Family of the Year

Congratulations to the Paulson Family!


The Paulson family members are parents Joe and Lori Paulson, along with their three daughters, Sonja, Serena, Christina, and her fiance, Andrew Guhin. Every member of this family attended Iowa State, as well as over 26 extended family members over 3 generations, starting in 1941. Various members of the Paulson family were involved in Sigma Kappa Sorority, Dance Marathon, Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Student Government, Varieties, Veishea, Cardinal Key, Winterfest, Fraternal Values Society, and the Cyclone Wrestling Club Board of Directors, among others. 


Joe and Lori met in Ames, married at a local church, and held their wedding reception at the ISU Memorial Union. They started and raised their family just blocks away from campus. Some of the Paulson family favorite memories include attending wrestling meets at Hilton Coliseum and football games at Jack Trice Stadium, watching and participating in the Veishea parade, and exploring the campus. As devoted lifelong Cyclone fans, the Paulson family is excited to receive this award that recognizes and honors their continuing dedication to Iowa State University.

Family Members in Photo (from left to right)           
Andrew Guhin (2018), Christina Paulson (2017), Sonja Paulson (2022), Serena Paulson (2019), Joel “Joe” Paulson (Alumnus), Lori Paulson (BS 1979, MS 1984)                               

Family of the Year Award

Each year, Parent and Family Programs at Iowa State University recognizes the contributions of a Cyclone Family through the Iowa State Family of the Year award. Awarded annually, this honor is for families dedicated to Iowa State University and the Cyclone family. The Family of the Year Award seeks to recognize a parent(s)/caregiver(s) who have significantly impacted and contributed to an ISU student's life. By supporting you, they are in turn supporting the university. At ISU, "family" can be defined as individuals and group members who support their student's success. The Family of the Year members are representatives of all Iowa State families.  All students are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Family of the Year Committee.

The Family of the Year will receive acknowledgment throughout Iowa State platforms and social media and receive access to additional opportunities during Cyclone Family Weekend.

Family of the Year eligibility:

  1. The family must have a member currently enrolled as a full-time student at ISU during the Spring and Fall semesters.
  2. You may not apply if you were a past nominee or a Student and Family Outreach Team member.
  3. Have availability to participate in Cyclone Family Weekend

Applications for Family of the Year 2021 are currently closed. Check back in the fall for more information about Family of the Year 2022!