The Jeff and Deb Hansen Center will be awarded the Impact Award later this year. The Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors established this award in 2000 to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations, or units whose programs or accomplishments brought broad recognition to the university and increased the involvement of ISU constituents in the life of the university during the year prior to being nominated. Up to two awards are granted annually and are presented at an awards ceremony during ISU Homecoming week. Hansen Center Manager, Marshall Ruble says “ Our goal is to be the most utilized and diverse building on campus. We work with so many different groups from education to extension to cultural events. The Hansen Center is unique in that it can be used for animal agriculture one day and the very next day be transformed into a formal setting for an anniversary party. We work with the university but also with the community and that makes us a special venue."
The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center houses 10-12 classes as they have two separate class rooms/conference rooms fully loaded with technology and the ability to use the arena to enable hands-on learning with livestock. Since opening in January of 2014 the center has seen over 54,000 people through its doors. Ten student employees help keep the center running smoothly as all the duties from sweeping floors to managing the website are assigned to students. For more information go to http://www.haslc.ag.iastate.edu/ or call the center directly at 515.294.4950.