Five Things

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

1) In case you missed it, the VEISHEA task force handed down its final recommendations on July 11 (after asking for an extension of the original June 30 deadline) and President Leath is expected to make a final decision by summer’s end. The task force report, which you can read in its entirety online, recommends discontinuing VEISHEA in its current form; abandoning the VEISHEA name; creating a new, overarching, university-wide event or series of events; and addressing student behavior/reducing the chance of disturbances at university-wide events going forward.

After we reported about the task force recommendations in last Friday’s issue of our electronic newsletter, ISU News Flash, we got quite a bit of feedback from the alumni community. Most viewed the recommendations as negative or pessimistic and had hoped there’d be more emphasis on the final recommendation of addressing student behavior issues while still maintaining the tradition. But some also acknowledged that they aren’t close enough to the situation to understand it fully. Regardless of how you feel about the situation, we can all agree that it’s a sad one. You can read some of the comments we’ve received on our online letters to the editor page, and feel free to add your thoughts here.

2) The Mayor had his pacemaker replaced last Tuesday, so it goes without saying that Cyclone Nation was relieved to see this photo tweeted by his wife, Carol, shortly after the procedure at the Mayo Clinic.


“The surgery performed this morning at the Mayo Clinic to replace my pacemaker was successful,” said a statement from Hoiberg, who has had the pacemaker since he underwent open-heart surgery in 2005. “I want to thank my doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, as well as everyone that has extended their well-wishes to me. Our family truly appreciates your support.”

Hoiberg had recently learned that his pacemaker was running on reserve power, which meant that that batteries needed to be replaced — a routine procedure for pacemaker users. “It was going to happen eventually,” Hoiberg said.

3) The 2014 American Solar Challenge starts TODAY — and Team PrISUm is ready to race. Omaha and Ames are among the stops planned on this year’s route — so make plans to gather with fellow Cyclones if you can to cheer on ISU’s solar car. Get a virtual Team PrISUm experience on Twitter, where you can track Phaeton’s run at the #ASC.

4) More than a week of picture-perfect Iowa weather has given way to heat indexes over 100 — so that must mean it’s RAGBRAI week. Ugh. (Be safe, everyone!) Once again, RAGBRAI is hosting a college spirit day event — so whether you’re riding or not, beat the heat with your fellow Iowa Staters this Thursday in Greene, Iowa. Wear your Cardinal & Gold!

5) USA Today Sports recently named its top 50 college basketball players for 2014-2015. We’re pretty excited about their pick for No. 10.

Have a great week! Stay cool!

A visit to the George Washington Carver National Monument


Anyone with a connection to Iowa State University would be proud to see the university’s influences on one of our most beloved graduates highlighted at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo.

Part of the National Park Service, the Carver Memorial is set near Carver’s birthplace on the Moses and Susan Carver farm in southern Missouri. He was born a slave in 1864; his mother was kidnapped when George was a child. He was raised by the Carvers, whose graves are located at the memorial.

The memorial features two main areas: the Carver Discovery Center and the Carver Trail. The Discovery Center is an indoor exhibit where children are encouraged to perform interactive tasks and all ages will learn about Carver’s life and his exceptional research and service. The one-mile Carver Trail winds through woodlands that Carver would have explored as a boy. Visitors will see the 1881 Moses Carver house and statues of Carver as a boy and as a man. Some of the exhibits include recordings of Carver’s voice, which was high and frail due to his bout with whooping cough as a young child.


As a young man, Carver spent several years in Iowa. He attended Simpson College in Indianola, where he studied art and piano in 1890-91. He studied botany at Iowa State, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in 1894 and a master of science in 1896. He was Iowa State’s first African-American faculty member before leaving to take a position at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

To get to the Carver National Monument, take Hwy. 71 south from Kansas City. Diamond is just south of Carthage and east of Joplin.

Five Things

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

cyclonecity1) This weekend’s Ames Fourth of July parade marked the debut of “CyclONE City,” a tour of 30 life-sized Cy statues that will raise money for local charities and ISU scholarships. The first statue unveiled was “LegaCY,” a Jack-Trice themed Cy created by Heather Johnson and sponsored by Des Moines-based The Weitz Company, which will be managing the south end zone stadium renovation project. (Construction kicks off TODAY, by the way!) The second statue that debuted in the parade is called “What We Love About Ames.” It was sponsored by the university and created by Ames native Sarah Grant of Sticks, Inc., an Honorary Alumni Award recipient. The CyclONE City tour was the brainchild of Leadership Ames Class XXVII; its mission is to “bring a culturally enriching event to Ames that will strengthen ties throughout the community and have a substantial economic impact for local nonprofit organizations.”

If Cy looks familiar, you’re right: Inspiration for the Cy statues came from Michael D’Ambrosi’s bronze Cy sculpture at the ISU Alumni Center.

And if the concept behind “CyclONECity” also sounds familiar, you’re right again. Similar tours have been highly successful in other communities — including Chicago, St. Paul, Kansas City, Omaha, and Iowa City. So it was high time Cy got his moment in the sun. Learn more by watching a fun, short video on YouTube. (And yes, of course that’s Jeff Johnson kissing Cy at the end.)


2) Want to view all 115 images from the “VISIONS Across America” photography exhibition whenever you want? Well, we can help with that. Associate communications director Kate Bruns spent a good part of the last work week adding the images to the VISIONS Across America website, where you can now browse through them and click to read stories from the blog (every story from the magazine is now also available on the blog). If you prefer to flip through a gallery, stay tuned for the photos to make their way to Facebook sometime this week.

Of course, nothing beats the real thing — so why not make your way to the Brunnier Art Museum to see “VISIONS Across America: Portraits of Iowa State Alumni by Jim Heemstra” before it’s too late? The exhibition closes August 9. Brunnier is open Tues.-Fri. from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. from 1-4 p.m.

3) Wondering why June 30 has come and gone and you didn’t hear anything about the VEISHEA Task Force’s work? That’s because senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill, the task force chair, asked President Leath folegoplantsr an extension. The report is now due this Friday, July 11. Stay tuned!

4) In science news, it turns out you’re going to have to keep searching for the answer to the question “What CAN’T you do with LEGOs?” Because it isn’t “build engineered environments for conducting high-level peer-reviewed plant and root research.” Just so you know.

5) Every year the NCAA presents the “Elite 89” award to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in each of the NCAA’s 89 championships (Division I, II, III). And this year’s winner in men’s golf came from Iowa State — Collin Foster, a junior in biology from Waukee, Iowa. For more info on the Elite 89 award and a link to vote for Collin as your favorite Elite 89 honoree, visit