Monday, Monday: Here you are again. These are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Veterans Day is Friday, and the Memorial Union will be holding its annual Gold Star Hall Ceremony today. This event is designed to pay tribute to our university’s casualties of war, as the Gold Star Hall was created in 1928 as a way to honor and remember ISU students who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. Over the years, the memorial has been expanded to include all military conflicts and all Iowa Staters who died — including many who had been previously overlooked or not properly documented. This year’s Gold Star Hall Ceremony honorees’ names have been engraved on the walls of the MU for many years, but the soldiers have not yet been individually honored by the university for their sacrifice. They include:
- Morris Rusch Marks, Lake Park, studied veterinary medicine and business at Iowa State in the 1930s. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, and was killed during his sixth bombing attack over the Netherlands in February 1944.
- Galen Dean Grethen, Emmetsburg, came to Iowa State in 1961 and stayed for two years before enlisting in the Army. He was a combat medic and paratrooper in Vietnam, where he was killed in April 1966.
- Wayne William Gross, Carroll, came to Iowa State for graduate work in economics in 1967. The following year, he entered the Marines, and graduated from officers’ training school as a second lieutenant. Just one month after deployment in Vietnam, he was killed by sniper fire in August 1968.
- Donald Gary Lammers, Forest City, graduated from Iowa State in 1966 with a degree in English and speech, although he already had enlisted in the Marine Corps. He went to Vietnam as a helicopter pilot in March 1968, and his final flight was five months later in August 1968.
Today’s 3:15 p.m. ceremony and post-ceremony reception is free and open to the public.
2) In other Veterans Day-related news, Iowa State on Thursday will present a one-of-a-kind lecture by James Wright on “Enduring Vietnam: Reflections on a War and Those Who Served,” based on the veteran and historian’s forthcoming book with the same title. The lecture is free and open to the public.
There is also a special Veterans Day tribute planned for Friday night’s men’s basketball game at Hilton Coliseum. So be sure to show up and, um, get carded.
3) The “Buchanan 2” residence hall construction project currently nearing completion on the south side of campus may not be known as “Buchanan 2” much longer. The Board of Regents is currently reviewing a proposal to name the building “Geoffroy Hall” in honor of ISU’s 14th president, who retired in 2012.
4) Already missing Homecoming week 2016? Here are 126 photos to take you back, courtesy of our ISUAA Facebook page.
5) Finally, it’s one day before the end of a presidential election cycle that has brought racial issues to the forefront in our nation — and the ISU campus has not been immune to racial tension. It’s been a little over a week since ISU Police removed and began investigating white nationalist posters (which were also found at about 20 other universities nationwide, including the University of Iowa) that appeared on campus during the wee hours of Oct. 27. It has been less than a week since an ISU Latina student reported on Facebook that she was harassed with racially-charged chants outside a Campustown pizzeria. And it has been just a few days since the state of Iowa was rocked by the ambush-style killing of two Des Moines-area police officers by a man with racist motivations (kudos to the Iowa State football team for its efforts to pay tribute to the fallen officers on Saturday).
While Iowa State has made great strides since ISU President Steven Leath vowed to strengthen the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts more than a year ago, it is obvious that much work remains to be done. Take a few moments today to review our university’s Principles of Community, and thank you for your support — as an alumnus or friend — in helping move our diverse university community forward in unity.