Iowa State University Alumni Association

Explore Your World

Cyclones go everywhere...

...and the Alumni Association can help you get there. The Traveling Cyclones program is your key to everywhere you want to go, and our continuous opportunities for lifelong learning are part of our commitment to helping you fully explore the world.


Spend 15 days this September discovering some of the most charming corners of the French countryside before concluding the adventure in sparkling Paris. The ISU Alumni Association Traveling Cyclones and Odysseys Unlimited are offering an opportunity to get the full French travel experience -- and we would love to take you along; call Shellie Andersen (L)(’88 marketing) toll-free at (877) 478-2586 or visit our Traveling Cyclones website to find out more and start reserving your vacation days.


Picture yourself winding down your summer surrounded by pristine islands draped in verdant wilderness and rocky shores caressed by sparkling blue waters. From Aug. 21-30, the Traveling Cyclones will cruise from Chicago to Montreal aboard the 202-guest M/V Victory, through all five Great Lakes and along the scenic St. Lawrence River. This trip is a great opportunity to explore our amazing continent in luxury – and alongside the people you love to travel with: Iowa Staters. The ISU Alumni Association Traveling Cyclones and GoNext invite all alumni and friends along for this journey; call Shellie Andersen (L)(’88 marketing) toll-free at (877) 478-2586 or visit our Traveling Cyclones website to learn more.


Kari (’82 leisure studies) and Colin (’82 ag mechanization) Dirks (L) had always wanted to go to Alaska. So when they saw the ISU Alumni Association brochure for a small-group experience to Alaska in 2012, they jumped at the chance.

“Everything was great about that trip,” Kari said. “We were on a 36-passenger ship, and it was first class. We were treated like royalty. We were so spoiled!”

The couple kayaked among glaciers, hiked in Glacier Bay, relaxed in quiet coves, and spotted moose, whales, and dolphins. It was, they said, one of the best trips they’d ever taken. So when it came time to splurge on travel again, they immediately thought of the Alumni Association. Their 2014 trip was to the Canadian Rockies. And the next year? They were signed up to travel with the Traveling Cyclones to Australia and New Zealand. When a health problem forced them to cancel at the last minute, they were disappointed but said they were very glad they’d taken out travel insurance.

“We have a friend who told us that we could probably do that trip cheaper if we went through someone else, but I don’t want to go with anyone else,” Colin said. “Iowa State has taken care of us. And you get what you pay for.”

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2018 Travel Lineup

Now online: Check out the list of adventures we're in the process of planning for 2018. Explore your world with the Traveling Cyclones in 2018.

2018 Travel Tours

Our Best Advice

Cyclones everywhere are invited to take advantage of the travel resources and tips available through Shellie and Heather on the Traveling Cyclones website.

Resources & Tips


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