Happy Monday, Cyclone Nation! Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Yes, it was a big weekend in the Wide World of Sports with some apparently big-deal football game being played in Houston last night. But that was small potatoes compared to what happened Saturday. For the first time in school history, both the Iowa State men’s and women’s basketball teams defeated ranked foes on the road on the same day. And both wins were impressive in their own rights — the women’s victory for its sheer lopsidedness, a 25-point domination at No. 22 West Virginia sparked by a 31-point effort from Bridget Carleton, and the men’s for its high profile, a 3-point overtime victory at No. 3 Kansas that marked just the 10th time in KU head coach Bill Self’s career that he’s lost on the Jayhawks’ home court. (Oh, and Iowa State is now two of those 10.) So to say it was a statement-making weekend for ISU hoops is a bit of an understatement.
2) While the week ended on a positive note for Cyclone hoops, Iowa State’s prospects look more bleak when it comes to state funding. Last Wednesday Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill that will result in an $8 million cut to Iowa State University for the current fiscal year, as well as a carry-forward reduction in the university’s base appropriation. Back on campus officials are still assessing what the reduction will mean.
In a letter to the campus community, ISU President Steven Leath said the university’s immediate actions will be to postpone nonessential deferred maintenance and repairs, delay or halt some searches for vacant faculty and staff positions, reduce expenditures for things like professional development, travel, equipment, printing and communications, and temporarily reducing some campus services. But the long-term impact on the student experience, he warns, could be dramatically jeopardized — including the university’s inability to achieve its goal of a 19:1 faculty/student ratio.
3) Dan Shechtman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, returns to the ISU campus tonight. An Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Shechtman will speak in the MU Great Hall at 5:30 p.m. to share his ideas about science, technology, and entrepreneurship as drivers of peace and prosperity. Shechtman’s lecture, “Technological Entrepreneurship: A Key to World Peace and Prosperity,” is free and open to the public.
4) The deadline to nominate ISU alumni and friends for the 2017 Honors & Awards is fast approaching: Feb. 15. Get more information about the Alumni Medal, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, James A. Hopson Alumni Volunteer Award, Alumni Service Award, and Impact Award on our website and complete your nominations soon — very soon.
5) The ISU Alumni Association’s sixth-annual Cardinal & Gold Gala is THIS Friday in Des Moines. Will we see you there? As you get ready for a “roaring good time,” take a few minutes to preview this year’s silent auction items online and prepare to bid enthusiastically. This year’s event will feature mobile bidding as we aim to raise record support for first-generation student scholarships and student and alumni outreach programming.