Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Super Bowl 50 is coming up on Sunday, and — continuing in the proud tradition of ISU’s turfgrass management program — one Iowa State student will be on hand to help the event’s grounds team. Georgeanna Heitshusen, a junior in horticulture from North English, Iowa, was selected by lawn care manufacturer the Toro Co. as this year’s winner of the annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program.
“I was surprised and shocked when I first learned that I’d been selected for the program,” she told ISU News Service. “I was instantly excited about the opportunity. I was bouncing off the walls with excitement.”
Georgeanna isn’t the only Iowa Stater who will be on hand for Sunday’s big game. Former Cyclone AJ Klein is a member of the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. He becomes the 13th former Cyclone to play in a Super Bowl.
“It’s been a really surreal experience,” Klein told the Des Moines Register. “This season is so long, but it has gone by in a blink of an eye and we’re two weeks away from playing the biggest game in professional sports.”
2) Tonight the state of Iowa’s long, strange relationship with 2016 presidential candidates comes to an end — at least for now — with the 7 p.m. Iowa Caucuses. Tomorrow you can get all the scoop about what happened and what’s next at the Iowa Caucuses MOOC panel discussion with professors Steffen Schmidt and David Andersen, along with Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics director Dianne Bystrom. If you can’t attend the live discussion in the Memorial Union, a video of the panel discussion will be available online afterward.
3) February is Black History Month, and ISU’s office of Multicultural Student Affairs has compiled a list of activities that will be held on campus in celebration. Check it out online.
4) Our ISUAA career services staff is gearing up to host a Feb. 26 Webinar called “Identify and Zap Energy Drains,” presented by alumna Sarah Uchytil. Sign up now to participate and enjoy an energy boost at the end of the month — no Red Bull necessary.
5) And finally, some fun stuff from Facebook. After a surprise field trip to the ISU College of Engineering last week, some Clive, Iowa, fifth graders got inspired. These kids could certainly have some incredible adventures ahead of them: