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The winter 2014-2015 issue of College of Human Sciences Matters celebrates a decade of accomplishment since the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Education combined to become the College of Human Sciences.


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Human development and family services alumnus Carlos Alonzo rewards struggling elementary schoolers with positive experiences, not objects. Photo by Christopher Gannon.
Helping at-risk children find strength and purpose

A boxing session is one of the most prized ways that Carlos Alonzo rewards his struggling students for good behavior.

Elementary school students under his supervision must act properly in class for several weeks to win time with the punching bag.



Iowa State alumna Monique Pairis-Garcia (left) received help from the Blossom Project in food science and human nutrition to improve her diet and exercise habits when she was pregnant. Contributed photo.Blossom Project encourages pregnant women to eat healthy, exercise

The Blossom Project gave Monique Pairis-Garcia the support she needed to make her health and the health of her baby a top priority.



Iowa State alum Jay Alberts, riding a tandem bicycle with his children during RAGBRAI, changes the lives of many people with Parkinson’s disease via his Pedaling for Parkinson’s initiative. Contributed photo.Keeping Parkinson’s patients rolling

John Carlin credits Pedaling for Parkinson’s with saving his life.

Carlin connected with the nonprofit at a time when his Parkinson’s disease symptoms were worsening — tremors, deterioration of fine motor skills, softening of voice.

After he joined the Pedaling for Parkinson’s team in training for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, he regained control of his body. His symptoms receded.

“Without Pedaling for Parkinson’s, I don’t know where I’d be,” Carlin said. “I was sinking fast.”



Shawn Spooner, an Urbandale doctor and veteran of the U.S. Navy, credits much of his success to his training in kinesiology at Iowa State University. Photo by Christopher Gannon.Doctor credits much of his success to kinesiology training at Iowa State

Dr. Shawn Spooner has traveled the world and touched thousands of people’s lives.



Woodward Academy teacher William Terry aims to improve students’ attitudes about education. The longtime Illinois police dispatcher returned to school and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Iowa State. Photos by Blake Lanser.
Terry teaches students the value of education

William Terry commands both respect and understanding as he stands in front of a classroom of young men who have run into trouble in school, with their families, or with the law.



Alum Melissa Fox Young, far right, helps with projects in the Bihar region of India that aim to better the health of local women and children. Contributed photo.Iowa State alum works to improve nutrition for women and children of India

Melissa Fox Young is dedicated to boosting children’s nutrition during the key 1,000 days following conception.

“It’s a critical time where we can have an impact on a lifetime of health and development for a child,” said Young, who in 2006 graduated from Iowa State University in nutritional science.

Her efforts as a nutrition researcher focus on a time when proper nourishment is especially important — starting with pregnancy and ending two years after the child is born.



Tasia Becker, a graduate of Iowa State\'s early childhood education program, impacts students at the beginning of their learning careers. Photo by Blake Lanser.Motivating children for a lifetime of learning

In a school room near one of the few four-way stops in Slater, a group of beaming first graders gathers around teacher Tasia Becker for the day’s lesson about coins. She asks the students to describe a quarter and hands shoot up, fingers wriggling.

Becker loves engaging with students at such a young age when school is an exciting, new experience. She wants her students to maintain that excitement throughout their learning careers.



Greta Stuhlsatz researches romantic relationships, as a graduate student in human development and family studies. Carl Weems will lead her department, effective July 1. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Carl Weems to lead human development and family studies at Iowa State University

Carl Weems has been tapped to lead the Iowa State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Weems, professor and associate chair of psychology at the University of New Orleans, was selected from among three finalists after a national search.



Marlene Strathe is the new director of the School of Education. She wants to make Iowa State the top pick for future educators. Photo by Blake Lanser.Strathe aims to make Iowa State the top pick for future educators

Marlene Strathe wants the Iowa State University School of Education to be the top choice for students wanting to become teachers, and schools looking to recruit quality teachers.



Maggie Mabery, who graduated from Iowa State in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, is the 2015 California Teacher of the Year. Contributed photo.Iowa State alum to be honored at White House this year as California Teacher of the Year

Iowa State University alumna Maggie Mabery is a California middle school science teacher who runs a paper-free class, uses an iPad daily, and isn’t afraid to say when she doesn’t know something.



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