Robert Bullard: 26 miles toward justice

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Alabama native Robert Bullard arrived at Iowa State in the mid-1970s knowing two things: One, Iowa State was a great place to follow in the footsteps of his hero, George Washington Carver. (“Even as kids in elementary school during Black History Month,” Bullard says, “everyone knew Carver went to Iowa State University.”) And two, he wanted to carve out a new field of study, starting with an exploration of urban sociology.

Bullard (A)(PhD ’76 sociology) returned to Ames in October 2015 for the first time since graduation when he received the 2015 Alumni Merit Award from the ISU Alumni Association; he says it was great to reconnect with the university and the program he says gave him his analytical and quantitative foundation.

“Dr. Bob Richardson was my major professor – an urban sociologist from Detroit,” Bullard remembers. “My other major professor was Dr. Gerald Klonglan, who was a rural sociologist. With that combination, I was able to do what I wanted to do in terms of building my skills and building a framework that set the stage for what I have been doing over the last 30 years.”

What Bullard has been doing has led him to be widely known as the “Father of Environmental Justice,” a movement he defines as looking at environmental issues not just through a scientific lens, but through a sociological one. Hurricane Katrina was a prime case study; in fact, Bullard took a sabbatical in the storm’s aftermath to assist and learn on the ground.

Bullard has authored 18 books on environmental justice topics and is considered an international expert on such topics as sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, transportation, and emergency response. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century, and in 2014 the Sierra Club created an award in environmental justice and named it after him.

Despite his extensive research and advocacy, Bullard says he is a teacher at heart. He is dean and distinguished professor of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, following in the footsteps of Carver and teaching at a historically black university after graduating from Iowa State.

“The best reward is to have a student come back to me, five or 10 years down the road, and say, ‘Dr. Bullard, I was in your class and now I’m an environmental engineer or a toxicologist or an epidemiologist or CEO of a nonprofit.’ Knowing that something you taught or a book you wrote was a tipping point for someone is very rewarding. I have been doing this a long time, and it’s not as lonely as it used to be. There are a lot of young people now who take the environment and climate and equity as their issue, and rightfully so. The millennials get knocked down a lot, but they have the wherewithal, I think, to change the world.”

While environmental justice is a broad, interdisciplinary field, Bullard says without hesitation that climate change is the number-one environmental justice issue of the century.

“The challenge is to get not only our government and the other governments of the world, but to get our organization leaders, faith leaders, and young people to really understand that they can make a difference,” Bullard says. “They can lend their voice to different issues in terms of clean energy and renewables. They can lend their voices to building healthy, safe, and sustainable communities; walkable communities; and good, clean, efficient transportation. We can change a lot of things just by organizing and mobilizing  ordinary people. I don’t think the government can do as much as people can do on their own as a collective.

“This is not a task for sprinters,” Bullard says. “It’s not a marathon. It’s a marathon relay. We have to run our 26 miles and then pass it off to the next group to run the next 26 miles.”

Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:

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1) ISU chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Ruth Litchfield is part of a community of scientists hoping the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s collaborative recent release of scientific data will finally debunk the widespread myths surrounding genetically modified crops that paint them as damaging to litchfieldhealth and the environment. The opposite is actually true, scientists say, and now the public can get the facts directly from the experts.

“Up until now we have been arguing in a content-free environment,” said Fred Gould, distinguished professor of entomology and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University in a recent NBC News story, which also quotes Litchfield as saying the documentation is another significant addition to the long list of studies that validate the safety of genetically engineered foods.

2) Starting next week, ISU President Steven Leath will become a member of the Division I board of directors of the leathNational Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), representing the Big 12 Conference. Division I comprises nearly 350 colleges that collectively field more than 6,000 athletics teams with more than 170,000 student-athletes.

3) June 1 (next Wednesday) is the deadline to submit your application for the ISU Young Alumni Council (a leadership organization providing a voice for the classes of 2006-2016 on ISU Alumni Association programming and outreach). If you think you would be a good fit for this group, submit your application online via www.isualum.org/yac.

royals4) Cyclone Nation will take over Kauffman Stadium in KC June 18 during Cy’s Day at the K. The event is being organized by the ISUAA Club of Kansas City, but alumni and friends who love major league baseball are invited to come from all over for this annual tradition as the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers. Let’s pack the stadium with Cardinal & Gold for this event. (Hey, KC is an easy drive from central Iowa.) Registration deadline is June 10.

5) It’s summer, and everyone’s on the road — including the ISU Alumni Association. Our new “Celebrate State” events are coming to Chicago (June 16; register by June 8) and Denver (June 23; register by June 16). Hope to see you there!

Career Opportunities with our business partners

Two career-level business members of the ISU Alumni Association have recently announced career opportunities for which they want to hire Iowa Staters. Check out the descriptions below and share with your #IowaState network!

If you would like the opportunity to recruit Iowa Staters as a career-level business member, contact Angela Tharp at atharp@iastate.edu or (515) 294-9603.

And for information about ISUAA career resources, visit www.isualum.org/career today.

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Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists (BARS) has an employment opportunity for an experienced Risk Control Specialist to service the state of Iowa. BARS services customers nationwide in regional grain storage and marketing, grower-packer-shippers, and food and beverage distribution, among others.

This position will be responsible for providing on-site risk control surveys at both prospective and existing policyholder locations for the purposes of gathering underwriting information and providing suggestions for risk improvement. Will also contribute to BARS development of safety materials and programs. Must actively participate in agribusiness organizations of which our insureds are members.

Risk Control Specialist
FLSA:
Exempt
Date Opened: 4/22/2016
Location: Iowa
City: Open

Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 5 years loss control experience in property & casualty insurance strongly preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of commercial agribusiness is helpful
  • Solid knowledge of safety regulations, standards and techniques for loss prevention
  • Professional designations, such as CSP, ALCM, ARM or CPCU is a plus

Skills and Abilities:

  • Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to present information to small and/or large groups
  • Must be well organized and a self-starter
  • Valid drivers’ license and acceptable motor vehicle report required

This position is a remote (work from home) role with a company vehicle.

BARS offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and an opportunity for personal and professional growth. If you are interested in a career at BARS, please submit your cover letter and resume for consideration.

Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists
Human Resources
11201 Douglas Avenue
P.O. Box 1594
Urbandale, IA 50322
BARSDMRecruiter@berkleyag.com

Apply Online

Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists participates in E-Verify and maintains a drug-free workplace.
Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of compliance with all federal, state, and local laws regarding nondiscrimination in employment.

The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

Under direction of the Public Works Director this individual will be responsible for the detailed analysis, review, and daily maintenance of the Public Works Operating and Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budgets, successfully performing a variety of administrative tasks, developing and assisting with public outreach initiatives, and related work as required or assigned.

Salary: $22.29 – $31.79 Hourly
$46,359.00 – $66,125.00 Annually
Closing Date: May 31, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Examples of Essential Job Functions:

Coordinates the calculation and compilation of the Public Works Operating budgets as well as the Public Works portion of the Capital Improvements Program budget; develops and prepares department budget reports; reviews and recommends changes to approved budgets. Responsible for reviewing monthly expenses, correcting accounting errors, and recommending solutions to ensure expenditure compliance with budget. Confirms budget status for Council Action Forms. Processes construction progress payments and change orders to verify funding and provide necessary reporting; processes reimbursement requests from grants and other sources; develops and maintains construction grant records; prepares billing reports for developers; generates purchase orders and pays invoices. Interprets and recommends changes to departmental policies and procedures. Conducts special research, analysis and report preparation. Develops and maintains operational procedures, records and personnel files. Acts as a public outreach liaison for the department; provides information and follow-up to the public and contractors regarding public works activities; prepares press releases, writes articles and serves as a communication point of contact for the Public Works department. Coordinates work with the Administrative Services work group, as needed.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field; at least one year of experience in preparing, maintaining, analyzing, and reporting complex information such as budgetary, accounting, technical or operational data. Internships will not be counted toward the experience requirement.

*Pay will be commensurate on education, experience and qualifications.*

Applications must be filed online here. For more information about this position, please click here.

Please contact the City of Ames with any questions regarding this position.
City of Ames
515 Clark Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515-239-5392
hr@cityofames.org

Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:

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1) Two Cyclone men won conference crowns over the weekend at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Senior Taylor Sanderson won the decathlon and senior Jan Jeuschede took the title in the shot put. Cyclone qualifiers for the NCAA West preliminaries will be announced later this week.

2) This week the Kennedy Space Center is holding NASA’s annual Robotic Mining Competition, and a team of Iowa State students will once again be in the mix; this year, the ISU team is debuting an ambitious two-robot mining system. The team won top honors in 2013 and in 2014 completed the competition’s first fully autonomous mining run and has a history of innovating. The competition not only provides great opportunity to ISU students, but it can also benefit the nation. According to the competition rulebook: “NASA will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative robotic excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual excavation device and/or payload retrieval mission.” Now THAT’s science with practice.

3) The ISU athletics department’s Cyclone Tailgate Tour gets underway today, with stops in Carroll and Omaha on the calendar. Join Cyclone coaches, student-athletes, and spirit squads as they caravan across the state for the next several weeks.

4) This week, as has been the tradition for more than two decades, Iowa State is opening its campus to the annual Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games — the organization’s largest event of the year, which includes more than 2,500 athletes. Competition includes aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, developmental events, soccer, and tennis. Athletes also enjoy Opening Ceremonies at Hilton Coliseum, a Celebration Dance, and activities and entertainment at the Olympic Festival. Thousands of volunteers will make this weekend’s activities possible. Thank you to everyone in the Ames community who helps make this event possible, in 2016 and every year, to help Iowans with intellectual disabilities feel a true sense of empowerment, confidence, acceptance, and joy.

5) May is National Photograph Month. Celebrate by following the ISUAA and Iowa State University on Instagram!

Diversity on Campus: Student Voices

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“You hear ‘Islam’ in the media and you see terrorists”

Every day Uzma Razak, a junior in supply chain management from Johor Bahru, Malaysia, wakes up before the sun to say her first prayer, called subuh in Malay. She then eats breakfast and heads to class. Before lunch, a second prayer: zohor.

After lunch, Razak will sit through more classes, then she’ll head home to study. The third prayer, Asr, comes midafternoon. Between the last meal of the day and putting her head to the pillow, two more prayers must be said: the Maghrib and Isha.

Generally, Razak says she doesn’t feel ashamed of praying in public. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t received a few lingering glances here and there.

“Everyone is mostly friendly,” said Razak. “But I do accept weird looks occasionally.”

Razak said she knows some people aren’t as tolerant of the Islamic faith.

It’s “rational to be afraid” of Muslims when all people hear about is “the extreme things about ISIS,” said Razak.

This fear of the Muslim community based on one sliver of its population is one that Humza Malik (a sophomore in electrical engineering who was born and raised in England), and other officers of the Muslim Student Association ask the organization’s members to consider cautiously.

He, too, said he understands why people fear Muslims.

“The media is confusing people,” he said. “You hear ‘Islam’ in the media and you see terrorists, Al Qaeda, and it starts to dig into people’s minds. If you don’t have a Muslim friend or a mosque near you, if the only thing you hear about Muslims is on TV, and it’s Jihad, that’s going to [affect] how you see Muslims.”

Malik and other members of the Muslim Student Association use outreach methods to educate people who might have an exaggerated idea about Islam. The association sets up a table at noon every Thursday in Parks Library, where passersby can ask questions about the Quran and the religion.

“We’ve had people who are really aggressive and try to explain what Islam is to me, so they obviously don’t come to listen to me,” Malik said. “Growing up around diff erent cultures and different religions molded me to be patient and tolerant.”

– Danielle Ferguson

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“There are issues here in Iowa that need to be fixed”

Julian Neely, an ISU freshman from Johnston, Iowa, is a passionate member of the Black Student Alliance and president of the Freshman Action Team, an initiative to get freshmen involved in the black community.

“We [try] to get freshmen involved with our organizations so they can just feel more comfortable on campus, especially those trying to adapt to the Iowa State campus who don’t see a lot of people who look like them,” Neely said.

Neely’s breakthrough moment as president of the Freshman Action Team came last fall during a Black Student Alliance demonstration to show solidarity with the students facing discrimination at the University of Missouri. He spoke to a large crowd at Beardshear Hall, calling on ISU President Steven Leath and other administrators to show solidarity with underrepresented students.

With his first semester on campus behind him, Neely reflected on the atmosphere in Iowa for young, black people.

“There are issues here in Iowa that need to be fixed,” he said. He described two types of racism and discrimination that black Americans face.

“Systematic racism comes from those who are in power, such as administration or police officers,” he said. “From peers, I think it’s more just prejudice or ignorance.”

He said confronting micro-aggressions, the type of discrimination he believes students face most often on campus – such as students asking to touch a black person’s hair or saying things like, “Do you rap because you’re black?” – is a good first step. He said addressing what he calls the “unconscious bias” is the major short-term goal for the alliance.

“It’s hard to change somebody’s mindset, but you have to make them aware of what they’re saying.”

Neely said the alliance also hopes to continue to reach out to other minority student organizations and strengthen a support network for those who are marginalized.

– Christie Smith

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“ It’s like I’m an in-betweener”

Maria Alcivar was 11 years old when she left Ecuador with her mother and brother to live in New Jersey, fleeing a dangerous home life.

Alcivar was undocumented for 14 years before receiving a green card and ultimately her citizenship in July of 2015. Alcivar’s mother fearfully told her children not to share where they were from or how they arrived in the country.

“It’s this fear that you have. Like when I would be driving, even now, driving and there’s a cop car behind me, I still get nervous,” she says.

Aside from fear, Alcivar described a feeling that many undocumented students can identify with: the feeling of being left behind or forgotten, and struggling to keep up.

When Alcivar applied to Iowa State, she was still undocumented. Had it not been for someone in the admissions office helping her, she wouldn’t have been able to attend and further her education.

“It’s not an easy thing to do. It’s not a system where you can just go and apply or get in line,” Alcivar said. “There’s not such a line. If that were the case then we would all be in line.”

Alcivar’s journey in this country has been more than growing up with a single mother and worrying about her undocumented status. As a Latina immigrant woman, she has dealt with the strife that comes with living away from her home country.

“I’m like an in-betweener,” she says. “I don’t fully fit the ‘stereotypical American girl’ here, and then when I go home to Ecuador, I don’t fit the Ecuadorian girl [either].”

Today Alcivar is a graduate student in human development and family studies, working toward a master’s degree. She’s an outspoken member of Latinos Unidos for Change (LUCHA) and has been asked to serve on one of the six committees for the university’s strategic planning process. Her area of focus: to discuss what it means to have a safe and inclusive environment.

“Th e difficult conversations are a good start, being open to uncomfortable dialogue between people,” Alcivar said. “But at some point we need to push for policies that will enable change for marginalized people, not only at Iowa State but in the United States in general.”

– Rakiah Bonjour

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“At the end of the day, I know who I am”

The first time Alex Peters was told he was pretty was when he was wearing a dress – a significant moment for a slightly chubby child whose mother nicknamed him “Muffin Top.”

Peters grew up in Truro, Iowa, a town of about 400, in a home he describes as abusive.

“Growing up, we pretty much didn’t talk at all,” Peters said. “I tried to really avoid [my stepfather] because I knew what direction I was going in … so I just tried to steer clear of him.”

While Peters – who today identifies as a gay man – was exploring what it meant to be gay, a staff member in his high school said during class that gay people would burn in hell.

For Peters to survive, he was always careful not to rock the boat so as not to dislodge the hard pit of his true self that was just under the surface. He was not flagrantly different, but he also was not conforming enough to be accepted by his family and community.

A break came every two weeks when Peters went to stay with his father.

A picture of a young Peters in a lace dress, mismatched plastic dangling earrings, and a sun hat prove an early testament to the way he was allowed to express himself at his father’s home.

When he lived with his mother, though, he lived in fear.

“You know deep down your family isn’t OK with it, so you have to push it down and hide it out of fear of being rejected,” Peters said of his true identity. “I knew of some people who got kicked out of their house for being gay, and I didn’t want that to happen to me, especially when I knew I couldn’t support myself.”

Peters wanted to change schools and live with his father, but the courts denied his father’s four-year custody battle. However, when his biological mother found out Peters was gay, she told him she was “done” with him, and he went to live with his father and stepmother Rochelle Peters, to whom he refers as his “real mother.”

In his new surroundings, Peters began to make the transformation to outwardly become the person he had always been inside. His new high school was supportive, with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender alliance club and a student body and staff that were inclusive. And after moving in with his father he was also able to express himself at home. The teen who had always hidden himself picked out his own clothes for the first time.

“He was able to be his true self,” Will Peters, Alex’s father, said.

When Alex came to Iowa State, he transformed again. He joined the LGBTA Alliance, where he met people with similar backgrounds. As a sophomore in apparel merchandise and design, he recently began to cross dress and perform in drag shows.

“We want him to be him,” Rochelle Peters said of Alex’s performances.

“At the end of the day, I know who I am,” Alex said. “I just try to be that supportive parent for people since I didn’t have that.”

– Makayla Tendall

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“They don’t get us; we don’t get them”

International students in the new International First Year Experience class were asked to write four things that defined them.

The students slowly walked up to the chalkboards where they could write and share their descriptions. Some thought about their answers before haltingly scratching them on the chalkboard.

Two Asian students stood at the board next to each other, looking nervous until the instructor, Tze Lam, a junior in nutritional science from Singapore, came over to give them a nudge in rapid Mandarin.

Domestic students may have written a hobby, a goal, or a word that describes a relationship with friends or family. All but one of the seven international students in the small 8 a.m. class wrote something about their home country, which may not have defined them until they moved to a different continent. Other students wrote a word that described their major or a food they missed from their home country.

Jing-Ru Tan, a junior economics student from Malaysia, described his first few weeks in Iowa.

“I’ll die if no one talks to me,” he wrote on the board.

The International First Year Experience course was first implemented this fall. With a total of 4,041 international students from more than 100 countries enrolled at Iowa State last semester, the course is meant to serve as a safety net and way to connect international students to campus resources, to a mentor, and to each other.

“My advice to the incoming international students is to have an open mind, go out, explore, and meet new people,” Lam said. “I always say, ‘Do what the room does.’”

International students go through a variety of adjustments when they first arrive. After the honeymoon phase, when the novelty and excitement of moving to a new country wears off, small annoyances begin to grate on students’ nerves, whether it’s missing family or traditional foods, a roommate, or being hundreds or thousands of miles away from home.

For Tan, who is outgoing and thrives on interaction, that nagging annoyance was the lack of interaction with others. Though he transferred to Iowa State from a college in his home country with his girlfriend, Sylvia Wong, a sophomore in biology, something was still missing in his adjustment to life in Iowa. At the bus stop or around campus, the “Iowa nice” complex became apparent in the way a domestic student or Ames resident would smile in greeting or ask a few questions, but the conversation would stop there.

“They don’t get us; we don’t get them,” Wong said of domestic students. “It’s definitely lonely. We know the pain. We know how hard it is to come thousands of miles away from home. The locals don’t know.”

– Makayla Tendall

 

Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:

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1) Next time you have the urge to visit the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series championship trophy, there’s no need to travel to Iowa City; it’s staying in Ames. Things were looking a little dismal for the Cyclones in their quest to hold on to the prize for a third-straight year, especially after the somewhat surprising losses on the football field and volleyball court last fall. But ISU won four of the last five events — men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, and — most recently — softball, to draw to a 12-12 tie. So while it’s a shared Cy-Hawk title, it still counts as a “threepeat” in 2016 for Good Ole State.

It took a while to decide the outcome of this year’s series after the softball game was postponed twice due to inclement weather, but the game was finally played last Tuesday under perfect skies at the Cyclone Sports Complex. In front of a record ISU softball crowd, the Cyclones dominated, 5-0, thanks to a phenomenal showing by freshman hurler Savannah Sanders. Sanders didn’t allow multiple hits in a frame until the top of the last inning.

Enjoy the summer, sports fans, and we’ll start the series all over again in September. (Though we’ll admit a “Beat Iowa” T-shirt is in fashion year-round.)

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2) Saturday’s graduation set a record in the “sheer numbers” category (4,601), but it also marked a first for Jack Trice Stadium hosting the event. The event went off mostly without a hitch. Smoke from wildfires in northern Minnesota and a smattering of rain were included in the day’s weather events, but the new location successfully accommodated far more spectators than Hilton Coliseum has ever been able to.

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3) U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was Saturday’s commencement speaker. But Moniz was also in Ames Friday to attend the dedication of Ames Laboratory’s Sensitive Instrument Facility. The Ames Tribune has the story about Moniz’s visit and his views on the state’s energy policy.

4) A pair of ISU faculty members have weighed in on the Brady Campaign’s “Zero Minutes of Fame” initiative. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and expert on media effects, told ISU News Service’s Angie Hunt last week that the media needs to change its strategy in its coverage of mass shootings.

“The media are showing every disaffected youth that the way to make a name for yourself is to not just kill yourself, but to take as many people with you as you can on the way out,” Gentile said. “News coverage normalizes behavior and shows that it’s acceptable, by virtue of the fact that it’s in the news. It also glamorizes the shooting because it’s important enough to make the news. Who makes the news? It’s usually the powerful people or important people.”

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication director Michael Bugeja, however, has a different view of the media’s role. “Newsrooms now are productivity centers with little room for ethics discussions,” he said, noting that a killer’s name is public record and should be reported.

Read the full article featuring Gentile’s and Bugeja’s perspectives online.

5) While it may not technically be summer yet, it’s considered summer here at ISU now that spring classes have recessed. The ISU Alumni Association is one of the campus departments that will be observing special summer hours — 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, now-Aug. 12. You may want to check with other campus offices and departments about possible summer hours before you call or visit in the coming months.

 

Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:

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1) For the first time in ISU history, commencement this Saturday will be held in Jack Trice Stadium. The announcement of the change was made Friday, shortly after ISU News Flash hit inboxes. Officials say the venue change has become necessary due to the university’s rapidly increasing class sizes.

“It has long been Iowa State’s tradition to ensure everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony,” President Steven Leath wrote in Friday’s letter to ISU students, faculty, and staff. “This will be an exciting venue for our graduates and guests. Last fall, we completed a stunning renovation of Jack Trice Stadium, closing in the south end zone and creating an attractive new entrance. It is one of the most beautiful college stadiums in the country and offers easy access and parking.”

The latest information about Saturday’s commencement will be available online at www.graduation.iastate.edu/, and check out www.isualum.org/graduation for details about our free post-commencement reception at the ISU Alumni Center for new graduates and their guests.

jolly2) ISU has found its next dean of the College of Human Sciences: Laura Dunn Jolly (pictured, right), a two-time graduate of Oklahoma State University who is currently a professor of textiles, merchandising, and interiors at the University of Georgia in Athens has been tabbed to replace the retiring Pam White. Jolly will become the College’s second dean July 5.

3) Five Iowa State football players signed free agent contracts to NFL teams this weekend in the hours following the league’s annual draft. Wide receiver Quenton Bundrage inked a deal with the New York Jets; defensive end Dale Pierson will go to the Green Bay Packers; offensive lineman Jamison Lalk signed with the Buffalo Bills; offensive lineman Oni Omoile will be an Oakland Raider, and defensive back Qujuan Floyd was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings.

4) The ISU Alumni Association’s virtual networking is back May 18. Sign up now to participate in the one-hour event, which will allow you to spend 7 minutes a pop in text-based (no camera or speakers needed) chats with your fellow ISU alumni. Do some networking over your lunch hour; it’s a great way to stay connected and make new connections.

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5) Friday is National Public Gardens Day, and in the spirit of this celebration Reiman Gardens will be offering free admission and giving away seedlings all day.