Apply for Family of the Year!

Apply for Family of the Year 2020

The Iowa State University Family of the Year is an honor that is given to a family that shows a strong connection and pride for ISU. The familg will be honored during Family Weekend 2020 by ISU President, Wendy Wintersteen.

If you or someone you know represents the ideal Cyclone, please encourage them to apply! Applications must be completed by a current Iowa State University Student by Friday, January 31st.

You can access the application here!


2019 Family of the Year: The Haack Family

From left to right:

Ashlyn Haack (Spring 2022), Alexander Haack (Spring 2023),
Scott Haack (Spring 1995), Delaine Haack


My parents told me about all of the lessons they learned, like making time for the really important things in life like family and keeping work at work. They jokingly said that the greatest lesson they learned was how to lose with dignity and deal with disappointment, although if this football season is any indication of our future seasons, my greatest lesson may be how to win with grace!

How does your family demonstrate Cyclone Spirit?

For Christmas this year my family spent a few days at my grandparents house, and then drove to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl. As we packed our things for our week and a half long trip, my dad had one rule: only Cyclone clothing allowed. Our suitcases were filled to the brim with cardinal and gold, including some cyclone decorations for our hotel room as well as my uncle’s and grandparents’ rooms! When we finally arrived in San Antonio after the 17 hour drive I realized that my parents had one more Cyclone surprise for us: the 7 foot inflatable Cy that they bought for my brother’s upcoming high school graduation. My parents explained their plan they had come up with back when they had chosen our hotel room to overlook the River Walk and the site for the upcoming pep rally. Cy would be inflated and lit up so that each person who walked on the River Walk or went to the pep rally would know that the Iowa State fans had taken San Antonio, and they were ready for the game!