10 Tips for Attending Bridal ExCYtement

angelaCheck out some great event tips from our ISU Alumni Center team.
This piece about Bridal ExCYtement was written by Angela Horner, ISU Alumni Center Program Assistant. For more tips and assistance planning a special event at the ISU Alumni Center, call Angela, Lexi, or Brooke at (515) 294-4625 or visit www.isualumnicenter.org.

Planning your wedding shouldn’t be a challenge. It should be a fun and exciting time that reminds you exactly why you are getting married in the first place. Attending Bridal ExCYtement is the first step you can take to help make this experience as painless as possible and help you save some time and money along the way. Here are some tips to help you with the day.

  1. Create a temporary email to use while planning your wedding. You can delete it later so you don’t have to worry about unsubscribing from vendor emails after your big day.
  2. Print adhesive labels ahead of time. Include your name, address, phone, and email to save you from writing the same thing over and over and over.
  3. Register ahead of time. The link to FREE online registration is: http://amestrib.com/bridalexcytement/registration
  4. Arrive early and check in. Each bride receives a bag full of freebies, and thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes will be given away during the show. Visit all of the vendors present and drop your card in the drawing for a grand prize.
  5. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Plan to stand and walk around for at least a couple of hours.
  6. Bring a SMALL purse or bag. Stock it with a calendar, notebook, and pen or your iPhone if you prefer. Don’t forget your checkbook and credit card in case you find a vendor you want to book on the spot.
  7. Only bring those who offer great advice and support. This could include your entire bridal party, close family members and friends, fiancé, or mother. Or bring them all! Just leave the children at home, please.
  8. Use your camera or phone to take photos or video. You will see an abundance of flowers, gowns, cakes, décor ideas, etc., and you will want to remember everything. What better way than a picture.
  9. Create a checklist of vendors and services you need. Research the vendors with exhibits prior to attending so you can determine which ones you need to visit.
  10. Actually talk to the vendors. Get as much information as you can from every vendor you are interested in using. This way you have something to reference at a later time when trying to make final decisions.

Relax, have fun, and get inspired!


Five Things

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

1) The university has announced its spring 2015 lectures lineup, and it includes some good ones like:

For the full lectures schedule, visit and bookmark the ISU calendar.

2) Want to keep tabs on campus construction, including the south end zone improvements at Jack Trice Stadium? You can take a live look any time you wish using the Department of Facilities Planning and Management’s webcams. Talk about staying connected to campus!


Photo by Christopher Gannon.

3) Speaking of campus construction, Marston Hall renovation project manager Kerry Dixon recently spoke with the “Inside Iowa State” newsletter about the treasures that have been unearthed during the building’s interior demolition, which started last month as part of a $27 million renovation project. About a dozen antiques dated from the 19th century to the 1930s have been recovered so far, including several three-inch inkwells and a two-foot cider barrel. The pieces have been retrieved from the building’s attic and from the dirt just beneath the building’s six-inch concrete pad. Engineering Hall, as it was originally known, was completed in 1903.

Dixon says university archives will have dibs on any of the pieces it would like for its collection and that some items could be featured in a special exhibit when the building reopens. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is planning a similar exhibition of the treasures it found during its recent renovation of Curtiss Hall.

4) Yes, it’s true that the NCAA hasn’t been officially keeping track of the “assist to turnover ratio” stat all that long, but the fact that Cyclone point guard Monté Morris blew the record out of the water last year and is on track to do so again might tell you a little something about just how good Morris is. Some national pundits — as well as Morris’ legendary fellow Michigander, Mateen Cleaves — say he’s the best in the country at his position, and there’s no question about head coach Fred Hoiberg’s feelings: Monté runs the show, and there’s no one better.

So Cyclone Nation was delighted last week when Sports Illustrated ran a feature about Morris’ remarkable ball-handling abilities, featuring an extensive interview with Morris’ mother and biggest fan, Latonia. Check it out for yourself.

5) People we just started following on Twitter and think you should, too: Christopher Gannon (@GannonVisuals) — the new university photographer; ISU Carillon (@isucarillon) — for all the concert updates and Campanile news you need to know; and Cyclone Racing (@isu_fsae), which posts lots of cool photos and updates about the university’s Formula SAE team. Consider this a Follow Monday. Not sure that hashtag will catch on.

Til next time!

Engagement Party Etiquette 101


angelaCheck out some great event tips from our ISU Alumni Center team.
This piece about engagement parties was written by Angela Horner, ISU Alumni Center Program Assistant. For more tips and assistance planning a special event at the ISU Alumni Center, call Angela, Lexi, or Brooke at (515) 294-4625 or visit www.isualumnicenter.org.

An engagement party is a gathering to make the engagement announcement, introduce your families, and celebrate with close family and friends. Here are some things to keep in mind while planning an engagement party.

Traditionally the parents of the bride hosted a gathering to announce the engagement. With social media, the announcement of the engagement gets around much faster! This doesn’t mean you can’t still have a party to celebrate. Keep in mind, the bride’s parents no longer have to be the hosts of the party. The groom’s parents can host, bride’s and groom’s parents can host jointly, or another close family member can host the party.

Timing is key to hosting an engagement party. Plan on hosting the party two to four months after the engagement, and make sure to NOT host the first month after the engagement. Give the couple time to enjoy the engagement and start to envision their special day. Make sure the engagement party takes place before the couple has sent out save-the-dates or invites for the actual wedding.

Invite immediate family, close extended family, and intimate friends. Include the bridal party and make sure anyone invited to the engagement party will also be invited to the wedding to avoid hurt feelings.

When considering the style of the party, think about what will make everyone feel comfortable. A five-course dinner could make guests feel very intimidated and out of place; however, a backyard BBQ may not be appropriate for a formal family. Do not plan an extravagant engagement party and then have a small intimate wedding in the works. Keep the big bang for the big day.

More formal parties, including the five-course dinners, can use snail mail invites; less formal backyard BBQs can use email invites. Avoid using social media to invite guests.

Do not expect gifts at an engagement party, and make sure that you do not advertise that you are registered at such and such location on the party invite. Keep in mind that some guests still feel obligated to bring a gift, so make sure to register prior to the party for some gifts in the low- to middle-range dollar amount. If someone brings a gift to the party, thank the guest and place the gift out of sight of other guests. Make sure to send a hand-written thank you after the party.

Ensure the engagement party allows a special time for the announcement of the engagement and toasts. No other activities or games need to be played during the party. Keep conversations light and friendly and allow this to serve as a time for families and friends to get to know one another.

Food and alcohol are generally appropriate and recommended. Keep in mind religion and culture when selecting the menu and whether or not to have alcohol at the party.

Do NOT make an engagement party a huge affair. Keep the guest list small and intimate. Do NOT invite someone who may object to the engagement to avoid awkward situations. Make sure to introduce bride’s parents and groom’s parents privately before the party officially starts. Save the detailed décor, elaborate menu selections, and over-the-top entertainment for the actual wedding day. You want the engagement party to be enjoyable, but you want the wedding day to be unforgettable!

Great Expectations

Cyclone forward Dustin Hogue enters his senior year with more to prove


Originally published in the winter 2015 issue of VISIONS
Written by Kate Bruns. Photo by Jim Heemstra.

When New Yorker Dustin Hogue first considered the idea of coming to Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College to play college basketball, he thought the school was in Idaho.

“I really had no idea what I was getting into,” he said. “The coach who recruited me told me [Ottumwa, Iowa] was just like New York City. I found out he lied to me. But Iowa grows on you quickly – the fan love and support in this state is unbelievable.”

But that wasn’t the only surprise that awaited the 6-foot, 6-inch power forward from Yonkers, N.Y. (Besides deer running across the roads, which he says has been the biggest cultural adjustment he’s had to make moving to Iowa.) Hogue says he was elated to receive a scholarship to transfer to Iowa State in 2013. Grateful for the opportunity to be on a Big 12 roster, he figured he’d work hard and maybe earn the chance to come off the bench and contribute for the Cyclones.

In reality, what Hogue did last season was start all 36 games, finish second in the Big 12 Conference in rebounding, and earn recognition as the Big 12 Player of the Week and USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week. And on March 28, 2014 in New York City, the lifelong Knicks fan and Rucker Park alum fulfilled a lifelong dream.

As a child, Hogue had passed Madison Square Garden many times. And although he’d wanted to more than almost anything, he’d never gone inside. Looking back now, Hogue says he’s glad his first time inside the storied arena was what it was: ISU’s Sweet 16 showdown with eventual national champion Connecticut. Hogue was home, faced with the opportunity to play in front of more than 100 friends and family members. He knew he needed to step up after the team’s loss of Georges Niang to a broken foot. He shaved his name into his hair. He made 15 of his 19 shot attempts. He scored a career-high 36 points. He was named to the NCAA Tournament All-East Region team. It was a devastating loss, but it was also a moment he’ll never forget – a moment that carries him confidently into his senior year.

That game capped an incredible season that officially put Hogue on the national college basketball radar. The bar has been set high for the Cyclones in 2014-2015, and Hogue includes himself on the list of folks with great expectations.

“I will lead the Big 12 in rebounding this year,” he said. “I’m the type of player who will beast anybody I play against. I’m always going to give that extra effort.”

As for scoring, Hogue says he has flourished under head coach Fred Hoiberg (L)(’95 finance) and found his comfort zone.

“There was a point in my career where I hated shooting,” Hogue admitted. “Working with Fred, it was a process. I’ve always been a defender and a rebounder, but playing on this team I knew I was going to have to score more.”

And score he did. Hogue averaged 11.6 points per game last season and shot 57.3 percent from the field – including 34.4 percent from beyond the arc. His ability to play inside at the “4” position or outside at the “3” spot made him tough to defend – and he’s only sought to get tougher, on both ends of the court.

“I would put Dustin’s offseason maybe at the top of anybody we’ve had,” Hoiberg told reporters this fall. “His body is in great shape. He’s in a really good spot. He’s shooting the ball well; he’s defending really well. And he can play multiple positions. We’ll run a lot of plays for Dustin this year.”

“I think I have to take on the same role this year as I did last year,” Hogue said. “We could be an even deadlier team, and we’ve got our eyes on the Final Four.

“Nothing short of that is going to be acceptable.”

Five Things

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

2014_1_17mlk1) School is back in session today, and the spring semester will start with a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day — the official holiday is next Monday and the university will be closed. There will be a “Let Freedom Ring” Carillon concert this Wednesday at noon and an Ames community celebration next Monday at 6 p.m. at Ames Middle School. There will be no classes on MLK Day, and the ISU Alumni Association offices will be closed as well.


2) You’ve probably heard the buzz that ESPN’s College GameDay is officially coming to campus this Saturday, Jan. 17, before the Cyclone men’s basketball team plays host to Kansas at 8 p.m. It will be College GameDay’s first of eight Saturday broadcasts this basketball season and the first time Ames has ever played host to the popular TV program (for football or basketball). Hosts Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, and Seth Greenberg will broadcast live from Hilton Coliseum, surrounded by Iowa State students and fans — who have already created a Facebook group to dream up sign ideas. The game will be called at 8 p.m. on ESPN by Bilas, Dan Shulman, and Shannon Spake.

Doors will open at 7 a.m. (free admission) Saturday to fans who wish to appear on the show, which will begin broadcasting at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and continue at 10 a.m. on ESPN. An evening edition will lead into the game, but you must have a game ticket to participate in the evening broadcast.


3) In case you missed it, we sent out our annual “ISU Year in Review” via email Jan. 2. You can still read it online now and take a look back at the highs and lows of 2014 — from the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament championship to the university’s national kudos for hiring faculty to the sad story of VEISHEA.


4) Iowa State’s oldest building will re-open today following a six-month closure for restoration work. Farm House Museum will host two free and open events celebrating the facility this Thursday. There will be an open house and light refreshments from noon-4 p.m. and an evening celebration with live music from 4-6 p.m. Warren Madden, senior vice president for business and finance, and Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will share remarks at 5:30 p.m.

Among the restoration projects completed at the Farm House were the replacement of windows and wallpaper and re-curated furniture displays that the university hopes will better reflect the original look and feel of the building — “Preserving a Cultural Legacy.”

5) Last week the ISU Athletics Communications office spent the week counting down 10 historic Cyclone women’s basketball wins under head coach Bill Fennelly on the occasion of his 20th year at the helm of the program. But the thing about top 10 lists is that they’re meant to be challenged. And the 2014-2015 Cyclones, playing without injured star Jadda Buckley and in front of a large group of women’s basketball wbbletterwinners who had gathered for a reunion and 20th anniversary celebration Saturday, delivered a serious contender for top 10 wins with a stunning come-from-behind upset of No. 3 Texas, 59-57. It was ISU’s first win over a top-5 team since beating Texas Tech in 2004. The win sets a good tone for the Cyclones’ trip tomorrow to Waco, Texas. The perennial powerhouse Baylor Bears await for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff tomorrow. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest.

Bold Vision


Originally published in the winter 2015 issue of VISIONS
Written by Carole Gieseke. Principal photography by Jim Heemstra.

With record-shattering enrollment, crucial faculty hires, the opening of several brand-new academic and research buildings, and an unprecedented economic impact on the state of Iowa, it is, as ISU President Steven Leath says, “an exciting time to be at Iowa State.”

January 2015 marks Leath’s third anniversary as Iowa State’s 15th president, and he’s already taken the university in a number of high-profile directions. Here’s a snapshot of his priorities in four key areas: student experience, groundbreaking research, economic development, and academic excellence.


Working aggressively to expand the capacity of the institution

At his installation in fall 2012, Steven Leath announced a goal of hiring 200 faculty in his
first three years as president, and he has already exceeded that goal: As of September 2014,
the number of new hires totals 245, with 105 new tenure or tenure-track faculty joining the
university ranks just this fall. Leath’s Presidential High-impact Faculty Hires Initiative
ensures hiring in high-impact areas, such as big data and translational health.

A supportive environment
institutional_excellenceElizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff’s Stress Physiology Investigative Team –– an initiative she began when she was at the University of New Orleans – uses saliva to test the effects of environmental stress on kids. “We collected a lot of saliva. People don’t mind doing that as much as giving blood samples,” she explained. The research measures hormone levels and other biomarkers as a  response to stress in vulnerable populations.

When Shirtcliff came to Iowa State as part of the Presidential High-impact Faculty Hires Initiative in the College of Human Sciences, she brought with her not one but FIVE ongoing grants, as well as a team of graduate students. She just started her work on campus this fall, but she’s already settled in.

“I’ve had tremendous support from Iowa State,” she said. “That’s why I came.”

Change Agent
Carolyn Lawrence, one of Iowa State’s “high-impact faculty” hires, joined the Department of  Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology faculty last January to continue her work in maize bioinformatics. Lawrence is working to create new data tools for plant breeders, an effort that could speed up the development of new stress-resistant crop varieties.

Presidential graduate student initiative
President Leath has launched a graduate student initiative to build the impact of Iowa State’s  graduate and research programs. The three-year initiative includes:

• A Presidential Scholars Program for new PhD students
• Matching funds to the academic colleges for graduate student recruiting
• Funding for PhD students and post-docs working with faculty on research projects


Adding innovation and expertise to the state of Iowa

Ground was broken this fall for a new Economic Development Core Facility at the ISU
Research Park. The new building will house all of Iowa State’s economic development
service units and programs. ISU President Steven Leath calls it a one-stop shop for
companies to access Iowa State’s workforce and capital.

Research Park: ‘A perfect storm’
economic_developmentThough it has been growing steadily for 25 years, Steve Carter says that Iowa State University Research Park is experiencing an unprecedented expansion.

“We’ve gotten large enough that companies are more interested in the environment that the Research Park is providing,” Carter said. “They see the growth, hear the publicity – it’s a perfect storm for Research Park.”

Carter, the Park’s director, says that companies choose to locate here – for example, Workiva, NewLink Genetics Corp., Harrisvaccines, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Metabolic  Technologies Inc., and Priority 5 – because of the relationship with Iowa State. He said firms are looking for a research infrastructure, connection and collaboration with university researchers, and – perhaps most importantly – Iowa State students.

Research Park’s expansion includes a new $12 million, 40,000-square-foot ISU Economic  Development Core Facility, expected to open in mid-2016, and the development of 200 additional acres to the Park, located in south Ames.

Current Research Park
• 210 acres
• 10 buildings with two more in process
• 441,521 square feet
• 60 tenants
• 1,400 employees
• Total annual salaries: $70 million

After Phase II completion
• 792,521 total square feet
• 3,000 total employees

Phase III
• 200 additional acres
• 1 million new square feet of space
• Estimated 3,000 additional employees

Cultivation Corridor
In the areas of ag bioscience, biorenewables, biotech, and advanced manufacturing, Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor group is leading the way in the production and security of food, feed, fiber, and fuel. The physical corridor exists along I-35 between Des Moines and Ames; ISU President Steven Leath is on the board of directors and co-chairs the group.

Last year, Iowa State established the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations to make it easier for the university’s external partners to connect with Iowa State’s expertise and capabilities. Mike Crum, Ruan Chair in Supply Chain Management, was named vice president for economic development and business engagement. “Research and economic development are key priorities for Iowa State,” said President Steven Leath. “We now have the organization and leaders in place to increase our impact in Iowa and beyond.”


Putting ISU talent to work on big, complex global problems

Seven diverse, multi-disciplinary Iowa State research teams have been funded through
a presidential research initiative. Collectively, the teams are tackling large-scale problems,
such as food security, disease prevention and treatment, and crop acceleration.

Research centers spark collaboration
interdisciplinary_researchResearchers at Iowa State are coming together from departments across campus for a common goal: creating an effective way to make chemicals from renewable biomass.

Brent Shanks – the Mike and Jean Steffenson professor of chemical & biological engineering and director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (or CBiRC for short) – says that faculty in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, agriculture and biosystems engineering, and electrical engineering are collaborating to discover ways in which these renewable chemicals can replace fossil-carbon-derived chemicals. Six start-up companies have already spun off from their research.

CBiRC is housed in the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL), which opened in 2010. It’s part of Iowa State’s Biorenewables Complex, which now also includes the brand new Sukup and Elings Halls. The BRL, Shanks says, “is unique on the Iowa State campus. Labs are very open; multiple investigators and students are in the labs from multiple departments. It’s a very collaborative, very different approach from the one-faculty/one-lab model. It’s bringing together groups that haven’t worked together before.”

A better way to pave, package, and paste
Chris Williams, the ISU Gerald and Audrey Olson professor in civil, construction, and environmental engineering, and Eric Cochran (’98 chem engr & math), associate professor in chemical and biological engineering, are ready to roll out a new product: a biopolymer that could have applications in the asphalt paving, adhesive, and packing materials industry. The polymer from the Cochran and Williams research groups will be tested in an industrial-scale pilot plant located at the BioCentury Research Farm west of Ames. The biopolymers are derived from domestically sourced vegetable oils and have the potential to replace materials derived from crude petroleum. “This product has huge potential for reducing input costs for laying asphalt, and it’s bio-based, so it has environmental advantages as well,” said Mike Crum, ISU vice president for economic development and business engagement. Demonstration asphalt paving projects are planned for summer 2015.


Providing rich educational experiences, both in and out of the classroom

Iowa State’s fall 2014 enrollment of 34,732 is the largest in school history. And it’s the
university’s sixth consecutive year of record enrollment. How is ISU handling the rapid
expansion in student population?

Managing student growth
student_experience• HOUSING: A record 12,350 students are living on campus and in university-managed apartments; Department of Residence opened six new Frederiksen Court buildings last fall, and plans are underway for a new 700-bed residence hall.

• CLASSROOMS: Three academic buildings are new to campus: The Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center and the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering’s Elings and Sukup Halls. Plus, Troxel Hall, with its 400-seat auditorium, opened last year.

• OTHER SPACE ISSUES: To free approximately 100,000 square feet of central campus space for faculty and student needs, some administrative offices will be moved off campus.

• DINING: In addition to the proliferation of dining centers and cafes already on campus, the university has added five food trucks in high-student-traffic areas.

• TRANSPORTATION: CyRide added five buses to its fleet in the fall and three more in January. Six more buses will arrive in May, ready for service next fall.

• TECHNOLOGY: The university’s computer network has been increased 10-fold to accommodate the increase in student data needs.

• FACULTY & SUPPORT SERVICES: 105 new tenured or tenure-track faculty joined the ranks this fall. Additional academic advisors have been hired, and student support services have also been expanded.

Record diversity
Total U.S. multicultural and international enrollment is 8,045, or 23.16 percent of the student body – the most diverse in school history. President Leath has announced plans to hire a chief diversity officer to review and implement findings from a recent comprehensive diversity study.

Learning communities
Iowa State has joined 10 other public universities in a new national alliance to help close the student achievement gap and increase graduation rates for students from all backgrounds. The universities will share their expertise in relevant areas – Iowa State’s is learning communities. The highly successful ISU learning communities program began its 20th year this fall. About 70 percent of traditional-aged Iowa State students participate in a learning community.

Keeping costs down
Iowa State’s student tuition was frozen for the second year in a row. “We’re working hard here as a land-grant to make sure that family background and socio-economic status are no longer a  predictor of success,” President Leath said.

2014 Iowa State Year in Review


Every year, the ISU Alumni Association is proud to bring Iowa Staters the year in review, which highlights the events and accomplishments that defined the past 12 months at Iowa State University. This year in review is sent via email to Association members and nonmembers as the first edition of “ISU News Flash” for the year. If you are an Iowa State graduate, friend, or Alumni Association member and did NOT receive ISU News Flash on Jan. 2, 2015, please contact us at isualum@iastate.edu or via telephone to (877) 478-2586 to request an update to our distribution list. We’d love to help you stay in touch with ISU throughout 2015.

Happy New Year from your lifetime link to Iowa State University!


…Iowa State was the beneficiary of a 4 percent increase in state appropriations that allowed the university to freeze tuition for a second consecutive year. Gov. Terry Branstad also announced $2 million in support for the university’s biosciences facilities project.

…President Steven Leath (L) announced the creation of a new university department – the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations – and appointed senior policy advisor on economic development Michael Crum to head it.

…the ISU Bioeconomy Institute was awarded a patent for its fast pyrolysis bio-oil fractionation process that allows biomass to be converted into such products as bio-oil co-firing fuel and bio-asphalt.


…the Iowa Board of Regents green-lighted several campus development projects at its Feb. 6 meeting, including the $80 million expansion of the bioscience facilities, the $30 million enclosure of Jack Trice Stadium and creation of a new south campus gateway, a $24.5 million renovation of Marston Hall, and a $5 million renovation of the former Friley Dining Center.

…the Des Moines Register and Slate.com recognized Iowa State University for being the only university in the U.S. to have trimmed its budget while simultaneously increasing the size of its faculty.

…President Obama announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to help create the Chicago-based Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a $320 million enterprise designed to serve as the country’s flagship research institute for digital manufacturing and design innovation. Iowa State University was announced as a top-tier partner in the lab.

…the ISU Alumni Association held its third Cardinal & Gold Gala on Valentine’s Day at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. The fundraiser netted more than $66,000 for first-generation student scholarships and student and alumni outreach programming. The fourth Cardinal & Gold Gala is scheduled for April 10, 2015. Find out more online at www.isualum.org/gala.


…Ames voters rejected a $19 million bond referendum that would have paid for half of a proposed renovation and convention space addition at the Iowa State Center’s Scheman Building. Iowa State had planned to foot the other half of the bill, but the referendum was defeated by a 63 to 37 percent margin.

…Iowa State clinched the 2013-2014 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series with a 195.925-192.775 victory in women’s gymnastics on Senior Night at Hilton Coliseum. The two schools have traded wins in the series annually since it began.

…the Cyclone men’s basketball team won the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, then advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 with victories over North Carolina Central and North Carolina. Senior Melvin Ejim was named Big 12 Player of the Year, and DeAndre Kane was recognized as the league’s Newcomer of the Year.

…the ISU Alumni Association published “VISIONS Across America,” a special issue of the ISU alumni magazine that featured alumni in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The project took more than two years for editor Carole Gieseke (L) and photographer Jim Heemstra (A) to complete. You can read all 51 published features, plus numerous online bonus features, online at www.visionsacrossamerica.com.

…the Cyclone women’s hockey club won a national title at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s women’s division II championship in Newark, Del. The club had finished 5-11 the year before and shocked just about everyone with the win. “The only way to describe it is surreal,” said tournament MVP Mille Luedtke, a Cyclone sophomore from Orono, Minn.


…a Campustown riot during the early morning hours of April 9 destroyed property and sent one student with head injuries to the intensive care unit at a Des Moines hospital. The disturbance, which was the fifth of its kind in the celebration’s 90-plus-year history, left ISU President Steven Leath with what he believed to be no other choice than to cancel the remainder of the 2014 celebration. Leath went on to appoint a campus task force that would spend the summer working to determine the future of the annual event.

“VISIONS Across America: Portraits of Iowa State Alumni by Jim Heemstra” opened in the Brunnier Art Museum. The photo exhibition was designed as a companion to the special spring issue of VISIONS magazine and marked Heemstra’s first-ever campus exhibition in his 25-year history as an ISU photographer.

…Adam Schwartz was named director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, replacing new Critical Materials Institute director Alex King. Schwartz began his duties in Ames June 2.


…the VEISHEA Task Force held an alumni open forum at the ISU Alumni Center to collect feedback about the future of the VEISHEA celebration from members of the alumni community. It was the task force’s fifth and final open forum event.

…the Iowa State men’s golf team earned its eighth-ever NCAA Regional berth and went on to qualify for the NCAA championships for the first time since 1953. The men’s team joined the Cyclone women, perennial NCAA qualifiers under head coach Christie Martens (A), to make Iowa State one of just 11 teams nationally with both its men’s and women’s golf squads in the national championships. The women and men finished 23rd and 25th, respectively, at their championship events.

…due to dwindling attendance and increased class sizes, the ISU Alumni Association hosted the annual Alumni Days 50-year reunion celebration for the last time. Reunions will now be held annually during Homecoming.


…the Iowa Board of Regents endorsed a new state funding model that changed how the state’s general university appropriation will be allocated among regent universities.

…Cyclone junior Christina Hillman defended her 2014 NCAA indoor shot put title by throwing a career outdoor-best 57 feet, 2.25 inches to claim the national outdoor title at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. She joined distance runners Lisa Koll Uhl (’08 biology) and Betsy Saina (’13 child, adult, and family services) as the only three Cyclones in track and field program history to win national titles both indoors and out. Later in June, Hillman and men’s basketball star Melvin Ejim were named ISU’s athletes of the year.


…the VEISHEA Task Force submitted its final recommendations in a 45-page report to President Steven Leath. Central recommendations listed in the report were to discontinue VEISHEA in its known form and to discontinue the use of the VEISHEA name. The task force also recommended creating a new, overarching, university-wide event or series of events and taking measures to address student behavior. “Attempts to restore VEISHEA to an incident-free event have come with financial and human resource costs,” the report reads. “Simply proposing to do more of the same will not satisfy a community beleaguered by the disturbances. The 2014 VEISHEA Task Force must provide recommendations different from past proposals and acknowledge that VEISHEA cannot continue in its current form.”

…a team of ISU graduate students won the 15th annual Data Mining Cup in Berlin, Germany.

Team PrISUm placed third in the American Solar Challenge with its solar car, Phaeton.

…the university reported that its external funding totals for fiscal year 2014 were the second-highest on record: $368.4 million, up 12.9 percent from the previous year.


…Iowa State University staged one of its most popular Iowa State Fair exhibitions in history, publishing the names of all 97,002 Iowa State alumni living in the state of Iowa on a wall in the Varied Industries Building.

…President Leath announced his decision to permanently cancel VEISHEA, supporting the recommendations of the task force. “I understand that it is very sad and disappointing to see this 92-year tradition come to an end, and there may be some who are upset with this decision,” Leath said. “But I am not going to continue to put students at risk so that we can preserve what, to many, has become a week-long party.”

…the website www.livability.com rated Ames the “best college town in America.”

…the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dedicated the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.

ground was broken on a new Economic Development Core Facility at the ISU Research Park. The 49,210-square-foot facility is being supported by a $12 million state appropriation and is expected to be used as a one-stop shop for business and industry to seek ISU expertise and assistance. The facility is expected to open in mid-2016.

…the Ames Chamber of Commerce kicked off its CyclONE City tour at the ISU Alumni Center. Throughout the fall, the 30 themed, life-sized statues of Cy painted by local artists were scattered around Ames.


…Iowa State announced another record fall enrollment: 34,732. It was ISU’s sixth year of record enrollment and eighth consecutive year of growth.

…Iowa State was announced as one of 10 public universities who are members of the new University Innovation Alliance, the first-ever national organization designed to expand the use of innovative programs aimed at helping more students, especially students from low income and underrepresented minority groups, complete college educations. Iowa State’s primary contribution to the Alliance will be to share best practices from its award-winning learning communities program.

…Iowa State dedicated the new home of the agricultural and biosystems and engineering department: Elings Hall and Sukup Hall

…the Iowa State Alumni Association team of David Blum (A), Tyler Brady (A)(’05 finance), Johnny Larson (L)(’08 comm studies) and Patrick Hall (’07 marketing and management) claimed a national title at the Acura College Alumni Team Championship for the second year in a row. The foursome won the annual Cy’s Birdie Classic golf outing at the Tournament Club of Iowa in June to qualify.


Homecoming 2014 was deemed a huge success, with thousands of alumni and friends joining forces with ISU students to celebrate the 102nd annual event on campus Oct. 5-12. Homecoming also marked a citywide celebration of ISU mascot Cy’s 60th birthday. Nearly 1,000 people signed a giant birthday card for the big, bad bird – in at least seven different languages. Homecoming 2015 will be held Oct. 30-31.


…the Iowa State women’s cross country team won its fourth-straight Big 12 Conference championship, posting the lowest team score in a Big 12 championship race since 2004 and placing first, second, and fourth in the individual standings. Junior Crystal Nelson broke the tape in 19 minutes, 49 seconds to become the second Cyclone individual conference champ in history; head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough was named Big 12 Coach of the Year. The Cyclones went on to finish second at the NCAA championship in Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 22 – tying the highest national finish in school history.


…an anonymous alumni couple made a $22 million gift to benefit ISU’s planned Student Innovation Center and endowing the dean’s chair in the College of Human Sciences.

…the Board of Regents approved a third-straight resident undergraduate tuition freeze and green-lighted the Department of Residence’s plan to construct a new $49.5 million, 700-bed residence hall east of Buchanan Hall on Lincoln Way. Construction may begin as early as May 2015.

…the Iowa State volleyball team qualified for its ninth-straight NCAA championship during head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch’s (L) 10th season at ISU. The Cyclones advanced to the second round but were defeated by No. 10 Illinois to conclude Johnson-Lynch’s 10th anniversary season with a 19-10 overall record.