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March 2017
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Joris "JoJo" Montijo is among dozens of student designers whose work will light up The Fashion Show 2017 at Iowa State University, which will be held April 8 and will be livestreamed for the first time. Montijo's "Curves with Confidence" collection features designs for plus-sized women. Read more.

Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 Iowa State alumna in child, adult, and family services, will tonight premiere her third film on campus. "The Voiceless" features stories of five men who have experienced sexual violence. The event comes in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Read more.

Sixteen College of Human Sciences students were among 59 from Iowa State who spent their spring break doing service projects aimed at helping those in need in Colorado, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Georgia, and Louisiana through the university's Alternative Breaks program. Read more.

Top stories

The Fashion Show receives its largest endowment

A $100,000 gift from Ana Hays McCracken, a 1984 Iowa State graduate in fashion merchandising, is the largest endowment received to date by The Fashion Show at Iowa State University.

The Ana Hays McCracken Fashion Show Producers Scholarship will provide monetary awards to each of the producers who lead one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation.

The first recipients of the scholarship will be the four current Fashion Show producers — Maggie Anderson, Alex Johnson, Emilee Meyer, and Hannah Nation. They oversee more than 200 students in what they say feels like a full-time job. Read more.

Human sciences students form campus clubs to increase Alzheimer's awareness

College of Human Sciences students are working to bring healing and hope to persons affected by Alzheimer's, and to raise awareness for battling the disease.

Hannah Chute, founder and president of Iowa State's AFA On Campus chapter, first became interested in Alzheimer's when her grandfather was diagnosed with an early onset of the disease.

Joe Webb, co-president of Advocates for the Alzheimer's Association at Iowa State and a graduate research assistant in food science and human nutrition, shares a similar story. When he was 10, his grandfather passed away from the disease. Read more

Peterson named to new professorship in early childhood development and education

Carla Peterson, an associate dean of the College of Human Sciences and a professor in human development and family studies, will improve services to families across Iowa with the assistance provided through a new endowed professorship to her research.

The Nancy Rygg Armbrust Professorship in Early Childhood Development and Education is funded by a private gift from Nancy ('73 B.S., food science and human nutrition) and Scott ('75  D.V.M., veterinary medicine) Armbrust.

The endowment will enhance Peterson's leadership of research teams that work with families, particularly those who live in vulnerable situations and include children facing risks due to poverty, developmental delay, or disability. Read more.

Human sciences students gain workplace readiness skills at etiquette dinner

Human Sciences students are making strides in their career preparation that would make etiquette expert Emily Post proud.

More than 50 students participated Thursday in an etiquette dinner, a collaboration between the college's career services office and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Student guests represented every department and school in the College of Human Sciences. They were treated to a free 30-minute lesson and formal meal in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom during its spring dinner hours. The event allowed them to attend a "dress-up" affair in a supportive environment and practice their newly gained knowledge among their peers. Read more.

ISU financial experts: Changes to credit reports will benefit college students

Building a credit history is a slow and sometimes vicious cycle. It is hard to establish credit, if you've never had it.

This is a common struggle for many young adults and college students who don't have credit cards or a bank loan, two major factors used to calculate credit scores, said Jonathan Fox, director of Iowa State University's Financial Counseling Clinic and Ruth Whipp Sherwin Endowed Professor. 

That's why Fox and other financial experts say many Iowa State students may benefit from changes to credit report criteria, which will take effect this summer. Read more.

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Students attending Spring Break Metro Kids at Hubbell Elementary School in Des Moines took part in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach's "Kids in the Kitchen" nutrition education program. See photos.

Katy Swalwell is an assistant professor in the School of Education who specializes in social justice education within social studies. Watch video.

Future teachers from Sara Nelson's and Christa Jackson's classes recently worked with Ames first-graders, implementing lessons that integrate both math and literacy. See photos.

Birdie Shirtcliff is an associate professor in human development and family studies. Her work focuses on biobehavioral mechanisms that illustrate the profound impact that a child's early environment exerts on their physiology. Watch video.

Meredith Middle School students are learning to be active for a lifetime. This WHO-TV story includes an interview with kinesiology professor Greg Welk, who works with schools around the country to see what helps students reach fitness goals. Watch video.

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