Here are five things to put on your Cyclone radar this week:
1) What a season it’s been for Cyclone golf. The season isn’t over for either team. After the women qualified last week for their first NCAA appearance in school history, the men followed suit this week and earned their first berth since 1953. The Cyclones fired an 18-under 270 in the final round of the Columbia Regional this weekend to tie for fourth, leaving head coach Andrew Tank speechless. “I’m not sure how to put into words how happy I am for the guys,” he said.
ISU is just one of 11 school in the nation who are sending both their men’s and women’s teams to nationals (and by far the coldest climate represented). The men’s championship starts this Friday in Hutchinson, Kan., and the women’s championship starts tomorrow in Tulsa, Okla.
2) Applications are due June 1 for ISU’s Young Alumni Council, so if you’re a graduate of the past 10 years and would like to get more involved, this just might be the perfect opportunity for you. Get your application in now!
3) Before there was Naz Long, there was Tyrus “McThree,” who offered plenty of crazy three-point heroics at ISU in his day. McGee ’13 watched the success of his Cyclones from afar this year, as he’s been a highly successful player across the pond in Spain. He recently talked to CycloneFanatic.com publisher Chris Williams ’07 about his life today and how he’s stayed connected to his alma mater. He even fesses up to pulling some all-nighters during March Madness (DeAndre Kane drove to the basket to beat UNC at about 4 a.m. McGee’s time).
4) It’s got a funny-sounding name, but it’s one of the hottest trends in higher education: a MOOC. MOOC stands for “massive open online course,” and ISU is getting primed to offer one in the fall of 2015. Participants don’t receive college credit, but they do receive a certificate of completion with a grade of 70 percent or better. And what better subject and what better instructor for ISU’s first MOOC than the Iowa Caucuses and political science prof Steffen Schmidt? Although the Iowa Caucuses are one of the most important political events of the presidential election process, there are certainly plenty of people who don’t understand them at all. Now there’ll be a free opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost experts on U.S. politics, and students can even work at their own pace through the material. Schmidt has analyzed every caucus over the last 40 years. “Iowa State is uniquely positioned to offer this MOOC given our location and expertise,” provost Jonathan Wickert said in a May 13 news release. “We have a front-row seat for the caucuses and participants will gain a better understanding of the process. We also hope this experience will provide a blueprint for future MOOC opportunities at Iowa State.”
5) May is National Egg Month. Did you know the Egg Industry Center is located at ISU? They’re even accepting grant proposals for egg-related research now. And now you know what’s cracking. For more egg-cellent puns, you’ll have to hit Twitter or Facebook. (There’s a page for everything, isn’t there?)