Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week.
1) Welp, March Madness is over in Ames. The Iowa State men’s basketball team bowed out of the Big Dance Friday with a 84-71 loss to top-seeded Virginia in the round of 16. A roughly 3/4 Cardinal-clad crowd was on hand Friday evening at the United Center in Chicago to cheer on the Cyclones, who found themselves in an early hole from which it proved impossible to dig out.
The game was the last for senior All-American Georges Niang, who despite foul trouble led all scorers with 30 points in the contest and exited the court blowing kisses to the ISU crowd. His 2,228 career points rank second all-time in school history, his 118 NCAA tourney points are the most ever by a Cyclone, and his illustrious career and positive spirit have solidified his status as an Iowa State legend.
“Words can’t really describe him. He’s the fiercest competitor I’ve ever played with,” junior guard Matt Thomas said of Niang. “He works his ass off, gets in the gym…he’s a leader in the locker room. I’m gonna miss playing with him.”
2) This week, another candidate will interview for ISU’s College of Human Sciences dean post. Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, associate dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, was on campus last week. Tomorrow, the committee will interview Laura Jolly, a professor of textiles, merchandising and interiors at the University of Georgia, Athens. (Her open forum will be held tomorrow from 4-5 p.m. in 0210 Bessey.) And a third candidate will be announced Thursday; he or she will interview on campus April 5-6 (open forum scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 from 4-5 p.m. in 0210 Bessey.) For the latest information on the search to replace Pam White, visit the CHS website.
3) The campus is gearing up for a visit this week from futurist Brian Johnson, who will give a lecture Tuesday and host a town hall Wednesday. “Technology in 2025: Designing the Future” is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The town hall meeting “What’s the Future of the American Dream?” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the MU Sun Room. The town hall meeting is part of a yearlong study of the future of the American dream timed to overlap with the 2016 presidential campaign. Learn more about Johnson’s visit online.
4) Also going on this week is another of the ISU Alumni Association’s free virtual networking events. Spend your lunch break on Wednesday networking online with Iowa Staters. The text-based chats (7 minutes with each alum) are designed to be a fun, easy way to make connections. It’s not too late to register, so check it out now. Hope to “see” you online Wednesday!
5) Friday is April 1, which means Cy’s Days of Service officially gets underway this week. Will you be doing community service this month in honor of your alma mater? Learn more about Cy’s Days, register a project, find a project to join, or report your service hours on our website.