Five Things

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

George_Washington_Carver_0826051608321) Wednesday is the Symposium to Celebrate George Washington Carver’s Legacy, an event honoring the 150th anniversary of the noted scientist and ISU alumnus’ legacy. Organized by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the one-day event at the Scheman Building will feature speakers such as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, ISU President Steven Leath, George Washington Carver Endowed Chair and Professor of Agronomy Andrew Manu, Tuskegee University provost Walter Hill, and DuPont Pioneer president Paul Schickler. An afternoon panel discussion will focus on how to develop and nurture the “future Carvers” — current and prospective students in agricultural sciences.

2) President Leath has named his VEISHEA Task Force, which will be chaired by vice president for student affairs Tom Hill — who helped guide the university through the aftermath of the 2004 riots. Another “VEISHEA disturbance alum” on the task force will be Sophia Magill, who currently works in federal relations for ISU but was GSB president in 2004. Magill played an integral role on the task force 10 years ago. You can view a full list of task force members here. Leath has asked for the group to make its recommendations by the end of June.

3) How cool is Melvin Ejim, really? First he was named the Big 12 men’s basketball player of the year, then last week came the news that he’s also the Big 12 men’s basketball scholar-athlete of the year (for the second year in a row). If he’s not the epitome of a student-athlete, we don’t know who is.

4) There are lots of ways natural beings respond to climate change, but shrinking in size? According to ISU professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology Dean Adams, that’s exactly what salamanders are doing.

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5) The Student Alumni Leadership Council’s Senior Class Council is celebrating Senior Week this week. Today is the annual “Wieners for Senors” barbecue on central campus, and tomorrow is the grad breakfast at the Memorial Union (administrators and celebrities make omelets for graduating students). On Friday evening, the ISU Alumni Center will play host to the popular “Senior Sendoff.” (With two free Olde Main brews per person, it’s definitely the place to be.) Check out the Senior Week Web page here. In conjunction with the week, we’re also having our biannual Young Alumni Council meeting on campus Friday and Saturday.

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