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News Service

Annette Hacker, director, (515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777


$1.5 million gift to ag entrepreneurship program

A $1.5 million gift from Roger and Connie Underwood, Ames, will establish an entrepreneurship program for students in the College of Agriculture.

News release.

Clinic offers online "relationship check-up"

On online "relationship check-up" for couples is available on the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic web site.

News release.

Panel to discuss trade, economic issues Jan. 31

Panelists will discuss "Trade and Economic Issues in the Second Bush Administration" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31. Topics will include Social Security and Medicare reform, outsourcing of jobs, immigration and employment growth and the projected U.S. budget deficit.

News release.

Veishea town hall meeting March 7

ISU students faculty, staff and Ames officials are taking steps to improve community relations, following the November release of two Veishea reports. Activities include a March 7 "town hall" meeting.

News release.

Search begins for dean of new college

The search for the first dean of Iowa State's College of Human Sciences is under way. Two current ISU colleges (Family and Consumer Sciences and Education) will be combined into the new College of Human Sciences on July 1.

News release.

The learning community advantage

Iowa State students share what they get out of their learning communities.


Sleuths for sorry-looking plants

Extension plant pathologists help Iowans determine what's hurting their plants.


African American celebration Jan. 28-29

Iowa State is among top sponsors for a day-long celebration of African American arts and culture Jan. 28-29 in Des Moines. Talk show host Bev Smith, actor Darryl Van Leer and dancer Frankie Manning are among headliners.

More on celebration.

Iowa State architecture professor receives national teaching honor

An Iowa State assistant professor is among three new architecture faculty in the nation to receive an award for excellence in teaching from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

News release.

Health information on new web site

A new web site featuring health information for Iowa women and their families is a collaboration of Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa Women's Health Information Center

Report recommends restructuring of information technology services

A proposal to combine four central information technology units is among a series of recommendations aimed at restructuring IT services at Iowa State University.

News release.

Music marathon Friday

The ISU Wind Ensemble will perform non-stop music from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, to raise funds for a summer tour.

News release.

ISU design programs rank high

Iowa State's undergraduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture and interior design are among the best in the nation, according to a survey by DesignIntelligence, a monthly publication for leaders in design professions.

News release.

Hoffman returns to campus for Jan. 22 talk

University of Colorado president and former ISU dean Elizabeth Hoffman returns to campus Jan. 22 for a talk on women and leadership.

News release.

President, Vet Med dean on radio's 'Talk'

President Gregory Geoffroy and Veterinary Medicine Dean John Thomson will be guests on WOI Radio's Talk of Iowa Jan. 20 (9-10 a.m., 640 AM). Questions for the call-in show can be sent in advance to

Book examines sex, gender attitudes toward educators

A new book by ISU education professor Jackie Blount questions subtle discriminatory practices by school districts against educators whose sexuality and gender cross conventional boundaries.

News release.

ISU offices closed for King holiday

Iowa State offices are closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. A Jan. 16 community gathering and Jan. 25 lecture are part of the King celebration.

News release.

Room to grow entrepreneurs

Twice as many students will be able to be part of a new entrepreneurship learning community.

News release.

Virtual reality tours Jan. 21

Visitors can tour the Virtual Reality Applications Center's C4 facility in Black Engineering Friday, Jan. 21. Tours are 30 minutes long and may be scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. A tour may include up to 15 people. To schedule a tour, contact VRAC, (515) 294-3092.

More about the virtual reality center.

Memorial for tsunami victims

A memorial service to remember victims of the southeast Asia tsunami will be held Jan. 19 (4:30-5:30 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room). City, university and student leaders will participate.

News release.

Regents Universities Iowa Job Fair Jan. 7

The annual Regents Universities Iowa Job Fair will be held Jan. 7 at the Polk County Convention Complex. The fair, hosted by alumni associations at Iowa State, University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa, connects Iowa employers with Iowans seeking jobs

More on the job fair Des Moines Register article.

Lego robot tourney Jan. 22

What inspires a 10-year old to want to be an engineer when she grows up? It could be the fun she had designing and building a LEGO robot for a FIRST LEGO League tournament. Iowa State's College of Engineering will host the state's tournament between 50 teams, Jan. 22.

News release.

Studies: SBD Centers help economy

Iowa Small Business Development Centers have significant economic impact on Iowa's tax revenues, job creation and retention, capital acquisition and sales growth, according to recent independent studies.

News release.

Olson named science educator of year

Joanne Olson has been named the nation's top new science teacher educator by the Association for Science Teacher Education.

News release.

Former sports info director Burrell dies

Harry Burrell, ISU's first sports information director, died Jan. 10 at the age of 93.

News release.

King holiday celebration set

A carillon concert, party and community gathering are part of the Iowa State and Ames community celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

News release.

Students launch fund-raiser for tsunami vicims

Iowa State students are collecting donations to aid earthquake and tsunami victims.

News release.


500-plus orchids

More than 500 orchids, such as the one named "Spring" (shown), are on display in the Reiman Gardens conservatory through March 5. General admission is $7.

Weather-related notices for Thurs., Jan. 6

  • Iowa State University offices are open today. Officials encourage employees to put safety first when determining whether they should travel to campus.
  • Drivers should park in lots that have been cleared. Among lots cleared thus far are those in the Iowa State Center, north of Molecular Biology and near Town Engineering and the Armory. The lot 50 parking deck near the Gerdin Building also is clear.
  • Campus dining. OPEN today: Hub Cafe (11 a.m.- 2 p.m.), Memorial Union Food Court (7 a.m.-3 p.m.), MU Cafe (7 a.m.-4 p.m.), Onion's (8 a.m.-6 p.m.), Hawthorn Market and Cafe (7 a.m.-3 p.m.), Westside Market (7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.). NOT OPEN TODAY: Business Cafe, Design Cafe, Gentle Doctor Cafe, Courtyard Cafe, Hazel's Kitchen at Reiman Gardens.
  • The mathematics department will be closed Thursday, Jan. 6.
  • Students are on semester break, so no classes are scheduled this week.
  • Send weather-related announcements to

Students organizing tsunami relief project

Iowa State students are organizing a campus-wide, fund-raising effort to aid victims of the South Asian tsunami.

See story.

Weather-related notices for Wed. Jan. 5

  • The Cyclone women's basketball game vs. Kansas State will begin, as scheduled, at 7 p.m.
  • Lied Recreation Athletic Center will be open until 10 p.m. and Beyer Hall and State Gym will be open until 6 p.m.
  • The mathematics department will be closed Thursday, Jan. 6.
  • The ISU library (Parks and branch facilities) will close at 4 p.m.
  • Iowa State University offices are open today. Officials encourage employees to put safety first when determining whether they should travel to campus.
  • Reiman Gardens is closed today.
  • The Iowa State Daily business, advertising and classified offices are closed today. The newsroom is open.
  • Students are on semester break, so no classes are scheduled this week.
  • Send weather-related announcements to

Madrigal Dinners Jan. 14-15

The music department's Madrigal Dinners Jan.14-15 will feature a 17th century-style banquet with musicians, dancers and jesters.

News release.

Girl Scouts to tackle fun engineering projects

More than 100 Girl Scouts will spend Saturday on campus learning about engineering by making lava lamps and tackling other fun projects.

News release.


Remembering victims

Iowa State gathered Jan. 19 to remember those lost in the earthquake and tsunami. Students are collecting donations to aid victims.

News release.

Gary Wells

Presidential lecturer to discuss eyewitness identification

ISU psychologist Gary Wells will discuss his groundbreaking research on eyewitness I.D.s and police lineups in the Presidential Lecture Feb. 7.

News release.

Collecting donations

Tsunami relief

Iowa State students are collecting donations to aid earthquake and tsunami victims.

News release.

Ted Kooser

Poet laureaute

More than 40 years ago, ISU student Ted Kooser tossed his slide rule to focus on writing. Now, he's the nation's poet laureaute.

VISIONS magazine article.

Iowa State Singers


The Iowa State singers will give a free "bon voyage" performance Sunday, Jan. 30, before heading to Los Angeles. The group was selected to sing at a prestigious national convention of choral directors.


In the news

Second mad cow case stirs unease over USDA decision

Minnesota Public Radio

Another confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease) has ag experts questioning the USDA decision to reopen the U.S. border to Canadian beef in March. ISU Associate Professor John Lawrence, director of the Iowa Beef Center, says the timing violates the "golden rule" of international trade.

See story.

Ag students spend winter break in Antarctica

Successful Farming's

A dozen ISU students are in Antarctica through Jan. 8, studying penguins, glaciers and ecology of the region.

See article.

Reel life to real life

The Des Moines Register

Lessons in leadership can be found at the movies, says ISU business professor Anthony Hendrickson. His 10-week course on leadership draws parallels between pop culture and real life.

See article.


No. 3 Cyclone wrestlers top No. 6 Oklahoma

The No. 3 Cyclone wrestling team climbed to a 15-1 dual record with a win over No. 6 Oklahoma Sunday.

News release.

Cyclone results

Hoops teams score big wins. Gymnasts sweep quadrangular. Cyclones take 9 titles in final day of track open. Swimmers fall.

News releases.

Cowboys hand Cylone wrestlers first loss

No. 1 Oklahoma State defeats No. 3 Iowa State.

News release.

Cyclones fall to K-State

The Cyclone men's basketball team lost on the road at Kansas State, 63-51.

News release.

Streak snapped

A loss at Kansas State snapped the Cyclone women's 12-game winning streak.

News release.

Gymnasts No. 10

The Cyclone gymnasts have climbed to a No. 10 national ranking.

News release.

Weekend updates

Streaks continue for women's basketball, wrestling. Gymnasts win. Men's basketball team, swimmers fall.

News releases.

11th straight for Cyclone women

With a win over Missouri, the Cyclone women's basketball team notched its 11 straight victory.

News story.

Cyclone women cruise

The Cyclone women's basketball team picks up a 70-37 win at Kansas.

News release.

Cyclone women No. 24

The Iowa State women's basketball team recently broke in the Associated Press poll at No. 24.

ESPN article.