2018 CHS Alumni Awards


Outstanding Young Professional Award

by the College of Human Sciences

Austin Paule

B.S. Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Production ‘09
New Orleans, La.

In less than a decade since graduating from Iowa State University, Austin Paule has combined an expertise in product development and management, love of the outdoors, and people skills to establish himself as a global leader in the apparel industry.

Paule made a name for himself working with Under Armour, which manufactures footwear, sports, and casual apparel. In his first five years, Paule received four major promotions — ultimately serving as the company’s outdoor global product line manager, and then as its international emerging markets merchandising and business manager.

He re-launched the outdoor category for Under Armour while based out of the corporation’s Baltimore, Maryland global headquarters. Sales and brand awareness increased exponentially under his leadership. Then, living in Panama City, Panama for 2 ½ years, he traveled across 95 countries, developing and implementing go-to-market strategies for Under Armour.

Colleagues praise his passion, creativity, work ethic, business acumen, leadership ability, and success at multi-tasking and handling high-volume businesses. They also note his strength of developing interpersonal relationships — reading people and bringing together those from different backgrounds.

Last year, Paule embarked on a new challenge. He now serves as director of product and merchandising at tasc Performance in New Orleans, Louisiana — a company that develops performance activewear and lifestyle apparel from chemical-free fabrics which combine organic cotton, bamboo viscose, and merino wool.

Despite international success, Paule remains true to his Midwest values and never forgets where he came from. The ISU Alumni Association member has been passionate about Cyclone basketball and a football fan since he knew what a Cyclone was. “I don’t believe in magic, but I do believe in Hilton Magic,” he said.


Alumni Achievement Award

by the College of Human Sciences

Cathy Hsu

Ph.D. Home Economics Education and Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management ‘89
M.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management ‘86
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Cathy Hsu is one of the world’s most accomplished scholars in hospitality and tourism education. The former Iowa State University associate professor and residential dining assistant manager went on to receive some of the most prestigious awards in her field. She’s a fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism — an honor for outstanding scholarly contributions that’s restricted to 75 fellows globally.

Hsu has been listed in the top 1 percent of leading scholars in tourism and hospitality research. She’s authored or edited 13 books, published more than 200 refereed publications, and is frequently invited to be a keynote speaker and visiting professor worldwide.

Her accomplishments have earned her the 2011 Martin Oppermann Memorial Award for Lifetime Contribution to Tourism Education from the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators; the 2009 John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education; and the 2006 Michael D. Olsen Research Achievement Award from the University of Delaware.

Hsu has taught thousands of students and conducted more than 90 training programs for hospitality and tourism professionals. As an auditor for the United Nations World Tourism Organization, she helps tourism education programs worldwide ensure and enhance their quality.

Hsu currently serves as chair professor of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The past president of the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators and 15-year editor in chief of the Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism is also a life member of the ISU Alumni Association.

“She will be a lasting reflection of what an ISU graduate could show to the world,” one colleague stated.


Outstanding Young Professional Award

by the College of Human Sciences

Lissa Stapleton

Ph.D. Higher Education ‘14
Fontana, Calif.

Lissa Stapleton is a scholar-activist who bridges higher education, black studies, and deaf studies — and leads each of those areas to be more inclusive.

“Her work fills the existing gap in the field of deaf studies within our research, knowledge, and understanding of the lived experiences of black deaf people and other deaf people of color,” a colleague wrote.

Stapleton, an assistant professor in deaf studies at California State University, Northridge, is a 2018-2019 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow and national award-winning scholar who has published several journal articles on issues facing deaf students of color and disability in higher education. She works tirelessly to dismantle systems of power, privilege, and oppression — and ignites a passion in others to become advocates, as well.

In 2016, she co-curated a museum exhibit entitled “Justice Can’t Wait: Deaf People of Color Seeking Change Through the Arts,” which gave deaf artists of color an opportunity to highlight the ways in which they resist multiple forms of oppression.

She recently won the faculty-led $20,000 Council on International Educational Exchange grant, which will provide scholarships for students who are deaf and those majoring in deaf studies to travel to South Africa for a program she created, “From Apartheid to Today: Black Deaf Activism, Education, and Culture.”

Iowa State faculty have watched Stapleton grow from a budding scholar to a mature social justice educator and advocate. Her accomplishments include co-founding the ISU Womxn of Colour Network.

“This is the community legacy I am most proud of while at ISU,” she said.


Helen LeBaron Hilton Award

by the College of Human Sciences

Margaret McWilliams

B.S. Home Economics Education ‘51
M.S. Home Economics Education ‘53
Redondo Beach, Calif.

Margaret McWilliams’s travels around the world informed and enriched her 50 years of writing textbooks about food and nutrition, and 32-year career in higher education.

McWilliams, a professor emerita at California State University, Los Angeles, is a leading expert in food science. She authored 13 university and two high school textbooks about the role of food and culture in improving the health of all populations.

Her work took her to more than 110 countries, where she researched and photographed food crops and cultural food patterns. Her book, “Food Around the World: A Cultural Perspective,” broadened the understanding of food practices in diverse geographic and cultural settings.

“Whether riding an elephant or boating down a river, Dr. McWilliams has traveled in more than 110 foreign countries taking photos for her books,” a colleague wrote.

McWilliams’s interest in global health is reflected in her descriptions of food around the world, and in her quest to prevent malnutrition and starvation.

Her legacy is as an author and educator. She doubled the size of the home economics department at California State University, Los Angeles during her eight years as chair. She directed and coordinated dietetics, child development, and other health programs. Her teaching had a lasting impact on students.

“She firmly believed it was critical for dietitians to understand food sources, food preparation techniques, and cultural sensitivity to eating patterns,” a colleague wrote.

Her knowledge of the science behind food preparation impressed students and colleagues, as she explained the chemical changes that occur in foods from the field to consumption. Now retired, McWilliams continues as a textbook author and editor for Pearson Education. She still travels to exotic countries and plays the violin in a local orchestra.


Alumni Achievement Award

by the College of Human Sciences

Robert Nielsen

Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies ‘04
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Robert Nielsen brings a rare combination of technical and people skills to investigate the economic well-being of families — constantly seeking better ways to estimate and examine their economic and material hardship.

Nielsen is internationally recognized in family and consumer sciences. After receiving his doctorate in human development and family studies at Iowa State, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the U.S. Census Bureau. Today, he is a professor and head of the Department of Consumer Sciences at the University of Alabama.

He is a prolific researcher, having published 31 peer-reviewed articles exploring the interrelatedness of multiple factors affecting families. He’s an active member of the American Council on Consumer Interests and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“He is a believer in our field and has done the things to guide the next generation to be believers in the value of the multidisciplinary nature of family and consumer economics,” a colleague said. “He is one of the few scholars with his skills in the field.”

Nielsen received the best paper award for four different papers from the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. He was recognized with the mid-career award from the American Council on Consumer Interests, and the emerging scholar award from the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal.

Colleagues say he is gifted in working with others — mentoring students beyond graduation, and faculty beyond tenure. He is thorough in his preparation, gives meticulous attention to details, and upholds exemplary professional standards.

“Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences should take great pride in claiming Robb as one of your alumni,” a colleague said.


Outstanding Young Alumni Award

by the Alumni Association

Shane M. Jacobson

M.S. Education ‘08
Shelburne, Vt.

In 2017 Shane Jacobson was named president and CEO of the University of Vermont (UVM) Foundation, making him the youngest chief development officer ever hired by a U.S. land-grant university. In his current role, he oversees a team of 80 advancement professionals that recently achieved a record $136 million in annual fundraising. He is responsible for the strategic and operational success of the university’s comprehensive campaign, and notably helped cultivate a $66 million gift to name UVM’s medical school, which represents the largest gift ever to a public university in New England.

Jacobson began his career at Iowa State, serving both the Alumni Association and ISU Foundation, before moving to the UVM Foundation as the founding chief operating officer in 2011. He facilitated the creation and successful launch of the Foundation, then became the Foundation’s vice president for development in 2013. UVM has experienced triple-digit growth in fundraising since the launch of the Foundation.

Throughout his career Jacobson has been extremely active with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), serving on numerous boards and committees, leading efforts to recognize the accomplishments of his colleagues, and working to hone his own professional skills. He has received multiple CASE Circle of Excellence, Gold, and Silver awards. He is often invited to speak at regional and national conferences on topics ranging from board governance to fundraising best practices. He has repeatedly engaged members of Congress while on Capitol Hill to discuss the role of philanthropy in America and the consequences of tax reform on the charitable sector of the economy.

Jacobson has been active with the Vermont Business Roundtable, the ISU Alumni Association’s Campaign Cabinet, and the Association of Governing Boards, among other organizations. He and his wife, Lauren (’02 psychology), are Order of the Knoll members and ISU Alumni Association life members.


Outstanding Young Alumni Award

by the Alumni Association

Sara Marcketti

Ph.D. Textiles and Clothing ‘05
Ankeny, Iowa

In June Sara Marcketti was named director of Iowa State University’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), demonstrating the indelible impact of her relatively short but highly accomplished career as an ISU faculty member since 2005. The former associate and interim director of CELT, Marcketti assumes a role as Iowa State’s resident teaching and student engagement expert.

Marcketti immediately demonstrated her teaching prowess in the ISU Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, as she earned a Teaching Excellence Award from the Graduate College in her first year on the job. Throughout her time at Iowa State, Marcketti has consistently demonstrated a passion for student success. She has been recognized with the 2011 Early Achievement in Teaching Award, 2013 Greek Community Outstanding Faculty Member Award, the College of Human Sciences’ 2014-2015 Rossmann Mannatt Faculty Development Award, and the 2017 Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award, as well as selected for the university’s Emerging Leaders Academy.

A 2018 Fellow of the Costume Society of America, Marcketti is one of the nation’s foremost scholars in fashion design. She has received the organization’s Elva Davis Research Award and has published numerous books, research papers, and scholarly articles that have advanced the profession. In 2009, she was the inaugural recipient of the International Textiles and Apparel Association’s Rising Star Award and in 2018 was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to her classroom and research work, she has served as curator of ISU’s Textiles and Clothing Museum and as a faculty adviser to the ISU Fashion Show.

Marcketti earned her bachelor’s (2000) and master’s (2002) degrees from the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, which presented her with its Pacesetter Award in 2011 and named her a FACS 100 Centennial Honoree in 2018.

She is an ISU Alumni Association annual member.


James A. Hopson Alumni Volunteer Award

by the Alumni Association

Laura Weiglein

Health and Human Performance ‘07
Richfield, Minn.

Laura Weiglein has a passion for Iowa State University that shines through in her tireless volunteer efforts with groups such as the Iowa State Alumni of the Twin Cities and the Iowa State University Young Alumni Council (YAC).

Weiglein first joined ISU’s YAC in 2013 and quickly distinguished herself as one of its most active, engaged, and committed members. In 2014-2015, she was elected to serve the organization as its chair for 2015-2016 – which ended up being a time of unusual and unexpected challenges. Weiglein offered steady leadership and achieved many successes in the face of those challenges, and she remains engaged as a YAC alumna today.

The Iowa State Alumni of the Twin Cities, an organization with which Weiglein has been active since she moved to the Twin Cities in 2012, has benefitted from her leadership as well. Weiglein spends countless hours planning and organizing events for Twin Cities Cyclones, and in the process she has helped the group increase its membership, participation, diversity, and impact.

Weiglein, who is employed as a health and care engagement manager with HealthPartners in Minneapolis, Minn., earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010. She is a former health and fitness technician for the United States Air Force and has been named Civilian of the Year for both Scott Air Force Base’s 375 Air Mobility Wing and its Aerospace Medicine Squadron. She also received the 2008 John “Pat” Hardin Practitioner Award from the Armed Forces Recreation Society.

In addition to her service to ISU, Weiglein is active with FIT4MOM Twin Cities, supporting local mothers with their prenatal and postpartum health and fitness needs.

Weiglein, who is married to Tad Weiglein, is an ISU Alumni Association life member and sustaining life donor.