Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Last week Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad accepted a nomination by U.S President-Elect Donald Trump to become U.S. Ambassador to China in his administration. That means that the country’s longest-serving governor will step aside in 2017, paving the way for his lieutenant governor, Kim Reynolds, to become the state’s first female governor. Why is this Iowa State news? Reynolds, who hails from Osceola, Iowa, is an Iowa State senior majoring in liberal studies who will earn her degree from ISU this semester. She joins Iowa’s first female senator, Joni Ernst (’92 psychology), on the growing list of pioneering Iowa women in government who are also ISU grads.
2) Today the Iowa Board of Regents is holding a special meeting to discuss the outcome of its university equipment audit, which was conducted this semester largely in response to a series of media reports that questioned ISU President Steven Leath’s use of university airplanes over the past five years. The audit report is expected to be made public today and will, among other issues, evaluate whether having ISU continue to operate its own flight service — as it has for more than six decades — is the best use of university, state and donor resources.
3) An ISU faculty member has created a book and now a play based on her mother’s horrific Holocaust experiences. College of Design senior lecturer Deborah Pappenheimer wrote the book “My Broken Doll: A memoir of survival of the Vichy Regime” — the story of Beatrice “Bea” (Stern) Karp, who was relocated nearly 20 times before the age of 15 as a hidden Jewish child during World War II. The stage adaptation, “My Broken Doll,” which premiered at the Jewish Community Center Theater in Omaha in August, is slated to travel to a dozen schools across Nebraska during the 2016-17 academic year. Learn more about the work and about Pappenheimer’s story on the ISU News Service website.
4) The Reiman Gardens 20-year master plan and the south campus entryway projects continue to come together with last week’s announcement that Roy (’57 ag journalism) and Honorary Alumna Award recipient Bobbi Reiman have once again made an incredible gift to their alma mater. The Reimans have pledged $1.7 million to create “Sycamore Falls,” a feature that will include several waterfalls cascading over native limestone walls, flanked by sculptural terraces with generous swaths of colorful ornamental plants, and ending in a large reflecting pool. Reiman Gardens director Ed Lyon says the falls will provide a unique location for events, and promise to become a distinctive and recognizable image at Reiman Gardens.
“Roy and Bobbi Reiman’s vision of creating a premier garden for Iowa State University and its faculty and students is the basis for the 2015 master plan,” Lyon said, “and we thank them for their generous contribution to help begin the work at the gardens.”
5) Last week was “Hate Week,” and we here in Ames certainly hated it. The Cyclones took on instate rival Iowa in four events — women’s basketball, men’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, and wrestling — and managed to lose them all. The Hawkeyes now lead the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, 14-7. Boo.
Have a great week, anyway.