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Carole Custer, University Marketing, (515) 294-3134
Elaine Edwards, ISU Extension, (515) 294-5168
Denise Schwab, State 4-H Office, (515) 294-3187
Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- Brent Mathisen is a stand-up kind of guy, and Iowa State University wants the state to know it.

That's why Mathisen, an Emmetsburg native, and 20 other spring 2003 ISU graduates will be featured on life-size cutouts at the university's exhibit during the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7-17. As in the past, the exhibit will be located in the Varied Industries building, which attracts an estimated 300,000 fairgoers each year.

Capitalizing on the popularity of last year's display, which featured prominent ISU alumni who are furthering Iowa's economy, this year's group represents a sample of new graduates who have been hired by Iowa employers.

"Once again, we will focus on how Iowa State is helping Iowa and Iowans to become their best," said Carole Custer, director of university marketing. "Last year, we featured alumni who, through personal or professional accomplishments, help make Iowa a better place to do business, to work, to live and to raise families. This year, we're highlighting a new generation of graduates who are just getting started. We're reminding Iowans that, thanks to their tax dollars, their public investment, we are helping to better this state by providing our students with education and career preparation for good jobs in Iowa."

The exhibit also will highlight ISU career placement services, "among the best in the nation," Custer said. "We'll show the many kinds of services, career preparations, internships and co-op experiences we offer," she said, "all of which give our students such a great advantage in the workplace."

Mathisen, who received his bachelor's degree in finance in May, is an internal auditor for Wells Fargo Financial in West Des Moines. Other young alumni featured in the exhibit are:

Katie Metzger, Alvord
Major: Family and consumer sciences education
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
Pleasant Valley Community Schools, Bettendorf

Bethany Noyes, Marion
Major: Mechanical engineering
Mechanical Engineer
John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque

Nichole Harrington, Watkins
Major: Industrial engineering
Senior Associate
Quaker Foods and Beverages, Cedar Rapids

Benjamin Van Beek, Sheldon
Major: Agronomy
Great Lakes Coop, Spencer

Derek Kuhr, Walnut
Major: Computer engineering
Network Engineer
Heartland Technology Solutions, Harlan

Christopher Boshart, Wayland
Major: Industrial engineering
Manufacturing Engineer
Hearth & Home Technologies, Mount Pleasant

Amber Wiebbecke, St. Ansgar
Major: Agricultural education
High School Agricultural Education Teacher
Rockwell-Swaledale Community Schools, Rockwell

Mitch Baum, Geneseo, Ill.
Major: Agricultural business
Territory Manager
Prestage-Stoecker Farms, Algona

Philip Schulz, Sperry
Major: Electrical engineering
Electrical Engineer
Stanley Consultants Inc., Muscatine

Nicholas Obbink, Armstrong
Major: Construction engineering
Project Manager
Gleeson Constructors Inc., Sioux City

Javier Lozano, Denison
Major: Computer science
Information technology analyst
Principal Financial Group, Des Moines

Laura Bainbridge, Coralville
Major: Animal ecology
Park Ranger
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Red Rock, Knoxville

Amanda Kinkade, Creston
Major: Psychology
Middle School Program Director
Boys and Girls Club of Story County, Nevada

Anders Sandli, Drammen, Norway
Major: Architecture
Intern Architect
Rohrbach Carlson, P.C., Iowa City

Wendy Kocolowski, Palatine, IL
Major: Graphic design
Graphic Designer/Multimedia Artist
IMed Studios, Ames

Kari Shields, Dallas Center
Major: Chemistry
High School Science Teacher
Carlisle Community Schools, Carlisle

Jeff Fuhrmeister, Solon
Major: Management
Employment Specialist
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Johnston

Brent Mathisen, Emmetsburg
Major: Finance
Internal Auditor
Wells Fargo Financial, West Des Moines

Mike Taylor, Creston
Major: Agricultural studies
Business Manager
Summit Farms, LLC, Alden

Mindy DeVries, Ames
Major: Music education
7-12 Grade Vocal Music Teacher
Ballard Community Schools, Huxley

Marcie Stout, Ames
Major: Sociology
Accounts Payable Manager
College Enterprises, Ames

Iowa State also will showcase the academic achievements of its student athletes. During the past school year, ISU student athletes received 119 academic awards from outside the university, "and our student athletes set several records for the number of athletes honored for academic successes," Custer said.

Visitors to the Iowa State exhibit can also preview the university's DVDs for future students, have Cyclone tattoos applied to their cheeks, get football posters and purchase merchandise from the University Book Store. Fairgoers will be able to use computers at the booth to send "e-postcards."

Out of proportion?
One too many fried Snickers on a stick? Then head over to the ISU Extension exhibit at the state fair, located in the northeast corner of the grandstand. There, specialists will educate fairgoers on keeping portions in proportion, according to Elaine Edwards, extension communications specialist.

Successes of the past year's "Lighten Up Iowa" program also will be featured, revealing how many tons of weight Iowans lost and the number of miles participants walked. Visitors to the booth can also learn how many miles they need to walk at the fair to burn off, say, that juicy turkey leg.

As a secondary theme to the exhibit, photos will be on display recognizing the past 100 years of ISU Extension, Edwards said.

Hall of Famers to be announced
For the second year, the 4-H program will induct members to its Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the state fair, according to Denise Schwab, 4-H youth development specialist. About 50 longtime 4-H volunteers will be honored at this year's event, to be held Sunday, Aug. 17.

The first-ever 4-H alumni reunion also will be held at the state fair, Schwab said. Receptions are planned for Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both receptions will be held in the 4-H Exhibit Building, and will include short programs. Former 4-H members also are invited to visit the "Tell Your Stories" booth, where they can tape record their own 4-H experiences.

More than 3,000 4-H members from all 99 counties will show an estimated 4,000 exhibits in the 4-H building during the fair. The 4-H building also is the site for 1,100 presentations prepared by 4-H members, including educational presentations, clothing discussions, extemporaneous speaking performances and non-judged "Share the Fun" performances.

Another 1,900-plus 4-Hers are slated to bring nearly 7,900 livestock and horticulture entries to the fair. Market sheep (1,857 entries) and market swine (1,777) entries will boast the most livestock entries this year.


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