Cyclone Family of the Year applications open

Danielle Ferguson

Think your family is full of Cyclone spirit? Iowa State is in search of the most enthusiastic Cyclone Nation family to be Family of the Year for the 2015 Cyclone Family Weekend in September.

Applications for the families are open until Tuesday and should be sent via email to Carrie Giese, [email protected] and Taylor Paulson, [email protected].

Families must have a family member currently enrolled full time at Iowa State. The Cyclone Family Weekend Committee will contact students of the finalist families for interviews in April. 

Essay prompts on the application include:

  • Describe a unique situation in which your family has supported you and/or Iowa State University.
  • How has your family members’ experience at Iowa State impacted your family?
  • Describe an example of how your family demonstrates Cyclone Spirit.

Family of the Year will be selected this spring and honored during Cyclone Family Weekend on Sept. 25 to 27, 2015.

Last year’s Family of the Year was the Steffes family of western Iowa.

The family grew up in Templeton for much of their lives and moved to Carroll in 1998, according to Iowa State’s Family Weekend pamphlet.

Joe Steffes graduated from Iowa State in 2001 with a degree in agriculture business, according to the pamphlet, and Shari Steffes works as a chiropractic assistant in Carroll.

Scott Steffes graduated from Iowa State in 2003 with a degree in architecture. Tony Steffes was also an ISU grad, receiving a degree in finance in 2006.

Jill Steffes will graduate this spring with a degree in history and secondary education.

Apply for Family Weekend Family of the Year at