Five Things

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

1) Can you believe it’s VEISHEA already? Right now the weather forecast looks pretty VEISHEA-friendly, with highs in the upper 60s and even 70s under partly cloudy skies predicted most days. Stars Over VEISHEA: Into the Woods has already started at Fisher Theater, and the opening ceremonies are set for Tuesday. Saturday is the parade, VEISHEA Village, and all that good stuff. And yes, you can even follow VEISHEA cherry pies on Twitter. Here’s a gratuitous “student posing with vat of pie crust” photo for you:

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For every dirty detail of VEISHEA 2014, be sure to check out the official VEISHEA website. We’ve also highlighted a few events, including our annual open house at the ISU Alumni Center (FREE root beer floats! You heard us correctly!), on our website. It’s worth noting that two of our alumni clubs — Denver and Washington, D.C. — are celebrating VEISHEA virtually this year. The Denver club is having a ski day Saturday (registration is already closed — sorry!), and the D.C. club is planning a “VEISHEA East” picnic for the 26th (details still forthcoming). And, of course, Cy’s Days of Service is going on all month long to allow ALL Iowa State alumni, students, and friends to show their VEISHEA spirit with service projects. Need some inspiration for doing your own Cy’s Days of Service project? There’s a Pinterest board for that.

2) ISU associate professor of psychology Zlatan Krizan does some pretty interesting research, though a lot of it may not be exactly what you want to hear. Last April, for example, he warned about the dangers of optimism as they related to elections. And now he’s saying that we’re maybe not really as good at something as we think we are. (Gasp!) So yeah, the guy is kind of a wet blanket. But he’s our wet blanket, and we’ll embrace his scientifically-backed bad news with open arms.

3) Do you like beating Iowa? Of course you do. And now you can run your way to a Cy-Hawk title with Mike ’01 and Kate ’95 Maurer’s Rival Game Relay Sept. 12-13 (the football game is right after the race on Saturday, Sept. 13). Cyclone and Hawkeye relay teams will race against each other from Ames to tiny Tiffin (located eight miles west of Iowa City).

There are lots of fun components to the relay — you can pick an awesome team name and dress in uniforms; there’s a celebration party after the race and before the football game; the funds raised benefit a different charity each year — this year it’s Nephcure; and ISU alumni teams can get a big discount on registration fees if they sign up by May 1. (Enter code ISUALUMNI at checkout for $100 off a regular team — 10 members — registration and $50 off an ultra team — five members — registration.) Beat Iowa, everyone. Let’s do this.

4) Looking for parenting tips on the Internet? Yeah, they’re everywhere. But how about tips from a trusted source like ISU Extension? Check out the Science of Parenting blog, where you read tips from ISU experts and listen to some pretty helpful podcasts. Their latest post and podcast deals with religion, and you can browse tons of archived topics on the site as well. And yes, Science of Parenting is even on Twitter.

5) We love photographer Jim Heemstra, and we know you do, too. He’s been capturing the beauty of Iowa State for decades now, and his images have found an iconic place in the hearts of many Iowa Staters. That’s why we’re super happy for him that his photographs from the coast-to-coast VISIONS Across America project are now on display at the Brunnier Art Museum. “VISIONS Across America: Portraits of Iowa State Alumni by Jim Heemstra” opened Thursday and will be up until Aug. 9 at the Brunnier. More than 330 guests attended an opening reception on Friday night. Check out some pics:

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And if you missed Friday’s reception — no big deal. You still have most of the summer to make it over and check out the exhibition. If you come see it during VEISHEA week (tomorrow-Saturday) and tell us what you think using our custom entry forms, you will be entered to win a goodie basket from University Museums and the ISU Alumni Association. So there’s no time like the present to come see Jim’s work in living color.

Have a great VEISHEA week!

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