Martha A. Schiel

Honored by:Harold and Elma Schiel
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As parents we are proud to place the name of our daughter, MARTHA A. SCHIEL, in the Plaza of Heroines at Iowa State University. Marty is a May 1984 ISU and Honors Program graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in the curriculum of Food Technology and Science.

In the fall of 1984, in addition to job hunting, Marty decided to take additional courses at ISU. One of the classes was a Russian language course taught by Tania Tipton. In January of 1985, Marty traveled to Russia with a group of ISU students led by Mrs. Tipton. It was on this trip that Marty met her future husband in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg)--an Australian traveling with a group of Australian tourists.

Marty was an Associate Food Editor with Better Homes and Gardens Books Des Moines when she resigned in October 1987 to move to and work in Australia. She is Editor and Publications Manager for the Law Institute of Victoria in the city of Melbourne. One of her responsibilities is publishing the Law Institute Journal (a 116-page, 4-color monthly magazine). She has been a volunteer worker and Secretary of the Committee of Management, Footscray Legal Service, City of Footscray, State of Victoria.

Marty has many interests and talents. Music has been important to her. In high school she was an all-state musician for three years--her senior year as principle French horn in the All-State Orchestra. She was a soloist with the Fort Dodge Symphony at their Young Artist Concert. She continued as a French horn student at ISU and was a member of the ISU Cyclone Football "Varsity" Marching Band.

While an undergraduate at ISU Marty won a $4,000 scholarship award by developing a first-place diet pizza in a contest involving students from several universities. Creativity has continued to be one of her strengths. She is doing freelance recipe development for a small company in Melbourne. Marty also has maintained her training and interest in food by doing freelance food writing for the Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, and as a columnist with one of Melbourne's major metropolitan newspapers.

While working in Des Moines Marty won first place--color photography (people)--in the city-wide photo competition "On My Own Time." She continues this interest in photography and has had photos accepted for use as covers for The Journal.

Being a part of Marty's life both here in the States and now "down under" has been a very rewarding experience. We never dreamed we would have Australian family and friends, and a special incentive to travel extensively in that country. Marty exemplifies the ISU graduate who brings credit to her alma mater both at home and abroad and carries on in the tradition established by Carrie Chapman Catt.

-Harold and Elma Schiel

Submitted on 7/11/94