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Cyclone Stories

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...and the Alumni Association is keeping you connected by bringing you their stories in print and online media. Here's the latest on your fellow Iowa State alumni and friends.

AFTER HARVEY

Hurricane season has brought a flood of emotion to Americans from the southern U.S., including Cyclones across Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. For poets like Eloísa Pérez-Lozano (’11 psychology, MS ’11 journalism) of League City, Texas, that flood of emotions was best released through art. Pérez-Lozano’s poem, “A City Drowning,” was published in the Houston Chronicle in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and she also wrote two haikus that were published on the Chronicle’s website.
Here is her published poem:

A City Drowning
You listen to deception,
innocent-sounding
pitter-patter on the windows
individual rain drops
falling slowly so you hear
each one's small thump
Suddenly, they quicken
their voices meld together
into a thunderous song
an ominous chant, the soft roar
of a liquid beast, whose shape is
not one you can contain.
This is an assault on my city
as rain falls in sheets for days
beating, hammering
knocking the earth senseless
drowning her over and over
before she can come up for air.
Drops are tiny fists as they fall
pummeling the ground
and when she won't give in
they soak her, saturate her
overtake her with millions
of themselves, joined together
gargantuan gallons of water
a life-giving force
turned murderer
too much for us to take.

Haiku (published on the Chronicle website):
Safe is our status
during this storm, but I feel
guilty for this gift.

Haiku (published on the Chronicle website):
Windshield wipers on
a sign from a sinking van
helped him stay alive.
 

FINDING JOY IN BASKETBALL AGAIN

This summer, Royce White won a championship – not in the National Basketball Association that drafted him out of Iowa State as the 16th overall pick in 2012 but in the National Basketball League of Canada, where he led the London (Ontario) Lightning to a 2016-2017 title while earning league MVP honors. On July 27, the Lightning announced that White would return to the roster for the 2017-2018 season despite receiving NBA and European offers. “I had a great time here in London,” White said. “I couldn’t have asked to play in a better situation or organization for my first pro season. My life here is balanced. I had great camaraderie with the guys and a lot of support from the London community.”

Support is an important something that White has found elusive since he left Iowa State and his coach, Fred Hoiberg (L)(’95 finance). He made headlines with his decision to go public with his struggle with an anxiety disorder – and to bring his concerns straight to the NBA. Today, basketball takes a back seat to advocacy. In an interview with Esquire magazine, which profiled White this summer, the Minneapolis native speaks candidly about his decision to hold firm on his belief that the NBA needs to review its policies and support athletes with mental health issues. In the meantime, White is prioritizing his personal health. He talks about it in this candid video from Esquire: Watch it now.

A POSITIVE INFLUENCE

Joanna Gaines and Ree Drummond are among the members of Hope for Women magazine’s spring 2017 list of “Top 10 Social Media Influencers to Follow” – a list that also includes Katelyn Herlein Cheek (’12 apparel merchandising, design, and production) an Ankeny, Iowa-based style blogger and custom home designer. Cheek writes Katalina Girl, which she calls the "Midwest source of inspiration for the dollar-conscious girl."

“It can be hard to find a style account with relatable (and affordable) outfits, so Cheek’s brand is a refreshing breath of air,” Hope for Women writes. “Follow her for affordable style tips about clothing and interior design.”

Cheek is on Twitter at @Katalina_Girl.


Inside VISIONS:
In One Sitting

Artist Rose Frantzen, who has mastered the art of alla prima -- painting subjects in one sitting -- is currently exhibiting her work "Faces of Iowa State" at the Brunnier Art Museum. The exhibition includes 39 portraits of Iowa Staters, including Paxton Williams (L)('00 pol sci & comm studies), pictured above, and will be on campus through Dec. 8 before it starts a touring exhibit that will reach all corners of Iowa the winter.

VISIONS magazine


Obituaries:
Remembering an innvoator

Wesley F. Buchele (PhD '54 ag engr), whose inventions changed the landscape of America, and perhaps the world, died Sept. 13 peacefully at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. He was 97. He published hundreds of technical articles and he was awarded 23 patients, the two most notable being the large round baler and the axial-flow or helical-flow threshing cylinder for combines.

Obituaries

More to explore:

Blog
Living a Life Podcast Series
Notable Alumni
Class Notes

STORIES ARCHIVE:


JENNIFER CURTIS '02:
Finding Meaningful Purpose

VANESSA MCNEAL '15:
A Voice for the Voiceless

KEITH SIMS '90:
Dolphin Power

AKOL DOK '16:
A Voice for South Sudan

JAYA HALEPETE IYER '06:
Clothing to Empower Children

JERLANDO F L JACKSON '00:
His Brother's Keeper

LAURA BARTA '85:
Wide World of Toys

BRANDON ADAMS '12:
An Ambitious Adventurer

ELSYE WALKER '95:
The Walker

ABDEL NADER '15:
Rookie of the Year

MOHAMAD HAFEZ '09:
Dreams of Syria

ISU WBB STAT CREW:
Courtside for History

KIM PASTEGA '91:
Living the Dreamliner

SUSAN CARLSON '75:
Formula for Success

NELS GLESNE '40:
Living it Up at 100

LEE ANN MCCUE '86:
Sit with Me

REAGAN HOEFLER:
Mars on the Menu

TRENT PRESZLER '98:
A Crafted Life

MUMBI MWANGI '02
ELLYN BARTGES '85

Women's History Month '17

CHRISTINA MOFFATT '02:
Small Business: A Piece of Cake
 
 

 

 

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