News and Events from the College of Human Sciences

New event management lab introduces students to innovative technologies

Iowa State University’s event management program was ranked No. 1 in the nation by in 2018, and the demand for event planners is expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With this projected growth and increasing importance of technology in today’s world, the event management program has opened up a new lab space to introduce students to the wide variety of technologies used in the field today.

The Meeting Room is helping students use the latest technology effectively and confidently in event and meeting settings. Since the event management program emphasizes integrating technology into the curriculum, the idea for the space continued to gain momentum until the department turned 1052 LeBaron Hall into the events lab. Read more.

Three students earn 2019 All-University Senior Award

Three College of Human Sciences students — Benjamin Dralle, Jennifer Junker, and Zoe Lambert — are among the seven honorees the Iowa State University Alumni Association will recognize this spring with the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. 

The award recognizes exceptional achievements in academics and community activities, display of high character, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Read more.

Dyches gives students tools to question literature

Generations of students have read Shakespeare and Hemingway for high school literature class and Jeanne Dyches, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, would like students to question that tradition.

“As a field, we need to think about how our disciplines are advancing certain stories, silencing certain stories and socializing our students to think that what we’re teaching them is neutral,” Dyches said. “We need to have a conversation around why certain texts are taught year after year.” Read more.

Mission Inclusion promotes inclusion, equity, and representation

To equip students with skills to change our dynamic world, faculty and staff must infuse their programs and curriculum to examine inclusivity, equity, and representation. In the first yearlong “Mission Inclusion” seminar in 2017-18, scholars addressed diversity and social responsibility in their teaching, research, and outreach. They learned more about cultural humility, self-reflection — and building a civil, inclusive, and safe learning environment. Read more.



Second grade students at Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines recently reflected on their self-image in a class exercise. The results offer insight into their deep inner thoughts — and serve up a lesson for people of all ages. The ISU 4U Promise partnership is creating new pathways to college for students at King and Moulton elementary schools. Watch Video.

Adam Schonert loves food. He also loves science. He found a place to delve into both, with a food science degree at Iowa State University. Watch Video.

Go inside the classroom with this footage from Apparel Merchandising and Design 225. Watch Video.

Olsens champion inclusion through giving

Jane (’61 child development) and Chuck (’60 agricultural engineering) Olsen are creating a new scholarship at Iowa State for undergraduate students who are preparing to teach and work with children from birth to kindergarten and with their families. The scholarship will be available to students who represent diversity and inclusivity in the college community. Read more.



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