Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) 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 for 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 cyclones.com.