About us

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Photo by university photographer Christopher Gannon.

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
  • Social media (@IowaStateU)

University Relations units

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

  • Internal Communications: Publishes faculty/staff newspaper (Inside Iowa State) and email (Inside Update); manages top levels of university website; maintains online events calendar; and posts faculty/staff and student announcements
  • News Service: Coordinates media relations, disseminates news
  • Photography: Provides on-location and studio shots for members of the university community
  • Videography: Produces original video content about university news, activities and events

Who to contact

Media inquiries
News Service, 515-294-3720

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

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

Post online announcement
Inside, 515-294-7065

Post calendar items
Calendar, 515-294-8870

Photos, 515-294-4053