Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Congratulations to Georges Niang, who on Friday night was named the 2016 Karl Malone Award winner for the nation’s top power forward. “You grow up watching guys like Karl Malone and to take home an award that states my game emulates the way he played is pretty cool,” Niang said. “I’m thankful for my coaches and teammates for making this all possible by pushing me and believing in me every day.”
2) Friday was a big news day at ISU, as it was also announced that U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz would deliver the university’s commencement address May 7 and that Cyclone point guard Monte Morris would be returning for his senior season with the Cyclones following months of speculation that he would declare for the 2016 NBA Draft.
3) What’s going on on campus this week, anyway? Among the speakers who will be visiting campus this week are transgender rights activist Angelica Ross, who will deliver the lecture “We Are Worthy: Empowering Transgender Lives” tonight in the MU Sun Room and syndicated Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who will deliver the 2015-2016 Manatt-Phelps lecture “Our Divided Political Heart: Campaign 2016” Wednesday night in the Great Hall. On Saturday, be sure to catch the Cyclone Gridiron Club Spring Football Game at 1 p.m. at Jack Trice Stadium. Come early to enjoy a variety of pregame events and activities, including a Jr. Cyclone Club clinic, equipment sale, Cyclone Market, and Cyclone Gridiron Club tailgate.
4) This Friday in the Memorial Union Great Hall, the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Foundation will present some of their highest awards to alumni and friends at the 2016 Distinguished Awards Celebration. Among the ISUAA honorees are distinguished alumni Dr. Hank Harris, one of the world’s foremost authorities on infectious disease of swine; U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Charles Lettow; Pragmatics, Inc., founder, chairman, and CEO Long Vo Nguyen; as well as honorary alumni Jan Jessen and Ruth Harpole. The ceremony is open to the public, and it will also be streamed online at www.isualum.org/watchliveawards.
5) In just a few short days on campus last week as a special guest at Matt Campbell’s first Iowa State Football Coaches’ Clinic, former head football coach Dan McCarney reminded everyone in Cyclone Nation why he’s one of a kind, beloved, and soon to be a member of the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame. This 33-second video of him addressing the current Cyclone team was posted on Twitter Friday morning and elicited some great responses:
He’s truly one of the all-time greats, and it’s great to know he still has a heartfelt passion for our university, too.