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.