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Summer commencement ceremony is Aug. 9
David Miles, president of the Board of Regents, will address 772 graduates at summer commencement at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in Hilton Coliseum. The ceremony will combine graduate and undergraduate commencements.
Ag Business Club upholds top national standing
ISU's Agricultural Business Club has been named the National Outstanding Chapter and received the National Creative Club Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association for the third consecutive year.
Design student wins network internship
An Iowa State University graphic design student's winning competition entry has earned him a place in the Hollywood spotlight. Joe Kutilek's 25-second, digital motion-graphics promotional spot for The CW TV Network hit, "Gossip Girl," took first place in a national college competition, "Making the Cut." His winning, which will air this fall, earned him an internship in Hollywood.
Iowa State study of community college presidents finds national shortage on horizon
A new ISU study of 415 community college presidents (38.2 percent nationally) found that 79 percent will retire by 2012, and 84 percent by 2016. The study also documents a shortage of qualified replacements.
Lumberjack duties part of summer internship
Two ISU forestry students are living in the woods this summer. They're logging trees to create passable roads and trapping and releasing animals as part of a research project.
Iowa State professor, co-designer of Speedo's LZR Racer is ready for its Olympic test
Rick Sharp, an ISU kinesiology professor, was part of a team of outside experts who helped design Speedo's LZR Racer swimsuit, which has already been worn by swimmers setting 48 world records since its February release. It will be worn by most of the top swimmers in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Aug. 8-24.
German architect brings a touch of green to Iowa State University
Iowa State University is learning some European lessons on sustainable design from a German architect. For the past two years, assistant professor Ulrike Passe has been injecting a healthy dose of European-bred, green design into the ISU architecture curriculum. And as lead faculty on ISU's solar decathlon project, she's extending her expertise to the entire campus community.
Carver, ISU student
Traveling Field Museum exhibit on Carver debuts in Des Moines
Iowa State alumnus and legendary scientist George Washington Carver is remembered in a traveling exhibit that debuts in Iowa. The exhibit, from Chicago's Field Museum, will be on display in the State Historical Museum in Des Moines Aug. 1 through Nov. 2. The exhibit opens with a reception July 31 (reservations, $20). Family activities are featured in a special celebration Sept. 20. Iowa State is among sponsors of the Des Moines exhibit.
Virtual worlds make real life marketing business sense, says Iowa State professor
Even if business owners don't want to sell their wares to avatars in those virtual worlds, Iowa State professor Brian Mennecke says they should at least consider exploring their product development and marketing value.
Iowa State design researcher teams with Mayo Clinic
Debra Satterfield, an associate professor of art and design, is teaming up with the Mayo Clinic to transform her personal experiences with health care environments and information into more satisfying interactions for others. Satterfield, who researches how experiences are created through the design of environments and information, will examine how design variables influence the decision-making process of patients using medical decision aids.
Fill 'er up
State fair exhibit explores ISU's history of fueling the future.
Change the world
The summer 2008 issue of VISIONS magazine features alumni, faculty, staff and students who are making a difference and 150 years of Iowa State contributions.
In the news
After near-death accident, former ISU golfer will graduate Saturday
The Des Moines Register
Tyler Swanson's four-year path to recovery will continue with his commencement walk on Saturday. Swanson is a former ISU golfer who suffered a severe brain injury in a May 2004 car accident. In 2003, Swanson competed in the John Deere Classic, when he became the first amateur to make the cut in the PGA Tour event since 1971.
Downsize your 'food print'
The Kansas City Star
What is the environmental impact of the groceries you buy and the food you eat? The average grocery store produce travels 1,500 miles to get there. Buying locally grown fruits and vegetables is one way to "eat green," but Rich Pirog of ISU's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture says the concept of food miles -- the distance food travels from farm to plate-- is more complex than that.
Save a buck! Tips for tough times
The Des Moines Register
ISU's Tahira Hira says nearly everyone can save $5 a day by making small changes in buying habits. That adds up to $150 a month, or $1,825 a year.