Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week.
1) It’s CHERRY PIE DAY! Last month, President Steven Leath announced a recommendation from the university’s official “what’s next after VEISHEA” committee that the annual cherry pie sale be brought back. The sale will now be held at its original time — Valentine’s Day/George Washington’s birthday. So today, which is President’s Day and the first weekday after Valentine’s Day, you can get your cherry pies ($2/each) in the MacKay Tea Room (23 MacKay Hall) while supplies last. The sale starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. (as long as pies are still available). All proceeds will support scholarships and student organizations in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management.
2) Not into cherry pies? How about cheese? Stephanie Clark, an ISU associate professor in food science and human nutrition who has been active in promoting Iowa cheese, played a major role in last week’s announcement that the American Cheese Society has decided to hold its international conference in Des Moines July 27-30. Cheese in the Heartland is expected to attract more than 1,200 cheese industry professionals to the state this summer.
“That’s a big deal for us to win that bid,” said Clark, who is the conference co-chair. “Cheese lovers will be descending on Des Moines!”
3) Last week a Forbes report using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that found Ames, Iowa has the lowest unemployment rate in the country (2.2 percent), citing the quality and breadth of job opportunities available at the Iowa Department of Transportation, Mary Greeley Medical Center…and a little place called Iowa State University.
4) KCCI-TV in Des Moines recently reported on a game-changing innovation being developed by ISU’s Center for Industrial Research and Service: a metal 3D printer that’s miles ahead of the technological curve. Check out the story online.
5) This week in campus lectures: video game designer and consultant James Portnow will speak tonight in the MU Great Hall about socially positive game design. The creator of Extra Credits, a web series that explores topics in the gaming industry, Portnow is currently CEO of Rainmaker Games. His lecture starts at 8 p.m. tonight and is free and open to the public.