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 www.isualum.org/clubs 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.