Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) For the first time in ISU history, commencement this Saturday will be held in Jack Trice Stadium. The announcement of the change was made Friday, shortly after ISU News Flash hit inboxes. Officials say the venue change has become necessary due to the university’s rapidly increasing class sizes.
“It has long been Iowa State’s tradition to ensure everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony,” President Steven Leath wrote in Friday’s letter to ISU students, faculty, and staff. “This will be an exciting venue for our graduates and guests. Last fall, we completed a stunning renovation of Jack Trice Stadium, closing in the south end zone and creating an attractive new entrance. It is one of the most beautiful college stadiums in the country and offers easy access and parking.”
The latest information about Saturday’s commencement will be available online at www.graduation.iastate.edu/, and check out www.isualum.org/graduation for details about our free post-commencement reception at the ISU Alumni Center for new graduates and their guests.
2) ISU has found its next dean of the College of Human Sciences: Laura Dunn Jolly (pictured, right), a two-time graduate of Oklahoma State University who is currently a professor of textiles, merchandising, and interiors at the University of Georgia in Athens has been tabbed to replace the retiring Pam White. Jolly will become the College’s second dean July 5.
3) Five Iowa State football players signed free agent contracts to NFL teams this weekend in the hours following the league’s annual draft. Wide receiver Quenton Bundrage inked a deal with the New York Jets; defensive end Dale Pierson will go to the Green Bay Packers; offensive lineman Jamison Lalk signed with the Buffalo Bills; offensive lineman Oni Omoile will be an Oakland Raider, and defensive back Qujuan Floyd was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings.
4) The ISU Alumni Association’s virtual networking is back May 18. Sign up now to participate in the one-hour event, which will allow you to spend 7 minutes a pop in text-based (no camera or speakers needed) chats with your fellow ISU alumni. Do some networking over your lunch hour; it’s a great way to stay connected and make new connections.