Five Things

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


1) It’s April 6, and Cy’s Days of Service is well underway. This monthlong service initiative is designed to engage Iowa Staters worldwide in community service in the name of ISU. If you have a project you’ve already planned or regular community service activities in which you’ll engage this month, be sure to log your impact as an Iowa State volunteer on our website. April is also a great month to do something special or engage with a group. There are several planned ISU service activities listed on the website, including one tonight in Chicago, and we’d be more than happy to help you plan and publicize a new activity, too.

Oh, and be sure to send us a picture of yourself or you group in action. If you’re planning something in Iowa, let Carole Gieseke ( know. She is looking to photograph a nearby Cy’s Days of Service project for VISIONS magazine.

2) Coach Otz is back. Last week, just a day after ISU announced the departure of key men’s basketball assistant Matt Abdelimassih for St. John’s, Fred Hoiberg announced that he was bringing back longtime assistant TJ Otzelberger, who worked with both Greg McDermott and Hoiberg from 2006-2013 before leaving for the University of Washington. Otzelberger is a star recruiter who brought both Craig Brackins and Melvin Ejim to Ames, among others. Otzelberger also happens to be married to former all-Big 12 Cyclone women’s basketball star Alison Lacey, so the Homecoming is a happy one for the whole family.

“Returning to Iowa State is a dream come true for my family and me,” Otzelberger said in a released statement. “We are truly passionate about this university and the Ames community. I couldn’t be more enthusiastic to get back to work with Coach Hoiberg and the excellent staff he has assembled. It feels great to be coming home.”

Otzelberger will have his work cut out for him right away; this weekend ISU announced that star recruit Darien Williams, who had been courted by Abdelmassih, has requested a release from his national letter of intent.

3) Spring football practice is winding down and will culminate with the annual Cyclone Gridiron Club Spring Game Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. The scrimmage starts at 1 p.m., and the Club will host a tailgate for all Cyclone fans ($10/adult, $5/high school and younger) starting at 11 a.m. in a tent north of the stadium. The weather forecast looks good, so come on out and get a sneak peek at the Cyclones — and at those impressive stadium renovations!

4) Last week we announced the 2015 class of recipients of our Young Alumni Council’s annual Iowa STATEment Makers recognition. As always, we are humbed by the accomplishments of these awesome young alumni. Check it out for yourself!

5) Guess who made the top 10 on’s list of best colleges for veterans?


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