Five Things

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


Artist Rose Frantzen, right, paints a portrait of Mary Giese at the Iowa State exhibit in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

1) The Iowa State Fair is in full swing this week. Besides enjoying the butter cow and food on a stick, fair goers can stop by the Varied Industries Building for a truly creative experience at the Iowa State exhibit: Iowa artist Rose Frantzen will be painting portraits of Iowa Staters on site each day (except Wednesday). The university’s exhibit this year is “Your Beautiful Adventure” and also features eight works of art from University Museums’ Art on Campus collection as well as a photo station where visitors can take pictures of themselves in front of six campus scenes. As usual, fair goers can also pick up Cyclone football posters and get temporary tattoos. The Iowa State Fair continues through Sunday, Aug. 21 in Des Moines.


2) The tents are up! Nothing says “football season is just around the corner” than the appearance of these Cardinal & Gold striped tents in the Iowa State Center. (Can’t you just smell the food cooking on the grills?) The season (literally) kicks off in just 19 days!

3) Summer hours end this week: Those of us at the Alumni Association – and in many other departments across campus – have been arriving at work early the past couple of months so we can enjoy these long, hot summer evenings. But all good things must come to an end: We’re back to our regular 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours starting this week.

4) We’ve all been watching as former Cyclone athletes – all of them All-Americans at Iowa State – compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Betsy Saina (’13 child, adult & family services), Hillary Bor (’10 finance, MA ’12 accounting), Mohamed Hrezi (’14 accounting), and Guor Marial (’11 chemistry) have competed – or will compete – in the Games. On Friday, Saina finished fifth in the Women’s 10K with a new personal best. For more details, go to


Astronaut Clayton Anderson works in space during his five-month stay at the International Space Station in 2007. (Photo by NASA)

5) Space camp: Alumnus and former NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson (L)(MS ’83 aerospace engr) continues to bring out-of-this-world knowledge and experiences to Iowa State students. His Spaceflight Operations Workshop, going on right now, features astronaut-training exercises such as scuba lessons, team-building exercises, flight simulations, skydiving, a virtual reality trip to the International Space Station, wilderness survival tips, and lectures about spaceflight.



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