Five Things

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


1) April is National Volunteer month, and we at Iowa State are in the swing of things with Cy’s Days of Service. Whether you’re participating in a regular volunteer activity, organizing a project just for Cy’s Days, or looking for an opportunity to engage with a group, we have the resources you need to get started, find existing group volunteer opportunities, and log your hours on our website at Last year Iowa State alumni and friends volunteered 2,781 hours in the name of ISU — let’s try to top 3,000 in 2017.

cdos_dfwBe sure to send us your photos or share them online by tagging @isualum and/or #CyclonesEverywhere.

The Iowa State Alumni of Dallas-Fort Worth (pictured, right) and the Iowa State Alumni of Phoenix are among the local groups that have already completed group service projects this weekend. More opportunities are listed on our website.

2) We have two deadlines coming up this week at the Alumni Association: the last chance to apply for our brand-new Digital Communication Specialist position is this Wednesday, and the deadline to register for our complimentary April 13 alumni reception in Omaha is this Thursday. No more time to procrastinate!

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3) The spring 2017 issue of VISIONS magazine hit mailboxes late last week, and we’ve already received positive feedback on the special “Global Hunger” issue, which includes a feature on ISU’s Sustainable Rural Livelihoods program in Uganda. Editor Carole Gieseke and photographer Jim Heemstra traveled to Uganda for the story — and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Oh, and they have the photos to prove it. To see even more images from Uganda beyond what was published in the magazine, you can view our Adobe Spark gallery online at

portraits4) Here on campus, we’re right in the thick of an exciting 9-day artist residency during which Rose Frantzen is live-painting portraits of prominent Iowa State faces in the lower gallery of the Christian Petersen Art Museum, 0003 Morrill Hall. All portrait sessions will be open to the public to display Frantzen’s artistic process as it unfolds. Learn more about the project, as well as about the subjects that have been and are yet to be painted, online.

5) Today is National “Find a Rainbow” Day. We have the rain part covered here in Ames, but we’re just missing the necessary sunshine. After several days of gloomy weather, it’s expected to rain again all day on campus. The good news? Warmer, dryer weather is coming in later this week and the current forecast calls for a high of 66 degrees and likely dry conditions for Saturday’s Cyclone Gridiron Club Spring Game at Jack Trice Stadium. We’d take that. Keep your fingers crossed.

Have a great week!


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