About us

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Winter break hours

Iowa State will be partially closed for an 11.5-day stretch (noon Dec. 24-Jan 4) during semester break. University Relations will be closed over the three university holidays (Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1), and minimally staffed during the remainder of the partial shutdown period. To get in touch with someone:

  • Call or email the staff member you need. Most who are out of the office will be checking email and phones
  • Call (515) 294-6136 or send an email to urel@iastate.edu. Both will be checked daily for messages.

What we do

The Office of University Relations directs Iowa State's public relations programs and communications activities. University Relations services include:

  • Stories and releases about breakthrough research and university people, events and activities
  • Assisting media in covering the university
  • Online news updates on the ISU homepage and News website
  • Media training and public relations counsel to the university community
  • Publishing the faculty-staff newspaper Inside Iowa State
  • University photography and videography

University Relations units

John McCarroll

McCarroll

The Office of University Relations is led by executive director John McCarroll. University Relations subdivisions include:

  • News Service. Coordinates media relations, disseminates news.
  • Internal Communications. Publishes faculty/staff newspaper (Inside Iowa State) and email update for faculty and staff. Manages top levels of university website.
  • University photographer. Completes on-location and studio shots for members of the university community.
  • University videographer. Produces original video productions about university activities and events.

Who to contact

Media inquiries
News Service, (515) 294-3720

Communications counsel
University Relations director, (515) 294-6137, or News Service, (515) 294-3720

Story ideas for Inside Iowa State
Inside, (515) 294-7065

Post online announcement
Inside, (515) 294-7065

Post calendar item
Calendar, (515) 294-8870

Photography
Photos, (515) 294-4053