Message from the president
Dear Friends of Iowa State University:
Happy birthday, Iowa State!
In 2007-2008, Iowa State University will be 150 years old! Iowa State was chartered on March 22, 1858, as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm. Four years later, on Sept. 11, 1862, Iowa became the first state in the nation to accept the terms of the Morrill Act establishing the nation's system of land-grant colleges and universities, and on March 29, 1864, the Iowa General Assembly awarded Iowa's land grant to this new agricultural college, making Iowa State one of the nation's first land-grant universities.
The people of Iowa should be extremely proud of this state's leadership in the land-grant movement, and of Iowa State University's leadership role in defining the land-grant mission. Iowa State is the first land-grant university to be co-educational from the day it opened. It's where women's suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt received her college degree, and where George Washington Carver earned his bachelor's and master's degrees, launching his incredible career as a plant scientist and educator. Iowa State is where the nation's extension service was born, and where the nation's "experiment station" approach to practical research in agriculture and engineering began. This new approach to research led to such important advancements as hybrid seed and ethanol for fuels, with Iowa State faculty playing lead roles, and the invention of the electronic digital computer at Iowa State in the 1930s by Professor John Atanasoff.
From these roots has developed one of the world's leading comprehensive educational and research universities. Our students come from every state and more than 100 other nations to study in a learning environment considered one of the best in the country. Our alumni are in key leadership positions in government, industry, research and academia around the world. We have some of the world's top faculty in the biological sciences, engineering, the physical and materials sciences, computer and information science, environmental science, food science and in such critical areas as biorenewable resources and sustainable agriculture. We also have award-winning programs in design, business and entrepreneurship, the humanities and education, and our faculty and students are at work all across the globe helping people build better lives and improve their environment.
We will be celebrating our sesquicentennial anniversary-our wonderful heritage and our very exciting future-throughout the 2007-2008 academic year, and we invite you to be a part of this celebration. You will find a link to a complete schedule of sesquicentennial events on this page. A special feature of our sesquicentennial celebration is the work of ISU Extension, which is conducting a service project in each of Iowa's 99 counties. A link to the complete list of projects and dates is also on this page.
Please join us for any of our sesquicentennial events or projects, and help us celebrate Iowa State University's 150th birthday!
Gregory L. Geoffroy