In the 40-plus years since I graduated, I’ve noticed alumni and friends have a lifelong passion for Iowa State University that goes far beyond cheering on our Cyclones. We tend to have an interest in the wellbeing of the whole university, and we maintain a connection throughout our whole lives.

This is why many of us come back to campus – and also why we give back. I began contributing to the university because I am grateful for the education I received and the memories I made here. With the launch of the Forever True, For Iowa State campaign, I am happy to have yet another way to contribute – serving as campaign chair. What an extraordinary opportunity! In this role, I’ve met with deans and other leaders on our campus, and every one of them has a compelling vision for the future of Iowa State University.

I’ve learned that this university is poised to address some of the most pressing issues our world faces. That the young people who come here, with sufficient support and opportunities, are more than capable of tackling these issues. And that the faculty and staff themselves are dedicated to finding real solutions to these problems.

I’ve learned that not only can philanthropy make a difference for Iowa State – by giving, we can set our course for the next century. I urge every one of us to show that we are Forever True to this university – to be part of ensuring Iowa State fulfills its potential, and transforms the world.

Jon Fleming, class of 1975
Forever True, For Iowa State campaign chair