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Markus Flynn, a senior in kinesiology and health, talks with friends in the east student office space of Iowa State University’s Memorial Union. Photo by Lynn Campbell.Kinesiology student aims to improve health among people of color

Markus Flynn believes that between passion and talent, people find their purpose.

His Iowa State University adventure has shown him that his purpose in life is to improve the health outcomes of people of color, through a career in public health or community outreach.



(l-r) Isaiah and Isabella Haveman explore Ada Hayden Heritage Park’s lakeshore during Verb Summer Scorecard. Kinesiology students run the free events through July. Photo by Ryan Riley.Verb Summer Scorecard keeps kids active, builds campus and community partnerships

Verb Summer Scorecard, a free community-based physical activity program led by Iowa State University kinesiology students, is making it easier to keep children active this summer and establish healthy habits for a lifetime of fitness.

The new summer program is part of ExerCYse, a Department of Kinesiology outreach program aimed at increasing visibility about the importance of physical activity and advancing the notion of exercise as a vital sign in the medical community. Iowa State’s program is officially recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine.



Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, credits the 4-H Youth Program with launching her career in the fashion industry. Photo by Kent Davis.4-H alums credit youth program with launching human sciences careers

As Iowa teens this week participate in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University, they’ll pledge their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living, not only for themselves, but also their communities and beyond.

For a number of 4-H alumni, that commitment to head, heart, hands, and health led them to pursue a career in human sciences.

“4-H really set a foundation for my life,” said Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing and the College of Human Sciences’ equity adviser. “It’s a fabulous organization. Often, when I have 4-H’ers in class, it’s evident. They possess attention for detail, good communication skills, inquisitiveness, and a willingness to take risks.”



Cynthia Reyes, a sophomore in elementary education, and Erick Estrada-Flores, a junior in elementary education, work with incoming Iowa State freshmen and their families as Cyclone Aides during summer orientation. Contributed photo.
Cyclone Aides welcome incoming students and their families

More than 40 Iowa State University students — including seven from the College of Human Sciences — are this month serving as Cyclone Aides and coordinators during orientation, welcoming incoming students and their families to campus and setting them up for success.

“It’s so rewarding to interact with families and welcome them into Iowa State,” said Erick Estrada-Flores, a senior in elementary education. “I love working with them and making their day even more enjoyable.”



Mason Finn, (back row, standing, third from the left), a junior in athletic training, observes a rookie minicamp as part of his internship with the Dallas Cowboys. Contributed photo.Iowa State students shine in internships across the nation

More than 300 Iowa State University students — in areas ranging from culinary food science to athletic training, apparel, event management, and extension and outreach — are gaining valuable work experience this summer through internships in Iowa and across the globe.



Jean O’Brien (left) presented Lindsey Spratt with a light-blue cord at this year’s teacher education cording ceremony. O’Brien was Spratt’s third-grade teacher. Contributed photo.Future elementary instructor still learning lessons from former third-grade teacher

When Lindsey Spratt arranges her classroom for her first teaching job at Ballard East Elementary School in Cambridge, Iowa, this fall, she’ll fulfill a life-long dream.

“I always wanted to be a teacher,” Spratt said. “I looked up to my teachers.”

Spratt graduated this spring from Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education. She was among 191 teacher education graduates who took part in the university’s third cording ceremony, celebrating completion of the educator preparation academic program and induction into the teaching profession.



Shannon Iskowitz, a senior in elementary education, helps Jerri Heid, the youth services manager at the Ames Public Library, tally scores at the sixth-grade Battle of the Books. Contributed Photo.Iowa State students increase middle schoolers' excitement about reading

Iowa State University students are helping middle schoolers get excited about reading through a challenge called Battle of the Books.



Research by assistant kinesiology professor Elizabeth Stegemoller shows that singing can improve speech and swallowing in people with Parkinson\'s disease. Singing groups like this one in Ames will be recorded to facilitate virtual singing groups in Calhoun County. Contributed photo.Iowa State engages Iowans with new Human Sciences research

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is launching two new research projects in northern Iowa. One will build literacy and STEM skills in children, while the other will use singing training to improve quality of life for Iowans with Parkinson’s disease.

The two proposals have been selected for funding through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences. This new program funds research projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities.



Alison Brinkman (left) leads her dance partner during “Dancing with the Students,” an event she designed to celebrate Iowa State University kinesiology students’ work alongside those living with Parkinson’s disease. Photo by Kent Davis.Student plans dance party for people with Parkinson’s disease

For Alison Brinkman, a recent Iowa State University graduate in kinesiology and health, helping people with Parkinson’s disease is personal.

“My grandma passed away from Parkinson’s when I was 10,” she said.

So when the music and movement outreach program developed by Elizabeth Stegemöller and Ann Smiley-Oyen — which uses music to improve movement and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease — came to a close this year, Brinkman was determined to make it a family affair.



Iowa State University students created a nutritious frozen yogurt sandwich that placed second in the 2016 National Dairy Council new product competition. Contributed photo.Iowa State places second in national food product competition

A healthy dessert invented by eight Iowa State University students took second place in a national food product competition.

“Beyond the Bar” is a frozen yogurt sandwich containing vanilla matcha green tea-flavored frozen Greek yogurt with a chocolate swirl, in between two oat blend honey granola wafers. It combines sweet-tooth satisfaction, natural energy enhancers, and nutrients.