|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.”
|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.
|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.
|ISU gerontology program carries out goal of the Older Americans Act|
In the spirit of the Older Americans Act, Iowa State University’s gerontology program helps older adults to age actively in the community of their choice.
|Iowa State alumna helps Olympic and Paralympic athletes stay on track|
Jacquelyn Luedtke knows firsthand that it takes world-class event management skills to organize world-class sporting events.
|Change agent: Amy Popillion|
The future Amy Popillion envisioned as a kid growing up in small town Iowa could not be more different than the life she is living today.
|Book aims to help young children understand the hurt of name-calling|
When children first see the title of Joyce Knock’s book, “I am not dumb and I am not a stinky butt,” they often roll backwards in laughter.
But as the message of the anti-bullying book sets in, many admit to having their own experiences being teased and called names.
|Iowa State students help people with disabilities get up on two wheels|
Riding a bicycle can increase a person’s self esteem and confidence.
It can improve physical fitness, mental health, and overall quality of life. It can also spur positive changes in family dynamics, create opportunities for inclusion, and provide a person with an independent means of transportation.
But people with special needs can face challenges in mastering this skill.
That’s why four Iowa State University kinesiology students and recent graduates — Katie Cook, Ciara McCarty, Jeff Robson, and Jenna Ham — are bringing the national iCan Bike camp to Ames next week. It’s the first of its kind in Iowa. The five-day camp teaches people with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle.
|Iowa State alumni advocate for older adults|
For Iowa State University alumna Merea Bentrott, advocating on behalf of older adults isn’t just a job — it’s her lifelong goal.
|Stapleton advocates for black deaf students|
Lissa Stapleton’s awareness and advocacy for deaf students of color stemmed from an experience in high school.