Connecting with kids
Creating a new generation of Cyclones through early awareness, fan involvement, academic outreach, family connections, and a reintroduction of the LegaCY Club.
How to feed a hungry planet
As the world's population increases, Iowa State is poised to help solve the complex issues of global hunger
Legendary point guard Monte Morris reflects on a long career that has enriched him and his university
Another year, another record-breaking student enrollment. And now, a historic fundraising campaign, changes all across campus, and a new strategic plan. Welcome to Iowa State University in 2017.
Twenty years after rocking the college football universe, Troy Davis receives his national due
Three billion years
Before the prairie, before the pioneers, before the present-day state of Iowa even existed, exactly what happened here? A look at deep time in the heartland
Greetings from Lake LaVerne
Stories from alumni and friends on the occasion of Lake LaVerne's 100th birthday
PLUS: Bonus Web content
A program committed to Iowa's ethnically diverse students celebrates 25 years
Making the right play
New Cyclone football coach Matt Campbell says Iowa State is his perfect match
Cyclone Strong in Iowa
Meet five alumni who are making their marks on our favorite state
One man's campus
Through 50 years and five university presidents, Warren Madden has been a stable and continuous presence at Iowa State
The incredible journey of Goran Micevic
A fateful encounter with an Iowa State professor's textbook changes a war-weary young man's life
Bloom where you are planted
After 20 years, Reiman Gardens announces a new 20-year master plan
Diversity on campus: It's not just black and white
Open conversations and real-life voices on an increasingly diverse campus
Robert Bullard: 26 miles toward justice
The "Father of Environmental Justice" reflects on his Iowa State roots and grows toward the future
Adam Wright: Advocates in all fields
An ISU graduate student writes about food and sustainable agriculture
Meant to be a Cyclone
Freshman All-American running back Mike Warren didn't find home stability at Iowa State -- it found him.
Here's to Hilton Magic!
It's stuff of college basketball lore, and it's a bona fide tradition at Iowa State.
A chance meeting on campus allowed Amy Popillion to reconnect with the mentor who changed her life
The Yin and Yang of an Iowan's Career in China
Polly Murphy's career has taken her -- with her husband and sons -- to Beijing
An Extraordinary Gift
A gift from Lora and Russ Talbot creates first-in-the-nation endowed alumni position
A Philanthropic Journey
The story of Lora and Russ Talbot is a classic success story about the attraction of Iowa State -- not only to students and alumni by also to friends of the university
Meet Jeff Johnson, the first holder of the Lora and Russ Talbot Iowa State University Alumni Association Endowed President and CEO position
Where the Heart Is
This is a story about a man who woke up one day as Jamie Pollard, the well-known ISU athletics director, and through the course of that day became Jamie Pollard, a human being with a broken heart
Among the past decade's $160 million of athletics facility projects, the completion of the Jack Trice Stadium South Endzone expansion is the most ambitious and talked-about yet
The Science of Weather
ISU meteorology faculty researchers and graduates answer our questions about weather and climate
How far does your food travel? For urban agriculturists, it may be blocks instead of miles
With record-shattering enrollment, crucial faculty hires, the opening of several brand-new academic and research buildings, and an unprecedented economic impact on the state of Iowa, it is, as ISU President Steven Leath says, "an exciting time to be at Iowa State."
Baby Ned came to the home management house as so many had come before him: as an infant from a Des Moines orphanage
Cyclone forward Dustin Hogue enters his senior year with more to prove
Ames, Iowa: The city we call home
All Iowa State alumni have two things in common: attending ISU and spending time in Ames. Iowa. Right? Ames was as big a part of many students' experiences as the university itself.
The wit & delight of Kate Arends
Blogger and Pinterest style curator launches a new boutique brand and design studio
Scott Braucht: Out of darkness and into light
Scott Braucht was in the prime of his career, but inside he was struggling with a dark secret. A new book chronicles his experience.
The 1940s: Iowa State and a world at war
The decade of the 1940s changed the United States and transformed the world. Not surprisingly, these years saw Iowa State College (as ISU was then known) undergo a metamorphosis as well.
VISIONS Across America
Read stories from this special issue and learn more on the VISIONS Across America website
Masters of creativity
Showcasing the work of students and recent graduates in Iowa State's Creative Writing and Environment and Integrated Visual Arts MFA programs
Mick Guttau: Grow where you are planted
Mick Guttau's community-focused bank has become much more than a financial institution
After wrestling through the toughest season of his life, Cyclone Kyven Gadson enters 2014 inspired by his Dad's legacy
An Iowa State bond from birth
Even though Angela Glosser knew her grandfather would not be able to attend her graduation, she knew he would be there in spirit.
'A strong group of student leaders'
Student Alumni Leadership Council celebrates 40 years
How nine Iowa State professors are mixing it up in and out of the classroom
The Greatest Decade
How one man -- and one little train -- transformed Iowa State University
Preparing next-generation ag engineers
An ISU associate professor conducts pioneering research on harvesting and biomass
Cooking up careers
Meet five ISU alumni who've cooked up culinary careers...but not necessarily in the kitchen
Gathering momentum for 'Moving Students Forward'
Learn about the five-year fundraising initiative launched by ISU President Steven Leath to raise $150 million for scholarships and student support
Cyclone Sports Complex
New facility gives three ISU teams a sharper competitive edge
Brendan Dunphy is an actor. And an entomologist. And a producer of eclectic Irish plays. People keep telling him to move to Hollywood, but he stays stubbornly rooted in Iowa. So what makes him tick?
"We must be bold"
The installation of President Steven Leath
The Initiative in Biomolecular Structure will enable Iowa State to become a leader in this highly specialized field
Meet Melvin Ejim: a man with three countries who is seeing the world through basketball
A Cytennial Homecoming Celebration
A look back at and toward the future of a 100-year-old Iowa State University tradition
Jennifer Wilson left behind a comfortable life in Des Moines, Iowa, and took her family to live in her homeland of Croatia
How high can he fly?
A love of aviation that started when Mark Maloney was just a kid has had the chance to take off and soar at Iowa State University
Getting to know you
ISU welcomes TCU and West Virginia to the Big 12 Conference
How Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine got its groove back
ISU's veterinary medical center is like a Mayo Clinic for animals
'Do something extraordinary'
Paul von Zielbauer pairs adventure with volunteerism
Going the Distance
Iowa State's women's distance runners are among the nation's best
Iowa State's new president is a real land-grant guy
A conversation with Iowa State's 15th president
Life on the IT frontier
An ISU alum is CIO of the U.S. government
Iowa State University: Making Life Better in Iowa
Iowa State University is making life better for Iowans
Defining a Decade
The presidency of Gregory L. Geoffroy
Campaign Iowa State
One university-changing campaign
In celebration of a Homecoming tradition
New conference revenues pave the way for athletics facilities
A Military Duty
Profiles of Iowa State veterans and GI memories, plus service to current student veterans
Iowa State's organ is a hidden gem
'There's This Big, Fabulous World Out There'
Architects Jon Pickard and William Chilton have designed some of the world's most recognizable buildings
When Kurt Met Kristyn
A match that wasn't necessarily made at ISU
The Fred Factor
For those who know and love "The Mayor," nothing has ever felt so right.
Coming Out From Under the Desk
2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling believes good teachers are grown, not born.
The Accidental President
William Penn President Ann M. Fields got a late start -- but a happy ending -- in higher education.
Iowa State University: A 2010 Census
Updates on the campus, the faculty, the student body, the university's Live Green! initiative, the Library, Honors Program, Greek community, housing and dining, and ISU sports...plus more fun features!
Rock the Runway
Iowa State's apparel, merchandise, and design program is in the spotlight
Clearing the hurdles
Tom Hill earned a place in history at the 1972 Olympics
Alumni artist Lee Rainboth in Haiti
The man behind the monsters
Meet DreamWorks Animation's Terran Boylan
What I want to be when I grow up
ISU alumni show that, with an Iowa State degree, you can become anything you want to be: doctor, lawyer, teacher, veterinarian, race car driver, astronaut, firefighter, rock star, professional athlete -- even a clown.
Judith Brandlin is a ray of hope on southern California's mean streets.
Icing on the cake
For interior designer Deeia Topp, helping students study abroad just feels good.
A powerful story retold
A new Jack Trice sculpture reignites interest in former football player's legacy
Meet the deans
What are their back stories? What are they passionate about? What's new in the colleges?
Cat breeder Donna Fuller has the heart of a champion.
Entrepreneurs thrive on creating jobs they love. Meet alumni who are making it happen, find out what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, and learn what resources Iowa State offers for students and alumni who dream about starting their own businesses
Are you ready for some football?
Gameday is about more than just the game.
The chimps of Fongoli
Groundbreaking research by ISU primatologist Jill Pruetz is helping scientists better understand human evolution
Ten years after
The first class of Hixson Opportunity Award students graduated 10 years ago, but their gratitude toward their benefactor has not diminished.
Alumni Days 2009
Browse through our Alumni Days photo gallery
Essays and images of true love found at Iowa State
Tyler Swanson has never shied away from a challenge, including the biggest of his life
ISU art professor Chuck Richards has tapped into fertile memories of both childhood and fatherhood to create a rollicking new children's book
In this commemorative issue, VISIONS officially introduces the new ISU Alumni Center: the project history, dedication ceremony, architectural design, elements of tradition and symbolism, art and artists, project donors, and a floor-by-floor tour. Welcome to your new home on the ISU campus!
The Reiman Way
Roy and Bobbi Reiman built a publishing empire -- and a life -- together.
Talk about a wild life! These six Iowa Staters spend their days working with sharks, bears, and turtles -- oh, my!
Images of Iowa State artists who were selected to participate in the Emerging Iowa Artists Program at the 2008 Des Moines Arts Festival
Change the world
Making the world a better place is something that seems to come naturally for Iowa Staters. Read about them and about some of Iowa State's current initiatives that are making a difference in such diverse areas as health care, climate change, international security, and human rights.
How has Iowa State changed the world in 150 years?
Soggy end to a yearlong party
The campus community gathered one last time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Iowa State.
Help us celebrate 20 years of VISIONS magazine!
Excerpts from the sesquicentennial oral history project
Iowa State and the bioeconomy
Biorenewables research is a hot topic on today's campus, thanks to the creation of a Bioeconomy Institute -- and soon-to-be-constructed Biorenewables Laboratory Building and New Century Farm
Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose
Iowa State launches its largest fundraising campaign ever. How will it impact the future of the university?
150 years of philanthropy
A history of giving at Iowa State
First in the nation
It's Caucus Season, and the spotlight is on the state of Iowa.
Romancing the grape
Iowa farmers are discovering grape and wine production as an alternative to corn and soybeans...and Iowans all across the state are drawn to the romance of the vineyards
Preserving your memories
Have you been waiting to copy your wedding video to DVD, or print all your digital photos, or create the perfect scrapbook? As Iowa State celebrates its 150th anniversary, VISIONS offers inspiration to help you preserve and document your own family history.
The Iowa State Fair
An American classic
Iowa State kicks off the celebration of its Big One-Five-Oh
The newly renovated and restored Morrill Hall reopened this spring
Iowa State University Sesquicentennial Issue
Iowa State kicks off its 150th anniversary on April 21, 2007
150 people who shaped Iowa State
Iowa State University's historical timeline
Events that defined Cyclone athletics
The power of one
One professor, one student, one connection. That's all it takes. As we looked at Iowa State's outstanding faculty, we asked ourselves: Why do faculty choose to teach? What's a typical week like for an assistant professor? Why is it so challenging to attract -- and keep -- great faculty? And who are the professors who changed our lives?
Time to celebrate!
Iowa State will celebrate its sesquicentennial year, beginning with a kickoff celebration during VEISHEA on April 21, 2007
A look at the ISU chemistry program
'An exemplary leader'
On the occasion of Gregory Geoffroy's fifth anniversary as president of ISU, we take a look at the successes, the challenges, and the future of Iowa State
Special Olympics USA National Games
The Games in Ames soar and score
Go the distance
What motivates Joan Hellman to run one 50-mile ultramarathon after another? What made Tyler Weig bike across the country, or Megan Sweeney hike the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail? Why does Eric VanDenBerg get up at 4 a.m. every day to train for triathlons? Find out why these and other Iowa State alumni push themselves to the extreme.
Viva la VEISHEA!
VEISHEA 2006 was a triumphant return to tradition
The 20 most intriguing people on campus
We've compiled a remarkable group of Iowa State students, faculty, and staff, and we can't wait to introduce them to you.
Iowa State fans know how to have a good time. Re-live the Houston Bowl hoopla in this gallery of photographs.
Be our guest
They'll feed you, pamper you, and put you up for the night! Iowa Staters in the hotel and restaurant business really know how to roll out the red carpet.
Good food, great service
Waiters from a bygone era remember what it was like to serve formal meals to women in their dormitories and sorority houses
A shattered past
More than 70 percent of the 180,000 inmates currently in the U.S. federal prison system are incarcerated because of drug offenses. And they're not necessarily who you think they are.
Athletes & academics
To succeed in today's competitive Division I sports environment, student-athletes must do it all: classes, study sessions, team practices, training, travel, and game-day competition. How well are students at ISU pulling off the balancing act?
Dancing in rhythm
Grab a partner! Ballroom dancing is all the rage at Iowa State
The All American
They said Gary Thompson was destined for stardom. And that was even before he was old enough to drive. He dazzled fans as a Roland Rocket, left a lefacy as a Cyclone athlete, and continued to shine in his 34-year career in sports broadcasting. As author Chuck Offenburger says, it Gary Thompson's story isn't worth telling, nobody's in Iowa is.
The books of summer
So many books and so little time to read them! We gathered suggestions from Iowa State faculty and staff to help you decide what to read on those long, not-so-lazy, crazy days.
Report card on diversity
The minority enrollment goal, issued five years ago by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, was challenging: In a state made up of 93.9 percent Caucasians, its land-grant institutions would enroll 8.5 percent American non-whites by the year 2005. Here's a snapshot of how we're doing
The good life: Rediscovering Iowa
"Iowa is blessed," says Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack. But Iowa's poulation and economy are stagnant. "Iowans are passionate about agriculture, our land, our communities, our health, and well being," says ISU College of Agriculture Dean Catherine Woteki. But small family farmers struggle, and the sustainability of Iowa's current agricultural practices is questionable. In this issue of VISIONS, we look at the critical role Iowa State University plays in the economy and quality of life in the state, we look at the long-range impact of Iowa agriculture, we gaze into the future through the eyes of some of Iowa State's brightest young alumni, and we invite you to savor the sights and nuances of all things Iowa as we face new challenges in the land of plenty.
People are drawn to Alaska for different reasons: It's big, it's wild, it's beautiful, and the opportunities for adventure are practically endless.
A gala weekend
Homecoming 2004 concluded the Alumni Association's 125th anniversary celebration in grand style -- and with more than a few surprises
Two Iowa State alumni share their journeys to recovery from the life-threatening strokes they suffered while still in their 30s
37 things to do on an ISU football weekend
And you thought it was just about the game.
A new tradition
Combining artistry with academic pageantry, the Official University Mace is a new Iowa State tradition
Excited about Cy
The ISU Alumni Association isn't the only one having a birthday. Our beloved Cy, that furry redbird-about-town, turns 50 this year! (We think he doesn't look a day over 21.)
RAGBRAI: Iowa's Greatest Cycling Adventure
Every year since 1973, folks from all over the country have been peddling their bicycles across Iowa on the last weekend of July. For some Iowa Staters, it's an adventure of a lifetime.
An innocent man
May 22, 2003, began as an ordinary day for J.D. Mullen, but the events of that day put into motion a seven-month nightmare that still isn't over.
The budget: Hanging tough in a tough economy
Iowa State has weathered budget cuts before. Now we're tightening our belts and figuring out how to do more with less in 2004 and beyond
Iowa State's cheese-making history dates back to the 1890s. Today's ISU cheese connections are both historical and entrepreneurial
Bridges: Designing. Building. Preserving.
Imagine San Francisco without its Golden Gate, or Madison County without its covered bridges. ISU and its graduates have contributed to the design, construction, and preservatino of great American bridges from coast to coast.
Celebrating 125 years
As the Alumni Association celebrates its 125th anniversary, it honors the people upon whose shoulders it rests...and kicks up its heels during Homecoming 2003
The ISU Alumni Association: Celebrating 125 years of loyalty, pride, and tradition
In 1878, Edgar Stanton, a member of Iowa State's first graduating class, created the Iowa State Alumni Association, This fall, 125 years later, we are celebrating the tradition, loyalty, and pride that inspired the class of 1872 -- and the approximately 200,000 alumni who followed them
Living in Iowa
Iowa State's new living and learning program for undergraduates connects them with Iowa's communities
Reiman Gardens take flight
The recent opening of a butterfly house, conservatory, gift shop, and cafe have meant increasing numbers of visitors to ISU's already popular destination
Happy 75 years, Memorial Union
The story of the Memorial Union is about more than bricks and mortar. It's about remembering. Here's a look at the venerable "MU" as it celebrates its 75th birthday.
Humans love animals. Why? Just because. Three Iowa State programs -- NatureMapping, the Wildlife Care Clinic, and companion animal veterinary services -- show us that, without animals, we "lose track of the pieces."
Making magic: The marriage of art and science
The partnership of art, science, and technology continues to expand Iowa State's horizons
Seven Iowa Staters publish books that tell the stories of their careers, their experiences, their passions, and their journeys
A Growing Friendship
ISU -- the country's oldest land-grant institution -- partners with four of its newest: the tribal colleges
Iowa State's 100-year-old president's home has evolved from serving the prresident and his family to serving the entire university community
Two voices in the longest civil war in the world
Two Iowa State men share a love for a country -- Southern Sudan -- that has been one of the most tragic and terrorized places in the world
Cael Sanderson's last perfect season earned him a spot in the record book as the greatest collegiate wrestler of all time
Engaging undergraduates in research
The Freshman Honors Mentor Program gives bright freshmen the chance to become active research partners with faculty members
In a world torn apart by conflict that is often driven by religious differences, the university community can be an oasis of respect
Bricks and mortar
In the beginning, there was the Farm House. The original builders of ISU's first building could not have known how much the campus would change in more than 140 years. So, too, is our current vision limited. Find out about the challenges involved in maintaining Iowa State's existing facilities and building for the future.
'Everyone was here for the team'
Cyclone fans storm Shreveport, La., for ISU's second bowl game in as many years
The 'In' List
Meet Genevieve, Sam, Whitney, and Boonie. They're hip, they're edgy, they're oh-so-cool. And they're just a few of the students who are setting the popular culture trends on the ISU campus.
The faculty: Adventurers. Innovators. Superstars.
What makes Iowa State faculty tick? VISIONS takes an in-depth look at this creative, committed, courageous, and sometimes cantankerous collection of people
Investing in people
Dr. Gregory Geoffroy is officially installed as Iowa State University's 14th president
Creating beautiful music
In this year of challenging students to become their best, one faculty member can make all the difference
Iowa State students are embarking on a lifetime of becoming their best
Getting things done on Capitol Hill
Three successful Iowa Staters share their strategies
A conversation with Greg Geoffroy
Iowa State's 14th president shares his thoughts on the role of faculty research, how technology affects teaching, the challenge of fundraising, and the changing landscape of today's land-grant institutions
Camp Marston: An Iowa State treasure in Minnesota's northwoods
A look back at Iowa State's surveying summer camp and at the efforts to preserve this important piece of history
Children of the world
As part of Iowa State's year-long focus on families, VISIONS celebrates the diversity of cultures represented by ISU's international families
The sex life of the single sea lion...
...and other magical tales of the Galapagos Islands, told from the perspective of an alumni traveler
Living and learning at Iowa State
Iowa State's academic and residence divisions are working together to enhance student learning
More than 20,000 ISU fans savor the Phoenix sunshine and cheer the Cyclones on to their first-ever bowl victory
Reaching out to Iowa communities
In this year of strengthening families to become the best, Iowa State and ISU Extension Service celebrate their partnership with rural Iowa communities
Sustainable agriculture: A journey
In order to be sustainable, researchers say, agricultural practices must meet three criteria: They must be economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially resonsive. But the questions are huge, the road is bumpy, and the journey toward sustainability requires both passion and expertise
The beat goes on
The Alumni Band celebrates its 20th year
Serving to learn, learning to serve
The new Palmer Building allows faculty and students to serve families, and at the same time, learn from them
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