Catherine Adams

Program Assistant


Office:W112 Lagomarcino
901 Stange Rd
Ames IA


I assist faculty with:

  • Textbook adoptions, course scheduling and catalog updates
  • Class room assignments, course evaluations
  • Special events, web content development


  • B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University, 1980
  • Academic administration and grant writing
  • Brand management, International marketing and event management


  • $5,500, ISU Professional and Scientific Council, Retention and Recruitment grant
  • $33,293, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs.
  • $30,123, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs.
  • $41,000, Coleman Foundation.
  • $4,340, ISU Professional and Scientific Council. Retention and Recruitment grant.

University Committees

  • Distance Education Council representative
  • Professional and Scientific Council Retention and Recruitment Committee
  • Alumni Relations Council
  • University/Community Relations
  • Co-Chair, Senior Class Council. Managed $175,000 fund drive for 1980 class gift

Fun Fact: My dad was the “first” Cy

in 1954 my great uncle Chev Adams, the president of family-owned Ames business Collegiate Manufacturing, suggested to sports information director Harry Burrell that his firm create a mascot for Iowa State. Collegiate was then the leading supplier of college souvenirs—pennants, blankets, and stuffed animals—in the nation. The problem was how to create a stuffed costume that resembled a cyclone - a whirling column of wind. Adams actually asked Iowa State to change their nickname! Instead, the Pep Council’s contest to determine what the mascot should be gave birth to the idea of a cardinal, in reference to the school’s colors of cardinal and gold. Collegiate designed and built the new mascot with input from the Pep Council and the cheerleading squad. The cost was $200. My dad, Jack Adams, was recruited as the “model” around which the original Cy Costume was built. So my sister and I say our dad was the first Cy.