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This Winter 2016 issue of College of Human Sciences Matters magazine showcases how the college is helping to improve all dimensions of your health and well-being — from physical to emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, financial, occupational, and environmental..


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Student organizers of The Fashion Show 2016 are among two College of Human Sciences groups launching crowdfunding campaigns this spring through the Iowa State University Foundation’s new FundISU platform. File photos by Blake Lanser.Human Sciences groups try their hands at crowdfunding

Iowa State University 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.



Iowa State dancers learn from guest artists Melecio Estrella and Andrew Ward, who visited Orchesis I and the dance department in advance of the annual Barjche` concert. Contributed photo.Modern dance celebrates 70 years of performances

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



Ann Thye and Chris Wise, faculty advisers for Trend magazine, hold the 19th edition of Trend magazine at the release party with co-editors-in-chief Mary Kate Knabel and Jessi Wilson. Photo by Andrew Lorenzen.Trend celebrates 10 years of student success

Trend magazineIowa 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.



Anne Oldham in food science and human nutrition (left) and Christina Hillman in child, adult, and family services (right) are among 12 women featured in this year’s Women Impacting ISU calendar. Photos by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center.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 University.

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.



Ames first-grade teacher Emily Kenneke is among 8,201 Iowa State University graduates working as educators throughout the state. Photo by Ryan Riley.At least 8,200 Iowa State graduates work as educators statewide

Iowa State University is a leader in preparing thousands of teachers, principals, superintendents, professors, and other educators working throughout the state in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

As of November, Iowa State had at least 8,201 graduates working as educators throughout the state, according to county-by-county data maintained by the Iowa State University alumni database.



Denise Schmidt Crawford, an associate professor in the School of Education, welcomes online master’s students in education during a campus visit. Contributed photo.Online master’s program produces technology experts in education

Carrie Hillman is passionate about using technology to open new avenues of learning for her students.



Iowa State University School of Education students mentor this first-grade class at Field Club Elementary School in Omaha to encourage the students to attend college. Contributed photo.Iowa State students encourage Omaha first-graders to attend college

A group of future teachers at Iowa State University became mentors to at-risk first-graders in Omaha this fall.



The Peterson family of West Des Moines said the Strengthening Families Program 10-14, a preventative program offered by ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, brought them together as a family. Photos by Ryan Riley.
Program creates healthier outcomes for families with pre-teens

With their three daughters soon to be teenagers, Pam and Chad Peterson of West Des Moines decided to seek help.

They turned to the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14, a seven-week, preventative program aimed at helping families as their children approach adolescence. The evidence-based program is offered by Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

“We were looking for answers and found them,” Chad Peterson said. “When it comes to building a foundation for your family, a lot of times, the well-lit path is the good one.”



Janice Friedel, an associate professor in the ISU School of Education, and former doctoral students Cristobal Salinas Jr. and Zoë Mercedes Thornton co-edited a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges. Photos by Ryan Riley.New book celebrates 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges

A new book released this week by an Iowa State University professor and doctoral students celebrates the 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges.

Iowa’s Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment” provides a history of the statewide development of the community college system, through a focus on the individual college stories and dynamics.



Mike Todd, an Ames High School science teacher and Iowa State alumnus, regularly takes his students outdoors. Here, he takes his biology class to the river. Photos by Ryan Riley.Teacher takes students outside to learn about science

Students in Mike Todd’s biology class at Ames High School walked thigh-deep into the river wearing boots and waders. They collected water samples and learned about habitats.

Not everyone was comfortable — some said they were hot and itchy, and everyone got wet and muddy. But for the past 11 years, Todd has regularly taken his students outdoors as part of their learning.



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