Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cyclone radar this week:

1) When Wyatt Rhoads, son of ISU head football coach Paul Rhoads, decided to make a video last week asking Paige Hoiberg, daughter of ISU head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, to the Gilbert High School Prom, he probably never imagined that the Ames to NYC #promposal would go viral. But that’s exactly what happened, with news outlets across the country picking up the cute, if not also a bit goofy, story. When asked to comment about the whole thing, Paige’s father simply had this to say: “I’m a better dancer than Wyatt Rhoads is a singer. And that’s a fact.”

2) Iowa State researchers Douglas Gentile and Craig Anderson have published numerous studies on the negative effects of violent video games on children. And now, they’ve published new research that focuses on how children develop lasting thought patterns as a result of playing aggressive games. Read more about the latest study, which was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, on the university homepage.

The ISUAA staff helping load the images into the truck this morning.

The ISUAA staff this morning helping load the VISIONS Across America images into the truck for Brunnier.

3) Our staff is busy this morning helping move more than 100 framed portraits to the Brunnier Art Museum for Thursday’s opening of “VISIONS Across America: Portraits of Iowa State Alumni by Jim Heemstra,” the companion art exhibition to the special spring issue of the magazine. The public is invited to the opening reception Friday from 5-8 p.m., and everyone around here is pretty darned excited. The rain even cleared in time for us to load up the truck in beautiful weather. So far, so good. See you Friday!

Only Jim Heemstra would help load a truck with a camera around his neck.

Only Jim Heemstra would help load a truck with a camera around his neck.

4) The Cyclone men’s basketball team may have lost in the Sweet 16 to Connecticut on Friday, but it will go down as one of the most fascinating and feisty squads in school history. And boy, does the team ever have stories to tell. How much do you know, for example, about Daniel Edozie — the junior who got his first career start against North Carolina in the third round of the NCAA tourney after Georges Niang broke his foot? Sports Illustrated recently penned a feature on the 6-foot, 8-inch forward, detailing his background as a homeless teenager in Los Angeles and his unconventional break into big-time ball. It’s a great read.

And while we’re on the subject of ISU men’s hoops, is there any reason NOT to think the future is bright when our returners have attitudes like this? At 2:09 a.m. after the loss to the Huskies, freshman guard Monte Morris tweeted: “2:09 a.m. Can’t sleep! Wish I could head to the gym.”

If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about this team’s attitude, not sure what does. Next season is already looking bright!

The ISUAA Club of Seattle volunteering with Habitat for Humanity during Cy's Days of Service 2013.

The ISUAA Club of Seattle volunteering with Habitat for Humanity during Cy’s Days of Service 2013.

5) The coming of April tomorrow means a lot of things to Iowa Staters — practical jokes, less snow and maybe even some flowers, Senior Week, VEISHEA…and for the third year in a row, it also means Cy’s Days of Service. CDOS lasts the whole month of April and is basically a program for Iowa State alumni, students, and friends all over the world to do community service projects that help spread the VEISHEA spirit. A CDOS project can be anything: donating blood, helping an elderly or disabled neighbor, volunteering at your local food bank, or serving on a nonprofit board. No matter what you do in April, we want to hear about it. Cy’s Days of Service allows us to measure the collective impact of Cyclone Nation all over the world. So log your hours and send us a picture for our website and/or VISIONS magazine. We know we can beat last year’s total of 3,235 hours. Let’s go, STATE!


Morning magic

The Cyclone faithful turned out this morning for a rather chilly visit to the Today Show in New York City. We’re told viewers at home could hear chants of “Let’s go, State!” led by Alumni Association president Jeff Johnson and backed by the pep band. Go, Cyclones! Get pumped up — it’s game day!IMG_0231

Hurry up and wait


Cyclones Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane pass the time in the Des Moines Airport with a card game.

The ISU Alumni Association’s Jeff Johnson and Carole Gieseke traveled with the Cyclone men’s basketball team to New York City on Wednesday as they get settled in and ready to play UConn in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

Travel day was a little dull. It went something like this:

  • Load the buses in Ames.
  • Ride to Des Moines.
  • Sit in the airport for a very long time.
  • Fly to Newark.
  • Take a bus to our hotel in Midtown Manhattan, a trip that took slightly longer than the flight from Des Moines.
  • Stand in a really long line at the hotel. (Actually, the team did not have to stand in the line, but Carole and Jeff did.)

And that was the day! Today the team is busy with practice and media…and the Alumni Association staff is getting ready for the fans who will descend on the Big Apple tomorrow.

Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cyclone radar this week:

1) Put it on your radar that the CYCLONES ARE IN THE SWEET 16, BABY! After losing forward Georges Niang — the sophomore who either scored or assisted on 35 percent of ISU’s baskets during the 2013-2014 season — to a broken foot in a first-round win over North Carolina-Central Friday night, some Cyclone fans woke up Saturday morning feeling just about as bad as if the Cyclones had lost to the 14 seed. But undermanned and undersized, ISU willed its way to a win over sixth-seeded North Carolina yesterday and is now headed to Madison Square Garden. Coach Fred was so excited he danced in the locker room, embarrassing his children and becoming a top Twitter trending topic in the process.

Eldest Hoiberg daughter Paige shared this text conversation, with the note that she “didn’t curr” (though son Jack tweeted that his father “might have the worst dance moves of all time):”


Do you want to go to New York City with the Cyclones? Of course you do. You’re Cyclone Nation. Wanna do it with ease and leave the travel planning, transportation, and lodging to someone else? Sign up for our charter. We need to get a minimum number of reservations by today if the trip is going to go, so act now if you’re considering it! The plane leaves Friday!

2) If you want to get a T-shirt with your registration, today is the deadline to sign up for the VEISHEA Cherry Pie Run. This unique 5K benefiting VEISHEA scholarships is scheduled for April 12 (VEISHEA Saturday) at 8 a.m. Runners will have the opportunity to eat graham crackers, cherry pie filling, and whipped cream along the route to earn points toward their times. What better way to run than while consuming cherry pie? ALL IN.

3) This weekend Iowa State hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at Hilton Coliseum. The host Cyclones fell in the first round to Florida State Saturday, mustering a season-low 44 points on a season-low 25.4 percent shooting from the field. But the show must go on. Iowa State will host tonight’s second-round game between Stanford and Florida State. Tipoff was originally slated for 8 p.m., but it has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2. Tickets are still available if you’re able to come out and support NCAA women’s basketball in Ames. Attendance factors largely in the university’s opportunity to host such events in the future. And hey — Great basketball is great basketball.

4) Although remembering one password can be a challenge enough, two is actually far more secure. So get your brain ready. An Iowa State student has created a website advocating for double authentication to increase personal Internet security. Josh Davis, a senior in computer science, created You can read more about his work in Wired magazine.

5) ISU students are back in class today after a week of Spring Break. What’s here to welcome them back? Snow, of course. Happy Spring!

Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cyclone Radar this week:

1) The college basketball weekend brought us some of the best of Twitter. Of course, there was #HiltonSouth in honor of Cyclone Nation’s takeover of the Sprint Center, particularly for Saturday night’s championship game vs. Baylor. But there was also much discussion of the Band-Aids people were wearing to look like semifinal hero Georges Niang, who scored 25 points in ISU’s win over top-seeded Kansas despite taking a hard elbow to the face in the second half that resulted in blood, stitches, and — in the end — a single Band-Aid over the right eye.

In case you wondered what #NiangAids looked like, here are Voice of the Cyclones John Walters and ISU Alumni Association President Jeff Johnson sporting some on Saturday. For the record, Georges doens't want the trend to continue. He only shot 5-of-15 vs. Baylor.

In case you wondered what this Band-Aid trend looked like, here are Voice of the Cyclones John Walters and ISU Alumni Association President Jeff Johnson sporting some on Saturday. For the record, Georges doesn’t want the trend to continue. He only shot 5-of-15 vs. Baylor, so he says the Band-Aid was obviously not his good luck charm.

And last night there was the hashtag #HiltonReallySouth, because the Cyclones were given the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament’s East Region last night and fans are already making plans to follow the Big 12 tournament champions to San Antonio, Texas, for the first- and second-round games. Of course, you can get your NCAA tournament fix right here at Hilton this week: The Cyclone women are expected to make the field of 64 and, if they do, will be playing at Home Sweet Hilton Saturday.

2) It’s Spring Break, which for the eighth year also means it’s “Alternative Spring Break” week at ISU. Using $1,000 grants from the Government of the Student Body, student groups are heading out to places like the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota to organize after-school activities for underprivileged youth; Spartanburg, S.C., to assist with home repair and maintenance projects for the elderly and disabled; Rising Fawn, Ga., to help prepare Cloudland State Park for opening; Atlanta, Ga., to help refugees; and Wellington, Colo., to assist at an addiction recovery working farm for men. This cool program is a real point of pride for Iowa State.

3) The Fashion Show 2014 is April 5. Now in its 32nd year, this event just keeps growing and growing, with awesome guest mentors/designers every year and some super high production value under the lights at Stephens Auditorium. This year there was even a unique partnership with the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Read more about The Fashion Show 2014 (and buy tickets) here.

Karly Groon

An Iowa State high jumper is one of 100 students who are vying for a showcase in this year’s event — and she’s taking an unconventional approach: designing workout gear. Karly Groon, a senior from Akron, Iowa, has created an animal printed collection called “Impulse” as part of the senior capstone program. Read more about Karly on the College of Human Sciences’ website.

4) The U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings are out for 2014, and Iowa State is highly ranked in several programs again — most notably in ag and biosystems engineering, which is ranked fourth overall and fourth among all public schools. Read more about the grad school rankings online.

5) And just because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a link to the ISU Celtic Dance Society’s website. Cheers!

Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cyclone radar this week.

1) Last Tuesday Ames voters rejected by a 63-37 margin a bond referendum to finance half the cost of building a new convention center and renovating the Scheman Building on campus. The university had planned to foot the other half of the $38 million bill and manage the convention center if the referendum passed. So what’s next now that the proposal has been defeated? Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau officials say they have no plans to push for another referendum, but back on campus vice president for business and finance Warren Madden says he still believes a $6.5 million renovation of the Scheman Building is necessary. Madden told the Ames Tribune this week that the university is reassessing its options. Stay tuned.

theaster2) We’re big fans of Theaster Gates (’96 community and regional planning, MA ’05 interdisciplinary graduate studies) here at the ISU Alumni Association. He is a past recipient of the College of Design’s Design Achievement Award for his multifaceted design and humanitarian work on Chicago’s south side, and he will featured in the forthcoming “VISIONS Across America” project. It’s also pretty cool that he was featured last Thursday on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Watch the interview here.

3) When Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart, one of college basketball’s most notorious in-game actors who famously pulled off a “double flop” in ISU’s triple-overtime win in Stillwater Feb. 3, visited Hilton Coliseum Saturday for a rematch, he was treated to what he called the most unique taunt he’s received all season — a “mass flop” orchestrated by Cyclone Alley. Video of the taunt was shared by national news outlets and earned high marks for creativity. Smart, who took the cheers in stride, fouled out during regulation of ISU’s overtime win but scored 27 points (so apparently the taunts didn’t really get to him). Next up for the ISU men’s basketball team is a trip to Kansas City for the Big 12 tournament. ISU opens play Thursday at 11:30 a.m. vs. Kansas State. If you’re planning to travel to KC to cheer on the Cyclones, check out the Alumni Association website for fan information. We’re planning a big tipoff pep rally Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the KC Convention Center. (By the way, if the Cyclones and Cowboys both win their opening-round games, the nation will be watching another sure-to-entertain rematch.) Tourney bracket here.

4) You might have already TIheard last week’s news that Live@VEISHEA headliner Ludacris has backed out of his April 12 campus gig due to scheduling conflicts. The good news, at least for many rap music fans: He will be replaced by T.I., who is best known for the hit singles “Bring Em Out,” “Dead and Gone,” and “Whatever You Like.” To purchase alumni tickets to the Live@VEISHEA concerts, which will also feature Twenty One Pilots, Cris Cab, Cassadee Pope, Jamie Lynn Spears and Sara Haze on Saturday and includes Friday night’s lineup of Timeflies, Andy Grammer, David Cook, Down with Webster, Paradise Fears, and Luke Christopher, visit the ISU Alumni Association website.

5) If you’re an ISU history fan, you may be excited to know — if you didn’t already — about the ISU Library Special Collections Department blog, which is a great place to learn obscure ISU trivia and view vintage ISU photos like this one that was posted last week of Cy with Louis Armstrong from 1966. Pretty cool stuff.


Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cyclone Radar this week.

1) It’s sports season…to the max. After finishing third in the Big 12 swimming & diving championship and fourth (women)/sixth (men) at the Big 12 indoor track and field championship this weekend, Iowa State is currently third in the Big 12 all-sports standings — ISU’s highest ranking ever at this point in the season. Of course there are three more conference championships to be contested in the next two weeks: women’s basketball March 7-10 in Oklahoma City, wrestling March 8 in Norman, Okla., and men’s basketball March 12-15 in Kansas City. If you’re planning to follow either or both of the basketball teams to their league tournaments, be sure to check out our website for the latest information about fan events and hangouts. Tap Werks will be the official Cyclone headquarters in Oklahoma City, and Kelly’s Westport Inn will be hosting a kickoff party for the men’s team on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. Go, Cyclones!

clairemccaskill2) March is women’s history month, so make plans to celebrate on campus. You can check out the documentary Girl Rising this Thursday in the MU Cardinal Room, and save the date for the spring Mary Louise Smith Chair‘s visit to campus March 28. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Missouri, will speak on “Women, Politics, and Leadership” in the MU Sun Room.

3) An Iowa State professor is weighing in on the FDA’s recent decision to print the number of calories in your snacks in big, bold lettering. Associate chair of food science and human nutrition Ruth Litchfield supports it, and she says she also supports efforts to begin including Vitamin D and potassium content information. One thing that won’t be improved with the new labels? Confusing serving sizes. Just because it’s a snack size item doesn’t mean the manufacturer is counting the whole snack as one serving. That’s a big, bold number for what might be a rather little bite — so bring your multiplication skills to the table.

“We have a lot of folks who are consuming convenience products that are perceived as a single serving. But if you look closely at the label, some of those giant muffins may be three servings, so the information you’re currently looking at is if you ate a third of the product,” Litchfield said.

4) A toy designed by Axel Holm ’13 in a spring semester College of Design Option Studio was exhibited at the Feb. 16-19 Toy Fair in New York City. Holm designed the combination maze/puzzle in associate professor of architecture Mitchell Squire’s “Toys!” studio, and he was invited to attend the Western Hemisphere’s largest toy and youth product trade show by Round Rock, Texas-based Recent Toys USA, Inc. Here’s a a photo of Holm’s creation, sent to us by Prof. Square (Thanks!) It’s just another cool example of design in action at ISU.

5) The ISU Alumni Association’s Cardinal & Gold Gala was Feb. 14 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, and last week we posted photos from the event on our Facebook page that got one universal reaction: GIANT SWAN! Save the date for next year’s Gala: April 10, 2015. Hope you’ll come have fun with us next year.


Now here’s a “step and repeat” are you won’t soon forget: ISUAA President Jeff Johnson and his wife, Peggy, post with the giant swan. And no, we aren’t sure whether it’s Lancelot or Elaine. Sorry.