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January 2016
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As an increasing number of people find themselves juggling work and the responsibilities of providing care to a family member, Iowa State University Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialists Donna Donald and Kristi Cooper advise that communication is key. Read more about their strategies.

Trend magazine — Iowa State University's student-run magazine focusing on fashion, beauty, body, and lifestyle for men and women — celebrates 10 years of fashion journalism this year. The magazine has seen tremendous growth in both its publication and in the hundreds of students who have worked on it. Read more.

A dozen College of Human Sciences students were among 27 from Iowa State who spent part of their winter break helping those in need. Through the university's Alternative Breaks program, they distributed meals in Madison, assisted teachers in St. Louis, and helped low-income families in Kansas City. Read more.

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Human Sciences groups try their hands at crowdfunding

Iowa State groups looking for a way to raise money can now use the popular method of crowdfunding. Two College of Human Sciences groups are among those ready to give it a try.

The Fashion Show 2016 — one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation — this week launched a crowdfunding campaign through FundISU. The campaign will run through Feb. 27.  

The ISU Event Management Club also plans to use crowdfunding to raise money for the first-ever Iowa State event management conference, "Collegiately Creative," scheduled for April 16 in LeBaron and MacKay halls. Read more.


Students celebrate with the families they support through Dance Marathon weekend

Hundreds of Iowa State students last weekend participated in the Iowa State Dance Marathon, the largest student philanthropic organization on campus benefitting children treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. 

Many College of Human Sciences students participated and were leaders of the event, which fits with the college's motto of expanding human potential and improving people's lives. The event ultimately raised $362,854.19.  

"Dance Marathon has shown me that even as a college student, I can make a difference in someone's life and I'm part of a community and picture so much bigger than myself," said Haley Morris, a junior in elementary education. Read more.


Two College of Human Sciences women featured in calendar

Two College of Human Sciences women — a nationally acclaimed student athlete and a dedicated academic adviser who bleeds cardinal and gold — are being recognized for their leadership at Iowa State.

Christina "Tina" Hillman, a senior double-majoring in psychology and child, adult, and family services, and Anne Oldham, an academic adviser in food science and human nutrition who's director of the didactic program in dietetics, are among 12 women featured in the 2016 Women Impacting ISU calendar.

The calendar, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is produced by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and honors women for their leadership and achievements in service, teaching, research, administration, or various other campus activities. Read more.


Iowa State apparel students create innovative new products for organizations

Jewelry, blankets, even wall art — new merchandise developed by Iowa State students could be coming to a retailer near you.

Apparel, merchandising, and design students created prototypes of products to be sold or gifted by organizations such as the Textiles and Clothing Museum and the George Washington Carver National Monument.

It's all part of a senior-level course called "Fashion Forecasting and Product Development" that's taught by Eulanda Sanders, the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing. Sanders approached organizations whose operations relied on either fundraising or revenue building, and were seeking an edge in marketing. Read more.


Modern dance celebrates 70 years of performances

Iowa State dancers in the Orchesis I Dance Company are celebrating more than 70 years of Barjche` modern dance productions.

Orchesis I's annual Barjche` concert will be held 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6, and 2 p.m. Feb. 7 in Fisher Theater at the Iowa State Center. Tickets are $10 for Iowa State students or $12 for the general public and can be purchased online.

The concert will celebrate its 70th anniversary with the theme, "Modern dance through the ages." Modern dance formed in the early 20th century as a rebellion against classical ballet, using more off-center movements and less musicality. Read more.


Resolving to exercise more in 2016? Iowa State experts can help you make it a habit 

Weight loss is often the goal for anyone starting a new exercise routine. It's a good motivator, but Iowa State health experts say weight is not the only factor to consider if you want to stick with it and see results.

Duck-chul "D.C." Lee, an assistant professor of kinesiology, says obsessing over the number on the scale can quickly lead to frustration, especially if the pounds are slow to come off. To avoid giving up on a new exercise routine, focus instead on changes in muscle strength, energy levels, clothing fit, improved heart rate, and other factors of overall health. Read more


Teaching privileged students about social justice necessary for change

Social justice educational initiatives often focus on giving a voice to students of color and low-income students. 

But Katy Swalwell, an assistant professor of education, says such efforts alone may not be enough to bring about real change.

"The very wealthy are the ones with more political power and this gap is increasing," Swalwell said. "Research shows that the poor and middle class often only get what they want when their ideas align with very wealthy people."

Swalwell spent a semester observing social studies classes at an affluent, private school to examine how privileged students learn about and respond to social justice problems. Read more.


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Save the Date: Retirement reception for Pamela White, dean and Dean's Chair, 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 27, Beardshear Hall


Graduation weekend changes aimed to improve experience


Iowa State University bans e-cigarettes on campus


Nine apparel students receive YMA scholarships; travel to New York


Career services offers new peer advising sessions in advance of Feb. 10 career fairs


Linda Niehm named Dean's Faculty Fellow for 2016-2018


New addresses for College of Human Sciences buildings



Help 2007 Iowa State alum Maranda Nichols get her commercial played during Super Bowl 50. Nichols costume designed a commercial featuring actress Doris Roberts that is in the top three for the Swipe For Doritos - Crash The Super Bowl 2016 contest. Vote for her commercial at through Jan. 31. Watch video.


Trinect brought together a Des Moines teacher, an Iowa State student teacher, and a graduate engineering student to an elementary classroom once a week. The program is designed to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math in elementary schools and is backed by a $4.5 million grant. Watch video.


Linda Serra Hagedorn is an associate dean of the College of Human Sciences and a professor in the School of Education. One of her focus areas is international affairs. She's driven by the desire to open access and increase success for students all over the world. Watch video.


Carla Peterson is the associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Human Sciences. She specializes in early childhood special education in human development and family studies, teaching about developmental disabilities, and leading research teams working with families who have vulnerable children. Watch video.


Philip Martin is professor and chair of kinesiology at Iowa State. He's also an avid cyclist. He leads the department in improving people's lives by studying and teaching the benefits of physical activity across the lifespan, and the detrimental effects of being sedentary. Watch video.


Eulanda Sanders, the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, is featured in this new video by the Iowa State University Foundation. It demonstrates how philanthropy has allowed Iowa State's apparel, merchandising, and design program to purchase technology such as a laser cutter and etcher, support graduate assistantships, and attract and retain students. Watch video.


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