Five Things

Happy Monday! Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:

1) Well, March Madness is officially over in Cyclone Country, as both the women’s and men’s basketball teams ran into opponents that were firing on all cylinders in their respective first halves Saturday. The women launched a comeback bid that fell short in their first-round game against last year’s national runners-up, Syracuse, on Saturday morning; the men fell behind hot-shooting Purdue early in their second-round contest Saturday night but came all the way back to take the lead late in the second half before falling just short of another Sweet 16, 80-76.

It was an emotional postgame for men’s head coach Steve Prohm, who choked up talking to reporters after the game about the journey he’s taken over the past two seasons with Monte Morris & Co.

“These seniors have been amazing,” Prohm told the media following Saturday night’s loss. “This senior class has been to four-straight NCAA tournaments. They’ve won 20 or more games every season, [and] three Big 12 tournament titles. And then you’re saying goodbye to two of the best three-point shooters to ever come through here and then, with all respect to Jamaal Tinsley and Jeff Hornacek, probably the best point guard ever to come through this school. And they did it the right way, and they represented this program the right way. You have to continue to recruit guys that can do that.”

In the meantime, we appreciate the suggestions that are already rolling in from fans to help Cyclones everywhere survive next season:

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2) If you’re going to jump a spot in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, it might as well be from 2 to 1. And that’s exactly what’s happened for ISU’s graduate program in ag and biosystems engineering, as the publication released its latest rankings March 14. Now that deserves a “Cyclone Power” cheer.

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3) In case you missed it: The College of Human Sciences recently published a feature on its website about the service learning project being done by students in an introductory apparel construction class: creating clothing for needy children in South Africa — a great practical application, the students say, of their skills. Read the full feature online here.

4) So what’s happening on campus this week? Besides school getting back in session after Spring Break, it’s also time for the Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series. Authors David Anthony Durham and Benjamin Percy, the latter a former ISU faculty member, will present “(Un)Natural Histories: From Fantasy to Historical Fiction” at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The authors also will discuss the writing process and answer questions during an afternoon session. “From Fantasy to Historical Fiction: Two Novelists on the Craft of Writing” will be at 2 p.m. in the Sun Room.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Also this week: Melissa Michelson and Brian Harrison will present “How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Michelson and Harrison are co-authors of “Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights,” which explores how identity and communication affect attitudes about LGBT policies like marriage equality, employment non-discrimination legislation and transgender rights. The talk is free and open to the public.

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5) The ISU Alumni Association is headed to Omaha April 13. Register online by April 6 for a free event that will bring Omaha area Cyclones together and bring them up to speed on what’s happening on campus.

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