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April 2012




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Students debut designs at The Fashion Show 2012

As the lights dimmed, the beat of the music filled Stephens Auditorium. The audience cheered and clapped as the first model walked onto the runway, sporting a never before seen dress.


Cameras flashed next to the runway as student photographers captured each unique look the models wore.


Students in apparel, merchandising, and design debuted their fashions to prospective Iowa State University students during a dress rehearsal of The Fashion Show 2012 on Friday, April 13.


The dress rehearsal was part of Behind the Scenes Day for prospective Iowa State students. Prospective students learned what they could participate in as apparel, merchandising, and design students and current students practiced for Saturday’s fashion show.

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Rick Sharp helps Speedo design swimsuit

for Olympics

When Iowa State University kinesiology professor Rick Sharp helped design Speedo’s full-body, form-compressing LZR Racer® suit back in 2008, it marked the beginning of an era of greater success for swimmers, with a host of world records broken and 94 percent of swimming gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics won by swimmers wearing the suit.


Following a change in FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) regulations concerning competitive swimwear in January 2010, Sharp has again worked with Speedo’s global research and development facility, Aqualab, to create a suit that maximizes the performance attributes of swimmers while remaining in line with the updated rules from swimming’s governing body.

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Natasha Croom, assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University, discusses the discourse about women of color in higher education. Read more.


Ann Gansemer-Topf, assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University, explains her passion for studying student access and student success at both the macro and micro level. Read more.