A dedication ceremony was held August 29 in Curtiss Hall at Iowa State University in Ames. Curtiss Hall is the venerable home of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Located on the ground floor, a newly remodeled wing of the building has a new name--the Monsanto Student Services Wing. It is now open and providing key offices serving students, including student services, career services, study-abroad, global agriculture, and marketing and recruitment.
The Monsanto Student Services Wing also includes a welcome center for prospective students and their families to learn more about the college, its 24 majors and plentiful career opportunities.
"Curtiss Hall is the center of our student experience and the front door of the college," says Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "Stepping through that door, students will be welcomed in the Monsanto Student Services Wing. It will have a tremendous impact in shaping the lives of students. You can imagine the impact this wonderful space is having on new students as they get acquainted with campus and find a home within our college."
Monsanto gave $1 million gift to remodel the wing, which will better serve students
The Monsanto Company provided a $1 million gift to renovate and consolidate the offices and programs serving students in agriculture and life sciences.
"We're pleased to be a longtime partner with Iowa State University and are happy we can help support their commitment to providing the best educational setting for students," says Ted Crosbie, integrated farming systems lead at Monsanto. "This is not only a place where students can study and work, but a place committed to developing tomorrow's agriculture and life sciences leaders who will help meet the needs of farmers and our growing population."
~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~ISU President Steven Leath also spoke at the dedication. "The Monsanto Student Services Wing reflects the vitality of agriculture and life sciences and conveys the college as an exciting place to study, work and forge a future," he said. "It will serve generations of students coming to campus to study in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences."
Also recognized at the dedication were Glen and Mary Jo Mente of Ames, who gave a gift to create a welcome center in the new wing, and the Iowa State University Agricultural Endowment, which supported a conference room in the wing.
Construction continues on next renovation phase, creation of a student commons
The dedication of the Monsanto Student Services Wing is a major step in the overall renovation of the 103-year-old Curtiss Hall. Monsanto's gift is part of $7 million raised privately for the $14 million renovation. Construction continues in the next renovation phase, the creation of a student commons on the east side of the building. The commons will be named in honor of Neil and Darlene Harl. Neil Harl served more than 40 years as an ISU professor of economics and is an internationally recognized expert in many areas of agricultural economics and law.
Named for Charles Curtiss, Iowa State's dean of agriculture from 1902 to 1932, Curtiss Hall is one of the most recognized and distinctive landmarks on ISU's central campus. Each semester, thousands of students stream into Curtiss Hall to attend classes, get advice from mentors, sign up for international trips and get prepared for job interviews. The building houses administrative staff for the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the Iowa Agriculture & Home Economics Experiment Station along with ISU Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources, plus several other departments, centers and programs.
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. To learn more about Monsanto and its commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com.