Five Things

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


1) This weekend in Lubbock, Texas, the Iowa State women’s cross country team won its fifth Big 12 Conference title in six years, thanks to a team effort that helped the Cyclones 27 points ahead of second-place Oklahoma State. The Cyclones were led by a fourth-place finish from sophomore Anne Frisbie — though Iowa State had three individuals who finished in the top 10.

The Cyclone men also had a strong showing at the conference meet, finishing second. Iowa State was led by redshirt freshman Thomas Pollard, who placed fourth in 25:39.8 in his postseason debut. Pollard’s fourth-place performance is Iowa State’s best individual finish at the Big 12 Championship since Philemon Too also took fourth in 1998.

2) Iowa State is playing two home football games in a five-day period, with a nationally televised showdown against Oklahoma set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday. Lost in the shuffle, perhaps, of Homecoming excitement and preparation for back-to-back home games was Friday’s announcement by the Big 12 Conference office that it will be bringing back its league football championship game in 2017. The conference, which has consistently drawn criticism over the last several years for NOT having a football championship game is, perhaps not surprisingly, being criticized for the decision to implement one. With 10 teams and what is apparently a final decision not to expand, the championship game will pit the league’s two top teams against one another for the conference crown — regardless of geography or any other factors.

14915629_10210888188945584_7231264710821288765_ncv8b9wzwiaalitg3) Do you like to speak in emoji? Thanks to the Iowa State Daily and Fareway Stores, you can now download a new, free Cymoji sticker app for your phone. The app features football-related emojis, ISU alumni emojis, Iowa State traditions emojis, and more — and an expansion pack will be released soon for hoops season, too. Give it a try by searching “Cymoji” in the app store or by texting “Cyclones” to 31996.

4) Twin Cities Cyclones: The deadline to register for the Nov. 9 “Celebrate State” event at Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis is coming up this Wednesday. Be sure to register this week and make plans to be there for all the Cardinal & Gold camaraderie.

5) Happy Halloween! Check out “Ghost Stories of Iowa State” on campus tonight!

Making the right play


New Cyclone football coach Matt Campbell says Iowa State is his perfect match

A man doesn’t spend his 36th birthday being named a Big 12 head football coach because he marches to the same drum as everyone else. That kind of thing doesn’t happen because you’re someone who follows or who settles.

It happens when you’re Matt Campbell – raised by passionate educators, infatuated with the “ultimate team sport,” and confident in your values, instincts, and abilities. It happens when you’ve spent your career surrounded by great people in places that aspire to do great things.

Campbell’s alma mater, the University of Mount Union, is just such a place. Nestled in the northeastern Ohio town of Alliance, 32 miles from Campbell’s hometown of Massillon, the private liberal arts college is best known for one thing: winning Division III national football championships. In three years on the Mount Union football squad Campbell never lost a game, helping legendary coach Larry Kehres earn three of the Purple Raiders’ celebrated crowns. It was the experience of a lifetime for Campbell, who relished every moment.

The academic All-American learned a lot at Mount Union — most notably, perhaps, he learned about great people. Kehres inspired him to become a college football coach. Campbell forged strong relationships with his teammates, including Tom Manning – now his offensive coordinator – and Jason Candle, his former assistant who took over as head coach at Toledo this year. And he came to understand that the strength of any team lies in its people – not just those on the squad, but also those around it.

Campbell built a winning football program in four seasons at Toledo by building relationships, promoting coaches from within, and earning distinction as a top recruiter.

In the cold days after his Rockets narrowly lost a division championship last November, Campbell was at his desk with his head down, continuing to focus on building the Toledo program and largely ignoring the coaching carousel that swirled around him. It was his wife, Erica, who finally tapped him on his shoulder and pointed out that hey, major programs saw what he had done and were inquiring about his services. He at least owed them a response.

Campbell didn’t think he was interested, he says, until one job caught his eye: at a place that didn’t have 12 national championship trophies in its case but which he’d seen first-hand as a visiting coach and been awed by. He accepted an interview and quickly fell deeper in love with the idea of coaching at Iowa State University. On Nov. 29, 2015, the job was officially his – and he hasn’t looked back.

“You win with people,” Campbell says, looking out over a sunlit Jack Trice Stadium from his office in ISU’s Bergstrom Football Complex after six months on the job, “and you’re gonna win with people here. The loyalty of this fan base has never dwindled; it’s what
motivates you to come here and not let those people down. What makes this program really unique and different is that it’s not just us, it’s everybody’s team. It’s our job to represent that day in and day out, week in and week out, as we continue to build.”

Embracing Iowa State’s past is, for Campbell, paramount. In a program that – like him – has never been about “I,” he knows cultivating relationships is the key to building the future. One of the first things Campbell did at Iowa State was place what he thought might be a quick, 10-minute phone call to Dan McCarney (L), a 2016 ISU Hall-of-Fame inductee who guided the Cyclones to new heights between 1995-2006.

“It was an hour and a half conversation,” Campbell remembers. “I hung up the phone being so glad I made the call. His energy and his pride reenergized me to say ‘I made the right decision coming here.’ He’s got the same vision and pride, to this day.”

Those are the kinds of people Campbell wants to be around. He loved his time at Toledo, but admits it was disappointing to see only 5,000 fans cheering his team in the rain as it contended for a division title last year. That’s the kind of thing, he says, that would never happen at Iowa State. And it’s something he’s not sure the Cyclone faithful realize is so special about them.

“Going on the Cyclone Tailgate Tour this summer and meeting people and realizing that there are people who drive three hours to a basketball game on a Tuesday night, drive three hours back, and go to work the next day? That just doesn’t happen in probably 99 percent of the places across the country,” Campbell says. “That’s unique, that’s different. That’s a community you want to give back to.”

As he begins his first season at the helm of the Cyclone program, Campbell’s confidence has already infected top recruits from across the country. ISU’s 2017 recruiting class is rated higher than any before it.

“Getting parents and players on our campus and seeing the academic support services we have here – and the majors like engineering and business, those are big game-changers for us,” says Campbell, who says high academic standards are a pillar of the culture he wants to create in any football program he leads. “I think the culture on our campus is great, and it’s our job to create that matching culture within the walls of the football program to the point where student-athletes come in here and say, ‘Wow, they’ve got something special going on here. I want to be a part of that.’”

Campbell’s coaching philosophy is grounded in his belief in the importance of education. As a player, he says he saw people waste their college opportunity. He doesn’t want that to happen to the young men he coaches. And he won’t compromise on his values or his expectations; he’s not afraid to move on if a player doesn’t reciprocate his level of commitment – that isn’t a teaching moment, Campbell says, nor is it a recipe for winning football.

“It’s still about football, and winning football is really important,” Campbell says, “but it’s also about building young men and letting them leave your program as people who will someday be great leaders of society. It’s a lot bigger than just the game of football.”

And, Campbell says, young men who don’t compromise off the field won’t compromise on it, either.

“I’m not [necessarily] looking for a 4.0 student,” he says. “I’m looking for young men who value getting an education and are going to work as hard as they can to be as good as they can be. Those are the guys who, when it gets hard in a game or when it’s really cold late in the season, you can trust to stand up and make the right play.”


This article was originally published in VISIONS magazine. To receive the full issue delivered to your mailbox four times per year, become a member of the ISU Alumni Association.

Five Things

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


1) IT IS HOMECOMING WEEK! With the return of the ISU Homecoming parade yesterday on legacya beautiful Sunday afternoon in downtown Ames, we’re off and running with Homecoming 2016: Leave Your LegaCY events. Get all the scoop about what’s going on here. And don’t forget to register by Wednesday if you want to join us for a Hickory Park buffet bright and early Saturday before the Cyclones take down Kansas State at Jack Trice Stadium. You can get extra fired up for a victory by attending our Friday events at the ISU Alumni Center, culminating with the annual pep rally. More details below:

Homecoming Celebration & Pep Rally, ISU Alumni Center
5-9 p.m., ISU Alumni Center
Sponsored by Barefoot Campus Outfitter

  • Food for purchase (walking tacos and Insomnia cookie); FREE with 2016 Homecoming button (buttons will be sold that night) or $5
  • Cash bar
  • Pep rally (7 p.m. start time) featuring the marching band and spirit squad, coaches, student-athletes, Yell-Like-Hell finals, and Cardinal Court
  • Apple cider and commemorative mugs for sale
  • ISU merchandise for sale
  • Giveaways
  • Silent auction (2nd floor, ISU Alumni Center); all proceeds support the Cardinal Court scholarships
  • Photobooth
  • Kid-friendly activities (inflatables and professional face painters)

2) In case you missed it, last week two ISU faculty members were inducted into the National Academy of Medicine: Alicia Carriquiry and James Roth. The national profile of the ISU faculty continues to rise — talk about a point of pride during Homecoming 2016!


3) Twin Cities Cyclones: We’re coming your way Nov. 9! Register by Nov. 2 for “Celebrate State” at Surly Brewing Co.

4) Football may have had an off weekend, but there was nothing “off” about the weekend enjoyed by the Cyclone futbol squad. The Iowa State women’s soccer team took down No. 24 Baylor 1-0 in overtime Friday night in Waco and capped off the weekend with another 1-0 win, at UNI, Sunday afternoon. The Cyclones are now 10-6-1 overall; they close out the regular season Friday night at Kansas and then head to the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City Nov. 2.

5) What’s that? Did you say you wanted a video of Georges Niang dancing in a Ninja Turtles costume? Got ya covered.

Lessons learned

From the October 2016 issue of Cy’s Suitcase, the official publication of the Traveling Cyclones

When you travel, you learn quickly that things are out of your control. There are delayed flights, cancelled flights, lost luggage, gate changes, and the list goes on. Typically, we experience one or two of these on a given trip. In July I was lucky enough to experience every single one of these on ONE trip. Having all of these happen to me taught me some valuable lessons I needed.

My adventure started in Des Moines, where my flight was delayed to Chicago. When our flight finally landed at O’Hare with only minutes to spare to make my connection, panic started to set in when I realized that if I missed this flight I may have to wait until tomorrow. This is never good, especially when you are hosting a group. I did the walk/jog through the terminals, caught the train, and made it just in time. I collapsed in my seat, relieved THAT was over. Little did I know my adventure was just beginning.

I landed in Copenhagen tired, but ready to go! I made my way to the luggage carousel and waited for my luggage. And waited. And waited. It never came. All the years I have traveled, this has only happened twice on the return, which is not a big deal. I went to the counter, trying to keep my cool. The gentleman there was very rude and not reassuring at all. I may have fought back tears at this moment, but I had to act like it wasn’t a big deal as I was surrounded by travelers. Once on the ship, I talked to the concierge and our GoNext program managers, who assured me this was common and that they were sure it would show up the next day.

white-teeHere is the part where I confess how horribly I had prepared: I travel a lot and know it is a common rule to pack an extra outfit and toiletries in your carry-on bag, but I gambled and lost. My carry-on was jam packed and there wasn’t an inch left for anything else. Plus, this sort of thing never happens to me, so I felt confident. That night I slept in a white t-shirt that the airlines had given me, washed my face and put Jergens hand lotion on my face, as that is what was provided to me. I washed my underwear and hung them on the clothesline in the bathroom and got into bed.

Lesson 1. Pack extra clothes and toiletries in your carry on.

Notice I didn’t say I slept. Because I didn’t. I was worried about my luggage as they had told me it hadn’t been located yet. My mind raced as I thought of everything that was in my suitcase that I may never see again.

Lesson 2: Don’t pack anything of value or anything you will miss.

Another confession: I had forgotten to purchase travel insurance. (In my defense, my life at work was crazy insane as I was covering for two additional employees who had left the ISUAA, so that explains a lot — right?)

Lesson 3.  Always buy travel insurance.

The next morning, we were off to Berlin. With some extra time while there, I found an H&M clothing store and bought some things. I didn’t buy a lot because I was sure my luggage would appear soon. When we got back on the ship later that day I was told there was still no word on my luggage. Now I was worried. That night when I went to dinner my passengers noticed a change of clothes and were excited for me. No, I told them. No luggage. Just a shopping spree in Berlin. Again, no sleeping that night. I was living on 4 hours of sleep in two days. Not good. I was soon told by a fellow host that Zzz-Quil works wonders. I took one that night and will never travel without it again!

Lesson 4.  Always have a supply of sleeping aids with me.

Finally, I received a text in the middle of the night telling me they had located my luggage.  What a relief. Although it had been located, now we had to figure out to which port it should be sent. I soon became known as “the lady without luggage.” Word travels fast on a small ship, and before I knew it I had strangers asking me if I had gotten my luggage. Or people stopped me to tell me their own horror stories. If you have ever been pregnant, you know how moms stop to tell you all about their labors; it was like that. You really don’t want to know, but you are polite and smile. Day 3 passed, then 4 days. . .I started frequenting the ship boutique, which is not an economical place to shop for necessities. I became friends with the boutique workers and they were sad when my luggage was located as I stopped visiting. After five days, I received word that the luggage would be at the Latvia airport. It was soon decided I needed to go get it as they wouldn’t release it to the ship porter. I left my excursion early to get to the ship and take a taxi to the airport. When I arrived I was told I no longer needed to go and could have a someone else pick it up. I was told it would be there by 2:00. You can bet that at 2:00 I was at the concierge desk asking for it. They assured me it would be there. I stood and waited. I am sure they loved me at suitcasethis point. Finally, a call came in that my luggage was there and, after a 30-minute wait which seemed like 30 days, my suitcase and I were reunited. When I got to my stateroom and opened that oversized suitcase and looked at all that I had, it was like looking at a buffet after you had already eaten. It was pure gluttony. I had so many clothes packed and I had been living on three shirts and one standard evening outfit for five days. I felt guilty.

Lesson 5: I can pack much lighter.

I enjoyed the remainder of the trip with all the clothes I hadn’t yet worn and never did unpack. What was the point with only four days left?

On the trip home my adventure continued. We had landed in Chicago after leaving Stockholm but were stuck on the tarmac for about an hour while a storm passed. Again, precious connection flight minutes were ticking away. Once we were able to deplane, I now needed to rush through Customs, rechecking my bag (which I will add was another scare as the attendant said my flight wasn’t showing up yet and he placed a sticky note on it. I told him, “Hold on. This suitcase and I were just reunited, please make sure it doesn’t get lost again. He assured me it would be fine. I felt zero confidence in his words.) I had no time to argue as my flight was leaving in less than 30 minutes and I still had to go through security. I made it to our gate out of breath. After an hour of delayed flights and many gate changes, it was announced that our flight was cancelled due to storms. I headed to the gate agent and rebooked a flight out the next morning. I grabbed a cot, pillow, and blanket and laid in the dark next to strangers, trying not to worry about my luggage with the yellow sticky note on it and where it may be. After hours of hearing a wind turbine video play over and over above my head, the lights came on and we were on our way. It was 4:00 am and we all trudged to the nearest chance of coffee (FYI Starbucks is not open at this time in O’Hare). At 7:00 am I checked with a gate agent; the next flight to DSM was cancelled, so I waited for the next flight at 10:00 am. You can imagine how desperate I was to get out of this place and get home! We did board the plane for our 10:00 am flight, but it was taking a long time to leave. It was soon announced that a ceiling panel had fallen from the plane ceiling so we had to call maintenance to come fix it. Between finding the right tools, parts, etc., this took more than one hour. I was ready to rent a car. GET ME OUT OF HERE! They finally fixed it but now we had to refuel due to being on the tarmac too long. I can’t make this stuff up! When that plane took off, I may have shed tears of joy. Once we landed I went straight to the lost luggage counter. She asked if I had looked on the carousel yet. I told her no; you can imagine her look of surprise. So I went back to the carousel and waited and there she was: my taupe, beaten, but not broken, luggage. I grabbed that baby and rushed out of there and smiled all the way home.

Lesson 6: Don’t ever stop believing in miracles.

Safe travels,

Shellie Andersen ’88, Director of Alumni Travel
Iowa State University Alumni Association



Five Things

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


1) With the exciting announcement last week that senior point guard Monté Morris has been named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Player of the Year and Friday night’s Hilton Madness kickoff event (Deonte Burton won the slam-dunk contest again) drawing thousands to Hilton Coliseum to preview the 2016-2017 Cyclone men’s and women’s basketball squads, talking hoops is starting to come back in style in Ames.

The Cyclone women will be in action for the first time on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. with an exhibition against Briar Cliff, while the men play an exhibition against Sioux Falls later that evening, at 6 p.m.

2) The ISU Heritage Tree Program has a new offering for fall 2016: Catt Hall ginkgoes. Get a piece of the Iowa State campus for your home or business through this unique ISU Alumni Association and ISU Department of Horticulture partnership.

Ginkgoes are living fossils that have existed on Earth for more than 250 million years. Their unique, fan-shaped leaves resist insects and diseases and turn bright yellow late in the autumn. Seedlings, grown from seeds harvested from the Catt Hall Grove in 2013, are now available for $50 each or $40 each if you purchase two or more. Orders will be accepted online through Oct. 31, or until all the trees are sold.

3) The return of the ISU Homecoming parade is officially less than ONE WEEK AWAY. Join us in downtown Ames Sunday at 2 p.m. for the return of tradition. Get more details online.


4) Saturday night’s football game in Austin didn’t turn out the way Cyclone Nation was hoping it would on the gridiron, but it was a great opportunity for our alumni clubs in Houston, Austin, and Dallas to engage new friends — more than 650 were on hand for the pregame event outside of Darrell K. Royal Stadium. Thank you to our awesome volunteers who, as always, are making things happen and making Iowa State visible across the U.S. Find an alumni club near you at and start getting involved.


5) Today, Oct. 17, is National Pasta Day, so get in the spirit by enjoying a bowl today. This stuff of shaped semolina celebration also happens to be on the menu for Monday’s Homecoming lunch, which is free that day and every day (seven meals in total) if you’ve purchased a $5 Homecoming button. Buttons are being sold every day this week from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. outside the ISU Bookstore, or stop by the ISU Alumni Center during business hours to get yours. The first Homecoming Food on Campus event is this coming Saturday, Oct. 22 from noon-2 p.m.

Science Bound

A program committed to Iowa’s ethnically diverse students celebrates 25 years

In 1991, when less than one percent of Iowans identified as Black, American Indian, or Hispanic, a program was conceived at Iowa State to embrace a national focus on increasing diversity in agriculture, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (ASTEM) fields.

Twenty-five years later, Iowa’s demographics have shifted. The state’s minority student population is at an all-time high, and that program created in 1991 – Science Bound – has seen more than 100 ethnically diverse students from Iowa high schools graduate from Iowa State, with a majority obtaining degrees in ASTEM fields.

Science Bound works with schools in Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Denison to identify eighth-grade, ethnic minority students with a propensity toward math and science and asks them to make a five-year commitment. Students complete activities to equip them academically and empower them socially and culturally for an ASTEM college degree. Those who successfully complete the five-year Science Bound program earn a four-year tuition scholarship to study an ASTEM field at Iowa State.

By the time Science Bound students graduate high school and complete the five-year program, they have been on campus more than a dozen times. Ninety-eight percent of students who complete the five-year Science Bound program enroll in college immediately after high school. Almost 60% choose to attend Iowa State.

Science Bound’s support continues for those students who attend Iowa State, making the program a nine-year, long-haul effort. ISU Science Bound freshmen participate in a customized seminar, and students have access to private study spaces, mentoring programs, and academic resources.


A family’s path to higher education
Sergio (’10 mechanical engineering) and Maribel (’15 animal science) Piñon are two of three siblings in their family to complete the Science Bound program and attend Iowa State. Both recall visits to the Iowa State campus through Science Bound giving them a taste of the student experience and wide variety of majors.

Well before he began high school, Sergio knew that mechanical engineering was his desired career path. He’s seen that dream become a reality; he’s now a quality engineer at Quality Manufacturing in Urbandale.

Maribel’s path was a bit more unusual.

“One of the visits to ISU included a lab where we conducted a pig necropsy – a pig autopsy,” she said. “None of the other programs caught and held my attention like that one did. So it probably sounds morbid, but because of that lab I knew that I wanted to study something with anatomy and nutrition of animals. That’s how I found animal science.”

This fall, Maribel is continuing her education as she begins a master’s degree in animal systems management at the Purpan School of Engineering in Toulouse, France.

The siblings say that their degrees likely wouldn’t have been possible without Science Bound.

“If it weren’t for the scholarship, I probably wouldn’t have been able to go to college,” Sergio said. “I tried to be really involved with Science Bound at Iowa State because of that. I’m very grateful.”

“It helped us financially, but more than that it helped my parents know what to expect for my brother and me after my sister went through the program,” Maribel added. “Science Bound is like a big support system. We’ve been with the program from eighth grade through college; we established a really strong connection. We’re still supporting each other and cheering each other on.”

Skills for success
sciencebound_barrettBuilding up math and science skills through Science Bound programs proved invaluable for JaRae’ (Shelton) Barrett (’10 food science).

“I come from a family of foodies,” Barrett said. “I always loved food but didn’t know how to translate that to a career. Science Bound showed me that there was a food science major at Iowa State and helped me gain the necessary skills and explore what I wanted to do. I can’t thank them enough for that exposure.”

Barrett works as a food technologist at Ventura Foods in Saginaw, Texas. Her research and development, along with creative work, helps formulate mayonnaises, sauces, and dressings for a wide variety of clients.

sciencebound_creightonCameron Creighton (’06 industrial technology) also gives Science Bound credit for helping him find a career path that fit his interests.

Creighton works in Los Angeles as a product manager for the Toyota RAV4 SUV. His job includes product planning to create detailed specs for the vehicle – everything from paint color to wheel sizes. It’s his job to ensure that these details reflect the preferences and needs of the customer.

“Science Bound steered me toward a more technical degree, and I think that’s a good thing,” Creighton said. “I think it’s good to get more minorities into the technical fields, and Science Bound is really the reason that I ended up where I did.”

“Science Bound does literally everything in their power to give you the resources to excel in a math or science field. You were never alone,” Barrett said. “They give you the confidence boost to believe that you can do it, too.”


  • Science Bound is the only program in the state designed to prepare ethnically diverse Iowa students for careers in ASTEM fields.
  • Science Bound is a long-term student development program that asks 12-13 year olds to make a five-year commitment.
  • The program began with seed funding from Ames Lab and ISU in 1989-1990 and was fully launched with the receipt of a three-year National Science Foundation grant. Current funding comes from Iowa State University and area businesses, corporations, foundations, and individual sponsors.
  • 3,000+ The number of middle and high school students from Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Denison who have participated in Science Bound
  • More than 500 The number of high school students who have completed the five-year program and been offered tuition scholarships to ISU
  • 113 The number of Science Bound students who have graduated from ISU since 2000
  • 98% The percentage of Science Bound students who complete the five-year program and pursue post-secondary education
  • 55% The percentage of females who currently participate in the program
  • 62% The percentage of Hispanic/Latino students currently enrolled in the program (26% African American, 7% two or more races, 3% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 2% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  • ISU graduates of the program are employed by Monsanto, Rockwell Collins, Wells Fargo, Principal Financial, Boeing, John Deere, and many other regional and national companies and institutions

— Coreen Robinson


This article was originally published in VISIONS magazine. To receive the full issue delivered to your mailbox four times per year, become a member of the ISU Alumni Association.


Five Things

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

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1) This is a big week for high-profile campus lectures, including the Borlaug lecture featuring this year’s four World Food Prize laureates tonight in the Great Hall; Gloria Steinem’s “My Life on the Road” talk Tuesday in Stephens Auditorium, and World Bank president/Muscatine, Iowa native Jim Yong Kim’s presentation in the College of Business CEO speaker series Thursday in 1148 Gerdin. That’s just another week at ISU.

t200_ball_tee-page-0012) Tomorrow is the deadline to order official “Leave Your LegaCY” 2016 Homecoming apparel, which can be picked up Oct. 17-21, Oct. 28, or Oct. 29 at the ISU Alumni Center (sorry, items cannot be shipped). This year’s designs include a short-sleeved gray T-shirt, 3/4-sleeved black and white baseball shirt, or a black quarter-zip sweatshirt.

3) Speaking of deadlines and Homecoming, submit your entry for the 2016 Homecoming Parade (Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in downtown Ames) by this Saturday, Oct. 15.

4) Coming soon, we hope: The Iowa State education experience will be available in the great state of Montana, thanks to the generosity of Rod French and his late wife, Connie. The Frenches provided $4.1 million to create the Rod and Connie French Conservation Education Camp, nestled in the remote and rugged Bitterroot Mountains west of Missoula, Mont. Learn more about this unique new ISU initiative online.

5) The ISU Bacon Expo was Saturday. Were you there? If not, get a recap from the Iowa State Daily here.

Have a great week! Hook the Horns!


Five Things

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


1) Friday night was an exciting one for the university as the ISU Foundation announced the official kickoff of Forever True for Iowa State, a new comprehensive university fundraising campaign with an unprecedented $1.1 billion goal.

“One of Iowa State’s greatest resources is its family of loyal alumni and friends,” ISU President Steven Leath said at the kickoff event Friday night in Hilton Coliseum. “This degree of loyalty is why the name of this campaign feels so appropriate. Our alumni remain forever true to this university – as Iowa State remains forever true to the principles of innovation, diversity and accessibility on which it was founded.”

2) You may have read the article in our fall issue of VISIONS magazine featuring YOUR stories and memories about Lake LaVerne. We compiled them this summer in celebration of Lake LaVerne’s 100th birthday (May 10). You can read the stories here on our blog now — PLUS we have a collection of bonus stories that didn’t make it into the mag, which can be read here. Have more Lake LaVerne stories to share? We never tire of them! Post them in the comments or email them to Kate at

3) Have you ever taken a moment to click through the “adventure” stories on the Iowa State University homepage? They are quick, fun, and share-able reads that will make any Iowa Stater proud. Get the scoop on invisibility cloaks and much more in Cyclone Adventures.


4) Tonight at 7 p.m. in the MU Sun Room, Liz Garst — the granddaughter of Iowa farmers and citizen diplomats Elizabeth and Roswell Garst — will present “Corn and Khrushchev: A Brief History of Iowa Agriculture.” Garst was 8 years old in 1959 when her grandfather hosted Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at his Coon Rapids farm.

5) It’s Disability Awareness Week. Check out the events that have been planned to help energize and educate the campus.