November 30, 2015

ISU president announces members of Veishea task force

ISU President Steven Leath

ISU President Steven Leath

Iowa State University President Steven Leath has announced the members of a task force to study the future of Veishea.

The annual spring-time celebration on the ISU campus was cut short last week when violence erupted on the morning of April 9 in the Campustown area of Ames. Students flipped over cars, ripped out street signs, knocked over light poles, and threw rocks and beer cans at police.

Leath canceled the rest of the scheduled Veishea events for the week, saying in past years, violence during Veishea was blamed on non-students. But, this year it appeared ISU students were primarily at fault.

Leath has appointed ISU senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill to chair a task force with 18 other members, who will study Veishea and “assess its role and relevance for the future.” The group is expected to provide a recommendation to Leath by the end of June.


In addition to chairman Hill, members of the task force include:

Pamela Anthony, Dean of Students

Ann Campbell, Mayor of Ames

Bob Currie, director of facilities services, facilities planning and management

(P&S employee representative)

Chuck Cychosz, chief of police, Ames Police Department

Karl Kerns, 2014 Veishea general co-chair, senior in animal science

Hillary Kletscher, 2014-15 Government of the Student Body president, junior in biological systems engineering

Warren Madden, senior vice president for business and finance

Sophia Magill, 2005 Iowa State alumna, assistant director of federal relations, 2004 GSB president (Magill served on executive committee of the 2004 Veishea task force)

Nick Morton, 2014 Veishea general co-chair, senior in environmental science

Micheal Owen, University Professor of agronomy, Faculty Senate representative and Veishea Advisory Council member

Eric Peterson, 2007 Iowa State alumnus, 2006 Veishea general co-chair (the year Veishea was reinstated)

Melissa Pierce, general manager, Campustown Property Management

Barbara Pleasants, adjunct assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, co-president of the South Campus Neighborhood Association

Richard Reynolds, director of the Memorial Union and Veishea adviser

Jerry Stewart, ISU police chief and director of the department of public safety

Dwayne Vande Krol, JD, CPA, 1993 Iowa State alumnus, 2009-10 ISU Alumni Association board chair

Pam White, College of Human Sciences dean and University Professor of food science and human nutrition

Jeff Woody, graduate student in biomedical sciences, co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Ex-officio, nonvoting member:

Paul Tanaka, University Counsel

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