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