Five Things

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

Spring 2016.jpg1) We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on our spring 2016 VISIONS magazine cover story on diversity at Iowa State — so much so, in fact, that we’ve decided to make the full issue available now in our online archive, instead of waiting a year like we normally do to post back issues. If you’d like to flip through this issue, inspired by ISU President Steven Leath’s vision for a more diverse and inclusive campus, you can check it out on our issuu archive page now.

2) The university’s draft strategic plan is now ready for review and public comment, and President Leath is asking alumni to submit their feedback. Read the draft plan online and submit your comments by May 10 using the online form.

3) It seems like everyone last week was talking about this story, a tale of Spring Break heroism by a group of Cyclone football players: Jack Spreen, Josh Jahlas, Spencer Benton, and Anthony Lazard — as well as former players Matt Swoyer and Joe Doran. Jahlas saw 22-year-old Luisa Maria Castro drive her car into the Laguna Madre Bay during a Spring Break trip to South Padre Island, Texas, and he and his buddies sprinted into the water to save her.


It took significant time and effort, but the players were able to create a hole in the windshield of the vehicle and break Castro out before she drowned. “They really are heroes, and I am forever grateful for what they did,” Castro said. “I have no words to express how appreciative I am of them.”

4) You may have read on the university website, in Interior Design magazine, or in ISU News Flash about the innovative work ISU interior design professor and chair Lee Cagley is doing with his students on designing the combat outpost of the future — and now readers across the country are learning about the research thanks to an article in Sunday’s Washington Post.

“I’ve been working on this for several years, since watching a TV feature on PTSD,” Cagley said. “Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan spoke eloquently about the fact that they were never able to relax; the outpost tents never felt really safe. They couldn’t talk about their fears or feelings and felt that their needs were not valued.”

It’s just another example of the many ways design influences all aspects of our culture, and another reason we’re so proud to have a strong, interdisciplinary College of Design at ISU.


5) It’s National “Walk Around Things Day” (not that there are too many holidays and observances in the country or anything), but we’d be remiss in not suggesting that it’s a good day to snap a selfie near the MU Zodiac. Hashtag #WalkAroundThingsDay. Walk around, indeed.


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