Five Things

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

1) U.S. News and World Report issued its annual college rankings last week, and the news was mixed for Iowa State. ISU was ranked No. 111 on the overall list of top universities, which kept it in the top 27 percent of 189 public universities, but still a bit of a slip from last year’s ranking of 108. Changes in ranking methodology — particularly criteria surrounding “student selectivity” (Iowa State accepts all qualified applicants) play a strong role in ISU’s ranking fluctuation, but President Steven Leath did note that shrinking levels of state support and a pressing need to hire more faculty to keep pace with enrollment growth are currently weighing heavily on him in his administrative role. In his annual address to the university last week, Leath placed a heavy emphasis on this fact. Among the next steps he proposed are a two-tiered tuition structure (which would charge higher tuition to upperclassmen than underclassmen) and the forthcoming launch (at the end of this month) of the university’s next comprehensive fundraising campaign, which Leath hopes will help offset some of the heavy state funding hits the university has been taking of late.

The best news coming out of the U.S. News rankings: The university’s agricultural and biosystems engineering department is now ranked No. 1 in the country and Iowa State (along with the U of I and Northern Iowa) was listed as an “A-Plus School for B Students” — a place where “non-superstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving.”

The 2016 Best Colleges guidebook will hit newsstands Oct. 4.

clovis2) The fall 2016 issue of VISIONS magazine hit mailboxes late last week, and we’re already receiving positive response, particularly to the cover story on Iowa’s natural history. Phil Gose (’95 statistics) of Urbandale, Iowa, wrote to say that our cover story on “Iowa’s First Humans” helped him further appreciate a treasure he grabbed from a farm field while walking beans near Jefferson in the early 1980s: a Clovis stone like the one pictured on page 23 of the latest issue — the oldest evidence of humans in Iowa, which dates back 11,000 years. “I keep the stone and still have it today,” he writes. “When I was in school at ISU I came across a display cabinet that had some of these stones and it was then than I finally knew what I really had.”

3) There’s still time to sign up for your chance to cruise with ISU President Steven Leath and First celticlands_main_33c6770b92874Lady Janet Leath next May. The Traveling Cyclones’ “Celtic Lands” journey (May 16-25, 2017) is eight nights aboard the M.S. LeBoréal from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, and France, and a special guest speaker on the cruise will be Dwight David Eisenhower II. To learn more about this very unique travel opportunity or to sign up, contact travel director Shellie Andersen at (877) 478-2586 or

4) This is the week for career fairs: The College of Engineering career fair is tomorrow, and Wednesday will see both the Business, Industry, and Technology career fair and People to People career fair come to campus.

5) After a two-week road trip, Cyclone football comes back to campus this weekend as the Cyclones (0-3) look to get on the winning track Saturday morning against San Jose State (11 a.m.). If you want to have breakfast with us at Cyclone Central (8 a.m., ISU Alumni Center), register by noon on Wednesday. Our special guests this week will be members of the ISU women’s basketball team, who will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs from 9-10 a.m. Even if you don’t register for the breakfast buffet, feel free to stop by any time.

Have a wonderful week, #cyclONEnation!

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