Iowa Staters, Meet Iowa Stater

From Alumni Lane

Covers of three previous publications: Visions, The Iowa Stater and The Alumnus.

From 1974 to 2002, The Iowa Stater was a tabloid published by the ISU Alumni Association, Iowa State University, and the ISU Foundation to reach alumni and friends. The Iowa Stater resulted from a merger between the Iowa State Alumnus – an alumni association publication for members – and News of Iowa State, a university publication to inform alumni and parents of students. In 1988, VISIONS magazine was launched as a member benefit by the ISU Alumni Association, ending its nearly 35-year run in 2022.

If you really want to get along with somebody, let them be themselves.

Willie Nelson, singer and songwriter

Portrait of Melea Reicks Licht
Melea Reicks Licht

While I was preparing this debut issue of Iowa Stater magazine, I kept thinking of one of my favorite Willie Nelson quotes. 

We Iowa Staters are a unique bunch. However, during our research for this publication three core attributes surfaced that seem to connect us: innovative, collaborative, and inclusive.

In this inaugural issue of Iowa Stater, we celebrate the cardinal and gold threads that weave together a shared experience while recognizing that each of us wears the resulting garment differently. That’s a great thing — each of us makes it fit perfectly.

Not only does Iowa Stater magazine deliver a fresh name and look, the flagship publication is a fresh collaboration and partnership of Iowa State University, the ISU Foundation, and the ISU Alumni Association. A new editorial board of representatives from each organization is working to ensure content keeps you connected and in the know. A new website,, will make some content available online, with access to full, members-only content coming a few months following publication.

Like its predecessor, VISIONS, the printed version of Iowa Stater remains a paid-member benefit of the ISU Alumni Association. Membership dues significantly support the ISU Alumni Association’s printing and postage expenses. The university, ISU Foundation, and the ISU Alumni Association are partnering on staffing and other kinds of expenses for Iowa Stater. 

Iowa Stater magazine is for alumni, yes, but also for those who are friends and fans, students and parents, faculty and staff. This is for you. It’s for all of us. Iowa Staters. 

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Melea Reicks Licht
(’00 Public Service and Administration in Agriculture, M.S. ’05 Agricultural Education and Studies)

Online Extra

Members and student members of the ISU Alumni Association receive a print edition and have immediate online access to the full version of the Iowa Stater magazine.