April 2010 - Iowa State University Alumni Association

April 2010


April 7, 2010

How do you live Iowa State?
The Young Alumni Council wants to know how ISU is part of your everyday life

Members of the ISU Alumni Association's Young Alumni Council recently found a Flip video camera and asked themselves an important question: How were they making the Iowa State experience part of their daily lives? As it turns out, they were doing it in lots of ways -- from the clothing they wear to the organizations they support, including membership in the ISU Alumni Association. With all the ways alumni continue to "live Iowa State," the Young Alumni Council members hope you will share your story with them by making a video, posting a photo, or simply writing your story on Facebook. Read on to find out how.

We'd love to see...

  • a photo or video of you wearing your favorite Iowa State gear
  • a photo or video of your custom Iowa State license plate, license plate frame, or car decals
  • a story of how you're helping raise a legacy or recruit future Iowa State students
  • a photo or video of how you've decorated your home in an Iowa State way
  • how you're celebrating VEISHEA, Homecoming, or other ISU events...either on or away from campus
  • the Iowa State flags you fly
  • examples of how you share the Iowa State story with others
  • how your career allows you to live Iowa State
  • how your Iowa State experience remains with you and how ISU has shaped your life as an alum
  • any other way in which you are living Iowa State in your everyday life!

All of these things are ways to "live ISU" that support the university by spreading its message across the country and around the world. (Or maybe even across the universe!)

So, help us out! Get involved and help spread the word about "How do you live Iowa State?" even further! Tell us how you live Iowa State on Facebook. Post your photos, videos, and stories today! Don't have a Facebook account? E-mail your story, photo, or video to liveisu@iastate.edu and we'll post it for you.

Catching up: With young alumni who are making strong 'STATEments'

The ISU Alumni Association and Young Alumni Council are pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Iowa STATEment Makers recognition for graduates of the past 10 years. Meet the 20 young alumni who are being recognized for their individual scholastic, career, personal, entrepreneurial, and service achievements. You might learn something you never knew about a former classmate...like the 2004 grad who was inspired by Jurassic Park and became a genetic researcher or the 2002 grad who is now president of the American Medical Student Association. You will also find out what the STATEment Makers think would make the world a better place or what movies they always find themselves quoting.

Meet the 2010 Iowa STATEment Makers

Nominate an ISU graduate under the age of 32 to be a 2011 honoree

Campus quiz: Unscramble THIS!

Put your brain to the test with a word jumble of campus hot spots that further reveals a popular answer to the question, "How do you live Iowa State?" Download the interactive PDF and play along.

Get the answers

VEISHEA 2010 comes to campus next week
VEISHEA 2010, "Today's Visions, Tomorrow's Traditions," is right around the corner (April 12-18). As always, there's a full slate of events -- especially next Friday and Saturday, some of which are listed below. To get even more information about VEISHEA events, visit http://www.veishea.iastate.edu or follow VEISHEA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VEISHEAatISU or Facebook at www.facebook.com/VEISHEA. Happy VEISHEA!

Friday Events:

  • VEISHEA opening ceremony, noon (Central Campus)
  • Distinguished Awards Celebration, 2:15 p.m. (Memorial Union Sun Room)
  • Taste of VEISHEA, 5 p.m.-3 a.m. (Union Drive & Molecular Biology Bldg.)
  • Live @ VEISHEA, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (Molecular Biology Bldg. parking lot; purchase alumni tickets online)
    Battle of the Bands & Motion City Soundtrack (pictured, right)
  • Stars Over VEISHEA: Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m. (C.Y. Stephens Auditorium)

Saturday Events:

  • Pancake Feed, 8-10 a.m. (Central Campus)
  • History Expo, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Beardshear Hall)
  • VEISHEA Parade, 10:30 a.m. (Central Campus -- view parade route)
  • VEISHEA Village, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Central Campus)
  • International Food Fair, TBD (Memorial Union)
  • ISU Alumni Center Open House, 1-5 p.m. (ISU Alumni Center)
  • Cyclone Gridiron Club Spring Football Game, 2 p.m. (Jack Trice Stadium)
  • Taste of VEISHEA, 5 p.m.-3 a.m. (Union Drive & Molecular Biology Bldg.)
  • Live @ VEISHEA, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (Molecular Biology Bldg. parking lot; purchase alumni tickets online)
    hellogoodbye, Emerson Drive, Leslie & the LYs, The Envy Corps, Down with Webster, & Battle of the Bands winner
  • Stars Over VEISHEA: Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m. (C.Y. Stephens Auditorium)

Even if you can't make it back to campus, VEISHEA week is still a reason for all Iowa Staters to celebrate. The Young Alumni Council is inviting all alumni and friends to celebrate "VEISHEA in your community" on Saturday, April 17 by participating in local community service projects. In Chicago, the local ISU Alumni Association club is hosting a VEISHEA in Your Community Volunteer Clean Up at Union Park from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants are encouraged to wear ISU or VEISHEA apparel to the event; please RSVP to Sophia Magill at sophia.magill@gmail.com if you plan to help at this year's VEISHEA service event in Chicago. And if you, your family, or your friends are bringing VEISHEA to your communities, be sure to share photos or videos at www.facebook.com/isualum. VEISHEA community service is certainly a proud tradition of "living Iowa State!"

Are YOU the future of Young Alumni Council?
Applications are now available for this year's class of Young Alumni Council directors. The Young Alumni Council consists of 13 young alumni from the classes of 2000-2010, two current students, and one ISUAA Board of Directors liaison. Council directors should be available to meet in Ames two times per year and to meet regularly via teleconference in committees. The Council plans events and activities, analyzes and provides guidance on Alumni Association membership benefits, and puts together this newsletter (not to mention a video or two!) regularly. Do you have great ideas for how the ISU Alumni Association can better serve graduates of the past 10 years? Then we need you! Apply now through June 1 at www.isualum.org/yac.

VISIONS magazine examines childhood dream jobs
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A firefighter? A race car driver? How about an astronaut, a professional athlete, or a rock star? The spring 2010 issue of VISIONS, the quarterly magazine for members of the ISU Alumni Association, catches up with 10 grown-up Iowa State alumni who have these very jobs. Members can read the complete magazine online now, and nonmembers can check out our free feature on ISU alum astronaut Clay Anderson (MS '83 aero engr), who just blasted off April 5. The spring issue also includes a free gift from our featured grown-up rock star, The Nadas' Jason Walsmith ('96 anthropology), who is offering a free download of the band's new single, "Long Goodbye," with the case-sensitive code "nadasVISIONS" at checkout. Enjoy VISIONS...and the new Nadas album, too.

Let the ISU Alumni Association help you live Iowa State
Membership is the fuel that runs the Iowa State University Alumni Association. By choosing to become a member, you're helping to support alumni events; career and educational programs; student programs like the Student Alumni Leadership Council; awards, scholarships, and recognition programs for alumni, students, and friends; and young alumni outreach, including the production of Young Alumni News. As a member you'll receive many exclusive benefits, including access to CySpace and the CySpace Career Center, local and national discounts, VISIONS magazine and the annual ISU wall calendar delivered to your home, and discounts on admission to ISUAA events and on all the ISU merchandise featured in our online store. If you'd like to join your Alumni Association as an annual, new grad, or life member, visit www.isualum.org/join for more information or call (877) 478-2486.

CyWitness News

Dateline: Ames

  • The King Pavilion addition to ISU's College of Design has received LEED® Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first higher education building in Iowa to achieve platinum status.
  • More than two months later, the search continues for missing ISU student Jon Lacina, who was last seen leaving 300 Stanton Ave. at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. A $10,000 reward continues to be offered by Lacina's family.
  • On March 26, ISU distance runner Lisa Koll shattered the collegiate record in the 10,000-meter run by clocking a 31:18.07 at the Stanford Invitational. The time makes the 2008 biology graduate and current veterinary medicine student the sixth-fastest American woman ever to run the 10,000 meters. Koll is the 2008 outdoor national champion in the 10,000 meters and the 2010 indoor national champion in the 5,000 meters.
  • May 31 will be the last day on the job for ISU vice president for extension and outreach Jack Payne, who has accepted a position as the University of Florida's senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. ISU faculty member Jerry Miller ('MS '71, PhD '74 soil sci) has been named ISU's interim vice president.
  • The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication is celebrating First Amendment Day on campus this Thursday, April 8. A variety of events and activities are planned throughout the week, including tonight's panel discussion "The Rules of Engagement: Rights vs. Responsibilities in Civic Dialogue."
  • Iowa State senior point guard Alison Lacey is one of 14 college women's basketball players invited to the April 8 WNBA Draft in Secaucus, N.J. The Canberra, Australia native was a unanimous first-team all-Big 12 selection this season and helped lead the Cyclones to the Sweet 16 this year. She is the first ISU player ever invited to attend the WNBA Draft, which signals that she is expected to be an early pick.
  • ISU shot up to 19th nationally in the winter 2010 standings for the Learfield Directors Cup (formerly Sears Cup), a national rating of overall athletics excellence. The rank is Iowa State's highest ever in the standings and comes in the wake of a third-place finish in the national wrestling championship and a 10th-place finish in the national women's indoor track and field championship.
  • Two ISU researchers have completed a new study that uncovers a dangerous trend of cyberbullying among LGBT youth.
  • A new lab in the Gerdin Business Building, which is expected to be the first of its kind in the country, will analyze consumer brainwaves to aid in the study of consumer purchasing decisions.















How'd you do?

Answer: How do you live Iowa State? VEISHEA
































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