MAP-Works Free Room and Board Winner

AMES, Iowa--Iowa State University freshman, Josh Mellman, got a big surprise on Oct. 23.

While Mellman was enjoying an unsuspecting dinner with friends in a campus dining center, Department of Residence Director, Pete Englin and ISU Dining Director, Nancy Levandowski, shocked him by presenting Mellman with a prize of free room and board for a year.

Mellman took part in an academic assessment called MAP-Works. The assessment provides resources to help freshmen make a successful transition to college.

“First and foremost, we want our students to graduate. Providing a successful transition for our freshmen helps provide a foundation for future success,” Director of Residence Pete Englin said. “MapWorks is an integral component of our approach and it is critical every new student take advantage of this opportunity. Rewards help make that happen.”

By completing the assessment, Mellman was entered in a drawing and won the grand prize of free room and board.

“The genuine surprise and appreciation expressed by Josh was phenomenal! He did his part by taking advantage of MapWorks,” said Englin. “While we rewarded each student for participating, providing free room and board for the year to Josh was clearly special and he could hardly wait to tell his parents. I have a suspicion they were delighted too!”

After Mellman got over the shock of winning, he commented, “I have to call my mom!”

Mellman competes on the Cyclone cross country team and is majoring in kinesiology.