Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Fall semester is in full swing! Total enrollment this semester has not yet been officially counted, but it could exceed 36,500. Here are some other facts and figures to get the semester off to a start, thanks to a compilation by Inside Iowa State, the university’s faculty and staff newsletter:
- Mean class section size: 34
- Number of new tenure-track faculty this semester: 70
- Number of anticipated library visitors: more than 2 million
- Number of rec facility users last year: 28,000
- Number of CyRide rides last year: 6.7 million
- Number of unique daily wireless connections on campus: 35,000
- Number of new “treecycled” hallway benches that have been added in 24 campus buildings: 400
2) This year’s Homecoming theme is “Leave Your Legacy,” and we can’t think of any cuter way to leave your legacy than with actual flesh and blood legacies — your kids who may attend ISU in the future. As part of this year’s Homecoming celebration, we’re collecting photos of adorable future Iowa Staters in their best Iowa State gear to feature on our Homecoming Facebook page. Send your child photos to Kate Bruns at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which future graduating class the child represents and how you want the child identified in the photo caption (suggested: child’s first name, parent(s) name and grad year(s), current city of residence, number of generations Iowa State in family). Can’t wait to see all the submissions!
3) With apologies to Anchorman’s “Panda Watch,” “Rhino Watch” is on at Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo, and ISU veterinary clinician June Olds is right there waiting. Olds, who serves as the Zoo’s senior veterinarian, says the (decidedly-not-a-jerk) Ayana — a member of the endangered black rhino species who came to Blank Park Zoo with male rhino Kiano in 2012 — is expecting a baby this fall, and the rare birth is a VERY big deal. Learn more in an exclusive ISU News Service video.
4) On Wednesday, University Museums will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the recently-restored iconic ISU landmark, the Fountain of the Four Seasons. Join President Steven Leath, members of the Meskwaki Settlement’s Brown Otter Drum Group, and others for a free public celebration at noon.
5) Is there anything else going on this week? Oh, yeah: We’re ready for some football THIS Saturday night at Jack Trice Stadium! Sign up by noon on Wednesday if you want to dine with us at our Cyclone Central tailgate (4-6:30 p.m.) at the ISU Alumni Center, but even if you don’t we encourage you to stop by and check out all the cool, new things (and old favorites) we have going on at our regular pregame event.