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ELIZABETH KATHRYN ANDRE was eighteen years old when her name appeared on the Plaza of Heroines in the fall of 1995. As an incoming freshman in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Elizabeth had already distinguished herself. In the spring of 1995, she concluded a year during which she traveled the United States and Germany as a spokesperson and role model for teens as Miss Teenage America. She spoke out on issues such as drug use and morality, and campaigned for greater involvement of teens in service to their communities. Her life as a teen was promoted as a model for others to follow. Leadership and service to her school, church, and community, as well as academic excellence, were the criteria by which she became Miss Teenage America.
Elizabeth’s interests include dancing, cheerleading, creative writing, theater, outdoor recreation, community service, international travel, and leadership opportunities. She entered Iowa State University as a member of the 1995 President's Leadership Class, was a recipient of a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Scholarship, and a participant in the university honors program.
Elizabeth was born on June 6, 1977 in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of Kathryn Burnet Andre and Lee H. Andre. In 1978, she moved into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity with her mother who served the chapter as a house mother, living one year with Iowa Gamma chapter at Iowa State University and ten years with Oklahoma Mu chapter of SAE at Oklahoma State University. She attended high school at Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, Louisiana and in Ames, Iowa where she graduated from Ames High School in 1995.
Elizabeth is being honored in the Plaza of Heroines with love by her mother in recognition of the internal beauty and virtue, which have directed Elizabeth's exceptional talent and intelligence throughout her life. Elizabeth’s exemplary character, compassion, and achievements have touched thousands of lives and will positively influence many more. Her mother is grateful to be one of them.
Alumni voices celebrate ISU's 150th When it comes to the sesquicentennial Iowa State not only walks the walk -- it also talks the talk. The university Committee on Lectures is presenting Iowa State's 150th Anniversary Alumni Lecture Series this semester, with future lectures scheduled to continue into the spring. Among the alumni presentations featured in the series are:
• "Legacies of Repression: Archives and Human Rights" by retired National Archives director Trudy Huskamp Peterson ('67 English and speech) on Jan. 28
• "Running on Ice: Stories from a Warming Arctic" by dogsledder and researcher Elizabeth Andre ('98 Spanish and international studies pictured right) on Jan. 29
• "The Lost History of the Civil Rights Movement" by African-American history scholar Modupe Labode ('88 history) on Feb. 4
• "Agriculture and the Future of the Consumer" by New Mexico State University dean Lowell Catlett (PhD '80 economics) on Feb. 21
Elizabeth spent over three months dog sledding across the Arctic in the spring of 2007; the website containing the daily posts video photos and interviews is located at:
The Baffin Island 2007 expedition link is at the top of the page located in a drop-down menu under "expeditions." You can also find out about Elizabeth as a person and about this expedition by googling her name.
The purpose of the expedition was to explore the changes in the environment and the lives of the Inuit as a result of climate change. Elizabeth wrote the curriculum for the Baffin Island expedition; high schools and middle schools followed the expedition on-line as part of their curriculum. The curriculum and the daily expedition updates are posted on the globalwarming101 website.
From the website: "Educators and explorers, Will Steger, John Stetson, Elizabeth Andre, and Abby Fenton will join four Inuit hunters on a 1200-mile, four-month-long dogsled expedition across the Canadian Arctic’s Baffin Island. The expedition will be traveling with four Inuit dog teams over traditional hunting paths, up frozen rivers, through steep-sided fjords, over glaciers and ice caps, and across the sea ice to reach some of the most remote Inuit villages of the world."