Science Bound Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Gala
ISU President Steven Leath and more than 140 campus dignitaries, district representatives, and former and current Science Bound students gathered at the Iowa State University Alumni Center to celebrate Science Bound’s 25 anniversary on Friday, October 21. The 25th Anniversary Gala honored early visionaries, supporters and educational champions, as well as Science Bound alumni and friends in each of the university’s colleges.
President Leath provided remarks and recognized Science Bound program visionary Dr. David Hoffman, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, for his role in the genesis of the program at Iowa State. The corporate visionary award was presented to DuPont Pioneer and accepted by the corporation’s president Paul E. Schickler. DuPont Pioneer through direct, endowment and in-kind gifts has provided over $1 million to Science Bound over the years.
President Leath also helped present awards to Dr. Lenola Allen-Sommerville, who wrote the successful National Science Foundation proposal for $400,000 for the program that would later be known as Science Bound, and who became the program’s first director; and Gerald Joseph, Des Moines Public School teacher and Science Bound instructor for 24 years.
Dr. Jeffery Johnson, Lora and Russ Talbot Endowed President and CEO of the ISU Alumni Association, served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, which included a social, processional of high school flags, a welcome video by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, the unveiling of the Science Bound video, and more.