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The summer 2014 issue of College of Human Sciences Matters showcases the statewide impact of extension and outreach by the College of Human Sciences and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. These efforts help to fulfill Iowa State University’s mission as a land-grant university.

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Robert Bosselman, Hannah Gibbs, Pamela White, and Jonathan Wickert cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the $3.2 million MacKay Hall renovation. Photo by Blake Lanser.MacKay Hall event celebrates building’s history and future

Ruth Ann Robson had just one word for the newly renovated lecture classroom on MacKay Hall’s second floor: “Wow.”

Robin Shook, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, focuses his research on the public health aspect of obesity by exploring energy balance, which is the relationship between how many calories a person eats, how many they burn, and how they store excess calories in their body. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. New kinesiology professor studies impact of inactivity on public health

Robin Shook comes to Iowa State University with plans to research two chronic diseases related to physical inactivity: obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Keith Vorst, a new associate professor in food science and human nutrition, studies the compounds released into packaged foods. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Iowa State professor studies safety of recycled plastic, food packaging

An Iowa State University professor is looking at how packaging can affect the safety of the food it touches.

A $200,000 gift from Iowa State alumni Ana and Ed McCracken to the College of Human Sciences will provide four years of tuition support for freshman Sarah Waigand and three successive students who enter the apparel, merchandising, and design program from 2015 through 2017. Photo by Blake Lanser.McCracken gift empowers student to immerse fully in college experience

A couple’s firsthand understanding of Iowa State University’s impact — and continued commitment to making their own — have led the Iowa State alumni to fashion a first-of-its-kind scholarship for students majoring in apparel, merchandising, and design (AMD).

Mary Lou Wright survived the removal of the upper lobe of her lung because of cancer two years ago. She partly credits the successful surgery to her good health. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Participants attribute their health to ISU Exercise Clinic

Mary Lou Wright survived the removal of the upper lobe of her lung because of cancer two years ago — an operation she said her doctor agreed to do because of her outstanding health.

Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is offering a program to better prepare individuals and families for retirement. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Retirement planning important for child care professionals

Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. However it’s vital they include retirement planning in their financial planning, says Cindy Thompson, a family life and family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

A ribbon cutting for the centerpiece of the MacKay Hall remodeling — the 214-seat Catherine J. MacKay Auditorium, built in 1926 and named after the longtime dean of home economics — will be held from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 9. The event will include self-guided tours, speakers, and refreshments. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.MacKay Hall remodeling ends, ribbon cutting scheduled

The dust and noise of the past 14 months will give way to shiny and bright, new and restored, state-of-the-art facilities when the remodeling of MacKay Hall on the Iowa State University campus wraps up this week.

Elizabeth Brock, a 2010 graduate in kinesiology and health, started working at her dream company, Nike, earlier this month. Iowa State alumna follows dream to career at Nike

Elizabeth Brock of Onalaska, Wis. came to Iowa State University in 2006 with one goal in mind — to one day work for Nike.

Caine Westergard of Akron, who just graduated from Iowa State in apparel, merchandising, and design and was the College of Human Sciences\' college marshal, reflects on the role 4-H played in her success. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Westergard credits much of her success to 4-H
Former Plymouth County 4-H’er Caine Westergard always had dreams of becoming a fashion designer and credits a large part of her success to the nine years she spent in 4-H.

Maddee Trepp, a senior in elementary education, works with Dennis Culver, the instructional support specialist at the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching, on earning digital badges. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Badges used to expand technology knowledge in future teachers

Iowa State University has a creative new way of motivating future teachers to learn about technology.


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