the spectacular view of the city we went to a gor-
                                                         geous and ornate Greek Catholic Church. When the Pope visited Kyiv,
                                                         this is the church he visited. As we were walking in to admire the church,
                                                         a baptism was taking place. The Father stopped the baptism and gave
                                                         us a brief history of the church and then warmly asked us to stay and
                                                         watch the baptism. I was once again touched by the Ukrainian people’s
Study Abroad...Ukraine   welcoming of us. After the baptism concluded, we then got into our
                         bus and drove to look at a palace and the building where Parliament
                         meets. I was shocked at the number of peaceful protestors in the park.
                         There were hundreds of tents of Ukrainians of the Blue (anti-Yush-
                         chenko) and Red (Communists) party but the situation was very under
                         control. As one of our professors explained, the people of Ukraine
                         take their right to protest very seriously, but yet they do it peacefully.
                         We continued our walk through the park and stopped at many lookout
                         points with a view of Kyiv that took my breath away. We also saw the
                         fusbol stadium and I was surprised at how small it was. It only seats
                         25000 people. We went over a bridge where supposedly a young
                         couple declares their love and then is engaged. We next visited the
                         building where they hold puppet shows for children of Ukraine. It was
                         almost like something out of a fairy tale and I was expecting nymphs
                         and elves to show up any minute. As we continued our stroll through
                         the blooming park, we got to see what I was highly anticipating-the
                         bird man. Dr. Kenealy had spoken of him and I was like a little child on
                         Christmas morning so when we walked down those stairs and I saw
                         him I almost cried out in glee. There he was, dressed in his black Stet-
                         son and cowboy boots, covered in pigeons and surrounded by dogs.
                         Justin was the only soul brave enough to cover himself in pigeons. I
                         guess what shocked me the most was that the birds listened when this
                         man spoke. He had such a connection with those pigeons and nature
                         that I can only hope to have enough patience and kindheartedness
                         to be able to connect to some animal in that way. This area was also
                         where a huge arch over another monument was and here at this place
                         we got yet another view of the “City of Heroes” that knocked the breath
                         right out of me.

                         After another round of playing Kyiv’s paparazzi we took our bus to
                         another section of Kyiv. We visited an old pharmacy and a monastery
                         with nuns. Even though the interior of the church was being redone,
                         the beauty in this church was tremendous. We traveled by bus some
                         more and after some amazing maneuvering by Driver through the
                         crowded streets (we had centimeters to spare and Driver deserved the
                         smoke break he took) we came to St. Michael’s Cathedral. It was bright
                         blue with gold domes and the colors reminded me of the strong nation-
                         alism felt by the Ukrainian people. As we were about to enter, a choir of
                         young boys was lining up to sing. We followed them into the cathedral
                         and their singing gave me goose bumps. These 9 and 10 year olds
                         may have had the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. I could
                         have listened to them all day. Being surprisingly early to the Chernobyl
                         museum and ready to meet my fellow group members, a few of us
                         took the chance to quickly stop at a Ukrainian market. I bought one of
                         the most delicious cherry breads for all of 1 Hryvnia, or around $.20.
                         Then it was time for the Chernobyl museum. This tour has been the
                         most touching of this trip thus far. Our tour guide was outstanding and
                         was able to paint such a gruesome, yet true, story for us that evoked
                         emotions I never knew I could feel. I can’t ever describe such anger
                         and sorrow and sympathy and even guilt that I felt. The museum
                         definitely left me thinking and has left me wondering what damage our
                         power and money and oil driven economy could potentially lead us to.
                         After the intenseness of the museum it was good to get a chance to
Study Abroad...Ukraine   eat and shop and explore for a few hours. At 6:15 our group rejoined (we
                         got to the meeting spot early and got to watch break dancers) and we
                         herded ourselves to the uphill opera house. We saw the ballet “Vienna
                         Waltz” and while it was an outstanding performance the day’s events left
                         me tired and struggling to stay awake. This was my first ballet and the
                         nimbleness and gracefulness of the dancers awed me. After its conclu-
                         sion, we all headed home in hope of a warm shower. While this wish
                         was somewhat granted, this experience has taught me to value the little
                         things, such as always having a hot shower and dependable toilets, and
                         to not take so much for granted. While the prospects of more monuments
                         has somewhat burned me out, I am sure that tomorrow will be an even
                         bigger and better adventure than today.

                         Day 6: May 11-Lviv
                         Today was our trip to Lviv. Our train arrived at around 6:45 am and our
                         day started. We waited a while for our bus (another brown one but minus
                         Driver) and at around 8 we got to finally eat. We ate McDonalds but we
                         had the regular lunch menu because there wasn’t a breakfast menu. After
                         we got done chowing down we drove to a village outside of Lviv to visit
                         the museum there. After a 2-hour tour of the “brief history of the museum”
                         we got to go talk to Ukrainian students. They were learning English and
                         the 4 girls that we got to talk to were super curious and fun. They asked
                         many questions-where are you from, brothers and sisters, what we were
                         studying, if we had boyfriends, where we lived, how often we went home
                         to visit, and what the States were like. I learned a lot about those girls.
                         They have a pet mouse named Zsa Zsa and that they couldn’t pick their
                         classes. They lived close to the village and went home often to visit. Talk-
                         ing to those girls has been one of the highlights of my trip. It was nice to
                         get to connect to them and I learned that Ukrainian life is like American
                         life in many respects. We talked about and compared boys (it’s a girl
                         thing) and it really helped me become even more emotionally involved
                         with Ukraine. Sadly, the girls had to go to other classes and our group
                         then went to an Animal Genetics and Breeding lab.

                         It was then off to another village to admire some very old churches. While
                         they were old they were still beautiful. It’s so sad that those people don’t
                         have the money to restore those gorgeous buildings and yet people in
                         the US have the money and no buildings to restore. I was shocked when
                         Jodi told us that the Soviets used to fill those beautiful old buildings,
                         some from the 1650s, with grain and corn. I guess I don’t understand
                         how people don’t value historical buildings. The only downfall to this
                         village tour was our translator. Igor told us that she wasn’t translating
                         very well and I feel that many of the wise and knowledgeable professor’s
                         words were lost and that we lost a part of Ukraine’s rich history. After a
                         lunch at the University we headed back to Lviv. Our tour guide took us to
                         a massive cemetery and led us around and gave us a bit of history. I rec-
                         ognized the grave of Ivan Franko. After the cemetery we went to Castle
                         Hill for a breathtaking view of the city. You could see for miles and miles
                         and I could have stayed there forever had it not been for the gusty wind.
                         I got my picture taken with Igor and Merslava, our awesome Ukrainian
                         student guides. When the last photo had been taken, we climbed down to
                         finally get some alone time. We got to explore downtown Lviv. Trish and
                         I souvenir shopped for about half an hour but the vendors were shutting
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down for the night. It was fun trying to communicate and I was proud of my purchases.
Trish and I also found an internet café and after emailing and Facebooking we went for
some supper. We ate at a bistro and by way of pointing we were able to order. Although
our pizza complete with corn wasn’t what we had ordered, it was delicious. At around 9
or 9:30 we met up with our group, many of which had started celebrating Lviv. Reflecting
on the day, I realized that I really liked Lviv, possibly more than Kyiv. I am also begin-
ning to realize that I am in love with this country and I am already dreading leaving and
looking forward to coming back. I want to learn Russian or Ukrainian and I think this is a
goal that I will try my hardest to achieve. I love this country and this culture with a pas-
sion that I didn’t know existed and this short time is flying by -- this time in my life that I
will NEVER forget.

Day 9: May 14-Dnipropetrovsk
We started off a little earlier than usual with breakfast at 7 am. It was a more American
style breakfast of sunny-side-up eggs and a BLT like toast. We went to the Dnipropetro-
vsk State Agrarian University (DSAU) and listened to a presentation by Dr. Gladon and
then by Brock. After that we went to their vet med school. The tour of the school was
interesting and I enjoyed seeing their classrooms and labs. The classrooms and equip-
ment were very old and it made me wonder how the students are learning the proper
procedures and techniques. We ate lunch at the school (more borscht-day 3). Our next
stop was McDonald’s East Balt Bakery, where they make McDonald’s bread products
for all of eastern- Europe. This was awesome!!! I could sit and watch machines for hours
because I find them mesmerizing. The whole bun-making process was really neat and
they served us delicious snacks afterwards. Next it was back to the vet med school for
supper. While waiting for the shashlik to cook, we sat with the students and explained
what we did in our free time and how we liked to have fun. The Ukrainian students did
the same and it was fun seeing how similar we really are. We enjoyed many of the
same activities such as grilling out, sports, outdoor activities, dancing, and just hanging
out with friends. We waited a long time for our shashlik to cook and in the meantime a
bunch of us American and Ukrainian students went to a store. I really like how polite
Ukrainian men are. One of the professors that went with us refused to let Maureen or
I carry our own bag of juice. When we got back, and while we continued to wait for the
shashlik to cook, I got to listen to Brock’s engagement story. During supper we sat with
2 Ukrainian students and I enjoyed talking to them, even though sometimes it was hard
to understand them. The Ukrainian students had set up a small dance floor and after
getting a little stimulation a bunch of us got on the dance floor and showed those Ukrai-
nians how to really dance. Even Jodi and Dr. Gibson were busting a move. It was very
interesting to watch the Ukrainians because they have a different style of dancing. The
Ukrainian men just stood around and watched while all of us American students went
all out and danced up a storm. Our white boys danced better than the Ukrainians!! They
played both American and Ukrainian music and my favorite song was a very fast-paced
Ukrainian song. After a long time dancing, we all headed outside to get on the bus. I
thoroughly enjoyed my first full day in Dnipropetrovsk (excluding the borscht!) and I look
forward to visiting the big dairy farm and grain producer.

Day 13: May 18-Yalta
We started out today with a buffet-style breakfast at the hotel. I really enjoyed this
because I got to choose what I wanted and didn’t want on my plate. I really liked the
fresh fruit and I hope the vitamin C in the oranges will help stop the nasty cold I am
getting. Our journey in Yalta began with a driving history by our spunky tour guide. She
was very attention-grabbing and unlike the other tour guides who just droned on, she
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only told us interesting facts and stories. Our first stop was a castle built in an English style by Count Vronskly. In order to get to this
castle we got to walk through a striking garden, all the while with our tour guide describing the different trees, shrubs, and flowers.
I really enjoyed the walk through the park and the tour of the castle. Not only were they both gorgeous, but our tour guide was so
knowledgeable and told us about the history of the castle and the family that lived there. My favorite room was the winter garden. It
was filled with incredible plants and the view of the Black Sea was remarkable. Our tour guide continued her explanations of plants
and flowers as we meandered back to the bus and even though I am usually not interested in trees I found her stories interesting
and I was easily able to follow along. By the time we got done touring the castle and getting back to the bus it was time for lunch. We
ate at a restaurant that overlooked Swallow Nest Castle. The food (mashed potatoes and sausage) was good and tasted even bet-
ter because we got somewhat of a choice in what we ate. After lunch and a little gift buying from the street vendors we went to the
palace where the Yalta Conference was held. This was also the former home of Nicolai II, the last czar of Russia. The touring of the
part of the palace dedicated to him and his family was heartbreaking because of the tragic end to the family. The 4 daughters, Olga,
Maria, Tatiana, and Anastasia, were just beautiful and the son Alexei was becoming a handsome young man. It is hard to believe
that such an awful fate could come upon such innocent and good-looking children. I also liked the part of the palace dedicated to
the Yalta Conference. President Roosevelt stayed in this same palace because of his handicap and Prime Minister Churchill stayed
at our previously visited Vronsky Palace, because of the English style to it. We next visited a botanical garden, one of the prettiest
ones I have seen. Our tour guide told us about the many different trees and flowers and some ancient stories of how such things
such as Cyprus trees and roses were created. While looking at the trees...especially the bamboo trees...was interesting, what I most
enjoyed were the pretty and diverse flowers. After the botanical garden we went to the Messandra Winery. We got a tour of where
they stored and fermented the wine and we got to see a bottle of wine from 1775, an honor that not many people get. Another bottle
of this wine previously sold for $50,000. After the completion of the tour we got to go wine tasting. I’m not a huge fan of wine so while
this was a fun and new experience for me I didn’t really enjoy the sweetness of any of the wines. After this our long but very superior
day was done. A big group of us ate dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Of course the service was slow, the food didn’t come out at the
same time, and they ran out of hamburger, it was good not eating borsch or fried pork fritters or mashed potatoes. After eating and
drinking some pivo our big group went down to the rock beach. This was fun because some of the people went swimming and wad-
ing in the Black Sea and it was funny watching them freak out in the cold water. Maureen and I were tired so we decided to go back
to our rooms. We had a really good heart-to-heart on the way back and I have a feeling that we will remain friends long after our trip
is over. After journaling in the hallway for a while I went to bed satisfied after a great day in Yalta. My only regret is that we didn’t get
to stay here longer as this has been my favorite place in Ukraine so far.

Day 15: May 20-Back to the US
While I was sad at the thought of leaving a country that I have grown to love, I was able to smile just thinking back to all
the wonderful memories, amazing friends, superb sights, and magnificent times that I had here in Ukraine.

                                                          (1)Monument to Kyiv founders
                                                          (2)The Bird Man
                                                          (3)St. Michael’s Cathedral
                                                          (4)American and Ukrainian girls- We talked about boys!!
                                                             (That’s me on the far left)
                                                          (5)Trish and I at Vronsky’s Palace w/ the Black Sea behind us
                                                          (6)Inside the East Balt Bakery
                                                          (7)Vronsky’s Palace
                                                          (8)Palace where Yalta Conference held
                                                          (9)Wine from 1775 at the Messandra Winery
                                                         (10)Church in village outside of Lviv
                                                         (11)Flowers at the Yalta botanical garden
                                                         (12)Yalta with the Crimean Mountains
  Study Abroad . . . Uganda
                                                        Department of Horticulture
                                                        Study Abroad Experiences:
                                                                Service-Learning in Uganda
                                                                            by Lisa Wasko
                                                                            Graduated Senior in Biology & Horticulture

                                                        In the summer of 2007, six undergraduate students representing
                                                        Iowa State University (ISU) had the privilege of spending 4-½
                                                        weeks in Kamuli, a critically food-insecure region of Uganda, as
                                                        part of a sustainable agriculture school garden/service-learning
                                                        program. Two of those six students, Susannah Stofer and I, served
                                                        as ambassadors for the Department of Horticulture.

While there, we became members of a bi-national team comprised of Makerere University, ISU, and the Ugandan-
based nongovernmental organization VEDCO (Volunteer Efforts for Development Concern). This team assisted in the
development of school gardens, taught primary-level classes ranging from agriculture to health and sanitation, and
completed multiple independent projects. Personally, the people met, experiences shared, and knowledge acquired all
culminate in making this trip among the most positive experiences of my life.

Geography & Demographics . . .
Uganda is an east African country that is approximately the size of Oregon and lies north of the continent’s largest body
of water, Lake Victoria. Lake Victoria also serves as one of the major headwaters of the Nile, reputedly one of the world’s
longest rivers. Alternating wet-dry seasons in this tropical-equatorial region of the world characterize Uganda’s climate,
which a diverse array of plants and animals take residency in.

Over thirty million people presently call Uganda home. On a solemn note, high infant mortality rates and decreased life
expectancy are very real issues that confront this nation due to poverty, hunger, and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and
malaria. Unfortunately, food insecurity and poor health care only exacerbate these problems.

While English is Uganda’s official language, indigenous tribal languages are widely spoken and frequently encountered.
Despite Christianity being the most widely practiced religion in Uganda, tribal beliefs and customs still persist. Moreover,
these colorful tribes are largely responsible for Uganda’s rich culture, which I was able to become immersed in during my

Deciding to go…. and breaking the ice . . .
When I told my family and friends that I was considering participating
in a study abroad program in Uganda, most of the responses were less
than enthusiastic. In fact, my father’s response was that of downright
opposition. “Over my dead body is my little girl going to Uganda! Have
you ever heard of Idi Amin?”

Many of my other friends simply gave me a puzzled look and inquired,
“Uganda? Of all the places in the world, why Africa?” They then went
on to discuss issues that have stigmatized Africa for years, such as
disease, poverty, tribal war, and so on.
Study Abroad...Uganda
Despite the encountered opposition, I applied for the program. My desire to go was simply too strong. I wanted to go to
another country and learn about another culture and how others engaged in agriculture. I wanted to utilize my knowledge
and skills in a philanthropic and concrete setting that had the potential to improve people’s livelihoods. I wanted to learn
skills that would better equip me to navigate through the world, both as a professional and as a human being. The list goes
on and on. Moreover, I wanted to come back upon completion of the trip, share my experiences, and hopefully alter some
of the common, less-than favorable perspectives that so many people have of Uganda.

So I went to Uganda. Then what? . . .
Not a day passes that I don’t think of Uganda, its people, and all the experiences I had. For the purpose of organization,
I will address some of the key components of the trip, which include working in school gardens, teaching, community
                                                               outreach, the completion of an independent project, and (of
                                                               course) free time.

                                                                  School Gardens . . .
                                                                  Part of the program’s emphasis was on working in school
                                                                  gardens within the Kamuli district. This year’s team spent
                                                                  a significant portion of their time working in the school
                                                                  gardens at two schools: Namasagali and Nakanyoni Primary

                                                                  School gardens are a unique concept and have multiple
                                                                  objectives. Firstly, food raised can help supplement school-
                                                                  feeding programs and generate school revenue. For many
                                                                  of the enrolled pupils in Kamuli, school meals can provide a

major portion of daily caloric intake. Providing nutritionally rich
food is one attempt at relieving issues pertaining to hunger and
malnutrition that afflict this food-insecure region of the world.

With agriculture being a part of Uganda’s national curriculum,
school gardens also provide outdoor learning laboratories that
allow pupils to experientially apply what they have learned in
a concrete setting, thereby enhancing the learning process.
Plant propagules within the garden are also intended to be
disseminated to pupils so that they may take them home, grow
them, and improve their diet and their families’ diets.

For horticulturists like myself, working in the gardens was
invaluable. After all, there are few places in the world where one could pick up an embago (hoe) and weed plots of
bananas, intercrop cassava with soybeans, and begin plotting a papaya orchard. As a native Iowan, it was also somewhat
nostalgic seeing corn grown amidst this diverse array of tropical crops.

Teaching . . .
As mentioned earlier, our collaborative efforts focused on two primary schools, Namasagali and Nakanyoni. To be
perfectly candid, teaching was a bit intimidating at first. Enrollment at Namasagali and Nakanyoni is estimated at
exceeding seven hundred and six hundred pupils, respectively. Thus, on a given day, classroom sizes sometimes
  Study Abroad...Uganda
exceeded sixty pupils! Furthermore, most of the pupils were only mildly versed in English, thereby adding somewhat of a
language barrier.

Despite these somewhat daunting factors, teaching was done and was one of the personal highlights of the trip.
However, I question the efficacy of our teaching had it not been for our Makerere student partners. Were it not for their
knowledge, insight, and willingness to serve as translators, the success of the teaching component of the program would
have been marginal.

Interacting with the pupils in the crowded, sometimes dirt-floored classrooms was a pleasure that is beyond my ability to
articulate. The specific lessons we taught were diverse and included agriculture-oriented subjects like plant spacing and
soil fertility, to health, sanitation, and nutrition. Although officially a designated teacher, I found myself also learning about
these topics. Needless to say, the learning did not cease there.

As a result of teaching and being a part of the program, I also learned about the role education can serve in improving
peoples’ livelihoods. This contrasts with my own personal experiences in which education has taken an academic
emphasis. By virtue of teaching in Uganda, I came to the realization that education can equip people with the knowledge
to improve their quality of life. Realizing this brought a whole new dimension to the teaching component of the program.

Community Outreach . . .
Our activities in Kamuli did not stop at the schools. While mornings were reserved for teaching and working in the school
gardens, afternoons were relatively free and allowed us ample time to explore the community. Our explorations enabled
us to develop a relationship with the local community, as well as meet some unforgettable individuals.

Katushabe Lillian was one such remarkable individual Susannah and I had the pleasure to become acquainted with. At
only seventeen years of age, Lillian was an avid                            agriculturist with a diverse garden and
healthy livestock. While Lillian enjoyed working on                         her family’s farm, her skills in agriculture
manifested themselves in providing nutritional food                         for her family of twenty-three (all under
one roof)-quite an accomplishment for a woman of                            her age.

During our many visits to Lillian’s, we helped                                       her garden and enjoyed numerous
discussions. While I appreciated meeting and                                         learning from Lilian, she and her family
greatly appreciated our involvement on their                                         farm. In fact, one of her sisters gave
birth to a girl during our stay and named it after                                   Susannah. As for myself, I had the
distinction of having a pig named after me. This act                                 of recognition was a great honor to both
Susannah and myself.

Independent Projects . . .
Additional time outside of the schools was also spent working on
independent projects. These independent projects allowed us
to take the initiative in designing a research project, collect data,
and draw conclusions from our work.

Makerere student Nsamba Jude, Susannah, and I worked on
a horticultural-themed project that evaluated how agricultural
practices were implemented in Namasagali pupils’ personal
home gardens and what crops were being grown. One of the
major objectives of our project was to assess how the school
                                                                               Study Abroad, Cont’d...
garden program was influencing pupils’ lives. Ideally, knowledge gained and implemented in pupils’ gardens as a result of
the program may better enable them to secure nutritional foods and improve their and their family’s livelihoods.

Free Time . . .
Needless to say, we were busy Monday through Friday. During weekday evenings, many of us worked by kerosene lamp
on lesson plans or instructional posters for the schools. Other times, we played cards, read along the Nile, or simply
enjoyed one another’s company.

Weekends were often allocated for field trips. One memorable trip was to the equator, where I got to place one foot in the
Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern Hemisphere. Perhaps my favorite weekend excursion was to Sippi
Falls at Mount Elgon. We took an unforgettable hike early one morning to the base of the falls, which turned out to be both
unforgettable and a little wet!

Conclusion . . .
                                                              Our trip to Uganda was only for a finite period of time. When our
                                                              allotted time expired, we bid our farewells and left with a heavy
                                                              heart. My affection for the country had become so great and I
                                                              wanted to continue on my involvement in the program.

                                                              When reflecting over the trip, I can safely make one general
                                                              conclusion: the service-learning program in Uganda was
                                                              phenomenal. To briefly summarize, I learned an extraordinary
                                                              amount about Uganda, its inhabitants, the value of collaboration
                                                              and reciprocity, agriculture, and myself. This list is not exclusive
                                                              and there are many other things that I unknowingly am excluding.
                                                              This is because of the fact that what I learned is tremendous and
                                                              will continue to exert its influence on me for the rest of my life.

Although I am no longer in Uganda, my involvement with the program has not ceased. Rather, I enjoy every opportunity
that I have in sharing my experiences with others. Hopefully, my testimony both enlightens and elevates people’s
perspective of Uganda.

Acknowledgements . . .
In the native language of Lusoga, “webale” translates to “thank
you.” The many hard-working individuals of this multifaceted
program all deserve a most thankful acknowledgement.
Just a handful of those deserving people and organizations
include: Dr. David Acker (College of Agriculture & Life
Sciences and Global Agriculture Programs), Dr. Robert Mazur
and Mrs. Dorothy Masinde (Center for Sustainable Rural
Livelihoods), Mrs. Shelly Taylor (Study Abroad for the College
of Agriculture & Life Sciences), the ISU Foundation, VEDCO,
and Makerere University. Lastly, I would like to acknowledge
our knowledgeable leaders Dr. Lee Burras (Department of
Agronomy), Mr. Richard Bundy (ISU Foundation), and Dr. Gail
Nonnecke (Department of Horticulture).
                                                                Awards & Recognitions...
Dr. Gail R. Nonnecke Receives another Award . . .

                                              Horticulture Professor Gail Nonnecke has been selected Iowa
                                           Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Ad-
                                           vancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and
                                           Support of Education. She traveled to Washington, DC to receive
                                           this award.
                                               During the last two summers, Dr. Nonnecke led a team of stu-
                                           dents that helped develop a school garden for teaching agriculture
                                           in rural Uganda. Dr. Nonnecke’s research specialty is sustain-
                                           able small fruit or berry crops. She has been at Iowa State for 24

Hort Undergrad Students are High Achievers . . .

   Congratulations to Lisa Wasko and Susannah Stofer, Horticulture
majors, for receiving first place in the Borlaug Poster Competition held
on October 15, 2007. Their poster and presentation described their
work in Uganda this past summer in which they evaluated the transfer
of agriculture knowledge and skills learned by primary school stu-
dents to their home gardens. They were recently recognized during the
Borlaug Lecture by Dr. Monty Jones and again during a seminar by Dr.
Nelson, 2007 World Food Prize laureate.

                                               Congratulations to Eric Pitzen, who was recently named
                                             Greenhouse Product News National Intern of the Year. This
                                             prestigious award carries with it a $3000 scholarship, and an
                                             all-expense paid trip to the 2008 Ohio Florists Association Short
                                             Course, in Columbus, OH.
                                                 During the summer of 2004 Eric interned at the Plantped-
                                             dler in Cresco, Iowa as the trial grounds manager. He chose
                                             Ball Horticultural in West Chicago as his second internship
                                             during the summer of 2005, where he served at Ball FloraPlant
                                             as a production research intern. Fall, 2006 Eric took a position
                                             with C. Raker and Son’s in Litchfield, MI as a liner profit cen-
ter intern/grower. Finally, Spring 2007, Eric completed the Vic and Margaret Ball Scholarship program at
Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises in Brighton, CO where he served as a production intern. Eric even made
the cover story in the January, 2008 issue of Greenhouse Product News.

  Matt Helgeson, now a Graduate Student . . . but while still an undergrad, participated in the Science
With Practice Program. His poster presentation was ranked by the judges as first out of the 16 posters/pre-
 Awards & Recognitions...
Iowa State Makes SIX in a Row at the National Turf Bowl . . .
                                             The turf club kept up their winning streak at the 2007 National
                                           Turf Bowl Contest at the Golf Course Superintendents Association
                                           of America meetings in Anaheim in February. They took first and
                                           second place out of 82 teams. This was their 6th first-place fin-
                                           ish in 6 years! The winning team included: Matt Klingenberg,
                                           Mark Newton, Adam Hebbel, and Brad Johnson. The students
                                           on the second-place team were: Shane Brockhoff, Jacob Kocak,
                                           Matt Hoffman, and Matt Leinen. Marcus Jones (graduate of the
                                           ISU Turf program) trained the teams and accompanied them to the
                                           meetings. Great job, Guys . . . Congratulations!

Hort Graduate Students Receive Awards . . .
  We congratulate Suqin Cai for receiving a Research Excellence Award
for her PhD dissertation work in Genetics. In return for all those years of hard
work, she got to wear a “snazzy” gold cord at her graduation in December.
  Craig Dilley (now Dr. Craig Dilley) was presented with a Fall 2007 Teach-
ing Excellence Award. The purpose of the award “is to recognize and encour-
age outstanding achievement by graduate students in teaching.” Craig has done
many wonderful and creating things in our classrooms over the years. (See
photo at right.)

Special Recognition . . .
On October 2, Almus maritima ‘September Sun’, invented by Drs. William Graves and James Schrader, has
received a patent and we heartily congratulate these two scientists on this unique and important achievement!
Dr. David Hannapel and former associates, Dr. Faye Rosin and Hao Chen -- recently received the good
news that a patent has been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for their invention. They
have been working on this project for quite some time -- Potato Transcription Factors, Methods of Use There-
of, and a Method for Enhancing Tuber Development. Well Done!

Ann Marie VanDerZanden Receives Recognition . . .
                                    Ann Marie VanDerZanden was selected as a 2007 NACTA Fellow (North
                                 American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture). This award is based on out-
                                 standing teaching accomplishments.
                                    *Dr. VanDerZanden’s Extension publication, Home Landscape: Under-
                                 standing the Basics of Landscape Design, won a 2007 American Society
                                 for Horticultural Science Award. The same publication won a Bronze Award
                                 from the Association for Communication Excellence.
                                    *Ann Marie’s textbook, Landscape Design, was published late summer,
                                 2007. Good Job!
Awards & Recognitions...
Congratulations to Arlen Patrick . . .
  Arlen has been named a 2007 recipient of the Horticulture, Professional & Ssientific Excellence Award
given by Iowa State University. He was formally recognized in September at the Fall Convocation and
Awards Ceremony . . . a well-deserved honor.
(See Arlen’s biography in the Alumni Spotlight of this Newsletter.)

Dr. David Minner was one of two recipients of the GCSA Distinguished Service Award ....
                             at the 73rd Iowa Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show in Des Moines.
                             Dr. Minner was honored for his dedication to supporting superintendents
                             through Extension travel and his excellent Turfgrass Research efforts. Dr.
                             Minner travels extensively across Iowa supporting turfgrass managers at Golf
                             Courses, Sports Fields and other properties. Minner completed a project titled,
                             “Field Assessment of Winter Injury on Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Blue-
                             grass Putting Greens” and worked on a moss control project in 2006.

Students from Iowa State University placed 2nd out of 26 teams in the
“Student Challenge” Competition at the Sports Turf Managers Confer-
ence in San Antonio (January/2007). We are very proud of these ISU
students for their participation and accomplishment at this national
conference. The students placing 2nd were Brad Johnson, Adam Heb-
bel, and Shane Brockhoff.
Reiman Gardens...Year in Review
                                                                                       Submitted by Maria Witte
                                                                              Graphic Designer / Reiman Gardens

                              If you haven’t been lately, make plans to see the gigantic, willow, belly of a
                              walk-through whale that will also be visible from University Boulevard (formerly
                              Elwood Drive) next summer at Reiman Gardens.

                              Each year, the Gardens are designed around a new theme to completely change
                              the look and design of several beds. The changing horticulture displays encourage
                              repeat and new visitors; staff also works feverishly to top the previous year’s

                              Reiman Gardens’ 2008 theme year, A Novel Garden, will highlight the
interweaving of the                                                                        garden and
literature. Each garden                                                                    area, including
the indoor conservatory,                                                                   will feature an
interpretation of a classic                                                                story or poem as
inspiration for the garden.                                                                Perfect for
bookworms, families, and                                                                   the garden lover,
this innovative twist on                                                                   horticulture is
sure to delight.

The belly of the Moby Dick                                                                      whale, nestled
among a sea of purple and                                                                       blue flowers,
a boat, lighthouse, birds                                                                       and fish in the
Campanile Garden is just a                                                                      fraction of what’s
to come.

A Novel Garden will take a complete turn from last year’s theme, Excellence in Bloom: Celebrating 150
Years at ISU. Excellence in Bloom included Cyclone and Gold colored displays, historical horticulturalists
from ISU, a replica of the Hixon-Lied Student Success Center roof made out of
plants, a Zodiac Garden based on MU’s famous and avoided floor medallion, and
an outdoor train which steamed past miniature models of ISU landmarks.

The G-scale trains will be back again for A Novel Garden theme year but with
                            a whole new plot. Little House in the Big Woods
                            by Laura Ingalls Wilder will set the theme for the
                            Children’s Railroad Garden. Visitors can expect log
                            cabins, split rail fences, and other highlights of pioneer

                               Another well-loved tradition, with a novel new twist
                               will be the spring tulip display, with inspiration from The Color Purple. The
                               displays will be filled with shades of purple, violet, and lavender. Throughout
                               the novel, the appearance of brighter colors indicates the liberation of various
                               characters as the author, Alice Walker, uses color to signal renewals and rebirths.
                                                               Reiman Gardens, Cont’d...
Visitors will also be able to enjoy the whimsy of several other novel-inspired gardens. The Conservatory will
be adorned with bright peach and yellow flowers for James and the Giant Peach. Later in the year, Peter Pan
will call the Conservatory home. You never know what to expect in Never Never Land.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will fill Joey and Jesse’s Herb Garden
with plants, some in absurd arrangements, which are grown and used to brew teas around the world in Mad
Hatter style.

From the Herb Garden, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to Peter Rabbit’s dwelling for the year, which will be
planted in the Home Production Garden in the Gardens’ south end. There you can see Peter and his sisters,
Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

The holiday show is planned to recreate Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and the Gardens lectures,
demonstrations, and Brown Bag topics will highlight many of these displays.

A Novel Garden will also include book worms done by local artists, insect comic books, Botanist lunches with
novel inspired foods, a book club, and many other “novel” plans.

Reiman Gardens employs approximately 40 students throughout the year in horticulture, entomology,
marketing, customer service, café and gift shop operations. The Gardens is used by over 35 classes each
year as a setting for academic study and is free to students. In addition to classes, approximately 6,200 ISU
students visit the Gardens annually.

Reiman Gardens is open daily, 9:00am to 4:30pm
from April 1 to December 31 annually with extended
summer hours. The Gardens relies on donations and
gifts to provide nearly 60 percent of its funding and can
receive gifts through the ISU Foundation.

For more information,
visit our web site
Hort Research Station...

                                                                    The Horticulture Research Station
                                                                    enjoyed a successful season in 2007.
                                                                    Coordinated by ISU Research and
                                                                    Demonstration Farms, of the College
                                                                    of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
                                                                    the station continues to improve its
                                                                    teaching, research, and extension


                                                                     A record number of class activities
                                                                     occurred at the research station in
                                                                     2007. Horticulture classes such as,
                                                                     Small Fruit Production, Turfgrass
Management, Landscape Design and Installation, and Herbaceous Ornamentals, visited regularly. Classes
from Architecture and Natural Resources and Environmental Management also used the station for teaching.
Overall, ten class sections and more than 310 students used the research station for learning experiences.

Multiple internship opportunities were offered at the station. A.J. Vosika, an ag business major, developed
wholesale markets for thousands of pounds of produce grown for research at the research station. As a
result, virtually no produce was thrown away this year. Another intern, horticulture student Matt Heard,
managed research projects on tomatoes, peppers, and brambles in the farm’s high tunnel. As part of his
internship, he presented what he learned to growers interested in high tunnels. Ryan Sturms, an agriculture
biochemistry major and horticulture minor, researched alternative weed control methods for woody plants.
The purpose was to develop a better and more efficient weed control program for these plants at the station.


The Horticulture Research Station’s main
function continues to be research. With more
than 80 projects and 20 faculty involved, the
range of projects is very diverse. Apples,
strawberries, grapes, tomatoes, melons,
and broccoli were grown for research.
Ornamental crops, such as turfgrass, shade
trees, and flowering crabs, were used for
research purposes also. In addition to the
horticultural crops, projects using prairie
plants and soybeans were conducted.
Projects involving fish, turtles, tree swallows,
mourning doves, and mosquitoes, added more
research diversity.
                                                                  Hort Research Station...
Industry and the Public

The public had a strong presence at the station. The research station hosted field days for Iowa turfgrass
managers and industry representatives, fruit and vegetable growers, grape and wine producers, as well as the
general public and Master Gardeners. Ten additional tours were conducted throughout the year. Groups of
industry representatives, new and visiting faculty and students, preschool children, and the general public
learned more about the current activities. At the end of the season, more than 950 people visited the station.

Facilities and Landscape

                                                 Repairs and improvements continued. The water tower was
                                                 painted. The entrance to the main laboratory building was
                                                 made handicap accessible, and a new roof and insulation were
                                                 installed. Cleanup and reorganization of the turf and pesticide
                                                 buildings are also underway.

                                                 Significant landscaping work continues. Extensive cleanup
                                                 of windbreaks and landscape plantings around the lake was
                                                 done by inmates from the Iowa Department of Corrections.
                                                 A replanting strategy is being developed to replace the aging
                                                 tree collection. A grove, to provide shaded areas for research
                                                 projects, was developed from an abandoned shade tree trial.

Students have participated in the landscape renovation. The Landscape Construction class, under Ann Marie
VanDerZanden, landscaped the front of the main laboratory building and installed planting beds at the front
gate. The Herbaceous Ornamentals class, under Cindy Haynes, designed large perennial plantings for areas
around the turf building, for fall 2008 planting.

With the student activities, extensive research projects, industry and public functions, and renovation projects,
the Horticulture Research Station was extremely busy in 2007. It is anticipated that it will continue to be more
important and useful to students, faculty, and staff at Iowa State University and the people of Iowa.
Alumni Spotlight...

Joseph Livingston
Certified Golf Course Superintendent
River Crest Country Club
Fort Worth, Texas

ISU Graduate 1995 / BS Horticulture

Thank you for asking me to contribute to the Alumni
Newsletter. Iowa State University is near and dear to
my heart, and I love coming back every so often to see
the evolution of this great institution. My road to ISU is
an odd and interesting story.

My Dad was a golf course superintendent at Elk Point Country Club, and then at Sioux City Country Club.
He was the hardest working man I’ve every known, and I can remember working with him on golf courses
since the age of 12. I fell in love with the art and science behind modern day “green keeping”, and the pride
that I felt looking at finely manicured turf. Upon high school graduation, I was attending a Div. II school in
South Dakota, when Dr. Nick Christians gave me a call. My father had given him a ride from an Iowa super-
intendent’s meeting, and had mentioned my love for golf maintenance. Dr. Christians, who is a great friend
and mentor, basically told me I was transferring to ISU and signed me up for classes. I had never seen the
campus when I arrived the day before spring classes started. It turned out to be one of the best moves in my
life. ISU was the number one turf school in the country (and still is, in my opinion), and in 1993 I was select-
ed as the Mendenhall Award winner by the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America as the top
turfgrass student in the nation. While at Iowa State, I had the privilege to intern at Colonial Country Club, in
Ft. Worth, TX in 1994, which hosts the Colonial National Invitation Tournament on the PGA tour every May.
After graduation, I returned to Colonial Country Club as an assistant golf course superintendent for another
year. I then was fortunate enough to become the assistant superintendent at River Crest Country Club, the
oldest private club in Fort Worth, established in 1911. After two years, I took my first superintendent’s job at
Elderado Country Club, in McKinney, Texas, and then was asked to grow-in the first Tom Fazio designed golf
course in North Texas, at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas. After opening the Fazio course, the mem-
bership at River Crest Country Club came calling, and they needed a superintendent. I went back to River
Crest in 2002, and have been here every since. River Crest features bentgrass greens in Texas . . . which can
be very difficult to maintain in the extreme heat of Texas. I am only the fifth superintendent at River Crest
since 1911. The member-owned club features a very affluent membership, including 5 of the state’s 20 bil-
lionaires. Of them is Ross Perot, Jr., Ed Bass, Sid Bass, and oil-baron Charlie Moncrief. Amon Carter, the
late business man who basically built downtown Ft. Worth, is a past president of the club.

I became a certified golf course superintendent in 2002. I am Vice President of the North Texas Golf Course
Superintendent’s Association which has about 450 members. In 2005 and 2006, I was selected to judge the
Annual Golf Course Builders Awards for Golf Industry Magazine. Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to
volunteer at Oakmont Country Club, in Oakmont, PA, where the 2007 US Open was held. I have a daughter,
who is 9, named Brooke Lynn Livingston . . . who loves spending time golfing, or fishing on the course with
                                                                          Alumni Spotlight...
I would not trade my wonderful experience at Iowa State University for anything. I am extremely grateful for
making lifelong friendships while at Iowa State with fellow students and professors. The quality education
from ISU has allowed me to become a golf course superintendent, and I feel blessed to be able to watch the sun
come up every morning on a beautiful golf course.

                                              Go Cyclones!!!!

                                                                         Joe at Oakmont #18

   River Crest Country Club
   Ft.Worth, Texas
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Arlen Patrick
Agriculture Specialist
ISU Horticulture Greenhouse

When asked to write my story, I wondered what
there would be about my career that was different
from the rest of you who have graduated from Iowa
State with Horticulture degrees. Farm boy from
western Iowa goes to Iowa State, graduates and
sticks around.

Born and raised on a farm near Mapleton, I had
lots of opportunities to explore and learn as part of a large family in a rural setting. Education was extremely
important to my family. My mother prided herself in being one of the first females to study physics at
Morningside College in Sioux City and my dad advanced his education by studying dairy science at Iowa
State College. But, as important as going to college was, having twelve siblings meant that I would be totally
responsible for financing my education, and my pay-as-you-go method was anything but traditional. After
a semester of pre-engineering at Wayne St. College, I transferred to Iowa State. Soon after my arrival in
1964, I was drafted into the US Army and served in Louisiana, Colorado, Washington and 14 months near
Tongduchon, Korea where I was the Radar O’Reily on MASH or company
clerk. After my discharge, I worked as a journeyman carpenter in San Diego
for a year.

I returned to Iowa in 1970 and re-enrolled in Iowa State. A Horticulture
class taught by Al Beck, quickly renewed my interest in the plant sciences
and I finished my turf degree under Dr. Hodges in 1972. My nine-year plan
had taken me across the US and the world and back to Iowa State.

My first job after graduation was working at the Plant Introduction Station on the outskirts of Ames; six years
later I was hired as assistant greenhouse manager of the Horticulture greenhouses. I was in charge of all the
                                     teaching labs at a time when Horticulture was very popular--about 1000
                                     students were enrolled in Hort 121 per year.

                                    1979 brought the remodeling and addition to the Horticulture building
                                    and greenhouses. During the interim we grew plants under lights
                                    and raced cockroaches in the basement of Old Botany, now Catt
                                    Hall. Working under greenhouse manager Herb Taylor furthered my
                                    greenhouse experience, but more importantly, taught me much about
                                    working with people. After his retirement in 1986 I became greenhouse

                                    Despite the frustrations of dealing with decaying old greenhouses
                                    and continuous budget cuts, the rewards of my job are many. Nearly
                                    thirty years at the Horticulture Greenhouses have allowed me to cross
                                    paths with thousands of students and work with great faculty and staff.
                                    Working with the Hort Club students, growing plants for The Knoll,
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distributing poinsettias across campus, preparing for Veishea
and making memorial boxes of flowers to decorate graves each
Memorial Day are all in a year’s work.

And all kinds of visitors find their way to the Greenhouses. Tours
of noisy kindergarteners are captivated by sniffing lemon grass or
watching a sensitive plant. A mama cardinal who is wintering in
the greenhouses scolds me and urges me to hurry up and open the
vents. Photographers frequent the greenhouses to find the perfect
backdrop. And now, I’m seeing former students bringing their
children to ISU.

                                I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a little bit about my family. My wife,
                                Carol Cord Patrick, and I have been married for 36 years, and our ties to
                                Iowa State remain strong through work and play. Carol, a 1971 El Ed grad,
                                works for the ISU Foundation. Both of our children and a son-in-law are
                                ISU graduates. Son, Daniel, a pathologist in pharmaceutical research near
                                Kalamazoo and daughter, Emily Krantz a kindergarten teacher in the North
                                Scott schools, have become new parents within the last couple of months. So,
                                now we’re learning to be grandparents to Jenna and Isaac.

While walking across campus I think about the students I’ve met or all my relatives that have come and gone;
everyone was always on their way to somewhere else. I’m glad I stayed. So when you’re in the area, stop in.
Chances are, I’ll still be here.
                                                                                          . . . from our Alumni

                  Letters . . . we get letters . . .
Jennifer (Hoyer) Alexander (B.S. Hort 2004, M.S. / Ag.Ed 2006)
Brian Alexander (B.S. Hort 2003)

Greetings to our friends and fellow alumni.
Our biggest news this year is that we’re getting married! This event has its roots in the Horticulture Department, as we first met in Dr.
Gail Nonnecke’s Horticulture 221 course seven years ago.

In other news, I finished my Master’s Degree and worked in communications for Pioneer Hi-Bred in Johnston, Iowa, and Brian
continued to work at Woodlyn Hills Golf Course in Milford, Iowa. After our wedding in September, 2007, we will relocate to
Manhattan, Kansas, where I have accepted a position as the Ag Experiment Station Editor for K-State, and Brian will be exploring
opportunities in the turfgrass industry in the area.

Burt Andrews / Class of 1957
30 W 216 May
West Chicago, IL 60185

We passed on attending the 50th anniversary of my graduation from ISU last spring. Did monitor the list of attendees on the website.
Recognized lots of names, of course, and made contact with a couple of Horts: Bob Kazimore and Bill Gode. Hope they both were
actually able to attend.

Do keep in more or less regular contact with Al Beck but don’t get to Story City to see them as often as we should. It’s been ten
years since we’ve been on campus. Toured Reiman Gardens on a very hot August Sunday (is there any other kind?).

I’ve been retired since 1995 -- after 36 years with Ball Horticulture Co. So now I have time to spend in my own yard -- and that’s
where you’ll find me even on these hot August days. My wife, Dorothy, just retired a year ago and she’s out there, too. If I’m not in
my own yard you’ll find me at our new church building doing something or other on the grounds there.

So, it’s been all Horticulture for me since graduation (actually all my life when you think of Victory Gardens -- younger grads can look
that one up; grandparents’ truck farm; high school greenhouse experience). Thanks, Iowa State Horticulture!

Joseph W. Boesen, BS Hort 1977
2407 Grand River Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50320

Greetings Fellow ISU Hort Alumni & Staff:

I love the fall season (my favorite) and fond memories of my classes and time spent at ISU!

The soybean harvest is close at hand here in Dallas Co. Iowa at the Stine Seed farm! I’m fortunate to be able to experience the
harvest season TWICE per year…also in March in Argentina!

My wife Sheila and I moved into a new house in the River-woods development in SE Des moines in September of 2005, and enjoy
spending time with our children and grandchildren.
                                                                                         . . . from our Alumni
My oldest daughter, Leah Cervantes (28) will graduate from the University of Wisconsin in December with a degree in Spanish. She
and husband Eric live in Madison. Likewise, living and working in Madison is my son, Nathan (26) at Vendura Industries building pre-
formed resin countertops, and my youngest daughter, Libby (21) lives in Ames and is a senior at ISU, AN SCI - pre vet.

Sheila’s oldest daughter, Jaime Amptman (30) is an elementary teacher in Max, ND and she and husband, Will and son, Ethan live
in Minot, ND. Sheila’s youngest daughter, Jodie Enos (28) and husband, David and 3 children, Jacob, Caleb, and Faith, live in Des
Moines and both work at a large daycare facility in Des Moines, IA while attending Grandview College in Des Moines.

I’m fortunate to live, work and have attended school within 50 miles of my birthplace (Des Moines), and I have held only 2 jobs/
careers in my lifetime, wholesale greenhouse grower/manager and soybean breeding researcher -- BOTH benefiting from my
education and experience at ISU.

Otto M. Bundy / Class of 1950
4218 18th Avenue W.
Bradenton, FL 34205

I returned to an active role in the industry and the field of environmental horticulture by resuming my role as President and CEO of
the family environmental corporations in 2005. We proceeded to prepare the organizations to meet the new and exciting changes
in our industry by forming a new Corporation and folding the growing, project installation and the plant micropropagation laboratory
operations under its name. The new corporation is called Environmental Plant Resources, Inc. We have added 31 more acres to the
nursery operation and moved our corporate offices to this location. The nursery production area is now at 66 acres. The population,
housing and environmental landscaping continue to grow our County of Manatee, in Florida.

This year I was presented the Agriculturist of the Year Award as the 2006 Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year during the Farm City
Week, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and Manatee County Extension Service.

R.G. Wolf and I visited the Horticultural Department Office during September of 2006, while on Iowa State Campus attending a Social
Fraternity function for “Old-Timers” that had not been together for 56 years. Both meetings were very rewarding. We especially
appreciated the “down time” that the Office Staff afforded us . . . It was more than sufficient and pictures taken.

This is a “Hello” to all my academic friends. My e-mail address is:

I look forward to the Alumni Newsletter and keep up the efforts and good work!

Robert E. Danielson (Class of 1951)
550 Lakeside Drive
Bradenton, FL 34210

I retired from Ball Horticultural Company in 1995 after a lifetime spent in horticulture. Elaine and I enjoy our home in Bradenton, FL.
I have a large courtyard garden with a lot of interesting plants (which is suffering in the draught!) Bradenton is a nice community on
the Gulf coast specializing in tomatoes, strawberries and citrus fruits. Unfortunately, many of the citrus orchards and dairy farms are
being lost to new housing development.

I always enjoy reading the Alumni Newsletter!
 . . . from our Alumni
Brian Eldridge
Class of ‘92

Greetings All!

After 20 years in the gold business, most if which I spent building and growing in four different courses, I’ve made a change. The 80
to 100 hour work weeks were starting to drag by. Not any more! I was named Director of Facilities at The Great Ape Trust of Iowa
in August last year. My first task was to organize the maintenance of the buildings and come up with a plan to restore 240 acres of
abandoned gravel pit and weeds back to native prairie. I haven’t been able to do much with the grounds yet, but what a cool place to
work. We have three Orangutans and seven Bonobos.

Current plans include a hospital just for apes and three more Orangutan buildings. Future plans include around 30 buildings with all
four species of great apes. The Trust is not a zoo, but rather a research facility and an honorable home for great apes. You may have
heard we recently signed an agreement with Iowa State University. Check it all out at or Website: http://www.

Sue teaches third grade at Sacred Heart School in Boone where Zach is in the eighth grade. It didn’t take them long to get used to me
being home nights and weekends.

Jessica Farmer / Class of 2002

This spring, I left Chicago and moved out to the great Northwest. I am currently living in Seattle, and preparing to enter graduate
school at the University of Washington in the fall. I’ll be entering a concurrent masters degree program in Public Affairs and Forest
Resources, with plans to continue in the field of public horticulture.

Lisa Flaucher / Class of 1983
12454 S Sagebrush Drive
Olathe, KS 66061

My son, Nicholas, graduated in May, 2007, and is attending the University of Kansas. Now, I say, “Go, KU”. To celebrate his
graduation, my daughter and I accompanied my son on a cruise last spring break. We went to Cozymel, Grand Cayman, and Ocho
Rios. We really enjoyed the Caribbean. While we were there, we went kayaking and snorkeling.

My daughter, Natalie, will be in 9th grade. I have been her Girl Scout leader for nine years. The girls are working on their silver award
by developing programs for Girl Scouts at a historical site in Olathe, the Mahaffie House.

I have been working as a paralegal for Johnson County Government for 16 years. I prepare cases for Court and attend child support
                                    Happy 150th Birthday, Iowa State!!

Gary Garles / ‘78 BS Horticulture

Greetings, Everyone!

I am now in my 22nd year of owning and operating my own design/build company in Fairfield. This is our best year ever. I have
wonderful projects coming up in Grimes, Altoona, Bonaparte, and Colorado, of all places.
                                                                                          . . . from our Alumni
I am now a Master Judge for the American Hosta Society, and I have been to cut leaf shows in Indianapolis for the National AHS
Convention; Davenport, for the Midwest Regional Hosta Society; and Minneapolis, for the Minnesota Hosta Society. I also was
responsible for the judges training in Davenport. The Midwest convention was an amazing experience for me. We visited Club
Harper, a man who is a legend in the dwarf and unusual conifer world. I invite anyone to attend the Hosta Conventions -- they are

I am visiting Oregon nurseries in September, and taking a LONG vacation at the end of this season. My son and daughter both
attend UNI now.

Best wishes to all!

Frances Reade Hall
803 College Street
Cleveland, MS 37832

Dear Jeff,

Really, I don’t have any “news” for the newsletter. I turned 80 this year and am confined to a wheel chair. I live with my daughter and
her family in Mississippi. Any news about Iowa State is enjoyed. It has changed so much since I was there. I even chose it for my
e-mail address.
          from “A very old grad.” . . . . . . . . Frances Reade Hall

Richard Holmen
Springfield, MO

Having worked in Honolulu 50 years ago, I decided it was high time for a return visit. Thankfully, flora doesn’t change so fast as we
do, so saw many of the same species I saw those years ago. I admired the Bouganvillea, and noticed the disappearance of the
pineapple and sugar cane industries, which were ever-present in my former esojourn. I think I heard that labor was cheaper in the
Phillipines and Indonesia to which the industry moved. Now in the islands, there are examples of macadamia tree orchards, coffee
plants of the Arabica type. I flew to the Island of Kauai, which I hadn’t seen before. It is the smallest of the various islands, and the
Island if Niihau could be seen offshore about 17 miles. It is an island on which only Hawaiian blood can live according to their former
customs . . . no electricity or gas and speaking the Hawaiian language. It is somewhat sad that other races have become dominant,
because of the introduction of disease to which Hawaiians had no resistance. They also intermarried with other races, and as a
result are in a distinct minority today.

Virginia Sharp Hooper ‘49

I had a wonderful family history trip to Southwest Pennsylvania in July with one of my three sons and two grandsons. We found the
1785 property of my (5 greats) grandfather George Sharp and it is still rural with meadows and wooded hills! Records stated it was at
the “junction of Buffalo Creek and Brush Run” which made it easy to locate. No strip malls, no coal mines!

Three first cousins (sisters) came from Dayton, Iowa, Joplin, Missouri, and Dallas, Texas to visit me in April. Their father, Dwight
Bannister, was in Iowa State Agricultural Extension in about the 1950’s.

I continue to enjoy ocean walks, card games, etc. Am co-editor of our mobile home park newsletter.
 . . . from our Alumni
Kathy Eldridge Hutton
Graduation Fall 1997

Fellow Alumni . . . On the road since graduation, life has been full of lots of surprises. First I went out to Woodstock, Illinois and was
the assistant superintendent at Bull Valley Golf Club. I had that position for a year. Due to family illness, I came back to Iowa, started
a business, had that for 5 years until I sold it. Due to non-compete clauses I took some time to travel around the United States.
Since 2005 I have been running the new landscape business that I started after my travel time.

My husband and I are in the process right now of starting another business that will be his to manage. It will take a little time to
complete everything.

Iver Jorgensen
13610 Parkwood Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337

In 1949 Don Akerson and I spent the summer working at Northrup King (now Syngenta) vegetable seed research center in Eden
Prairie, MN. This was a part of the Horticulture B.S. degree hands-on experience program. After completing a season we decided to
take a canoe trip. We drove to Grand Marais, MN and then north on the Gunflint Trail to the Canadian boundary waters. We rented
a canoe, camping gear, etc. from an outfitter. The week trip was great. Very few people and often we were the only ones on a lake.
The water was so clean we would dip a cup in the lake for a drink.

In July, 2007, my wife and I joined a group of 30 people for a Wisconsin River canoe trip. There were three generations on this fun
trip. Our son, his wife and their two children were in the group. We spent a day on the Namekagon River. We had stops to swim
and enjoy the beautiful scenery. We ate a trail lunch at noon. The water was so clear we could see fish swimming -- I saw mostly
suckers, one large Sturgeon and a few Bass. One change from the ‘49 trip, while the water looked clean, this time we drank bottled
water. (One question was asked with no answer -- how many fish does it take to make a school?)

Scott Kalberer / M.S. 2006

Hello . . . My name is Scott R. Kalberer.
Greetings to Dr. Iles and all of the Horticulture Faculty, Staff, and Alumni. I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Summer
2006 from the Iowa State University Horticulture Department while studying under Dr. Rajeev Arora. I am now employed at the
University of Connecticut in Storrs. This is my first job since graduation last August.

My time is split between Dr. Gregory Anderson of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and Dr. Mark Brand of the Plant
Science Department. The Anderson lab is currently documenting the evolution of reproductive systems for flowering plants living on
isolated islands such as the Canary Islands. The Brand laboratory is developing a non-invasive sterile cultivar of Japanese Barberry
(Berberis thunbergii), a popular garden plant that has escaped from cultivation throughout the northeastern and Midwestern USA.
The lab is also developing colorful cultivars of native American shrubs, i.e., Nine-Bark (Physocarpus) and Chokeberry (Aronia), that
could be planted instead of the foreign invasive barberry. All of these projects require me to maintain and propagate plant lineages in
sterile tissue cultures and to grow plants from seed.

Dr. Bill Knoop

It’s been over twelve years since I retired from Texas A&M University and moved to East Texas. Life is a little on the slow side, but so
are we. Keeping up with the mowing and the weeds during the cooler morning hours is on the top of the list. I also volunteer at the
local hospital, two days a week.
                                                                                          . . . from our Alumni
Among all the usual garden catalogs that we received this year was one from Chamblee’s Rose Nursery in Tyler, Texas. Much to our
surprise, listed Dr. Buck’s roses! We stopped at the nursery and bought our first two of his roses. I can still see him fussing with his
seedling roses in the greenhouse.

Our greatest new area of interest is the wonderfull world of cruising. We’ve had two cruises so far and have three more booked. The
Port of Galveston is not too far and we’ve found the life on these ships to be very agreeable.

I continue to be a bit of a die-hard Iowa State sports fan. The fact that I’m also a University of Florida and University of New
Hampshire alumni, helps me get through the football season. At least one of them usually wins.

The ship leaves at 5:00 PM every Sunday . . . see you on board!
                                            Dr. Bill Knoop

Matt Kostelnick
B.S. / 1999 / Horticulture

Greetings fellow ISU Alumni!
I graduated with my B.S. in Horticulture in 1999 and my M.S. in Ag. Ed. In 2004 . . . both from Iowa State. After working at
greenhouses and garden centers in Iowa and California, my current opportunity came in late 2005 with University of Illinois Extension.
My current position is Horticulture Educator for Cook County in Chicago, IL for University of Illinois Extension. On a personal side, I
got married to Liana (Wagner Kostelnick, who is also a graduate of ISU). We were married in October of 2005, and honeymooned in
Italy. We plan to vacation to California later this year in October.

Ms. Pamela (Koester) Laughery
Class of 1977
Orient, IA 50858


The biggest event in my life this past year was the birth of my first grandchild last December, 2006. Olivia Jean brightens our lives
and my son, Ryan and wife, Hillary couldn’t be more proud of her. She is a precious gift from God. After losing our daughter Kelly,
Age 20, in December, 2005 in a hit-and-run accident on the ISU campus, our granddaughter’s birth helps us move forward.

We miss our amazing daughter, Kelly, who was a sophomore at ISU, more than words can express, and her loss emphasizes the
problem of drinking and driving as Ms. Munn was driving under the influence. A minor, she now serves time in prison. Nothing will
make up for our loss and pain. All we have are wonderful memories of a vibrant and beautiful daughter who had accomplished more
community service in her short 20 years than most people will ever do in a lifetime. In our pain and loss, we hope and pray that Ms.
Munn will change her life for the good and do something positive in the world and make it a better place.

I am currently working at a bank close to home and enjoy my job and the people I work with. I had previously worked at Timber Pine
Nursery which I enjoyed, but the commute was long.

Our oldest son is farming with my husband, Doug. Our oldest daugher works in Des Moines so we see her often. Our youngest son
began his first year of college in August. We have the empty-nest syndrome here at home now. I wish everyone the best!
 . . . from our Alumni
Nathan Lindsay
Horticulture/Turfgrass / Class of 2004

Dear Fellow Horticulturists!
I am an ISU graduate class of 2004. Turfgrass was and still is my emphasis. I got married in 2003 to Katie Lindsay (a fellow ISU
alumni). Upon graduating we moved to Manchester, New Hampshire where I was the assistant in training at the Manchester Country
Club. I worked there one year and was lucky enough to get to work with Tyler Langel (a fellow ISU “Turfy”). Although we loved the
east coast, we both wanted to get back closer to the Midwest and our families. That ambition brought us to our current location,
Wisconsin. I am working as the third assistant at The North Shore Golf Club in Menasha, Wisconsin. Katie and I bought a house
recently in a small town outside of Appleton. We love the area! It is much like Ames. There is always so much going on, yet a short
distance from the country.

We are slowly transforming into ‘Cheese heads’, however not without resistance. We still love our ISU Wrestling and I am so proud
to say I was/am a part of the famous ISU turf program. I enjoy seeing future generations with the Turf Bowl and boast about our
dynasty created at the Turf Bowl. I do enjoy being out on the golf course everyday! Yes, there are days I wish I was playing rather
than working, but I take great pride in what I do. We do get in some golfing; this year Katie and I set a personal summer record with
approximately 15 rounds played. I do wish someone would have told me that I would spend more time working on the turf on the
weekend than playing on it. Thanks for everything!

Norman Pellett / B.S. in Horticulture in 1958
Wife, Dorothy, 1956

Dorothy and I have lived in our Vermont country home for 40 years. In April 2007 we went to my childhood hometown, Atlantic,
Iowa, for an important event. Descendants of Frank Chapman Pellett, my grandfather, gathered among 180 people in Atlantic,
IA to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the wildflower preserve that Frank started. Frank believed that the rapid
expansion westward, the plowing of the land and the cutting of trees was destroying most of the native flora. He moved his family
from Missouri to a decrepit farm near Atlantic in 1907 and began his study of nature and the establishment of his wildflower preserve.
He collected and planted as many native plants as he could find and this began his preserve which is now the Frank Chapman Pellett
Memorial Woods State Preserve. This 20-acre preserve was deeded to the state of Iowa in 1987 by my parents “to be forever used
as a wildlife and wildflower preserve.”

On April 28th I gave two presentations on the Life of Frank C. Pellett at the Western Iowa Community College in Atlantic which were
followed by guided tours of the wildflower preserve by my siblings, Eloise Pfeiff of Bettendorf, Harold Pellett of Mound, Minnesota,
Janet Leader of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and my niece and Iowa naturalist, Miriam Patton of Hartley, Iowa.

My cousin, Merelyn McKnight, and I wrote a 15-page booklet on The Life of Frank Chapman Pellett, 1879 to 1951. I have copies
available for a nominal fee to cover handling ( Frank was well known in the bookkeeping world for his writings of
plants that attract honeybees. He quit school in the ninth grade because of poor health, but published 13 books on beekeeping and
nature during his life.

Jerry Peltier
Ames, IA “62” should have been “57”

We have been back in Ames now for four years, this month. Even though I was away for forty years, it seems as though I had
some contact with Ames. While living in Minnesota for thirty some years, we were always meeting people from this area who were
vacationing where we lived. Since being back I often meet people who say, “Oh, our family has had a cabin there for years or we go
fishing up there every year.”
                                                                                         . . . from our Alumni
A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that Al Kemp’s son lives just several blocks from us. Al was the Farm Superintendent at the
Gilbert Hort Farm when we were doing the first plantings there. It shows what a small connected world we live in.

Dean Platt / Class of 1940
Platt’s Nursery & Garden Shop
3700 University
Waterloo, IA 50701

Dear Alumnus:

I’ve heard time flies when you get old, or perhaps it’s not remembering. Last year was uneventful, other than our annual pilgrimage
to Porto Vallarta Mexico. I’m still running a nursery which I’ve done since 1944, and still sailing which I have done since 1973. The
old boat is a 30-foot sail boat and is at Lake City, Minnesota on Lake Pepin. I still drive the 150 miles to the lake most summer
weekends.             Regards to everyone!

Danielle Prevette
Owner, Something Chic

Dear Fellow Horticulture Fanatics,

Within two years of graduating from ISU with a degree in Horticulture and a minor in Entrepreneural studies, I have seen what I have
been dreaming of for years come true. I am a proud owner of Something Chic, a floral design entity that specializes in wedding/
special occasion floral design. Ever since I took an entrepreneur class back in high school, I have wanted to own my own floral
design studio. For those who know me well, I have been talking about doing this ever since you may have asked me the question,
“What do you plan to do with your degree?” The process seems endless and some days tiresome in order to launch Something Chic
on its way, but I am whole-heartedly committed to see it blossom! The name came from a mixture of adjectives that described my
design style; stylish, clean-lined, simple, modern, and unique. The design center is located at 2041 Grand Avenue Suite C in West
Des Moines, IA. Currently, I am sharing the space with my parents’ store Prevette’s, a car detail and automotive store. The store
logo and website are in progress, so keep an eye out!

I learned about floral design through an internship I took at Phillip’s Flowers in Chicago, IL. Through the Mosmiller Scholarship I had
received, I was able to work there for a summer. Immersed in flowers, I learned many different design techniques and was able to
apply them to my floral designs working at a local Ames floral shop. Through two years of being the manager at the floral shop, I
learned so much about small business management and operation. Now on my own, I have applied all these skills and lessons to
start my own floral design studio. Some may wonder what the difference between a flower shop and a design studio is; well, it quite
simply is I focus more on customer service and going out to my clients and not having an actual walk-in shop with all the overhead
cost. This has helped me not only to focus on lowering the cost for brides, but create an experience to remember.

I cannot thank enough Dr. Gladon for his dedication to see me succeed in the academic world and beyond or Dr. Nonnecke and Barb
Osborn for counseling me as I would stop in their offices for a few words of wisdom now and then. To those who are reading this
now, keep me in mind for any floral needs that may arise in the future!

 . . . from our Alumni
Russell Selvig, 1950
Northwood, IA

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your annual Alumni Newsletter. I am grateful to be a healthy alumni at age 81 and to
be enjoying my family and many other activities. I have had three marriages and regretfully, all of my wives are deceased. I have
nine children from my first marriage and ten grandchildren, who I greatly enjoy. My youngest son, Peter, was recently hired by the
Honolulu, Hawaii Police Department in their public relations department.

I recently completed six years as Commander of our local VFW Post 6779 and attended the 108th National VFW Convention in
Kansas City, MO in August. I am enjoying going to concerts, playing cards, picnics and socializing with many friends. I plan to attend
three ISU football games this fall with my family.

Very truly yours,
Russell Selvig

Earl Steffenson / B.S. ‘62

Here it is on the down-hill side of 2007, a year filled with many national events.

The weather is always important in the growing of plants, crops and trees. We are getting plenty of moisture in NE Iowa at this time,
but slightly dry earlier. In Wisconsin, however, it has been quite dry up until this recent stormy surge. I still spend considerable time
there, especially during the school year months.

On my small 60-acre farm (I have sold most of the land to my nephew) things are about the same. I am just finishing a very good
crop of blueberries with just 4 plants -- all different varieties. The apple crop appears to be only fair to poor this year. This is OK by

Health seems to be getting more of an issue. I have diabetes and also some weight problems. They both seem to go together. I
have been able to control diabetes by medication so far.

Greetings to all, and thanks for the Newsletter!

Dear Editor:

I need to correct a misconception that I am an alumnus. The fact is, that I never could carry a full schedule the entire time I was
at Iowa State, since I was attending on a shoe string all the time and I had to eat and have a place to sleep. All told, I think I
accumulateld about three years credit, when Uncle Sam crooked his finger at me and I spent the next four and one-half years in the
army. During that time, I managed to get through officers school and by the time I was discharged, I was a captain and had been
awarded a bronze star and two silver ones. I’m not implying any heroics, just a job that had to be done and I was the nearest at

Anyway, by the time I got home all the horticulture had pretty much been washed out of me. I was married during the war and we
had a baby daughter, so I hired on as a parts specialist with a local wholesale auto parts concern, and after seven years, transferred
to farming on my own. After twenty years, arthritis got me down and I was forced to leave the farm and took a job as shift supervisor
at a local plastic plant that was just opening up. In the remaining twelve years, I graduated sideways and upwards to where I was
buying all the repair parts for the entire plant as well as incidentals along the way.
                                                                                              . . . from our Alumni
I have enjoyed my life and even used a little of my horticulture training in planting a few fruit trees from time to time. I retired at sixty-
five and one-half, and caught up on all the little things I had put off doing and at about the age of seventy-two, my wife and I decided
to travel. We sold everything and bought a used van and Airstream trailer and crisscrossed the U.S. and Canada for the next ten
years, and I can tell you, we had a ball.

We returned to Oelwein and rented an apartment, where I am living at the present time, alone. My wife has Alzheimer’s, and after the
first year, she had a slight stroke which made it impossible to care for her and I was forced to put her in the best nursing home I have
ever seen, just two blocks from where I live. I visit her every day and I and my oldest daughter are the only ones she remembers.
We have another daughter and a son who are only able to see her about once a year, and she doesn’t recognize them any more.

I am now ninety years old, and I don’t suppose any of my original classmates are still alive. In any case, I will pass along my
greetings to the old Alma Mater and the Hort department in particular and wish God’s blessings to all.

Sincerely yours,
Avery V. Tucker
Oelwein, IA

Jeremiah Weigelt / Class of 2007


My name is Jeremiah Weigelt, and I am presently working at Talons of Tuscany Golf Club as a Groundskeeper in Ankeny, Iowa. In
the spring of 2007, I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Horticulture and an emphasis in Golf Course Turfgrass
Management. Over the past several months, I have sent out resumes to potential employers, but have not received any good news.

My big trip for this summer was going to Texas to see my new nephew. My trip lasted a whole eight days, giving me a break from
work on the golf course. My family visited relatives in Missouri and also the Oklahoma City Bowling Memorial in Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma. Big events which I encountered this summer was watching Fuzzy Zoeller golf and going to the Iowa Cubs game in an H2

I am grateful for the experience and knowledge that I have acquired at Talons of Tuscany. I have learned the basics of starting a golf
course from the ground floor up. With having a college degree, a good work ethic and knowing many tasks involved in the golf course
business, I am ready for a full-time career on a golf course. If anyone knows of an opening, please contact me, and I will send you
my resume.

                                   Newsletter Contributors . . 2007

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                                                       In Memorium...

                              During the past year, we have received
                          word that the following horticulture alumni and
                            horticulture friends have passed away . . .

     William Allender
       St. George, UT

                         William W. Blackmore
                              Mason City, IA

                                                          Donald Fisher

Donald Johnson

                        Kenneth Sheppard
                         Grand Forks, ND

                                                     Louise M. Westendorf
Department of Horticulture
106 Horticulture Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1100

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