Contact Us

Patrice Feulner - Assistant Athletics Director and Director of Athletics Academic Services
(515-294-0531) |

Jeff Cesler - Associate Director and Academic Coordinator for Women’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Swimming and Women’s Volleyball
(515-294-8279) |

Amber Giese - Associate Director and Academic Coordinator for Football
(515-294-4385) |

Amanda Hernandez - Student-Athlete Affairs Coordinator
515-294-2239 |

Sheila Klaver - Assistant Director and Learning Specialist
(515-294-9268) |

Jessica Mizell - Learning Specialist
(515-294-6276) |

Masse Poetting - Tutorial Coordinator and Academic Coordinator for Freshman Football, Gymnastics and Softball
(515-294-6835) |

Ed Sears - Academic Coordinator for Men’s Basketball and Wrestling
(515-294-1881) |

Nate Thomas - Academic Coordinator for Men’s & Women’s Golf, Women’s Tennis, Men’s & Women’s Track & Field
(515-294-1299) |


Mission of Athletics Academic Services

To empower Cyclone student athletes to positively impact the world around them through education, service, and integrity. We provide services and programming that foster:
- Academic Success
- Holistic Personal Growth and Development
- Graduation
- Preparation for Life Beyond Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletics Academic Services (AAS) provides support to Cyclone student-athletes and serves as a liaison between the student-athlete and campus resources. The function of our support team is to assist student-athletes with individualized academic programs to ensure success in the classroom. These programs may consist of structured study hall, tutoring, mentoring, and tracking academic progress.


Tutoring Program

The Tutoring Program experience allows student-athletes the opportunity to further their knowledge in a specific area. The intent of the program is to uphold the integrity of the educational process while integrating independent thinking and learning skills. Tutors ultimately assist with course content and study strategies. All tutorial staff is trained to comply with Iowa State University, Big 12, and NCAA rules and guidelines.

AAS provides one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, course specific tutoring, as well as a satellite office support from the campus Writing Center. Tutorial assistance is offered to all student-athletes. Student-athletes request a tutor and schedule a tutoring by using our GradesFirst scheduling system (


Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program is designed to help first-year student athletes acclimate to Iowa State University and collegiate academia. Student-athletes meet with their peer mentor to find more efficient ways to organize, manage their time, improve study skills and test preparation. All mentors are trained in the same fashion as our academic tutors.


Student-Athlete Affairs Programming

Student-Athlete Affairs Programming
Student Athlete Affairs Programming is designed to assist Cyclone student-athletes transition successfully into Iowa State University, holistically grow and develop personally while here, and successfully transition out of Iowa State University into a career field that they are passionate about upon graduation. Programming is geared towards the following areas:

AAS hosts a 2 day Orientation for all incoming student-athletes before the start of each semester. Student-athletes are given pertinent information on the resources available to them both within the athletics department and campus. All freshman student-athletes enroll in a 1 credit hour student success course each fall semester (University Studies 101). This course teaches identity development, positive decision making, drug & alcohol education, sexual responsibility, violence prevention, social media strategies, and leadership.

Personal Growth
Each semester AAS hosts a personal growth speaker on various topics. This year’s topics included Financial Literacy & Making Relationships Matter.

After ISU - As Cyclone student-athletes prepare for the workforce, a series of eight career preparation events are held each year including:
- Resume Workshop
- Speed Interviewing Event
- Ladies Night
- State Dinner
- Dress for Success
- Connect
- Grad School 101
- Cy’s Networking Night

Social Cyclones and Cydlines - WE ARE 1
To show support and develop camaraderie among all Iowa State athletics teams, we select one home competition per team and hope to see a large contingent of Cyclone student-athletes in attendance. We ask that all teams make an extra effort to attend these games and cheer loudly. Student-athletes should wear the t-shirts that were distributed at the Welcome Back BBQ, so their presence is known!

Cydlines Dates 2013-2014
Gymnastics - Friday, March 7 vs. Iowa - 6:30 PM
Tennis - Sunday, March 30 vs. Texas Tech - 11:00 AM
*Softball - Wednesday, April 23 vs. Iowa - 4:00 PM

In conjunction with the Cydline Crew, we host one pregame tailgate each season. Food is provided for all student-athletes in attendance.
- Spring - Softball vs. Iowa - Wednesday, April 23 - 3:00 PM

Other Student-Athlete Socials
Additional socials are held in the spring and summer to celebrate student-athlete success and encourage community amongst all Cyclone teams.
- National Student-Athlete Day - Spring date TBD
- Summer Splash - Summer date TBD

Diversity and Inclusion
The ISU Athletics Department celebrates diversity and seeks to enhance the collective experience of our underrepresented student-athlete populations. These events, which are held four times per year, are open to all international student-athletes and all others who self-identify as multicultural. Student-athletes are strongly encouraged to take part in this holistic programming.

International Student-Athlete Orientation - Staff from the ISU International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) meet with international student-athletes, discussing topics such as visas, taxes, travel, and I-90s.

Fall - Multicultural Academic Recognition Program for all Cyclone Scholar Athletes (3.0 or higher GPA)

Faculty Mentoring Program - Student-athletes are paired with a faculty/staff mentor from campus and partake in several opportunities throughout the course of the year to develop positive relationships with individuals on campus and outside of the athletics department.


Cyclone SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee)

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from each athletic team, with the following purposes in mind:

- To provide student-athletes opportunities to more effectively communicate with the Iowa State University athletics department administration, coaches, and staff.
- To enable student-athletes to provide recommendations for the improvement of student-athlete academic, athletic, and social experiences.
- To actively encourage involvement of student-athletes in campus and community outreach.
- To design and implement programs encouraging academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility, and career preparation.
- To encourage unity, common purpose, and camaraderie between teams and among all student-athletes.