Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) On March 22, the university annually celebrates Founders Day in recognition of the university’s creation in 1858. For the next 20 days, we’ll be counting down 20 points of #IowaStatePride on our Twitter feed. Be sure to check them out share them with your friends!
2) It’s March…which means one thing: Madness. We’ll be kicking things off, tournament style, this week as we travel to Dallas, Texas for the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the American Airlines Center. The Cyclone women are fresh off an AWESOME homecourt upset of No. 3 Baylor Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. Tournament seeds are still yet to be determined, so stay tuned to www.isualum.org/big12 for the latest information. Do plan to join us at the Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Reunion Blvd. for send-off spirit rallies 2 hours prior to tipoff of each game — whenever that will be. Get your poms, beads, and tattoos in the hotel lobby at our hospitality table.
Babb Bros. BBQ, located at 330 Bedford Ave., will be the official ISU fan headquarters in Dallas. The restaurant is owned by Mike, Bob, & Davy Babb—famous family of former Cyclone men’s basketball player Chris Babb—and located a short 5-minute drive away from the American Airlines Arena. Come to gather with Cyclones from all over and enjoy your time in Texas! Both women’s and men’s tournament info is available at www.isualum.org/big12.
3) Last week the Wall Street Journal’s style pages dived into seven men’s style topics — and solicited the input of New York-based designer Todd Snyder ’92 along the way. Read the tips and get stylin’ this spring.
4) ISU Distinguished Professor of statistics Alicia Carriquiry is working to identify roadblocks that prevent veterans from getting the mental health services they need as the newly appointed chair of an Institute of Medicine independent evaluation of veterans affairs mental health services. She says she’s already gained tremendous perspective on the challenges our vets and their families face.
“We heard from the parents of one veteran who teetered on the edge for years, never getting the type of care that he needed until he took his own life,” she said. “It’s these stories that just break your heart.”
5) Apparently people like this guy, Fred Hoiberg. The coach with the best dance moves west of the Mississippi has advanced to the Final Four of the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge with a chance to earn $100,000 for the American Heart Association. You can vote daily for The Mayor between now and March 15 and help his charity win the prize.