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March 2014
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The Fashion Show 2014 will feature a line of workout clothes called "Impulse," designed by a student who’s been a high jumper on Iowa State’s track and field team. Karly Groon's line is vying to be among the 100 student-designed garments featured on the runway at The Fashion Show, 7 p.m. April 5 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Read more.

Six College of Human Sciences multicultural mentors recently raised more than $1,500 through the ISU Dance Marathon to support hospitals that save children’s lives. The team included Malinda Pum, Sara Turke, Jolene O’Gorman, Paul Parisot, Lisa Phommatha, and Sabrina Skerston. Read more.


The ISU men's basketball team won the Big 12 championship and is taking Iowa State to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000. When the TV cameras point to coach Fred Hoiberg, look who's standing next to him: Vic Miller, the assistant director and clinical coordinator of Iowa State's athletic training program. He was accompanied by athletic training student Billy Lutz.  


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Belmond couple endows and doubles The Fashion Show's highest award

A $25,000 gift from a Belmond couple is ensuring a bright future for Iowa State University’s fashion show.

Lora and Russ Talbot are providing the endowment toward the show’s highest honor, the Best in Show award.

To heighten the prestige and impact of the Best in Show scholarship, the couple’s gift will increase the award from $500 to $1,000 for this year’s show, in addition to endowing a fund to ensure the award is financed on a perpetual basis.

“Their gift of sponsoring the Best in Show award, as well as other scholarships, has led to an increased level of excitement on the part of our students,” said Bob Bosselman, professor and chair in apparel, events, and hospitality management. “Competing for a $1,000 top prize is significant, and is just another way our fashion show stands out relative to our peers." Read more.


Puppy to be sponsored by College of Human Sciences club

Iowa State University’s Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club is teaming up with the Leader Dogs for the Blind program to provide a future guide dog for an inmate to train at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.

“One of our goals as a club is to reach the community and better individuals,” said club president Ali Kuhfus. “We feel as though this is a really good program because it helps people who are sometimes forgotten while in prison.”

The club has pledged to sponsor a 3-month-old puppy, which will either be a German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever. The puppy will be given to an inmate to train over the course of a year. The club voted the puppy’s name will be “MacKay,” after MacKay Hall. Read more


ISU Fashion Show partners with Girl Scouts 

Student organizers of Iowa State University’s The Fashion Show 2014 this year launched a new partnership with the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, with the goal of becoming mentors to younger girls. 

An event called “Passion for Fashion” brought Girl Scouts to the Iowa State University campus on March 8 to hear Iowa State students talk about topics such as body image, appropriate dress, and loving themselves.

“We want to be role models for the younger girls and hopefully spark an interest in fashion, and teach them about representing themselves through clothing and their personal self-image,” said Erica Lansman, an Iowa State senior who’s one of two public relations and marketing directors for The Fashion Show 2014.

Several Girl Scout parents who attended the event said they were impressed. Read our preview story and coverage of the event by the Iowa State Daily.


Iowa State professor optimistic that bold new nutrition labels will make a difference

New nutrition labels proposed by the Food and Drug Administration will make it easy for consumers to spot just how many calories are in a candy bar or a bag of chips.

The changes require the calories per serving be prominently displayed in bold font. Ruth Litchfield, an associate professor and associate chair of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, thinks the new look will have an impact.  

“Given that the number one health problem today is obesity and obesity is directly related to calories in and calories out, that number is now front and center,” Litchfield said. “Just seeing the calories so big and so bold will hopefully draw some attention and get people to look at the information.”

Consumers still will need to understand that the calories are based on a serving size and not the entire package or container. However, the proposed changes require updates the serving size to better reflect the amount people consume and not how much they should consume. Read more.


Financial Counseling Clinic offers tax advice for students

No one really enjoys doing taxes. College students making less than the required $10,000 may wonder if it’s worth their time to file.

Jonathan Fox says the answer is — absolutely.

Fox, director of the Financial Counseling Clinic at Iowa State University and the Ruth Whipp Sherwin Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, encourages all students to file whether they think they will get a refund or not.

There’s a misconception that the filing process is overly complicated, Fox said. But he points out that the most complex tax form is really only two pages, albeit with plenty of attached schedules when the need arises. Most students can use a simple form and it’s free to file.

“Despite the horror stories, the personal income tax system follows a fairly simple seven-step process, and doing your own taxes could pay you back pretty handsomely if you’ve had money withheld and you didn’t earn that much,” Fox said. Read more.


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Watch a video of the College of Human Sciences' LIFE program being featured as the workout of the week on WHO-TV Channel 13. The “Living well through Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise” (or LIFE) program uses video games to promote fitness among older Iowans.


ISUtv recently featured Iowa State honors students dancing with older Iowans at the Heartland Adult Day Center as a way to give back to the community. The story featured an interview with Janice Baker, an assistant professor in kinesiology. Watch the video.


Iowa State 2012 AMD graduate Katelyn May Herlein recently shared her expertise about sunglasses in a style segment for Today in Iowa Saturday with Jannay Towne on WHO-TV. Watch the video.


Watch a slide show of photos and read a WWD article about Iowa State alum Todd Snyder's new lower-priced line. The Todd Snyder White Label collection of tailored clothing and sport coats will be launched this fall at Nordstrom.