Happy 2017, Cyclones!
Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) School is back in session today as Iowa State’s record-sized student body returns to campus for the spring semester. The ISU Alumni Association offices in the ISU Alumni Center also return today to their regular 8 a.m.-5 p.m. office hours after three weeks of operating on a winter break schedule. Most campus units will do the same. Happy spring semester!
2) Iowa State will kick off its annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Wednesday with the “Let Freedom Ring” carillon concert, which will be available via live stream. Among the other King celebration events on the schedule will be a community birthday celebration on Monday. Jan. 16 (a university holiday; our offices will again be closed and classes recessed), the university’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 19, and the lecture “A Deeper Black: Race in America” by Ta-Nehisi Coates on Monday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.
3) This week the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall will open “Red,” an art exhibition that explores the cultural and aesthetic diversity of the iconic, vibrant color. An opening reception will be held Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. — wear your favorite red outfit!
4) Thanks to a recently-announced grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ISU Library will soon serve as the host of the Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn) — an archive of more than 100 years of bird study in Iowa. Approximately 13,600 documents, 2,124 images, 14 field journals, and seven audiovisual recordings will be freely accessible as part of the completed project.
5) We’re counting down one more month until the sixth-annual Cardinal & Gold Gala in Des Moines — Feb. 10 at the Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Tables and individual tickets can still be purchased on our website; deadline is Feb. 1. Hope to see you there as we raise money for first-generation student scholarships and student/alumni programming — oh, and have a roaring good 1920s-themed time.