Albulena Basha

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The semester before graduating from Iowa State University, with master’s degrees in economics and sustainable agriculture, Albulena Basha reviewed the Graduate College’s deadlines. After some internal debate, she decided to defend her thesis on April 1.

That date hadn’t always brought positive memories for Basha: On April 1, 1999, she and her family were forcefully removed from their home in Kosovo by the Serbian paramilitary.

Abrah Meyer

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Abrah Meyer gave the address for her fellow graduating seniors, family and friends at the CALS Convocation in Hilton Coliseum on Friday, May 10, 2019. Here are some of the remarks she shared with the CALS Class of 2019, which totaled 826 seniors.

Well, folks, spring has sprung! We have finally made it to the culmination of our adventure as Cyclones. For some of us, it took two year...or three...or four...or five...or in my case, six years!

Larrie Hindman

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Larrie Hindman came to Iowa State from his family’s farm near Meservey, Iowa in 1955. He joined the Ag Business club and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, in which he held several offices, including Co-chair of the fraternity’s 50th anniversary at Iowa State. Summers were busy for Hindman as well, working in a management trainee program at a large cooperative in Iowa Falls in 1957, and in sales at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo, Iowa in both 1958 and 1959.

Paul Pelech

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For a man who once took a vow of silence for a month, Ph.D. student Paul Pelech has no hesitation sharing his rewarding experiences as a Cyclone.

Influenced by mission trips earlier in life, Paul was inspired to study economics and follow a career path that would allow him to help struggling communities.

Lucy Dougherty

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Several years of speech and debate at Winterset High School came in handy for Lucy Dougherty this year at Iowa State. That experience prompted her to get involved with the Model European Union team here, which recently traveled to the annual competition at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

She participated as a sophomore, and this year helped co-chair the team. Drawing on volunteer experience coaching the Ames High School debate team, Dougherty helped Professor Ellen Pirro facilitate and run practices.

Ian Plagge

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Linked to the land

Val and Ian Plagge always knew they wanted to go back home to the farm.

They were college sweethearts, brought together by their love of farming and 4-H. They studied at Iowa State, learning the business side of agriculture and creating networks of lifelong friends.

Connor Bollum

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Connor Bollum is a senior majoring in Agricultural Business and International Agriculture. He has served as a Student Travel Consultant for the CALS Study Abroad for three years. After graduation, he is joining Burge North America as a grain merchandiser trainee. During his time at Iowa State, he had the opportunity to participate in two spring break travel courses to Spain and Argentina, as well as spent a semester at the American Farm School – Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece. Read below to learn about Connor’s time studying abroad and his advice to future travelers.

Ben Malin

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As an undergrad at Iowa State University, Ben Malin was drawn to a major in math. But once he discovered economics, he says that a whole new world of connecting the practical to the theoretical opened up to him.

Brandon Hanson

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Ag Bus senior Brandon Hanson has been named a recipient of the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award by the ISU Alumni Association. The Iowa Falls native is majoring in agricultural business, economics and international agriculture.

Hanson is one of Iowa State University’s top scholars in agricultural business—one who has received multiple scholarships for his academic studies, been nationally recognized for academic success at the highest levels, and whose commitment to excellence extends far beyond the classroom.

Jeff Rowe

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Jeff Rowe, President Global Seeds & North America & China, Syngenta, was given the Ag Bus Club's Outstanding Alumni Award 2018. The award, which recognizes Rowe’s contribution to agriculture and his career achievements, was presented March 2, 2019 at the club's Awards Banquet at Scheman.

Rowe has been with Syngenta since 2016, and prior to that worked more than 21 years in several roles at DuPont Pioneer.


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