Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) It’s all about YOU at the Iowa State Fair this year. Iowa State’s exhibit theme is “Adventurous Iowa Staters Making Iowa Greater” – and the names of 97,002 alumni living in the state of Iowa are featured on a giant wall as part of the display, so be sure to stop by the Varied Industries Building and look for your name. Also, if you’re an Iowa State alum living in Iowa, tell us how you’re making Iowa greater by using the hashtag #myadventure on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. Your story will be shared on the online tagboard AND live at the fair. Read more about Iowa State’s presence at the State Fair, which runs through Aug. 17.
2) Already nostalgic about the 2013-14 year in sports? You can relive it here with this Cyclone athletics year in review. (Remember when nearly 18,000 Cyclone fans filled “Hilton South” in Kansas City last March? How about when the football team came back from a 24-point deficit to beat West Virginia?) Highlights include Big 12 championships, individual milestones, grad rates, academic brag points, awards, and student-athletes giving back to the community.
3) So you wanna be an astronaut? It might be too late for most of us, but five Iowa State students had the opportunity to “think like an astronaut” Aug. 4-10 in a class taught by Clay Anderson (A)(MS ’93), an ISU distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering. “We turn out excellent graduates at Iowa State in aerospace engineering, but they don’t know how to think like an astronaut,” Anderson said. The workshop exposed students to training programs similar to ones he completed as a NASA astronaut. Anderson retired from NASA in 2013 after two trips to the International Space Station. Read more.
4) It’s hard to believe that Iowa State classes begin in just two short weeks, but next week the new freshmen move into the residence halls and Destination Iowa State starts Thursday, Aug. 21. To get some insight into today’s Iowa State students, follow this fun blog: cyclonelife.net. Cyclone life is written year-round by ISU students who post their thoughts, photos and videos as they go about their daily lives.