The Ivy College of Business is proud to honor the exceptional work of our dedicated students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Our college-level awards recognize members of the Ivy community who have gone above and beyond in demonstrating excellence in student engagement and impact, involvement in alumni activities, volunteer and community service, or outstanding research and teaching performance.

Ivy College of Business Awards

All Ivy College of Business Award nominations can be submitted via electronic or hard copy to Monica Sasse ( in the Dean’s Suite (2200 Gerdin) by March 13. Each nomination must include an Ivy College of Business Cover Sheet and other required materials. The college awards are presented in April at the Ivy College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Dean’s Advisory Council.

Award Due Date
Tenure-Eligible/Tenured Faculty Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award 3/13 Annually
Tenure-Eligible/Tenured Faculty Early Achievement in Teaching Award 3/13 Annually
Tenure-Eligible/Tenured Faculty Outstanding Achievement in Research Award 3/13 Annually
Tenure-Eligible/Tenured Faculty Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award 3/13 Annually
Tenure-Eligible/Tenured Faculty Early Achievement in Research Award 3/13 Annually
Research Impact Award 3/13 Annually
Term Facultuy Eligible Faculty Superior Service in Teaching Award 3/13 Annually
Term Faculty Eligible Faculty Early Achievement in Teaching Award 3/13 Annually
Staff Superior Service Award 3/13 Annually
Staff Student Impact Award 3/13 Annually
Outstanding New Professional Award 3/13 Annually
Inclusion Excellence Award 3/13 Annually
Previous Award Winners

2020 Award Winners

The Ivy College of Business will present the third annual Ivy Women in Business Awards during a special event on March 25 at the Iowa State University Alumni Center. These awards celebrate women in business, and their champions, and serve as an opportunity to inspire young women in college as they prepare for a bright future in business. Congratulations to our 2020 honorees: Renee Schaaf, Berta Aldrich, and Anna Florzak!


Champion Award: Renee Schaaf (’80, industrial administration)
President – Retirement Income Solutions, Principal Financial Group

Nomination highlight: “When working for or with Renee, you are guaranteed to work to your potential because she has an innate ability to identify your strengths and passions and then put them to work in meaningful ways. As an employee, that is nirvana. As a leader, it is your ongoing goal to be able to do that for your team members. Renee makes it look simple but does it every day.”

Inspiration Award: Berta Aldrich (’90, finance)
Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Human Resources Officer at the Private Advisor Group

Nomination highlight: “As leader of the Women’s Leadership Council at Vanguard, Berta designed the Remarkable Women Series, a four-month workshop for women and their mostly male leaders. Over the course of three years, the RWS team educated, inspired, coached, and developed over 1,000 women and their mostly male managers. Over 90% of class participants paid the class forward through mentorship and advocacy of women, expanding the footprint of knowledge – and change.”

Outstanding Young Alumna Award: Anna Florzak (’10, marketing)
Product Line Manager – WNBA Uniforms at Nike, Inc

Nomination highlight: “Anna is the product line manager for WNBA uniforms at Nike where her job is to help bring to life the best product for the best female athletes in the world of basketball. Her philosophy has always been to go over and beyond anything that is asked of her and to first and foremost be a good partner to her stakeholders.”

2019 Award Winners

Champion Award

 Leslie Buttorff, Quintel-MC
Greenwood Village, Colorado

From her nominator: “She has a sustained record of intentionally mentoring and promoting women in her company and at companies where she had leadership positions.”

Champion Award


From their nominator: “Principal is committed to ensuring pay equity and offering employees work-life balance through flexible work schedules, parental leave and an onsite childcare facility.”


Inspiration Award

Kate Banasiak, Diversified Management Services
Des Moines, Iowa

From her nominator: “Kate’s incredible drive launched her into a leadership role early in her career. While this would be a tremendous feat for anyone, Kate saw the window for opportunity and rose to the occasion.”

Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Emily Schmitt, Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Sheffield, Iowa

From her nominator: “Emily is committed to helping the next generation and in 2012, she was responsible for launching the Sukup intern program. That has now grown from two to almost 60 interns who are trained at one of Iowa’s most successful manufacturing companies.”

2018 Winners

Champion Award

Luann K. Rickert
Deere & Company

From her nominator: “Luann is focused on helping all employees be successful and reach their full potential, but has been specifically focused on underrepresented populations within her company.”

Inspiration Award

Christina Moffatt
Creme Cupcake

From her nominator: “Her greatest joy is seeing others succeed in what they were meant to do with their lives.”

Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Kelli J. Schmidt

From her nominator: “Bottom line, Kelli is the go-to person for our female professionals as they plan their careers and families.”

Dean’s Student Awards

Award Due Date
Dean’s Student Leadership Award 3/30 Annually
Dean’s Student Inspiration Award 3/30 Annually

PhD Student Awards

Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award

Year Name
2020 Isidro Linan Jimenez
2020 Ke Gong
2019 Bo (Larry) Lan
2019 Shuang (Sophie) Zhai
2018 Prabhjot Singh
2018 Fei (Sophie) Song
2018 Sina Amiri
2018 Akmal Mirsadikov
2016 Inmyung Choi
2016 Melika Kordrostami
2014 Manjul Gupta
2014 Akshaya Vijayalakshmi
2013 Andy Luse
2013 Arunachalam Swaminathan
2012 David Correll

Graduate College Research Excellence Award

Year Name
2020 Bo (Larry) Lan
2019 Younggeun Lee
2019 Prabhjot Singh
2019 Amin Rostami

Rama and Sridhar Ramaswami Marketing Research Excellence Award

Year Name
202o Veronica Martin Ruiz
2019 Amin Rostami
2018 Pushpinder Gill
2017 Pushpinder Gill
2016 Russell Lemken
2015 Akshaya Vijayalakshmi

Research Excellence Award

Year Name
2020 Younggeun Lee
2019 Younggeun Lee
2017 Xinxue (Shawn) Qu
2016 Akmal Mirsadikov
2015 Saurabh Ambulkar

Previous Awards

Outstanding Doctoral Student Research Award

Year Name
2018 Xinxue (Shawn) Qu

Awards for Alumni and Friends

Ivy College of Business Awards
Citation of Achievement Award Established in 1985, this award honors distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in life beyond the campus.
Russ and Ann Gerdin Award Established in 2009, this award honors contributions from valuable corporate partners or individuals who are not Ivy College of Business graduates.
John D. DeVries Service Award Established in 1985 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Ivy College of Business.
ISU Alumni Association Awards University Due Date 
Alumni Medal 2/15 Annually
Alumni Merit Award 2/15 Annually
Alumni Service Award 2/15 Annually
Impact Award 2/15 Annually
James A. Hopson Alumni Volunteer Award 2/15 Annually
Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2/15 Annually
Distinguished Alumni Award 8/1 Annually
Honorary Alumni Award 8/1 Annually
Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award 12/1 Annually
Iowa STATEment MAKERS 12/1 Annually
Wallace E. Barron All University Senior Award 12/1 Annually