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June 2013
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John Schuh, who was a professor and chair in educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State for 6 1/2 years, will be the new director of the ISU School of Education. He starts July 1. Read more.

The College of Human Sciences is preparing for a larger freshman class in the fall following last year’s record student enrollment. Summer orientation sessions are welcoming new students to campus. Read more

Deb Sellers, an associate professor and extension specialist at Kansas State, will be a new CHS associate dean and director of ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. Read more.

Top Stories

New Ames-Iowa State partnership a model for after-school tutoring

Starting this fall, up to 100 Iowa State University teacher education students will go into four Ames elementary schools to provide intensive, one-on-one, after-school tutoring in reading and math.

A new one-credit, 24-hour course called “Cyclone Learning Zone” or “Curriculum and Instruction 280T” will provide future teachers hands-on teaching experience even before they student-teach a full class. In turn, local elementary school students struggling in reading or math will receive the extra academic help they need.

“It is an opportunity for our future teachers to implement what they are learning in their Iowa State classes in a supported setting with just one or two students,” said Anne Estapa, an assistant professor in the School of Education. Read more.

Website helps prevent "brain drain" in rural Iowa

While many college graduates flock to bustling cities, Rachel Griffith felt pulled toward charming, close-knit towns in southwest Iowa.

"For me, my heart was in my hometown community,” said Griffith, a 2012 graduate in kinesiology with an emphasis in community and public health. “People in the community know my name, what I do, and maybe even who my family is.”

She now offers group fitness classes and personal training at Alegent Creighton Health Wellness Center in Corning, just a short drive from her family and friends. Griffith said she wants to inspire other college students to consider bringing their knowledge and skills to smaller towns in Iowa, helping these communities to thrive despite competition from larger cities.

The Rural Renaissance Community Index, a website funded by the College of Human Sciences, aims to create more stories like Griffith’s. Its mission is to build Iowa’s human capital by encouraging young, educated residents to stay in or relocate to rural communities. Read more.

Iowa State twirler to represent U.S. at international competition

Iowa State event management major Karen Whitman is ready to take her baton twirling to the next level.

Whitman, feature twirler for the Cyclone Marching Band, will compete as a member of Team USA at the World Baton Twirling Federation’s International Cup 2013, Aug. 7-11 in the Netherlands.

She is qualified to compete in both the two- and three-baton events. As a member of Team USA, her scores will also contribute to the total for the national team as it competes for the cup. Read more.

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Tim Griesdorn, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, shares his weight loss story with the ISU News Service. After reaching out to Iowa employees through a worksite wellness program, Griesdorn decided to change his lifestyle. He's lost 50 pounds so far and wants to inspire others to reach their goals. Watch video.

Want to plan a healthy family menu on a budget? Check out these tips from "Spend Smart. Eat Smart," an educational website by Iowa State Univeristy Extension and Outreach. Watch video.